USAR: Mansfield Motorsports Park pre-race notes

USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Invades Mansfield on June 14 Some of the finest, roughest, and toughest short track drivers in the nation will converge on Mansfield Motorsports Park on Saturday as the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division...

USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Invades Mansfield on June 14

Some of the finest, roughest, and toughest short track drivers in the nation will converge on Mansfield Motorsports Park on Saturday as the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division returns for the Greased Lightning 250 at the 0.5-mile banked oval.

With 35 of the toughest competitors in short track racing on site one might think it would be hard to pick a pre-race favorite -- but that simply is not the case.

Benny Gordon, from Dubois, PA, has the best winning percentage of any driver in the series. On average, he has collected a checkered flag in one of every three races he's started. Three of his career wins have come at Mansfield, although he could only manage a pair of fifth-place runs in the two races at MMP last year.

And that makes him mad.

"It ticks me off when I don't win," said Gordon, "especially if a Southern Division guy comes up here and beats us."

Don't try consoling Gordon with the notion of a "good points night" either. He wants to win and settling for anything less is a disappointment.

"I get mad when people say, 'You had a good points night,'" said Gordon, who, ironically, is the Northern Division point leader entering the weekend. "If people actually think that I go out there trying to get points, they're crazy. All I care about is winning the race. That's it."

Last year's Greased Lightning 250 was indeed won by a Southern Division driver, Mark McFarland. After winning recently at the famed Milwaukee Mile, McFarland will be back to defend his victory at Mansfield.

Gordon was running among the leaders in the final stages of the recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Mansfield before running out of fuel within sight of the checkered flag. He plans to vent his frustrations on his fellow Hooters Pro Cup Series drivers this weekend.

"I'm going [to Mansfield] to win," said Gordon. "Anything less will be a let down for our team."

Other notables on the preliminary entry list include Cincinnati's Danny Jackson, Delaware's Gary St. Amant, Pickerington's Lonnie Rush, Jr., A.J. Frank, Jay Fogelman, Jeff Agnew, and Tom Hessert III.

The Greased Lightning 250 is scheduled for a 7 P.M. start on Saturday June 14. Spectator gates open at 3:30 P.M. Advance tickets are just $25 and are available on the track's website, www.mansfieldmotorsportsonline.com or by calling (419) 525-RACE (7223). Tickets are also available at the gate on race day for $30.

-credit: -MMP-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Tom Hessert , Mark McFarland , A.J. Frank , Jeff Agnew