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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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X-1R Pro Cup Series Partners With Southern National Motorsport Park for 2013 Season Finale

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Mooresville, NC 9/12/13- Officials from the X-1R Pro Cup Series, along with Southern National Motorsports Park, are proud to announce that the 2013 season finale will now be held at the Kenly, North Carolina track on Saturday November 2nd. The move comes on the heels of the series being forced to cancel the original scheduled event at Rockingham Speedway after the track made the decision to close its doors.

“First off I want to thank Michael Diaz and his staff for calling us and inviting us come run at Southern National to give our teams and sponsors the final race we’ve had planned all season. It’s good to know there are still good people in the business that care,” stated Jack McNelly, Series Director of the X-1R Pro Cup Series. “Southern National is a fast track with lots of room to race and a passionate fan base for short track racing making it a perfect fit for our championship contenders.”

Additional details about the event to crown the 2013 series champion will be forthcoming in the near future.

Stay tune to www.x1rprocup.com for all upcoming information about this race as well as the series pages on Facebook and Twitter. Fans can be “Trackside Now” the entire 2013 championship series courtesy of Speed51 Trackside Now coverage. Visit www.speed51.com on race day to catch all the championship series action.

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Speed51.com to Provide Live Updates of X-1R Pro Cup Championship Series Events

51 Providing Trackside Now Coverage During Pro Cup's Four-Race Chase for a Champion

CONCORD, NC (September 11, 2013) – Chicagoland Speedway isn't the only place a "Chase" to a stock car championship begins this weekend.  The CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series will begin their four-race Championship Series on September 14 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina.  A tight point battle has formed as the final four-race sprint to the finish kicks off at OCS.

While free tickets are available for the Orange County event are available from the Pro Cup website, www.carsprocup.com, not everyone will be able to make it to the track to follow the Pro Cup "Chase" for the championship.  That is why Pro Cup officials have partnered with Speed51.com, the nation's leading asphalt short track racing news website, to provide live Trackside Now updates from Orange County and the remaining Championship Series events on the road to crowning a 2013 Pro Cup champion.

"Partnering with Speed51 to bring the spotlight on the X-1R Pro Cup Series and its racers for the championship series is big for everyone involved," said Jack McNelly, Owner/Director of the X-1R Pro Cup Series.  "Fans both near and far will be able to keep up with each and every race and the developments as they happen with their live coverage, which everyone knows is the best in short track racing.  As we continue to grow and bring this series back to life it's good to have a company like Speed51 behind you helping you spread the word."

51 will bring its unique brand of live lap-by-lap updates, photography and behind-the-scenes information for fans unable to attend the Championship Series events.  The Trackside Now format is also beneficial for racers, teams and fans at the track to follow what is going on throughout the pit area through their mobile devices.

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Rockingham Race Cancelled

A statement from Chris Ragle, Director of Operations/Marketing for X-1R Pro Cup Series.


"All of us at the X-1R Pro Cup Series are as disappointed as most in the cancellation of the Championship 3 Weekend at Rockingham Speedway. Personally as a series, we know how tough it can be to bring life back into something you want to see work, so we know how tough this is on Andy (Hilllenburg). With that said after speaking with Andy to try any way possible to continue on with our series event at Rockingham, there is no other alternative but remove the event from the 2013 schedule. Obviously this was being setup a a big finale for us and now that the situation has changed we'll have look at our options in the coming days to determine what the best thing going forward for the series, it's competitors, and our series sponsors."


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J.P. Morgan Continues the Trend of Winning in Bunches, Scoring His Second Win in a Row

Mooresville, NC 8/26/13- Defending X-1R Pro Cup Series champion continued a trend that has happened all season Sunday afternoon at the Kingsport Speedway. Morgan picked up his second win of the season in back-to-back races; becoming the fourth driver in a row to do so joining Clay Rogers, Mark McFarland, and Caleb Holman. All of who have done the same prior to Morgan. The win was Morgan’s twelfth of his career and moved him to eighth all time in series history.

“I think this might be one of my best wins because it’s at a track that’s definitely not my favorite. I thought we had a pretty good piece during practice and then qualifying came and to be honestly with you I was a little disappointed where we qualified,” explained Morgan in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “Then when the race got going I was just riding letting the car roll through the turns. At Kingsport it’s all about getting these heavy cars slowed down and then letting them roll through the center. Today we had the car the car that did that the best.”

The Sunday afternoon event kicked off with a bit of a surprise in qualifying with Air Flow Research Rookie of the Year contender Eric Gerchak grabbing the MAHLE Pole Award in qualifying with a time of 15.398. It was Gerchak’s first career pole beating his previous personal best of fifth.

The impressive qualifying effort by Gerchak put the rookie in prime position to settle into the lead over Gus Dean after the waiving of the green. Gerchak paced the field early on but it was Coleman Pressley, son of track owner and former NASCAR star Robert Pressley, who stole the show early on making a three wide move between Clay Rogers and Dean to move into the runner-up slot behind Gerchak on a lap thirty-one restart. Pressley stuck to the bumper of Gerchak’s #21 ride as the two opened a sizable lead over the rest of the field. However, just as what happened in Pressley’s last outing with the series, a good run went bad fast as a blown motor ended his day just sixty-seven laps in.

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Event Preview: X-1R Lubricants 250 presented by Food Country USA Kingsport Speedway – Kingsport, TN

Mooresville, NC 08/20/13: The X-1R Pro Cup Series will head to Kingsport Speedway for the 9th race of the season – but most importantly, the last race before the Championship Series begins. Last weekend at Anderson Motor Speedway JP Morgan battled hard against Pro Cup veterans Clay Rogers and Caleb Holman to take the checkered flag and drive to Edelbrock Victory Lane for the first time this season after winning seven times in 2012. This win gained him a few points in the standings, making him 53 points behind Rogers in second position. Rogers, however; may have the upper hand on competition going into Kingsport, having won at the “Concrete Jungle” earlier this season in the MAHLE 250. Youngster Gus Dean will also be one to watch as he heads to Kingsport Speedway having never finished worse than third in his two previous starts at the East Tennessee track.  

X-1R 250 Presented by Food Country USA Notes and Quotes

Track/Location: Kingsport Speedway – Kingsport, TN            Track Size: .375 Mile   
Event Name: X-1R Lubricants 250 presented by Food Country USA    Laps: 250 Laps  

Event Schedule:                     Series Standings:                 AFR Rookie Standings:
Saturday Aug. 24
Practice: 2:30 – 3:30 PM          1) Clay Rogers 1133              1) Brady Boswell 971
      4:00 - 5:00 PM                   2) JP Morgan -53                  2) Eric Gerchak -2
Sunday Aug 25                      3) Brady Boswell -162            3) Reid Wilson -291
Qualifying 12:50 PM                 4) Eric Gerchak -164                
Race: 2:00 PM                        5) Gus Dean -168            

Media Coverage:
CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series Facebook (www.facebook.com/CARSProCup) and Twitter (@X1RProCup)


The Rookie Battle Heats Up:

With just one race until the Championship Series begins, the rookie battle is down to the wire with just two points between AFR Rookie Standings leader Brady Boswell and Eric Gerchak. Although Reid Wilson is a whopping 291 points behind Boswell and Gerchak in third position, when points are reset at Orange County Speedway on September 14th he will still have a legitimate chance to sneak up on the leaders and make a run for rookie of the year.

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J.P. Morgan Keeps His Undefeated Streak Alive at Anderson; Winning for the First Time in 2013

Mooresville, NC 8/12/13- The Back to School 250 at Anderson Motor Speedway was all about the kids and the excitement of the series getting to hit the track successfully this go around after getting washed out earlier this season in May. The X-1R Pro Cup Series had many events for the kids including a “Dress and Dash”, hosted by Pro Cup broadcaster, CJ Woliver, before Saturday’s pre-race festivities.

 Two lucky fans from the audience joined Pro Cup drivers Reid Wilson and Gus Dean on track to tag-team a race across the start finish line to see who could put on a fire suit, gloves, and a helmet the fastest. Wilson’s team won the battle in dramatic fashion as Wilson threw himself across the checkered line, giving the crowd amusing entertainment.

The fun continues during driver introductions as each driver had a ball with their car number on it. The drivers took these balls and threw them into the audience for the kids. Whoever was holding the winning car number at the end of the race was the lucky kid that was going to join the team in victory and celebrate with their own bottle of “champagne” (ginger ale), a Back to School 250 trophy, and an Edelbrock Victory Lane hat.

Despite a short rain-delay before the Back to School 250, the Pro Cup Series was able to wrap up qualifying by 8:30 and get the main event underway by 9:00pm. The anticipation among drivers to go racing was evident early on in the event with the waiving of the yellow happening early and often. The No. 1 X-1R car of Dalton Hopkins brought out the first caution of the night on lap seven after he slowed on track with a rear end issues ending the night for the Avondale, West Virginia driver. With the tight racing that the Anderson Motor Speedway produces, cars spinning and contact between drivers were the theme of the night.

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