USAR: Lakeland III: Southern Division round 12 finale preview

Rogers Looking Repeat in Greased Lightning 250 Myrtle Beach, S.C.-Clay Rogers has won 12 races in the Hooters Pro Cup Series, and he also won the '04 overall title. But when he straps himself into his No. 44 Automotive Development Group Ford...

Rogers Looking Repeat in Greased Lightning 250

Myrtle Beach, S.C.-Clay Rogers has won 12 races in the Hooters Pro Cup Series, and he also won the '04 overall title. But when he straps himself into his No. 44 Automotive Development Group Ford this Saturday for the running of the Greased Lightning 250 presented by Advance Auto Parts, the 25-year-old driver can join Shane Huffman and Bobby Gill as the only drivers to have multiple Southern Division titles.

Rogers carries a 87-point lead over Shane Huffman going into the Southern Division season-finale at USA Int'l Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., this weekend. And with Huffman, who took over the No. 88 NAVY Busch Series ride, doubtful for the final race, Rogers will likely claim the hardware by merely taking the green flag.

"It's kind of bittersweet with Shane leaving," said Rogers, who has four wins this season. "I really wanted to race him for the title, but I think we've got a big enough lead where he couldn't catch us anyway."

Rogers' assumption is pretty dead-on.

If Huffman, driver of the No. 88 Champion Spark Plugs Chevrolet, shows up, he'd need to win, lead the most laps, the halfway and have Rogers finish 33rd to make up the difference.

Bobby Gill, driver of the No. 06 USG Sheetrock Brand Ford, is third in the point standing heading into the Greased Lightning 250, and that's likely where he will end the regular season, unless the No. 88 car doesn't show.

Gill is 220 points behind Rogers for first, but he's only 133 points behind Huffman for second. If Gill leads a lap and finishes in the top four, he'll take home second in the Southern Division if the JR Motorsports No. 88 car isn't in the event.

While the top three in points have nearly solidified their Championship Series' seedings, the fifth through ninth positions could see a big shift.

Joey Logano, driver of the No. 51 Joe Gibbs Racing Oil Chevrolet, is currently fifth in points and is only 74 points ahead of Jody Lavender in ninth. With Jay Fogleman, Michael Ritch and Trevor Bayne sandwiched between them, there will be a lot of jockeying for position in this group.

The Greased Lightning 250 presented by Advance Auto Parts is slated for a green flag at 7:30 p.m. at USA Int'l Speedway on Saturday, September 2. Advance Auto Parts Pole Qualifying is slated to start at 5 p.m.

Prior to the running of the Greased Lightning 250, fans can take part in the on-track autograph session at 6:15 p.m.

Following the Greased Lightning 250, there will be a 100-lap feature for the Late Model Stock division.

2006 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts

WHAT: Greased Lighting 250 presented by Advanced Auto Parts
Race No. 24 of 30 (Southern Division Race 12 of 12)

WHERE:                       USA International Speedway - Lakeland, FL

.75-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 7:30 p.m. (EST)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/187.5 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $131,649 (Includes $36,433 Point Fund)

STARTING FIELD: 36 car starting field, 38 cars possible, fastest 32 cars through time trials, and two provisional positions from 2006 Southern Division top-30 Driver Points Standings, two provisional from 2006 Southern Division top-30 Car Owner Points Standings, two provisional starting positions available for a past Hooters Pro Cup Series champion and rookie of the year (only if necessary).

TELEVISION:               SPEED Channel, Wednesday, September 6, 2006 (4 p.m. ET)

SPEED Channel, Friday, September 8, 2006 (Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, September 2, 2006:
12 p.m. Front Gate Opens
12 p.m. USAR HPCS Practice Begins
2 p.m. USAR HPCS Practice Ends
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Local) Late Model Practice & Qualifying
5 p.m. Greased Lighting 250 Qualifying Time Trials
6:15 p.m. Autograph Session
7:00 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. Greased Lighting 250 presented by Advanced Discount Auto Parts
     To Follow 100 Lap Late Model Race

-credit: usar

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Trevor Bayne , Jody Lavender , Shane Huffman , Joey Logano
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing , JR Motorsports