USAR: Valdosta: Michael Faulk race report

"Rookie Battles Handling For Top 20 Finish" CECIL, GEORGIA (March 15, 2005) -- USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series rookie Michael Faulk had an enjoyable and rather eventful first visit to the new track at the South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) on...

"Rookie Battles Handling For Top 20 Finish"

CECIL, GEORGIA (March 15, 2005) -- USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series rookie Michael Faulk had an enjoyable and rather eventful first visit to the new track at the South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) on Saturday night. In an early season test of survival for the rookie, Faulk safely piloted his #53 Herbalife Pontiac to a 17th place finish in the running of the Hooters Pro Cup 250.

"That was a crazy night out there," stated Faulk. "We decided to race our backup car this week and we ended up struggling a little with it all day long. On top of fighting to find the right balance with the car, we had a plug wire come loose and we even had to change the steering wheel on one pit stop after it apparently broke. It was just one of those days but we battled as a team and came home with a decent finish -- which we really needed after Lakeland."

The 23-year old rookie started the 250 lap event from the 26th position as a result of his qualifying effort earlier in the day on Saturday. The green flag on the first event at the brand new facility flew in front of a large and rather excited crowd. The first half of the race saw Faulk fall back a few positions as he fought the handling on his #53 Herbalife ride. The MB3 Motorsports team serviced the car with various trips down pit road in an effort to dial in the handling for Faulk.

The second half of the event saw things get a little better until the issues with the spark plug wire and the steering wheel surfaced. However, through it all the rookie remained calm with the big picture in his sights. The end result was the completion of the 250 lap event safely and a much needed finish for this rookie driver and team.

"This is a wonderful facility they have built here and it was really nice to come and race here", added Faulk. "Everyone did a great job and it would be nice to race here more than once a year. Although I am not totally happy with our performance here this weekend, in the big picture it was something that we needed as a team. We will go back to the shop and go through this car and see what we find. We will definitely bring back our primary car for the next race and I think you will see improvements from this week and as the season progresses."

Michael Faulk and his MB3 Motorsports team will have a few weeks to re-group and then head to the next event on April 2nd at the Greenville Pickens Speedway.

To learn more about this exciting team and driver, please visit them at their newly designed websites at www.mb3motorsports.com and www.michaelfaulk.com

-mb3m-

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