USAR: Winchester CS: First of five-race championship preview

Winchester Speedway set to host championship series kick off MYRTLE BEACH, SC -- For the second consecutive year the high-banked, ultra-fast Winchester Speedway will host the first event of the five-race USAR Hooters ProCup ...

Winchester Speedway set to host championship series kick off

MYRTLE BEACH, SC -- For the second consecutive year the high-banked, ultra-fast Winchester Speedway will host the first event of the five-race USAR Hooters ProCup Championship Series. The Championship Series is a unique five-race format designed specifically by USAR for the Hooters ProCup Series to determine its national champion each season since 2001. The Alan Kulwicki Memorial Naturally Fresh Foods 250 will be the first of the five races.

The Series features a regular season format with two distinct divisions, Northern and Southern, that set the field of 60 drivers eligible to qualify for the Championship Series. Each division completes a regular season and the top-30 drivers from each division are eligible to compete for the 2003 National Champion as long as they have met the requirements to qualify by competing in at least one-half of the regular season events held in their respective division and finish in the top-30 in final point standings. This season 29 Southern Division and 28 Northern Division drivers are eligible to compete in the Championship Series.

Last year Clay Rogers won the race at Winchester Speedway after top seeds Bobby Gill and Mardy Lindley both suffered problems during the race. The track, known for its challenging 33 degree high-banked turns, has produced some action-packed races since the Series first visited in 2001.

Donnie Hill on the rain-shortened race in 2001 and Brian Ross won the first race held there last season. Ross, from nearby Plymouth, Indiana, always looks forward to returning to a track were he has enjoyed success in other cars throughout his career.

"Winchester is always a fun place to race," added Ross. "We had a good car last year in the Championship Series before we got collected in some trouble on a restart. Hopefully this year we can stay out of trouble and not have problems with our car like we did here in the spring."

Ross was running in the top-10 when he made hard contact with the turn one wall after suffering mechanical problems.

Hal Goodson enjoyed a record-setting night at Winchester Speedway last spring when he became the first driver in the history of the Hooters ProCup Series to win a feature event driving a Dodge. Goodson survived the race after nearly avoiding a 16-car accident at the start of the race.

The Alan Kulwicki Memorial Naturally Fresh Foods 250 is named after the late 1992 Winston Cup Champion who perished in a plane crash along with Mark Brooks, Dan Duncan and Charlie Campbell. All four men have races named in their honor during the Championship Series.

Tickets are available for the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Naturally Fresh Foods 250 at Winchester Speedway (765) 584-9701. For more information about the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Naturally Fresh Foods 250, the Championship Series or United Speed Alliance Racing please visit the official website for the Hooters ProCup Series, www.usarprocup.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Brian Ross , Alan Kulwicki