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Peach State to Host Naturally Fresh 250 Longs, SC-When the green flag waves to start the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Tucson at Peach State Speedway on Saturday, August 13, don't be surprised to see the entire field drop in behind Shane ...

Peach State to Host Naturally Fresh 250

Longs, SC-When the green flag waves to start the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Tucson at Peach State Speedway on Saturday, August 13, don't be surprised to see the entire field drop in behind Shane Huffman and follow his every move after what Huffman did in the April race.

In one of the best poker moves in Hooters Pro Cup history, Shane Huffman dropped to the tail end of the lead lap and rode until it was time to go. And on the ultra-abrasive surface of Peach State Speedway, Huffman's move was good enough to take the $10,000 pot in the Aaron's 250 presented by Lucas Oil Products.

After catching a timely caution, Huffman went from ninth-and nearly a lap down-to first in 41 laps and beat Clay Rogers to the finish by 1.5 sec. to take his third win of the season.

"We slowed down two seconds on the first run, because we we're spinning the tires off the corners," said Huffman, driver of the No. 81 Knight's Companies Ford. "We got blocked in on our pit stop and lost a few spots. I told the guys that we'd just drop to the back and not spin the tires the rest of the race. We were waiting until about 50 or 60 laps to go, and, fortunately, things went our way."

Since Huffman's win at Peach State, things have continued to go his way. Huffman has a series-high six wins and holds down the top spot in points.

"This season has been unreal," said Huffman. "Pete and Bud Knight have given me the opportunity of a lifetime, and I'm enjoying every minute of it."

Despite Huffman's gaudy stats, the 2003 Hooters Pro Cup Champion can ill afford to stumble down the stretch.

"Shane's got a good lead right now, but if he has problems, we'll be right there," said Clay Rogers, who sits second in points. "If he finishes in the top five each week, he's going to win the regular season. We just need to win some races and see how it shakes out."

While Rogers and Huffman have been at the front of the standings all year, Mark McFarland has quietly crept into the mix. Well, not exactly quietly.

After starting the season with a DNF, McFarland, driver of the No. 32 WINFUEL Chevy, has rattled of six consecutive top-five finishes, including his first win in the last Southern Division event.

The Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Tucson is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. The on-track autograph session will start at 5:45 p.m.

WHAT: Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Tucson #Race #21 of 30 (Southern Division Race 11 of 13)

WHERE:                 Peach State Speedway - Jefferson, GA

.500-mile, high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, August 13, 2005 - 7:00 pm (EDT)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/125 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $121,191 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)

STARTING FIELD: 32 car starting field. 34 cars possible. Fastest 28 cars through time trials. Two provisional positions for top-30 from 2005 Southern Division Driver Points Standings. Two provisionals for 2005 Southern Division top-30 Car Owner Points Standings. Two provisional starting positions available for a past Hooters Pro Cup Series champion or rookie of the year (only if necessary).

TELEVISION:                         SPEED Channel, Saturday, August 20, 2005 (10:00 pm EDT)

SPEED Channel, Friday, August 21, 2005 (12:00 Noon EDT)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, August 13, 2005:
11-1 p.m. Pro Cup Practice
2 - 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
5:45 p.m. Autograph Session
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7 p.m. Naturally Fresh presented by Tucson

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