USAR: South Boston Speedway - Drew Herring spotlight

SoBo's 2006 Late Model champion Drew Herring will compete in Hooters ProCup Series event Saturday SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- A familiar racer will be in attendance Saturday when the stars and cars of the USAR Hooters ProCup Series invade South ...

SoBo's 2006 Late Model champion Drew Herring will compete in Hooters ProCup Series event Saturday

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- A familiar racer will be in attendance Saturday when the stars and cars of the USAR Hooters ProCup Series invade South Boston Speedway for the running of the Miller Lite 250.

Drew Herring of Benson, N.C., the 2006 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division champion at America's Hometown Track, will be among the competitors attempting to make the 38-car field for the season-opening race for the Northern Division of the USAR Hooters ProCup Series.

Joining Herring at South Boston Speedway will surely be a host of his loyal fan base, who affectionately call themselves the "Drew Crew."

"The 'Drew Crew' is really excited about Saturday," Herring said Thursday afternoon. "From what I hear, there's a crowd of them coming up there to support us. They have always been good about being around the race track to support us."

The Miller Lite 250 is slated to get the green flag at 7 p.m. and will be preceded in the afternoon by a race for the Allison Legacy Series and a Fan Appreciation session trackside where fans will be able to get autographs and pictures of their favorite USAR Hooters ProCup Series competitors.

While the Miller Lite 250 will mark the first event of the season for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern Division competitors, the Southern Division has already competed in two events and Herring was in the field for each of those races.

Herring placed 10th out of 32 competitors at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla. on March 15, and secured a 12th place finish in the 28-car field at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, Ga. on March 29.

Saturday, however, Herring has his sights set on an even better finish.

"I think we've got a shot at it," Herring said. "Hopefully, we can go out there in the ProCup car and run as good as we have in the Late Models. I feel good about it. We've been working on the car and we think we can have a good race. It's kind of like a homecoming for me, getting back there to South Boston and racing again. It should be a good night."

Pennsylvania veteran driver Benny Gordon claimed the victory at USA International Speedway, while Michael Ritch of High Point, N.C. was the winner at South Georgia Motorsports Park.

Among the names Herring will have to contend with for the victory at South Boston Speedway in the Miller Lite 250 are veteran USAR Hooters ProCup Series drivers Gary St. Amant, the defending USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern Division champion, Gordon, a three-time Northern Division champion, Jeff Agnew and Bobby Gill, the defending USAR Hooters ProCup Series national champion and winner of last year's spring race at America's Hometown Track.

The next visit to South Boston Speedway for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series in 2008 is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9.

Grandstand gates will open on Saturday, April 19 at 3 p.m. A Fan Appreciation session will be held on the racetrack prior to the 7 p.m. start of the Miller Lite 250.

Adult general admission for the event is $15 if purchased at the speedway prior to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 18. Adult general admission price will be $20 on the day of the race. Youth, ages 7-12, will be admitted for $10 and children, ages 6 and under, will be admitted free. All youth must be accompanied by a paying adult to receive discounted admission.

For more information, visit the speedway's Web site at www.southbostonspeedway.com or phone the track at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.

-credit: sobo

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Series Stock car
Drivers Drew Herring , Jeff Agnew