USAR: Andrew Rogers to run Northern, Southern Division races

Andrew Rogers Set For a Busy Three Week Span of Racing Youngster Will Race in both Northern and Southern Division Races in Coming Weeks SUMMERVILLE, SC (May 17, 2006) -- Andrew Rogers and his ...

Andrew Rogers Set For a Busy Three Week Span of Racing
Youngster Will Race in both Northern and Southern Division Races in Coming Weeks

SUMMERVILLE, SC (May 17, 2006) -- Andrew Rogers and his #81 Termidor / Aaron's / Knight's Racing team have been sitting idle for several weeks now. That makes a lot of racers anxious. All they think about is racing. They can taste racing. They can smell racing. They crave racing. That's describes Andrew Rogers to a tee.

The 20-year-old is going to quench his thirst for the racing bug in a big way; by racing in three USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series events in three consecutive weeks. Two of those races will be out of Rogers' normal surroundings. He'll return to the Southern Division at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL on June 3rd, but before that, he'll compete in a Northern Division event at Jennerstown Speedway in Pennsylvania on May 27th. Following Lakeland, he'll compete in another Northern Division event at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio on June 10th.

"It is nice to be able to go and run some Northern Division races," said Rogers. "We didn't have the opportunity to do this last year because we didn't have the funds to do it (when we ran our family-owned team). We are using those races to gear up toward the end of the year, so we don't have to waste a test on them and can use our tests somewhere else."

Both the Jennerstown and Mansfield tracks host Championship Series events later in the year. Many Southern Division drivers will likely make the trip to both tracks to prepare for the championship races there later in the year.

"We ran well at Jennerstown last year in the Championship Series. We were running seventh right behind Joe Gaiti, who actually ended up winning the race. We weren't very good at Mansfield though, so we want to go up there and just get better.

"Both races are going to be tough. There are going to be a lot of good guys from the South coming up to those races to get ready for later in the year, so this will make those races like a Championship Series event. We really just want to go up there and learn and make ourselves better for the end of the year, when it all really counts."

Rogers has made vast strides of improvement in the 2006 season. In 16 races last year, Rogers collected three top-10 finishes. In just five races this year, his first year with Knight's Racing, he's already collected four top-10s. He also sits eighth in the Southern Division point standings.

"I've definitely improved as a driver," said Rogers. "I think I'm being a little more patient. A lot of that thanks goes to my spotter. He's kept me out of a lot of trouble. Almost every single race, there's been a narrow miss with us. In this series, if you finish a race, you will be in the top-15. We've done a good job of staying consistent.

"I'm happy we are running well, but then again, I wish we were running better. As a driver, you always want to be even a little bit better than you are right now. We have cars capable of winning races and we are not winning races yet. There are places where I have been too aggressive and other times where I haven't been aggressive enough. The car has always come back in one piece. We haven't really had any bad luck, but we haven't had any good luck either."

The Naturally Fresh 250 at Jennerstown Speedway is set to go off Saturday night, May 27th. The race will be televised on SPEED Channel at 5pm on Wednesday, May 31st.

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