CECIL, Ga. (Oct. 21) — It wasn’t one of his prettiest finishes, but considering the bad luck he’s been experiencing lately, Gary St. Amant’s 10th-place finish at the Aaron’s 250 Saturday night at South Georgia Motorsports Park might be his most impressive of the year. It also lifted him from fourth to third place in the USAR championship standings with one race left on the 2007 Hooter’s Pro Cup series.

“It seemed like we had so many different things to overcome this weekend,” the two-time ASA world champion said. “To end up 10th is a real compliment to this JEGS.com/Speedco Chevy race team.”

St. Amant, who led the points after eight of 12 races this season, was struggling from the start of qualifying, ending up a distant 29th on the starting grid with a time of 18.905 seconds. He later fell a lap back after a pit mistake forced him to execute a stop-and-go penalty. But the veteran racer didn’t give up, fighting back to finish ahead of two of the three men he was chasing in the USAR points at the start of the race.

“We moved up to third and now we’re only 17 behind Trevor Bayne for second so that’s something,” St. Amant said. “(Three-time champion) Bobby Gill is almost 100 up on all of us now so unless he takes the next race off it’ll be hard to catch him. We’d literally need to win the race, lead the most laps, and have him finish 30th or worse to win it all and that probably isn’t going to happen.

“All we can do is go to Lakeland (Fla.) and try to win the final race,” St. Amant said. “I think we’re pretty much assured of our best finish ever on the Hooter’s tour so we might as well try to finish as high up as possible. We certainly won’t be holding anything back.”

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