USAR: New River Valley preview

2000 HOOTERS PROCUP SERIES RACE FACTS <pre> WHAT: KROGER 250 presented by Pepsi USAR Hooters ProCup Series Race ...

USAR: New River Valley preview


<pre> WHAT: KROGER 250 presented by Pepsi USAR Hooters ProCup Series Race #10 of 20

 WHERE: New River Valley Speedway; .416-Mile, Paved WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 2000 - 7:00 p.m. EDT 

DISTANCE: 250 Laps, 103 Miles

TV: Speedvision (Tape-Delayed, Sunday, July 28, 8:00 p.m.& Midnight) Sunshine Network (Tape-Delayed, Monday, July 31, 8:00 p.m.) Home Team Sports (Tape-Delayed, August 2, 8:00 p.m.)

RADIO: USA Racing Network (USARN) (Live, 6:45, p.m., EDT) WPCC-AM 1410, Clinton, SC (Flagship Station) WKDY-AM 1400, Spartanburg, SC WMVA-AM 1450, Martinsville, VA


FIELD: 32 cars possible. Fastest 30 cars through time trials. Two provisional starting positions based on top 30 drivers’ position in the current 2000 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 1999. (Starting Line- Up Format Could Change If Qualifying Races Are Needed.)

SCHEDULE: Friday, July 21, 2000 5 -7 p.m. Early Parking & Registration Saturday, July 22, 2000 8:00 a.m. Pit Gate Opens & Park Haulers 9:00 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting (USAR Renegade Hauler) 9:15 a.m. Rookie Drivers Meeting (USAR Renegade Hauler) 10:30-12:30 p.m. Hooters ProCup Practice 1:00 p.m. Hooters ProCup Drivers Meeting 1:15-1:30 p.m. CHAPEL SERVICE (USAR Renegade Hauler) 2:30-3:30 p.m. Local Practice 4:00 p.m. Hooters ProCup Qualifying Time Trials (2 Laps) 5:00 p.m. Local Division Qualifying 6:00 p.m. Hooters ProCup Series Autograph Session 6:30 p.m. Drivers Introduction and Pre-Race Ceremonies 7:00 p.m. Kroger 250 presented by Pepsi Begins (USAR Reserves the Right to Change Schedule)

THE RACE: The track has hosted two Hooters ProCup Series events.

 RECORDS: Driver Date Speed Time Qualifying: Michael Ritch 7/24/99 90.326 mph 16.580 

1999 TOP 10 IN EVENT: 1999 STATS: 1) Mario Gosselin Discount Auto Parts Pole: Michael Ritch 2) Jay Fogleman Time of Race: 1:46:00 3) Jeff Agnew Average Speed: N/A 4) Andy Thurman Margin of Victory: .9 seconds 5) Bobby Gill Caution Flags: 9 for 64 laps 6) Brian Sockwell Lap Leaders: 1-99 Michael Ritch; 99-104 7) Mike Laughlin, Jr. Jeff Agnew; 105-108 David Hyder; 8) David Hyder 109-250 Mario Gosselin. 9) Mart Nesbitt 10) Johnny Rumley

PAST RESULTS OF THIS EVENT Winner Discount Auto Parts Pole 1999 Mario Gosselin Michael Ritch 1998 Jay Fogleman Jeff Agnew


Discount Auto Parts, Lucas Oil Products, State Fair Brand Corn Dogs, Miller Lite Beer, W.J. Plemons Investments, Incentive Risk Management, BRC Performance, CV Products, Ford Motorsports SVO, Earl’s Performance Plumbing, Eibach Springs, Griffin Thermal Products, Hawk Saw Blades, Holley Ignitions, Isky Race Cams, Landrum Springs, Manley Performance Products, MSD Ignitions, Quarter Master Industries, Racing Electronics, Rev Inc., Tri-Star Racewear


· 1998 Hooters ProCup Series Champion Jeff Agnew is a former track champion at New River Valley Speedway.

· Jon Wood competed at the track in 1999 and won Rookie of the Year honors in Late Model Stock competition.

</pre> New River Valley Speedway Welcomes the Hooters ProCup Series

(July 12, 2000) – Hooters ProCup Series action returns to the beautiful Virginia mountains on Saturday night July 22 when New River Valley Speedway hosts the Kroger 250 at 7 p.m. The track, known as Pulaski County Speedway until 1988, has given several Hooters ProCup Series drivers an opportunity to improve their driving skills and also collect a few honors to add to their racing resumes.

One such driver is Jon Wood. The Stuart, VA driver considers New River Valley his home track and looks forward to returning. He competed on it just one season ago in the Late Model Stock division.

"We are really looking forward to racing at New River in a Hooters ProCup Series race" said Wood. "It will be a chance to race on a track that I have some experience on and it is close enough for our family and friends to come out and watch a race in the stands."

Wood won Rookie of the Year honors in 1999, racing at the .416-mile facility and finished third in a Late Model Stock race back in June at the track. Wood also won the first Late Model Stock race of his career at New River Valley during his rookie campaign winning the New River Pontiac/GMC/-Nissan 200.

"We have a lot of track time out at New River," said Wood. "When we need to shake a car down or test some new equipment, we head to New River." The track is known for being a facility you can pass on despite its tight turns, Wood adds, and that should give the fans a great show. "The turns are really tight, like the turns at Ace Speedway where we raced back in April," said Wood. "But New River is a place where you can get a good run off of the turns and make the pass on the straight-aways. I am excited about running at New River and would love to get a win in front of our family and friends."

Several other Hooters ProCup Series drivers have also enjoyed success at New River Valley Speedway. Jeff Agnew, the 1998 Hooters ProCup Series champion, won track championships in 1991, 1992, and 1994. While veteran driver Jay Fogleman also has completed quite a few laps around the demanding track and won the first Hooters ProCup Series race at the track in 1998. Fogleman also finished second in last season’s Kroger 250.

The track features 560-foot long straight-aways and a racing width of 53 feet. While the turns are banked 15 degrees and the frontstretch and backstretch are both banked seven degrees, respectively.

Mario Gosselin, who currently holds the all-time Hooters ProCup Series record with 15 wins, won last season’s race and has remained in the top two in points standings virtually all season.

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