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South Georgia Motorsports Park set for inaugural Pro Cup race Longs, SC-When the Hooters Pro Cup Series invades South Georgia Motorsports Park on Saturday, March 12, history will be made at the newly renovated facility. The Hooters Pro Cup 250...

South Georgia Motorsports Park set for inaugural Pro Cup race

Longs, SC-When the Hooters Pro Cup Series invades South Georgia Motorsports Park on Saturday, March 12, history will be made at the newly renovated facility.

The Hooters Pro Cup 250 will be the first, major stock-car touring series event to be held in the southern Georgia area in over 30 years.

And track manager Craig Armstrong is ready for the race.

``We are working hard to get ready for our first race,'' said Armstrong. ``Everyone in the entire area has been working hard to make sure this first event is a success. We are proud to have the Pro Cup cars in here for our first event.''

The facility is owned by Larry and Shad Dean. With great vision, town support and hard work, the Dean's created something everyone in the region should be proud of and a huge crowd is expected for the race on Saturday, March 12 according to Armstrong.

``The acceptance of motorsports is well-known in our area,'' said Armstrong. ``When you add the support of the people and the fact that this is one of the fastest growing areas in the southeast along I-75, we should have a great year.''

The half-mile track adjacent to the drag strip will host the 3,300 pound, steel-bodied stock cars and feature progressively banked corners to help provide great side by side racing for the fans.

The track also features Musco lighting which will be used as the cameras from SPEED Channel will be on hand to tape the race. The race will be shown tape-delayed to over 60 millions subscribers nationwide, highlighting the new show piece of Cecil, GA.

"It's great for the [Hooters Pro Cup] Series to be going to a place this nice," said Jay Fogleman, driver of the No. 4 Lucas Oil Ford. "The [Hooters Pro Cup] Series has grown a lot over the years, and tracks like South Georgia Motorsports Park are important for us to have on the schedule."

The track hosted a media/test day on Monday, Feb. 28, giving Pro Cup drivers the opportunity to get on the track, the local media a chance to see the cars in action and local dignitaries a look a the fruition of a dream.

"The turnout of community support at the test day was impressive," said Fogleman. "They're really behind the facility, and that helps to bring the fans in. And the track is going to be a great place for fans to watch a race."

The work and support of the Dean family put in to make South Georgia Motorsports Park one of the finest facilities in the United States didn't go unnoticed by Hooters Pro Cup Series Director Tony Cox.

``Shad and Craig have done a great job getting for ready for our race,'' said Cox. ``I think our competitors, fans and sponsors will be impressed when they get to the track for our race weekend. We are fortunate that there are people committed to making short track racing successful like the Dean family and we feel our Series will give them a great first event.''

WHAT: Hooters Pro Cup 250 - HPC Series Race #2 of 30 (Southern Division Race 2 of 13)

WHERE:                       South Georgia Motorsports Park - Cecil, GA

.500-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN:                         Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 7:00 pm

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/125 Miles

TELEVISION:
SPEED Channel, Saturday, March 26, 2005 (10:00 pm EST)
SPEED Channel, Friday, April 1, 2005 (11:00 am EST)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, March 12, 2005:
11:00-1:30 pm Pro Cup Practice
2:00 pm Front Gates Open
2:30 - 4:00 pm Pro Challenge Practice & Qualifying
4:00 - 4:15 pm Exhibition Class Practice
4:30 pm Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
To Follow Exhibition Class Race - 5 Laps
5:45 pm Autograph Session
6:30 pm Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:00 pm Hooters Pro Cup 250
To Follow Pro Challenge Race - 50 Laps

Hooters Pro Cup 250 Notes of Interest:

* The Hooters Pro Cup Series will be the first-ever racing event held at the brand new facility located in Cecil, GA.

* Shane Huffman enters this weekend as the points leader in the Southern Division thanks to his season-opening win at USA International Speedway in February.

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