USAR: Peach State II: Andrew Rogers race report

Rogers Walks Away After Hard Crash Jefferson, Ga.-Andrew Rogers had a fast car as he approached the final stages of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Aaron's 250 Saturday night at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Ga. Unfortunately, Rogers' run ended...

Rogers Walks Away After Hard Crash

Jefferson, Ga.-Andrew Rogers had a fast car as he approached the final stages of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Aaron's 250 Saturday night at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Ga.

Unfortunately, Rogers' run ended abruptly when his No. 18 Aaron's Rents/Termidor Pontiac Grand Prix stock car was totally destroyed in a violent wreck on Lap 169 of the 250-circuit event on the Peach State half-mile paved oval.

"Everyone was stacked up in front of me when we went down into the corner and I backed out of the gas like I normally do," said Rogers, who was officially credited with a 27th-place finish in the event. "The throttle hung wide open and I immediately pumped it with my foot to get it up off the floorboard. The car just kept driving and driving and there was nothing I could do. I slammed into Dange Hanniford and drove through the back of his car into the wall at full speed. It was big. I hate it I took Dange out with me, but at that point, I was just along for the ride."

Stunned from the hard impact, Rogers initially struggled to free himself from the wreckage. After several tense moments, the 20-year-old was able to walk away from the crash that briefly red-flagged the race.

"I saw some fire and all I was thinking about was getting out of the car," said Rogers. "When I finally did get out, my leg hurt so bad I couldn't stand up. I've been able to walk it of, but I am sure I will be sore for a couple of days."

"I'm okay, there's no major damage to my body," Rogers continued. "The car is a different story. It's pretty much totaled. A bunch of people have already told me that was one of the hardest wrecks they have ever seen. All I remember is that it seemed like the car kept on hitting."

Prior to the crash, Rogers was hitting on all cylinders as he drove his Aaron's/Termidor mount toward the front of the pack after starting 16th in the 32-car field.

"We had a fast car," said Rogers. "We came up through the field and after we got our second set of tires, the car just kept getting better and better. We drove up to eighth and thought we had a car capable of a top-5 finish."

That all came to a near instant halt when Rogers impacted the Turn 3 wall. Despite the hard crash and the disappointment of losing a race car, Rogers was already looking forward to what his team needed to do to get ready for the next race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in less than two weeks.

"The car is so torn up that we can't even get it in the trailer," said Rogers. "I guess they are going to take it back to North Carolina on a rollback. It's a setback, but we'll have another car ready for Bristol. We have a lot of stuff to do over the next couple of days."

Rogers will take the green at Bristol on Wednesday, August 23 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The event will be part of a racing doubleheader that will also feature the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The event will be televised on a taped/delayed basis by The SPEED Channel on Wednesday, August 30 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Saturday's Aaron's 250 from Peach State Speedway can be seen this Wednesday, August 16, at 4 p.m. Eastern on The SPEED Channel.

-credit: ar/usar

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