HICKORY, N.C. – Clay Rogers kicked off the 2013 CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series in style by winning his 31st career race, but he’ll have his hands full if he plans to score his 32nd career victory this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Defending race winner Tyler Young, Joey Jones and Richard Gould all will make their return to the series. Young has produced the best results of the three at Hickory, scoring a victory and averaging a third place finish in the two Hickory starts during the 2012 season.
“Winning at Hickory last year was the highlight of our year, and it felt good to finally break through and get win in this series after trying for so long,” said Young. “If we can do everything just like we did last year we’ll be in good shape, but I think this year’s race is shaping up to be a tough one when you look at the competition level. We won last year when the series was still doing live pit stops so you could play strategy on tires and everything else. This season it’s going to be up to the drivers to save something for the end when it’s time to go for the win at lap 250.”
In addition to the trio above Coleman Pressley, son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Robert Pressley, will make his series debut behind the wheel of his family owned No. 59 machine.
For all drivers entered the biggest challenge will be tire conservation around the .363 mile oval known for its rough abrasive asphalt. Teams will have 250 laps to figure it out, with a competition caution on lap 125, allowing teams to change tires and add fuel before going back green.