USAR: Myrtle Beach CS: Round 3 championship preview

Championship Series Churns Toward Myrtle Beach Speedway Longs, SC-If there is one track in the Championship Series that leaves Hooters Pro Cup drivers scratching their heads, it's Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway (MBS). "You can test all you want,...

Championship Series Churns Toward Myrtle Beach Speedway

Longs, SC-If there is one track in the Championship Series that leaves Hooters Pro Cup drivers scratching their heads, it's Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway (MBS).

"You can test all you want, but all that does is make you get in a fight with your crew chief on race day," said Gordon, driver of the No. 66n Predator Performance Ford. "The track changes each time you go there."

And Gordon speaks with knowledge.

The former Ladson, S.C., resident won three out of the last four races at MBS, including two in the Championship Series.

"Myrtle Beach Speedway is my favorite track on the circuit," said Gordon, who now resides in DuBois, Pa. "I don't really have a secret to getting around the track. I just try to drive as hard as I can every lap. That's the only thing that works for me."

Gordon never got a chance to further his theory in the June race at MBS as his bid for a fourth consecutive win lasted just five laps. After pacing practice, Gordon, making an out-of-division start, was forced to start 31st when qualifying was rained out.

While trying to make his way to the front, Gordon was forced into the backstretch wall by another car, ending his win streak at the D-shaped oval.

Though the wreck officially took Gordon out of contention for the win, Shane Huffman may have been able to break Gordon's streak without the wreck.

Huffman, driver of the No. 81s Knight's Companies Ford, led a race-high 123 laps en route to the win earlier this season.

"I feel like we have a great setup for Myrtle Beach," said Huffman. "Benny's going to be tough, as well as a few others, but I think we've got a car that can win."

Collectively, Gordon and Huffman have won the last five races at MBS.

While most of the field will by eyeing the dominant duo, several other drivers in the 36-car field will try to put their names on the contender list.

Jason Sarvis, driver of the No. 16s Naturally Fresh Ford, won the 1999 MBS Championship in Late Model Stocks and went to victory lane at MBS in 2002 en route to the Pro Cup Championship. Sarvis had a strong run going in the June race before crashing out on Lap 146.

Though he's only made one start at MBS, Gary St. Amant, driver of the No. 11 JEGS.com Chevy, could be the darkhorse in the Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 presented by Black's Tire Service.

"We had a great car there last year," said St. Amant. "Our team has been improving over the last few races, and I honestly feel we can win a race in the Championship Series."

The Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 is scheduled to take the green flag at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22. Fans are encourage to come out early to catch Advance Auto Parts Pole Qualifying at 4:30 p.m. Immediately following qualifying, the Allison Legacy Series will run a 50-lap feature. The on-track autograph session will start at 6:15 p.m. Front gates open at 3 p.m. For more information, call MBS at (843) 236-0500.

2005 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts

WHAT: Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 presented by Blacks Tire Service
Race #27 of 30 (Championship Race 3 of 5)

WHERE:                 Myrtle Beach Speedway - Myrtle Beach, SC

.538-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 7:30 pm (ET)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/135 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $135,291 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)

STARTING FIELD: 36 car starting field. 38 cars possible. Fastest 36 cars through time trials. One Provisional position possible for a driver who finished in the final Top-15 regular season in their respective division. Only one provisional allowed per division (only if necessary).

TELEVISION:                         SPEED Channel, Saturday, October 29, 2005 (10:00 p.m. ET)

SPEED Channel, Friday, November 4, 2005 (12 Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, October 22, 2005:
11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Pro Cup Practice
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Alison Legacy Practice & Qualifying
4:30 p.m. Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
5:15 p.m. Alison Legacy Series Race - 50 Laps
6:15 p.m. Autograph Session
7:00 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 presented by Blacks Tire Service

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