Tuesday, October 01 2013 @ 10:58 AM EDT
Mooresville, NC 10/1/13 - There’s not much of a reputation of a “high side” racing groove at Southern National Motorsports Park located just outside Lucama, NC in Eastern North Carolina. Saturday night in front of a healthy crowd four time series champion and current championship points leader Clay Rogers showed those in attendance, and especially his fellow competitors, that you can race on the high side at Southern National. Rogers went from third to first over the final twenty-five laps on the high side of the race track to steal the win from fellow veteran Caleb Holman who looked to be on his way to victory lane once again.
“This place has been one of the worst tracks for me my entire career so be standing here in victory lane right now is pretty special. I’ve won a lot of races in this series and sometimes certain ones just standout to you for personal reasons; this one right here is one of them,” stated Rogers in Edlebrock Victory Lane.
Eventual third place finisher Tyler Young, making just fifth start of the 2013 season, lead the field to green after blistering the field in MAHLE qualifying. The initial start of the race proved to be a costly one for several drivers when two time NASCAR National Weekly Series champion Lee Pulliam, making his series debut, missed a shift causing the field to stack up. Pooler, Georgia’s Andrew Smith and the #1 machine of Dalton Hopkins got the worst of it as both machines received extensive front end damage.
The field no longer went back to green flag racing when the yellow would fly once again due to oil on the racing surface. The oil was found to be coming from Pulliam’s #41 machine who had fallen several positions just before the field slowed. The consequences of Pulliam’s missed shift bent a rear end line forcing his Top Gun Motorsports team to make repairs as the field went back to green flag racing.
The fifty-two lap run to the competition caution at the event’s halfway point on lap 100 produced some intense moments. Rookie Eric Gerchak was the man on the move after starting shotgun on the field due to his team making unapproved adjustments to his #21 LKN Cash for Gold Chevy after qualifying. Gerchak advanced up the fifth place position about the same time Rogers made his move by Tyler Young for the lead position to earn five bonus points for leading a lap and five more for winning the Roush-Yates Performance Products Halfway Leader Award.