Andrew Rogers Not Sitting Still When He's Not In A Racecar Pro Cup Rookie Leaders Visits The Mod Series, Observes Peach State Test KANNAPOLIS, NC (April 13, 2005) -- Rookie Andrew Rogers says that he just loves the sport of auto racing. When he...
Andrew Rogers Not Sitting Still When He's Not In A Racecar
Pro Cup Rookie Leaders Visits The Mod Series, Observes Peach State Test
KANNAPOLIS, NC (April 13, 2005) -- Rookie Andrew Rogers says that he just loves the sport of auto racing. When he is not in his #18 Termidor Ford, he's often somewhere doing something revolving around racing. And since his last race with the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, Rogers has been plenty busy, both in the shop and outside of the shop.
Last weekend, as the Pro Cup Southern stars enjoyed a weekend off, Rogers made a trip to Caraway Speedway in North Carolina to watch the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. It was the perfect opportunity for Rogers to see a different form of racing, as well as meet and greet people outside of the Pro Cup world.
On Monday, Rogers went to Peach State Speedway, site of this weekend's Pro Cup Southern Division race, but without his #18 Termidor ride. Instead, he went to Peach State with defending Pro Cup champ Clay Rogers (no relation) to observe and learn and to get ready for this weekend's Aarons 250 at the half-mile Georgia track.
"I wanted to go down to the track for the open test, so I went down with Clay because our car wasn't quite done yet," said the 19-year-old Rogers. "All I got to do was to look at the track and watch everyone else going around. I learned a lot by just going down there even though I didn't get to test on it.
"We just finally finished our car up on Tuesday. We had to change the motor in it. We actually melted the heads on the other one. We did some body work that had to be done and then got it painted. That stuff takes a while."
The last time Rogers didn't make it to one of the open tests that the Pro Cup Series is allowing this year on Mondays before the race was at South Georgia Motorsports Park. Rogers had never seen that track until practice. He finished a career-high second that weekend.
"Maybe that is the lesson we will learn after Valdosta; maybe we've got to stop going to test," joked Rogers. "No, it is always beneficial to see the track before you get on it. I was there with Clay and he gave me a lot of feedback on what he was doing and I took a lot of mental notes on what he and his team were doing. I got to talk with a couple of other guys too like Shane Wallace and Chase Pistone about what they thought of the track. I learned a lot."
It was the end to what was a busy weekend for Rogers, who also got to see the always impressive NASCAR Modifieds race on Saturday night.
"I love racing and I want to be around it as much as possible. I got to go up to the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Caraway Speedway last weekend and just got to meet a lot of people. I spoke with Bobby Hutchins from RCR (Richard Childress Racing) and he is a super nice guy. I just saw what he does. I got to sit in the press box and talk over the PA and promote the Pro Cup series.
"It was pretty cool to see the Modifieds too. They are cool racecars and they put on a hell of a show. I was really surprised by it."
Now, Rogers hopes to go to Peach State and win, or at least build on his Rookie of the Year points lead and claw his way back into the top-10 in the overall points. He currently sits 11th.
"I'm really happy we just dropped one spot in the overall points after the bad night we had at Greenville. I was real happy that we kept the rookie points lead because that night could have turned out really bad after we got turned around and wrecked by another driver.
"I think we are under the radar to some extent. I don't know if people think we deserve to be in the spot we are in now or not. We work real hard at this, though. You've got big names in this rookie deal like Steve Wallace and Chase Pistone and Wayne Willard. I think we've surprised some people. I think we deserve to be there. I think we got what it takes to win that honor."
The Aaron's 250 at Peach State Speedway will take place Saturday, April 16th, at 7:00pm.