Wednesday, September 03 2014 @ 01:31 PM EDT
Mooresville, NC 9/3/14: This weekend the X-1R Pro Cup Series will kick off its annual Championship Series, that dates back to 2001, to decide the 2014 series champion. Series veteran Caleb Holman has held the top spot all season long by a sizable margin, but now takes just a single point lead into this weekend’s Golden Leaf 200 at Southern National.
While Holman may be the clear favorite, fellow veteran JP Morgan knows what it takes to win a championship having done so in 2012. Right behind them is pair of hungry youngsters in the form of Reid Wilson and Brady Boswell that could easily get on a hot streak and pull off a big upset. Veteran Jeff Oakley will also be in the hunt as he sits just seven points back and has invested a bit extra in his operation gearing up for 2014 championship run.
While the championship battle will be taking place, drivers like Benny Gordon, Brian Keselowski, Gus Dean, along with newcomer Doug Barnes Jr. and Jeremy Mayfield just want to win races and the $8,000 payday that comes with it. It’s anyone’s guess right now who will walk away with the championship trophy at seasons end, but one thing is certain, a win this weekend at Southern National would give someone a big leg up on the competition.
Golden Leaf 200 Race Notes
Track/Location: Southern National Motorsports Park-Lucama, NC Track Size: .400
Event Name: Gold Leaf 200 Laps: 200 Laps/80 miles
Event Schedule: Series Standings: AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 2:00pm-2:45pm 1) #75 Caleb Holman 51 1) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh 37
3:00pm-3:45pm 2) #23 J.P. Morgan -1 2) #25 Tyler Lester -2
Qualifying: 6:30pm 3) #66 Reid Wilson -5 3) #54 Matt Craig -2
Race: 7:00pm 4) #2 Brady Boswell -6
5) #16 Jeff Oakley -7
Pre Entered Drivers: #05 Codie Rohrbaugh, #2 Brady Boswell, #6 Jeff Oakley, #12 Jeremy Mayfield, #23 J.P. Morgan, #25 Benny Gordon, #29 Brian Keselowski, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #66 Reid Wilson, #75 Caleb Holman, #88 Doug Barnes Jr.
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Championship Series to Kickoff at SNMP:
The four race Championship Series to decide the 2014 X-1R Pro Cup Series champion and the AFR Rookie of the Year kicks off this weekend at Southern National. Caleb Holman saw his twenty-one point lead shrink to just a single point over JP Morgan after the resetting of the points system. Series sophomore Reid Wilson has really came alive this year and holds the third position five markers back followed by Brady Boswell and veteran Jeff Oakley in fifth position seven points away from the top spot. In addition to the reset of the points, gone away is the redraw at the halfway break leading to straight up starts for the remainder of the year. Bonus points for leading a lap, leading at halfway, and winning the pole could be a big factor in crowning the series champion.