USAR: South Boston preview

FAYETTEVILLE, GA. (August 14, 2000) – As the second half of the 2000 season moves into high gear, the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series visits South Boston Speedway this Saturday night for the running of the State Fair Brand...

FAYETTEVILLE, GA. (August 14, 2000) – As the second half of the 2000 season moves into high gear, the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series visits South Boston Speedway this Saturday night for the running of the State Fair Brand Mini Corn Dogs 250. This race, which will be the 12th of 20 on the schedule, featured seven different lead changes among seven different leaders at its visit last year and Jay Fogleman collected his lone win in 1999 at the 4/10-mile track located in southern Virginia.

Several drivers currently competing in the Hooters ProCup Series are anticipating the return to South Boston. Many of those same drivers have also said that, while they have experience at the track, that advantage could be gone now that the track has undergone modifications.

Stacy Puryear, in fifth place for the Miller Lite Rookie of the Year honor, has competed numerous times at South Boston. Puryear won in Late Model Stock competition and said this Saturday’s race will be a little different than before.

"We ran there last year and won four races during the season," said Puryear. "The track is great and usually provides two racing grooves, which gives the fans a lot of side-by-side racing. Now that they have made some changes it will be interesting to see if the groove is still there."

The change Puryear talked about was the pit wall, which had been constructed around the track, making it more narrow than before. The track surface is in good shape, which Puryear said should make the cars handle great and provide great action for the fans.

"I don’t think tires will be as much of an issue at South Boston as they are at other places we race," said Puryear. "Qualifying will be crucial at this track. You will want to be up front because there will be contact and you don’t want to get caught up in it."

While Puryear has had a lot of track time at South Boston, another Hooters ProCup Series driver looking forward to Saturday night is the driver of the State Fair Brand Corn Dogs/Ingles Chevrolet Mart Nesbitt. Nesbitt enters this weekend 13th in the current points standings. He collected three consecutive top-10s and finished 11th at the last race at Peach State Speedway. The Asheville, North Carolina native has already tied his season-best mark of five top-10 finishes which he set in 1998.

"We are happy with our season so far," said Nesbitt. "We are certainly looking forward to this weekend. We have a brand new car and we feel it is capable of winning races. We have been blessed and our team is feeling great right now. We are pumped up for South Boston."

Nesbitt, who’s resume features two track championships at the now closed Asheville Motor Speedway, hopes this weekend could possibly give the State Fair Brand Corn Dog team its second top five of the season, which would also be a new season-best mark.

"We didn’t have a chance to test and qualifying will be important at South Boston," said Nesbitt. "We are fortunate to have a great sponsor in State Fair and our relationship is a strong one so obviously we want to do well (in the race)."

The race will begin at 7:30 pm with the local Late Model division scheduled for a 75 lap race immediately after the State Fair Brand Mini Corn Dogs 250. USAR officials announced Monday that State Fair Brand Corn Dogs will give away 400 State Fair coolers during the race. The coolers will be a replica of the #30 State Fair Brand Corn Dogs car driver by Nesbitt in the Hooters ProCup Series.

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