USAR: Winchester CS: Joel Kauffman preview

LaGrange, IN - The USAR Hooter's ProCup Series heads to Winchester Speedway Saturday, September 20th for the running of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Naturally Fresh Foods 250. This event will be the first of 5 championship races for the series. ...

LaGrange, IN - The USAR Hooter's ProCup Series heads to Winchester Speedway Saturday, September 20th for the running of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Naturally Fresh Foods 250. This event will be the first of 5 championship races for the series. The other championship races include Jennerstown Speedway in Pennsylvania, Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina, Peach State Speedway in Georgia and Lakeland Speedway in Florida.

Winchester will mark the first race of the season in which South and North competitors of USAR come together to compete. Several veteran short trackers will be on hand. When one thinks about veteran short track racers they may think of Bobby Gill, Brian Ross, Jay Fogleman or Jeff Agnew. While Joel Kauffman may not fit into the ranks of "veteran" at this time, the 17-year-old racing stand out is surely a threat amongst the rest to be competitive. In only his third full year of competition in a full sized stock car, Kauffman has amassed records that several "veterans" are yet to accomplish. Kauffman is a multiple winner in the Sunoco Super Series. He holds qualifying track records at several racetracks across the country and last year became the youngest touring series champion in the country when he outlasted veteran Junior Hanley for the championship in the Sunoco Super Series at only 16 years of age. This season, the well polished 17-year-old has gained the respect of many in the Hooter's ProCup series and looks forward to the 5 championship races to see just how he stacks up against the competition.

The #44, L.A. West Luxury Vehicles, Choo Choo Customs Chevrolet of Kauffman will begin the championship series events 6th place in points. He has his eyes set on Rookie of the Year, an accomplishment he achieved previously in 2001 with the Sunoco Super Series. Kauffman understands it will be a hard fought battle that may go down to the final event. Rookie competitor Danny O'Quinn, Jr. will start the championship series events in 7th place, just 2 points behind Kauffman. One may think of this as a pressure situation, however Kauffman seems to operate better under high pressure. After all, last season the Sunoco Super Series Championship came down the last event at Indianapolis Raceway Park between Kauffman and Junior Hanley. Kauffman was the last competitor to attempt a qualifying run and understood going out that he had to put his racecar on the pole to start the race with the points lead. Not only did the 16-year-old put his racer on the pole, he broke the track record on his first lap. Kauffman won the championship by 2 points.

It would only be speculation for anyone to say what the future holds for this bright, talented young man. One things that all of the USAR competitors know is that right now, this "kid" has made his presence known at the race track and that the amount of races they have left with this 17-year-old are quite possibly numbered as he will most likely continue his rise to stardom.

For more information on Joel Kauffman please visit his website at www.joelkauffman.com. For more information on the Hooter's ProCup Series, including information concerning the 5 championship series events, please visit www.usarprocup.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Brian Ross , Joel Kauffman , Danny O'Quinn , Jeff Agnew , Alan Kulwicki