Ace Speedway To Host BFGoodrich Tires 250 Longs, SC-It may have been the catalyst that sent Clay Rogers on a championship run. Rogers, who won the 2004 Southern Division season-opener at USA Int'l Speedway, became the first two-time winner of...
Ace Speedway To Host BFGoodrich Tires 250
Longs, SC-It may have been the catalyst that sent Clay Rogers on a championship run.
Rogers, who won the 2004 Southern Division season-opener at USA Int'l Speedway, became the first two-time winner of the season by outlasting Jay Fogleman in the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Dave's Discount Furniture at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C.
The Mooresville, N.C., driver took the lead away from Shane Huffman, driver of the No. 84 Ford, on Lap 199 and led until the checkered flag waved on May 7, 2004.
"Shane was power driving the car to stay in front of us," said Rogers, who stalked Huffman for 20 laps before making it past. "I knew it was just a matter of time before we got by him.
Brakes were the story here tonight. After about 15 or 20 laps, Shane's brakes were cherry red. I just tried to wait it out and pass him clean."
After Rogers made it by Huffman, Jay Fogleman followed suit and moved into second on Lap 206.
Fogleman was able to close on Rogers, but the Durham, N.C., driver was unable to pull even and finished .900 sec. behind Rogers.
Rogers went on to add victories at Hickory Motor Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway en route to the Hooters Pro Cup championship. This time around, Rogers may again need to use Ace as catalyst to push him to the title.
But he'll have plenty of competition for the win from a bevy of hungry drivers. And none of them may be hungrier-or more capable-than Jay Fogleman.
Fogleman has as many laps at Ace Speedway from his Late Model Stock days. Over the years, Fogleman has picked up 23 wins at Ace. Despite his knowledge of the layout, Fogleman hasn't been able to break into the win column at former stomping grounds in a Pro Cup car.
"You would think that I would've been able to win there by now," said Fogleman, who started from the pole and led a race-high 110 laps in the last race at Ace. "There always seems to be something that keeps us from going to victory lane each year. With quality of the fields we race against, you can't afford to have any problems if you're going to win."
Fogleman will get his chance to break into the win column on Friday, May 6 in the running of the BFGoodrich Tires 250. The race is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out early and partake in the on-track autograph session at 6:45 p.m.
For ticket information, call Ace Speedway at (336) 585-1200.
2005 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts
WHAT: BFGoodrich Tires 250
Race #8 of 30 (Southern Division Race 6 of 13)
WHERE: Ace Speedway - Altamahaw, NC
.400-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval
WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2005 - 8:00 pm (EDT)
DISTANCE: 250 Laps/100 Miles
POSTED AWARDS: $117,191 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)
TELEVISION: SPEED Channel, Saturday, May 14, 2005 (11:00 pm EDT)
SPEED Channel, Friday, May 20, 2005 (12:00 Noon EDT)
Friday, May 6, 2005:
11:30-1:30 pm Pro Cup Practice
4:00 pm Front Gates Open
5:30 pm Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
6:45 pm Autograph Session
7:30 pm Pre-Race Ceremonies
8:00 pm BFGoodrich Tires 250