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Gordon, Kile Looking to Clinch Miller Lite 250 on Tap for SoBo
Aug 5, 2008 - updated Aug 5th, 2008 2:32pm
Web posted by Paul Warner
Myrtle Beach, S.C. --
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
If Benny Gordon can get out of the Miller Lite 250 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on Saturday, August 9 without allowing Gary St. Amant to pull within 100 points, he will clinch his fourth Sears Auto Center Northern Division title. But that’s not on the DuBois, Pa., native’s mind.
“I’ve got some unfinished business at South Boston,” said Gordon, who finished second to Dan Abold in the season-opening, rain-shortened event at SoBo. “My goal is to win, because we should have won the first race.”
Gordon, who started from the Awesome Awnings Pole in the first race at South Boston, decided to pit on Lap 17 and gave the lead to Abold, who started ninth in the 32-car field.
Gordon quickly charged back to the front, trying feverishly to retake the lead before the rain came. Gordon ducked under Abold several times, but the 3-time Northern Division champ couldn’t make it past Abold before persistent showers forced the race to be called on Lap 161.
“I’m still not over that yet,” said Gordon, driver of the No. 66n Samuel Metals Ford. “I felt like I had dominant car there, and we only had to pass one more car to pass and we would’ve won. I’m excited to get back there.”
Besides vindication, Gordon has plenty of other reasons to be excited about returning to America’s Hometown Track. If he clinches the regular-season title at SoBo, Gordon will pick up a $20,000 bonus and a 25-point advantage heading into the Championship Series. If he goes onto win the event, he could surpass $90,000 in winnings in just eight races.
Rookie Mikey Kile will also be looking to capture some extra cash as well. Kile, driver of the No. 65s VisViva Energy Drink Chevrolet, can clinch the Miller Lite Rookie of the Year title in the Northern Division by finishing in the top 20. If he does so, Kile will take home a $10,000 bonus.
With the point races almost a forgone conclusion, fans will likely see a go-for-broke mentality throughout the field during the 250-lap event, especially among the veterans.
In six regular season races, there have been four first-time winners in the Northern Division. And with Gordon winning the other two, drivers like Jeff Agnew, Gary St. Amant, Jay Fogleman and Brandon Ward are on the verge of being shutout during the regular season.
The Miller Lite 250 is slated for a start time of 7 p.m. Front gates open at SBS at 3 p.m., just in time for Allison Legacy Series qualifying. Awesome Awnings Pole Qualifying for the Hooters Pro Cup Series will start at 4:30 p.m. Fans will be permitted on the front stretch for the Wraps INK Autograph Session at 5:45 p.m. and prerace ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. Following the Miller Lite 250, the Allison Legacy Series will compete in a 50-lap feature.
For ticket information, contact SBS at (434) 572-4947.
HOOTERS PRO CUP QUICK FACTS
FOR THE SEARS AUTO CENTER NORTHERN DIVISION
WHAT: Miller Lite 250
WHERE: South Boston Speedway
.4-mile, banked oval
WHEN: Saturday, August 9
DISTANCE: 250 laps/100 miles
POSTED AWARDS: $127,136
STARTING FIELD: 32-car starting field. Top 28 on time, four provisionals
PROMOTER: Cathy Rice
Website – www.southbostonspeedway.com
MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Warner, USAR Media Relations Director, 843-390-4224
Email Address: email@example.com
TELEVISION: VERSUS NETWORK—Monday, August 18 at 4 p.m. (ET)
Regional Networks: Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Altitude Sports, Comcast SportsNet New England, SportsTime Ohio, Comcast SportsNet West, Cox Sports, Lonestar Sports, Mediacom, America One, DirectTV & Dish Network
(Check Local Listings for Regional Airings)
Friday, August 8, 2008:
5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. Early Parking & Registration
Saturday, August 9, 2008:
8:00 a.m. USAR HPCS officials Meeting
8:20 am Transporter Parking
8:30 a.m. USAR HPCS Crew Chief Meeting
9:00 a.m. Pit Gates Open
9:30 a.m. USAR HPCS Tech Inspection Begins
10:00 a.m. USAR HPCS Rookie Meeting
11:30 a.m. USAR HPCS Practice Begins
1:30 p.m. USAR HPCS Practice Ends
2:00 p.m. USAR HPCS Drivers Meeting (Engines Off)
2:15 p.m. Chapel Service (Engines Off)
2:30 p.m. Allison Legacy Practice Begins
3:00 p.m. Allison Legacy Practice Ends
3:00 p.m. Front Gates Open
3:00 p.m. Allison Legacy Qualifying
4:30 p.m. Awesome Awnings Qualifying for the USAR HPCS
5:45 p.m. Wraps Ink Autograph Session for the USAR HPCS
6:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies for the Miller Lie 250
7:00 p.m. Start of the Miller Lite 250
To Follow: Allison Legacy Series Race
HPCS Track Qualifying Record SBS:
Driver: Benny Gordon Date: 4/19/08 - Time: 15.486 SEC/92.987 MPH
Results from last SBS Event:
1. Dan Abold
2. Benny Gordon
3. Mikey Kile
4. Mike Hampton
5. Jay Fogleman
6. Derrick Kelley
7. Brandon Ward
8. Derek Kale
9. Gary St. Amant
10. Tim Bainey Jr.
Awesome Awnings Pole Award- $1000- Benny Gordon- (15.486/92.987 MPH) New Track Record
Lucas Oil Products 1/2 Way Leader-$1000-Danny Abold
Miller Lite Rookie of the Race -$1000- Mike Kile
Aarons Do The Math Hard Charger -$500- Tim Bainey Jr
Greased Lightning Clean Team - $500 Jay Fogleman
Number of caution flags-6 1 Red Flag- 3 hours 2 minutes Total laps under caution- 102
iCard Time of Race- 4:21:00 Green Flag Average Speed- 85.881 MPH Margin of Win- 1.191 sec
Lap Leaders- 1-17 Benny Gordon(17); 18-161 Danny Abold(144)
Past Winners at South Boston:
Year Race Winner Pole Winner
2008 Dan Abold Benny Gordon
2007 Jeff Agnew Johnny Rumley
2007 Bobby Gill Frank Deiny Jr.
2006 Shelby Howard Benny Gordon
2006 Clay Rogers Benny Gordon
2005 Woody Howard Woody Howard
2005 Benny Gordon Joel Kauffman
2004 Benny Gordon Benny Gordon
2004 Mardy Lindley Johnny Rumley
2003 Mart Nesbitt Kertus Davis
2002 Bobby Gill Bobby Gill
2001 Mario Gosselin Mario Gosselin
2000 Hal Goodson Hal Goodson
1999 Jay Fogleman Michael Ritch
1997 Mario Gosselin Brad May
2008 HPCS Winners:
Date Event Race Winner Pole Winner
March 15 Sears Auto Center 200, USA Int’l Speedway Benny Gordon Mark McFarland
March 29 BFGoodrichTires.com 250, South Georgia Michael Ritch Mark McFarland
April 19 Miller Lite 250, South Boston Dan Abold Benny Gordon
April 26 Racing Electronics 250, Concord Michael Ritch Wade Day
May 31 Sears Auto Center 150, Milwaukee Mark McFarland Matt Carter
June 14 Greased Lightning 250, Mansfield Derek Kale Benny Gordon
June 21 Greased Lightning 250, Myrtle Beach Mark McFarland Dange Hanniford
Jun 28 Lucas Oil 200, Salem Speedway Mikey Kile Mike Hampton
July 12 Kmart 250, Motor Mile Benny Gordon Clay Rogers
July 19 Crane Cams 250, Southern National Mark McFarland Clay Rogers
July 26 HOOTERS 250, Jennerstown Benny Gordon Benny Gordon
August 2 4 Brothers 250, Hickory Hunter Robbins Clay Rogers
Miller Lite 250 Fast Facts
• The Miller Lite 250 will be the 15th Hooters Pro Cup Series event at the South Boston Speedway.
• In the last seven races at SBS, there have been seven different winners. Benny Gordon is the only driver to win back-to-back races at the .4-mile track.
• Benny Gordon leads Gary St. Amant by 146 points coming into the Miller Lite 250. Gordon only needs to get out of South Boston with a 100-point lead to pick up his fourth Sears Auto Center Northern Division title in five years.
• Win Big: When a driver wins at South Boston, they usually do it in grand fashion. In 14 races, the winner has led an average of 141 out of 250 laps.
• Mardy Lindley holds the record for most laps led by a victor. In 2004, Lindley led 221 laps. Jay Fogleman holds the record for the least amount of laps led by a winner, when he led just 38 laps in 1999.
• Bobby Gill, Mario Gosselin, and Benny Gordon are the only drivers to have multiple wins at SBS.
• Only three times in 14 races has the winner started outside the top 10. Bobby Gill holds the record for worst-starting spot among winners. Gill started 19th in his 2007 win at SBS.
• Benny Gordon’s track record lap of 15.486 seconds was nearly a full second faster than Mario Gosselin’s pole-winning time in 1997.
• Jason Sarvis has a second- and third-place finish in two starts at SBS.
• Of the drivers with four or more starts at SBS, Woody Howard’s 5.4 average finish is tops. Derrick Kelley is second with an average finish of 5.8.
• Mikey Kile will clinch the Northern Division Miller Lite Rookie of the Year title by finishing 20th or better at SBS.
Participating Special Award Sponsors:
Awesome Awnings Pole Award ($1,000)
Lucas Oil Products Halfway Leader Award ($1,000)
Miller Lite Beer Rookie of the Race Award ($1,000)
Aaron’s "Do the Math" Award ($500)
Longhorn Win from the Pole ($500)
Greased Lighting “Clean Team Award” ($500)
Comp Cams “Engine Builder of the Race”
Official Series Sponsors
Hooters • Miller Lite • BFGoodrich Tires • Sears Auto Center • Greased Lightning • Aaron’s Sales & Lease • Longhorn • Lucas Oil • Sunoco Race Fuels • Awesome Awnings • Pepsi • Racing Electronics • Crane Cams Ignition • iCard • Club Car • Fatheadz Sunglasses • TriStar Racewear • Wraps INK
Participating Contingency Award Sponsors:
Automotive Specialists • Auto Meter • Brown and Miller Racing Solutions • Brodix Cylinder Heads • Crane Cams • Crane Ignitions • Comp Cams • Eaton Corporation (Detroit Locker) Edelbrock • Eibach Springs • Five Star Bodies Fuel Safe • Gaerte Engines • Hawk Performance • Heintz Performance • Hess Racing Products • Holley Performance • Impact Racing Products • JE Pistons • K & N Filters • Kool Mat • Longacre Racing Products •Pro Systems Brake Solution • Quarter Master • RE Suspension • Leavitt Racing Components • Tex Racing • Trailers of the East Coast • Whelen Engineering
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