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Event Preview: KOMA Unwind 200 Montgomery Motor Speedway – Montgomery, AL

Mooresville, NC 07/23/13: Caleb Holman shook things up at Southern National Motorsports Park two weeks ago when he became the first driver besides Clay Rogers or Mark McFarland to visit Edelbrock Victory Lane this season. Now the X-1R Pro Cup Series, formerly known as the Hooters Pro Cup Series, will head to Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama for the first time in seven years dating back to Shane Huffman’s win in 2006. With variety of unknown variables when it comes to the track itself; mixed with many new faces making their season debut, this weekend’s race could be the biggest wild card all season for the series.  


KOMA Unwind 200 Notes and Quotes 

NOTES:

Track/Location: Montgomery Motor Speedway-Montgomery, AL    Track Size: .500  

Event Name: KOMA Unwind 200                                                      Laps/Distance: 200 Laps/100 miles 

 

Event Schedule:                                  Series Standings:                    AFR Rookie Standings:

Practice: 1:45 – 2:45 PM                     1) Clay Rogers 888                  1) Eric Gerchak 741

             3:15 - 4:15 PM                       2) JP Morgan -108                   2) Brady Boswell -25

Autograph Session: 5:45 PM                3) Eric Gerchak -147               3) Reid Wilson -177

Qualifying: 7:00 PM                             4) Rusty Skewes -162

Race: 8:30 PM                                    5) Gus Dean -164

 

Media Coverage:

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TOP STORIES:

Clay Rogers Looking to Rebound at MMS: Point’s leader Clay Rogers, who won the first three races of the season, did not have the finish he was hoping for at Southern National Motorsports Park. After fighting a tight handling car, Rogers was trying his best to ride things out until a caution flew. On Lap 94 Roger’s became the caution when his #16 Lamb & Robinson Ford went up in flames down the front stretch. Rogers was unharmed in the incident and had to accept his first disappointing finish of the year. Though this incident didn’t hurt his point’s lead by much, it did allow second place man in the standings, JP Morgan to gain 42 points on the leader, narrowing Rogers points lead to 108.

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Caleb Holman Breaks Through to X-1R Pro Cup Victory Lane at Southern National

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Mooresville, NC 7/15/13- So far this season Edelbrock Victory Lane has only been graced by two X-1R Pro Cup Series veterans in Clay Rogers and Mark McFarland. Rogers won the series’ first three events followed by McFarland taking care of business in the last two outings. Saturday night, Caleb Holman another longtime series supporter, piloted his #75 Food Country USA Chevrolet to a dominating victory; leading 141 laps of the NolesCabinets.com 200 at the Southern National Motorsport Park. The win came in just his second start of the 2013 season after blowing an engine on lap nine in his last outing at Motor Mile Speedway on June 8th.

 

 “We had a pretty decent piece when we unloaded and then Butch (Miller) and the entire crew went to work on it throughout the day in practice to make the handling last over the long run and it looks like what we did worked,” explained an excited Holman in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “I settled in for second just to see how things were going to play out, and then I decided I need to see what we had over the final laps leading up to the halfway point, so I would know what to expect after the halfway break. Luck must have been on our side because we redrew the pole at the break and never looked back.”

 

With just about every track and series canceled due to weather within a four hour radius of the Southern National Motorsports Park; officials from both the track and X-1R Pro Cup Series put in over the top effort in getting practice, qualifying, and all of the night’s events in. That was ideal for Stacy Puryear who picked up the MAHLE Pole Award during qualifying for the first time this year. 

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Event Preview: NolesCabinets.com 200 - Southern National Motorsports Park – Kenly, NC

Mooresville, NC 07/09/13: On July 13th the X-1R Pro Cup Series, formerly known as the Hooters Pro Cup Series, will head to Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC for the sixth race of the 2013 season. The .363 mile track will host the 11th Pro Cup race in the track’s history. Our Myrtle Beach Speedway victor, Mark McFarland, has won at this track twice in his career (2008 & 2005) and will attempt to win his third race of the season. Pro Cup veteran Stacy Puryear will be one to watch this weekend as he has won at SNMP in 2012 starting from the pole.

  

NolesCabinets.com 200 Notes and Quotes 
NOTES: 
Track/Location: Southern National Motorsports Park – Kenly, NC   Track Size: .363   Laps: 200 Laps  

Event Schedule:                                  Series Standings:                    AFR Rookie Standings: 
Practice: Noon to 1:00 PM                   1) Clay Rogers 790                  1) Eric Gerchak 611
Qualifying: 5:15 PM                            2) JP Morgan -150                   2) Brady Boswell -7
Autograph Session: 6:30 to 7 PM         3) Gus Dean -174                    3) Reid Wilson -40
Race: 7:30 PM                                     4) Eric Gerchak -179
5) Rusty Skewes -180
 
Pre Entered Drivers: #62 Andrew Smith, #16 Clay Rogers, #75 Caleb Holman, #2 Brady Boswell, #41 Rusty Skewes, #56 Gus Dean, #8 Mark McFarland 

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Reid Wilson Slides His Way to a Top-Five Finish at Myrtle Beach

Rookie Pro Cup Racer Battles a Rough, Old Track for Solid Finish

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (June 27, 2013) – Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina is widely known as one of the most treacherous short tracks in the country. It’s rough, worn-out racing surface has eaten up tires and drivers’ patience for decades.

That rough racing surface got the best of 17-year-old CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series rookie Reid Wilson in the first half of Saturday’s Dean Custom Air 250 at Myrtle Beach, but the North Carolinian retaliated in the race’s second half. In the final 125-lap sprint to the finish, Wilson battled back from a lap down to post a fifth-place result, proving that Myrtle Beach Speedway wasn’t going to get the best of him on this night.

“The car just kind of slowed down immediately in the first half of the race and it just kept getting worse and worse,” said Wilson. “We went really far back from there and I couldn’t even hold on to it. We came in at the halfway break, put new tires on it and my crew chief Chris Rogers and my spotter Clint Leatherwood really did a great job in the second half of helping me drive Myrtle Beach to save those tires.”

“I just drove through the field and got up as high as we could. Finishing fifth was pretty good for our first time at Myrtle Beach with the Bojangles’ No. 66, but I think if I hadn’t used up my tires in the first half, we could’ve finished even better.”

Wilson started from the fifth position and picked his way up to third in the first few laps at Myrtle Beach. By lap 20, though, Wilson’s tires began to fade and he backslid outside the top-10. Then, lessons learned in his first starts of the 2013 Pro Cup season took over and the advice on the radio from his team leaders helped bring home the top-five finish.

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Mark McFarland Out Duels Clay Rogers in Closing Laps of Dean Custom Air 250 to Win at Myrtle Beach

Fans were on their feet in the closing laps of the Dean Custom Air 250 as veterans Mark McFarland and Clay Rogers fought hard over the lead in the closing laps, providing great entertainment for the large crowd in attendance at Myrtle Beach Speedway. McFarland was able to pass the current point’s leader, Rogers, on lap 246 to take the win for the second race in a row. The win did not come easy for McFarland as he was forced to come through the field after the series redraw of the top eight drivers at the event’s halfway point. JP Morgan completed the veteran sweep at the podium with youngsters Gus Dean and Reid Wilson rounding out the top five.

“What a race out there tonight, that was some of the best fun I’ve had behind the wheel of a racecar in a long time. Racing with Clay over the last fifty laps or so was really intense. I kept racing him hard and taking away his line, so hopefully he would burn up his tires and I would have the advantage at the end and evidently it worked,” explained an excited Mark McFarland in Edlebrock Victory Lane. “A big thank you goes to JMI Motorsports and Mark Huff for letting me drive this #8 car, and the folks at Black’s Tire and WJP Investments for sponsoring us here tonight. We had enough grip in our tires to get the win tonight, so go on over to Black’s Tire and get you some grip for your car and support these guys that allow us to put the show on like we did tonight.”

The abrasive Myrtle Beach surface produced a variety of leaders through the events initial stages. After leading the first six laps Clay Rogers handed the lead to Tyler Young making his return to the series before 2012 Myrtle Beach race winner, JP Morgan, showed some muscle moving to the point position for the next fifty-four laps. With tires fading and the lap 125 break for tires and fuel, drivers quickly showed each other what they might have when it came down to the $10,000 check on lap 250. A battle between Rogers and Young for the lead position allowed eventual winner McFarland to join in and overtake the lead on lap eighty-five en route to the Roush-Yates Performance Products Halfway Leader Award on lap 125.   
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Live Updates from Myrtle Beach Speedway

We are set to hit the track today for the Dean Custom Air 250 presented by Carrier & Sports Radio 100.3 from Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, SC. If you can't make it to the track today, you can follow along with live updates all day with our Speed51.com updates.

 

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