Mooresville, NC : The X-1R Pro Cup Series return to the Orange County Speedway, located in the small town of Rougemont, NC, is race number seven on the twelve race schedule for 2014 making it the start of the second half of the season. However, with the series longtime “playoff” format just two races away a lot of jockeying for position is up for grabs for the final seeding in addition to those all important bonus points for wins. The jockeying will not only occur when it comes to points standing, but on track as well. The 3/8 mile track is a multiple groove track from top to bottom, but the banking plays havoc on competitors passing for position especially once tires start to fade late in a run. Patience on one of the fastest tracks on the circuit won’t be easy to come by, but the driver who does display this attribute for 200 laps will likely head home with a trophy and the $8,000 winner’s check.
Summertime Showdown 200
Track/Location: Orange County Speedway-Rougemont, NC Track Size: .375
Event Name: Summertime Showdown 200 Laps: 200 Laps/75 miles
Event Schedule: Series Standings: AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 1:00pm-1:45pm 1) #75 Caleb Holman 218 1) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh 146
2:15pm-3:00pm 2) #23 J.P. Morgan – -19 2) #25 Tyler Lester -43
Qualifying: 6:00pm 3) #66 Reid Wilson -25 3) #54 Matt Craig -56
Race: 6:45pm 4) #66 Brady Boswell -28
5) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh -43
Pre Entered Drivers: #05 Codie Rohrbaugh, #2 Brady Boswell, #6 Jeff Oakley, #23 J.P. Morgan, #25 Benny Gordon, #29 Brian Keselowski, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #66 Reid Wilson, #75 Caleb Holman
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Short on Distance, Quick on Speed:
This weekend’s trip to Orange County Speedway located in the little town of Rougemont, NC, in the Piedmont portion of the state, will mark the shortest race distance on the 2014 season schedule. The distance of 75 miles equals the 200 laps around the .375 mile oval. While the distance is on the short side of things, the speed and quickness the Orange County Speedway produces will be abundant. The facility features sweeping high banked corners and short straightaways that are banked as well keeping high speeds up all away around the Rougemont track.
Who’s going to Stop Mr. Morgan? :
It seems like a rerun again this weekend but competitors and fans alike will have to keep an eye on JP Morgan for the win at Orange County. The veteran driver has been on a tear lately winning two of the last three events. Morgan’s track record at Orange County is pretty sporty as well, winning two of the three races he’s entered over his Pro Cup career. Veterans Caleb Holman, Benny Gordon, and Brian Keselowski, who now has a solid run under his belt, should all challenge for the win. One can’t rule out youngsters Reid Wilson, defending AFR Rookie of the Year Brady Boswell, and especially Gus Dean who has run exceptionally well this season on a regular basis.
FREE TICKETS Available for Summertime Shootout 200 Throughout Area:
Fans near the Orange County Speedway can take advantage of the 15,000 free tickets to hit area gas stations, locally owned restaurants, bar & grills, and auto part stores throughout the area beginning Monday July 21st. Rougemont, Hillsborough, Mebane, Roxboro, Burlington, Bahama, Butner, Oxford, and Durham are just a handful of the areas that will have free tickets. If you don’t get a chance to pick up your tickets feel free to log on to www.carsprocup.com and click “free ticket” link to print your tickets at home.
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