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Event Preview: KOMA Unwind Liquid Relaxation 150 Memphis International Raceway-Millington, TN

Mooresville, NC 4/22/14: This weekend the X-1R Pro Cup Series transitions from having raced at the smallest track on the circuit to the largest as the series heads to the .75 mile Memphis International Raceway (MIR). The Memphis, Tennessee tracks, which use to be staple on the NASCAR Nationwide and Truck Series schedules annually, will be a bit of a question mark for teams as most have never seen the facility much less raced there.

 
This has many of the series young guns such as Reid Wilson, Gus Dean, and Brady Boswell excited about the potential of breaking through for their first series win at such a premier track. Meanwhile, championship points leader Caleb Holman might have the upper hand with his experience behind the wheel of a NASCAR truck when not racing at the Pro Cup Series level. The series racing at MIR has brought out another veteran the field will have to contend with in the form of two time series champion Benny Gordon. Gordon, who hasn’t raced with the series since 2010, has the second best average finish in series history making him a contender for the trophy just by taking the green flag.     
 
KOMA Unwind Liquid Relaxation 150
NOTES:
Track/Location: Memphis International Raceway-Millington, TN     Track Size: .750
Event Name: KOMA Unwind Liquid Relaxation 150                         Laps: 150 Laps/112 miles
 
Event Schedule:                                  Series Standings:                    AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 11:30pm-12:30pm             1) #75 Caleb Holman 76        1) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh   56
                                                               2) #66 Reid Wilson      -8         2) #02 Tyler Lester         -22   
Qualifying: 2:30pm                             3) #56 Gus Dean         -10       3) #54 Matt Craig            -28
Race: 3:00pm                                     4) #2 Brady Boswell    -13
         5) #23 J.P. Morgan      -14
 
Pre Entered Drivers: #05 Codie Rohrbaugh, #2 Brady Boswell, #6 Jeff Oakley, #15 Bill Plemons Jr, #23 J.P. Morgan, #25 Benny Gordon, #56 Gus Dean, #66 Reid Wilson, #75 Caleb Holman
 
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Youth Movement Excited About Racing on the “Big Track” at Memphis International Raceway

Mooresville, NC 4/8/14- In just a few weeks the X-1R Pro Cup Series will go from racing at the shortest track on the 2014 season schedule, at the Hickory Motor Speedway measuring .363 miles, to the largest, Memphis International Raceway (MIR), measuring a whopping .75 miles in distance. It’s this transition to a track that is much bigger in size and speed than the series historically races at that has several drivers intrigued about the upcoming race weekend in Memphis.

While several long time X-1R Pro Cup Series competitors like J.P. Morgan, Caleb Holman, and Bill Plemons Jr. have had experience at “big tracks” like Iowa Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile, and Rockingham Speedway during the series “Hooters” days, the youth movement in the series hasn’t and getting an opportunity to hit the ultra-fast Memphis track has several youngsters excited of whats ahead for them.

Gus Dean, driver of the #56 Dean Custom Air / #MashOnIt Apparel Chevy, is one of those drivers who is glad to be going to Memphis in a few short weeks.

“Memphis is going to be a totally new experience for me. I’ve never really been on a track over half a mile so getting to get on track like Memphis is something I’m looking forward to. Obviously as a race car driver you enjoy the speed factor, so going to a track where we get to go even faster than we normally do is a bonus for me,” stated Dean, the nineteen year old wheel man from Blufton, SC. 

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Late Week Decision Leads to an X-1R Pro Cup Series Victory for Coleman Pressley at Hickory

Winner Coleman Pressley sprays champagne in Edlebrock Victory Lane on father Robert Pressley after winning the X-1R Pro Cup Series Catawba Valley 250 at Hickory Motor SpeedwayMooresville, NC 4/7/14- Late race entry Coleman Pressley took advantage of a fading Caleb Holman in the final six laps of Saturday night’s X-1R Pro Cup Series Catawba Valley 250 at Hickory Motor Speedway to score his first career series win in just his fourth series start. Holman was able to hold on to the runner up position and the championship points after winning the season opener at Southern National two weeks prior. Reid Wilson, for the second straight race, rounded out the podium with his third place finish in his #66 Bojangles/Cheerwine sponsored Chevy. 

 
Pressley, whose day job is calling the shots for NASCAR K&N East Series competitor Mackena Bell each week, decided late in the week after getting caught up on work to bring his #59 family owned machine to Hickory. The end result was exactly what the satisfied Pressley had hoped for as he talked about his win in Edlebrock Victory Lane. 
 
“I wasn’t 100% I was going to be able to race this weekend until pretty late in the week. I really enjoy racing in the Pro Cup Series a lot but work has to come first. My dad (Robert Pressley) was able to help me get the car together and it all came together,” explained Pressley. “During practice I knew we had a good race car both on fresh tires and the long runs. Once we got racing and I got out in front the first half before the break, I really pushed the car to see what it could do so I knew what to expect at the end of the race. We came out alright on the halfway redraw and ran down Caleb (Holman), who I could see was getting pretty loose, and just hoped we stayed green.” 
 
“We won’t get to run as many of these as I’d like so winning here tonight at Hickory, a track that’s been good to me over the years, with a lot of family and friends feels pretty good right now”, added the young veteran Pressley. 
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After Thrilling Start Reid Wilson Looks Ahead To Hickory Motor Speedway

HICKORY, North Carolina (April 4, 2014) - - An impressive third place outing for X-1R Pro Cup Series sophomore driver Reid Wilson (@reidwilson66) in the season-opening event at Southern National Motorsports Park (SNMP) two weeks ago leaves more to be desired, as the teenage rookie sensation heads to Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway for Saturday night’s running of the Catawba Valley 250.

 

Aboard his No. 66 Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits Chevrolet, the 17-year old and his Reid Wilson Racing (RWR) team adjusted their automobile throughout practice to net a sixth place qualifying run. From the drop of the green flag, Wilson cautiously worked his way through the field and found himself contending for the win, but as the second-year driver pointed out, he just didn’t quite have enough to power past eventual winner Caleb Holman and second-place finisher Gus Dean, but did deliver his fourth career top-five in 11 races. 
 
The effort was also a career best and his first podium in competition. Previously, the RWR team guided their pilot to a personal-best finish of fifth on three different occasions. 
 
“Our No. 66 Bojangles’ Chevrolet handled great all weekend in the practices and the race,” said Wilson, a native of Huntersville, North Carolina. “Honestly, I think it came down to who had the most experience. Caleb (Holman) has a lot more races compared to my 11 Pro Cup, so I definitely expected him to be up on the wheel for the second half race. We might have been a little too conservative and my inexperience to run consistently fast lap times were our hindrance, but I learned a ton that will help us immensely moving forward. 
 
“A third place finish is a great way for us to come out of the box and gives us the momentum to carry to Hickory.” 
 
Round two of the season this weekend takes the team back to the tight short track of Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where last year Wilson burst onto the X-1R Pro Cup Series scene in just his second race by claiming the pole. In doing so, the former INEX Legends car driver became the second-youngest pole sitter in Pro Cup Series history behind NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor Joey Logano. 
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Event Preview: Catawba Valley 250, Hickory Motor Speedway, Newton, NC

Mooresville, NC 4/1/14: After Caleb Holman continued his domination at Southern National two weeks ago the X-1R Pro Cup Series moves to the Hickory Motor Speedway for the second race of the season. Last year Clay Rogers did the clean sweep at the .363 mile track, but now with Rogers out of the picture it’s anyones guess who will take home the $8,000 check at nights end. Newcomer Matt Craig and Hickory Motor Speedway regular Doug Barns Jr. will both be making their series debut but are expected to challenge for top five finishes when the checkered flag flies. Series sophomores Reid Wilson, who sat the pole at this race a year ago, and Brady Boswell, who lead almost 100 laps before settling for second position last fall, should also be ones to watch Saturday night.

 

Catawba Valley 250
NOTES:
Track/Location: Hickory Motor Speedway-Newton, NC                   Track Size: .363
Event Name: Catawba Valley 250                                                      Laps: 250 Laps/91 miles
 
Event Schedule:                                  Series Standings:                    AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 1:00pm-2:00pm                   1) #75 Caleb Holman 40        1) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh   30
               2:15pm-3:00pm                     2) #56 Gus Dean         -5         2) N/A
Qualifying: 6:15pm                               3) #66 Reid Wilson      -6         3) N/A
Race: 7:00pm                                       4) #2 Brady Boswell    -7
                                                                 5) #23 J.P. Morgan      -7
 
Pre Entered Drivers: #05 Codie Rohrbaugh, #02 Tyler Lester, #2 Brady Boswell, #15 Bill Plemons, #21 Eric Gerchak, #23 J.P. Morgan, #24 Mike Williams, #41 Rusty Skewes, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #66 Reid Wilson, #75 Caleb Holman, #88 Doug Barnes Jr.
 
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Caleb Holman Opens X-1R Pro Cup Season with Win at Southern National

Mooresville, NC 3/24/14- Without a doubt Caleb Holman knows his way around the 4/10 mile Southern National Motorsports Park, as the Abingdon, Virginia native scored the victory in the season opening event for the CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series Saturday night. The win gave Holman his second victory at the Eastern North Carolina track in two years having won the same event a season ago.
 
“We had a great car all day and it showed. I knew the #56 (Gus Dean) was pretty good because he ran me down in the first portion of the race, but he had a little bit more trouble getting through traffic after the halfway redraw. That allowed up to pull away at the end for the win,” explained Holman in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “A big thank you to all these Henderson Motorsports guys for their hard work today. This win gives us a great start to the season and you never know where it can go from here. I’m still going to run some NASCAR truck series races this year including next weekend at Martinsville, but this Pro Cup Series will be our main focus this season.”
 
Holman was followed by a pair of youngsters in Gus Dean and Reid Wilson to round out the podium. Dean, who once again came up just short of scoring his first series win, rallied late with his #56 machine that was good on the long runs but it just wasn’t enough leaving the South Carolina driver disappointed at Southern National once again. Reid Wilson on the other hand was thrilled with his first career podium finish. Wilson, led by crew chief “Pops” Herman, made the correct adjustments to the #66 Bojangles/Cheerwine Chevrolet at the halfway break which resulted to the good finish.
 
“Pops made some good changes at the break and we had an awesome car in the second half. This is great start to the season for my Reid Wilson Racing team. I have to thank my sponsors Bojangles and Cheerwine for their support this year. Hopefully this is the first of many good finishes for those guys this year,” said an excited Wilson at night’s end.
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Rookie Of The Year Brady Boswell To Make Championship Run in 2014

ATHENS, Georgia (March 6, 2014) — When the X1R Pro Cup season kicks off March 22, at Southern National Speedway in Kenly, NC, Brady Boswell will be walking through the pits with an air of confidence. The 17 year old from Watkinsville, GA was the Air Flow Research Rookie of the Year for 2013. Boswell, and his new crew chief, Billy Poindexter, are poised to make a run for the championship this season.

“What Billy brings to our team is consistency, “Boswell exclaims. “His experience and knowledge of these late model cars is unmatched. I look forward to this race season like no other.”

After finishing 4th in the point’s battle last season, Boswell has a new fleet of cars and is ready for the season opener. With podium finishes at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA, Brady is ready to claim the checkers for the first time in 2014.

“I can’t wait to get this season underway,” says Brady. “Last year at Kenly we had 3 top-10 finishes, but I think I can get my Ford to victory lane this year.”

For more on Brady Boswell, click on his facebook page at Brady Boswell Racing; or follow on twitter @BradyBoswell.
 
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