Mooresville, NC – Gus Dean made things very interesting in the closing laps Saturday night at Lonesome Pine Raceway, but it was Caleb Holman who took advantage of a bobble by the youngster in the final three laps to win the Morgan McClure Ford-Chevrolet 200. The win was Holman’s fifth of the season, and all but sealed up the 2014 X-1R Pro Cup Series championship for the veteran driver.
“That was a pretty fun battle for the win with Gus (Dean) there at the end. He was doing all he could to put the pressure on me because we both had some pretty good race cars. Luckily for me I had just a little more grip than he did at the end,” explained Holman in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “It’s pretty cool for me to win here tonight. I’m from up this way so I have a lot of friends, family, and people from my church here so it’s nice to be able to share this win with them. Of course a big thanks goes to this entire Henderson race team, Food Country USA, and all of our other supporters this season. It’s been a good year but we’ve got one more to go and it would be nice to end the year the same way we started out; with a win.”
The healthy crowd in attendance thought they may see youngster Gus Dean pick up his second career win. Dean stayed in Holman’s tracks for the first 100 laps before taking advantage of the halfway break restart on lap 101. From there Dean held the top position until the yellow flag flew on lap 144 for the #5 Lance Gatlin breaking down the front stretch setting up a deciding restart on lap 150.
“I thought we had a good chance at winning our second race this season. That yellow flag probably hurt me a little there. I was doing all I could to get to Caleb there at the end. I just couldn’t make it happen. Hats off to my Dean Racing team though, they have me another good piece we just came up a little short tonight,” noted Dean after the race.
That restart proved to be what Holman needed to seal up the win at his home track just as he did last time the series visited the Southwest Virginia track in 2011. Veteran JP Morgan rounded out the podium with series newcomer Brad Ball finishing an impressive fourth. Former NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, Danny O’Quinn, driving a late model stock car came home fifth in the series’ effort to research a combined racing package amongst Pro Cup and Late Model Stock cars in the future.
Next up for the X-1R Pro Cup Series is the Bojangles 250 at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina on Saturday October 18th. The season finale event will feature a limited amount of free tickets at Hickory area Bojangles beginning Monday October 13th. For more information on this event and the entire X-1R Pro Cup Series visit www.carsprocup.com or contact the series directly at 704-662-9212.
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CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series
Morgan McClure Ford-Chevrolet 200
Lonesome Pine Raceway-Coeburn, VA
- #75 Caleb Holman
- #56 Gus Dean
- #23 JP Morgan
- #17 Brad Ball
- #02 Danny O’Quinn
- #40 Brian Blevins
- #5 Lance Gatlin
- #05 Codie Rohrbaugh