USAR: USA-Lakekand: Event preview

Series: The USAR Hooters ProCup Series began with 3 exhibition races held during 1996. Entering into the sixth year of competition, the series will again be split into two divisions, Northern and Southern, for a schedule of regional races then...

Series: The USAR Hooters ProCup Series began with 3 exhibition races held during 1996. Entering into the sixth year of competition, the series will again be split into two divisions, Northern and Southern, for a schedule of regional races then combine the top drivers from each division for a five race championship series. More than 100 drivers and teams have registered their intentions of racing in the ProCup Series for 2002. The 2002 schedule is comprised of 32 races, 30 of which will be seen on Speed Channel on a tape delay basis. In excess of $1 million is offered in the points championship program with $250,000 to be awarded to the 2002 series champion.

Cars: The ProCup cars are 3300 pound, 105 inch wheelbase, steel bodied stock cars powered by normally aspirated V-8’s producing approximately 550 horsepower. The Ford Taurus and Chevrolet Monte Carlo are the prodominent choice of make and model by many teams however several teams are contemplating a change to the Dodge Intrepid. Many cars are now built specifically to race on the ProCup tour but some cars have had previous use in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series.

Race: This event is the 101st USAR Hooters ProCup race and is the first race of 2002 marking the beginning of the season for the Southern division.

Bobby Gill: The 3 time ProCup champion has 5 wins in 11 ProCup starts at USA and 6 wins in 18 starts overall at USA. Bobby is just $8,800 short of reaching the $1 million career earnings mark in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series. With 58 starts, Gill is tied with Mario Gosselin in all-time career win in the series at 18.

Hal Goodson: Hal Goodson teams with Jason Sarvis for a two car effort from RBR Racing in 2002. Hal short tenure in the ProCup series has gained him 6 trips to the Winners Circle in 31 starts including 2 wins in the 2001 Championship Series.

Shane Huffman: With 4 wins in 2001 Huffman will sport a change in sponsors on the number 84 with Jennie-O Turkey Store.

Steve Christian: The combination of Haskell Willingham and Steve Christian is again set for the 2002 ProCup season. Christian collected both of his career wins behind the wheel of the number 16 and is a previous winner of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Hooters 300 at USA.

Florida Drivers: David“ Buggy” Pletcher will make his first start since winning the Northern Series finale at Chemung Speedrome last September. The second generation driver has also been very competitive at USA finishing second by .001 second to another local Florida driver Derrick Kelley. Kelley, who has 3 wins on his resume including 2 at USA, is also on the pre-entry list. Billy Mowery, Keith Roggen, Luke Hill and Tony Amico join the list of rookies entered in the race.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mario Gosselin , Shane Huffman , Tony Amico , Alan Kulwicki