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Peach State Plays Pivotal Role Aaron's 250 crucial in point race Myrtle Beach, S.C.-Shane Huffman knows what he has to do, but Clay Rogers knows what he has to do as well. And knowing and doing will be the difference in the Southern Division...

Peach State Plays Pivotal Role
Aaron's 250 crucial in point race

Myrtle Beach, S.C.-Shane Huffman knows what he has to do, but Clay Rogers knows what he has to do as well. And knowing and doing will be the difference in the Southern Division title.

Coming into the Aaron's 250 presented by Greased Lightning at Peach State Speedway, Rogers holds down the top spot in the Southern Division points by 87 markers over Shane Huffman.

"We just have to keep running like we have, and we'll be fine," said Rogers. "We can't afford to have any bad nights."

So far this season, Rogers, driver of the No. 44 Automotive Development Group Ford, hasn't had but one bad outing in the Southern Division.

Rogers' only finish outside of the top-10 in the Southern Division came at South Georgia Motorsports Park when he finished 22nd. Since then, the 2004 Hooters Pro Cup Champion has reeled off three wins and four second-place finishes to move from sixth to first in points.

"Clay and those guys are tough right now," said Huffman. "We've got our work cut out for us, and we've got to get better to beat them. He's in the driver's seat in the points. It's going to take him having some bad luck for us to catch him."

Huffman could also go on a winning streak to catch the ever-steady Rogers, although it would likely take three wins in a row to do it.

With 155 points going to the winner and 140 points going to the second-place finisher, Huffman would need to win each race, pick up bonus points for leading the most laps and the halfway lap in each event. If so, Huffman could make up 90 points on Rogers, even if Rogers finished second in each event. But, if Rogers picks up any bonus points, the scenario wouldn't work. And considering the last three races on the schedule are tracks that Rogers has won on, the likelihood of Rogers losing the title without a poor effort is slim.

The Aaron's 250 presented by Greased Lightning is slated for a 7 p.m. green flag. Fans are encouraged to come out early for Advance Auto Parts Pole Qualifying at 4 p.m. Following Pro Cup time trials, the Allison Legacy Series will run a 50-lap feature at 4:45 p.m.

Immediately following the Legacy race, fans will be allowed on the frontstrech of PSS to take part in an on-track autograph session at 5:45 p.m.

For more information, call (706) 387-7490 or visit www.peachstspeedway.com

Fast Facts:

WHAT:            Aaron's 250 presented by Greased Lightning

Race No. 20 of 30 (Southern Division Race 10 of 12)
WHERE:           Peach State Speedway - Jefferson, GA

.500-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 7 p.m. (ET)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/100 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $126,649 (Includes $36,400 Point Fund)

TELEVISION:      SPEED Channel, Wednesday, August 16, 2006 (4 p.m. ET)

SPEED Channel, Friday, August 18, 2006 (Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, August 12, 2006:
11 a.m. Pro Cup Practice Begins
1 p.m. Pro Cup Practice Ends
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Allison Legacy Series Practice & Qualifying
3 p.m. Front Gates Open
4 p.m. Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
4:45 p.m. Allison Legacy Series Race - 50 Laps
5:45 p.m. Autograph Session
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7 p.m. Aaron's 250 presented by Greased Lightning

Aaron's 250 presented by Greased Lightning Notes of Interest:

. This will be the 20th Hooters Pro Cup Series race ever held at the historic Georgia short track. Only USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL has hosted more Pro Cup races.

. Shane Huffman leads all drivers with four wins at Peach State Speedway. All four wins have come since 2001.

. The last Hooters Pro Cup Series race at Peach State Speedway featured 17 lead changes.

. Peach State Speedway has produced 12 different winners over 19 races. There have only been four drivers to have repeat wins, Shane Huffman (4), Mardy Ward (3), Bobby Gill (2), and Mario Gosselin (2).

. In the spring race at Peach State, Miller Lite "Rookie of the Year" contenders Trevor Bayne and Dange Hanniford both led laps for the first time in their Pro Cup career.

. Wayne Willard calls Peach State Speedway home and in the spring race Willard had his best Pro Cup series start (2nd) and best finish (3).

. Only 4 times in the 19 races held at Peach State has the pole sitter went on the win the race. Clay Rogers became the fourth driver to accomplish this in the spring race. Others who accomplish this are Shane Huffman (2003), Jason Sarvis (2002) and Chad Chaffin (1998).

-credit: usar

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Trevor Bayne , Chad Chaffin , Mario Gosselin , Shane Huffman