Rogers Makes Triumphant Pro Cup Return
Boswell and Dean would continue their side-by-side battle for next ten laps before the yellow flag would fly for the first time on lap 21 for the stalled machine of rookie Reid Wilson that paced practice earlier in the afternoon.
The No. 23 machine once again took control of the lead with Hopkins battling another Pro Cup Series returnee in the form of John Gibson for the number two spot. It only took 30 laps for the yellow to waive once again, this time for the spinning machine of veteran Bill Plemons Jr. who made slight contact with the wall.
The restart brought the first lead change of the night as Rogers took advantage Morgan’s slip-up through turns one and two. Rogers opened up his lead over the remaining laps before taking the competition yellow at the event’s halfway point on lap 125.
After picking up the Roush Yates Performance Products Halfway Leader Award, Rogers and the rest of the top seven lead lap cars redrew for their second half of the race starting positions. The results matched the initial green flag front row to start the race as, Morgan along with Hopkins to his outside, lead the field back to green flag racing. It took all of three laps and a little contact for Rogers to regain the lead position over Morgan after redrawing the number three pill. Never fading more than a car length away, Hopkins worked the high line on Rogers making several attempts for the lead.
In the meantime Gerchak was the driver on the move after being penalized during the competition caution for his crew not having fire suits on while working on an active pit road.
The adversity didn’t seem to faze him as he made his way to the fourth position on lap 191 just before the final yellow of the night was displayed for possible fluid on lap 194.
The final restart would be the last chance for Hopkins, Morgan, and the rest of the field to make a play at the lead from Rogers as the final fifty-two laps went green and green to the finish. The win was Rogers’ 31st of his career; one shy of tying Benny Gordon for second all time in series history.