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Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Hosts Round Two Championship Series Event Marks Second Visit to Speedway This Year for ProCup Stars Longs, SC - All eyes will be at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway for the running of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial ...

Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Hosts Round Two
Championship Series Event Marks Second Visit to Speedway This Year for ProCup Stars

Longs, SC - All eyes will be at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway for the running of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial in-n-out 250 presented by Mountain Dew Saturday night October 9th at 6:00 p.m. This will mark the first time the track has hosted a Championship Series event for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series.

Despite having problems in the first Championship Series race at Jennerstown Speedway back in September, Benny Gordon will enter the race as one of the favorites to win after his dominating performance at MMS in July.

Gordon led 146 of the 250 laps in the race and set a new mark in qualifying winning the race from Advance Auto Parts Pole position. Gordon outlasted a hard-charging Glenn Gault for the win, while newcomer Jody Lavender enjoyed his best run of the season with a third-place showing.

Gordon, who entered the first Championship Series race tied with Clay Rogers for the lead after each driver won their respective divisions in the regular season, was running second when he cut a tire after hitting debris on the track and hit the turn four wall to finish 20th.

Shane Huffman won the race at Jennerstown Speedway and enters the in-n-out 250 in second place in the point standings just 10 points behind Rogers for the lead. Huffman, the defending Hooters ProCup Series champion, looks forward to running at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway.

``We had a very good run at Jennerstown and hopefully we can have a repeat performance at Mansfield,'' said Huffman. ``I know Benny had some tough luck at Jennerstown but he ran well here in July and he should be right up there challenging for the win. It should be a great race for the fans.''

Rogers also ran well in July when he came up for the race and led 62 laps before getting involved in an accident that ended his night early.

Another pair of drivers looking to rebound at MMS is Mardy Lindley and Jay Fogleman. Both drivers finished in the top-10 regular season point standings but lost positions last time out after motor problems ended their nights prematurely. Lindley dropped to 16th in the standings while Fogleman follows in 17th. A good finish at MMS could get both drivers back in the hunt for the championship.

Gary St. Amant used his fourth-place finish at Jennerstown to take the lead in the Miller Lite Rookie of the Year standings and enters his ''home track'' with a 39-point lead over Matt Carter as he returns to his home state.

``We had a very good run at Jennerstown Speedway and hope we keep the momentum at Mansfield,'' said St. Amant. ``One of our goals is to win the overall rookie of the year title and a good run at MMS would help us a long way.''

The Alan Kulwicki Memorial in-n-out 250 presented by Mountain Dew weekend will begin with practice at 10:30 a.m. and qualifying scheduled for the Hooters ProCup cars at 3:30 p.m. The Alan Kulwicki Memorial in-n-out 250 presented by Mountain Dew will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the local E-mods following with a 40-lap event.

2004 USAR Hooters ProCup Series quick Facts

WHAT:                         Alan Kulwicki Memorial in-n-out 250 presented by Mountain Dew

USAR Hooters ProCup Series Race #26 of 29 (Championship Series Race #2 of 5)

WHERE:                       Mansfield Motorsports Speedway - Mansfield, OH

.500-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2004 - 6:00 pm

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/125 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $128,825 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)

STARTING FIELD: 36 car starting field. 38 cars possible. Fastest 36 cars through time trials. One Provisional position possible for a driver who finished in the final Top-15 regular season in their respective division. Only one provisional allowed per division (only if necessary).

TELEVISION: SPEED Channel, Thursday, October 14, 2004 (8:00 pm EST)
SPEED Channel, Friday, October 15, 2004 (12 noon (EST)
Urban America Television, Sunday, October 17, 2004 (Check your local listings)
Sunshine Network, Monday, October 18, 2004, 8:00 p.m.
CSS, Sunday, October 17, 2004 (Check your local listings)

<pre> WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, October 9, 2004: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Hooters ProCup Series Practice 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm E-Mod Practice and Qualifying 2:00 pm Grandstand Front Gates Open 3:30 pm Hooters ProCup Series Qualifying 4:45 pm Autograph Session 5:30 pm Pre-Race Ceremonies 6:00 pm Alan Kulwicki Memorial in-n-out 250 presented by Mountain Dew To Follow E-Mod Race - 40 Laps

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jody Lavender , Shane Huffman , Alan Kulwicki