Morgan Ends Dry Spell With Pro Cup Triumph

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — J.P. Morgan raced to his first USARacing Pro Cup Series victory since 2009 Saturday night during the season opener for the stock-car series at New Smyrna Speedway.

Morgan, who started fourth, drove his No. 23 Chevrolet to the lead and never looked back as he held off polesitter Joey Gase and Sean Rayhall for the triumph at the half-mile asphalt oval.

Brad Rogers, brother of defending series champion Clay Rogers, finished fourth ahead of Bryan Silas in fifth.

The finish:

J.P. Morgan, Joey Gase, Sean Rayhall, Brad Rogers, Bryan Silas, Michael Pilla, Nathan Russell, Jerick Johnson, Matt Lofton, Tyler Young, Caleb Holman, Jeff Agnew, Ronnie Souders, Jr., Blake Jones, Michael Williams, Ryan Heavner, Larry Barrett, Tom Powers, Mike Kurkowski, Chad Beahr, Nick Tucker, David Phelps.