Gresham Motorsports Park Pro Cup Video Leftovers
Old Rivals, Young Talent and Big Wrecks
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The Speed51.com staff had you covered with Trackside Now coverage of the USARacing Pro Cup Series' Championship Series opener at Concord Speedway. Now, we're bringing you into the drivers' minds with their post-race thoughts and some "Speed Shot" notes from around the track.
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A.J. Frank drove all-out to post a third-place finish, gaining points on the 2010 USARacing Pro Cup Series owners' and drivers' championsihps.
Caleb Holman finished second, but was the man to beat just about all day before the race. He was quickest in both practice sessions and set fast time for the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County 250 at Concord Speedway.
Jeff Agnew used a lap-204 pass for the lead, getting by both Caleb Holman and Clay Rogers, to win his first USARacing Pro Cup Series since winning at South Boston Speedway (VA) in 2007.
Concord Speedway is Clay Rogers' home track. It appeared that Rogers was going to score yet another Pro Cup win at Concord, but his #16 car started to go away from him down the stretch, eventually finishing fourth.
- The USARacing Pro Cup Series driver points now have a tie at the top after Concord. The points were reset before Concord for the five-race Championship Series, with Clay Rogers holding the lead by 15 points. After Rogers' fourth-place finish and Holman's second-place run, the two are now tied for the point lead. J.P. Morgan is third in points, 40 markers behind the leaders. The top 10 in points are separated by just 100 points. The owners' points battle is just as tight, as Jimmy Mosely, owner of Rogers' car, is just five points ahead of Holman's Henderson Motorsports team and 11 up on Jack McNelly, owner of A.J. Frank's car.
- Stephen Nasse crashed his primary car in the first practice round, after getting loose in turn one and backing into the outside wall. The team unloaded the backup car, which was set up not for Concord, but for this week's Bristol Motor Speedway open test. Nasse missed the second practice as the team switched the backup's setup, but he was able to qualify mid-pack and finish eighth at Concord.
- Nineteen-year-old Trevor Farbo tried, for the fourth time, to make his Pro Cup debut at Concord. The first three ended prematurely in either practice or qualifying with blown engines. For this race, Farbo sold his personal vehicle for the money to lease an engine from the MacHill Motorsports team. Unfortunately for Farbo, that engine expired in practice and Farbo again was kept away from making his debut in the series.
- Ohio native and winner earlier this year in Late Model Stock competition under the Revolution Racing banner, start-and-parked a second Kirk May Racing car as a teammate to Ryan Heavner.
- Danny Abold nosed his #6 car into the inside wall on the frontstretch during practice, causing extensive damage to the front end of the car. Abold's team was able to patch the car up well enough to make a few laps in the feature before retiring from the event.
- As USARacing Pro Cup Series Director Jimmy Wilson said on Speed 51 Radio recently, the series is close to signing a title sponsor for the 2011 season. Wilson hoped to announce it on the show, and again hoped to announce it in the driver's meeting at Concord, but final paperwork had not yet been signed between the series and the sponsor. Speed51.com heard several unconfirmed rumors that the sponsor in negotiations is Blue Ox, the Midwest-based towing equipment company that sponsors the series' event at Iowa Speedway.
- The second USARacing Pro Cup Championship Series event is September 11th at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN).
- Check out Speed51.com's Photo Gallery from Concord by clicking here.