USAR: Lakeland II: Southern Division round 7 preview

Halfway Home USA Int'l Speedway set to host Hooters Pro Cup Series Longs, SC-One would think by the halfway mark of the Hooters Pro Cup season that a favorite would have emerged for the Southern Division championship. But that's not the ...

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USA Int'l Speedway set to host Hooters Pro Cup Series

Longs, SC-One would think by the halfway mark of the Hooters Pro Cup season that a favorite would have emerged for the Southern Division championship. But that's not the case.

Heading into the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts at USA Int'l Speedway on June 4, the top eight teams in the Southern Division are separated by just 91 points.

The Naturally Fresh 250 will be halfway mark of the Southern Division season, and all the drivers hope the race will fuel their championship run.

"No race is more important than any other, but it's getting down to crunch time," said Shane Huffman, driver of the No. 81 Knight's Companies Ford. "The points are so tight right now, you need to come out of [USA Int'l Speedway] with a good finish to keep pace."

Huffman left USA Int'l Speedway in the season-opener with the points lead after he led the final 102 laps en route to victory the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Crane Cams at USA Int'l Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., in February.

Huffman added victories at South Georgia Motorsports Park and Peach State Speedway, but back-to-back DNFs at Concord Motorsport Park and Ace Speedway have dropped Huffman to third in point race. Huffman is 53 points behind Clay Rogers coming into the Naturally Fresh 250.

While the 2003 Pro Cup champion holds a division-high three wins, Rogers and second-place point man Jay Fogleman have made a living off of consistency during the first six races of the season.

Rogers and Fogleman have three top-five finishes through the first six races. Rogers has used a division-high five top-10 finishes to move him atop the point standings. Fogleman has four top-10 finishes. But, despite his powerful point standing, Fogleman is still looking for more out his No. 4 Lucas Oil Ford.

"This team is so close to winning that it's killing me," said Fogleman. "We keep coming up on the short end of these close races. I'm kind of tickled to death with the way we've been running, but I'm frustrated at the same time. We want to win."

Fogleman will get a chance to break into the win column in the Naturally Fresh 250, and perhaps break open the points race.

The Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. green flag. Fans are encouraged to come out early to take part in the on-track autograph session at 6:15 p.m.

For ticket information, call 1-800-984-7223 or visit www.usainternationalspeedway.com.

WHAT: Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts
Race #11 of 30 (Southern Division Race 7 of 13)

WHERE:                       USA International Speedway - Lakeland, FL

.750-mile, high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2005 - 7:30 pm (EDT)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/188 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $126,791 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)

TELEVISION:                SPEED Channel, Saturday, June 11, 2005 (10:00 pm EDT)

SPEED Channel, Friday, June 17, 2005 (10:00 am EDT)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, June 4, 2005:
12:00 Noon Front Gates Open
12:00-2:00 pm Pro Cup Practice
3:00 - 4:30 pm Modified Practice & Qualifying
5:00 pm Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
6:15 pm Autograph Session
7:00 pm Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:30 pm Naturally Fresh 250

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Shane Huffman