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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

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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TOP STORIES:
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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Event Preview: Bojangles’ 250 Hickory Motor Speedway – Newton, NC

Mooresville, NC 10/14/13: It’s been six months since Clay Rogers took the checkered flag at Hickory Motor Speedway in April, winning the Catawba Valley 250, with fellow competitor J.P. Morgan finishing right behind him in the runner-up position. Flash forward to this weekend as the X-1R Pro Cup Series makes its return to the abrasive .363 mile track, and the championship standings look a lot like the results from the past race, with Rogers leading the way over Morgan. There’s no hiding Rogers’ success at the track, so with just two races remaining on the championship schedule Morgan, no doubt, has his work cut out for him if he wants to make things interesting for the top spot. Dylan Presnell, Coleman Pressley, Rich Gould, along with Reid Wilson, making his return to series action, are all drivers making one off starts in attempt to go home with nothing less than a win. With some looking for cash and prizes and others looking for the championship title, it could be an interesting race to see for those in attendance.   

Bojangles’ 250 Notes

NOTES:
Track/Location: Hickory Motor Speedway – Newton, NC        Track Size: .363  
Event Name: Bojangles’ 250                        Laps: 250 Laps/91 Miles 

Event Schedule:                             Series Standings:             AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 11:45AM – 12:45PM        1) Clay Rogers 655            1) Eric Gerchak 539
       1:15PM - 2:15PM                       2) JP Morgan -71                2) Brady Boswell -2
Qualifying: 5PM                                3) Gus Dean -131                3) Reid Wilson -296
Race: 7PM                                        4) Brady Boswell -133               
                                                            5) Eric Gerchak -141           

Media Coverage:
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J.P. Morgan Celebrates the Birth of His Daughter by Staying Undefeated at Anderson in Pro Cup Competition

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.
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Live Updates from Anderson Motor Speedway

We are set to hit the track today for the third race in the Championship Series- the Palmetto State 250 from Anderson Motor Speedway in South 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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Event Preview: Palmetto State 250 Anderson Motor Speedway – Williamston, SC

Mooresville, NC 10/2/13: The tight bull ring racing that Anderson Motor Speedway produces is what’s next for the stars and cars of the X-1R Pro Cup Series. The series makes their return to the South Carolina track after J.P. Morgan, who is undefeated in series history at Anderson, won the Back to School 250 in August. Morgan’s return to a track he is so dominate at is just what he needs after a poor showing at Southern National last week that allowed Clay Rogers to open the gap to 96 points in the championship series with three races remaining. West Virginia native Codie Rohrbaugh and Sevierville, TN driver Dylan Presnell both make their return to the series to mix things up for a win amongst championship contenders. With big money and championships being decided look for this weekend’s race at Anderson to make waves amongst competitors. 

Palmetto State 250 Notes
NOTES:
Track/Location: Anderson Motor Speedway – Williamston, SC        Track Size: .375  
Event Name: Palmetto State 250                    Laps: 250 Laps/94 Miles 

Event Schedule:                         Series Standings:             AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 12NOON – 1PM           1) Clay Rogers 510          1) Eric Gerchak 435
       1:30PM - 2:30PM                   2) JP Morgan -96              2) Brady Boswell -23
Qualifying: 5:45PM                      3) Eric Gerchak -100        3) Reid Wilson -192
Race: 7PM                                    4) Brady Boswell -113               
                                                        5) Gus Dean -121           
                   
Media Coverage:
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TOP STORIES:
J.P. Morgan is Undefeated in Series History at Anderson: The only driver fans at Anderson Motor Speedway have seen win in the X-1R Pro Cup Series competition is 2012 series champion J.P. Morgan. The Ether, NC driver won the series inaugural race at the South Carolina track in 2012, and earlier this season he had the best car, hands down, taking the win in the Back to School 250. Morgan no doubt will be the man to beat this Saturday night. The timing couldn’t be better for Morgan to return to “his track” if he has hopes of slowing Clay Rogers progress of capturing his fifth series championship.

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