All-In Race at South Georgia Motorsports Park
Championship Contenders Eying Dan Duncan Aaron's 250
Myrtle Beach, S.C.--The chips are in the pot, the top-10 drivers are all in and the fans at South Georgia Motorsports Park are in for a no-holds-barred fight for the Hooters Pro Cup Series National Championship in the Dan Duncan Memorial Aaron's 250 presented by Jerry Kelley GMC Pontiac on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Over 110 teams started the season with visions of hoisting the coveted hardware, but those numbers have been trimmed to less than 15 teams with a legitimate shot at the title. Coming into the Aaron's 250, less than 150 points separate the top 15 in points. That may sound like a lot, but under the Pro Cup point system, drivers can gain up to 116 points on a competitor in a single event. Benny Gordon, who sits eighth in points, 98 points behind Gill, could walk out of South Georgia with the point lead. Even so, some believe that the trophy could already be engraved.
"Bobby Gill knows exactly what he has to do to win the title," said Michael Ritch, the Aaron's Southern Division champion. "If he doesn't have any problems, he's your champion."
Ritch, who is 11th in points, may be right. Gill, driver of the No. 06s USG Sheetrock/Kimnach Ford, has three titles to his name, a series-high 45 wins and over $1.7 million in career earnings. But the Championship Series is about what you've done lately--and Trevor Bayne has done a lot.
After suffering a mechanical failure in the opening round at Mansfield, the 16-year-old driver has finishes of second and first in the last two races and jumped from 13th to second in the standings, just 15 points behind Gill.
"I guess winning races will do that for you," said Bayne, driver of the No. 29s Strutmasters.com/DEI Chevrolet. "We jumped in the points after finishing second at Iowa, but I can't believe we [closed] that much after winning Myrtle Beach. That's just awesome for us."
While the old-school-new-school battle will be fun to watch at SGMP, Mike Garvey, driver of the No. 17s JaniKing Ford, shouldn't be overlooked. With back-to-back, top-5 finishes, Garvey has pulled to within 54 points of Gill in the championship chase.
"I'm real confident about our chances to win the title," said Garvey. "We ran well at South Georgia in the first time around, but we had a motor break. We'll go through the car and make sure we do the best we can there. But I can't wait to get to Lakeland [USA Int'l Speedway]. That's my favorite racetrack in the whole world. These last two races are going to be good. Everybody better be watching."
And when the dust settles, everyone will have a better understanding of who has the best hand.
Front gates will open at SGMP at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. Awesome Awnings Pole Qualifying will start at 4:30 p.m. for the Hooters Pro Cup machines. The Wraps INK autograph session will start at 5:45 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. and the green flag will wave at 7 p.m. for the start of the Aaron's 250.
For ticket information, call (229) 896-7000 or visit www.sgmpracing.com.
WHAT: Dan Duncan Memorial Aaron's 250 presented by Jerry Kelley GMC Pontiac
WHERE: South Georgia Motorsports Park, Cecil, GA
.5-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval
WHEN: Saturday October 20, 2007
DISTANCE: 250 Laps/ 125 Miles
POSTED AWARDS: $134,470 (Includes $37,000 Point Fund)
STARTING FIELD: 36 car starting field --1-32 qualifying time trails positions, 33 -34 provisional from the final divisional points, one south, one north (first eligible); 35-36- provisional from current Championship driver points
TELEVISION: SPEED Channel
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 (4 p.m. ET)
Friday, November 2, 2007 (12 Noon ET)
Saturday October 20, 2007:
11:30 a.m. USAR HPCS Practice Begin
1:30 p.m. USAR HPCS Practice Ends
3:00 p.m. Front Gate Opens
4:30 p.m. Awesome Awnings Qualifying for the USAR HPCS
5:45 p.m. Wraps Ink on track Autograph Session for the USAR HPCS
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies for the Aaron's 250
7:00 p.m. Aaron's 250