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Special Announcements!

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  1. Due to the adverse weather conditions of the past week, the American Racer tires will not be available at MTP Tire in Hickory until Tuesday, February 18th

  2. The 2014 rule books will be released “on-line” ONLY on Monday, February 17tth. No printed books this year.

  3. The Series has replaced the July 4th race at Kingsport with a Friday night event at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C. on July 11th

  4. In case you haven't noticed yet, our season opening race has been changed from Montgomery Speedway to Southern National Speedway. The date remains the same - March 22. There will be an optional open test session on Friday, March 21 which will cost $250.00/team. Times to be released later.

  5. Get your team registered ASAP!  Car and Owner Registration Form for the 2014 Season is available HERE! We've made a Microsoft Word version and an Adobe PDF version available to make it as easy for you as possible!
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X-1R Pro Cup Series Offseason “Rumor Mill” presented by CV Products

 2014 Edition - Volume #1

Mooresville, NC 2/5/14- Each week leading up to the 2014 X-1R Pro Cup Series season opening event on March 22nd at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC we will feature the Offseason “Rumor Mill” presented by CV Products. The weekly article will highlight information, both factual and hearsay, about the upcoming 2014 season.


CV Products Returns in 2014 to Bring You Offseason Rumor Mill

-CV Products, a leader in retail sales of high performance parts to the racing community and beyond with locations in Thomasville, North Carolina and Mooresville, North Carolina, returns as the presenting sponsor of the 2014 edition of the X-1R Pro Cup Series Offseason Rumor Mill. Once again the rumor mill will highlight 2014 news, rumors, information, and returning sponsors to the series.


Change of Location for X-1R Pro Cup Series Office

-The X-1R Pro Cup Series offices have moved to a new location in Mooresville, NC as of Monday February 3rd. The new location and mailing address is 223 Mayfair Rd Mooresville, NC 28117. Any future mailings or onsite visits should adhere to the new location. The same office contact number (704-662-9212) and fax number (704-662-9207) remains the same.

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X-1R Pro Cup Series Approves New Engine and Chassis Packages for 2014 Season

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Mooresville, NC 1/30/14 - Official from the Mooreville, North Carolina headquartered X-1R Pro Cup Series, formerly the Hooters Pro Cup Series, announce effective immediately the series will begin approving several new engine, chassis, and body combinations for competition in the 2014 season. 

The “Hamner Super Late Model Sealed Engine” built by Hamner Racing Engines is approved to compete in series competition when used in a Pro Cup built chassis with a Five Star Pro Cup flanged fit body. In addition to the Hamner engine package, the “Roush-Yates Spec Engine” as supplied by Robert Yates Racing Engines is also approved for competition when used in a newly allowed 105" or 110" Grand National chassis with a one piece composite body.       

These rule changes are being implemented to hopefully entice competitors with the newly approved equipment to compete with the X-1R Pro Cup Series on a more regular basis without the expense of purchasing totally new equipment. After extensive research and testing, these newly approved engine and car packages, along with the current Pro Cup Series approved packages, will make for close and competitive racing for all competitors going forward.

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Pro Cup Series Rookie Reid Wilson Reflects On Successful 2013 Rookie Campaign

Huntersville, North Carolina Native Focused; Driven For 2014 Season

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (January 17, 2014) - - Dubbed last year as one of “NASCAR’s future prospects to watch” by Motorsports Analytics, 17-year old Reid Wilson (@reidwilson66) is clearly living up to that hype. 

Giving them a taste of what’s yet to come, Wilson made the transition from Late Models to the X-1R Pro Cup Series last season and performed more like a profound veteran, rather than an inexperienced rookie.

However, it was the mentality of his willingness to learn, while earning the respect of his fellow competitors that transitioned into three top-fives and eight top-10s finishes in 10 races. Furthermore, the former INEX Legends car driver also became the second-youngest pole sitter in Pro Cup Series history after claiming the top spot at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in April.

While a mechanical issue halted his effort to win from the pole in his No. 66 Bojangles Chicken ‘n Biscuits Chevrolet that day, a string of eight consecutive top-10 finishes,  including career-bests of fifth (three times), most recently at Kingsport (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, has given the home schooled senior momentum to carry into the off season and more importantly, 2014.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity I was given this year,” said Reid, who plans to aim for an engineering degree next year in college, while continuing to race. “Before our first race at Dillon Motor Speedway last season, we tried to set realistic goals for the year. We achieved most of them. But now, we’re focused on capitalizing on what we learned into the 2014 season.

“Without the partnership of Bojangles’, Planet Central, my family, friends and team, none of this would have been possible. We built some memories this year, but there’s still plenty more to be made.”

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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.”

2014 Rulebook

The 2014 CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series Rulebook is available for download. Click HERE to get it!

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