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Mark McFarland Out Duels Clay Rogers in Closing Laps of Dean Custom Air 250 to Win at Myrtle Beach

Fans were on their feet in the closing laps of the Dean Custom Air 250 as veterans Mark McFarland and Clay Rogers fought hard over the lead in the closing laps, providing great entertainment for the large crowd in attendance at Myrtle Beach Speedway. McFarland was able to pass the current point’s leader, Rogers, on lap 246 to take the win for the second race in a row. The win did not come easy for McFarland as he was forced to come through the field after the series redraw of the top eight drivers at the event’s halfway point. JP Morgan completed the veteran sweep at the podium with youngsters Gus Dean and Reid Wilson rounding out the top five.

“What a race out there tonight, that was some of the best fun I’ve had behind the wheel of a racecar in a long time. Racing with Clay over the last fifty laps or so was really intense. I kept racing him hard and taking away his line, so hopefully he would burn up his tires and I would have the advantage at the end and evidently it worked,” explained an excited Mark McFarland in Edlebrock Victory Lane. “A big thank you goes to JMI Motorsports and Mark Huff for letting me drive this #8 car, and the folks at Black’s Tire and WJP Investments for sponsoring us here tonight. We had enough grip in our tires to get the win tonight, so go on over to Black’s Tire and get you some grip for your car and support these guys that allow us to put the show on like we did tonight.”

The abrasive Myrtle Beach surface produced a variety of leaders through the events initial stages. After leading the first six laps Clay Rogers handed the lead to Tyler Young making his return to the series before 2012 Myrtle Beach race winner, JP Morgan, showed some muscle moving to the point position for the next fifty-four laps. With tires fading and the lap 125 break for tires and fuel, drivers quickly showed each other what they might have when it came down to the $10,000 check on lap 250. A battle between Rogers and Young for the lead position allowed eventual winner McFarland to join in and overtake the lead on lap eighty-five en route to the Roush-Yates Performance Products Halfway Leader Award on lap 125.   
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Live Updates from Myrtle Beach Speedway

We are set to hit the track today for the Dean Custom Air 250 presented by Carrier & Sports Radio 100.3 from Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, SC. If you can't make it to the track today, you can follow along with live updates all day with our Speed51.com updates.


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Event Preview: CARS X-1R Pro Cup Dean Custom Air 250 Presented By Carrier and Sports Radio 100.3 FM - Myrtle Beach Speedway

Mooresville, NC 06/18/13: On June 22nd the X-1R Pro Cup Series, formerly known as the Hooters Pro Cup Series, will head to Myrtle Beach Speedway for the fifth race of the season. The .538 mile track, located just minutes from the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, will host the 23rd Pro Cup race in the track’s history. Pro Cup veterans Clay Rogers (twice in 2006 & 2009), Mark McFarland (2008), and JP Morgan (2012) have all won at this track and will attempt to visit victory lane once again this weekend. In addition to the veterans an incredible battle for Air Flow Research Rookie of the Year honors is taking shape with Eric Gerchak (34 years old), Reid Wilson (17 years old), and Brady Boswell (16 years old). Gerchak, leading the rookie standings by just 24 points, will have to work hard at Myrtle Beach to finish ahead of the young guns and hold onto his lead.

 Dean Custom Air 250 Presented By Carrier and Sports Radio 100.3FM Notes and Quotes



Track/Location: Myrtle Beach Speedway – Myrtle Beach, SC   Track Size: .538   Laps: 250 Laps 


Event Schedule:                                  Series Standings:                    AFR Rookie Standings: 
Practice: 12-1pm, 2-3pm                     1) Clay Rogers 640                  1) Eric Gerchak 516
Qualifying: 5:15pm                             2) Eric Gerchak -124               2) Brady Boswell -24
Autograph Session: 5:45-6:15pm         3) JP Morgan -140                   3) Reid Wilson -77
Race: 6:45pm                                      4) Rusty Skewes -146
5) Brady Boswell -148
Pre Entered Drivers: #02 Tyler Young, #1 Dalton Hopkins, #2 Brady Boswell, #8 Mark McFarland, #15 Bill Plemons Jr., #16 Clay Rogers, #17 Stacy Puryear, #21 Eric Gerchak, #23 JP Morgan,  #33 Ryan Heavner, #41 Rusty Skewes, #56 Gus Dean, #66 Reid Wilson

Media Coverage:

 SPEED 51 Trackside Now (www.SPEED51.com) Twitter: @SPEED51dotcom

Sports Radio 100.3 FM (http://www.teammyrtlebeach.com)
CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series Facebook (www.facebook.com/CARSProCup) and Twitter (@X1RProCup)
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Reid Wilson Rallies for Seventh at Motor Mile

Pro Cup Rookie Makes Up Three Laps for Top-10 Finish

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (June 12, 2013) – In short track racing, some top-10 finishes come relatively easy.  Others, like the one 17-year-old Reid Wilson had Saturday night at Motor Mile Speedway, require a sheer test of man and machine just to get to the finish.

The odds of a seventh-place finish seemed stacked against Wilson early in the running of the CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series Heritage Truck Centers 250 at the Virginia track when he went down three laps to the leaders early due to an ill-handling racecar. 

A determined driver and the hard work and decision-making of his crew at the lap-125 halfway break at Motor Mile helped rally the Bojangles’ Chicken ‘n Biscuits No. 66 towards the front of the field in the second half of the event.  Wilson earned all three laps back and he sailed beneath the checkered flag in a strong seventh place.

“I don’t know how this day turned around to be so strong at the end,” remarked Wilson after the race.  “I wish I had a better way of putting it, but we just struggled all day.  To be able to get three laps down, but not get down on ourselves and rally back to finish seventh just shows how strong this team is.  Beyond that, it shows how much stronger we’re going to be as we move on from here.”

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Stacy Puryear Joins Walker Motorsports

Archdale, NC, June 4, 2013 - Walker Motorsports is proud to announce & welcome Stacy Puryear, of South Boston, VA to the Team! Stacy will be driving the #17 Walker Motorsports X1-R Pro Cup car for the reminder of the 2013 season!

"Walker Motorsports is very excited to have Stacy a part of the team" said by owner Chris Walker. "With Stacy having extensive experience in racing, he brings a lot to the table! Stacy has been around the Pro Cup Series since 2000 but began his racing career in 1986. He won his first ever Pro Cup race in 2001 at Jennerstown Speedway in PA. During 2003-2004 he had six top 5's and eighteen top 10's. He also grabbed the Pole during the first race of the season, finished 2nd at Pensacola, FL and 3rd at South Boston, VA. During the 2012 season Puryear won at Southern National in October, was 2nd at Orange County Speedway and had 2 poles and 2 outside poles in seven Pro Cup races. Apart from being a driver, he has always been a mechanic, crew chief & chassis specialist. Mr. Puryear has worn a lot of hats in his racing career - he will a wonderful asset to Walker Motorsports!"

Walker Motorsports is a family owned team & was established in January 2013 by Christopher Walker of Archdale, NC. Chris has also been around racing for a very long time. He started out racing go-karts for 10 years but then a medical condition stopped his racing career at the age of 18. But that wasn't going to stop him from being a part of the sport. And after he graduated High School, he joined Michael Ritch Racing, starting out as a parts cleaner then later moved up to a front tire changer. From there he worked with numerous Nascar teams as a front tire changer but after a few pit road accidents he decided it was time to call it quits. From there he got the fire to start his own Motorsports team and that's where we are today!!
Source - Walker Motorsports PR
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Mark McFarland Welcomes Himself Back to X-1R Pro Cup Series Victory Lane at Motor Mile Speedway

Mooresville, NC (06/09/13): The date was July 19, 2008 when Mark McFarland last visited Edelbrock Victory Lane at an X-1R Pro Cup Series event. Saturday night, for the first time this season, a driver was strong enough to break championship point’s leader Clay Rogers undefeated streak. Veteran Mark McFarland used his pole position and a little bit of luck on his side to win the Heritage Truck Centers 250 at Motor Mile Speedway. Rogers and rookie Brady Boswell were hot on his heels in the final lap before crossing the line in second and third respectively.   

“First off it’s really special for us because the guy that owns this car, his shop is just right down the road”, said McFarland in victory lane. “This is his home track and we’ve always run good here, but have never been able to give him a win. Being able to win at Motor Mile Speedway is really special for him, me, and our entire team. Ron Faison and this entire JMI Motorsports team made this happen, and worked their tails off to get this thing together in time. We didn’t decide we were coming until Wednesday night and had to rent a motor from Tyler Young (fellow Pro Cup competitor) just to get here. It just shows you how good this small team is.”  

The crowd at Motor Mile Speedway was the largest the series has seen in the last few seasons. The X-1R Pro Cup Series and Heritage Truck Centers teamed up together and provided fans with 20,000 free tickets for the event in Radford, VA. The sixteen drivers in the field provided an entertaining show, with side-by-side racing throughout the 250 lap event. Home state driver McFarland jumped out to an early lead after winning the MAHLE Pole Award in qualifying for a second week in a row. As laps clicked away in the early stages of the race, the battle for the top eight positions intensified just before the event’s halfway break on lap 125. Just as it was in Kingsport, in the series last outing, McFarland took the Roush Yates Performance Products Halfway leader award over Rusty Skewes, and the undefeated Clay Rogers. The redraw of the top eight drivers at the series’ halfway point put leader McFarland to third and Skewes to the point as the field went back to green.

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Live Updates from Motor Mile Speedway

We are set to hit the track today for the Heritage Truck Centers 250 from Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA. 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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