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USAR: Shane Huffman wins at Peach State

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USAR: Shane Huffman wins at Peach State
May 16, 2001, 6:20 PM

JEFFERSON, Ga. - The beat goes on for XTRA Motorsports and Johnsonville Racing, as driver Shane Huffman held off a hard charging Bobby Gill to record back-to-back wins with a victory Saturday night at Peach State Speedway in the Jackaroo Sauces 250, ...

JEFFERSON, Ga. - The beat goes on for XTRA Motorsports and Johnsonville Racing, as driver Shane Huffman held off a hard charging Bobby Gill to record back-to-back wins with a victory Saturday night at Peach State Speedway in the Jackaroo Sauces 250, presented by Ingles. The win propelled Huffman to second in USAR Hooters ProCup Series Southern Division points after the sixth of 14 races on the South schedule.


Victory Lane. Photo: USAR

Although starting a somewhat surprising 13th, after being near the top of the speed charts all day during practice, it did not take long for Huffman to make his presence known, as the Hickory, N.C. driver moved into the top-five on lap 60. "We had the car set up to run the high side of the racetrack," said Huffman. "That's what we worked of when we tested here and we knew that's where the car would have to run when the tires went away. (Crew Chief) Ronnie (White) did a great job getting the car where we needed it and that obviously made the difference tonight. During that first segment, he kept telling me to take care of the tires and we just waited for everybody else to fall off."

By the time the caution waved on lap 125, Huffman had moved up to second and was reeling in Gill. It quickly became apparent that, as is usually the case on the USAR Series, pit stops would play an important role in the outcome of the race. "The pit stop won the race for us, no question," said Huffman. "I told the guys if they could get us out first, nobody was gonna get by us and they came through big time."

"Our car and (Gill's) were pretty close," continued Huffman, "but catching him and passing him are two different things on a slick track like this one. That 'Brat Bunch' did it for me in the pits."

Fan can catch all of the action from the Jackaroo Sauces 250 via tape-delayed broadcasts by the Speedvision Network on Thursday, May 16, at 9:00 p.m. and Friday, May 17, at 1:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. (All times EST).

-www.shanehuffman.com

-www.usarprocup.com.

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