USAR: Hickory: Southern Division preview

Huffman Ready to Conquer Hickory MYRTLE BEACH, SC - As the 2004 regular season for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series heads into the stretch run competitors are racing to finish as high as they can in the point standings to ensure...

Huffman Ready to Conquer Hickory

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - As the 2004 regular season for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series heads into the stretch run competitors are racing to finish as high as they can in the point standings to ensure a good seeding heading into the Championship Series. The drivers will have their hands full when they visit Hickory Motor Speedway for the running of the Ingles 250 presented by Tucson Saturday night July 10.

The race at HMS usually brings a high car count as many of the teams from the division live within a couple of hours of the challenging .363-mile track. While Bobby Gill stands as the all-time leader in wins at the track with three, one driver always looks forward to coming home and hopes this year will add his name to the list as multiple race winners at Hickory.

Shane Huffman won his first-ever Hooters ProCup Series race at the track last year and while he has already visited victory lane once this season at New Smyrna Speedway, the Hickory native wants to get it done at Hickory again.

Huffman has proven he can get the job done. Huffman was able to capture the ultimate prize in winning the 2003 Hooters ProCup Series championship, but one accomplishment during that championship season probably stood out more than anything else - a win at his home track Hickory Motor Speedway.

Huffman, who had competed at the historic track since beginning his career in mini stocks and eventually winning a track championship in 1999, had never been able to put his car into victory lane at his home track until last year.

Huffman dominated the race last year leading an impressive 245 of 254 laps in getting his first win at home and hopes the Ingles 250 presented by Tucson can bring him his second win at HMS.

"I always love coming back to Hickory," said Huffman recently. "It gives us a chance to race in front of our family and friends and we hope to have another party after the race like we did last year (after getting our first win there). We had some good runs before but always had a monkey on our back, last year we were able to get rid of it and get the win."

Another driver looking forward to Hickory is Jason Sarvis. Sarvis won the second race at the track last season and the 2002 Hooters ProCup Series champion is looking forward driving for new car owner Jimmy Spencer.

The Ingles 250 presented by Tucson will featured a 32-car field for 250 laps of non-stop action.

"Hickory always provides a great race for the fans," said USAR Director of Operations Tony Cox. "The track is so tight the drivers can't get away from one another which means there is racing throughout the field all night long."

In addition to the Ingles 250, the Allison Legacy Series will also feature a 50 lap race immediately after Hooters ProCup Series qualifying. The Legacy cars have competed numerous times at Hickory Motor Speedway and will feature over 20 of the best up and coming young drivers in the country competing in the scaled version of Nextel Cup cars.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Shane Huffman