USAR: Peach State pre-race

Jefferson, GA. -As the Hooters ProCup Series heads to its only stop in Georgia on Saturday, May 12, for the running of the Hooters ProCup 250 presented by Ingles, drivers and crew members alike are scrambling to find the perfect setup. Steven ...

Jefferson, GA. -As the Hooters ProCup Series heads to its only stop in Georgia on Saturday, May 12, for the running of the Hooters ProCup 250 presented by Ingles, drivers and crew members alike are scrambling to find the perfect setup.

Steven Christian, driver of the #16 Lucas Oil Products Chevy, explained:

"Peach State is a track that changes from lap to lap. You can have the 'perfect' setup at the beginning of practice, but by the end the track changes so much, you throw a completely different set-up underneath the car. Shocks play a major role on this track."

Christian, who earned third and fourth place finishes in the 2000 season at Peach State Speedway, captured his first career win at the season-ending race at USA International Speedway, finishing second in the final point standings.

Another confident driver heading into the ProCup 250 is Jabe Jones, driver of the #09 McGee & Jones Chevy.

"One reason that I like Peach State Speedway, is because it is close to home," explained the Tocca, GA. native. Jones has 10 years of experience at the high-banked, half-mile track.

"Darlington has the nickname of being the 'Lady in Black.' In the ProCup Series, Peach State would definitely win the title." According to Jones, the trouble areas around this rough and choppy track are entering turn three and exiting off turn four.

"Turn four is definitely out to get you. It appears as the front stretch narrows up and the car wants to drift up on the outside wall."

The Hooters ProCup Series has been competing at Peach State since the series early development days. In 1997, Mario Gosselin took the checkers. For the first of three races held at the fastest asphalt in Georgia during the '98 season, Chad Chaffin set fast time, while Gosselin set consistent laps to win the race. The second trip saw Jeff Agnew on the pole and Michael Ritch take the checkers. In the third race Chaffin lead the field to the green and the checkers. 1999 was a great year to be a driver named Marty Ward at Peach State Speedway, as he swept both wins, but let Toby Porter and Gosselin start from the pole position.

In the new millennium fresh faces broke into the spotlight. Steven Christian won the pole and Mardy Lindley crossed the line first. In the fall race of the 2000 season, Chad Chaffin stole back some of the glory winning the pole, as Rookie of the Year winner Brian Vickers claimed his first career victory in the 2000 Hooters ProCup season.

Pit gates open at 8 a.m.; practice begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. The Lance Snacks Pole Award will be decided as qualifying begins at 4:30 p.m. and the green flag will fall for the running of the ProCup 250 presented by Ingles at 7 p.m.

-USAR-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Chad Chaffin , Brian Vickers , Mario Gosselin , Jeff Agnew