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Event Preview: Coastal Carolina 200 presented by Battlefield Tire Pros - Coastal Plains Raceway-Jacksonville, NC

Mooresville, NC 9/16/14: Race two of the 2014 Championship Series could be the biggest X factor on deciding this year’s X-1R Pro Cup Series champion and rookie of the year. Not a single driver entered in this weekend’s Coastal Carolina 200 has ever raced at the 4/10th mile facility located in Jacksonville, NC. That alone leaves a big question mark on the field as to who the “favorite” would be to take home the hardware. In addition, championship contenders will not only have to keep their nose clean and stay out of trouble like most weeks; they must figure out the quickest way around a green tri oval race track that hasn’t seen much action this season. 

 
Coastal Carolina 200 presented by Battlefield Tire Pros Race Notes
NOTES:
Track/Location: Coastal Plains Raceway-Jacksonville, NC&nb season. The Price Georgsp;      &?ite being closed almost nbsp;              Track Size: .400
Event Name: Coastal Carolina 200 presented by Battlefield Tire Pros        Laps: 200 Laps/80 miles           
 
Event Schedule:                                   Series Standings:                      AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 2:00pm-2:45pm                   1) #75 Caleb Holman      90         1) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh   67
             3:00pm-3:45pm                       2) #23 J.P. Morgan         -7             2) #88 Doug Barnes Jr.    67       
Qualifying: 6:30pm                               3) #16 Jeff Oakley          -17          3) #54 Matt Craig            -1
Race: 7:00pm                                       4) #66 Reid Wilson         -17
                                                                 5) #56 Gus Dean             -23
 
 
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Flashback to History at Coastal Plains:
Coastal Plains Raceway has hosted two Pro Cup Series races in previous seasons. Both events came in consecutive years, with Shane Huffman dominating the inaugural event in 2001 in route to the victory, followed by Bobby Gill winning in the 150 lap race the following year in 2002. Both winners started on the front row and lead at least half the scheduled distance before pulling into Victory Lane at night’s end. 
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Injury Sidelines Reid Wilson For Coastal Plains

Reid Wilson Racing Regroups Following Southern National Incident

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (September 18, 2014) – - Reid Wilson Racing (RWR) announced today that it will be necessary to sit out this weekend’s X-1R Pro Cup Series event at Coastal Plains Speedway, because of injuries sustained at Southern National (N.C.) Motorsports Park earlier this month.

Contact between Reid Wilson and another competitor in the Gold Leaf 200, sent Wilson’s No. 66 Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits Chevrolet hard into the outside wall and a trip to a local hospital for medical attention.

Since returning to his home in Huntersville, N.C., Wilson has remained under care from his personal physician and a sports injury specialist, who suggested that he sit out this weekend’s race in order to make a speedy, full recovery.

“It’s unfortunate that we won’t be able to contend for the championship, but we need to think safety first,” said Barry Wilson, Reid Wilson Racing team principal. “We had a well-positioned plan if Reid would have received clearance to compete this weekend. But, in the best interest of Reid’s healthy recovery, we will skip Coastal Plains and hope to be back for the second to last race.”

While the team is hopeful that they’ll return to contend for Wilson’s first career X-1R Pro Cup Series victory at Lonesome Pine next month, the Reid Wilson Racing team is extremely confident they’ll be able to compete with Wilson at the helm in the season-finale, The Bojangles’ 250 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, on October 18.

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Penalties Issued from Southern National Motorsports Park Event on September 6th

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Mooresville, NC 9/9/14- The following penalties have been handed down to the #2 Boswell Motorsports Inc. team, driver Brady Boswell, and spotter/owner Scott Boswell by CARS X-1R Pro Cup officials as a result of their actions at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC on Saturday September 6, 2014.

 
-Driver Brady Boswell and his Boswell Motorsports Inc. team have been disqualified from the September 6, 2014 event at Southern National Motorsports Park for his actions, on track, detrimental to the sport of auto racing and the X-1R Pro Cup Series. Brady Boswell and owner Boswell Motorsports Inc. will forfeit all/any monies and points earned from the event.
 
-Driver Brady Boswell has been placed on probation effective immediately for the remainder of the 2014 season.
 
-Spotter/owner Scott Boswell has been fined $1,000 and has been suspended one (1) race for his for his actions, causing an altercation off track, detrimental to the sport of auto racing and the X-1R Pro Cup Series. Scott Boswell’s suspension will take effect immediately at Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville, NC event on September 20, 2014. 
 
-Spotter/owner Scott Boswell and the Boswell Motorsports Inc. team have been placed on probation effective immediately for the remainder of the 2014 season.
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Caleb Holman Dominates at Southern National Despite On Track Fireworks in His Rearview Mirror

Mooresville, NC 9/8/14- Caleb Holman made it look easy Saturday night at Southern National Motorsports Park (Lucama, NC) winning the Golden Leaf 200 in dominating fashion to kick off the 2014 X-1R Pro Cup Championship Series. The Abingdon, Virginia driver took the lead on lap fifty-one and never looked over his shoulder in route to sweeping both events at Southern National this season. The victory was Holman’s third of the season and should extend his points lead to seven points over fellow competitor JP Morgan heading into the Coastal Carolina 200 at Costal Plains Raceway in two weeks. 
 
“We had a real good car all day. I could tell in the first practice I was going to have something I could really race with. We’ve had a little stretch of bad luck here lately, so we knew with the championship series coming up we had to be on our game and stay out of trouble. Tonight we did that and were able to get this Henderson Motorsports Food Country USA Chevrolet back in victory lane,” stated sweat drenched Holman in Edelbrock Victory Lane after the race. 
 
Holman’s only real challenge came early on in the form of series newcomer Brian Keselowski who paced the field for the first fifty circuits after picking up his first career MAHLE pole award in qualifying. The Michigan native and older brother of Saturday night’s Sprint Cup winner Brad Keselowski, did all he could to keep his lead, but Holman clearly had the better ride after multiple taps to his bumper to signal so. 
 
After Keselowski’s brief time at the top position Holman took command of the field with several battles for position taking place behind him. The biggest of those battles came to a head on lap seventy-nine when Reid Wilson sent the #2 ride of Brady Boswell for a lazy spin off the exit of turn four. The result put Boswell down a lap when he could not get going in time to keep from going a lap down, and Wilson to the rear of the field via the series’ punishment for over aggressive driving.  
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Go Big Or Go Home For Reid Wilson At Southern National

KENLY, North Carolina (September 4, 2014) - - Make no mistake, X-1R Pro Cup Series competitor Reid Wilson is on the verge of winning a race.

 

In fact, victory should have been his in last month’s Food County 200 at Motor Mile (Va.) Speedway, but a mechanical failure while leading inside the final laps of the race left the driver of the No. 66 Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits Chevrolet with a bittersweet taste in his mouth.

So, if Wilson approaches Saturday night’s Gold Leaf 200 at Southern National (N.C.) Motorsports Park (SNMP) with a “go big or go home” attitude, it’s easy to understand why.

“It still stings a little,” said Wilson when thinking about the most recent race on the schedule. “We had an extremely fast No. 66 Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits Chevrolet and we were hooked up on the track. Just when I thought everything was going to go our way, we got bit, again. But there’s that saying, ‘when you get knocked down seven times, you stood up eight.’

“We’ve had a little bit of a break to get our car ready for this weekend’s race. It’s an important race and one that can ultimately decide how the rest of our season can play out, but we’re focused. Focused on trying to win and (finally) sealing the deal.”

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Event Preview: Golden Leaf 200 Southern National Motorsports Park - Lucama, NC

Mooresville, NC 9/3/14: This weekend the X-1R Pro Cup Series will kick off its annual Championship Series, that dates back to 2001, to decide the 2014 series champion. Series veteran Caleb Holman has held the top spot all season long by a sizable margin, but now takes just a single point lead into this weekend’s Golden Leaf 200 at Southern National.

 

While Holman may be the clear favorite, fellow veteran JP Morgan knows what it takes to win a championship having done so in 2012. Right behind them is pair of hungry youngsters in the form of Reid Wilson and Brady Boswell that could easily get on a hot streak and pull off a big upset. Veteran Jeff Oakley will also be in the hunt as he sits just seven points back and has invested a bit extra in his operation gearing up for 2014 championship run.

 

While the championship battle will be taking place, drivers like Benny Gordon, Brian Keselowski, Gus Dean, along with newcomer Doug Barnes Jr. and Jeremy Mayfield just want to win races and the $8,000 payday that comes with it. It’s anyone’s guess right now who will walk away with the championship trophy at seasons end, but one thing is certain, a win this weekend at Southern National would give someone a big leg up on the competition.  

 
Golden Leaf 200 Race Notes
NOTES:
Track/Location: Southern National Motorsports Park-Lucama, NC          Track Size: .400
Event Name: Gold Leaf 200                                                                  Laps: 200 Laps/80 miles           
 
Event Schedule:                                   Series Standings:                      AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 2:00pm-2:45pm                    1) #75 Caleb Holman    51     1) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh   37
             3:00pm-3:45pm                        2) #23 J.P. Morgan         -1       2) #25 Tyler Lester           -2         
Qualifying: 6:30pm                                3) #66 Reid Wilson         -5      3) #54 Matt Craig            -2
Race: 7:00pm                                        4) #2 Brady Boswell       -6
                                                                  5) #16 Jeff Oakley           -7
 
Pre Entered Drivers: #05 Codie Rohrbaugh, #2 Brady Boswell, #6 Jeff Oakley, #12 Jeremy Mayfield, #23 J.P. Morgan, #25 Benny Gordon, #29 Brian Keselowski, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #66 Reid Wilson, #75 Caleb Holman, #88 Doug Barnes Jr.
 
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Championship Series to Kickoff at SNMP:
The four race Championship Series to decide the 2014 X-1R Pro Cup Series champion and the AFR Rookie of the Year kicks off this weekend at Southern National. Caleb Holman saw his twenty-one point lead shrink to just a single point over JP Morgan after the resetting of the points system. Series sophomore Reid Wilson has really came alive this year and holds the third position five markers back followed by Brady Boswell and veteran Jeff Oakley in fifth position seven points away from the top spot. In addition to the reset of the points, gone away is the redraw at the halfway break leading to straight up starts for the remainder of the year. Bonus points for leading a lap, leading at halfway, and winning the pole could be a big factor in crowning the series champion.
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JP Morgan Steals another Pro Cup Series Victory in the Closing Laps at Motor Mile Speedway

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(Mooresville, NC) August 16, 2014  - JP Morgan, driver of the No.23 www.soldbyjackiemorgan.com Chevrolet held off Brian Keselowski’s No. 29 Highland Wealth Advisors LLC/ Dollhouse Alley Ford on green-white-checkered finish to clinch Morgan’s third season victory by .16 of a second in Saturday nights’ X-1R Pro Cup Series Food Country USA 200 presented by KOMA Unwind at Motor Mile Speedway

 

During the first half, Morgan spun the No. 23 in turn four causing him to be just outside the top eight cars for the series’ halfway redraw. Starting in ninth position on lap 100, Morgan kept the No. 23 steady in the mid-pack for the second half of the race. On lap 186 while leading, the No.25 BWP Bats Ford of Benny Gordon, and the No. 75 Food Country USA Chevrolet of Caleb Holman stopped the field with a red flag due to a pit road altercation. It was from this field change and a little luck that Morgan was able to hold off Keselowski and the remaining field to take home the checkered flag.
 
“Obviously, first and foremost we are just thankful that no one was seriously injured here tonight with all the hard racing that we saw out here at the track,” stated JP Morgan. “It was good hard racing though, some of the best we’ve seen all season, and we were able to turn a negative into a positive for us and capitalize on the last remaining laps of the race and pull off a third season win for the No. 23 team. It’s awesome to be here in victory lane for a third time and I couldn’t be more proud of our guys and the hard work and dedication they put into this car for tonight’s’ race. Things are getting ready to shake up with the championship races starting soon at Kenly, so we’ll just have to readjust and go into that knowing that we are a lead contender for the championship.”
 

Some other competitors were not so lucky to have crossed the finish line Saturday night, of whom were No.2 Boswell Electric Chevrolet of 2013 X1R Pro Cup Series ROTY (Rookie of the Year) Brady Boswell and the No. 05 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet of Codie Rohrbaugh. On lap 77, a stuck throttle sent both of them up the track and into the wall at turn two taking both cars out of the race and throwing the second caution for the night.

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