USAR: Myrtle Beach: Southern Division round seven preview

Myrtle Beach Speedway to host Aaron's 250 Longs, S.C.-When people talk about Myrtle Beach, often times they mention the sand, sun and traffic. Ironically, the same words can be used to describe Myrtle Beach Speedway. Nestled just four...

Myrtle Beach Speedway to host Aaron's 250

Longs, S.C.-When people talk about Myrtle Beach, often times they mention the sand, sun and traffic. Ironically, the same words can be used to describe Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Nestled just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean, MBS has storied history of being a tire-eater due to the abrasive surface caused by the sandy soil around the Grand Strand. Many drivers hate it and others love it, but they all respect the .538-mile, D-shaped oval along the South Carolina coast.

"You've just got to take it nice and easy," said Shane Huffman, driver of the No. 88 Champion Chevrolet. "You really can't get aggressive there because it will definitely hurt you on the long runs. Myrtle Beach Speedway is just a tough old place. The guy that falls off the least is going to be the guy that wins."

Benny Gordon, driver of the No. 66 Predator Performance Ford, has been that guy of late.

Gordon, a Northern Division regular, has won four of the last five races at MBS, due in large part to his days there as a local racer.

"If I miss my line by a foot, I'll have a bad lap," said Gordon, who learned the local line competing at MBS in the All-Pro Series and a touring Super Truck division. "You've just got to be patient and hit your marks. It's a hard thing to learn. Around there, you've got to go slow to go fast."

The finicky characteristics of MBS have led it to be called a "driver's track," but it may be labeled a "crew chief's track" after Saturday.

Due to the ultra-abrasive surface, Pro Cup teams will be allowed two extra BFGoodrich Tires g-Force radials for the Aaron's 250 presented by Black's Tire & Auto Center on Saturday night. And many signal callers will use different strategies to try and win the Aaron's 250.

While the last five races at Myrtle Beach Speedway have been won by using a three-tire strategy, a two-and-four strategy may be the best bet-if luck is on your side.

"If you try to take two tires on the first stop and four on the last, you'll have to catch the cautions perfect and have perfect track position to stay on the lead lap," said Clay Rogers, who holds the track record at MBS. "The field gets spread out on the second run, so it's easy to lose a lap. I tried it a couple of years ago, pitted one caution early and we weren't able to get back to the front. You can try it, and it could work, but it'd have to be perfect."

With the competition level at an all-time high in the Hooters Pro Cup Series, several teams may take the chance to beat the traffic.

The Aaron's 250 presented by Black's Tire & Auto Service is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.

Prior to the running of the Aaron's 250, fans are encouraged to come out early and watch Advance Auto Parts Pole Qualifying at 4:30 p.m. Following qualifying, the Allison Legacy Series will run a 50-lap feature at 5:15 p.m. The on-track autograph session will begin at 6:15 p.m.

WHAT: Aaron's 250 presented by Black's Tire & Auto Service
Race No. 14 of 30 (Southern Division Race 7 of 12)

WHERE:           Myrtle Beach Speedway - Myrtle Beach, SC

.538-mile, high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 7:30 p.m. (ET)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/135 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $131,649 (Includes $36,400 Point Fund)

TELEVISION:      SPEED Channel, Wednesday, June 28, 2006 (4 p.m. ET)

SPEED Channel, Friday, June 30, 2006 (9 a.m. ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, June 24, 2006:
11:30 a.m. Pro Cup Practice Begins
1:30 p.m. Pro Cup Practice Ends
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Allison Legacy Series Practice & Qualifying
3 p.m. Front Gates Open
4:30 p.m. Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
5:15 p.m. Allison Legacy Series Race - 50 Laps
6:15 p.m. Autograph Session
7 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. Aaron's 250 presented by Black's Tire & Auto Service Center

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Shane Huffman