Rogers dominates at home track CONCORD, NC -- Clay Rogers led 219 of 251 laps and held off a hard-charging Mardy Lindley on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Naturally Fresh Foods 250 presented by Jennie-O Turkey Store Saturday night...
Rogers dominates at home track
CONCORD, NC -- Clay Rogers led 219 of 251 laps and held off a hard-charging Mardy Lindley on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Naturally Fresh Foods 250 presented by Jennie-O Turkey Store Saturday night at Concord Motorsport Park. The win was the third career victory for Rogers in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series and first trip to victory lane since he won the first Championship Series race last year at Winchester Speedway. Rogers, 22, also became the first repeat winner at CMS in the seven Hooters ProCup Series races held at the track since 1998.
Mardy Lindley finished a solid second and was charging for the lead making contact with Rogers with less than 10 laps remaining in the race. The challenge was ended when a spin by Stacy Puryear set up a green-white-checkered finish. Defending Series champion Jason Sarvis finished third for his second consecutive top-five finish. Shane Huffman ended a long day with a fourth-place finish to retain his points lead despite being forced to a back-up car for the race. Benny Gordon finished fifth to continue his impressive start in the Series with his second top-five finish in as many races.
"I want to thank my crew and all the guys on this team," said Rogers in victory lane. "Bill Boger gives all us young guys the room to work on the car and he has done a great job for this team. It is always special to win at my home track and we have won some big races here."
Rogers won the Advance Auto Parts Pole Award and jumped out to an early lead and remained out front until he pitted for fuel and tires on lap 117. Puryear stayed out on the track and led the next 32 laps before Rogers returned to the point on lap 150.
Lindley, who qualified third, was able to advance through the field after getting held up in the pits during his pit stop due to traffic and was just behind Rogers late in the race. The late caution ended any chance Lindley had to become the first repeat winner in the Series this year.
"I wish that last caution wouldn't have come out," said Lindley. "Clay was too good on the retarts and we just didn't have anything at the end. It is good to get another top-five -- this will help us in the points."
Puryear led at halfway to collect the Lucas Oil Porducts Halfway Leader Award and Gordon garnered Miller Lite Rookie of the Race honors. Florida natives Keith Roggen and David Pletcher each advanced 14 positions during the race to share the Hard Charger Award.