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Andrew Rogers Ready To Make First Start With Knight's Racing Youngster Will Wrap Up 2005 Year With His New Team For 2006 INDIAN TRAIL, NC (November 23, 2005) -- When Andrew Rogers and Knight's Racing announced their partnership for the 2006...

Andrew Rogers Ready To Make First Start With Knight's Racing
Youngster Will Wrap Up 2005 Year With His New Team For 2006

INDIAN TRAIL, NC (November 23, 2005) -- When Andrew Rogers and Knight's Racing announced their partnership for the 2006 USAR Pro Cup Southern Series, the team immediately became one of the ones to watch next season. Knight's Racing's entries are usually the ones to watch anyway, since the team has already clinched this year's Southern Division title with driver Shane Huffman, who now stands just 33 points out of the lead for the overall championship series crown.

Andrew Rogers will get his 2006 season started early when he makes his first start for Knight's Racing in the Four Champions Memorial 300 at the USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida on Saturday evening to close out his rookie Pro Cup season.

"I'm looking forward to this race a lot," said Rogers. "We had to miss the last race at Motor Mile with my family's team just because we weren't quite ready for it and we really wanted to save some money for the last race. Turns out we got a deal put together with Knight's Racing and I'm just so excited for the opportunity."

Rogers is not only looking to end his season on a high note, he is also hoping for some redemption for some struggles at the Lakeland track in his two previous starts there this season.

"We went down there for the first race of the year and qualified seventh," said Rogers. "We were running well but I just made some rookie mistakes. It was really my first stock car race with something that big with that much power.

"The second time we went down there they started us by points. We were able to stay on the lead lap, made some adjustments with about 50 to go and really feeling good coming back up through the field before another car backed into us. We could've had a top five run there, but we'll just have to go for it again this weekend."

Knight's Racing looks to have a formidable 1-2 punch with Rogers and Huffman, who is chasing the overall series title. Rogers will do everything possible to ensure a strong showing for Knight's Racing.

"This weekend is about Shane and him winning the championship," said Rogers. "Pete Knight, the team owner, told me that the ideal situation is that I go out and win the race and Shane finishes second and have that be good enough to clinch the championship.

"Shane has won two of the last three races there and with him and the super smart people that we have to work with, so I really feel like we can go down there and make a lot of noise. We went down there and tested for two days and really made a lot of progress."

Rogers finished his rookie season on the Pro Cup's Southern Division 18th in the final standings, but his new Knight's Racing team has him pumped up for success for next season, starting with this year's final race at Lakeland.

"My main focus is to go down there and not wreck the race car," said Rogers. "If we have a top five car, then we'll run in the top five. If we've got a top 15 car, then we'll have to settle with a top 15. I don't have to go out and set the world on fire. I've already got the ride with Knight's Racing for next year, so I just want to keep the car in one piece and have a good solid run to make this race a big stepping stone for next year.

"It's a 300 lap race. I think I learned quite a bit about patience this year. I think that with the car we're going to have and the crew we're going to have down there, I think this will be one of the best opportunities we've had to win a race all year."

Four Champions Memorial Hooters 300 presented by Lance Kelly Designs begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 26th.

-AndrewRogersRacing.com.

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Drivers Shane Huffman