USAR: South Boston: Northern Division round one preview

Farmer's Foods 250 to feature stacked field Champions to descend on SoBo Myrtle Beach, S.C.-Looking down the entry list for the opening race of the Sears Auto Center Northern Division at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, it's hard for any ...

Farmer's Foods 250 to feature stacked field
Champions to descend on SoBo

Myrtle Beach, S.C.-Looking down the entry list for the opening race of the Sears Auto Center Northern Division at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, it's hard for any short-track fan not to salivate.

Drivers in the starting field for the Farmer's Foods 250 have grabbed seven overall Hooters Pro Cup titles, five Miller Lite Rookie of the Year titles and 116 Pro Cup wins. But that's just a small part of the accolades held by this field of short-track greats.

The entrants also have four Snowball Derby titles, two ASA Championships, two All American 400 titles, one Bailey's 300 title, two Busch Series wins, four ARCA wins, over 25 track championships and one Weekly Racing Series national title.

Needless to say, the Farmer's Foods 250 presented by Eaton Corporation on Saturday, April 14 at South Boston Speedway is a must-see event.

"I was talking to Bobby Gill, and we think this might be the best race of the year," said Clay Rogers, who will be one of the nearly 50 drivers trying to make the starting field. "There's going to be a lot of good cars there. South Boston is a place you can run high, low and even on the apron; it's going to be a great race."

Last season, Rogers won a dogfight with Benny Gordon at South Boston Speedway in the season-opening event, holding off the Northern Division champ down the stretch to win the Naturally Fresh 250. Gordon wasn't amused.

"I really don't like it when Southern Division drivers come up here and win one of our races," Gordon said after the race. "It really ticks me off."

While Rogers, who will drive the No. 29n Bowen Family Homes Chevrolet, isn't a Southern Division driver this year, there will be strong contingent of Southern interlopers in this event.

Bobby Gill, Mark McFarland, Richard Boswell and Shelby Howard, who won the second event of 2006 at South Boston, are all pre-entered for the event.

"I know they're coming up here, and we're going to be ready for them," said Gordon, driver of the No. 66 Samuel Metals Ford. "We tested there last week and the car was great. We ran 23 laps, loaded up and went home."

If the Gordon-Rogers rivalry and North-South battles aren't enough to keep fans' attention, a pair of home-track heroes should do the trick. Former South Boston regulars Frank Deiny Jr. and Woody Howard will be returning to their roots to battle in front of hometown fans. All in all, the Farmer's Foods 250 will have as many plot lines as a Hitchcock movie. And for about the price of a night at the movies, race fans can enjoy the feature.

In addition to the Farmer's Foods 250, race fans will be treated to a 110-lap Late Model Stock feature following the Hooters Pro Cup event.

The Farmer's Foods 250 at South Boston is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. Front gates will open for the general public at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Late Model qualifying will start at 3:30 p.m. and Pro Cup time trials start at 4:30 p.m. The traditional on-track autograph session will start at 5:45 p.m.

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2007 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts for the Aaron's Southern Division

WHAT: Farmers Foods 250

WHERE:                         South Boston Speedway, South Boston, VA

.4-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday April 14, 2007

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/ 100 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 April 25 2007 (4 p.m. ET)
Friday, April 27, 2007 (12 Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Friday April 13, 2007:
5:30 pm USAR HPCS practice opens
7:00 pm USAR HPCS Practice ends
8:00 pm South Boston Speedway Closes

Saturday April 14, 2007:
11:00 a.m. USAR HPCS Practice Begin
1:00 p.m. USAR HPCS Practice Ends
3:00 pm Front Gate opens
2:00- 2:45 pm Late Model Practice
3:30 pm Late Model Qualifying
5:45 pm Wraps Ink on track Autograph Session for the USAR HPCS
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies for the Farmers Foods 250
7:00 p.m. Farmers Foods 250
To Follow Late Model 110 laps event

For more ticket information, contact SBS at (877) 440-1540.

-credit: usar

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Shelby Howard , Mark McFarland , Richard Boswell