USAR: Concord: Southern Division round five preview

Southern Division to tackle Concord Motorsport Park Rogers to go for hat trick at former stomping ground Longs, SC-Clay Rogers calls Concord Motorsport Park home. And he should. It's the track where he cut his teeth, and a place that's...

Southern Division to tackle Concord Motorsport Park
Rogers to go for hat trick at former stomping ground

Longs, SC-Clay Rogers calls Concord Motorsport Park home. And he should.

It's the track where he cut his teeth, and a place that's given him countless memories.

"I always love running at Concord," said Rogers, driver of the No. 44 Automotive Development Group Ford. "We have won in about everything we have raced at that track, and it will feel good going back to race in front of my family and friends."

Rogers will also have chance to do something that hasn't been done since 2002: win three races in a row.

Coming off wins at South Boston (Va.) Speedway and Peach State (Ga.) Speedway, Rogers is on top of his game right now-and he knows it.

"We've got some great communication going on right now," said Rogers, who only won once in 2005. "Last season, it was tough because we were running two teams and we wrecked some cars and got behind. I haven't torn up any cars this year, and we've been able to make the cars faster rather then putting them back together."

Though Rogers has won two in a row coming into Concord, it's not nearly a forgone conclusion that he'll be in LK Designs Victory Lane at the conclusion of the Greased Lightning 250 on Saturday, April 29.

Last year, after leading a race-high 154 laps, Rogers was pushed up the track on a restart with three laps remaining by Bobby Gill, dropping him to second at the finish. Needless to say, he wasn't very happy about it.

"I lost a cylinder about 75 laps from the end," said Rogers after the race. "I used the top of track to my advantage and raced Bobby clean. If he feels good about winning the race by sticking me in the fence with a car that was on seven cylinders, that's fine."

Gill had a different view of the late-race contact.

"There was contact all night long, especially in the last 50 laps, but I let him go," said Gill, driver of the No. 06 Tidewater Interiors Ford. "What does he expect with three to go when a guy is that far up beside you? He'd a done the same thing."

Billed as the "World's Fastest Half-Mile TriOval," Concord Motorsport Park always puts on a great show for the fans, and the Greased Lightning 250 will be no exception.

Shane Huffman, driver of the No. 88 Champion/US NAVY/Snap-On Chevy, will likely be in the mix as well. While the defending Southern Division champion hasn't visited victory lane at CMP, he does have a pair of poles.

Fans are encouraged to come out early for Advance Auto Parts Pole Qualifying at 4:30 p.m. Following qualifying, the Allison Legacy Series will run a 50-lap feature starting at 5:15 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., fans will be allowed to mingle amongst the Hooters Pro Cup drivers during the on-track autograph session.

The Greased Lightning 250 presented by Naturally Fresh ® will start at 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information, call CMP at (704) 782-4221 or visit www.concordmotorsportpark.com.

2006 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts

WHAT:            Greased Lightning 250 presented by Naturally Fresh ®

Race No. 7 of 30 (Southern Division Race 5 of 12)
WHERE:           Concord Motorsport Park - Midland, NC

.500-mile, high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 7:30 p.m. (ET)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/125 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $126,649 (Includes $36,433 Point Fund)

STARTING FIELD: 32 car starting field. 34 cars possible. Fastest 28 cars through time trials. Two provisional positions for top-30 from 2006 Southern Division Driver Points Standings. Two provisionals for 2006 Southern Division top-30 Car Owner Points Standings. Two provisional starting positions available for a past Hooters Pro Cup Series champion and rookie of the year (only if necessary).

TELEVISION:      SPEED Channel, Wednesday, May 3, 2006 (5:00 p.m. ET)

SPEED Channel, Friday, May 5, 2006 (12 Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, April 29, 2006:
11:30 a.m. Pro Cup Practice Begins
1:30 p.m. Pro Cup Practice Ends
2:30-4 p.m. Allison Legacy Series Practice & Qualifying
3:30 p.m. Front Gates Open
4:30 p.m. Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
5:15 p.m. Allison Legacy Series Race -50 Laps
6:15 p.m. Autograph Session
7 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. Greased Lightning 250 pres. By Naturally Fresh ®

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Shane Huffman