USAR: Motor Mile: Northern Division round nine preview

Motor Mile Speedway ready for Pro Cup stars MYRTLE BEACH, SC - While it seems that Benny Gordon has all but clinched the Northern Division regular season title with a commanding 274-point (1,305-1,031) advantage over Jeff Agnew entering this ...

Motor Mile Speedway ready for Pro Cup stars

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - While it seems that Benny Gordon has all but clinched the Northern Division regular season title with a commanding 274-point (1,305-1,031) advantage over Jeff Agnew entering this weekend's Kroger 250 presented by Dominic's of NY, there will be plenty of motivation for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division regulars when the green flag flies at 7 p.m. this Saturday night.

Agnew comes to Motor Mile Speedway still in search of his first career win at his home track. Agnew has come close on numerous occasions only to fall just short recording two runner-up finishes at MMS. While Agnew searches for his first win at MMS the bigger focus might be on keeping his slight 16-point advantage over Johnny Rumley as the pair of battle for second place in the point standings.

"We have had good cars up there at MMS," said Agnew. "I don't know what it is about that place but we can't seem to get any luck there at all. Maybe that will change this weekend."

Rumley and Agnew have each collected wins this year in Pro Cup action and while they are challenging each other for second place position, they both also have to keep an eye on rookie sensation Jack Bailey.

Bailey, from Stafford, Virginia, has enjoyed a solid rookie campaign so far in 2006 that has seen him remain in the top five in the Northern Division point standings since the second race of the year. Bailey has also won Advance Auto Parts pole awards in the two most recent races for the division. Bailey trails Rumley by just 26 points (1,015-989) for third place and leads Woody Howard by 32 points for fourth.

While every driver wants to qualify on the pole it hasn't made much difference at MMS. In the 10 previous races held at MMS, only Shane Huffman was able to win from the pole last November marking the first time anyone had done that at MMS.

Agnew leads all active drivers with poles at MMS with three while Rumley is the only other driver pre-entered this weekend with a pole at the track. Gordon is the only driver pre-entered who has won at MMS with a win in each of the past two seasons at the track located in Radford, Va.

For more information on the Kroger 250 presented by Dominic's of NY please call MMS at (540) 639-1700 or visit www.usarprocup.com

WHAT: Kroger ® 250 presented by Dominic's of New York
Race No. 17 of 30 (Northern Division Race 9 of 12)

WHERE: Motor Mile Speedway - Radford, VA
.416-mile, high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 2006 - 7 p.m. (ET)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/104 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $126,649 (Includes $36,400 Point Fund)

TELEVISION: SPEED Channel, Wednesday, July 19, 2006 (4 p.m. ET)
SPEED Channel, Friday, July 21, 2006 (12 Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, July 15, 2006:
11:30 a.m. Pro Cup Practice Begins
1:30 p.m. Pro Cup Practice Ends
2 p.m. Front Gates Open
4:30 p.m. Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
5:45 p.m. Autograph Session
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7 p.m. Kroger ® 250 presented by Dominic's of New York

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jack Bailey , Shane Huffman , Johnny R , Jeff Agnew