USAR: Peach State: Southern Division round four preview

Aaron's 199 to be Fast and Furious Passing a Plenty at Peach State Longs, S.C.--The Aaron's 199 at Peach State (Ga.) Speedway may be shorter than the Aaron's 499 at Talladega, but the on-track action will be just a frantic on Saturday, June 2...

Aaron's 199 to be Fast and Furious
Passing a Plenty at Peach State

Longs, S.C.--The Aaron's 199 at Peach State (Ga.) Speedway may be shorter than the Aaron's 499 at Talladega, but the on-track action will be just a frantic on Saturday, June 2 when Hooters Pro Cup Series rolls into town for the fourth installment of the Aaron's Southern Division season.

Over the past few years, the number of lead changes at Peach State Speedway has resembled restrictor-plate racing stats. In last year's two events at the high-banked, half-mile track, 28 lead changes took place in 500 laps.

"You can run just about anywhere on the track," said Michael Ritch, driver of the No. 28 Naturally Fresh/Jackaroo Ford. "It takes a few guys to run the high groove before it comes in. But once it does, I think it's the fastest way around the track."

In addition to being a fast, multi-groove track, Peach State is also known for being a driver's track, meaning the ability to conserve tires will likely come into play.

"If you're not careful, you can spin the tires off the corners all night," said Clay Rogers, who won the first of two events at Peach State last season. "If someone wants to lead early, you just let them go and ride."

And Rogers should know. Last season, Shane Huffman and Rogers spilt victories in the Peach State events, but Rogers led the most laps in both events.

Huffman, who has moved onto the Busch Series, will not be in the event this weekend, but Rogers is planning on moonlighting from his Northern Division gig to compete in the Aaron's 199. Rogers, however, will be just one of nearly 50 entries for the ultra-competitive event.

Among the early entries are seven Aaron's Southern Division drivers that call the state of Georgia home. Matt Hawkins, Bill Plemons, Mike Garvey, Dusty Williams, Justin Wakefield, Brett Butler, and Buckshot Jones all hail from Georgia--and all would like to keep the Aaron's 199 trophy in their home state.

The Aaron's 199 presented by Atlanta Freightliner is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. Fans are encouraged to get to the speedway early to watch the Allison Legacy Series compete in a 50-lap feature at 5:15 p.m.

Following the Legacy race, fans will be permitted on the racetrack to mingle with the starting field for the Aaron's 199 during the Wraps INK Autograph Session at 6:15 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Peach State Speedway at (706) 387-7490.

2007 USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP SERIES QUICK FACTS FOR THE AARON'S SOUTHERN DIVISION

WHAT: Aaron's 199 presented by Atlanta Freightliner

WHERE: Peach State Speedway (PSS), Jefferson, GA
.5-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday June 2, 2007

DISTANCE: 199 Laps/ 99.5 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $122,670 (Includes $37,000 Point Fund)

STARTING FIELD: 32 car starting field - 34 cars possible - Fastest 28 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 Wednesday June 13, 2007 (4 p.m. ET)
Friday, June 22, 2007 (12 Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday June 2, 2007:
11:30 a.m. USAR HPCS Practice Begin
1:30 p.m. USAR HPCS Practice Ends
2:00 p.m. USAR HPCS Drivers Meeting (Engines Off)
3:30 pm Front Gate Opens
4:30 pm Aaron's 199 Qualifying for the USAR HPCS
6:15 pm Wraps Ink on track Autograph Session for the USAR HPCS
7:00 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies for the Aaron's 199
7:30 p.m. Aaron's 199

-credit: usar

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Buckshot Jones , Mike Garvey , Shane Huffman , Brett Butler
Teams Williams