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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:
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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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Important Raceday Procedure Change

CARS Series PR

STARTING WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES at Orange County Speedway (September 14, 2013), Tire selection will be based on the DATE & TIME of your ENTRY FORM RECEIVED at the Pro Cup Office. Below are the ways the office accepts entry forms.

Any team not filing an Entry Form will select their tires last.

Acceptable ways to send Entry Forms:

  •     In Person
  •     Fax (704.662.9207 Attn. Jack McNelly)
  •     Mail (177 Knob Hill Road Mooresville, NC 28117 Attn. Jack McNelly)
  •     E-Mail
    •         [email protected]     - Paige French
    •         [email protected]   - Shannon Baxter
    •         [email protected]     - Chris Ragle
    •         [email protected]     - Jack McNelly

The very first Entry Form for the Championship Series (Orange County) will be available on the website, at the office, and E-Mailed to all teams on TUESDAY August 27, 2013.

Lastly, the Entry From for Saturday November 2, 2013 at Rockingham Speedway is already available on the Pro Cup website, www.x1rprocup.com. Please take advantage of this, and get your Rockingham Entry Forms in as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please contact the CARS Pro Cup Office at 704.662.9212, or you may E-Mail any of the names listed above.

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Event Preview: Back To School 250 Anderson Motor Speedway – Williamston, SC

Mooresville, NC 08/06/13: The X-1R Pro Cup Series made its maiden voyage around Anderson Motor Speedway a season ago kicking off the 2012 campaign with veteran JP Morgan driving to victory lane. This weekend the experience of Morgan’s win, as well as the experience of several drivers including Tyler Young (10th place), Dalton Hopkins (8th place), and Gus Dean (11th place), all of whom competed at AMS last season, could be the edge they need to keep Caleb Holman out of victory lane for the third time this season. Holman has won the last two X-1R Pro Cup races and will be at AMS with hope of joining Rogers as the only other three time series winner this season.  


Back To School 250 Notes and Quotes 

Track/Location: Anderson Motor Speedway – Williamston, SC                    Track Size: .375 Mile  
Event Name: Back to School 250                                                       Laps: 250 Laps 
Event Schedule:                                  Series Standings:                    AFR Rookie Standings: 
Practice: 1:30 – 2:30 PM                      1) Clay Rogers 983                  1) Eric Gerchak 861
             3:00 - 4:00 PM                       2) JP Morgan -63                     2) Brady Boswell -20
Qualifying 6:45 PM                             3) Eric Gerchak -122               3) Reid Wilson -297
Race: 8:15 PM                                     4) Brady Boswell -142
                                                            5) Gus Dean -143 

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Clay Rogers Bad Luck Continues: After a solid performance the entire 2013 season, Rogers luck began to fade at Southern National when his car erupted into flames, resulting in a 12th place finish. His unfortunate luck continued at Montgomery Motor Speedway when he cut a tire and hit the wall, resulting in a 15th place finish. As Rogers heads to Anderson Motor Speedway, a track he has not raced a Pro Cup car at, he will have to fight off champion JP Morgan on the track and in the point’s standings.
The two are currently separated by 63 points. Look for Rogers to be at the front of the field fighting to return to Edelbrock victory lane this weekend in South Carolina.
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Looking Ahead To Rockingham

As the 2013 season hits the mid-point the X-1R Pro Cup Series is preparing for the final race of the season at Rockingham Speedway. The Pro Cup Series will invade the 1.017 mile track on November 2nd and close out their 14-race schedule with a bang paying $20,000 to the winner and crowning the 2013 series champion.

The first time the series, then known then as the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, ran at Rockingham Speedway was in 2008. The race was won by none other than current Pro Cup point’s leader, Clay Rogers. Since that inaugural race, the Mooresville, NC native has won three out of the five races at the one-mile track, leading a total of 268 laps in his career. Two of the races Rogers won starting from the pole position.

Though Rogers is the only active Pro Cup driver that has driven to victory lane at this track, he is not the only driver in this series with experience at Rockingham. Tyler Young, with three starts at Rockingham, has one top-five and two top-ten finishes. Two-time Pro Cup victor this season, Caleb Holman, has two top-five and three top-ten finishes in his five starts at this track.

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