Fayetteville, GA -- This Saturday night could be one to remember for Dalton, Georgia driver Bobby Gill. Gill, who won the 1999 United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series championship, can clinch his second title at the same track he ...
Fayetteville, GA -- This Saturday night could be one to remember for Dalton, Georgia driver Bobby Gill. Gill, who won the 1999 United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series championship, can clinch his second title at the same track he clinched at last season at Florida Speedpark in St. Augustine, Florida this Saturday night. Gill, who enters the night with a 219 point lead over Steven Christian, can become the first driver in the history of the USAR Hooters ProCup Series to win multiple titles if he leaves Florida Speedpark with a 206 point lead over Christian.
"Yes we are excited about this weekend," said Gill from his race shop in North Carolina. "I will tell you I didn't think we had a chance at the start of the season with the trouble we had at USA (International) to start the season, but we hung in there and turned things around." While Gill enjoyed a five win season during his 1999 title run, he has experienced a season most drivers could only dream about as he has tied or broken over five records in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series this season. Gill became the first driver to surpass the $100,000 in regular season earnings, became the first driver to win four races in a row with his wins at Montgomery Motor Speedway, Lonesome Pine Raceway, Hickory Motor Speedway and New River Valley Speedway.
Gill has collected a total of six State Fair Brand Hard Charger Awards to top that mark and has tied Michael Ritch for most wins in a season with seven. Gill has also tied the record of two consecutive wins at one track at Florida Speedpark. A win this Saturday night could give him those two records outright.
"The records are nice but we are concerned with winning races and everything else should take care of itself," said Gill. "We have had a good year but we would like to win the last two races, especially the last one at USA International. It would be nice to close the season with the bonus."
Gill was making reference to the Four Champions Challenge Series $25,000 bonus he is eligible for by winning the Charlie Campbell Memorial at Montgomery Motor Speedway in June. Mardy Lindley, winner of the Mark Brooks Memorial at Myrtle Beach Speedway, and Jeff Agnew, winner of the Dan Duncan Memorial at Greenville-Pickens Speedway are also eligible to win the bonus.
Gill can also eclipse the mark for most prize money ever awarded in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series. Jeff Agnew won the 1998 USAR Hooters ProCup Series Championship and Miller Lite Rookie of the Year Award to give him a single-season payoff of $305,850. Gill could approach the $400,000 mark if he wins the final two races on the schedule.
"The money is great and we would love to get the bonus," added Gill. "I don't kow how many championships I have lost by three or four points during my career so we are not going to get too excited until we know we have clinched the title. Hopefully we can celebrate a win and the title this Saturday night."
Qualifying will begin at 3:15 p.m. with the green flag scheduled to be given at 8:00 p.m. The start time has changed from its originally scheduled time of 7:30 p.m. due to noise ordinance restrictions issued at the track.