ROUGEMONT — With the points race at Orange County Speedway ready to head into the home stretch, OCS will kick things up a notch this weekend with the ProCup Championship Series Kickoff 200. The evening will feature a complete slate of races, capped by the featured event for limited late models.
The Kickoff 200 is the 10th race of the X-1R Pro Cup Series. but the first after last week’s reset for the points race. The year’s biggest field so far is expected Saturday, with all the top points leaders racing in Rougemont.
Clay Rogers, four-time Pro Cup champion, continues to lead the championship standings after finishing in third position recently at Kingsport Speedway. His lead above 2012 champion, JP Morgan, was cut from 53 to just 15 points after the point’s reset.
Gus Dean gained two positions, moving from fifth to third place, just 20 points behind the leader. Rookies Eric Gerchak and Brady Boswell round out the top five just 25 and 30 points back.
Parking will be $15 per car, but patrons can get free grandstand tickets for the Kickoff 200 at auto-related businesses in northern Orange and Durham County or by printing them out at www.carsprocup.com.
Saturday’s slate at OCS will feature four other races as well, including 75 laps for the late models. That series features the razor-thin points race between Craig Moore and Tripp Massengill. With four major races left on the schedule, the pair of late-model stock car drivers are six points apart unofficially after another 1-2 finish over Labor Day weekend at the Orange County Speedway.
Moore was the winner for the fourth time in six races as he claimed a 75-lap late model stock car feature Aug. 31 at Orange County Speedway.
Moore and Massengill have finished 1-2 each of the four times Moore won this season at the three-eighths-mile track. Massengill has never finished worse than third so far this year.
Other events Saturday include races for Allison Legacy (50 laps), OCS Limiteds (35 laps) and OCS Pure Stocks (25 laps).
Thomas Lee contributed to this report