HICKORY, North Carolina (August 20, 2012) – - While John Gibson and the Gibson Motorsports team are still relatively new to the Pro All Star Series (PASS) tour, they will feel right at home this weekend when the green flag waives for Saturday night’s Over The Mountain 150 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
And it might just be the grounds of Hickory Motor Speedway that the Statesville, North Carolina-based team needs to turn their luck around in their second-ever PASS event. Last month, the team made their debut at the legendary South Boston (Va.) Speedway but their promising night was cut short when the brakes failed which resulted in an unplanned meeting with the wall.
With South Boston in the rearview mirror, the team has bounced back nicely and is confident they will rebound and put their No. 13 Mitigator Ford Fusion in the hunt this weekend.
“We’re glad to be going to Hickory this weekend,” said 28-year old Gibson. “South Boston was a blow for sure, but we’re a small team where “give up” is not in our dictionary. I have a ton of laps at Hickory and I feel that should be a benefit to us this weekend. It’s going to be a competitive race, there’s no questioning that. We just need to go out there, do our best and look to bring home a good finish for MitiGator and everyone who supports Gibson Motorsports.”
Speaking of Mitigator, it’s because of their support in and outside the racecar that is allowing the former Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series star the opportunity to make his presence known.
“It was a hard hit at South Boston, but my seat was padded with MitiGator, so I was able to climb from the car without a scratch,” Gibson added. “MitiGator is the top of the line. On top of that, it’s because of their belief and support of our race team that we’re able to give the Pro All Star Series another try this weekend. Hopefully, we can stay on the lead lap and bring our Ford Fusion home with a nice top-10 finish.”
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With four starts at the 0.363-mile oval, Gibson knows what to expect on Saturday night.
“A lot of patience will be important for the race,” he said. “It’s a tough place to pass, but the track provides a lot of great racing. You have to be able to get your car to have a good drive off the corners in one and two and then be able to have it hug the bottom of the racetrack in turn four. We have a setup that we’ll start with and hopefully the changes we make will be the right ones.”
Practice for the Over The Mountain 150 kicks off on Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. with qualifying to follow at 4:30 p.m. Racing kicks-off at 6:00 p.m. with the Pro All Star Series set to be the final feature of the night following the Super Limited Late Models contest.
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