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We're Moving!

CommentaryWe've had this website - http://USARfans.com - for about a decade now. It's been a couple of years since 'USAR' has been part of the series sanctioning body name. We kept telling ourselves that one day we'll move the site over and combine it with our Pro Cup statistics site - ProCupDigest.com.

Well, we're finally doing it! All news and stats for the Pro Cup Series will now have a new home!

http://www.procupdigest.com/blog

It's still very much a work in progress as we learn a new platform and figure out how to convert all of our stats pages. We've already started moving the decade of stories hosted here over to the new Wordpress format. 2011-present day are there already. We've got a lot of work to do with menus and layout but we figured we'd better stop procrastinating!

Please bear with us as we make the change and thank you for following us along the journey! Same two people doing the work - Lou & Cheryl - just a new home and decorations!
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Walker Motorsports Pro Cup Team Website

Press ReleasesTeam Seeking Driver

(FEBRUARY 13th, 2014) XR-1 Pro Cup Team Walker Motorsports is currently seeking interest to fill their drivers seat. Chris Walker runs a driver development team supplying quality equipment via a possible race winning car. They give you to opportunity to run up front on the Pro Cup tour.

In 2013, driver Stacy Puryear piloted the Walker Motorsports machine in three regular season events and an additional three in the championship rounds. At Southern National Motorsports Park he gave the team the pole and brought the car home just outside of the top 5. The team gave Puryear an average start of 3rd. Puryear led 59 laps thoughout the 2013 season.

Chris Walker Motorsports is ready to put you behind the wheel of a Pro Cup Series racecar and give you a chance to win $8,000.00 every race! You will be given the opportunity to drive at various racetracks from Alabama – Tennessee – Virginia – South Carolina & North Carolina. The team is not just your average race team, they are here to help you improve in your racing abilities and for you to accomplish your racing goals!

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A.J. Frank & Dean Racing Changing Direction

By Adam Fenwick, National Speed Sport News - http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/

Veteran Frank Looking For New Opportunities In 2014

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Veteran CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series competitor A.J. Frank is looking for new opportunities next year after amicably parting ways with Dean Racing following the conclusion of the 2013 season.

“I’ve had a great few years working with the Dean family and can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me, but I am looking forward to expanding my career,” Frank said. “The Dean family has decided to pursue some new opportunities with Gus next season in other series. It just made sense so we can both focus on 2014.”

Frank has spent the last three seasons at Dean Racing, serving as crew chief and team manager to up-and-coming driver Gus Dean. During that time Dean has made 24 Pro Cup starts, earning 15 top fives and 22 top 10s with a best finish of second on five different occasions. Dean finished the 2013 season third in the CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series championship standings.

The Dean Racing team led by Frank also made two starts in the Pro All Stars Series South late-model tour this year, finishing in the top 10 both times. The team also had zero mechanical DNF’s in 2013.

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CARS Pro Cup Series 2014 Season Schedule to Feature Twelve Events at Ten Different Facilities

CARS Pro Cup PressMooresville, NC 11/18/13 - Officials from the CARS Pro Cup Series are proud to unveil the 2014 season schedule that will feature twelve events at ten different facilities. The series, headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, will kick off its 18th season of racing in 2014.

For the first time ever in series history the state of Alabama will play host to the season opener at Montgomery (AL) Motor Speedway on Saturday March 22nd. In 2013 the series made a triumphant return to the half mile track after a seven year absence. The following month features a traditional Spring date at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway on April 5th, before heading to one of the biggest events of the season on Friday April 25th and Saturday April 26th at the three quarter mile Memphis International Raceway located Millington, Tennessee. The track, which previously held NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, will welcome the Pro Cup Series for the first time since its inception.

The series’ competitors when then set idle until a favorite track amongst drivers pops up for the first time of two dates on June 7th at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia. Before returning to the beautiful Virginia facility again on August 9th, stops at the abrasive Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway on June 28th, a special Friday night July 4th double header at Kingsport (TN) Speedway with the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Models, and a return to the ultra-fast Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina on Saturday July 26th must all come first.

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Lee Pulliam Dominates Season Finale for First Career Win; Clay Rogers Crowned 2013 Champion

X-1R Pro Cup Series ReleasesMooresville, NC 11/4/13- The first few X-1R Pro Cup Series races hadn’t gone as well as hoped for two time NASCAR All-American Series Champion Lee Pulliam, driving for the injured Rusty Skewes’ Top Gun Motorsports team. However; the season finale this past weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park made up for it as the series newcomer lead flag-to-flag in a dominating performance picking up his first career win in just third series start.

“What a win this is. We’ve had a lot of them in the late model this year, but to be driving for Rusty (Skewes) and give him and this whole Top Gun Motorsports team a win in this series means a lot. It feels real good to reward them for the opportunity and for me beating guys in this series says a lot, because these guys know how to race. There may not be a lot of them but the competition is some of the toughest there is. What a night,” said a very excited Lee Pulliam in Edelbrock Victory Lane.

While Pulliam did lead flag-to-flag after picking up the MAHLE Pole Award in qualifying; series sophomore Gus Dean gave Pulliam all he could handle in the final few laps. After making up an almost half a second difference, Dean mounted a charge that came up just shy of putting the bumper to Pulliam on the final lap in turns three and four. The runner up finish matched his two finishes earlier this season at both Kingsport events and propelled him to third in the final championship standings.

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Runner-Up at Southern Nat'l Wraps Up Pro Cup Season for Dean

Gus Dean captured his 15th consecutive CARS X-1R Pro Cup top-10 finish of the season on Saturday at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina with a second-place finish. The runner-up result also allowed Dean to bring home the third-place honors in the final 2013 season points standings.

Dean’s second-place finish was his third of the season and tied his career-best CARS X-1R Pro Cup finish of 2013.

“The crew did an awesome job on the car just like they have all year,” said Dean. “But they really tuned it up tonight. The car was great all day. We got an awesome qualifying spot on the outside pole and I think the car was capable of a pole, but I kind of slipped a little bit on the second lap.

After starting second for the 200-lap season-finale event, Dean held his ground running in the second position until the checkered flag flew at the end of the night.

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Event Preview: The Finale 200, Southern National Motorsports Park

X-1R Pro Cup Series ReleasesMooresville, NC 10/29/13: The white flag is out on the X-1R Pro Cup Series 2013 season, and the same man who led the championship points standings after the first race of the year will lead the standings as the series returns to Southern National Motorsport Park for The Finale 200 this Saturday night. Clay Rogers holds a 121 point lead over defending series champion J.P. Morgan, which means just by taking the green flag Rogers will claim his unprecedented fifth series championship, breaking his current tie with Bobby Gill. Despite the 2013 championship being settled at Southern National several drivers such as Reid Wilson, Gus Dean, and rookie Brady Boswell will look to close out the season on a high not winning their first career race. They’ll have their work cut out for them as veteran Caleb Holman, who won earlier this season at the Eastern North Carolina track, will be back in action as well as 2013 NASCAR National Weekly Series Champion Lee Pulliam.

The Finale 200 Notes

NOTES:
Track/Location: Southern National Motorsports Park – Lucama, NC Track Size: .400
Event Name: The Finale 200 Laps: 200 Laps/80 Miles

Event Schedule: Series Standings: AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 1PM – 1:45PM 1) Clay Rogers - 825 1) Brady Boswell - 682
2PM - 2:45PM 2) JP Morgan -121 2) Brady Boswell -22
Qualifying: 5:15PM 3) Brady Boswell -158 3) Reid Wilson -327
Race: 7PM 4) Gus Dean -171
5) Eric Gerchak -190

Media Coverage:
-CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series Facebook (www.facebook.com/CARSProCup) and Twitter (@X1RProCup)
-SPEED 51 (www.speed51.com) “Trackside Now” Live Event Coverage

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Gus Dean Continues String Of Top Fives at Hickory

Press ReleasesThe penultimate CARS X-1R Pro Cup Championship Series race was at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina for the Bojangles' 250 on Saturday, October 19 and it was one where 18-year-old Gus Dean had high hopes. Going into the race, Dean was third in the championship standings. After Hickory, he stayed in third in points after finishing in fourth in the race.

"It was a great day. The car was really good all day. But the first half, I'm not sure what happened, don't know if we got a bad set of tires or what, but we really struggled," explained the South Carolina driver. "The second half of the race though, the car was great. The crew made an awesome adjustment and we were fast. Just needed a caution there. We'll get them next time."

The final race in the 2013 racing season for the CARS X-1R Pro Cup Championship is set for Saturday, November 2nd at the 4/10s mile semi-banked paved oval of Southern National Motorsports Park, located southeast of Raleigh-Durham in Lucama, North Carolina for the Finale 200.

"We throw 100% at it in every race this season and the finale is no exception," He continued. "We haven't gotten a win yet though, so there's some added pressure there. But we're going to SNMP loaded for bear and hope for the best. Clay (Rogers) and J.P. (Morgan) are going to be tough, so if we end up third in the points, we'll be real happy."
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Clay Rogers Edges Rookie Brady Boswell in Thrilling Finish at Hickory Motor Speedway

X-1R Pro Cup Series ReleasesCARS X-1R Pro Cup Series Release

Mooresville, NC 10/21/13 - Rookie Brady Boswell did about all he could have done to hold off Clay Rogers from picking up his 36th career X-1R Pro Cup Series win Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. In the end Rogers, who all but clinched his fifth career series championship with the win, proved too much for the sixteen year old driver that had a career night finishing second.

“I thought we had Clay (Rogers) beat, I really did,” said a smiling Boswell after the race. “I knew he was going to be coming for me at the end so I did the best to save my tires to have something to race him with at the end. Evidently he had a little bit more left than I did. He raced me clean and we put on a show for all these fans here tonight and gave them what they came to see. I know we don’t get as many cars as some other series out there, but I can promise if you come race with us you’ll see that finishing second to a guy like Clay is a lot tougher than finishing second to a lot of other guys.”

Rogers picked up his second MAHLE Pole Award of the season, which gave him the chance to get out early and lead over the rest of the field. The veteran racer wasted no time opening a big lead over his fellow competitors over the first 125 laps of the race leaving the rest of the field to do battle amongst themselves.

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FENWICK: Short Track Saturday Night

Clay Rogers unzipped the top of his driver’s suit, took a deep breath and sat down inside his team hauler Saturday night at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Rogers had just won his sixth X-1R Pro Cup Series stock car race of the season, a victory that all but assured him his fifth series championship. But that wasn’t what was on the veteran driver’s mind.

Instead, he looked up and asked, “Was that a good race to watch?”

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