USAR: Mansfield: Northern Division round 5 preview

Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Hosts Pro Cup Northern Division Event Longs, SC - The USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division will once again make its annual trip to the beautiful Mansfield Motorsports Speedway for the ...

Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Hosts Pro Cup Northern Division Event

Longs, SC - The USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division will once again make its annual trip to the beautiful Mansfield Motorsports Speedway for the Mansfield 250 on Saturday, June 11 for a regular season race. The track will also host a Championship Series event in October and Mark McFarland will be just one of several southern division competitors making their way to the track joining over 35 of the best drivers from the younger division in the series.

Last season nearly 10 southern division drivers decided to get some valuable track time during the race to prepare for the Championship Series with Jody Lavender finishing third to lead the pack. Before winning earlier this year at Ace Speedway, Lavender's third-place finish was one of his best ever in the Series. One driver who did collect his series-best finish at Mansfield during last season's first race is ready to return.

Veteran Glenn Gault finished second to Benny Gordon last season and since that second-place showing endured some frustrating outings to average a 28th-place finish over his final seven races of the 2004 season. Gault has improved his average finish so far in 2005 and would like to get another strong showing at MMS.

``We had a good run there last year in the first race but couldn't repeat that in the Championship Series," said Gault. ``Hopefully we can get ourselves back where we were last July and turn our momentum around.''

The Mansfield 250 will also feature Benny Gordon who has already won twice in 2005 and was able to sweep both races at the track last season. Gordon, who finished second in the final standings in both 2003 and 2004, will be the odds on favorite to make it three straight wins at the track. If Gordon would be able to claim the win he would be the first Pro Cup driver to win more than two in a row at one track since Bobby Gill set the all-time record of four wins in a row at USA International Speedway.

Activity for the Mansfield 250 gets underway with qualifying for the Pro Cup cars at 4:30 with an autograph session scheduled at 5:45 and the green flag falls at 7 pm. A sprint car race will immediately follow the Pro Cup cars. For more information please contact Mansfield Motorsports Speedway at 800-424-0688.

WHAT:                         Mansfield 250

USAR Hooters ProCup Series Race #12 of 30 (Northern Division Race 5 of 12)

WHERE:                       Mansfield Motorsports Speedway - Mansfield, OH

.500-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 7 p.m. (EDT)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/125 Miles

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

STARTING FIELD: 36 car starting field. 38 cars possible. Fastest 32 cars through time trials. Two provisional positions for top-30 from 2005 Northern Division Driver Points Standings. Two provisionals for 2005 Northern Division top-30 Car Owner Points Standings. Two provisional starting positions available for a past Hooters Pro Cup Series champion or rookie of the year (only if necessary).

TELEVISION:                SPEED Channel, Saturday, June 18, 2005 (10 p.m. EDT)

SPEED Channel, Friday, June 24, 2005 (12 Noon (EDT)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, June 11, 2005:
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hooters Pro Cup Series Practice
2:30 p.m. Grandstand Front Gates Open
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sprint Car Practice & Qualifying
4:30 p.m. Hooters Pro Cup Series Qualifying
5:45 pm Autograph Session
6:30 pm Pre-Race Ceremonies
7 p.m. Mansfield 250 & (Sprint Car Race to Follow)

Mansfield 250 Notes of Interest:

* This will mark the 4th time the Hooters Pro Cup Series has visited the facility located between Columbus and Cleveland, OH.

* Mark McFarland, driver of the Dale Earnhardt, Jr.-owned JR Motorsports is pre-entered to race this weekend at MMS.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jody Lavender , Mark McFarland
Teams JR Motorsports