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Glover Foods 250 set for South Georgia Motorsports Park New winner to be crowned at SGMP Myrtle Beach, S.C.-When the dust settles in the second round of the Aaron's Southern Division, a first-time winner at South Georgia Motorsports Park will be...

Glover Foods 250 set for South Georgia Motorsports Park
New winner to be crowned at SGMP

Myrtle Beach, S.C.-When the dust settles in the second round of the Aaron's Southern Division, a first-time winner at South Georgia Motorsports Park will be crowned.

Shane Huffman won the inaugural event at SGMP in 2005, while Joey Logano took the victory in last season's event. Benny Gordon won the Championship Series event to close 2006. None of the aforementioned drivers will be in the field this week, but short-track fans shouldn't worry. There will be more than 40 drivers willing to take their spot in victory lane after the Glover Foods 250 presented by Crane Cams on Saturday, March 31.

And one of those is Mark McFarland, driver of the No. 81s Knight's Companies Chevrolet.

McFarland, who led a race-high 103 laps after starting from the pole, battled tooth-and-nail with Huffman in the inaugural event before cutting a tire late in the race.

"I felt like we should have won that first race," said McFarland. "We've always ran well there; I think the track fits my driving style. There's a lot of grip, and you can really push the car."

With 40 cars expected to qualify within a half of a second of each other, the field will be competitive from top to bottom, putting a premium on track position and the ability to push through the ultra-tight field.

"The competition level has really gone up since I was here last," said McFarland, who drove in the BUSCH Series in 2006. "There are 20 cars that could win this race, and I don't even know half of them. There are a lot of new guys that have good equipment and are good racers. It makes it tough because you don't how to race them or how they're going to race you."

At SGMP, McFarland should expect to get raced hard. Even with its progressive banking, SGMP is a tight layout, and the preferred groove is often right around the bottom of the track, which usually leads to plenty of beating and banging.

"We tested there a couple of times, and it seems like the groove is going to be at the bottom of the track," said McFarland. "Hopefully the outside groove will come in a little bit. If not, it's going to be tight out there."

Fast Facts

2007 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts for the AAron's Southern Division

WHAT: Glover Foods 250

WHERE: South Georgia Motorsports Park, Cecil, GA .5-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday March 31, 2007

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/ 125 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $122,670 (Includes $37,000 Point Fund)

TELEVISION: SPEED Channel Wednesday, April 11, 2007 (4 p.m. Friday, ET) April 20, 2007 (12 Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday March 10, 2007:
11:30 a.m. USAR HPCS Practice Begin
4:30 pm Glover Foods 250 Qualifying for the USAR HPCS
7:00 p.m. Glover Foods 250

-credit: usar

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mark McFarland , Shane Huffman