USAR: Lonesome Pine: Northern Division preview

WHAT: FOOD CITY 250 presented by WDIC 92.1 FM USAR Hooters ProCup Series Race ...

WHAT:                         FOOD CITY 250 presented by WDIC 92.1 FM

USAR Hooters ProCup Series Race #6 of 30 (Northern Division Race #2 of 12)

WHERE: Lone Pine Raceway -- Coeburn, VA (3/8-mile, high-banked asphalt oval)

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2004 -- 7:00 pm

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/94 Miles

TELEVISION:                SPEED Channel, Thursday, May 6, 2004 (8:00 pm EST)

SPEED Channel, Friday, May 7, 2004 (12:00 noon (EST)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, May 1, 2004:
11:00 am -- 1:00 pm Hooters ProCup Series Practice
2:00 pm -- 3:30 pm Allison Legacy Series Practice and Qualifying
3:30 pm Grandstand Front Gates Open
4:00 pm Hooters ProCup Series Qualifying
5:00 pm Allison Legacy Series Race -- 50 Laps
5:45 pm Autograph Session
6:30 pm Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:00 pm FOOD CITY 250 presented WDIC 92.1 FM

LONGS, SC -- The USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern Division competitors will make another annual stop to the beautiful mountains of southeast Virginia for the Food City 250 at Lonesome Pine Raceway on Saturday, May 1st. The Food City 250 presented by WDIC 92.1 FM will mark the second event in the 12-race regular season for the Northern Division competitors.

For the past two seasons, Lonesome Pine Raceway has hosted a Northern Division event with Mardy Lindley and Jay Fogleman collecting wins in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

Over 30 drivers are expected to participate in the race at the challenging layout the raceway provides. Fogleman is now competing in the Hooters ProCup Series Southern Division full-time which leaves Mardy Lindley as the only driver pre-registered capable of becoming the first repeat winner at the track since Bobby Gill won back-to-back races in 1999 and 2000.

Lindley led a total of 199 of 250 laps in dominating fashion in 2002 to claim his first win at Lonesome Pine. Jeff Agnew, a former track champion at Lonesome Pine Raceway and race winner from his late model days, hopes to return to victory lane in his home state.

Agnew finished second to Lindley in 2002 and qualified on the outside pole last season before getting collected in an early-race accident ending his chances for a win. Agnew, who became the only driver in the history of the Series to sweep both national championship and rookie of the year honors in the same season, will be one of the heavy favorites at Lonesome Pine.

One driver who is looking forward to competing in the Food City 250 is Coeburn native Danny O'Quinn, Jr. O'Quinn, Jr., who is currently competing in the Southern Division full-time, is ready to try and improve on his ninth-place finish in last year's Food City 250.

"I can't wait to race at Lonesome Pine," said O'Quinn, Jr. "We have a lot of family and friends who can't travel to a lot of the races so it's nice to have a race here in our hometown so they can watch us. Hopefully we can get our first win (in the Series) there."

In addition to the Food City 250, the 6th annual Hooters ProCup Food City Rev-It-Up Party in scheduled on Friday, April 30 from 4-7 pm at the Food City in Coeburn. Hooters ProCup Series drivers, showcars, the Food City Big Cart are just some of the attractions for local fans to come out and see at the annual event. Free food samples will be available while they last and autograph cards and prizes will be available to fans while they last.

For more information on advance tickets or the Food City 250, contact Lonesome Pine Raceway at 276-395-5001.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Danny O'Quinn , Jeff Agnew