Another Impressive Finish For Team Concept Kerley Continues The Momentum In USAR Series Action HICKORY, N.C. (August 19, 2001)- Jon Kerley and Team Concept Racing, of Catawba Valley Community College, continued their string of strong, consistent...
Another Impressive Finish For Team Concept
Kerley Continues The Momentum In USAR Series Action
HICKORY, N.C. (August 19, 2001)- Jon Kerley and Team Concept Racing, of Catawba Valley Community College, continued their string of strong, consistent runs this past Saturday night in USAR ProCup Series action at South Boston (VA) Speedway, scoring an impressive forth place finish. It was even more impressive that Kerley and his crew came from the back of the field to secure that finish.
After the qualifying session, Kerley had his No. 44 CVCC Team Concept Ford Taurus in the 24th starting position for the 250-lap race. Even though Team Concept was disappointed with their starting position, they knew that they had a good car and were confident entering the event.
"During qualifying, the car just got to tight for Jon to make a good qualifying run, "said Danny Allen, crew chief. "Our team wasn't worried because we were happy with
how the car ran in practice and we knew that we had the car and the driver to take us to the front."
During the race's early stages, with a strong car underneath him, Kerley used a lot of patience to maneuver past slower traffic and began to march his way to the front of the field. By lap 34 Kerley gained nine positions and was solidly running in the top 15.
On lap 105, which was slowed by a caution flag, most of the field came down pit road.
Kerley and his crew elected to stay out and found themselves in the sixth position on the restart. He would hold that position till the midpoint of the race when the caution flag waved again. This would bring Kerley and the rest of the leaders down pit road. Kerley restarted in the twelfth position and quickly went to work to bring himself back to the front. "My crew made some great calls all night long," Kerley said. "During our pit stop the guys did a great job and we beat two or three cars off of pit road, that was a big lift".
Towards the end of the race Kerley worked his way up into the forth position and held that position for the remaining laps.
"We had a really good car tonight," Kerley said. "We finished fifth at Hickory and we leave here with another top five finish. These are the kind of runs that we need to keep having".
With this finish Team Concept secured a position in the "Four Champions Championship Series" that will feature a five-race format to decide the series champion. For those five events there is a total of $500,00 at stake to which Team Concept hopes to contend for.
Team Concept heads to USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida for the next USAR event on Saturday September 1, 2001.
The CVCC Bobby Isaac Motorsports Program was established in 1997 as a memorial to the late NASCAR Champion, Bobby Isaac. It is the only college hands-on program in the United States where students actually build, field and serve as a pit crew in a professional racing division. The student team builds three stock cars a year and competes in 20 races in the USAR Procup regular season.
For more information about the Bobby Isaac Motorsports Program contact Mark Davis, at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4323 or the Team Concept website, www.teamconceptracing.com