USAR: Lakeland III: Southern Division finale preview

Huffman to go for USA Int'l hat trick and Southern Division Title Longs, SC-New season. New team. Familiar results. Shane Huffman came into the 2005 surrounded by question marks. The 2003 Hooters Pro Cup Series champion had parted ways his ...

Huffman to go for USA Int'l hat trick and Southern Division Title

Longs, SC-New season. New team. Familiar results.

Shane Huffman came into the 2005 surrounded by question marks. The 2003 Hooters Pro Cup Series champion had parted ways his longtime team, Xtra Motorsports, and was moving to Summerville, SC, to join newly-formed Knight's Racing.

But it didn't take long for the new-fangled fraternity to find fruition.

Huffman took the lead from Toby Porter on Lap 148 and pulled away from Mike Garvey down the stretch to win the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Crane Cams at USA Int'l Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., on Feb. 26.

Since the teams first win, Huffman has reeled off a series-high seven wins.

"I really can't explain what's going on this season," said Huffman. "There's no one thing I can really put my finger on. I've got a great team here at Knight's Racing, and I've got the best car owners around in Bud and Pete Knight. They've given me everything I need to win each week. Words can't describe how fortunate I am to be involved with this team. I thank God everyday about where I'm at."

Where Huffman is now is where he hopes to be when the checkered flag falls in the regular-season finale: atop the point standings.

Since his season-opening win at USA Int'l, Huffman held down the point lead for four races until suffering two finishes outside the top-15 and dropping to third in points. But in the second event of the year at USA Int'l Speedway on Sunday, June 5, Huffman picked up his fourth win of the season and retook the point lead.

Huffman has added victories at Myrtle Beach, Hickory and Peach State, giving him a 46-point lead over Clay Rogers heading into the final race of the season.

If Huffman can turn the hat trick at USA Int'l in the Lucas Oil 250 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts on September 3, he will put up familiar results to his championship season in 2003.

Huffman won eight races en route to the overall championship in 2003.

"This year's been a dream," said Huffman, "and I hope I don't wake up until it's over."

The Lucas Oil 250 is scheduled for a green flag at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 12 p.m. Hooters Pro Cup qualifying will start at 5 p.m. Following the Lucas Oil 250, the FASCAR Series will run a 50-lap feature.

For ticket information, call 1-800-984-RACE or visit www.usaspeedway.com.

2005 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts

WHAT: Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts
Race #24 of 30 (Southern Division Race 13 of 13)

WHERE: USA International Speedway - Lakeland, FL
.750-mile, high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, September 3, 2005 - 7:30 pm (EDT)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/188 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $126,791 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)

STARTING FIELD: 36 car starting field. 38 cars possible. Fastest 32 cars through time trials. Two provisional positions for top-30 from 2005 Southern Division Driver Points Standings. Two provisionals for 2005 Southern Division top-30 Car Owner Points Standings. Two provisional starting positions available for a past Hooters Pro Cup Series champion or rookie of the year (only if necessary).

TELEVISION: SPEED Channel, Saturday, September 10, 2005 (10:00 pm EDT)
SPEED Channel, Friday, September 16, 2005 (12:00 Noon EDT)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, September 3, 2005:
12:00 Noon Front Gates Open
12:00-2:00 p.m. Pro Cup Practice
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Modified Practice & Qualifying
5:00 p.m. Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trial
6:15 p.m. Autograph Session
7:00 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. Lucas Oil 250 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts
To Follow Modified Race - 50 Laps

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Mike Garvey , Shane Huffman