The last time the USARacing Pro Cup division competed at Gresham Motorsports Park, Clay Rogers bested Michael Ritch by a scant 0.267 seconds.
The close finish of that June 2, 2007 race is indicative of the type of racing the old Hooters Pro Cup – now USARacing Pro Cup – division provided at GMP when the track was still Peach State Speedway. Now a brand new, ultra-fast track, Gresham Motorsports Park will host Rogers and the rest of the USAR regulars this Saturday in the Racing Electronics USAR 250 Presented by Live Oak Plantation.
“They’ve got a beautiful facility down there and have a lot of new asphalt and a really smooth racing surface,” stated Rogers, the USARacing Pro Cup 2009 season defending champion. “I’d say we’re going to be a second to a second and half faster than we were there in the past. It’s going to be a little different ballgame but we’re still going to put on a heck of a show I’m sure."
Rogers will lead a strong field of race cars and drivers into Saturday’s event including former USAR Pro Cup champion Benny Gordon, Caleb Holman, Bryan Silas, Jeff Agnew and Billy Bigley, Jr.
The USARacing Pro Cup cars have competed at GMP a total of 21 times making the Jefferson, GA half-mile oval one of the most popular stops in the history of the division. The first race, contested on June 14, 1997, was won by Marty Ward.
The record for lead changes in a Pro Cup race at GMP is 18 set in August, 2005 when Bobby Gill won the Pep Boys 250.
Meanwhile, the most cautions in a GMP Pro Cup event is 15 in the April, 2006 when Rogers captured the Naturally Fresh 250 and the old track qualifying record – which will surely be broken Saturday – is 18.356 seconds (Dusty Williams, June 14, 1997)
In addition to Rogers, Ward and Gill, other past Pro Cup winners at Gresham Motorsports Park include Ritch, Shane Huffman, Brian Vickers, Chad Chaffin, Mario Gosselin, Mardy Lindley, Jason Sarvis, Joe Gaita and Steve Christian.
Huffman is the all-time leader in USAR Pro Cup wins with five victories while Ward has three and Rogers two.
While the USAR division is expected to provide plenty of high-flying action, Dialed In Action Sports, one of the top BMX and Skateboarding stunt teams in the country, will also provide plenty of thrills in three performances throughout the day.
Saturday’s schedule gets underway with rotating practice for all divisions at 11:30 a.m. USAR Pro Cup qualifying is set for 4 p.m. with an on-track Autograph Session scheduled for 5 p.m.
The first race – a 50-lap Outlaw Late Model division clash – is set for 6 p.m. USAR pre-race ceremonies that will include a Dialed In Action Sports exhibition are on tap at 7 p.m. with the Racing Electronics USAR 250 Presented by Live Oak Plantation taking the green flag at 7:30 p.m.
A 25-lap Mini-Stock main event and a 35-lap Renegade Street Stock feature will follow the conclusion of the USAR Pro Cup race.
The current weather forecast for Saturday’s event is sunny and with highs in the mid-60’s.
Adult Grandstand Tickets for the full day of thrilling racing are just $25, Seniors and Active Military Personnel are $20 while Children 6-12 are $10. Children 5 and under will be admitted free.
And remember – if you have a ticket stub from the GMP March 13 season-opening event, you’ll get $5 off an Adult Grandstand or Trackside Parking general admission ticket courtesy of Jim Gresham and Gresham Motorsports Park.