USAR: Concord: Southern Division preview

WHAT: Turn 4 Pizza 250 pres. by Tucson Race ...

WHAT: Turn 4 Pizza 250 pres. by Tucson
Race #6 of 30 (Southern Division Race 5 of 13)

WHERE:                       Concord Motorsport Park - Midland, NC

.500-mile, high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 7:30 pm (EDT)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/125 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $121,191 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)

STARTING FIELD: 32 car starting field. 34 cars possible. Fastest 28 cars through time trials. Two provisional positions for top-30 from 2005 Southern Division Driver Points Standings. Two provisionals for 2005 Southern Division top-30 Car Owner Points Standings. Two provisional starting positions available for a past Hooters Pro Cup Series champion or rookie of the year (only if necessary).

TELEVISION:
SPEED Channel, Saturday, April 30, 2005 (11:00 pm EDT)
SPEED Channel, Friday, May 6, 2005 (12:00 Noon EDT)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, April 23, 2005:
11:30-1:30 pm Pro Cup Practice
2:15 pm Chapel Service (Engines Off)
2:30 - 4:00 pm Allison Legacy Series Practice & Qualifying
3:30 pm Front Gates Open
4:30 pm Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
5:15 pm Allison Legacy Series Race
6:15 pm Autograph Session
7:00 pm Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:30 pm Turn 4 Pizza 250 pres. by Tucson

Drivers Ready for Hometown Track

Longs, SC - During the Hooters Pro Cup Series season drivers travel all over eastern half of the United States competing in races and when they have a chance to race close to home it makes the weekend a little more special. Such will be the case when the Series visits Concord Motorsport Park for the Turn 4 Pizza 250 presented by Tucson at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 23.

Last year Bobby Gill was able to hold off a hard-charging Clay Rogers to get the win and Gill will enter the weekend as one of the favorites again at the ultra-fast half-mile track located in the heart of stock car racing country. Rogers, the defending Series champion, has also tasted success at CMS with two Pro Cup Series victories at his home track with the first of those two wins coming back in 2000.

``I always love running at CMS,'' said Rogers. ``We have won in about everything we have raced in at that track and it will feel good going back to race in front of my family and friends as the Series champion this time.''

Another driver scheduled to compete at CMS is 2002 champion Jason Sarvis. Sarvis collected his best finish of 2004 there last year when he came home 4th while driving a limited schedule. Sarvis has returned to the Series full-time this season with veteran car owner Haskell Willingham and the duo expect to run well at CMS.

``We have had some good runs this season although our finishing results haven't shown it,'' said Willingham. ``We will be ready for Concord and it would be great for Jason and I to return to victory lane there with Naturally Fresh on our car and the sponsor of the race.''

While the veterans will mostly likely be among the favorites to capture the win at CMS, the talented crop of Miller Lite Rookie of the Year candidates will also be vying to equal Rogers' feat of collecting their first-ever Pro Cup Series win at the unique-shaped track.

Andrew Rogers, Chase Pistone and Steve Wallace are just three of the rookies who compete out of the area and have already shown this season they are capable of coming home in victory lane. Wallace and Rogers have already notched top-five finishes while Pistone won the Advance Auto Parts Pole in the season-opener at USA International.

The action for the Turn 4 Pizza 250 presented by Tucson will begin Saturday morning with practice starting at 11:30 and qualifying for the Hooters Pro Cup Series cars at 4:30. In addition to the Pro Cup race the Allison Legacy Series cars will have a 50-lap race immediately after qualifying. For more information please contact CMS at 704-782-4221.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Steve Wallace