Pro Cup Series returns to Langley

Published 11:37 pm Friday, May 22, 2009

HAMPTON – Over $70,000 in posted awards, including an $8,000 winner’s purse, will be up for grabs Saturday when Langley Speedway welcomes the USARacing Pro Cup Series for the Hampton Virginia 250 presented by the Hampton Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Gates open at 11 a.m., coinciding with the start of Pro Cup practice rounds. The Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars and Old Point National Bank Grand Stocks will take to the track from 2-3:15. Grand Stock qualifying gets under way at 3:45, followed by Pro Cup and Late Model time trials at 4.

A 40-lap Grand Stock feature goes green right after time trials – approximately 5 p.m. Pro Cup drivers hold their traditional autograph session at 5:45, while pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions are slated for 6:30.

Email newsletter signup

The Hampton Virginia 250 for the USARacing Pro Cuppers is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and a 100-lap Late Model feature rounds out the full day of action.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, 6-12. “Little Race Fans” (under 6) are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Military personnel in uniform are also admitted free of charge. Military (active or retired, with ID) and senior citizen (60+, with ID) tickets are $13.

As of Tuesday, 20 Pro Cup teams had filed entries for the Hampton Virginia 250.

The entry list includes:

Eight drivers who have accounted for 82 career Pro Cup wins, topped by Bobby Gill’s series-best 46 victories. Gill also holds series records for most top-five and top-10 finishes, races led and laps led.

Three former series champions – Gill (1999, 2000, 2001, 2007), Clay Rogers (2004, 2006) and Jeff Agnew (1998).

Four series Rookies of the Year, including the last three – Agnew (1998), Derek Kale (2006), Brandon Ward (2007) and Drew Herring (2008). Herring scored his first Pro Cup win in the series’ last stop, at South Georgia Motorsports Park, and brings a 15-point lead in the standings into Saturday.

Saturday’s race will mark the Pro Cup Series’ first appearance at Langley since 1998. That race was won by current NASCAR Nationwide Series stalwart Scott Wimmer, who beat longtime Late Model ace Johnny Rumley to the checkers.

C.E. Falk holds a four-point lead over Danny Edwards Jr., heading into Saturday night’s 100-lap Late Model tilt – 196-192. The two drivers have split wins in the season’s first four races. Woody Howard (the 2005 Pro Cup Rookie of the Year, by the way) is third in the standings, 30 down to Falk.

Jammie Goode leads the current Grand Stock points rundown, 98-96, over Ricky Derrick, who set a new qualifying record (79.331 mph) before winning the division’s last race on May 9.

The kickoff of Langley’s ‘09 “Wacky Wednesdays” campaign has been pushed back to next Wednesday, May 27.