USAR Teams Work to Get a Handle on "The Rock" Prior to October 10 Running of Aaron's 150
Rockingham, N.C. (September 8, 2009) -- Six of the top 10 drivers in the USARacing Pro Cup Series point standings were among the dozen competitors who traveled to Rockingham Speedway Tuesday to participate in a day-long test in preparation for the Oct. 10 Aaron's 150.
Standings leader Clay Rogers, who is seeking his third Pro Cup title, tested, as did third- place Drew Herring and fourth-place J.P. Morgan. Other top 10 drivers who worked to perfect their cars on the 1-mile track were Matt Lofton, Jeff Agnew and rookie Lucas Ransone. Rounding out the dozen who tested were Kyle Fowler, Derek Kale, Hickory Speedway winner David Wilson, Tom Hessert, A.J. Frank and Bryce Walker.
No official times were kept, as the teams worked to perfect the handling of their cars on the historic track.
"We basically got our Ford Fusion working pretty well around the bottom, trying to get it to stay as consistent as possible with the tires falling off," the 20-year-old Wilson said. "As the sun came out and the clouds went away, it got hot and we just worked on the old tires, getting it to turn good and stay underneath us through the corner, because you're carrying a lot of speed off into the corners and it likes to get loose about midway through. We just worked on getting it stable, not really speed."
Morgan noted he and his team were "trying to get a good comfortable race car for when we come back, at least a real good starting point because we don't know exactly what the temperatures are going to be like when we get back here."
"We accomplished our goals as far as that," Morgan continued. "We wanted to be a little bit better, but everybody does, we're race car drivers."
With its location in North Carolina's Sandhills, the abrasive Rockingham track has a reputation for chewing up tires. However, the drivers seemed pleased with the BFGoodrich tires supplied for the track.
"I found the tire wear to be real good," Morgan said. "We didn't have any problems with it all day. The tire was real consistent. For this race track, it's hard to make a tire that works great over a course of the day because the track is so abrasive, but they've done a really good job with that."
The USARacing Pro Cup Series is off this weekend. It will travel to Iowa Speedway next week for the Sept. 19 Iowa 200, the second event in the four-race Championship Series. The third race is the Oct. 10 Aaron's 150 at Rockingham and then the season concludes at South Boston, Va., on Oct. 31.
For more informtion on the USARacing Pro Cup Series, go to www.usarprocup.com. To order tickets for the Aaron's 150 contact the Rockingham Speedway at (910) 205-8800 or online at www.rockinghamspeedway.com.