Perfect Day in Georgia Nets Drew Herring First-Career Victory in USAR Pro Cup Series Competition Benson, North Carolina, Native Dominates from Green to Checkered at South Georgia Motorsports Park CONCORD, NC (April 27, 2009) -- Some...
Perfect Day in Georgia Nets Drew Herring First-Career Victory in USAR Pro Cup Series Competition
Benson, North Carolina, Native Dominates from Green to Checkered at South Georgia Motorsports Park
CONCORD, NC (April 27, 2009) -- Some weekends, a driver just knows it is going to be his time to shine. Whether it is the moment he wakes up on race day or when he gets to the track, he knows the stars have aligned perfectly to put him in victory lane.
On Saturday, Drew Herring had that day at South Georgia Motorsports Park (GA), as he drove his #22 BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors Ford to victory lane for his first career USAR Pro Cup Series win.
"Finally," said Herring. "We were so close last year so many times. I could easily name three races off the top of my head that we should have won. I feel like we should have won this race last year, but I let my head get the best of me. It was kind of redemption and what these guys on my team deserve."
Herring's perfect weekend started a day before the event as he unloaded his car for testing. Despite one minor issue, Herring and the team loaded up his #22 machine in the trailer afterwards knowing they had a good piece.
"From the time we unloaded for testing on Friday, we were fast," explained Herring. "Mike Hester is second to none on working on these cars. He knows them like the back of his hand. He definitely had that one dialed in before we unloaded. We got there on Friday, and the only minor issue we had was with the steering box, which we fixed. Other than that, all we did was make small adjustments."
On race day, Herring and the crew didn't have to do much to his car to take the first honor of the day by setting fast time during qualifying.
"On Saturday, we did about six laps in practice and were on top of the charts. I was happy, and everyone was happy. It was kind of an easygoing day. We went out for qualifying, and I was able to pick up my first pole."
When the green flag dropped, Herring continued his weekend dominance by leading the most laps, relinquishing the lead only to make a pit stop before motoring back up to the front to win the event.
"I got a good start and was able to clear Derek Kale. He hung with us for a while, but I was able to get into a rhythm with the car. We pulled out a couple times to a pretty big lead. Late in the run with about 120 laps into it, Bobby Gill came up on me, but we were just cruising at that point.
"We came in for tires and fuel and restarted ninth. I just tried to dodge everything. That track is a tough little track to get around. You just have to make sure to keep your car underneath you and keep out of harm's way and a lot of them will drop out. I was just able to stay out of trouble and get to second. Clay (Rogers) had his issues and blew a right front. I was able to reassume the lead, and I got a good restart there at the end and pulled away by a second and a half with five to go."
Netting his first Pro Cup win, Herring has a month to enjoy the victory before the next Pro Cup event with his crew that helped get him there.
"The team works so hard, and we have been so close so many times," added Herring. "They deserved to be there in victory lane, and I am just glad to be a part of it and get them there. It was a heck of a weekend. To lead the most laps and get my first Pro Cup win, it was pretty awesome. Hopefully we can take this momentum to Langley and these other tracks and pick up some more wins."
Next up for Drew Herring and the #22 BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors Ford crew is the USAR Pro Cup Series event at Langley Speedway in Virginia on Saturday, May 23rd.