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Mount Pleasant driver still in the pro truck hunt

| Friday, Sept. 7, 2001


Paul Fess is no stranger to change.

The Mount Pleasant racer has competed in practically every type of division and class on the local circuits. And this season, Fess has found a home in the pro truck division, where he is challenging for the points championship at Motordrome Speedway.

'We've done really well,' Fess said as he analyzed the 2001 season. 'I've got a great crew and they have never given up.'

With two points races left in the season at Motordrome, Fess is anchored in third place, only 10 points behind Dave Marrow and 20 points behind leader Mark Flick.

'Our chances (of winning the championship) are slim because we are behind drivers like Flick and Marrow,' Fess said. 'It will be tough, but we're not giving up.'

At the beginning of the season, Fess set a goal of finishing in the top five in the division, and it looks like he'll do it. And that's no small feat considering this is actually his first full season of racing in the class.

'We struggled in the middle of the season,' Fess pointed out. 'But we seem to have found a combination that the truck likes, and we're back in the hunt.'

So far this season, Fess has two pro truck wins to his credit, which he lists among his career highlights. And Fess has plenty of racing experience and plenty of bright moments to pick from.

Fess noted that he has run carts at Hunter Hill Kart Track, where he once won a 100-lap feature. Fess has also driven street stocks, four-cylinders and legacy cars.

The Mount Pleasant driver also has a little experience with the late model class. He mentioned that he has taken advantage of opportunities to substitute for regular drivers.

But come next season, Fess' days of substituting in the late model class may be history. 'We may move to the late models next year,' Fess revealed. 'It might be time for a change.'

But for now, Fess and his five-person crew are focusing on finishing strong in the pro truck class. 'We need to have two good races and then just see where everybody places,' Fess said.

Fess will be back in action tonight at Motordrome Speedway.

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