USAR: Coastal Plains Raceway preview

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - After collecting his first career USAR Hooters ProCup Series win Saturday night at Jennerstown Speedway in the first northern division event of the season, Stacy Puryear is ready for this weekend when the Series' southern ...

FAYETTEVILLE, GA - After collecting his first career USAR Hooters ProCup Series win Saturday night at Jennerstown Speedway in the first northern division event of the season, Stacy Puryear is ready for this weekend when the Series' southern division visits Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville, NC for the running of the Naturally Fresh Mountain Spring Water 250 presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling.

"I am very impressed with the track," said Puryear. "It has a great surface and your car can get a lot of grip from it. Tire wear will not be a problem at this track - you could even go the entire race possibly on just a two-tire pit stop."

The race will be held on the tight 4/10-mile track that, according to Puryear, is similar to another track the Series has visited.

"The track is a tri-oval, somewhat like Concord Motorsport Park, except the dog-leg is located on the front stretch instead of the backstretch," Puryear said. "You'll also need all the horsepower you can get because of the good grip the surface gives these cars."

Puryear will also have a little more incentive to go for the win this weekend as his win last week was a non-points event for the southern division driver.

"While we are always happy to get a win, it wasn't a points race for us, so now we need to refocus for this weekend," added Puryear. "We have a new sponsor on board for this weekend and we want to give Bryant Heating and Cooling the recognition they deserve."

Coastal Plains Raceway is the second new track in the first four races for the southern division drivers and will give everyone entered for the weekend a new challenge in the heavier, higher horse-powered Hooters ProCup Series cars.

The southern division has had three different winners in four races, with Bobby Gill leading the way with wins at USA International and Five Flags Speedway. Current points leader Jay Fogleman collected a win at St. Augustine and enjoys a 32-point lead over Steven Christian going into this weekend. Gill stands third in the point standings, while Hal Goodson used his win at Ace Speedway to vault into fourth place in the southern division standings. Derrick Kelley completes the top-five drivers in the point standings.

"We are looking forward to a great show this weekend at Coastal Plains Raceway," said USAR President Gene Cox. "Eastern North Carolina has great race fans and we look forward to seeing everyone this weekend at the speedway. I think the fans will enjoy seeing these steel-bodied stock cars for the first time at this track. We want to thank Ronnie Humphrey and his entire staff for hosting us this weekend."

Activities will begin on Saturday with practice for the Hooters ProCup Series cars set to begin at 10:30 a.m. and qualifying set to start at 5:30 p.m. The green flag gets the Naturally Fresh Mountain Spring Water 250 presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling under way at 7:30 p.m. The Allison Legacy Series will also feature an event immediately following the USAR Hooters ProCup Series race.

-USAR-

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