ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Second starter Bryan Silas used a bold pit call to claim his first Pro Cup Series victory in Saturday afternoon’s season-ending 150-lapper at Rockingham Speedway.
“On lap 80, everyone else put on sticker tires,” Silas said. “We put on scuffs and had a fresh set for the last run.”
Silas used the fresh tires to run down and overtake the leaders over the last 25 laps.
“I have turned a lot of laps at this track and what I have learned is that you have to race the race track and not the other competitors here,” said Silas, who also has starts in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals at Rockingham Speedway. “This Pro Cup Series is a tough series with a bunch of guys who can win week in and week out and it means a lot to get that win.”
Jeff Agnew, who claimed the CARS Pro Cup Series championship, finished second. Brad Rogers, who started the race second in points, nine points in arrears of Agnew, finished 15th after a lap 85 crash. After starting on the pole, Rogers had dominated the first half of the race but ended up mid-pack after pick stops. He was moving back to the front before tangling with the No. 14 car of Blake Jones.
“We came down here to run and try to win the race,” Agnew said. “Him (Rogers) falling out, I really hate that. I wish we could have had a little better car at the beginning to run with him.
“We just had different strategies, Rogers wanted to get out there and lead all the laps. We played it to be there at the end. I really truly hate that this happened to him, he deserved this championship as much as we did, but I’m tickled to death we got it.”
The championship is the second of Agnew’s career. He won the 1998 the Hooters Pro Cup championship with the same team.
Rounding out the top five in the Pro Cup portion of the American 200 were Caleb Holman, Tyler Young and Ryan Heavner.