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Eighteen USARacing Pro Cup Series drivers participated in at open practice session today
Nov 5, 2010 - updated Nov 5th, 2010 7:46pm
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Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott both crashed during practice today. Elliott will use a backup car in Strutmasters.com 300 while Bowman plans to make repairs to his car.



ALEX BOWMAN, No. 39 GREG PAUL PRODUCE CHEVROLET: “Well the car was awesome. It’s really a shame, just messed up, hit a wet spot there getting into three and just kind of punted it with the right rear. I haven’t spun one of these out before so I didn’t really know what to do. I just stayed on the brakes like you do with an open wheel car and should have stayed on the gas and drive down the racetrack but just messed up there. It’s really a shame because the car was awesome but just one of those deals. We’ll try to get it fixed for tomorrow. We’ll see what happens. We don’t have a backup car. We’re going to try to get it fixed and see what happens. I sure hope we can get it fixed ‘cause the car was awesome.”



Clay Rogers leads Caleb Holman by 79 points in the series championship standings entering the final race of the season.



CLAY ROGERS, No. 16 USG SHEETROCK/BUILDING SPECIALTIES/SHENANDOAH BUILDING SUPPLY/TIDEWATER INTERIOR PRODUCTS FORD: WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT TWO DRIVERS HAD ACCIDENTS TODAY? “Well yes and no. This track can be really slick on corner exit and there’s still some wet patches out there and the times are definitely faster than they were in the spring just because of the temperature being down. He run across one of those little wet patches and you got all kinds of grip and all of sudden it can just snap on you. This is the last race of the year and everybody is here trying to go as fast as they can and end off their season well and sometimes accidents happen. I hate to see that, especially for Chase. He’s beating himself up pretty bad right now. These tires are very slick when they are cold and this is probably the coldest day that we’ve had at the racetrack all year so I think there’s people running into that now.” ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE CAR? “We’re just going through some gear changes right now. We unloaded with the same gear we ran here in the summer but it’s so much cooler. Either we’ve got more horsepower or the air and the grip level being up we’re already two gears down from what we raced here and durned if maybe we don’t need more. We’re not alarmed at all. The car drives good. We’re on old tires from Greenville a couple weeks ago. It does everything I want it to do. Just kind of here to have fun today [smiles.]” YOU WON HERE BACK IN THE SPRING. IS IT HARD TO MAKE CHANGES TO THAT SETUP? “It’s really hard to balance that out. You always need to be getting better because everybody here is worked hard all year long to try and catch-up to us and many of them have done an excellent job doing that. The last race here we weren’t as good as we could have been so we came back with a couple little different things than what we ran here last time. So far is seems to be paying off. We’ll find out when we put some good tires on.” WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY FOR THE RACE? WOULD YOU TRY TO BE A LITTLE BIT SMARTER BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO GIVE AWAY THE CHAMPIONSHIP? “We never want to do anything foolish. Our plan is to come in here and sit on the pole, lead the most laps and win the race. We’ve been very lucky to have a very good year and been a lot of hard work and we want to send them into the winter time bleeding.” W HAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2011? “Well it’s kind of all up in the air right now. We’re definitely going to run [NASCAR Camping World] truck races here and there. We don’t have a set schedule right now. We’ll probably come back and run a few Pro Cup races for sure, do a little bit of truck racing, a little bit of Pro Cup. I’ve got a super late model I’m building and we’ll run some races with that and now it’s kind of all up in the air. The way the economy and everything is right now I’m just happy to know that I’ll be driving something next year.”



CALEB HOLMAN, No. 75 FOOD COUNTRY USA/AARINGTON ENGINES DODGE: ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE CAR? “I’m very happy with it. We haven’t really made many changes. We’ve just been kind of fine-tuning stuff. We were really good when we unloaded. I’m excited about it. The biggest thing that’s helped us is bringing the Arrington Engines on. We haven’t had to deal with the engines. The past month instead of worrying about gettin g a motor in time to go racing we went and tested a couple of times at a local track and just wore out the thinking, research working on the racecar speed-wise instead of making it run again. It’s nice to come to the racetrack and see the fruits of your labor a little bit. Seems like we’ve been behind the eight-ball at tracks like this [South Boston] for a long time and I feel like right now we are the eight-ball.” YOU NEED CIRCUMSTANCES TO FALL YOUR WAY TO WIN THE TITLE. WHAT IS YOUR MINDSET ENTERING THE RACE? “Just to win the race. If we don’t win the race it really doesn’t matter. We need to win, lead the most la ps and have a really good day and of course Clay has got to have some bad luck which may or may not happen. It could happen. It’s happened to us a heck of a lot this year. He had the bad race at Hickory and I don’t guess he’s had any issues since and that’s a testament to them and their team and how good they are. We’ve had mistakes and we’ve had things happen we’ve had to work out and he’s capitalized on it. But he’s best car. He’s been the fastest. We’ve been behind. It’s taken us thing long. I feel like we’re gaining on it now. This kind of racetrack has been our Achilles heel. This is what we’ve been working on so I think we’ve really made gains.” WHERE THERE ANY REASON FOR THE ACCIDENTS IN PRACTICE TODAY? “It’s stickers. That’s just where they happened to get up to speed enough to wreck. It’s not necessarily stickers as much as tires that have not been on the car. You can put old tires on and go out there and do the same thing because there’s not heat in them and they don’t start gripping at all until they get some heat. When I first went out this morning I was the first one on the track and everybody thought the track was wet and everything. The track wasn’t that wet but I was running like a second off the first few laps just because I felt it was really sketchy feeling. As you went we had more and more grip and even now we came in here and sit down for 10 or 15 minutes and go back out and it takes a few laps to get back up to speed so it’s all a heat issue. Qualifying is really going to be hairy. I don’t know what they need to do, maybe go out and make a few laps behind the pace car, get a little heat in the tires. You can’t just tell racecar drivers you don’t have grip, just don’t go to fast. It just don’t work out. Qualifying is the only issue with that.” WILL THAT MEA N MORE ACTION IN THE RACE? “Oh yeah, on cold tires. It’s going to be important under caution to keep your heat in the tires, going back and forth. If you come in and get four it’s going to be tough again. You’re going to have to take it easy a couple of laps until you get some heat in them. And it’s going to take a long time for air pressure to build. Low air pressure plus cold tires, it could be bad.” WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR YOU AND THIS TEAM FOR 2011? “Come back here and get the championship next year. We’ve already paid up for the Arrington Engines for all yea r. We’re looking to do the same thing again. I think if you look back through series history the people who have success are the ones who stick with it. Clay has been here for 10 years now, since he graduated from high school and he’s on his fourth championship if things work out and winning races. You saw Bobby Gil down through the years; he kept at it until he was the man. Benny Gordon, it took him three or four years. This is our fourth full year this year. We’re about due. We’ve made gains on it and I think I’ve improved as a racecar driver. That’s the thing: you learn the cars, you learn the tendencies, you learn the tires and I think we’re at a place where we should be able to produce next year.”



Nate Montieth will make his USARacing Pro Cup Series debut tomorrow here at South Boston. Montieth and teammate Blake Jones plan to compete full-time in the series in 2011.



NATE MONTIETH, No. 44 MOUNTAIN DEW/AMP ENERGY DRINK CHEVROLET: IS COMPETING IN THE PRO CUP SERIES A BIG CHANGE FOR YOU? “I’ve done a little bit of everything so that really doesn’t bother me, just a new racetrack. I’ve never been here before and ran anything so just trying to get acquainted to the car, the track, a little bit of everything. I’ve run this place a lot of IRacing on the computer. It helped a lot just getting my boundaries around me and stuff. We got up to speed pretty quick here. I think we�€ ™re here in the hunt and that’s what we came here thinking. We didn’t come here to ride around and get seat time. We’re coming here to at least contend for a top-five our first time out.” IT LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE TURNING THE CAR A LOT AT THIS RACETRACK. “Horsepower means nothing here. Your car has got to be handling and turning for sure. The motor is a very minute part here.” WHAT IS YOUR RACING BACKGROUND? “I’ve run Camping World Truck Series I’ve run ARCA, I’ve run Busch and late model stocks of course. I’ve run a little bit of everything. I’ve run Daytona and Talladega, IRP and Bristol. I’ve run 14 or 15 different tracks in various series. I’m working closely with our teammate closely here. It’s kind of a joint venture between Blake Jones and me. We’re trying to get him up to speed here and bring him along. He’s only 13 years old. I’m an old man and I’m 28 [laughs].” WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2011? “We’re committed to run the whole [Pro Cup] season next year. We’ve got three turnkey cars and all the equipment that we’ve bought from Trevor Bayne. We’ve got a real solid platform, got a good bunch of guys that have experience in this series before. We’re going to try to go full steam ahead for 2011 with both cars and just try to use all our information pool and a little bit of experience on my end just trying to help Blake any way I can driving. That’s kind of what I’ve been doing this year with him in his late model stuff going to the track with him just getting him up to speed and watching him go around the track. Might even do that here later with him following me around. He can watch my line and my braking points and help him out. That’s what we’re looking fo r and maybe we can both benefit from a joint effort.” WHAT IS THE APPEAL FOR YOU GUYS TO RUN THE PRO CUP SERIES? “I think a late model stock is a little bit big of a jump if you’re going to move up into Nationwide or truck. These cars have radial tires, 600-plus horsepower and 105-inch wheelbase, run on very different size tracks. We run some one-mile tracks and short tracks and everything in between. As rounded as the series is and what more experience it gives you with the heavier cars the way all the suspension if the car setup is more like what you’re like what you’re going to be in moving up. I think it’s going to be more quality valuable seat time for me, a young person coming in if you’re looking to move forward. Being in a lighter car, a super late model on the bias-ply tires, they just drive so different and you can get more aggressive with ‘em which is fine and you can be fast in that stuff. But when you go to the other stuff it’s just going to put you that much more behind and I think this series helps that a lot.”









The USAR Pro Cup Series, formerly Hooters Pro Cup, is owned by Interstate Investment Group (IIG) and is based in Concord, N.C. For more information on USARacing, visit www.usarprocup.com.



78 Buffalo Avenue, Suite 200, Concord, NC 28025. Phone: 704-788-7979 Fax: 704-782-5477

www.USARProCup.com


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