USAR: Brad Rogers joins Knight's Racing
Brad Rogers Joins Pete Knight Racing Former Southern Division ROTY heading to Northern Division in 2006 Longs, SC-After winning the Southern Division Miller Lite Rookie of the Year in 2004, Brad Rogers seemed to have everything going his way. He ...
Brad Rogers Joins Pete Knight Racing
Former Southern Division ROTY heading to Northern Division in 2006
Longs, SC-After winning the Southern Division Miller Lite Rookie of the Year in 2004, Brad Rogers seemed to have everything going his way. He was young, talented and had already won a Pro Cup race as a rookie.
But without solid sponsorship for his family-run team, Rogers' rapid rise began to stall over the next year and a half, and it eventually sputtered to a complete stop in '05 with the closing of his team.
Rogers was picked up by Ricky Benton Racing for the Championship Series at the end of 2005 and moved from 51st in points to finish 11th overall. Even with his stellar finish, Rogers didn't have a ride when the New Year rolled around, but that all changed this past weekend.
Pete Knight, owner of Pete Knight Racing, has hired Brad Rogers, the younger brother of Clay Rogers, to drive for him in the Northern Division of the Hooters Pro Cup Series in 2006.
"I'm just thankful that Pete picked me," said Rogers. "I'm excited about moving down [to Summerville, S.C.], and I'm ready to start working on the cars."
The late deal between the potent pairing is one of the reasons Rogers will be competing in the Northern Division. Though the tracks will be new for Rogers and Pete Knight Racing, the 21-year-old driver is looking forward to the move north.
"From what I've seen on TV, a lot of the tracks in the Northern Division have new pavement and are nice facilities," said Rogers. "I'm pumped about going up there. Actually, I'm just glad to be racing full-time again."
And Knight is glad to have him in his stable.
"I watched Brad during his rookie year, and I was impressed by how well he did," said Knight, who will also field a car for Andrew Rogers, no relation, in the Southern Division. "We were kind of tossing around the idea of running a second car, but we were waiting on the right situation. When we found out we could get Brad, we decided to do it; he's shown a lot of potential."
Helping Rogers reach that potential will be crew chief Barry Elvis.
"Based off of the work he did with Joel Kauffman, I think Barry will help out with Brad's adjustment to the Northern Division," said Knight, whose team won a series-high nine races in '05. "We've got the same cars that Shane ran last year, and we're getting some new cars. I think we're going to be contenders right off the bat."
If so, Rogers will begin his accent back to the top of Pro Cup lot.