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Kilby Looks To Return To Victory Lane In Bobby Isaac Memorial HICKORY, NC - The Bobby Isaac Memorial 200 is one of the most prestigious short track events on any schedule, but four-time winner Scott Kilby has even more reasons to want to win ...

Kilby Looks To Return To Victory Lane In Bobby Isaac Memorial

HICKORY, NC - The Bobby Isaac Memorial 200 is one of the most prestigious short track events on any schedule, but four-time winner Scott Kilby has even more reasons to want to win Saturday's 200-lap race that will pay $5,000 to win.

Kilby, of nearby Statesville, is embroiled in a battle with Keith Bumgarner of Conover, NC, for the American Racing Association (ARA) Kool Seal Challenge Series championship.

"Hickory is my home track," says the 36-year-old Kilby, "and the Bobby Isaac is the biggest race of the year there, so I really want to win it. And with Keith breathing down my neck, I need to qualify on the front row and then win the race."

Kilby has a little more breathing room in the ARA Kool Seal championship chase following his resounding victory in his #30 A&H windows Chevrolet Monte Carlo Aug. 12th at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, GA. Kilby earned the maximum number of points, 29, while Bumgarner got 22 for finishing second. Kilby entered Peach State with a one-point lead but comes into Hickory with an unofficial eight-point lead. The big difference at Peach State: Kilby got five bonus points for qualifying on the front row; Bumgarner got none for qualifying third in his #95 Country Chair Ford.

"This championship is going down to the last race," Kilby says, "and I'll be watching everything Keith does. If he inverts (his starting position to earn additional bonus points), then I probably will to."

Back before the ARA was created two years ago, Kilby won the Bobby Isaac Memorial 200 in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995. That's when the event was simply part of the Hickory weekly racing series, but, like this week, an event that should attract a stellar field of late models.

"Outsiders will come to run the Bobby Isaac, and we really won't know how good some of them are until practice and qualifying," Kilby says. "That will make it interesting because we've got to think about the championship as well as winning the race. But it is the race I want to win most."

The Bobby Isaac Memorial 200 is presented by Galaxy Foods and Pillsbury, and is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start Saturday. Pit gates will open at 10 a.m., with ARA practice starting at Noon. Grandstands open at 4 p.m., with qualifying at 5:15. The Carolina Vintage Racers and the Hickory Pro Minis will also run.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 on race day. Family ticket packages are available. Call 828-464-3655 for more information.

-ARA-

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