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OCS Holds Family History for Coleman Pressley

(Mooresville, NC – July 24, 2014) X-1R CARS Pro Cup Series driver Coleman Pressley will attempt to make repeat family history with his No. 59 Chevrolet at this weekend’s seventh event on the 2014 CARS Pro Cup Series schedule at Orange County Speedway (OCS) in Rougemont, NC.

 
It was just a little over two decades ago that Pressley’s father, Robert Pressley, sat in victory lane with car owner Brad Daugherty at OCS in 1989 celebrating his first Busch Series Grand National win.  During that event Pressley placed his No. 59 on the starting grid in the seventh position to later dominate the event by leading 108 of 200 laps before parking his No. 59 in victory lane. Later Pressley went on to take the trophy home two more times in 1991 and 1992 both with car owner Daniel Welch.
 
“OCS is a special track to me”, said veteran Pressley. “I have had a lot of success there in the past. It was the first track I ran in the Bush Grand National series, and where I got my first win so I couldn’t think of anything better than to see Coleman in victory lane this weekend.”
 
This will be young Pressley’s first attempt at the .375 mile high banked oval at OCS and his second start of the 2014 X-1R CARS Pro Cup Series season. 

 

The X-1R Pro Cup Series will once again be giving away free tickets for the summertime Showdown 200 to fans for the July 26, 2014 race event at Orange County Speedway. You can print your free tickets HERE

 


 

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Event Preview: Series Summertime Showdown 200 Orange County Speedway-Rougemont, NC

Mooresville, NC 7/22/14: The X-1R Pro Cup Series return to the Orange County Speedway, located in the small town of Rougemont, NC, is race number seven on the twelve race schedule for 2014 making it the start of the second half of the season. However, with the series longtime “playoff” format just two races away a lot of jockeying for position is up for grabs for the final seeding in addition to those all important bonus points for wins. The jockeying will not only occur when it comes to points standing, but on track as well. The 3/8 mile track is a multiple groove track from top to bottom, but the banking plays havoc on competitors passing for position especially once tires start to fade late in a run. Patience on one of the fastest tracks on the circuit won’t be easy to come by, but the driver who does display this attribute for 200 laps will likely head home with a trophy and the $8,000 winner’s check. 

 

Summertime Showdown 200 
 NOTES: 
Track/Location: Orange County Speedway-Rougemont, NC                 Track Size: .375
Event Name: Summertime Showdown 200                                              Laps: 200 Laps/75 miles 

Event Schedule:                                                  Series Standings:                             AFR Rookie Standings: 

Practice: 1:00pm-1:45pm                        1) #75 Caleb Holman    218     1) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh   146
              2:15pm-3:00pm                        2) #23 J.P. Morgan        -19     2) #25 Tyler Lester           -43   
Qualifying: 6:00pm                                 3) #66 Reid Wilson        -25     3) #54 Matt Craig             -56
Race: 6:45pm                                        4)  #2  Brady Boswell    -28                                                            

                                                                                 5) #56 Gus Dean          -43

 
Pre Entered Drivers:

 

Car #

Driver

Make

Sponsor

1

66

Reid Wilson

Chevy

Bojangles

2

23

J.P. Morgan

Chevy

www.soldbyjackiemorgan.com

3

05

Codie Rohrbaugh

Chevy

Grant County Mulch Inc.

4

56

Gus Dean

Chevy

Dean Custom Air/ Mash on it Appearal

5

75

Caleb Holman

Chevy

Food Country USA

6

25

Benny Gordon

Ford

BWP Bats/ Staar Trucking

7

29

Brian Keselowski

Ford

n/a

8

54

Matt Craig

Chevy

C&C Boiler Sales & Service

9

6

Jeff Oakley

Chevy

n/a

10

59

Coleman Pressley

Ford

n/a

11

2

Brady Boswell

Chevy

n/a

 
Media Coverage:

 

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-Speed 51 “Trackside Now” Coverage www.speed51.com
 

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Short on Distance, Quick on Speed:

This weekend’s trip to Orange County Speedway located in the little town of Rougemont, NC, in the Piedmont portion of the state, will mark the shortest race distance on the 2014 season schedule. The distance of 75 miles equals the 200 laps around the .375 mile oval. While the distance is on the short side of things, the speed and quickness the Orange County Speedway produces will be abundant. The facility features sweeping high banked corners and short straightaways that are banked as well keeping high speeds up all away around the Rougemont track.

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Reid Wilson Carries Momentum To Orange County Speedway

 

ROUGEMONT, North Carolina (July 23, 2014) - - On the heels of his career-best finish in the X-1R Pro Cup Series at Tri-County (N.C.) Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Reid Wilson (@reidwilson66) hopes to take that momentum and propel his Reid Wilson Racing (RWR) team into Victory Lane in Saturday night’s Summertime Showdown 200.

 

Reflecting back to Tri-County earlier this month, Wilson entered the sixth race of the season with his impressive season back on-track after two rough outings earlier in the year. The team’s performance in the Precision Printed Products 250 presented by Caldwell Community College & 92.1 The Big Dawg shown that the team has elevated themselves once again to contenders;  a serious one at that.

“Tri-County was big for us,” said Wilson, driver of the No. 66 Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits Chevrolet. “We didn’t qualify as well as we wanted to, but when push came to shove our car was fast in race conditions. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have enough to take home the win, but you better believe that the finish gave us a great morale boost for sure.”

Indeed, in a sport where momentum is subject to pivotal success, it’s hard not to circle the Reid Wilson Racing team as an early-race favorite in the seventh race of the season.

“I’m looking forward to Orange County this weekend,” offered Wilson. “Throughout my racing career, I’ve enjoyed success there from our Limited Late Model cars to Legends. Now we just need to carry those same achievements to the Pro Cup side.”

Last year’s race at the 0.375-mile paved oval was spoiled by a late-race accident, just 11 laps from the finish, leaving the then Pro Cup Series rookie with a disappointing ninth place finish.

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JP Morgan Becomes First Two-Time Pro Cup Series Winner of 2014 at Tri-County

Mooresville, NC 7/12/14- It took the sixth race of the 2014 season for the same driver to win twice in the X-1R Pro Cup Series, but finally Friday night in front of a healthy crowd at Tri-County Motor Speedway JP Morgan notched win number two of the year. Morgan cruised to the victory over a late surging Reid Wilson and series newcomer Brian Keselowski, who crossed the stripe in third position, to complete in the podium.

 
It was the veteran Morgan’s second career win at the Hudson, North Carolina track having won in the series last visit to the 4/10th mile facility back in 2012.
 
“I don’t know what it is about this place but I enjoy racing here (Tri-County), it’s a shame this place isn’t open on a regular basis. A big shout out to all the fans who did come out tonight and support this track and this series. We had a good racecar right when we unloaded and then during practice my guys went to work and made it even better,” explained Morgan in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “We had pressure from Gus Dean early on, and we even made some contact several times racing hard for the lead. But when it got time to start racing for the win I was able to pull away. That’s how good my car was tonight.”
 
The #23 team did dodge an early bullet when on the initial start an axel broke on championship points leader Caleb Holman’s #75 Food Country USA Chevy stacking up the field. Several cars suffered damage including Jeff Oakley and Eric Gerchak, who was making his 2014 debut. The broken axel put Holman behind the wall for repairs ending his chances on the night.
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Back On Track; Reid Wilson Sets Sight On Tri-County Speedway

 

HUDSON, North Carolina (July 9, 2014) - - Steering his Reid Wilson Racing (RWR) ship back on course with a top-five performance at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway last month, Reid Wilson (@reidwison66) heads to Tri-County Speedway this week planning to keep it afloat.

Friday night’s running of the Precision Printed Products 250 presented by Caldwell Community College & 92.1 The Big Dawg will be a whole new experience for Wilson. An experience though he hopes to embrace.

Despite his 15 starts in the X-1R Pro Cup Series, Wilson has never made a start at the 0.4-mile paved oval, but the rising star isn’t worried. And why should he be?

With the guidance of short track specialist and crew chief Mike Herman Sr., the teenager enters this weekend’s race with confidence knowing that “Pops” as he’s known in the garage has plenty of experience at the tight and treacherous short track. Wilson hopes that experience will pay dividends and put him contention for his first X-1R Pro Cup Series win.

“I have to feel the track out on Friday, but I’m optimistic that it will be a strong night for our No. 66 Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits Chevrolet,” said Wilson. “I haven’t been to Tri-County, but “Pops” has, so there’s no doubt in my mind that we can go out there and have a strong night and see if this isn’t the weekend where we put ourselves in victory lane."

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Event Preview: Precision Printed Products 250 presented by Caldwell Community College & 92.1 The Big Dawg

Mooresville, NC 7/7/14: The list of unknowns that await X-1R Pro Cup Series drivers this weekend at Tri-County Motor Speedway are as long as the .400 mile track located in the small town of Hudson in Caldwell County, North Carolina. The track, situated in the foothills of the North Carolina mountains, has been partially closed for the last four years, only hosting special events such as this weekend’s race. Of the pre entered drivers, only a few have ever raced the facility with most having never even set eyes on the track. In addition, due to county noise ordnance rules those drivers who would like to test in advance won’t be able to, thus adding another element to consider for teams preparing for this weekend festivities. 

 
Precision Printed Products 250 presented by Caldwell Community College & 92.1 The Big Dawg
NOTES:
Track/Location: Tri-County Motor Speedway-Hudson, NC                     Track Size: .400
Event Name: Precision Printed Products 250 presented by                       Laps: 250 Laps/100 miles
                      Caldwell Community College & 92.1 The Big Dawg    
 
Event Schedule:                                   Series Standings:                      AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 2:45pm-3:15pm                   1) #75 Caleb Holman      187     1) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh   146
             3:30pm-4:15pm                       2) #23 J.P. Morgan         -26         2) #54 Matt Craig             -56       
Qualifying: 6:45pm                                3) #66 Reid Wilson         -29      3) #25 Tyler Lester           -73
Autograph Session: 7pm                    4) #2 Brady Boswell       -29
Race: 8pm                                             5) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh -41
 
Pre Entered Drivers: #05 Codie Rohrbaugh, #2 Brady Boswell, #6 Jeff Oakley, #23 J.P. Morgan, #25 Tyler Lester, #29 Brian Keselowski, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #66 Reid Wilson, #75 Caleb Holman
 
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Tri-County is the X-Factor on 2014 Schedule:
With Tri-County having been closed on regular basis for the last four years there’s not a lot of information “floating” around on what to expect for Friday’s Precision Printed Products 250. With no testing time really available for teams and a condensed schedule on tap throughout the day Friday, it’s anyone’s guess on what to expect once the free flag flies. All these ingredients make this weekend’s race the biggest X-factor on the 2014 schedule.  
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Rookie Tyler Lester Wins First Career X-1R Pro Cup Series Race by .0130 Seconds at Myrtle Beach

Mooresville, NC 6/30/14- The history books show that there’s only been one “youngster” to have won a Pro Cup Series race at the ultra-abrasive Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway since the series’ first race there back in 1998. That came in 2007 when, now NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Trevor Bayne, took home the trophy at age sixteen. Now there’s a second.

 
Nineteen year old Tyler Lester did all he could to edge veteran Caleb Holman at the line by .0130 seconds to make it the closest finish at Myrtle Beach Speedway in series history. Lester then celebrated his first career win with several hundred fans that chose to join him in Edelbrock Victory Lane as the series showed their appreciation for the very impressive crowd that stuck it out through multiple rain delays throughout the evening.
 
“I thought we had him and then my spotter said outside on the white flag, so then I did whatever I had to do to win the race. I only get to race a few times a year so I have to make the most of it when I do. This is big as it gets for me; a big thanks to all my guys, Econo Studios, BWP Bats, car owner Benny Gordon, and of course my mom and dad,” explained an excited Tyler Lester before taking a phone call from car owner Benny Gordon in Victory Lane.
 
Though dejected after the race thinking he had won, Holman did all he could in the closing laps making up a five car length gap between he and Lester when the pair caught Reid Wilson and Brady Boswell battling hard for fourth place position and points. The group saw three wide chaos ensue with Lester sticking his nose through and squeezing Holman’s #75 ride toward Boswell machine. Despite that Holman was still able to get inside of Lester by a nose down the backstretch. In an amazing move of racing talent beyond his years Lester then hit the brakes entering turn three letting the #75 machine sail high before sliding underneath him to complete the crossover move.
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