USAR: South Boston: Northern Division season opener preview

Pick'em Longs, SC -- For years, the Southern Division of the Hooters ProCup Series has been known for its close competition and talented drivers. Since the inception of the Northern and Southern Divisions of the Hooters ProCup Series in 2001,...

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Longs, SC -- For years, the Southern Division of the Hooters ProCup Series has been known for its close competition and talented drivers. Since the inception of the Northern and Southern Divisions of the Hooters ProCup Series in 2001, the champion has come out of the Southern Division each time.

But when the green flag waves in the Lucas Oil 250 at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway, the Northern Division will look to steal some of the South's thunder this season.

The roster of drivers set to compete in the Northern Division this season is a virtual "Who's Who" of racing.

In addition to staples like Jeff Agnew, Jason McLellan and Kertus Davis, the Northern Division will add Benny Gordon, Johnny Rumley, Mardy Lindley and Gary St. Amant this season.

Gordon, who raced in the Southern Division last season, won Miller Lite Rookie of the Year and finished second in overall points in 2003. Gordon moved back to his hometown in DuBois, Pa., for the 2004 season and will run the No. 66 Predator Performance Ford in the North.

Mardy Lindley returns to the Northern Division after competing in the Southern Division last season. Lindley finished third in the final point standings last season. Lindley will run the No. 16 Ford this season. Mardy's father, Butch, made the No. 16 famous as a two-time NASCAR Sportsman Champion.

Rumley makes a return to the Hooters ProCup Series after several seasons of part-time competition. Rumley made one start last season and nearly won the event. Rumley, driver of the No. 8 Lucas Oil Ford, has two Busch Series wins in his career.

Gary St. Amant has tasted success in every form of racing he has attempted. Known as one of the greatest short-track drivers in the country, St. Amant will make his first start in the Hooters ProCup Series at South Boston. St. Amant is ASA's all-time money winner.

The likelihood of the winner coming from the aforementioned drivers is good, but at SOBO, anything can happen.

Last season, Mart Nesbitt picked up the first win of his career at South Boston after making 101 starts in the Hooters ProCup Series, holding off Jeff Agnew in a nailbiter.

2004 USAR Hooters ProCup Series quick Facts

WHAT:                         Lucas Oil 250

USAR Hooters ProCup Series Race #4 of 30 (Northern Division Race #1 of 12)
WHERE:                       South Boston Speedway - South Boston, VA (.400-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval)

WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 2004 -- 7:30 pm
DISTANCE: 250 Laps/100 Miles

TELEVISION: SPEED, Thursday April 22, 2004 (8:00 pm EST)

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Series Stock car
Drivers Kertus Davis , Johnny R , Jeff Agnew