USAR: South Boston: Northern Division preview

MYRTLE BEACH, SC -- The USAR Hooters ProCup Series heads into its final stretch of the 2003 schedule and one of the remaining races of interest is the Miller Lite 250 on Saturday August 2 at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. This will...

MYRTLE BEACH, SC -- The USAR Hooters ProCup Series heads into its final stretch of the 2003 schedule and one of the remaining races of interest is the Miller Lite 250 on Saturday August 2 at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. This will be the sixth time the steel-bodied stock car touring series has visited the famed short track located in southern Virginia.

This year will also offer something new for the fans visiting Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway -- the best of the best from the Hooters ProCup Series Northern Division will compete for the first time at the challenging 4/10-mile facililty. The track hosted a Southern Division race last season.

One of the early favorites in the Miller Lite 250 will be Jay Fogleman. Fogleman, from nearby Durham, NC, won at South Boston in 1999 and would like to collect another win at one of his favorite tracks.

"We have had a lot of success at South Boston," said Fogleman. "We won a race there in 1999 in the Hooters ProCup Series and we would love to get another one there this year. We are up in the points but a win can give you momentum going into the Championship Series later in the fall.

Fogleman has already collected two wins this year at Lonesome Pine and Holland and would like to keep his place in the top-five in the point standings going into the final stretch run.

"The Northern Division is so much more competitive this year and we could very well have our Series champion come from the Northern Division this season."

Another driver looking for a solid finish at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway is Charlie Ford. The veteran has stated this could be his last season behind the wheel and nothing would be sweeter for the Charles City, VA driver than to collect his first career win in his home state.

"We have had some success at South Boston in the past in other cars and hopefully we can run well there in a couple of weeks," said Ford. "We haven't raced in the Hooters ProCup cars there the past two years because we were competing in the Northern Division and they hosted Southern Division races. It will be interesting to see how some of the Northern drivers run on this track."

Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway is a challenging track that produces some of the tightest racing seen all year long in the Series. The turns are banked a modest 12 degrees and there are two distinct grooves used by drivers in the Series based on previous races held there since 1997.

Another driver looking forward to racing at South Boston is Hal Goodson. Goodson, driving in the Northern Division for the first time this season for car owner Dave Lynch, has visited victory lane once in a USAR Hooters ProCup Series car at South Boston in 2000.

"We won a race there in 2000 and look forward to returning to South Boston," said Goodson. "Last year we finished in the top-five and hopefully we can get our Dodge back into victory lane there. It is the closest northern Division race we have on the schedule to my hometown of Darlington so it would be nice to get a win there."

The Miller Lite 250 will begin at 7:30 pm with twin 75-lap races also scheduled for the local Late Model drivers in addition to the 250-lap race for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series. For advance tickets or more information please contact Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway at 1-877-440-1540.

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