USAR: Peach State: Southern Division round 4 preview

WHAT: Aaron's 250 pres. by Lucas Oil Products Race ...

WHAT: Aaron's 250 pres. by Lucas Oil Products
Race #5 of 30 (Southern Division Race 4 of 13)

WHERE:                       Peach State Speedway - Jefferson, GA

.500-mile, high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 7:00 pm (EDT)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/125 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $121,191 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, April 16, 2005:
11:00-1:00 pm Pro Cup Practice
2:00 - 3:30 pm Allison Legacy Series Practice & Qualifying
3:00 pm Front Gates Open
4:00 pm Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
4:45 pm Allison Legacy Series Race
5:45 pm Autograph Session
6:30 pm Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:00 pm Aaron's 250 pres. by Lucas Oil Products

Lamb & Robinson Looking to Three-Peat at Peach State Speedway

Lamb & Robinson Motorsports finished last season with three wins last season, and two of them came at Peach State Speedway. The wins also came with two different drivers behind the wheel of the No. 06 USG Sheetrock Brand Ford.

In the first race at PSS, Matt Carter, driver of the No. 22 Black's Tire Service Ford, led the field to a green-white-checkered finish, but the Denver, N.C., driver wound up fourth.

Shane Huffman, driver of the No. 84 Ford, went side-by-side with Carter into the final turn, but Joe Gaita, driver of the No. 06 USG Sheetrock Brand Ford, beat both drivers to finish line-sideways. Huffman and Carter made contact in Turn 4, allowing Gaita to slide to the inside for the second win of his career.

"I really thought we were going to have a second- or third-place car when Shane got by us," said Gaita. "They went into [Turn 3], got together and slid up the racetrack, and that was the opening we needed to get under them. We all got back in the gas and headed for the finish line."

They headed for the line three-wide and sideways.

Carter backed out after the contact, but Gaita and Huffman stayed in the throttle and crossed the line intertwined. Gaita beat Huffman by .476 seconds. Mart Nesbitt, driver of the No. 92 Blue Cross Blue Shield Chevy, was able to clip Carter at the line to take third. Carter held on to finish fourth.

After parting ways with Gaita, Lamb and Robinson Motorsports put Bobby Gill behind the wheel of the No. 06 USG Sheetrock Ford this week to see where the team stood.

And they stood in victory lane again.

Gill made his way past Derrick Kelley, driver of the No. 00 Adesa Impact Auto Auction Chevrolet, on Lap 149, survived a green-white-checkered finish and beat David Pletcher to the checkered flag by .262 sec.

"I had a good feeling when we left [Virginia] that we might win," said team owner and crew chief Jamie Mosley. "The crew and Bobby worked out real well that weekend. It's going to be tough to win three in a row, but we're going to give it our best shot."

In the first two races of this season, Gill and Lamb & Robinson haven't been able to visit victory lane, but they're knocking on the door.

Gill charged from 20th to fourth during the midpoint of the season opener, but a rear-end problem dropped them out of contention.

At South Georgia Motorsports Park, Gill somehow wrestled an ill-handling car to a podium finish.

"We didn't have a good race car at South Georgia," said Gill. "We made it better on the pit stop. In the long run, it was better, but we haven't been good enough to win [in the first two races]."

The Aaron's 250 presented by Lucas Oil Products is slated to start at 7 p.m. on April 16, 2005. Fans are encouraged to come out early and enjoy Pro Cup qualifying, which starts at 4 p.m., a 50-lap Allison Legacy Series race at 4:45 p.m. and the pre-race autograph session at 5:45 p.m.

For ticket information, call (706) 387-7490 or visit www.peachstspeedway.com.

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