Rogers wins the race, swaim wins the 2012 uara-stars championship

Rockingham, NC (11/3/12) –Clay Rogers dominated “The Classic 3 Championship Weekend” presented by Richard Childress Racing Museum on Saturday, November 3rd at Rockingham Speedway.

Rogers qualified runner-up to first time Sunoco Pole winner Dillon Bassett.  Once the green flag dropped, Rogers jumped out front and led from green to checkered. He was awarded Tilton’s Most Laps Led Award.


During the spring visit to The Rock Rogers had a strong piece, but his loose race car sent him spinning into the grass on the front stretch. Rogers has had tons of success at The Rock and was hoping for some redemption during the weekend. He was at the top of the leader board during Thursday’s practice, started on the front row and  turned in a
flawless race.

With the five-point bonus awarded to the pole winner, Bassett closed the gap points leader Travis Swaim had on him for the championship. Bassett had already clenched the 2012 Rookie of the year title and was entirely capable of winning the championship as well. With Bassett’s main focus on charging for the lead, he was aware of the problems Swaim was battling during the race.

“When I saw the 28 having problems, there was a glimpse of hope for the championship, but that wasn’t our main focus. We wanted to win the race,” said the 2012 Rookie of the Year. “When you win races, points seem to take care of themselves; coming home 2nd is nothing to hang your head down for!”

During the first couple of laps, championship contender Swaim was running hot and lost his power steering. His teammate, Mike Skinner came down pit road first and the team hustled to switch out power steering pumps. Swaim was able to get the car back on the track and make up some ground. Unfortunately, his car wasn’t in condition to
finish the race. Due to Bassett second-place run and Swaim's 24th place finish, Swaim won the championship by just 18 points.

“We knew coming into the race that we needed a solid run to win the championship,” said Swaim. “When we started having the problems only a few laps into the race my guys fought hard to make sure I ran every lap I could. They never gave up and their hard work paid off.”

While most of the attention was on the championship situation, Brodie Kostecki, Blake Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr. had strong runs and finished in the top five. Wallace Jr. gained 12 positions, earning him the Holley Performer of the Race Award.

Before the last restart, Scott Turlington and Cory Joyce were battling in the top five. Once the race went green, Joyce spun his tires and Turlington ran into the back of Bassett, knocking his radiator duct work loose. Turlington fell back to sixth and Joyce back to seventh. Jeremy Burns finished eighth in  his first Rockingham appearance with the UARA-STARS. Tim George Jr. claimed the 10th position in the championship points  by virtue of his ninth -place finish, while Brandon Jones rounded out the top ten. George and Will Gallaher were tied for points position prior to the event. In the end George beat out Gallaher by a mere five points with Ronnie Bassett Jr and Roger Powell just 10 points behind George.

Along with the excitement of crowning our season Champion and Rookie of the Year, the season finale was a four-caution race. As a safety precaution, Blake Jones was blacked flagged early in the race for smoke coming from his car. He fell a lap down, but was the recipient of a lucky dog pass. Jones drove from the back to finish fourth.

 

During the second caution for debris, some drivers checked up too soon, throwing Steve Wallace to the outside wall of turn one. His hit was hard enough to take him out of the race. David Garbo Jr. also had a hard time a couple laps later when he came off of turn four. The final caution fell with less than ten laps to go when Zeke Shell got spun
around on the backstretch.

The UARA-STARS ended their 2012 season with a thrilling and action-packed finale. To keep up with the STARS during the off-season, visit them online at www.uara-stars.com or call (828) 692-3833. Fans are also encouraged to “like” them on Facebook under the United Auto Racing Association and follow them on Twitter @uarastars.

Press Release by: Kassie Hughes

Unofficial Results for the 2012 Season Finale at the Rock:

1 54 Clay Rogers
2 44 Dillon Bassett
3 40 Brodie Kostecki
4 80 Blake Jones
5 76 Darrell Wallace Jr
6 58 Scott Turlington
7 20 Cory Joyce
8 5 Jeremy Burns
9 2 George Tim
10 33 Brandon Jones
11 12 Garrett Campbell
12 34 Jamey Caudill
13 51 Justin Boston
14 35 Devin Jones
15 6 Will Gallaher
16 0 Scott Bishop
17 17 Josh Brock
18 2 Randy Benson
19 61 Chris Lawson
20 14 Sean Rayhall
21 97 Zeke Shell
22 8 David Garbo Jr.
23 66 Steve Wallace
24 28 Travis Swaim
25 26 Mike Skinner
26 81 Chandler Levan

2012 Rookie of the Year Dillon Bassett with Ms Kassie Hughes.jpg2012 UARA ChampionTravis Swaim with Ms Kassie Hughes.jpg