Friday, April 6, 2007

NASCAR s Newman To Defend Title

Cecil, Ga
Apr 06, 2007

The second season of the Premier Racing Association s Big Car Series will kick-off Saturday night April 7th with a return visit to South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP). The SGMP-150 has been expanded by 50 laps for this exciting one of a kind event. When the series raced at SGMP last October, NASCAR Nextel Cup regular Ryan Newman paid a visit and won the then 100-lap event. Newman has confirmed that he will be in attendance on April 7th to defend his victory.

In addition, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series star Terry Cook has also told PRA officials that he will be there, making a rare appearance in an open wheel car. 2001 was the best year for Cook in the Truck Series. He finished 7th in points that year. He has a total of 6 wins. Cook will be driving for his father-in- law, famed car owner Bob East at SGMP.
2006 PRA Big Car Champion Chet Fillip will begin defense of his title. While he didn t record a victory last year, his consistency led to the series first championship. Chet was fast qualifier at South Georgia Motorsports Park last October on the progressive banked oval and finished 3rd in the race.

Others scheduled to make a return visit to the Cecil, Georgia facility include well known USAR Hooter s Pro Cup regular, A.J. Fike who finished 2nd there last October, Eric Gordon who won the PRA s inaugural event at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Indiana last June, and Donnelsville, Ohio s Teddy Beach.

Gates open at 4pm, practice will begin at 4:30 and qualifying will commence at 6:30. The feature event, expanded to 150-laps, will start at 8 o clock. An autograph session is to follow the conclusion of the race.

The Premier Racing Association, headquartered in Anderson, Indiana, sanctions open wheel racing involving cars which previously competed on pavement in the United States Auto Club s Silver Crown Division. The “Big Car Series” are open wheel sprint cars often piloted by a few well known Nascar drivers.


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