Monday, October 07 2013 @ 02:18 PM EDT
Mooresville, NC 10/7/13- J.P. Morgan did what he needed to do to stay in the hunt for 2013 X-1R Pro Cup Series Championship as he bested Clay Rogers at Anderson Motor Speedway Saturday night. The win was Morgan’s third of the season and kept the Ether, North Carolina driver undefeated at the South Carolina track dating back to the series’ inaugural event there in March of 2012.
Championship leader Clay Rogers grabbed his first MAHLE Pole Award of the year, and then matched his runner up finish from two months ago at the same track. Series sophomore Gus Dean rounded out the podium with his third place finish making it back to back top five finishes in the last two races.
“I’m not sure what it is about this place, but I love it as much as it’s loved me the last couple of years. The fans here are always great, and it’s just a good racing race track,” explained J.P Morgan in Edlebrock Victory Lane. “Last night was a long night for me so standing here in victory lane right now caps a perfect weekend for me, my family, and this team. I know it’s going to be tough to catch Clay with just two races to go, but this sure does help things in the points.”
Morgan, who had a sleepless Friday night welcoming his first child into the world with wife Jackie, qualified third behind #02 machine of Tyler Young and pole sitter Clay Rogers. It was Rogers who jumped out to the early lead taking advantage of his best starting position this season. Rogers opened a sizable lead through the first sixty-three laps over AFR Rookie of the Year contender Eric Gerchak and veteran J.P. Morgan before the field was slowed for debris laying in turn two.