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RODGERS PUTS UP TOUGH FIGHT AT POCONO RACEWAY DEBUT

LONG POND, PA (June 3, 2018) – Will Rodgers, a two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series winner, began his Friday with a fifth-place qualifying effort in the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway at his inaugural visit to the Tricky Triangle. After heavy rains and dense fog postponed early practice at the 2.5-mile track, Rodgers utilized the combined practice/qualifying session to post a top-five qualifying effort.

Located 90 miles from Drydene Performance Products’ headquarters in Jonestown, PA the 80-lap feature at Pocono Raceway served as a lively atmosphere for Rodgers throughout the day as he greeted and talked with employees and customers of his primary sponsor.

“Having the opportunity to race in front of so many representatives and customers from Drydene definitely adds some extra pressure,” said Rodgers pre-race. “But the pressure is one that drives me to perform even better to give everyone at Drydene Performance Products a great showing in Pocono.”

Adding to the hometown feel for Drydene, the company announced a partnership with Pocono Raceway that features their branding around the facility, including the all-new “Drydene Performance Products Restart Zone” just before the start/finish line.

When the green flag dropped on the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200, Rodgers’ No.52 Drydene Performance Products Ford held the sixth position for several laps. Learning the track throughout the 200-mile event, Rodgers saw his fair share of action,  including contact with the turn three wall on lap eight. With other competitors to his inside, Rodgers’ No. 52 got very tight, forcing his Ford into the outside wall. Fortunately, a caution would come out for another incident to save Rodgers from going a lap down.

With a damaged right-front fender, Rodgers battled for a top-15 position until being spun with 12 laps to go. The spin resulted in significant rear-end damage for the 23-year-old from Hawaii, though his determination and effort allowed him to stay on the lead lap once again. Running the remaining green laps after the restart, Rodgers brought home his No. 52 Drydene Performance Products Ford in the 18th position.

“Pocono definitely proved to be a very mentally challenging race for me, but that’s why I’m very proud to have support from such a great sponsor like Drydene to lift my spirits when any frustration sets in,” said Rodgers post-race. “Dave [Klinger] and the whole Drydene family are so supportive of my efforts, and that’s what I can count on when days like today don’t go as planned. I learned a lot from my first trip here, and you can bet I will be ready to race when we return to Pocono Raceway next month.”

ABOUT DRYDENE LUBRICANTS

Since 1893, Drydene Lubricants have been made in America and made to last…paving the way into two centuries on our highways, in our fields and on the production line. In the dawn of American industry, Drydene was there as we built our first roads, laid the blocks for our first factories, spanned rivers with new bridges and rail. And we’re still right here today doing what we do best; helping America get the job done. 

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Team Media Contact: Susan Russo, Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. 704-788-8315

Sponsor Contact: Joyce Caron-Mercier, Phoenix Marketing, 704-906-4547