USAR: USAR weekly notes 2001-02-12

As the 2001 season moves into motion, the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series is alive with excitement. Over 100 drivers from across the United States and Canada have registered to compete in North America’s premiere short track...

As the 2001 season moves into motion, the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series is alive with excitement. Over 100 drivers from across the United States and Canada have registered to compete in North America’s premiere short track racing series. This season brings about a new era for the Hooters ProCup Series as it enters new territory. This spring the Series will travel to Pennsylvania for the first of three visits to historic Jennerstown Speedway on the first stop of the Northern Division schedule.

A total of 23 tracks have signed on to host Hooters ProCup Series races this season, with USA International Speedway and Jennerstown Speedway hosting three races a piece. Legendary short tracks Hickory Motor Speedway and Chemung Speedrome will feature two races each during the season.

USAR has added Thompson International Speedway, Louisville Motor Speedway, and Chemung to its Northern Division line-up, while Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida and Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville, NC are new additions to the Southern Division schedule.

"We are very pleased with our 2001 race schedule," said USAR President Gene Cox. "We are honored to have first-class facilities hosting our Series this season. We feel we have put a plan in motion that will propel us to the next level of competition, prestige and nationwide recognition."

Several familiar faces are planning to return to competition this year in the Series. Among the favorites to visit victory lane is the driver of the Hooters Ford Bill Plemons, Jr. Plemons, Jr., from Locust Grove, Georgia enjoyed one his best season’s in the Hooters ProCup Series in 2000.

Plemons, Jr. collected two pole awards, four top-five and nine top-10 finishes during the regular season and he finished ninth in the final points standings. Plemons, Jr. also won the prestigious HootersSports News Humanitarian of the Year Award for his charitable efforts away from the track.

Two-time champion Bobby Gill will certainly be one to watch as he defends his 2000 title and looks to continue his record-setting run in the Series. The Dalton, GA driver won seven races last year en route to his title which gave him over $358,000 in winnings, making him the first driver in the Series to surpass the $600,000 mark in career earnings in just two seasons.

USAR and Hooters of America is pleased to announce a renewed agreement has been reached to televise all 30 Hooters ProCup Series races on Speedvision. Each race will be televised prime time on both east and west coast markets. Each race will also be broadcast the next day for Friday afternoon promotions with Hooters Restaurants. Check your local listings.

-USAR

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