Andrew Rogers Well Prepared for First Race at Montgomery Young Driver Predicts Tire Management Will Be the Key to a Good Finish INDIAN TRAIL, NC (March 20, 2006) -- Andrew Rogers is going to be in good company when he visits Montgomery Motor...
Andrew Rogers Well Prepared for First Race at Montgomery
Young Driver Predicts Tire Management Will Be the Key to a Good Finish
INDIAN TRAIL, NC (March 20, 2006) -- Andrew Rogers is going to be in good company when he visits Montgomery Motor Speedway on Saturday to compete in the USAR Pro Cup Series event at the Alabama venue. Rogers has never raced one competitive lap at the track, but since the series hasn't visited the facility since 2001, not many of his competitors have either.
"I've never raced anything there," said Rogers. "I know that Joey Logano raced a couple of races there in a Pro Challenge car and Shane [Huffman] has run some races there. In fact, I think he won the last Hooters race there."
Yet, that doesn't mean that Rogers and his Termidor/Aaron's team will be flying blind when they roll through the pit gates Saturday at Montgomery.
"We went down there and tested on the same day as Joey Logano and we were fast, so we feel pretty good about going down there to race," said Rogers. "We got a really good feel for the place."
Another thing that they got a good feel for were the tires. The track surface at Montgomery is very abrasive and that will figure into strategy for the race.
"We found out that there is going to be a lot of tire wear in the race," added Rogers. "I think that it is going to be a lot like Myrtle Beach (Speedway, SC). The left rear tire wore out, but the lap times didn't really come down. That was kind of weird. In about 30-laps, the tire was pretty much done and we were much slower. The race is going to be a lot about tire management, so hopefully we can qualify well and not have any pressure as far as staying on the lead lap. Then we can just ride and save our stuff until the end."
Rogers has started the 2006 Pro Cup season with two straight top-10 finishes. He hopes to continue that streak at Montgomery.
"I don't think our best chance of winning is going to be at Montgomery," said Rogers. "I'm looking forward to some of the other places we'll go, like Peach State. If I come out of Montgomery with a top-10 finish, I'll be happy.
"We've started out pretty good. Being consistent and staying in the top-10 will win you a championship and also put you in the position to win races. My main goal this year is to finish races and keep the fenders on the car. We want to finish the races strong and keep the streak going."