Dominant Rogers Claims UARA Laurels

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Clay Rogers celebrates winning the UARA late model season finale Saturday at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway.
Clay Rogers celebrates winning the UARA late model season finale Saturday at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway.

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Clay Rogers led all 75 laps in collecting his fourth victory at Rockingham Speedway Saturday afternoon.

The former Pro Cup Series champion and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racer is between full-time rides.

“I don’t get to race as much as I would like to,” Rogers said. “This is all I’ve ever done my whole life. I kinda feel like things are starting to close in on me a little bit. I’ve been debating on whether to hang the helmet up and helping some kids in this series. I love racing so much. Man, I just wish it was a little easier to make a living doing it.”

Rogers defeated 15-year-old Dillon Bassett for the victory, but it was Travis Swaim who beat the teenager for the title despite mechanical issues on his car early in the race.

“The power-steering pulley broke off the motor, which was fine,” Swaim said about his early race issues. “I could have driven it without power steering, but when it came off it took the hose and radiator with it and cooked the motor.”

A quick thinking crew made repairs and got Swaim back into the event so he could complete 22 laps. That gave him a 24th-place finish and the championship.

“Thank God, we had that big lead heading in,” said Swaim, who carried a 71-point advantage into the season finale. “I thought as soon as we had a problem we had to win the race. The 44 [Bassett] had a good chance of winning the race, so I thought we were done. (Crew chief) Rick Viers was calculating points the whole time, telling me.”

Frank Kimmel II dominated the street stock race en route to victory.