USAR: Southern: Southern Division round nine preview

Sears Auto Center 250 next up for Southern Division Huffman seeks first win at SNRP; Rogers closing in on Southern title Myrtle Beach, S.C.-With 27 wins in his Pro Cup career, it's easier to name the tracks that Shane Huffman hasn't won on ...

Sears Auto Center 250 next up for Southern Division
Huffman seeks first win at SNRP; Rogers closing in on Southern title

Myrtle Beach, S.C.-With 27 wins in his Pro Cup career, it's easier to name the tracks that Shane Huffman hasn't won on rather than the ones he has visited victory lane.

Southern National (N.C.) Raceway Park is one of the few tracks where Huffman has yet to pull into the winner's circle, and he hopes to change that this weekend.

"We've run second there a few times, but, for whatever reason, we haven't been able to win," said Huffman, driver of the No. 88 Champion Spark Plugs Chevrolet. "Hopefully, we can get that first win this weekend."

If Huffman does pick up his first SNRP win in the Sears Auto Center 250, it will be a much-needed one.

After taking the Southern Division point lead away from Clay Rogers with a win at USA Int'l (Fla.) Speedway on June 3, Huffman suffered a setback at Myrtle Beach Speedway on June 24 while Rogers went to victory lane and moved ahead of Huffman by 72 points.

Rogers added to his point lead at Hickory Motor Speedway by taking his fourth win of the season, pushing his point lead to 92 points with four races remaining in the regular season.

"We just need to keep doing what we're doing," said Rogers, driver of the No. 44 Automotive Development Group Ford. "We can't afford to have any bad nights."

But Rogers and Huffman won't be the only drivers in the field trying to win-or worrying about points.

Bobby Gill sits third in points going into SNRP, but the 3-time Pro Cup champion is just 89 points ahead of Jay Fogleman in sixth. Behind them, Trevor Bayne, who sits seventh in points, is only 40 points ahead of Andrew Rogers in 10th.

While not in the top 10 in points, Michael Ritch, driver of the No. 28 Jackaroo Sauces Ford, has been a man on a mission of late. Ritch had a near-perfect run at Hickory Motor Speedway before a slew of late-race cautions thwarted his chances of going to victory lane and dropped him to third at the finish. Last year, Ritch led 95 laps at SNRP before dropping from the race on Lap 126.

Mark McFarland eventually went onto win the Merchant's Tire & Auto Centers 250 last year, followed by Clay Rogers and Shane Huffman.

The Sears Auto Center 250 presented by Awesome Awnings is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Southern National Raceway Park on Saturday, July 22 in Kenly, N.C.

Front gates will open to the general public at 2:30 p.m. Advance Auto Parts Pole Qualifying will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a 50-lap Allison Legacy Series race at 4:45 p.m.

Fans will be allowed on the frontstretch for the on-track autograph session at 5:45 p.m.

2006 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts

WHAT: Sears Auto Center 250 presented by Awesome Awnings
Race No. 18 of 30 (Southern Division Race 9 of 12)

WHERE:                       Southern National Raceway Park - Kenly, NC

.363-mile, high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 7 p.m. (ET)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/100 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $126,649 (Includes $36,400 Point Fund)

TELEVISION:               SPEED Channel, Wednesday, July 26, 2006 (4 p.m. ET)

SPEED Channel, Friday, July 28, 2006 (Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, July 22, 2006:
11 a.m. Pro Cup Practice Begins
1 p.m. Pro Cup Practice Ends
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Allison Legacy Series Practice & Qualifying
2:30 p.m. Front Gates Open
4 p.m. Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
4:45 p.m. Allison Legacy Series Race - 50 Laps
5:45 p.m. Autograph Session
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7 p.m. Sears Auto Center 250 presented by Awesome Awnings

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Trevor Bayne , Mark McFarland , Shane Huffman