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 Barns 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 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
1) #75 Caleb Hollman 51
2) #23 J.P. Morgan -1
3) #66 Reid Wilson -5
4) #2 Brady Boswell -6
5) #16 Jeff Oakley -7
AFR Rookie Standings:
1) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh 37
2) #25 Tyler Lester -2
3) #54 Matt Craig -2
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.
Caleb Holman Hoping to Bring Out the Broom:
Southern National is where the 2014 season began for the X-1R Pro Cup Series, and it’s also where Caleb Holman took the win and the championship points lead and has held it ever since. In March Holman started from the pole position and lead 197 of 200 laps en route to the victory, only giving up the lead for three laps on the series redraw at the halfway break. Now with the redraw out of the question for the championship series, and knowing what it takes to win at the Lucama, North Carolina track, this weekend could result in Holman and his Food Country USA team sweeping both races at Southern National.
Air Flow Research Rookie Battle Tight Amongst Youngsters:
All season Codie Rohrbaugh has paced the 2014 X-1R Pro Cup Series rookie crop by a large margin, but after the points reset for the four race championship series Rohrbaugh’s lead is now just two points over Tyler Lester and Matt Craig. Lester won earlier this season at Myrtle Beach driving for former series champion Benny Gordon; while Kannapolis, North Carolina youngster Matt Craig has brought his family owned JCR3 Racing team back to glory in the series with a pair of third place finishes at Motor Mile. Rohrbaugh’s saving grace may be the fact that both Lester and Craig won’t have raced enough events at season’s end to be eligible to be crowned the 2014 Air Flow Research Rookie of the Year despite where they finish in the standings.
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.
– CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series Press Release. Photo Credit- Speed51.