USAR: Pro Cup Series gives south Georgia a boost

Hooters Pro Cup Series Gives South Georgia A Boost Cecil, GA - Last season, Cook County welcomed a new partner to the community when South Georgia Motorsports Park opened its oval track with the running of the South Georgia 250 Hooters Pro Cup...

Hooters Pro Cup Series Gives South Georgia A Boost

Cecil, GA - Last season, Cook County welcomed a new partner to the community when South Georgia Motorsports Park opened its oval track with the running of the South Georgia 250 Hooters Pro Cup Series race to a standing-room only crowd and rave reviews from fans and competitors alike.

Building on the success of last year, the national touring series returns to the state-of-the-art facility built by the Dean family which has helped put the entire southern Georgia area on the national motorsports landscape with the oval and recently awarded adjoining drag strip.

"We knew going into last year's event we were fortunate to have a race at such a beautiful facility," said USAR vice president Tony Cox. "We always want the Hooters Pro Cup Series races to bring a benefit to the track operators, competitors, fans and especially the community. We feel like we accomplished that in Cook County." The Hooters Pro Cup Series features a 30-race schedule with events held in 12 different states from Iowa to Pennsylvania to Florida. Each race is televised nationally on SPEED channel and over several different regional networks reaching a total of over 80 million households. This national exposure is a value not wasted by Cook County officials.

"The Hooters Pro Cup series is a driving financial source for our economy," noted Kerry Waldron, Cook County Economic Developer. "We will experience a $1.1 million dollar impact that weekend alone from visitors to our area. Our restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, and retail shops will greatly benefit from the Hooters Pro Cup event."

In addition to the spring event at the track on March 11, the track will host a Championship Series event in November. The Hooters Pro Cup Series was the first national touring series to hold a playoff type format to determine its national champion and this season South Georgia Motorsports Park will host one of the six prestigious events bring competitors from across the country to South Georgia.

One of those competitors looking forward to returning is the Termidor-sponsored Ford driven by Andrew Rogers. While Rogers collected his season-best finish in the race, Rogers remembered mostly how much he enjoyed meeting people while promoting the race at nearby Astro Exterminating.

"I really enjoyed racing at the track last year," said Rogers. "But I will tell you we had a great time during our appearances in town. Everyone was so nice and everyone seemed to enjoy the fact we were racing in their town. I had a great time and hopefully we can meet a lot of those same great fans this year and give them a win."

While Rogers hopes for a win on the track, Waldron adds the entire southern Georgia area and particularly Cook County wins as well.

"We feel like having two events of this stature in our community gives us a chance to show the entire country what a great place Cook County Georgia is to live, work and play," added Waldron.

The South Georgia 250 presented by Astro Exterminating & Termidor will be the second race of the season for the Hooters Pro Cup Series and due to the track hosting a Championship Series event for the first time, several Northern Division drivers will be competing in the race. Highlighting the Northern drivers will be defending Hooters Pro Cup Series champion Benny Gordon.

For more information on the South Georgia 250 presented by Astro Exterminating & Termidor, the Hooters Pro Cup Series or SGMP, please contact Craig Armstrong at 229-896-7000.

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