USAR: USA International Race Preview

FAYETTEVILLE, GA (May 25, 2000) – As the Hooters ProCup Series completes its first five races of the 2000 season. The touring series prepares to head back to USA International Speedway for the running of the LUCAS OIL PRODUCTS 250 on June 3rd....

FAYETTEVILLE, GA (May 25, 2000) – As the Hooters ProCup Series completes its first five races of the 2000 season. The touring series prepares to head back to USA International Speedway for the running of the LUCAS OIL PRODUCTS 250 on June 3rd. The Hooters ProCup Series has featured three different winners for its first four events this year with 1999 Hooters ProCup Series champion Bobby Gill and Mardy Lindley as the only drivers to win a pair of races so far this season.

USA International Speedway provided veteran driver Andy Thurman with his first career Hooters ProCup Series win when he brought his Naturally Fresh Mountain Spring Water Ford to victory lane at the season-opening Naturally Fresh Foods 250 in February.

"We are looking forward to getting back to USA International Speedway," said Thurman. "We really like racing at that track and hopefully we can run well there again."

Thurman has had some tough luck since his win in February, but the veteran has remained upbeat since his win.

"We have had some tough luck but we have had a top-10 car at each race," said Thurman. "What we have to work on is our qualifying package. It will be easier to run up front if that is where you start so we need to improve our qualifying positions."

While veteran drivers have been the only ones to visit victory lane this season, a talented group of rookie drivers have made their presence known with strong runs earlier this season.

Among the rookies who collected top finishes at USA International were Stacy Puryear, Jon Wood and Florida’s own David L. Pletcher. For Puryear, the 2000 season began with some pleasant surprises when his Black’s Tire Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo last visited USA International Speedway.

"It was a great shock for us," said Puryear. "We had set team goals and one had been just to make the starting field since there were 55 cars entered and it was our first Hooters ProCup Series race together as a team. Another goal was to just finish the event and, fortunately, we accomplished both of those goals."

Puryear finished an up and down week on the upside after his finish at USA International in February. Puryear was in the hospital battling flu-like symptoms and was released on Thursday afternoon to make the trip to Florida.

"To finish that week the way we did really gave this team a boost," said Puryear. "If anything, the strong run in Lakeland just made us hungrier for a win. But the season is a long one in the Hooters ProCup Series and we just want to keep getting better each time we get on the track."

Puryear is still searching for that first Hooters ProCup Series win after blowing a motor at Florida Speedpark and getting involved in on-track incidents at Ace Speedway and Myrtle Beach that cost him top five finishes. However, Puryear is confident his team can collect another good run at USA International.

"USA is the biggest and one of the nicest tracks we visit," added Puryear. "The track is fast and we are going to hopefully use our notes and experience gained from our last run there to gain another top five finish and our first win."

Puryear and his Black’s Tire Chevrolet Monte Carlo will lead a full-field to Lakeland for the running of the Lucas Oil Products 250 on Saturday, June 3rd. For more information on the race, please contact USA International Speedway at 1-800-984-7223.

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