Roper Racing Team

Flat Tire Ends a Good Run for Roper at Michigan

Rain-shortened Race at Kentucky

Date:  August 7th, 2020  

Event: Henry Ford Health System 200  

Format:  3 stages/ 107 laps Overtime  

Start/Finish:  28/24  

Race Winner:  Zane Smith  

Henry Ford Health System 200  

Michigan International Speedway Notes:  

 Cory Roper and the Roper Racing Team #04 CarQuest Auto Parts Ford F-150 started 28th after drawing for track position based on points.   

  • This was Ropers second time at Michigan International Speedway.  Again, this race was with no practice, qualifying, or spectators.   
  • This was the first race for the truck series to have lane choice before the start and restarts.  
  • Last Race in Kansas, Roper started in the 20th position and ended stage 1 p24 stating that the truck was “tight coming out”.  After adjustments during the end of stage pit, he gained some positions and started stage 2 p20. Roper was in the 18th position on the start of stage 3 but after a caution, Roper came into pit but came out starting p25.
    On lap 78 on the restart, Roper got caught up behind a spinning truck and hit the safety barrier wall between turns 3 and 4. 
    Roper was taken to the infield care center where he was later released.  
  • Roper luckily avoided 3 wrecks that were in front of him during the race. Roper was sitting p15 at the end of Stage 1, 23rd at the end of stage 2 and wheeled his way back to p15 after a great restart.  Roper made contact with Tyler Hill which caused a tire rub and flat on lap 101 overtime. Roper ran as high as 11th and finished 23rd due to pitting for tire change.  
  • This event marked Roper’s 26th start in the truck series.  
  • Cory Roper and the Roper Racing Team is primarily sponsored by CarQuest Auto Parts.  
  • Zane Smith was the race winner for the Henry Ford Health System 200. Christian Eckes, Tanner Gray, Tyler Ankrum, and Todd Gilliland completed the top five.  
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