Repeat champ in Pro Cup 250
Published 10:54 pm Tuesday, June 1, 2010
HAMPTON — Clay Rogers took the lead for good on lap 149 and rolled to his third victory of the season in Saturday’s Hampton Virginia 250 for the USARacing Pro Cup Series at Langley Speedway.
It was Rogers’ second straight win in the event and delivered a popular “home track” triumph for the Chesapeake-based Lamb and Robinson Racing team.
Rogers, a three-time series champ, topped the charts in the afternoon qualifying session to nab the pole. He shared the front row with Jeff Agnew, another former series titlist.
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As the race got under way, Rogers and Agnew dueled door-to-door with Rogers gaining the upper hand as they passed beneath the flagstand to complete lap 1.
With Rogers and Agnew setting a frantic pace, only nine cars remained on the lead lap when the second caution flag waved on lap 57.
The complexion of the event took a temporary turn on lap 141 when John Gibson spun in Turn 2 to bring out the fourth caution flag. A.J. Frank won the race off the pit lane and took over the top spot on lap 145.
Frank’s stay atop the leaderboard was short-lived, however, as Rogers immediately went on the attack when the green flag reappeared. Slipping under Frank on the backstretch, Rogers nosed ahead at the end of lap 149 and grabbed the clear-cut advantage as they headed into Turn 1 to begin lap 150. A lap later, Logan Ruffin scooted past Frank for second.
Over the remaining circuits, Rogers continued to add to his lead. By the finish, his winning margin stood at 3.183 seconds — a full straightaway — over Ruffin, who fought off Agnew down the stretch. Matt Lofton was fourth to the line, holding off Frank in the waning laps.
“They put a ton of emphasis into coming up here and winning this race, being their hometown race track. I’ve spent a lot of time up here lately, helping these guys work on these cars, and I’ve really enjoyed being up in this area and got to know it and love going and eating the seafood,” Rogers said.
“What a great race tonight. Logan Ruffin had an awesome finish there for — what is he, 11 or 12 now? — and his guys have been working hard. Oh, he’s 15? I’ll believe that when I see his birth certificate. That team’s worked real hard,” Rogers said.
From Langley, the Pro Cuppers move on to South Boston (Va.) Speedway for their next event on June 12. The series makes a return visit to Langley on Saturday, Aug. 14.
In the evening’s other feature event:
Starting from the pole, Greg Edwards led all but one lap and posted his first win of the season in the Budweiser 100 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series featured division.
With the win, Greg Edwards added four points to the division lead he holds over Danny Edwards Jr. Heading into scheduled Twin 75s next week, the margin between the two is 10, 282-272. C.E. Falk is third, only four behind Danny Edwards Jr.