USAR: New alliances formed

The Three-Headed Monster Longs, SC-- Roush and Yates. Childress and DEI. Rogers, Sammons and Rogers? Alliances have become commonplace in NASCAR over the last few years. Now, the Hooters ProCup Series is seeing its first incarnation of a ...

The Three-Headed Monster

Longs, SC-- Roush and Yates. Childress and DEI. Rogers, Sammons and Rogers?

Alliances have become commonplace in NASCAR over the last few years. Now, the Hooters ProCup Series is seeing its first incarnation of a knowledge pool.

Clay Rogers, driver of the No. 44 TOFF Spray-In Bedliners Ford, Danny Sammons, driver of the No. 97 aarn.com Ford, and Brad Rogers, driver of the No. 29 Fire Protection Services Ford, have formed a coalition for conquest, sharing vital information with each other in pursuit of victory. And the association looked like it worked in the Lucas Oil 250.

Clay picked up the fourth win of his career, Brad finished third in his ProCup debut and Sammons ran in the top 10 before developing engine problems.

"At one point in practice, I was first, Brad was second and Danny was third. And our times were a [20.13], [20.16] and a [20.20]," said Clay Rogers. "It's going to be a good deal for all of us. When you conglomerate like that, it helps."

Despite his problems in the Southern Division opener, Sammons agrees.

"I think [the alliance] is good," said Sammons. "Two out of the three cars ran good. We weren't as good as Clay and Brad, but I think we still had a top-5 car. I think it will work out."

Though the alliance seems to be a good deal already, the stout start by RSR may just be a sign of things to come for the group.

After leaving USA Int'l Speedway, the team's haulers headed back to separate shops in Concord, N.C. However, on April 1, the alliance will not just exist at the racetrack.

"Soon, we're going to have my car, Brad's car and Danny's car all at the same shop," said Clay. "We can't wait for that. It's going to be like having six full-time people working in the shop."

And one of those will be veteran crew chief Bill Boger.

Boger was the crew chief for Clay in the Southern Division and Sammons in the Northern Division last season. Boger also helped Brad's Late Model Stock team out when he was available. Although Boger is not listed as crew chief on any team this year, his presence in the shop will be just as strong.

"I don't want to be listed as the crew chief," said Boger. "We've got good people and they deserve the credit. If they can't solve a problem, then I'll help. I'm just there to tell the team owners what we need to run and find good people to help.

"The name of the game is to run fast and win races while holding the spending to a minimum," said Boger. "We don't have million-dollar sponsors."

Boger also believes that sharing the financial burden is just as important as sharing trade secrets between the teams.

"We pay $2,000 for shop rent. If we split that three ways, that's around $667 apiece. You can't rent a shop in Concord worth [anything] for that," said Boger. "To get good help in this business, you have to pay them. If not, they'll end up at Hendrick or Childress. We want to keep them here and build this into something good. We have to economize and do it right."

With the solid foundation already laid, RSR hopes to build three title-winning teams by the end of the season.

"Our goals are for me to win the championship, Danny to win the North and for Brad to win rookie of the year," said Rogers.

And that may not be too farfetched.

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