USAR: Agnew Jennerstown Championship preview

Jennerstown, PA- The last time the USAR Hooters ProCup Series visited the fast half-mile of Jennerstown Speedway, fans watched Jeff Agnew win the race, after leading only on the final lap to pick up the victory. What& ...

Jennerstown, PA- The last time the USAR Hooters ProCup Series visited the fast half-mile of Jennerstown Speedway, fans watched Jeff Agnew win the race, after leading only on the final lap to pick up the victory. What’s going to be more exciting than that? Add 25 of the best drivers in the Northern Series, along with 25 of the best drivers in the Southern Series, and you have a combination to leave everyone breathless at the first of the four championship races to determine a national champion.

“ I didn’t even see the white flag wave,” said Agnew, as he described the race back to the stripe for the win. “All I know is I battled hard with Brian Vickers, who raced me hard but clean, got the advantage coming off turn four, and won the race.”

Agnew has had a good year; he picked up the win at Jennerstown Speedway in July and at Cayuga Speedway, when the Series made its first appearance across the border, leading him to third-place in the regular points season.

“ Running these four championship races will really be no different to me than running a regular race. Except for about six or eight guys who have the potential to win during a Northern division race, you will have 20 guys who have the potential to win. During these races, everyone brings out their best equipment and puts everything on the line. The best car we own is not our fastest, but it is the one that we have won the races with, so that will be the car we will bring.”

“ Jennerstown Speedway is a fast, two, or sometimes three groove track, which is pretty much smooth, except for a bump entering turn three. During the race in July, (Brian) Vickers was running one line, I was running a total different line, and I didn’t loose any ground on him.”

Agnew has hopes to win every race, but feels Bobby Gill, the 1999 and 2000 Champion will be a strong contender. Agnew is no stranger to the USAR Hooters ProCup championship, picking up the title after an incredible year in 1998.

“ I believe Bobby will be the one to beat in the points. Not only is he a good race car driver, but he works on his race cars in the shop, and some how seems to find the setup while the car is still at the shop, making the time that he spends at the track time to make minor changes to get the car perfect. I am looking forward to running these races.”

The Charlie Campbell Memorial/Hooters 250 will honor the memory of the late Charlie Campbell, the pilot of the plane, carrying Mark Brooks, son of USAR and Hooters owner, Robert H. Brooks, Dan Duncan, director of sports marketing; and 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Alan Kulwicki. The plane crashed on April 1, 1993 in Bristol, TN.

Practice will begin at 11 a.m.; with qualifying at 4:30 p.m. The green flag will fall for the running of the Charlie Campbell Memorial Hooters 250 at 7 p.m., with 50 laps of the local Jennerstown Late Models to follow.

-USAR-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Brian Vickers , Jeff Agnew