USAR: Lucky Dog added for 2007

Lucky Dog Hits Pro Cup in '07 Orlando, Fla.-The Hooters Pro Cup Series announced today at the PRI Trade Show that the Aaron's "Lucky Dog" would be added during the '07 season. Traditionally, the Hooters Pro Cup Series version of the Lucky Dog...

Lucky Dog Hits Pro Cup in '07

Orlando, Fla.-The Hooters Pro Cup Series announced today at the PRI Trade Show that the Aaron's "Lucky Dog" would be added during the '07 season.

Traditionally, the Hooters Pro Cup Series version of the Lucky Dog only allowed the cars lined up in front of the leaders on a restart to cycle back to the lead lap. But under the new version, the first car one-lap down will move to the tail end of the field for the restart.

"This is something we've been talking about for several years," said Tony Cox, USAR Series Director. "The Hooters Pro Cup Series has tried to level the playing field on many fronts, and the 'Lucky Dog' is just an extension of that. If somebody has some bad luck early in the race, we'd hate to think that their chances of winning were over."

The second-chance theory is the reason Aaron's began its Lucky Dog program nearly two years ago.

"In racing, just like life, it's good to have a second chance," said Ken Butler, President of Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership. "The Lucky Dog was a natural fit for our company, because we don't have credit checks, but it also applies to racing. As competitive as the Hooters Pro Cup Series is, it's tough to get a lap back. I think it's going to be good for the sport. The more people that are on the lead lap makes everything a little more exciting."

There will be several differences in the version of the Lucky Dog, however.

Only cars one-lap down will be allowed to make up the lap. Also, no cars that are involved in the caution will be given the Lucky Dog.

-credit: usar

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