USAR: Kil-Kare: Northern Division round 7 preview

Kil-Kare Prepares to host Northern Division Longs, SC - The 2005 Northern Division schedule has reached its midpoint, and it looks as if Benny Gordon has once again made it known that he's the favorite to claim the Northern Division crown. And,...

Kil-Kare Prepares to host Northern Division

Longs, SC - The 2005 Northern Division schedule has reached its midpoint, and it looks as if Benny Gordon has once again made it known that he's the favorite to claim the Northern Division crown. And, if anyone else is going to win the regular season title and the No. 1 seed from the division when the five-race Championship Series begins in late September, they better get going in a hurry.

Gordon, of DuBois, Pa., comes into the BFGoodrichTires.com 250 with a 101-point lead over Mardy Lindley after picking up three wins in six races. But Gordon won't be without challenge this Friday night as over 30 drivers who will attempt to make up ground on the point leader at one of the most challenging tracks on the schedule: Kil-Kare Speedway.

Last year, Gordon led late in the race, but he found out in a hurry that mistakes are magnified on the very tight layout.

On Lap 225, Gordon was leading Mardy Lidnley and Jeff Agnew into Turn 1, but the 2003 Miller Lite Rookie of the Year found the marbles and slid up the track, allowing Lindley take the lead and bringing Agnew into second.

On the next lap, Lindley checked up when Kevin Kromer cut a tire down and Agnew took the point. Agnew led the final 24 laps and beat Gordon, driver of the No. 66 Predator Performance Ford, to the finish by 1.402 seconds.

"Kil-Kare is definitely a challenging track," said Agnew. "We were lucky to get a win there last year and it would be great to get another one there this year too."

The BFGoodrichTires.com 250 presented by Lucas Oil Products is slated for green flag Friday, July 1 at 8 p.m., and the fans who visit the Xenia track will be treated to another great race by the 3,300-pound stock cars on the tight confines.

Last year, Jeff Agnew was in the right place at the right time as he claimed the win and enters this weekend's race as one of the favorites already claiming a win earlier this season at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Glenn Gault is another driver that could thwart Gordon's march. Gault is still looking for his first win in the series, but he's coming off two consecutive top-10 finishes and finished fifth at the uniquely shaped track in '04.

The track will also test the pit crews as drivers will have to maneuver around the pit stalls to service their teams' cars during the mandatory pit stop to change at least two BFGoodrich Tires g-Force radials and Sunoco race fuel.

For more information on the BFGoodrichTires.com 250 presented by Lucas Oil Products please contact the speedway at 937-426-2764. In addition to the 250-lap Hooters Pro Cup Series race the local Kil-Kare Street Stock division will also feature a 25-lap race immediately following the Pro Cup event.

WHAT: BFGoodrichTires.com 250 presented by Lucas Oil Products
USAR Hooters ProCup Series Race #15 of 30 (Northern Division Race 7 of 12)

WHERE:                       Kil-Kare Speedway - Xenia, OH

3/8-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Friday, July 1, 2005 - 8:00 p.m. (EDT)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/94 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $117,191 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)

TELEVISION:                SPEED Channel, Saturday, July 9, 2005 (10:30 p.m. EDT)

SPEED Channel, Friday, July 15, 2005 (12 Noon (EDT)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Friday, July 1, 2005:
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Hooters Pro Cup Series Practice
5 p.m. Grandstand Front Gates Open
5:30 p.m. Hooters Pro Cup Series Qualifying
6:45 p.m. Autograph Session
7:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
8 p.m. BFGoodrichTires.com 250 presented by Lucas Oil Products

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jeff Agnew