USAR: Shenandoah: Northern Division round two preview

Showdown in Shenandoah Virginia All-Stars ready to rumble in the valley Myrtle Beach, S.C.-No less than six of Virginia's finest racing prodigies will return their home state to compete in the Farmer's Foods 250 at Shenandoah Speedway on ...

Showdown in Shenandoah
Virginia All-Stars ready to rumble in the valley

Myrtle Beach, S.C.-No less than six of Virginia's finest racing prodigies will return their home state to compete in the Farmer's Foods 250 at Shenandoah Speedway on Thursday, May 3.

The race will feature Virginia drivers' Jeff Agnew, of Floyd, Va., Jack Bailey, of Stafford, Va., J.J. Pack, of Haymarket, Va., Michael Kidd of Bluefield, Va., Woody Howard, of Chesapeake, Va., and Mark McFarland, of Winchester, Va.

But the event will not be solely about the Virginia drivers in the field, as more than 40 drivers are expected to show up for the second Sears Auto Center Northern Division event at the pristine speedway.

Last season, Benny Gordon, driver of the No. 66 Samuel Metals Ford, dominated the inaugural event, leading a race-high 178 laps en route to victory. But, despite leading a gaudy 178 laps, Gordon didn't cruise to the win.

Jeff Agnew, driver No. 73 Mark IV Suzuki/Team 7 Chevy, made a race out it in the second half of the event.

On Lap 150, Agnew took a shot on the high side of Gordon at the exit of Turn 2, but the 2005 Pro Cup champ shut the door. Gordon's lead would accordion with Agnew over the next 50 laps.

"I couldn't tell who was better," said Agnew. "One time, we'd get a run on him. Then, he'd run off and leave us. I don't know if he was playing with us or not."

Gordon won't be playing around this year. After a disappointing start of the season at South Boston, the three-time Northern Division champion needs a good run to rebound in points.

With the influx of Virginia drivers and huge car count, this year's Farmer's Foods 250 at Shenandoah Speedway should be just as exciting.

The race will start at 7 p.m. and front gates will open at 3 p.m.

2007 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts for the Sears Auto Center Northern Division

WHAT: Farmer's Food 250

WHERE:                         Shenandoah Speedway (SS), Shenandoah, VA

.375.-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 2007

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/ 93.75 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 2006 Northern Division top- 30 Driver Points Standings and two provisional position from 2006 Northern Division top-30 Owner points Standing. Provisional for past Champion and past Rookie of the Year (only if necessary)

TELEVISION: SPEED Channel Wednesday May 16, 2007 (4 p.m. ET)
Friday, May 18, 2007 (12 Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Thursday May 3, 2007:
11:00 am Front Gate opens
11:30 a.m. USAR HPCS Practice Begin
1:30 p.m. USAR HPCS Practice Ends
4:30 pm Farmer's Foods 250 Qualifying for the USAR HPCS
5:45 pm Wraps Ink on track Autograph Session for the USAR HPCS
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies for the Farmer's Foods 250
7:00 p.m. Farmer's Foods 250

-credit: usar

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mark McFarland , Jack Bailey , Jeff Agnew