Conquering the Quandary Drivers prepping for Greased Lightning 200, Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, S.C.--UFOs; Crop Circles; Bigfoot; Amelia Earhart; Atlantis; Myrtle Beach Speedway. Myrtle Beach Speedway may seem a bit out of place on...
Conquering the Quandary
Drivers prepping for Greased Lightning 200, Myrtle Beach Speedway
Myrtle Beach, S.C.--UFOs; Crop Circles; Bigfoot; Amelia Earhart; Atlantis; Myrtle Beach Speedway.
Myrtle Beach Speedway may seem a bit out of place on the list of the world's greatest mysteries, but it shouldn't, especially for anyone that's tried to figure out the quirky, .538-mile D-shaped oval.
"The track is always changing," said Benny Gordon, who has four wins in eight starts at MBS. "Some guys like to go test there. But you can test there all day, trying to get the car just right, and come back a day later and the track is different."
The surface will still be the same tire-eating compound that has given drivers fits over the last 10 years. The lack of grip at MBS puts a premium on handling more than horsepower, and favors experience over exuberance.
"At Myrtle Beach, like a lot of tracks in the Southern Division, you have to have a feel for the track," said Mark McFarland, the only two-time winner in Pro Cup this season. "Knowing how hard you can push your car is important. Experience is really going to play a part in this race."
How important will experience be?
In the past 10 events at MBS only Bobby Gill, Jason, Sarvis, Benny Gordon, Shane Huffman and Clay Rogers have been to Victory Lane. What do they have in common? Well, they also happen to be the last five Hooters Pro Cup champions.
The other Pro Cup drivers that have won at MBS, Mario Gosselin, Michael Ritch, Hal Goodson and Mardy Lindley, are in the top 10 in all-time wins in the series. In addition, no driver has ever picked up their first Hooters Pro Cup win at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
But don't tell that to Frank Deiny Jr.
While Deiny will be making his first Pro Cup start at MBS, the rookie driver has won the season-ending Myrtle Beach Speedway 250 late model race for the past three years.
"This is one race that I've been looking forward to all year long," said Deiny Jr.
Several years ago, Stuart Ricks, a local late model ace, nearly pulled off the upset of the year by winning the Pro Cup event, proving that a rookie can win. But he better have an answer for the asphalt enigma that is MBS.
The Greased Lightning 200 presented by Black's Tire & Auto Service is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start on Saturday, June 23. The front gates will open for the general public at 3 p.m. BFGoodrich Tires Qualifying for the Hooters Pro Cup Series will start at 4:30 p.m. and be followed by a 50-lap Allison Legacy event. Fans will be permitted on the track for an autograph session at 6:15 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies will start at 7 p.m.
2007 USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP SERIES QUICK FACTS FOR THE AARON'S SOUTHERN DIVISION
WHAT: Greased Lighting 200 presented by Black's Tire and Auto Center
WHERE: Myrtle Beach Speedway (MBS), Myrtle Beach, SC
.538-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval
WHEN: Saturday June 23, 2007
DISTANCE: 200 Laps/ 107.6 Miles
POSTED AWARDS: $122,670 (Includes $37,000 Point Fund)
STARTING FIELD: 36 car starting field - 38 cars possible - Fastest 32 cars through time trials -- two provisional position from 2007 Southern Division top- 30 Driver Points Standings and two provisional position from 2007 Southern Division top-30 Owner points Standing. Provisional for past Champion and past Rookie of the Year (only if necessary)
TELEVISION: SPEED Channel Thursday, July 5, 2007 (3 p.m. ET)
Friday, July 6, 2007 (12 Noon ET)
Saturday June 23, 2007:
11:30 a.m. USAR HPCS Practice Begins
1:30 p.m. USAR HPCS Practice Ends
2:30- 3:00pm Allison Legacy Series Practice
3:00 pm Front Gate Opens
3:30 pm Allison Legacy Series Qualifying
4:30 pm Greased Lighting 200 Qualifying for the USAR HPCS
5:15 pm Allison Legacy Series Race -- 50 laps
6:15 pm Wraps Ink on track Autograph Session for the USAR HPCS
7:00 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies for the Greased Lighting 200
7:30 p.m. Greased Lighting 200