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The Roll Cage - Episode #8

Episode # 8 of The Roll Cage. This week's featured guest is Rusty Skewes, driver of the #41 Ford for Top Gun Motorsports.

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Palmetto State 250 Postponed

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Mother Nature won this weekend. After getting one practice session in today, officials were forced to cancel today's running of the Palmetto State 250 at Anderson Motor Speedway. The make up date will be Saturday, October 5th making it a fifth championship series event on the 2013 schedule.

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Live Updates from Anderson Motor Speedway

We are set to hit the track today for the Palmetto State 250 from Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamston, SC. 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.




Update - NOON - Speed51.com's live Trackside Now of the Palmetto State 250 CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series event at Anderson Speedway (SC) was scheduled to begin at 11am, but that is being pushed back as we wait out rain showers in the area. Once a determination on when cars can get on track is made, we'll have a further update on the Trackside Now schedule. At this time, series officials plans are still in place for an event today! Stay tuned to the Speed51 link today for info!


Update - 12:30 - Cars have hit the track for practice! Speed51's coverage should be live soon! Check our Facebook page as another source of info today's activities! https://www.facebook.com/CARSProCup


Update - 3:00 - Rains came after the first practice. The Pro Cup series officials in coordination with Anderson Motor Speedway, have cancelled today's Palmetto State 250. A reschedule date is forthcoming.



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Event Preview: CARS X-1R Pro Cup Palmetto State 250 Anderson Motor Speedway-Williamston, SC

Mooresville, NC 4/30/13 – The CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series is set to make their first of two visits this season to Anderson Motor Speedway located just south of Greenville, South Carolina, off Interstate 85. This weekend’s race will be just the second in series history at the 3/8 mile track; with the inaugural event coming at the same race a year ago. Defending race winner J.P. Morgan will be looking for his first win of the season after Clay Rogers and his No. 16 Lamb & Robinson race team swept the first two events in 2013 thus far. While the two drivers may be considered heavy favorites, the door is wide open behind them. Morgan is the only driver expected to compete at Anderson that finished in the top five a season ago. Local favorite and series rookie Brady Boswell, whose Watkinsville, Georgia home is just an hour south of the track, should be in the mix as the laps wind down. Boswell, while new to the Pro Cup machines, has made more than his fair share of starts at the South Carolina track behind the wheel of a Legends car.     
Palmetto State 250 Notes and Quotes
Track/Location: Anderson Motor Speedway-Williamston, SC       Track Size: .375
Event Name: Palmetto State 250                                                       Laps/Distance: 250 Laps/ 94 Miles
Event Schedule:                                 Series Standings:                   AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 12-1pm, 1:30-2:30pm           1) Clay Rogers 340                 1) Eric Gerchak 275
Qualifying: 5:15pm                             2) J.P. Morgan -60                  2) Brady Boswell -38
Autograph Session: 6:30pm                3) Eric Gerchak -65                 3) Reid Wilson -82
Race: 7:30pm                                      4) Dalton Hopkins -87
5) Brady Boswell -103
Pre Entered Drivers: #02 Tyler Young, #1 Dalton Hopkins, #2 Brady Boswell, #15 William Plemons III, #16 Clay Rogers, #21 Eric Gerchak #23 J.P. Morgan, #41 Rusty Skewes, #53 Joey Jones, #56 Gus Dean, #62 Andrew Smith, #66 Reid Wilson, #75 Caleb Holman
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Clay Rogers Wins at Hickory Motor Speedway for the Third Time in His CARS X-1R Pro Cup Career

Mooresville, NC 4/22/13- Clay Rogers edged J.P. Morgan on a green-white-checkered finish Saturday night to score his second CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series win of the season. The win at Hickory was Rogers’ third series win at the track of his career, and moved him into a tie for second with Benny Gordon on the all time wins list with thirty-two. J.P. Morgan looked to be back to his championship form bring home a second place finish followed by Tyler Young who overcame being a lap down early on to finish third.
 “This was a lot tougher to get here tonight than it was last time in Dillon. I thought J.P. (Morgan) was going to get us there on that second to last restart, but I was able to get around him and thought we had it won and the yellow came out when we were going through in three and four. So I had to do my best to hold him off one more time and we did,” stated Rogers in victory lane at the Hickory Motor Speedway. “I have to thank L & R Racing for giving me this opportunity to come back to the Pro Cup Series and race for wins again. It’s pretty cool to be able to share these moments with my daughter, wife, and everyone that came out to support us tonight close to home.”
It took two occasions for Clay to make his way to the lead before eventually winning the Catawba Valley 250. The Mooresville, NC driver could only muster a sixth place starting position behind youngster #66 Reid Wilson who would lead the field to green after grabbing the MAHLE pole position during series qualifying. His reign at the peak position didn’t even last a lap as series sophomore Dalton Hopkins grabbed the lead as the field exited off of turn two with J.P. Morgan in tow. That quickly translated into Morgan showing his strength early taking the lead on lap twelve.
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Live Updates from Hickory Motor Speedway

We are set to hit the track today for the Catawba Valley 250 from Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, 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: Catawba Valley 250-Hickory Motor Speedway-Newton, NC - April 20, 2013

Mooresville, NC 4/15/13 - Clay Rogers kicked off the 2013 CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series in style winning his thirty-first career race. Now as the series heads into this weekend’s Catawba Valley 250 at the Hickory Motor Speedway, he will have his hands full to make it back-to-back wins as several familiar faces plan to do battle for the time this season. Defending race winner Tyler Young, Joey Jones, and Richard Gould all make their return to series action. Young has produced the best results of the three averaging a third place finish in the two Hickory starts during the 2012 season. In addition to the trio above; Coleman Pressley, son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Robert Pressley, will make his series debut behind the wheel of his family owned #59 machine.


For all drivers entered the biggest challenge will be tire conservation around the .363 mile oval known for its rough abrasive asphalt. Teams will have 250 laps to figure it out, with a competition caution on lap 125, allowing teams to change tires and fuel before going back green. From there fans in attendance will quickly notice action on the track heat up as the final laps approach. Not uncommon during those final laps, as drivers make desperation moves to the front of the field, is contact which can lead to trouble for some and good fortune for others in the form of the $10,000 winner’s check waiting for them at the end. No doubt Hickory has produced some of the ole fashion beatin’ and bangin’ short track racing that fans in the area love.

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