JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP
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Don't miss the action as local drivers Benny Gordon, Logan Denorshek, Robby Marhefka, Tim Bainey Jr, Todd Peck, Eric Corbett, and Jason Mignogna take on the Laurel Highlands oval in the 4th Norther Division race of the season.
HOOTERS SERIES INVADES JENNERSTOWN MAY 28
"The local fans have really taken to the Hooters ProCup series," said General Manager Larry Mattingly. "From the very first race the ProCup competitors have provided the fans with what they want to see good, hard racing, 'hot' pit stop action, and a 'take no prisoner' attitude on the track.
"The Hooters group isn't afraid to trade a little paint if that's what it takes to gain a position. USAR car counts have increased dramatically this year, which is a good indicator that the interest in the series is also increasing."
Another factor why the series has become so popular in the Western PA region is due to the fact that no less than eight Hooters ProCup North drivers have past ties to Jennerstown.
DuBois native Benny Gordon is the defending North series champion, and is currently second in this years point chase behind rookie A.J. Frank. "Jennerstown is our home track," said Gordon. "We won here in 2003, but didn't do as well as we wanted last year. One of our primary goals this season is to win both Jennerstown races."
Tim Bainey Jr. is ninth in the championship chase coming into the Jennerstown fray. The Osceola Mills driver is still a regular super late model competitor at the Laurel Highlands speed plant when not competing with USAR.
Other former Jennerstown participants who follow the Hooters circuit include: Eric Corbett (Clearspring, MD), former track champion Glenn Gault (Hubbard,OH), Jason Mignogna (Greensburg), Robby Marhefka (Windber), Todd Peck (Glenville), and Logan Dernoshek (Canonsburg).
The Jennerstown event will be the fourth stop on the Hooters schedule. The
first three races have been won by: Gordon (South Boston,VA), Joel Kauffman
(Lonesome Pine, VA) and Jeff Agnew (Indianapolis Raceway Park).
MIGNOGNA LOOKS FORWARD TO JENNERSTOWN RETURN
The 32-year-old Greensburg driver has been plagued with engine problems during his last two outings at Lonesome Pine, VA and Indianapolis Raceway Park.
"We could sure use a change of luck," said Mignogna. "We didn't make the race in Virginia after blowing up in practice. Things were a little better at Indianapolis, but the end result was the same."
For awhile at Indianapolis things appeared to be a great deal better for Mignogna and his Jugular/YET Health Drink team. After qualifying 18th out of a 46 car field on the tricky 5/8 mile IRP oval, Mignogna worked his way to 12th place in the race before he heard strange noises coming from the engine department.
"We were cruising and heading for the front," Mignogna said. "Right around lap 50 I heard something break in the engine and that was it. The good news is that the car is working much better. Our crew chief, Denny Wade, had a perfect set-up under the car, and I'm confident we would have had a top-10 run."
Mignogna is hoping a return home will bring an end to the run of early season misfortune.
"Jennerstown is only a half hour from my house. I have turned a lot of
laps there, and we're looking to turn things around," added Mignogna.
"Carl Wegner is putting together a new engine package for us, and I'm
confident we'll get things back on track.
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MIGNOGNA LOOKS TO LONESOME PINE RACEWAY
GREENSBURG, PA (Apr. 25, 2005) …To the casual observer Jason Mignogna had a standout performance in the United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup North opener April 12 at South Boston (VA) Speedway.
The Greensburg-driver, who is running for USAR rookie-of-the-year honors, wheeled his Jugular/YET Health Drinks Monte Carlo to a 14th place finish in the Greased Lightening 250. In the process Mignogna earned the Mr. Gasket Co-Hard Charger award, after advancing 18-positions from his 32nd starting position. Mignogna shared the award with Joe Harrison Jr., who improved the same number of positions.
“We’ll take a 14th place finish, because truthfully we were lucky to get out of South Boston in one piece,” said Mignogna. “The race was more like ‘Murphy’s Law’ for our team… anything that could go wrong, did go wrong. We struggled all day.”
Mignogna’s problems started during qualifying when his window safety net worked loose. Because of the violation USAR officials disallowed his time trial run, which would have placed him in the middle of the starting field. Instead, he was forced to take a provisional, and was relegated to the rear of the pack.
“It’s always tough starting in the back,” Mignogna said. “Not only do you have to pass everyone, but you also have a much better chance of getting caught up in an accident during the early going.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, Mignogna also suffered communication problems throughout the race. “Our radio system kept giving us problems,” he added. “It was difficult for me to relay to my crew what the car was doing, and what changes I wanted done on pit stops.
Overall we came out on the plus side all things considered, but we’re looking for a much stronger performance in the April 30 race at Lonesome Pine. Hopefully, we got all the bugs ironed out in the opener.”
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