USAR: Myrtle Beach CS: Round three preview

The Championship Series churns toward Myrtle Beach Longs, SC-Some say that no one race is any more important than the next, but the Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 presented by Black's Tire Service at Myrtle Beach Speedway may be an exception to...

The Championship Series churns toward Myrtle Beach

Longs, SC-Some say that no one race is any more important than the next, but the Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 presented by Black's Tire Service at Myrtle Beach Speedway may be an exception to the rule.

Shane Huffman and Bobby Gill are currently tied for the point lead, and the top-six drivers are separated by just 45 points coming into the third race of the Championship Series, making the Bi-Lo 250 a crucial race in the title chase.

"Myrtle Beach is definitely going to be an important race for us," said Gordon, driver of the No. 66 Predator Performance Ford. "The points are so tight right now. How you finish at Myrtle Beach is going to affect how the season turns out."

If history is any indication, Gordon's should turn out pretty well.

Gordon, a former regular at MBS, has won the last two events at MBS. Gordon's win in the June race at MBS marked the first time a Northern Division driver has ever won a Southern Division event.

"I think this is our best chance at another win in the Championship Series," said Gordon, who won the last Championship Series event at Mansfield. "We've got a lot of seat time at the track, and we've had the fastest car there several times in past."

But at MBS, the past doesn't mean very much.

"Myrtle Beach is certainly a lot different than any other track that we go to," said Shane Huffman, driver of the No. 84 John Morrell Dinner Bell Ford. "The track throws so many different things at you that it's hard to get a good handle on it."

Huffman, who is currently tied with Bobby Gill for the point lead, is the last driver besides Gordon to win at MBS. Huffman was less than a mile from winning last year's Championship Series event at MBS, but the 2003 Hooters ProCup champion tangled with Gordon and crashed with one lap remaining. Huffman went on to win the final two races of the Championship Series and the title last season, but, with the current point standings so tight, a bad race at Myrtle Beach will make repeating as champion a daunting task.

"It's a make-or-break race," said Huffman. "One of the top-six drivers is going to run well. Whoever hits the setup the best is going to win the race. If it's not us, we have to make sure that we get out of there with a top-five finish."

The Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 presented by Black's Tire Service will start at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. Front gates will open to the general public at 3 p.m. ProCup time trials will be at 4:30 p.m.

The Allison Legacy Series will run a 50-lap feature at 5:30 p.m. The Hooters ProCup drivers will conduct an on-track autograph session at 6:15 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact MBS at (843) 236-0500 or visit www.usarprocup.com.

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