USAR: Lakeland CS: Final championship race preview

The Stage is Set Longs, SC - The last race of the season is always excitement laden. But the Four Champions Memorial Hooters 300 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts at USA International Speedway on Nov. 27, will be overloaded with drama, ...

The Stage is Set

Longs, SC - The last race of the season is always excitement laden. But the Four Champions Memorial Hooters 300 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts at USA International Speedway on Nov. 27, will be overloaded with drama, featuring two point battles, 36 cars and over $1.2 million in point fund and prize money.

Currently, Benny Gordon, driver of the No. 66n Predator Performance Ford, leads Clay Rogers by 39 points in the overall standings, while Matt Carter leads Gary St. Amant by 29 points in the overall Miller Lite Rookie of the Year battle.

"We've just got to go out, lead the most laps and win the race," said Clay Rogers, driver of the No. 44s Ultra Comp Trailers Ford. "Then, we have to hope that Benny doesn't finish in the top five."

Actually, a top-five finish wouldn't secure the championship for Gordon.

If Rogers can lead the most laps, lead at halfway and win, Gordon would have to finish third to secure the title.

"We're going to go test at [USA Int'l]," Gordon said after his third-place run at Motor Mile. "We're disappointed that we didn't win [at Motor Mile], but our night could have been disastrous."

Gordon avoided a catastrophic collapse by rallying to finish third after losing a lap in the pits and dropping to 18th with half the race to go.

However, it was a disastrous day for rookie leader Gary St. Amant at Motor Mile.

St. Amant, driver of the No. 11n JEGS.com Chevrolet, held a 21-point lead over Matt Carter going into Motor Mile, but a 25th-place finish, coupled by a fifth-place finish for Carter, dropped St. Amant to second in the point standings.

"I'm definitely going into Lakeland with some confidence," said Carter, driver of the No. 22s HeavyTruckDealers.com Ford. "The way the rookie deal is set up, you have to run well in the Championship Series. We've all have about the same average finish for the year, but we've just had bad luck at different times."

While Gordon, Rogers, St. Amant and Carter will be focusing on the overall title and rookie battle, the rest of the drivers will turn their attention to finishing the season on a good note-specifically C-notes.

Positions three through five are separated by just 20 points. Currently, Bobby Gill holds down third in the standings, followed by Shane Huffman and Jeff Agnew. The difference between finishing third in points and finished fifth is $20,000.

In addition to the race, fans will also be treated to the BFGoodrich Tires Pit Crew Challenge prior to the start of the Championship Finale Hooters 300.

The pit crew challenge will feature the top five teams from both divisions battling for $11,000 in cash and prizes.

The Four Champions Memorial Hooters 300 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts will take the green flag at 7:30 p.m.

Prior to the start of the race, fans will be treated to an on-track autograph session at 6:15 p.m. Following the Hooters ProCup Series race, the Late Model Stock division will compete in a 100-lap feature event.

For more information, call USA International Speedway at (800) 964-7223 or visit www.usarpocup.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Shane Huffman , Jeff Agnew