Andrew Rogers Ready To Take On Mansfield Half Mile 19-Year-Old Hopes That First Trip to Ohio Oval Will Be a Good One Denver, NC (October 4, 2005) -- After a successful rookie season, 19-year-old Andrew Rogers is headed to Mansfield, Ohio, for...
Andrew Rogers Ready To Take On Mansfield Half Mile
19-Year-Old Hopes That First Trip to Ohio Oval Will Be a Good One
Denver, NC (October 4, 2005) -- After a successful rookie season, 19-year-old Andrew Rogers is headed to Mansfield, Ohio, for the second event of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup "Four Champions Championship Series." While running in the Top 10 during the opening round at Jennerstown (PA) Speedway two weeks ago, a recurring problem with a failed alternator left Andrew to finish a disappointing 21st.
On Saturday, however, the youngster will look to turn things around in the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Lucas Oil 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, and make a charge for the Hooters Pro Cup Series' national Rookie of the Year championship. Although he's never raced at Mansfield, Andrew is ready to tackle the half-mile speedway.
"I hear it's a lot like Lanier (a short track oval in Georgia)," Rogers said excitedly. "We've done well there and at a couple tracks like it in the past, so I think we'll be alright. We've got a new Bosch alternator in the car, so hopefully we won't have any more mechanical failures."
With the help of crew chief Patrick Donahue, Andrew has been lightning quick in the #18 Termidor/Bombardier/SeaDoo Ford, but the mechanical demons have kept him from achieving some solid finishes. He'll look to the four remaining races of the "Four Champions Championship Series" to jumpstart the rewards for his team's efforts.
"We've had a ton of bad luck this year and lots of mechanical problems, and we just can't seem to get this monkey off our back," Andrew said. "We want the Rookie of the Year title, and we can get it."
During the Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division's regular season schedule, Andrew drove to many solid runs on half-mile tracks like Mansfield Motorsports Speedway and knows he has one of the cars to beat on the short ovals.
"We finished 21st at Jennerstown (a half-mile) after the alternator broke," Andrew said, "But we were running in 8th place while it happened with less than 50 laps to go. We could have won at Myrtle Beach, but we had alternator problems there too. We've had our ups and downs this year, and we've had a Top-5 or a Top-10 car in the races we've finished."
Andrew's top run this season, a second-place finish, came in March in just his second start behind the wheel of a Pro Cup car. The track was South Georgia Motorsports Park - another half-mile.
Despite the mechanical problems that have plagued the team in 2005, Andrew remains optimistic. He feels his team and equipment are good enough to challenge the likes of top freshmen Michael Faulk, Woody Howard, and young Joey Logano for the Rookie of the Year title in the Hooters Pro Cup National Championship. With races remaining, the race is still wide-open.
"If we can get four solid Top 10s in the last four races, we'll get the Rookie of the Year title," Andrew said. "The other guys won't be as consistent. Joey Logano is strong, but like us, he's also had his ups and downs. We'll do well at Mansfield, and I know that we can win at Myrtle Beach (SC). We've had a really good car, and we've run really strong; we just need to get the finishes."
The Alan Kulwicki Memorial Lucas Oil 250 is the second event of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup "Four Champions Championship Series," and will be at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio, on Saturday, October 8. The race will be shown on SPEED Channel on Saturday, October 15, at 10:00pm ET.