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Rogers Ready To Ride in Travel Country RV 250 Leader Running Away; Fierce Fight For Second Myrtle Beach, S.C.-Barring a monumental meltdown, Clay Rogers, who has a 191-point lead, will win the Hooters Pro Cup Series title. All he needs to do...

Rogers Ready To Ride in Travel Country RV 250
Leader Running Away; Fierce Fight For Second

Myrtle Beach, S.C.-Barring a monumental meltdown, Clay Rogers, who has a 191-point lead, will win the Hooters Pro Cup Series title. All he needs to do is little more than start the final two races of the year to claim his second title three years.

But behind him, only 100 points separates 10th-place Jay Fogleman (545) from second-place Woody Howard (635). Even Michael Ritch, who sits 20th in points, has a chance to finish second in points. Ritch, driver of the No. 28 Jackaroo Sauces Ford, is only 156 points behind Howard for the runner-up spot.

"Second is our goal right now," said Howard, driver of the No. 55n Dean Motorsports Chevrolet. "It still pays good money to finish second, and it's going to be tough to stay there, but we'd like to get that for our car owner, Jim Dean.

"We've made some mistakes this year, whereas Clay and his team are on top of it. They aren't making those mistakes."

For that matter, Rogers and his team aren't making any mistakes.

Rogers, driver of the No. 44s Automotive Development Group Ford, has pounded the best of the best into submission by racking up the three consecutive wins in the Championship Series. Rogers' only non-win was a seventh-place finish at Iowa Speedway to start the six-race shootout. Since then, he's led a staggering 345 of 771 laps. More frightening for the competition is the fact that Rogers is heading back to tracks that are good for him: South Georgia Motorsports Park and USA Int'l Speedway.

Earlier this year, Rogers had the dominant car at SGMP, but he spent much of the night trying to work his way back on the lead lap after a procedural penalty. At USA Int'l, Rogers finished second twice this season.

"I think we can win four in a row at [South Georgia]," said Rogers. "I think we're going to be excellent down there. We had the best car there earlier this year."

Despite the large lead, Rogers isn't going to write his championship speech just yet.

"I know anything can happen, so I'm not going to celebrate just yet," said Rogers. "We could go to the next few races and fall out and still not win it. We're going to keep our eyes on the goal."

If he achieves that goal, Rogers will rewrite several Pro Cup records. If he wins the Travel Country RV 250 at South Georgia Motorsports Park this Friday, Rogers will become the only Pro Cup driver to win four races in the Championship Series. A win would lock up the title for Rogers, making him just the second repeat Pro Cup champion and pushing him over $1,000,000 in career earnings and $400,000 for the season.

The Dan Duncan Memorial Travel Country RV 250 will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 at South Georgia Motorsports Park.

Front Gates open at 12 p.m. Pro Cup practice will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Advance Auto Parts Pole Qualifying will start at 4:30 p.m. Fans will be allowed to take part in an on-track autograph session at 5:45 p.m.

For more information, call SGMP at (229) 896-7000.

2006 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series quick Facts

WHAT: Dan Duncan Memorial Travel Country RV 250
Race No. 5 of the USAR HPCS Championship Series

WHERE:                         South Georgia Motorsports Park, Cecil, GA

.5-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday November 11, 2006 - 7 P.M. (ET)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/ 125 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $139,599 (Includes $36,433 Point Fund)

STARTING FIELD: 36 car starting field - 38 cars possible - Fastest 36 cars through time trials - One provisional position from 2006 Northern Division top- 15 Driver Points Standings and One provisional position from 2006 Southern Division top-15 Driver Points Standing (only if necessary).

TELEVISION:
SPEED Channel, Wednesday, November 15, 2006 (4 p.m. ET)
SPEED Channel, Friday, November 17, 2006 (12 Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday November 11, 2006:
11:30 a.m. USAR HPCS Practice Begin
12:00 p.m. Front Gates Open
1:30 p.m. USAR HPCS Practice Ends
4:30 p.m. Dan Duncan Memorial Travel Country RV 250 HPCS Qualifying
5:45 p.m. USAR HPCS Driver Autograph Session
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:00 p.m. Dan Duncan Memorial Travel Country RV 250

Track Qualifying Record:
Mark McFarland - March 12, 2005 - Time: 18.460 seconds, Speed: 97.508 mph

Dan Duncan Memorial Travel Country RV 250 Fast Facts

* The USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series (HPCS) comes into South Georgia Motorsports Parks (SGMP) for the fifth race in the Championship Series. This will be the third time the HPCS has visited SGMP and the first time the track has hosted a Championship Series event.

* In the spring event held at SGMP, Joey Logano passed Mardy Lindley on lap 212 and went on to record his second win in the HPCS at the age of 15.

* Clay Rogers recorded his third Championship Series win last weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway (MBS) adding a $10,000 bonus this his earnings. Rogers will be looking to add more to that total at SGMP.

* Rogers currently holds a 191 point lead over Woody Howard who is second in the point standings. Second thru tenth place are separated by a mere 90 points.

* Justin Hobgood leads the Miller Lite "Rookie of the Year" standings by just six points over Derek Kale. The top five rookies are separated by 98 points.

* Four of the Championship contenders call the state of the Georgia home: Michelle Theriault (Alpharetta), Wayne Willard (Buford), Ken Butler III and his brother Brett Butler (Snellville).

* Last week at Myrtle Beach Speedway (MBS) two veterans Bobby Gill and Jay Fogleman used top-10 runs to boost them into the top 10 in the point standings. Gill is the only driver to have won multiple HPCS Championships (3).

-credit: usar

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Mark McFarland , Ken Butler III , Justin Hobgood , Joey Logano , Michelle Theriault , Brett Butler