USAR: Motor Mile: Northern Division round 8 preview

Motor Mile Speedway Hosts First of Two Pro Cup Races in '05 Longs, SC - On Saturday, July 16, Motor Mile Speedway will be the fifth and final track on the Championship Series schedule to host a regular season race for the Hooters Pro Cup Series...

Motor Mile Speedway Hosts First of Two Pro Cup Races in '05

Longs, SC - On Saturday, July 16, Motor Mile Speedway will be the fifth and final track on the Championship Series schedule to host a regular season race for the Hooters Pro Cup Series drivers. The Greased Lightning 250 will once again give the dedicated fans in the region a chance to preview many of the drivers they can expect to see in November when the beautiful track hosts Round No. 4 of the five-race Championship Series used to determine the Pro Cup national champion.

Last year, Benny Gordon represented the Northern Division drivers well as he was able to hold off a hard-charging Jay Fogleman to get the win in the regular season event. Gordon followed his win in July with a solid third-place showing in the November race.

While Gordon obviously will be one to watch at Motor Mile, the sentimental favorite entering the weekend has to be Jeff Agnew. Agnew, who has competed in countless late model events throughout his driving career at Motor Mile Speedway and has competed in every Hooters Pro Cup Series race ever held at the track since his championship season in 1998, hopes the Greased Lighting 250 will finally give him a win at his home track.

"We always seem to run well at New River [Motor Mile Speedway used to be known at New River Valley Speedway prior to 2004], but something has always kept us out of victory lane," said Agnew. "We always seem to be able to lead laps, but we can't lead the most important one - the last one. Hopefully, we can have a chance when we get there later [this year]."

Agnew has led 314 laps in seven of the eight races he has competed in at Motor Mile and will be among the favorites once again when the Northern Division returns on July 16.

While Agnew and Gordon will lead their Northern counterparts in Motor Mile, fans can expect to see some of the best Southern Division drivers competing as well as they get some valuable track time prior to their return in November for the Championship Series.

Defending Series champion Clay Rogers used his win at Motor Mile last November to propel him from third in the standings to challenge and eventually hold off Gordon for the title in the season finale. Rogers, Michael Ritch, Mark McFarland and Shane Huffman are pre-entered for this event. Jay Fogleman is also entered for the event and has wins in 1998 and 2003 at MMS.

For more information on the Greased Lightning 250 presented by call MMS at (540) 639-1700 or visit www.usarprocup.com.

WHAT: Greased Lightning 250
USAR Hooters ProCup Series Race #17 of 30 (Northern Division Race 8 of 12)

WHERE:                       Motor Mile Speedway - Radford, VA

.416-mile, high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 7:00 p.m. (EDT)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/104 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $121,991 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)

TELEVISION: SPEED Channel, Saturday, July 23, 2005 (10:00 p.m. EDT)
SPEED Channel, Friday, July 29, 2005 (12 Noon (EDT) Comcast Sport Southeast, Comcast SportsNet West, Check Your Local Listings

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, July 16, 2005:
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hooters Pro Cup Series Practice
2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Late Model Practice & Qualifying
4 p.m. Grandstand Front Gates Open
4:30 p.m. Hooters Pro Cup Series Qualifying
5:45 p.m. Autograph Session
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7 p.m. Greased Lightning 250
To Follow Late Model Race to Follow - 100 Laps

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Mark McFarland , Shane Huffman , Jeff Agnew