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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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Clay Rogers Makes His Return to the X-1R Pro Cup Series Worth $10,000


Mooresville, NC 4/8/13- Four time X-1R Pro Cup Series champion Clay Rogers made his return to the series known Saturday night at the Dillon Motor Speedway, coming from the rear of the field to score the PEE DEE 250 win. Rogers win was no walk in the park as 2012 AFR Rookie of the Year winner Dalton Hopkins gave the former champion a close run to the checkered flag, finishing in the runner-up position just .331 seconds behind after a bonzai run through turns three and four. Eric Gerchak, making his series debut as a rookie, finished an impressive third to earn the final podium position. Defending series champion JP Morgan began his title defense with a solid fourth place finish after winning at the track a season ago. South Carolina native Gus Dean rounded out the top five finishers.


“Man, it feels good to be back in victory lane with this L&R race team here in the Pro Cup Series,” shouted an excited Rogers in Edlebrock Victory Lane. “We had a few problems in qualifying that caused us to start in the back, but I knew we had a good race car so it wasn’t as big as a deal as it could’ve been. I just focused on saving my tires because I’ll be honest I don’t know much about these particular Goodyear tires because I’ve never been on them until this weekend. Luckily I did a decent job at managing them and didn’t race JP (Morgan) too hard and we’re able to take home this check for $10,000 to kick off the season.”
The issues that Rogers speaks of were when his L&R Racing team were forced to repair brake hoses on their #16 Commonwealth Building Materials Ford Fusion after qualifying while cars are normally impounded. The result of the penalty by series officials was Rogers taking the green flag from shotgun on the field with MAHLE pole award winner JP Morgan leading the field to green.
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