Hooters Pro Cup Cars to Crowd CMP Naturally Fresh 250 Â® to test mettle of many Myrtle Beach, S.C.-If Bristol Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway had an offspring, it would be Concord Motorsport Park. The half-mile track is lightning fast and...
Hooters Pro Cup Cars to Crowd CMP
Naturally Fresh 250 ® to test mettle of many
Myrtle Beach, S.C.-If Bristol Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway had an offspring, it would be Concord Motorsport Park. The half-mile track is lightning fast and features a dogleg down the backstretch that tests the mettle of many a driver. The key to winning the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Greased Lightning on Saturday, April 28 will be to not lift down the backstretch. Sounds easy enough, doesn't it? Well, that is until you try it.
"I just try to convince myself that I can get through there without lifting. You almost have to trick yourself into doing it," said rookie Trevor Bayne, driver of the No. 29 Chevy Racing Chevrolet. "Down the backstretch, it feels like a rollercoaster that is just waiting to be derailed."
Last year, Shane Huffman derailed Clay Rogers' hopes of winning at his home track on the last lap, bumping Rogers out of the lead in the final corner of the race to win the Greased Lightning 250. But without Huffman and Rogers in the field this time around, all eyes will be on Bobby Gill, seeing if he can keep up his dominance at CMP. Gill has three wins, four top-five finishes and six top-10s in eight starts at the track.
"Clay [Rogers] liked to call this place his home track, but I was racing here before they put the dogleg in," said Gill, driver of the No. 06 USG Sheetrock Brand Ford.
If Gill's past record at CMP doesn't intimidate some drivers, his solid start to '07 should. Gill has led laps in each of his three races this season, won once and picked up three top-three finishes.
"The car we're running now is the car that won [Southern National] with last year; we've found something that works on it," said Gill. "Every time we've unloaded it this year, it's been fast right off the trailer. I've been thinking about what I'm going to do to the car at Concord for the last two weeks. I can't wait for it to get here."
Nor can the fans. If you throw 32 of the best drivers in the country on a breath-taking rollercoaster, a five-ticket time should be had by all.
The Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Greased Lightning at CMP is schedule for a start time of 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Fans are encourage to come out early and catch BFGoodrich Tires Pole Qualifying at 4:30 p.m. Prior to the on-track autograph session at 6:15 p.m., the Allison Legacy Series will compete in a 50-lap feature at 5:15 p.m.
For more information, contact CMP at (704) 782-4221 or visit www.concordmotorsportpark.com
2007 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts for the Aaron's Southern Division
WHAT: Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Greased Lightning
WHERE: Concord Motorsport Park (CMP), Concord, NC
.5-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval
WHEN: Saturday April 28, 2007
DISTANCE: 250 Laps/ 125 Miles
POSTED AWARDS: $122,670 (Includes $37,000 Point Fund)
STARTING FIELD: 32 car starting field - 34 cars possible - Fastest 28 cars through time trials - two provisional position from 2006 Northern Division top- 30 Driver Points Standings and two provisional position from 2006 Northern Division top-30 Owner points Standing. Provisional for past Champion and past Rookie of the Year (only if necessary)
SPEED Channel Wednesday May 9, 2007 (4 p.m. ET)
Friday, May11, 2007 (12 Noon ET)
Saturday April 28, 2007:
11:30 a.m. USAR HPCS Practice Begin
1:30 p.m. USAR HPCS Practice Ends
2:15 p.m. Chapel Service (Engines Off)
2:30-3:00pm Allison Legacy Series Practice
3:30 pm Allison Legacy Series Qualifying
3:30 pm Front Gate opens
4:30 pm Naturally Fresh 250 Qualifying for the USAR HPCS
5:15 pm Allison Legacy Series Race 50 Laps
6:15 pm Wraps Ink on track Autograph Session for the USAR HPCS
7:00 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies for the Naturally Fresh 250
7:30 p.m. Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Greased Lightning