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X-1R Pro Cup Series Competitors to Ride on American Racer Tires Beginning in 2014

Mooresville, NC 1/6/14- Officials from the CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series are proud to announce that American Racer will become the new official tire of the traveling series beginning in 2014. The change comes on the heels of former tire supplier, Goodyear, making the decision to eliminate their production of tires for the series in the future.

“Since the offseason began we’ve spent time testing several new tire manufactures to find a suitable replacement, and we are happy to have chosen the American Racer tire. It’s a good, fast tire that performed very well in testing in both overall grip and durability,” stated series Owner/President Jack McNelly. “Everyone at American Racer has been great to work with and they have shown they are committed to supporting our series going forward.”

Scott Junod, Director of Racing for American Racer, echoed McNelly’s statement about the new arrangement.

“Jack (McNelly) told us what he needed and expected in a tire for the Pro Cup Series and we went to work to make it happen. The result was a good quality tire that the competitors will enjoy racing on and the fans in the stands will also, especially when they see the quality of racing it produces,” explained Junod. “Overall we are just thrilled to be supplying tires for the Pro Cup Series, with its history and bright future, it couldn’t be a more perfect fit for us going forward.”

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CARS Pro Cup Series 2014 Season Schedule to Feature Twelve Events at Ten Different Facilities

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Mooresville, NC 11/18/13 - Officials from the CARS Pro Cup Series are proud to unveil the 2014 season schedule that will feature twelve events at ten different facilities. The series, headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, will kick off its 18th season of racing in 2014.

For the first time ever in series history the state of Alabama will play host to the season opener at Montgomery (AL) Motor Speedway on Saturday March 22nd. In 2013 the series made a triumphant return to the half mile track after a seven year absence. The following month features a traditional Spring date at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway on April 5th, before heading to one of the biggest events of the season on Friday April 25th and Saturday April 26th at the three quarter mile Memphis International Raceway located Millington, Tennessee. The track, which previously held NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, will welcome the Pro Cup Series for the first time since its inception.

The series’ competitors when then set idle until a favorite track amongst drivers pops up for the first time of two dates on June 7th at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia. Before returning to the beautiful Virginia facility again on August 9th, stops at the abrasive Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway on June 28th, a special Friday night July 4th double header at Kingsport (TN) Speedway with the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Models, and a return to the ultra-fast Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina on Saturday July 26th must all come first. 

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Lee Pulliam Dominates Season Finale for First Career Win; Clay Rogers Crowned 2013 Champion

Mooresville, NC 11/4/13- The first few X-1R Pro Cup Series races hadn’t gone as well as hoped for two time NASCAR All-American Series Champion Lee Pulliam, driving for the injured Rusty Skewes’ Top Gun Motorsports team. However; the season finale this past weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park made up for it as the series newcomer lead flag-to-flag in a dominating performance picking up his first career win in just third series start.

“What a win this is. We’ve had a lot of them in the late model this year, but to be driving for Rusty (Skewes) and give him and this whole Top Gun Motorsports team a win in this series means a lot. It feels real good to reward them for the opportunity and for me beating guys in this series says a lot, because these guys know how to race. There may not be a lot of them but the competition is some of the toughest there is. What a night,” said a very excited Lee Pulliam in Edelbrock Victory Lane.

While Pulliam did lead flag-to-flag after picking up the MAHLE Pole Award in qualifying; series sophomore Gus Dean gave Pulliam all he could handle in the final few laps. After making up an almost half a second difference, Dean mounted a charge that came up just shy of putting the bumper to Pulliam on the final lap in turns three and four. The runner up finish matched his two finishes earlier this season at both Kingsport events and propelled him to third in the final championship standings.

“I thought we were going to be able to get to him (Lee Pulliam) at the end but we just ran out of laps. It’s disappointing to finish second again because I feel like we’re so close to getting to victory lane we just haven’t been able to put it all together. Then again we haven’t had the best runs here at Southern National so second is a good run for us,” explained Dean. “My team and my crew chief, AJ Frank, have worked hard all season and we got better as it went on. I really have to thank them and my family for a great year. We’ll be back next year to get that win, you can bet on that.”

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Live Updates from Season Finale at Southern National Motorsports Park

It's raceday and we are set to hit the track today for the final race of the 2013 season and the 5th race in the Championship Series- the Finale 200 from Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC. We will be crowning our series Champions and our Rookie of the Year today!


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Event Preview: The Finale 200, Southern National Motorsports Park

Mooresville, NC 10/29/13: The white flag is out on the X-1R Pro Cup Series 2013 season, and the same man who led the championship points standings after the first race of the year will lead the standings as the series returns to Southern National Motorsport Park for The Finale 200 this Saturday night. Clay Rogers holds a 121 point lead over defending series champion J.P. Morgan, which means just by taking the green flag Rogers will claim his unprecedented fifth series championship, breaking his current tie with Bobby Gill. Despite the 2013 championship being settled at Southern National several drivers such as Reid Wilson, Gus Dean, and rookie Brady Boswell will look to close out the season on a high not winning their first career race. They’ll have their work cut out for them as veteran Caleb Holman, who won earlier this season at the Eastern North Carolina track, will be back in action as well as 2013 NASCAR National Weekly Series Champion Lee Pulliam.   

The Finale 200 Notes

Track/Location: Southern National Motorsports Park – Lucama, NC    Track Size: .400  
Event Name: The Finale 200                        Laps: 200 Laps/80 Miles 

Event Schedule:                  Series Standings:                 AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 1PM – 1:45PM        1) Clay Rogers - 825            1) Brady Boswell - 682
       2PM - 2:45PM                2) JP Morgan -121                2) Brady Boswell -22
Qualifying: 5:15PM            3) Brady Boswell -158        3) Reid Wilson -327
Race: 7PM                            4) Gus Dean -171               
                                        5) Eric Gerchak -190           
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Making History and Making Cash:
Clay Rogers will make history this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC when he takes the green flag in Saturday night’s “The Finale 200” claiming his fifth series title. The championship will surpass Bobby Gill’s record of four whom Rogers is currently tied with for most in series history. Rogers’ fifth championship will come in fifteen starts quicker than Gill’s four championship titles, where he earned over 192 starts. In addition to claiming the championship category for himself Rogers’ now sits second in tops five finishes, wins, and money earned in series history. Rogers’ has earned $81, 150 prior to this weekend’s “The Finale 200” and should have every opportunity to take that amount even higher. 

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Clay Rogers Edges Rookie Brady Boswell in Thrilling Finish at Hickory Motor Speedway

Mooresville, NC 10/21/13- Rookie Brady Boswell did about all he could have done to hold off Clay Rogers from picking up his 36th career X-1R Pro Cup Series win Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. In the end Rogers, who all but clinched his fifth career series championship with the win, proved too much for the sixteen year old driver that had a career night finishing second.

“I thought we had Clay (Rogers) beat, I really did,” said a smiling Boswell after the race. “I knew he was going to be coming for me at the end so I did the best to save my tires to have something to race him with at the end. Evidently he had a little bit more left than I did. He raced me clean and we put on a show for all these fans here tonight and gave them what they came to see. I know we don’t get as many cars as some other series out there, but I can promise if you come race with us you’ll see that finishing second to a guy like Clay is a lot tougher than finishing second to a lot of other guys.”

Rogers picked up his second MAHLE Pole Award of the season, which gave him the chance to get out early and lead over the rest of the field. The veteran racer wasted no time opening a big lead over his fellow competitors over the first 125 laps of the race leaving the rest of the field to do battle amongst themselves.

J.P Morgan, the lone man within striking distance of Rogers in the championship standings, was on the move early after a dismal qualifying effort. Morgan made his way to the sixth position by lap twenty-seven after taking the green in twelfth. The complete opposite was happening to Gus Dean who slipped back to twelfth after starting fourth. While those two drivers switched which end of the ladder they raced on; a pair of part time competitors, Tyler Young and Coleman Pressley, showed their strength taking the competition yellow on lap 125 for fuel and tires in the second and third positions.

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Live Updates from Hickory Motor Speedway

We are set to hit the track today for the fourth race in the Championship Series- the Bojangles 250 from Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. If you can't make it to the track today, you can follow along with live udates all day with our Speed51.com powered updates presented to you by Automotive Specialists.




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