Friday, October 26, 2012

Rogers Seeking Rockingham Redemption

Since the legendary Rockingham Speedway reopened in 2008, no one has had more success at the track than Clay Rogers. 

Rogers (54) spins out of the lead
The four-time Pro Cup Series champion and veteran NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series driver has three wins on the venerable one-mile oval. His last outing at the track, however, left Rogers with something to prove at Rockingham. While leading with two laps to go in the April’s UARA-STARS race at The Rock, Rogers spun in Turn Four. His day then went from bad to worse during the green-white-checkered finish that followed, when he was collected in a wreck on Rockingham's treacherous, high-speed backstretch.  

"We had a very good car back in April," said Rogers. "I just didn't expect it to get so hot during the race and the car to get so loose. 

"It's definitely not the way we wanted to end our day." 

"Clay has had so much success here, I was shocked to see him spin," said Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg. "That must have been quite a loose car. I use that as an example of how tricky this track can be when we teach the driving school here."  

The sour ending of that race and his inability to get his name on the rock out front of the speedway has motivated Rogers and his team for the UARA's return as part of next Saturday’s Classic 3 Championship presented by the RCR Racing Museum. 

"We have been working on this car since April with an eye on this race," said Rogers. "I think we will be able to put it back up front next week."  

The Classic 3 Championship presented by the RCR Racing Museum will feature a tripleheader race day that includes the UARA-STARS Late Models, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals. Racing action gets underway with practice and qualifying on Friday, November 2 with an infield party when the track clears for the day. 

For more information, or to order tickets for the Classic 3 Championship presented by the RCR Racing Museum, visit Rockingham Speedway online at or call 910.205.8800.

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