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Event Preview: Palmetto State 250 Anderson Motor Speedway – Williamston, SC

Mooresville, NC 10/2/13: The tight bull ring racing that Anderson Motor Speedway produces is what’s next for the stars and cars of the X-1R Pro Cup Series. The series makes their return to the South Carolina track after J.P. Morgan, who is undefeated in series history at Anderson, won the Back to School 250 in August. Morgan’s return to a track he is so dominate at is just what he needs after a poor showing at Southern National last week that allowed Clay Rogers to open the gap to 96 points in the championship series with three races remaining. West Virginia native Codie Rohrbaugh and Sevierville, TN driver Dylan Presnell both make their return to the series to mix things up for a win amongst championship contenders. With big money and championships being decided look for this weekend’s race at Anderson to make waves amongst competitors. 

Palmetto State 250 Notes
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Track/Location: Anderson Motor Speedway – Williamston, SC        Track Size: .375  
Event Name: Palmetto State 250                    Laps: 250 Laps/94 Miles 

Event Schedule:                         Series Standings:             AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 12NOON – 1PM           1) Clay Rogers 510          1) Eric Gerchak 435
       1:30PM - 2:30PM                   2) JP Morgan -96              2) Brady Boswell -23
Qualifying: 5:45PM                      3) Eric Gerchak -100        3) Reid Wilson -192
Race: 7PM                                    4) Brady Boswell -113               
                                                        5) Gus Dean -121           
                   
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TOP STORIES:
J.P. Morgan is Undefeated in Series History at Anderson: The only driver fans at Anderson Motor Speedway have seen win in the X-1R Pro Cup Series competition is 2012 series champion J.P. Morgan. The Ether, NC driver won the series inaugural race at the South Carolina track in 2012, and earlier this season he had the best car, hands down, taking the win in the Back to School 250. Morgan no doubt will be the man to beat this Saturday night. The timing couldn’t be better for Morgan to return to “his track” if he has hopes of slowing Clay Rogers progress of capturing his fifth series championship.

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Clay Rogers Introduces High Side to All Involved at Southern National Picking up His Fifth Win of the Season

Mooresville, NC 10/1/13 - There’s not much of a reputation of a “high side” racing groove at Southern National Motorsports Park located just outside Lucama, NC in Eastern North Carolina. Saturday night in front of a healthy crowd four time series champion and current championship points leader Clay Rogers showed those in attendance, and especially his fellow competitors, that you can race on the high side at Southern National. Rogers went from third to first over the final twenty-five laps on the high side of the race track to steal the win from fellow veteran Caleb Holman who looked to be on his way to victory lane once again.

“This place has been one of the worst tracks for me my entire career so be standing here in victory lane right now is pretty special. I’ve won a lot of races in this series and sometimes certain ones just standout to you for personal reasons; this one right here is one of them,” stated Rogers in Edlebrock Victory Lane.

Eventual third place finisher Tyler Young, making just fifth start of the 2013 season, lead the field to green after blistering the field in MAHLE qualifying. The initial start of the race proved to be a costly one for several drivers when two time NASCAR National Weekly Series champion Lee Pulliam, making his series debut, missed a shift causing the field to stack up. Pooler, Georgia’s Andrew Smith and the #1 machine of Dalton Hopkins got the worst of it as both machines received extensive front end damage.

The field no longer went back to green flag racing when the yellow would fly once again due to oil on the racing surface. The oil was found to be coming from Pulliam’s #41 machine who had fallen several positions just before the field slowed. The consequences of Pulliam’s missed shift bent a rear end line forcing his Top Gun Motorsports team to make repairs as the field went back to green flag racing.

 

The fifty-two lap run to the competition caution at the event’s halfway point on lap 100 produced some intense moments. Rookie Eric Gerchak was the man on the move after starting shotgun on the field due to his team making unapproved adjustments to his #21 LKN Cash for Gold Chevy after qualifying. Gerchak advanced up the fifth place position about the same time Rogers made his move by Tyler Young for the lead position to earn five bonus points for leading a lap and five more for winning the Roush-Yates Performance Products Halfway Leader Award.

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Live Updates from Southern National Motorsports Park

We are set to hit the track today for the second race in the Championship Series- the Golden Leaf 200 from Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC. If you can't make it to the track today, you can follow along with live updates all day with our Speed51.com powered updates presented to you by Automotive Specialists.

 

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Event Preview: Golden Leaf 200 Southern National Motorsports Park – Kenly, NC

Mooresville, NC 09/24/13:  Round two of the X-1R Pro Cup Championship Series hits the .400 high banks of Southern National Motorsport Park in Kenly, NC this Saturday night. If the racing that took place at Orange County Speedway, to kick off the championship, is any indication of what to expect as a fan at Southern National it could be an action packed night with a few hot tempers. Intense points battles between Clay Rogers and JP Morgan for the top spot has formed, as well as the battle for 2013 AFR Rookie of the Year honors between Brady Boswell and Eric Gerchak who’s fight is even tighter. Outside the points battles, spring race winner Caleb Holman returns to the series action in hopes of visiting Edlebrock Victory Lane once again at SNMP. While two time NASCAR Weekly Series National Champion Lee Pulliam makes his series debut at the same track he scored three of his twenty-seven victories behind the wheel of his late model stock car.

Golden Leaf 200 Notes
Track/Location: Southern National Motorsport Park – Kenly, NC    Track Size: .400  
Event Name: Golden Leaf 200                        Laps: 200 Laps/80 Miles 

Event Schedule:                             Series Standings:             AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM     1) Clay Rogers 345         1) Eric Gerchak 310
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM                        2) JP Morgan -35              2) Brady Boswell -10
Qualifying: 5 PM                              3) Brady Boswell -60       3) Reid Wilson -67
Race: 6:30 PM                                 4) Eric Gerchak     -60               
                                                           5) Gus Dean -81           
                   
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NASCAR National Champion Lee Pullium to Make Series Debut:
Recently crowned two time NASCAR National Weekly Series Champion, Lee Pulliam of Semora, NC, will make his X-1R Pro Cup Series debut this weekend at Southern National driving for Rusty Skewes the #41 Top Gun Motorsport team. Pulliam scored his second late model NASCAR Weekly Series championship title by obtaining a “perfect record” of 810 points this season, being only the fourth to do so in NASCAR Whelen Series history. According to Pulliam the opportunity to compete at the next level in the X-1R Pro Cup Series has his perspective behind the wheel shifted compared to a normal late model stock car race.    

“I can’t thank Rusty (Skewes) enough for giving me this opportunity to drive for his car. I know I’ve had a good season behind the wheel of the late model, but the Pro Cup car will be a different animal and the races are longer so I’m sure there will be a learning curve ,” noted Pulliam. “Hopefully I can give them a good run and be able to mix it up with guys like Clay Rogers and J.P. Morgan. If you can beat guys like that you’ve done something.”

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Newly Crowned Two Time NASCAR Whelen All-American Champion, Lee Pulliam, to Make Pro Cup Series Debut at Southern National

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Back to Back Winner of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Title to Replace Injured Rusty Skewes Driving the #41Top Gun Motorsport Entry at Southern National Motorsports Park on September 28

MOORESVILLE, NC (9/20/13) - Semora N.C. native, Lee Pulliam, scored his second NASCAR Whelen All-American title by obtaining a “perfect record” of 810 points this season, being only the fourth to do so in NASCAR Whelen Series history. Now the national champion will get a shot at the next level as he plans to make his X-1R Pro Cup Series debut on September 28th at Southern National Motorsport Park in Kenly, NC.  

“It’s just an amazing accomplishment, we won a lot of races that didn’t look like we were going to win with 10 laps to go.” Pulliam said when discussing his National Championship season. “Everything just fell into place for us. We worked extremely hard. We were shooting for a perfect season from the beginning. The national championship itself is so hard to accomplish. We were able to get some crucial wins during the last month of the season and pull it off”.

Pulliam will now hope to transfer the success of his 27 wins, 40 top fives and 44 top 10s in 47 starts behind the wheel of a late model stock car, and have similar results behind the wheel of the #41 Top Gun Motorsports X-1R Pro Cup Series team formerly driven by Rusty Skewes until a recent shoulder injury sidelined Skewes for the remainder of the 2013 season.

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Clay Rogers Kicks Off Championship Series with Win in Front of a Packed House at Orange County

Mooresville, NC 9/16/13- If anyone within an hour drive of Orange County Speedway didn’t know who Clay Rogers was before, they sure do now, as the veteran put on a hell of show with fellow veteran JP Morgan to kick off the X-1R Pro Cup Champion Series in style Saturday night at the Rougemont, North Carolina track. For Rogers, who was the championship leader heading into the night’s event; it was his fourth victory of the season after winning the first three races to kick off the 2013 season.

“We struggled during practice today; hell I even spun out on my own once, I can’t tell you the last time I’ve done that. But my guys kept working on it and we made some good adjustments at the halfway break that allowed us to have a good car in the second half,” stated Rogers in Edlebrock Victory Lane. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to even going to get a chance at the win tonight because the #2 car (Brady Boswell) was checked out, but luckily we got a caution to bunch us back up and make a race out of it. I got into him on that restart, which I really didn’t mean to, but it was time to go and I knew I had a pretty good piece if I could get out front.”

It was Morgan who had the advantage starting the 200 lap race from the pole position after setting fast time in MAHLE pole qualifying and then jumping out to the lead on the initial start. Morgan sailed out to the lead early on before Rogers took advantage of a lap fifty-seven restart to take over the top position. It was newcomer CJ Faison, making his first career Pro Cup start, who turned the heads of many as he made his run on Rogers for the lead position on lap ninety. Rogers #16 machine was just strong enough to hold off Faison at the event’s halfway break on lap 100 to gain five bonus points for leading at halfway.

Lap 101 brought the excitement in hurry when two time Orange County Speedway late model champion pulled out from pit road in front of the field on the restart shuffling the field. Several front runners checked up giving rookie Brady Boswell a shot at the lead which he took full advantage of. With Boswell leading the field several intense battles formed between Rich Gould and rookie Reid Wilson for fourth, as well as, Andrew Smith and Faison for sixth.

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Live Updates from Orange County Speedway

We are set to hit the track today for the Championship Series Kickoff 200 from Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC. If you can't make it to the track today, you can follow along with live updates all day with our Speed51.com powered updates presented to you by Automotive Specialists.

 

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