Aaron's Pro Challenge National Title Comes Down To Final Event
Closest Points Battle in Series History Heads to South Boston
CONCORD , NC (August 25, 2006) –In a week, the Aaron's Pro Challenge National Championship battle will be decided. The crowning of the national champion will occur at Virginia 's historic South Boston Speedway on Saturday, September 2nd and this race is the closest title bout in the history of the Aaron's Pro Challenge Series.
Two drivers of two very different generations are duking it out for the prestigious title and each have their own reasons for wanting to take home the 2006 Aaron's Pro Challenge National Championship.
On one side is current point leader and two-time defending Aaron's Pro Challenge national champion Terry Mathis, who is 52-years-old. On the other is rookie contender and 13-year-old Zach Stroupe. Both want to etch their names into the Aaron's Pro Challenge Series history book.
"I am really excited to go to South Boston ," said Stroupe. "It is pretty awesome to be a point contender in only my first season and to be able to compete and give Terry a run for his money whenever we race is an honor. I just hope that when we go to South Boston we will be able to claim the championship. It would mean more to me this year since it is my rookie year, and it would be a great thing to add to my list of experiences"
Georgia Native Terry Mathis has a little bit further to travel than the North Carolina native Stroupe does, but he is just as excited for his chance at the National Championship at the Virginia track.
"South Boston is a ways away from Cumming , Georgia ," laughed Mathis. "I have asked a few people about the track, but it seems that not many of the Pro Challenge drivers have ever been there. That is good in a way because it will all be new to all of us; it makes it a little bit fairer.
"This is my last year running full time. I am not going to run for points or the Aaron's National championship next year, but I will still keep my car. I will just run the tracks that I want to run and not be tied down to every race. But since this is my last full time season I really want that championship; it would make it that much more special to bring home."
While the closest battle is between the top two positions, the rest of the top-five in the standings are not completely out of the picture. John Stancill, Jamie Blanton and Jason Treschl will all be competing to try and finish in the elusive top-five. Sixth place Dean McIntyre is knocking on the door as well.
While the Points Championship may be out of a reach, a win at the famous South Boston track is not out of the picture for any of the drivers who will make the trip to the historic track.
"We are excited to have the Pro Challenge Series make their debut at South Boston Speedway with their final national championship race of the season," said Cathy Rice, General Manager of SoBo. "Next year is our 50th anniversary and in those years we have had a lot of different racecars visit us and we are looking forward to adding the Pro Challenge to that list. Plus everyone in the stands will get to watch a great championship battle."
The Aaron's Pro Challenge season finale event, the Aaron's SoBo 50 will take place on Saturday September 2nd at South Boston Speedway (VA). Racing will begin at 6:00 pm .
For more information on the Aaron's Pro Challenge National series, as well as the latest from all of the Pro Challenge regions, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 455–2051 and be sure to check out the new online home for the Aaron's Pro Challenge Series, www.prochallengeseries.com.
For more information about South Boston Speedway, phone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.
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