USAR: Taylor Motorsports Hickory race report

Taylor Motorsports Drivers Survive Hickory Hal Goodson Scores Fourth-Place Finish while Scott Hall's Strong Run Ends Early WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (August 6, 2001) -- Hal Goodson continued his string of consistent runs with a fourth-place finish ...

Taylor Motorsports Drivers Survive Hickory Hal Goodson Scores Fourth-Place Finish while Scott Hall's Strong Run Ends Early

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (August 6, 2001) -- Hal Goodson continued his string of consistent runs with a fourth-place finish Saturday night in USAR ProCup Series action at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway while teammate Scott Hall saw his strong run end early when he was involved in an accident with Shane Huffman.

Goodson started the event from the sixth starting position and quickly settled into the top-five. While he was never able to grab the top spot during the 250-lap event, Goodson's presence was felt throughout the event as the driver of the No. 45 Carlin Financial Chevrolet Monte Carlo hovered in the top five and when the checkered flag waved, Goodson was credited with a fourth-place finish.

"We were just off a little Saturday night," Goodson said. "We were never able to get the car exactly where we needed it to make a run at the leaders, but we'll go back to the shop and the guys on this team will figure out where we were off and we'll come back strong at South Boston."

Goodson's fourth-place finish allowed him to remain second in USAR ProCup Series Southern Division standings. Goodson now trails leader Bobby Gill by 36 points.

Scott Hall's night started out with an impressive third-place qualifying effort as the driver of the No. 54 Carlin Financial Chevrolet Monte Carlo was set to make his third-career ProCup Series start.

When the green flag waved, Hall settled into a comfortable pace running in the top 10. After a pit stop during a caution, Hall was mired back in 21st place, but quickly showed the muscle of his Taylor Motorsports entry, and by lap 150 the Walkertown, N.C. resident had worked his way back into the seventh position. On lap 154, Hall's strong run was interrupted when a caution came out and the No. 84 machine of Shane Huffman got together with Hall's No. 54, with Huffman's car landing on the hood of Hall's car.

"It was just one of those racing deals," Hall said. "I saw the caution lights come on and I slowed down, but Shane's spotter didn't let him know about the caution and he ran over the left side and hood of my car. I talked to Shane after the incident and it wasn't his fault either. He was not told about the caution and he tried to slow up in time to avoid hitting me, but there wasn't enough time. I know he felt bad about it, but it was just one of those racing deals."

After his crew made repairs to the car, Hall returned to racing action to gain more seat time. Hall was credited with a 26th-place finish.

"We had a really good car Saturday night," Hall continued. "We were running seventh and I knew the leaders had not pitted yet, so we would have been in a good position to have a shot at the victory, but it was just not meant to be. I'm looking forward to heading to South Boston."

Goodson and Hall get a weekend off before they both head to South Boston (Va.) Speedway on Aug. 18 for the next round on the USAR ProCup Series Southern Division Tour.

The Naturally Fresh Dressing 250 from Hickory Motor Speedway will be televised this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. EST on SpeedVision.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Shane Huffman
Teams Carlin