USAR: Greenville-Pickens: Andrew Rogers preview

Andrew Rogers Still Riding High Heading into Greenville Rookie of the Year Leader Wants To Improve On Second-Place Run KANNAPOLIS, NC (March 31, 2005) -- A few weeks ago, Andrew Rogers and the ...

Andrew Rogers Still Riding High Heading into Greenville
Rookie of the Year Leader Wants To Improve On Second-Place Run

KANNAPOLIS, NC (March 31, 2005) -- A few weeks ago, Andrew Rogers and the #18 Termidor team made some significant noise in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup world when he shocked a lot of people by finishing second at South Georgia Motorsports Park. His runner-up finish was surprising because Rogers was, at first, one of the lesser-known among the bigger names in the 2005 Pro Cup rookie class. It was also a surprise because it was just Rogers' second start in a Pro Cup car.

Now, Rogers and the rest of the Pro Cup elite know they have to contend with the Termidor number-18. And Andrew is still riding high from the race in Georgia, meaning this coming weekend's race at Greenville (SC) could be huge.

"Oh yeah, I was on cloud nine after the race," said the 19-year-old Rogers. "For the next couple of days, it was really good for us. It did a lot for the moral of our team. It proved to us and to everyone else that we were a threat. But like any good team, once we got back here to the shop, we were focused on the next race and we just started to prepare for it. I think we have a car that is capable of winning, so we just got to get to that point.

"We've been working on the car and got the body straightened back out from Valdosta. We finished second, but still had a lot of work to do to it. I'm pretty pumped about where we are in the points and in the rookie standings. It's nice to be in the top-10 in the overall points."

Rogers sits 10th in the Southern Division point standings, but is less than 25 points out of second spot. He leads in standings in a very talented Rookie of the Year class. He is 33 points in front of Steve Wallace, son of NASCAR star Rusty Wallace, and is 48 points in front of third-place Chase Pistone.

Now Rogers will head to the legendary Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Saturday for race number three in the Southern division. While it isn't a new track for the Pro Cup Series, it will be a new track for Rogers. However, the track's characteristics will help Rogers adapt relatively quickly.

"I like the flat, worn out type of racetrack," said Rogers, who tested at the half-mile recently. "In legends cars, that is all we ever ran, flat quarter-mile tracks. I like those types of tracks. I know about having to baby the throttle and roll through the center of the corner.

"When we tested there, it took me a little bit to get used to the track, but once I got the hang of it, I felt right at home in the Hooters Pro Cup car. It drove just like a legends car would drive on those types of tracks."

Another factor playing into Rogers advantage this weekend will be the fact that the race is close to home base.

"My phone was ringing off the hook after Georgia," said Rogers. "A lot of people were calling and congratulating me on the good run and saying that they wish they could have been there. That is what makes going to Greenville pretty cool; it is close to home, so we'll have a lot of friends and family coming down there."

The BFGoodrich Tires 250 Presented by the U.S. Army at Greenville-Pickens Speedway is set for Saturday, April 2nd, at 8pm.

-AndrewRogersRacing.com.

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