USAR: Shenandoah: Northern Division round three preview

Shrenandoah ready for Hooters Pro Cup stars Longs, SC - Each year the Hooters Pro Cup Series usually makes a new addition to its schedule and this year is no different when the series visits Shenandoah Speedway for the first time this Thursday...

Shrenandoah ready for Hooters Pro Cup stars

Longs, SC - Each year the Hooters Pro Cup Series usually makes a new addition to its schedule and this year is no different when the series visits Shenandoah Speedway for the first time this Thursday night May 4. The Farmer's Foods 250 presented by 98 Rock will feature the 3,300- pound, steel bodied stock cars for the first time at Shenandoah and one driver who has tested at the track and thinks it will be an interesting race is Jeff Agnew.

Agnew is coming off of his first win of the season two weeks ago at Lonesome Pine Raceway and says his team is excited after getting their earliest win ever in a Pro Cup season. "We always seem to have a good car but could never put things together and have any luck this early in the season," said Agnew. "We thought we were going to have a great year last year but things didn't work out that way. Maybe we can have that great year this year. To win this early in the year really means something for our team."

Agnew has been one of the drivers to test at Shenandoah and he said the track has its own definite characteristics. The 1998 series champion thinks the track will offer several unique challenges to the competitors and will test their ability to set their car up for the unique layout of the track.

"I think the problem area for the guys will be off of turn two," Agnew said. "The track seems to really get narrow coming off of the turn and it could be a challenge. It has some characteristics of some of the tracks we have been to like [Illiana] or Lake Erie with sweeping turns in three and four and flat."

Agnew enters this weekend with a narrow five-point lead over Benny Gordon in the Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division point standings (305-300).

Front gates will open on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. and on-track activity for the Farmer's Foods 250 presented by 98 Rock will get underway at 11:30 a.m. Qualifying for the Advance Auto Parts Pole Award will begin at 4:30 p.m. and fans are encouraged to come to the driver's autograph session to meet their favorite driver at 5:45 p.m. The green flag will fly for the Farmers Foods 250 presented by 98 Rock at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information please contact Shenandoah Speedway at 540-652-1108.

2006 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts

WHAT: Farmer's Foods 250 presented by 98 Rock
Race No. 8 of 30 (Northern Division Race 3 of 12)

WHERE: Shenandoah Speedway - Shenandoah, VA
.375-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 7 p.m. (ET)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/94 Miles

TELEVISION: SPEED Channel, Wednesday, May 10, 2006 (5:00 p.m. ET)
SPEED Channel, Friday, May 12, 2006 (12 Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Thursday, May 4, 2006:
11 a.m. Front Gates Open
11:30 a.m. Pro Cup Practice Begins
1:30 p.m. Pro Cup Practice Ends
4:30 p.m. Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
5:45 p.m. Autograph Session
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7 p.m. Farmer's Foods 250 presented by 98 Rock

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jeff Agnew