USAR: Lonesome Pine: Northern Division round two preview

A New Race Winner to Be Crowned This Weekend at Lonesome Pine Raceway Longs, SC - Joel Kauffman and Danny O'Quinn, Jr. are the two most recent winners at Lonesome Pine Raceway, but, with both Hooters Pro Cup Series alumni graduating to the...

A New Race Winner to Be Crowned This Weekend at Lonesome Pine Raceway

Longs, SC - Joel Kauffman and Danny O'Quinn, Jr. are the two most recent winners at Lonesome Pine Raceway, but, with both Hooters Pro Cup Series alumni graduating to the Busch Series in 2006, there will be a new name on the trophy at LPR this Saturday night when the track hosts the Food City ® 250 presented by Longhorn.

In addition to Kauffman and O'Quinn Jr., the previous four race winners are now all running in the Southern Division this season and a new name will be listed one driver who wouldn't mind having his name added is Jeff Agnew.

Agnew, who has won a track title at LPR in Late Model competition in the 90's, has ran well at the challenging .375-mile track only to have different things happen to keep him out of victory lane in Pro Cup competition. Agnew has recorded a pair of runner-up finishes and a third-place showing in seven races at LPR.

This weekend's running of the Food City 250 will feature over 35 drivers vying for just 28 starting positions, which make qualifying for the Advance Auto Parts Pole Award that much more important. Benny Gordon and Agnew have each recorded a pole at the track and Agnew added that qualifying up front is very important at every Hooters Pro Cup race - especially at LPR.

"You always want to qualify well at Lonesome Pine," Agnew said. "I really like the track and it would be a good way to get our season going with a win there. We have had a really good car there at times and had things happen to keep us from winning. Maybe this time we can get some good luck."

Another driver who is looking forward to returning to LPR is Lonnie Rush, Jr. Rush is coming off of a strong run at the season-opener for the Northern Division at South Boston two weeks ago leading 49 laps and finished 13th after running in the top-10 for most of the event. Rush will have a contingent of fans as his grandparents and family members live nearby in Wise, VA.

"We had a great run at South Boston and can't wait to get there this weekend," Rush added. "We hope to see a lot of people out there Saturday night."

In addition to the race Saturday night, race title sponsor Food City will hold its 8th Annual Food City Rev-It-Up Party at the Food City in the Marty Shopping Center Friday afternoon from 4 until 7 p.m. Fans can come out and meet some of their favorite drivers. Drivers scheduled to appear are: 2005 Miller Lite Rookie of the Year Woody Howard, A.J. Frank, Rush, Ken Butler, III and rookie competitor Dominick Casola will be on hand. Greased Lightning once again will be out with their driver Tim Bainey, Jr. There will be free food, drinks, prizes and the Hooters Pro Cup Series souvenir trailer will also be at the shopping center.

Advance tickets can be purchased at O'Quinn Trailer Sales and will also be available at the Rev-It-Up Party. For more information please visit www.lpraceway.com

2006 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts

WHAT:            Food City ® 250 presented by Longhorn

Race No. 6 of 30 (Northern Division Race 2 of 12)
WHERE:           Lonesome Pine Raceway - Coeburn, VA

.375-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 7 p.m. (ET)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/94 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $121,649 (Includes $36,433 Point Fund)

TELEVISION:      SPEED Channel, Wednesday, April 26, 2006 (5:00 p.m. ET)

SPEED Channel, Friday, April 28, 2006 (12 Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, April 22, 2006:
11 a.m. Pro Cup Practice Begins
1 p.m. Pro Cup Practice Ends
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Allison Legacy Series Practice & Qualifying
4 p.m. Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
4:45 p.m. Allison Legacy Series Race - 50 Laps
5:45 p.m. Autograph Session
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7 p.m. Food City ® 250 presented by Longhorn

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Series Stock car
Drivers Joel Kauffman , Danny O'Quinn , Dominick Casola , A.J. Frank , Ken Butler , Jeff Agnew