USAR: Concord preview

Fayetteville, GA – When the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series visits Concord Motorsports Park Saturday night, several drivers say they are looking forward to visiting the fast one-half mile tri-oval. Especially Mike Herman, ...

Fayetteville, GA – When the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series visits Concord Motorsports Park Saturday night, several drivers say they are looking forward to visiting the fast one-half mile tri-oval. Especially Mike Herman, Jr.

Herman, from nearby Kannapolis, NC, considers Concord Motorsports Park his home track and his resume at the track includes back-to-back championships in 1997 & 1998. Returning to his home track couldn’t have come at a better time. Herman enters the Jackaroo Sauces 250 presented by Johnsonville Bratwurst after recording his best finish in the Hooters ProCup Series two weeks ago at Hickory Motor Speedway. He finished second to Lee Tissot.

"We definitely feel like we have the momentum right now," said Herman. "The confidence level on this team and the team of Don Sprouse is really high. If we can get some luck at Concord this Saturday night we could have a chance at winning the race."

Herman, who put together on one-race deal at Hickory to drive the Don Sprouse prepared Ford, said he will once again drive the car this Saturday, thanks to help from Today’s Fireplace’s by Thulman Eastern.

The Hooters ProCup Series has made three previous visits to Concord Motorsports Park, however, Herman said this trip will be a first for everyone.

"Concord has a new track surface this year and the track has a lot of grip to it now," he said. "This means the track will be even faster than before for these cars. Everyone will also have to work to get their gearing set up for this race and their chassis to handle the track and its three distinctive turns."

"The key to finishing the race at Concord is for everyone to be patient and give and take a little," added Herman. "There are two grooves to this track and you can race side-by-side if your car is working right."

Bobby Gill enters the race with a commanding 273-point lead over Steven Christian in the chase for the $250,000 first prize for the 2000 USAR Hooters ProCup Championship and can break the single-season record for most wins in the series this Saturday night.

Clay Rogers, one of many talented drivers challenging for the Miller Lite Rookie of the Year Award, is returning to a track that brings him good luck. Rogers won $65,000 during a late model race at the track last year and has remained in the top-10 in the points standings most of the season. Sean Studer has also enjoyed a solid rookie season in the series and also will return to his home track.

Andy Thurman returns to Concord and hopes racing near his home in Concord can propel him to his second career win in the Hooters ProCup Series.

"Bobby and Clay will be tough at Concord," added Herman. "Both have won races at the track and both have cars capable of winning there. It is going to be a great race for the fans."

The Intermedia Allison Legacy Series cars will also be at the track for a 50 lap race immediately after the Jackaroo Sauces 250 presented by Johnsonville Bratwurst.

Shane Huffman, Studer and Thurman are just several of the drivers and cars scheduled to be at the Harris Teeter in Concord on Friday afternoon from 4 until 6 p.m.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Shane Huffman