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We are set to hit the track today for the second race in the Championship Series- the Golden Leaf 200 from Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, 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: Golden Leaf 200 Southern National Motorsports Park – Kenly, NC

Mooresville, NC 09/24/13:  Round two of the X-1R Pro Cup Championship Series hits the .400 high banks of Southern National Motorsport Park in Kenly, NC this Saturday night. If the racing that took place at Orange County Speedway, to kick off the championship, is any indication of what to expect as a fan at Southern National it could be an action packed night with a few hot tempers. Intense points battles between Clay Rogers and JP Morgan for the top spot has formed, as well as the battle for 2013 AFR Rookie of the Year honors between Brady Boswell and Eric Gerchak who’s fight is even tighter. Outside the points battles, spring race winner Caleb Holman returns to the series action in hopes of visiting Edlebrock Victory Lane once again at SNMP. While two time NASCAR Weekly Series National Champion Lee Pulliam makes his series debut at the same track he scored three of his twenty-seven victories behind the wheel of his late model stock car.

Golden Leaf 200 Notes
Track/Location: Southern National Motorsport Park – Kenly, NC    Track Size: .400  
Event Name: Golden Leaf 200                        Laps: 200 Laps/80 Miles 

Event Schedule:                             Series Standings:             AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM     1) Clay Rogers 345         1) Eric Gerchak 310
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM                        2) JP Morgan -35              2) Brady Boswell -10
Qualifying: 5 PM                              3) Brady Boswell -60       3) Reid Wilson -67
Race: 6:30 PM                                 4) Eric Gerchak     -60               
                                                           5) Gus Dean -81           
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NASCAR National Champion Lee Pullium to Make Series Debut:
Recently crowned two time NASCAR National Weekly Series Champion, Lee Pulliam of Semora, NC, will make his X-1R Pro Cup Series debut this weekend at Southern National driving for Rusty Skewes the #41 Top Gun Motorsport team. Pulliam scored his second late model NASCAR Weekly Series championship title by obtaining a “perfect record” of 810 points this season, being only the fourth to do so in NASCAR Whelen Series history. According to Pulliam the opportunity to compete at the next level in the X-1R Pro Cup Series has his perspective behind the wheel shifted compared to a normal late model stock car race.    

“I can’t thank Rusty (Skewes) enough for giving me this opportunity to drive for his car. I know I’ve had a good season behind the wheel of the late model, but the Pro Cup car will be a different animal and the races are longer so I’m sure there will be a learning curve ,” noted Pulliam. “Hopefully I can give them a good run and be able to mix it up with guys like Clay Rogers and J.P. Morgan. If you can beat guys like that you’ve done something.”

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Newly Crowned Two Time NASCAR Whelen All-American Champion, Lee Pulliam, to Make Pro Cup Series Debut at Southern National

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Back to Back Winner of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Title to Replace Injured Rusty Skewes Driving the #41Top Gun Motorsport Entry at Southern National Motorsports Park on September 28

MOORESVILLE, NC (9/20/13) - Semora N.C. native, Lee Pulliam, scored his second NASCAR Whelen All-American title by obtaining a “perfect record” of 810 points this season, being only the fourth to do so in NASCAR Whelen Series history. Now the national champion will get a shot at the next level as he plans to make his X-1R Pro Cup Series debut on September 28th at Southern National Motorsport Park in Kenly, NC.  

“It’s just an amazing accomplishment, we won a lot of races that didn’t look like we were going to win with 10 laps to go.” Pulliam said when discussing his National Championship season. “Everything just fell into place for us. We worked extremely hard. We were shooting for a perfect season from the beginning. The national championship itself is so hard to accomplish. We were able to get some crucial wins during the last month of the season and pull it off”.

Pulliam will now hope to transfer the success of his 27 wins, 40 top fives and 44 top 10s in 47 starts behind the wheel of a late model stock car, and have similar results behind the wheel of the #41 Top Gun Motorsports X-1R Pro Cup Series team formerly driven by Rusty Skewes until a recent shoulder injury sidelined Skewes for the remainder of the 2013 season.

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Clay Rogers Kicks Off Championship Series with Win in Front of a Packed House at Orange County

Mooresville, NC 9/16/13- If anyone within an hour drive of Orange County Speedway didn’t know who Clay Rogers was before, they sure do now, as the veteran put on a hell of show with fellow veteran JP Morgan to kick off the X-1R Pro Cup Champion Series in style Saturday night at the Rougemont, North Carolina track. For Rogers, who was the championship leader heading into the night’s event; it was his fourth victory of the season after winning the first three races to kick off the 2013 season.

“We struggled during practice today; hell I even spun out on my own once, I can’t tell you the last time I’ve done that. But my guys kept working on it and we made some good adjustments at the halfway break that allowed us to have a good car in the second half,” stated Rogers in Edlebrock Victory Lane. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to even going to get a chance at the win tonight because the #2 car (Brady Boswell) was checked out, but luckily we got a caution to bunch us back up and make a race out of it. I got into him on that restart, which I really didn’t mean to, but it was time to go and I knew I had a pretty good piece if I could get out front.”

It was Morgan who had the advantage starting the 200 lap race from the pole position after setting fast time in MAHLE pole qualifying and then jumping out to the lead on the initial start. Morgan sailed out to the lead early on before Rogers took advantage of a lap fifty-seven restart to take over the top position. It was newcomer CJ Faison, making his first career Pro Cup start, who turned the heads of many as he made his run on Rogers for the lead position on lap ninety. Rogers #16 machine was just strong enough to hold off Faison at the event’s halfway break on lap 100 to gain five bonus points for leading at halfway.

Lap 101 brought the excitement in hurry when two time Orange County Speedway late model champion pulled out from pit road in front of the field on the restart shuffling the field. Several front runners checked up giving rookie Brady Boswell a shot at the lead which he took full advantage of. With Boswell leading the field several intense battles formed between Rich Gould and rookie Reid Wilson for fourth, as well as, Andrew Smith and Faison for sixth.

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Live Updates from Orange County Speedway

We are set to hit the track today for the Championship Series Kickoff 200 from Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, 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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X-1R Pro Cup Series Partners With Southern National Motorsport Park for 2013 Season Finale

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Mooresville, NC 9/12/13- Officials from the X-1R Pro Cup Series, along with Southern National Motorsports Park, are proud to announce that the 2013 season finale will now be held at the Kenly, North Carolina track on Saturday November 2nd. The move comes on the heels of the series being forced to cancel the original scheduled event at Rockingham Speedway after the track made the decision to close its doors.

“First off I want to thank Michael Diaz and his staff for calling us and inviting us come run at Southern National to give our teams and sponsors the final race we’ve had planned all season. It’s good to know there are still good people in the business that care,” stated Jack McNelly, Series Director of the X-1R Pro Cup Series. “Southern National is a fast track with lots of room to race and a passionate fan base for short track racing making it a perfect fit for our championship contenders.”

Additional details about the event to crown the 2013 series champion will be forthcoming in the near future.

Stay tune to www.x1rprocup.com for all upcoming information about this race as well as the series pages on Facebook and Twitter. Fans can be “Trackside Now” the entire 2013 championship series courtesy of Speed51 Trackside Now coverage. Visit www.speed51.com on race day to catch all the championship series action.

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Speed51.com to Provide Live Updates of X-1R Pro Cup Championship Series Events

51 Providing Trackside Now Coverage During Pro Cup's Four-Race Chase for a Champion

CONCORD, NC (September 11, 2013) – Chicagoland Speedway isn't the only place a "Chase" to a stock car championship begins this weekend.  The CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series will begin their four-race Championship Series on September 14 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina.  A tight point battle has formed as the final four-race sprint to the finish kicks off at OCS.

While free tickets are available for the Orange County event are available from the Pro Cup website, www.carsprocup.com, not everyone will be able to make it to the track to follow the Pro Cup "Chase" for the championship.  That is why Pro Cup officials have partnered with Speed51.com, the nation's leading asphalt short track racing news website, to provide live Trackside Now updates from Orange County and the remaining Championship Series events on the road to crowning a 2013 Pro Cup champion.

"Partnering with Speed51 to bring the spotlight on the X-1R Pro Cup Series and its racers for the championship series is big for everyone involved," said Jack McNelly, Owner/Director of the X-1R Pro Cup Series.  "Fans both near and far will be able to keep up with each and every race and the developments as they happen with their live coverage, which everyone knows is the best in short track racing.  As we continue to grow and bring this series back to life it's good to have a company like Speed51 behind you helping you spread the word."

51 will bring its unique brand of live lap-by-lap updates, photography and behind-the-scenes information for fans unable to attend the Championship Series events.  The Trackside Now format is also beneficial for racers, teams and fans at the track to follow what is going on throughout the pit area through their mobile devices.

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