USAR: Thompson Speedway pre-race facts

<pre> 2001 HOOTERS PROCUP SERIES RACE FACTS WHAT: Naturally Fresh 200 USAR Hooters ProCup Race ...


WHAT: Naturally Fresh 200 USAR Hooters ProCup Race #7 of 30 (Northern Division Race #2)

WHERE: Thompson International Speedway - .625 mile high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 2001- 1:30 p.m. EST

DISTANCE: 200 Laps, 125 Miles

TV: Speedvision (Tape-Delayed, Thursday, May 10, 9:00 p.m.) Speedvision (Tape-Delayed, Friday, May 11, 1:00 a.m. & 12 noon) Sunshine Network (Tape-Delayed, Monday, May 14, 8:00 p.m.) Sunshine Network (Tape-Delayed, Tuesday, May 15, 2:00 p.m.) ComCast Sports Net (Tape-Delayed, Monday, May 21, 3:00 a.m. & 8:00 p.m.) ComCast Sports Southeast (Tape-Delayed, Saturday, May 12, 8:00 p.m.) ComCast Sports Philadelphia (Tape-Delayed, Saturday, May 12, 4:00 p.m.) ComCast Empire (Tape-Delayed, Tuesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.) Fox Sports South (TBA)

POSTED AWARDS: $110,985 </pre> FIELD: 40 cars possible. Fastest 36 cars through time trials. Four provisional starting positions based on top 30 drivers' position in the 2001 points standings. One provisional each may be added to the field for a former Hooters ProCup Series champion, or a former USAR Hooters ProCup Series Rookie of the Year who competed in 2000. (Starting Line-Up Format Could Change If Qualifying Races Are Needed.) <pre> SCHEDULE:

Friday, May 4, 2001 (USAR Reserves the Right to Change Schedule) 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Early Parking and Registration

Saturday, May 5, 2001

8:00 a.m. Pit Gates Open 8:30 a.m. Safety Tech Opens 9:00 a.m. Grandstand Gates Open 9:00 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting 9:15 a.m. Rookie Meeting 10: - 11:00a.m. Local Practice 11:00 a.m. ProCup Practice Begins 2:00 p.m. ProCup Practice Ends 2: - 2:30 p.m. Final Local Practice 2:45 p.m. Local Heat Races 4:00 p.m. ProCup Qualifying Time Trials 6:00 p.m. Track Closes

Sunday, May 6, 2001

8:00 a.m. Pit Gates Open 9:00 a.m. Grandstand Gates Open 10:00 a.m. Drivers Meeting 10:15 a.m. Chapel Service 12:30 p.m. Autograph Session 1:10 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies 1:30 p.m. Naturally Fresh 200 To Follow Local Races </pre> THE RACE: This is the USAR's first visit to this historic track. Expect many more exciting races here! <pre> BONUS / AWARDS SPONSORS:

Sunoco Fuel Pole Award - $1,000 Lucas Oil Products "Halfway Leader" Award - $1,000 W.J. Plemons "Hard Charger" Award - $500 Miller Lite "Rookie of the Race" Award - $1,000

PARTICIPATING CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: </pre> Performance Fiberglass * Carolina Kit Car * 2-Qwik Performance Shocks * CV Products * Charlotte Wheels Inc. * Earl's Performance * Eibach Springs C&R Racing * Holley Ignitions * Isky Racing Cams * Manley Performance MSD Ignitions * K&N Engineering * Spin Tech * Wiseco Pistons * BSR Products * Quarter Master Industries * Racing Electronics * Rev. Inc. * Tri- Star Racewear * Lowes Lug Nuts * Racechem * Stewart Components * Hess Racing Products * Automotive Specialist <pre> HPCS Race Winners in 2001: Sunoco Fuel Pole Winners in 2001

1. Bobby Gill, USA International Speedway 1. Mario Gosselin, USA International 2. Jay Fogleman, St. Augustine Speedway 2. Steve Christian, St. Augustine 3. Bobby Gill, Five Flags Speedway 3. Shane Huffman, Five Flags Speedway 4. Hal Goodson, Ace Speedway 4. Jay Folgleman, Ace Speedway 5. Stacy Puryear, Jennerstown Speedway 5. Charlie Ford, Jennerstown Speedway 6. Shane Huffman, Coastal Plains Raceway 6. Toby Robertson, Coastal Plains Raceway


Driver Hometown Car Make Points Wins

1. Mike Herman, Jr. Kannapolis, NC Ford 145 0 2. Donnie Hill * Columbus, OH Chevrolet 140 0 3. Mardy Lindley Taylors, SC Ford 135 0 4. Charlie Ford Charles City, VA Chevrolet 121 0 5. Jason McLellan * Mt. Forest, ONT Canada Pontiac 120 0 6. Ron Beauchamp, Jr. Lasalle, ONT Canada Dodge 118 0 7. Bart Hartman * Zanesville, OH Chevrolet 115 0 8. Regan Smith Mooresville, NC Chevrolet 114 0 9. Dale Delozier * Lorton, VA Chevrolet 112 0 10. Lonnie Rush, Sr. * Pickerington, OH Chevrolet 108 0 *- Denotes Rookie



Timmy Hutson

USAR Media Relations



Thompson CT - Heading into the running of the Naturally Fresh 200 at Thompson International Speedway on Sunday, May 6, driver Bobby Gegetaskas and his "dream team" are sure they're going to be heavy hitters in the inaugural season of the USAR Hooters ProCup Series northern division. Gegetaskas calls the track's 5/8s high-banked asphalt oval the "smoothest that I've ever raced on."

"There are two grooves of racing for competitors to run against one another. This is a great track, famous for its long green flag runs," continued the driver of the #12 Aaron's Sales & Lease Chevrolet. "It will be one of the most competitive races we'll probably have for this season."

Gegetaskas, who has raced Thompson International in his modified, a Busch Grand National North car and has also tested the track in his USAR Hooters ProCup car, is looking for qualifying times to be "at least a half second quicker than the Busch North cars."

The "dream team" is coming off an impressive 18th-place finish - despite a minor black flag incident and the loss of power steering at the start of the 200-lap race at Jennerstown Speedway on April 23.

"I cannot believe all that this dream team has done. I mean we had terrible luck during practice," he noted, pointing to set-up problems and a loose oil line. "I'm pumped and the team is definitely pumped. I look for a great year running here in the ProCup Northern Series for the rest of this year, barring any really bad luck."

Another northern division driver with experience at the track is Glenn Sullivan. Sullivan has quite a bit of experience on the Connecticut track, although he said this will be a new experience for everyone.

"This race will be a level playing field for everybody," said Sullivan. "Thompson has been repaved and is extremely smooth and fast. The track has two grooves and actually, with the new pavement, the groove has moved down a little. It should be a great race for the drivers and the fans."

Sullivan also added that the speedway has the luxury of having one of the best track promoters in the business.

"Ben Dodge is great at promoting racing in the northeast," said Sullivan. "He makes you feel like you are racing the biggest race of the year."

Sullivan will be driving his Solera Color Lenses Chevrolet this weekend and looks to improve on his first race finish at Jennerstown.

"I have a lot of track time at Thompson," said Sullivan. "I have raced modified and Busch North races at the track. The Hooters ProCup Series drivers will really enjoy the track and I think the fans will enjoy seeing these cars at this beautiful track."

See Gegetskas, Sullivan and many more Hooters ProCup Series drivers this weekend. The race, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will be the only one to see the green flag drop on a Sunday. Qualifying will begin Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., followed by local practice.

Grandstands open Saturday at 9 a.m. Practice for the USAR Hooters ProCup Northern Series will be held between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Drivers will compete for the Sunoco Pole Award starting at 3:30 p.m., followed by local heat races. Front gates swing open Sunday at 9 a.m.; an autograph session is set to kick off at 12:30 p.m., with the race starting an hour later, followed by Thompson International Speedway's late model, limited sportsman and Sunoco modified division races.


Entries Received for Thompson International Speedway As Of 4/21/01

Number Car # Division Driver Hometown Make

1. 0 N Richard Hampton Seymour, IN Chevy

2. 2 N Chad Beahr Mechanicsville, VA Ford

3. 5 N Dave Houpt Friedens, PA Chevy

4. 6 N Danny Abold Liverpool, NY Chevy

5. 9 N Jeremiah Kuntz Mahaffey, PA Chevy

6. 10 N Dale Delozier Lorton, VA Chevy

7. 11 N Tim Bainey, Jr. Osceola Mills, PA Ford

8. 12 N Bobby Gegetskas Windson Locks, CT Chevy

9. 14 N Charlie Ford Charles City, VA Chevy

10. 15 N Bill Plemons Locust Grove, GA Ford

11. 16 N Mike Herman, Jr. Kannapolis, NC Ford

12. 18 N Brendt Matzel Fayetteville, NY Chevy

13. 19 N Philip A. Rondeau Baltic, CT Pontiac

14. 22 N Russell Hersey, Jr. Swanzey, NH Chevy

15. 27 N Kyle Shoemaker Belvidere, NJ Ford

16. 28 N Regan Smith Mooresville, NC Chevy

17. 34 N Glenn Sullivan Westbury, NY Chevy

18. 42 N Brian Vickers Thomasville, NC Chevy

19. 49 N Todd Hoddick Lancaster, NY Pontiac

20. 73 N Jeff Agnew Floyd, VA Chevy

21. 75 N Bart Hartman Zanesville, OH Chevy

22. 83 N Lonnie Rush Pickerington, OH Chevy

23. 93 N B.J. Underdown Williamsport, PA Chevy

24. 94 N Jack Helget Franklinville, NJ Chevy

25. 01 N Mardy Lindley Taylors, SC Ford

26. 06 N Neil Cox Loris, SC Chevy


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