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Howard Hopes South Boston Brings Team Second Consecutive Win Longs, SC - When the 2005 season began taking shape for the Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division competitors, Woody Howard didn't think he would have a good run during his ...

Howard Hopes South Boston Brings Team Second Consecutive Win

Longs, SC - When the 2005 season began taking shape for the Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division competitors, Woody Howard didn't think he would have a good run during his first race in the series at South Boston back in April. However, Howard ended that night with a big surprise for himself and the rest of the division, qualifying on the outside of the front row and posting a solid top-10 finish by coming home in seventh.

Howard, driver of the No. 55 Dean Motorsports Chevy, hopes to improve on that finish when the track hosts the series for the second time on Saturday, August 6 with the running of the Lucas Oil 250. Howard will have plenty of momentum entering this weekend as well coming off his second win of the season last week at Salem Speedway.

"We got lucky I think at South Boston the first time," said Howard. "We didn't even start on our car until a couple of weeks before the first race at South Boston and for us to qualify like we did really helped us get a top-10 because the track is so tough."

Howard and his team must have done something right as they found victory lane at Kil-Kare Speedway on July 1. While Howard might have surprised some with his win at Kil-Kare, he feels his team can challenge for their third win of the year at South Boston.

"It is definitely tough racing in this series," said Howard. "We had a good run at Kil-Kare and our strategy worked for us there. At South Boston, we will have to be real good from the get go to challenge for another win, but I think our team can do it."

While Howard will be ready, he will have to get by Benny Gordon, Jeff Agnew and Johnny Rumley just to name a few drivers who usually run well at the famous Virginia short track.

Gordon has won the last two Pro Cup races held at the track and although he didn't have the best car last time out, the DuBois, Pa., driver was able to find victory lane again. Agnew challenged Gordon throughout the second half of the race, but the Floyd, Va., driver could never find a way to get around Gordon.

"Those guys race hard every week and always seem to have a good car," added Howard. "Hopefully, we can have a good car as well and be there at the end to try and get the win."

Gates will open at 3 p.m. and qualifying for the Lucas Oil 250 activity will get underway Saturday, August 6 at 4:30 p.m. An on-track autograph session will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the green flag set to fly at 7 p.m. For more information please contact the speedway at 434-572-4947.

WHAT: Lucas Oil 250
Race #20 of 30 (Northern Division Race 10 of 12)

WHERE:                       South Boston Speedway - South Boston, VA

.400-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 2005 - 7:00 pm (EDT)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/100 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $121,991 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)

STARTING FIELD: 32 car starting field. 34 cars possible. Fastest 28 cars through time trials. Two provisional positions for top-30 from 2005 Northern Division Driver Points Standings. Two provisionals for 2005 Northern Division top-30 Car Owner Points Standings. Two provisional starting positions available for a past Hooters Pro Cup Series champion and rookie of the year (only if necessary).

TELEVISION:                SPEED Channel, Saturday, August 13, 2005 (10:00 pm EDT)

SPEED Channel, Friday, August 19, 2005 (12:00 Noon EDT)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, August 6, 2005:
11 a.m. Pro Cup Practice Begins
1 p.m. Pro Cup Practice Ends
2 - 4 p.m. Late Model Practice & Qualifying
4:30 p.m. ProCup Qualifying Time Trials
5:45 p.m. Autograph Session
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7 p.m. Lucas Oil 250
To Follow Late Model Race - 110 Laps

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Series Stock car
Drivers Johnny R , Jeff Agnew