Mooresville, NC : This weekend the curtain will close on the 2014 X-1R Pro Cup Series as the tour makes their final stop on the season schedule at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway. Veteran Caleb Holman and his five Pro Cup Series victories have all but sealed up the championship for the Abingdon, Virginia driver. All Holman must do is take the green flag in Saturday’s Bojangles’ 250 and the veteran racer will pick his first series championship. While the night may be about crowning a season champion; $8,000 and winner’s trophy is still on the line. Coleman Pressley returns to competition to defend his win, however; Pressley looks to possibly return behind the wheel of his Late Model Stock Car, instead of his Pro Cup ride, due to the eligibility of those machines ability to compete amongst Pro Cup competitors as the series looks towards the future. With several returning Pro Cup drivers, such as part time NASCAR Cup Series driver and five time Pro Cup Series champion Clay Rogers, having already filed entries, and the addition of Late Model Stock competitors the ingredients for one of the best Pro Cup races in the last four years could be on tap Saturday night in Hickory.
Bojangles 250 Notes
Track/Location: Hickory Motor Speedway-Hickory, NC Track Size: .363
Event Name: Bojangles 250 Laps: 250 Laps/90.75 mile
Event Schedule: Series Standings: AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 1pm-1:45pm 1) #75 Caleb Holman 170 1) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh 133
2pm-2:45pm 2) #23 J.P. Morgan -20 2) #88 Doug Barnes Jr. -66
Qualifying: 6pm 3) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh -44 3) #54 Matt Craig -67
Autograph Session: 6:15pm 4) #6 Jeff Oakley -63
Race: 7pm 5) #56 Gus Dean -67
Pre Entered Drivers: #00 Lucas Ransone, #05 Codie Rohrbaugh, #21 Eric Gerchak, #23 J.P. Morgan, #25 Tanner Berryhill, #29 Brian Keselowski, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #59 Coleman Pressley, #66 Reid Wilson, #75 Caleb Holman, #88 Doug Barnes Jr., #125 Matt Piercy, #154 Clay Rogers
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A Season Finale is Always Exciting:
With the final race of the season comes the familiar attitude in racing, “let’s end the season on high note” or “we’ve got all off season to fix it, go for it”. With Caleb Holman being crowned the 2014 champion by just starting the race, and Codie Rohrbaugh doing the same when it comes to the 2014 AFR Rookie of the Year title, there’s a good chance the gloves could come off from all involved Saturday night to score the win and the $8,000 winner’s check that comes along with it. The final race is also that last chance for a driver to “return the favor” to a fellow competitor that has been in the back of his mind for quite some time now. With one of the best fields expected in some time and mix of veterans and newcomers there will be fireworks on display at Hickory Motor Speedway Saturday night.
New Faces and Familiar Ones:
Hickory Motor Speedway always seems to bring cars out of the woodworks no matter the series or race may be. This weekend’s X-1R Pro Cup Bojangles’ 250 is no different. Five time champion Clay Rogers, rookie teammate Matt Craig, veteran Brian Keselowski, Doug Barnes Jr., and spring race winner Coleman Pressley all are expected to return to action this weekend. Series sophomore Reid Wilson is also expected back from a late season injury caused by a follow competitor in September that forced him to miss the last two events.
While those names are familiar with Pro Cup Series followers, several newcomers will be making their series debut. Part time NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Tanner Berryhill will be piloting former Pro Cup champion Benny Gordon #25 ride. In addition, several Late Model Stock Car competitors have filled entries. Hickory Motor Speedway regular Matt Piercy and Todd Gilliland, son of NASCAR star David Gilliland, are both expected as well as others expected to show up the day of the event.
Free Tickets at Hickory Area Bojangles:
As part of the partnership with the X-1R Pro Cup Series at Hickory Motor speedway Hickory, NC area Bojangles will have a limited amount of totally free tickets beginning Monday October 13th. Tickets are general admission seating only and will be available while they last only. Once they are gone, they are gone! Fans can pick you your tickets at the following locations:
1601 E. Main St. 1160 Lenoir Rhyne 2939 N. Center St.
Lincolnton, NC 28092 Hickory, NC 28602 Hickory, NC 28602
7571 NC Hwy 127 134 S. NC 16 Business 1816 12th Ave.
Hickory, NC 28601 Denver, NC 28037 Hickory, NC 28601
1046 Charlotte Hwy
Troutman, NC 28166
For more information on the X-1R Pro Cup Series including news, results, and photos visit the series website at www.x1rprocup.com. For series operations and marketing information, contact Chris Ragle at[email protected] or call 940-393-3167. For general information about the X-1R Pro Cup Series contact the series office at 704-662-9212.