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Lucas Oil Adds Pro Stocker Brogdon

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Wednesday, February 15 2012

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Lucas Oil’s NHRA organization has added Pro Stock driver Rodger Brogdon and his MAVTV/Lucas Oil/Charter Communications Pontiac GXP.

“It’s very exciting for us to be joining with Forrest, Charlotte and Morgan Lucas,” Brogdon said. “They are such a great family and the support and love they’ve shown for drag racing is tremendous. It’s an honor.”

Partnering with Top Fuel driver Brandon Bernstein, Brogdon will be a big part of the new network’s public awareness strategy.

“Rodger and Brandon are perfect representatives for MAVTV,” said MAVTV president Bob Patison. “They’re both great racecar drivers, solid family men and well respected individuals in their communities. As we grow this network, we know they will be an integral part of spreading the word about the wonderful programming we’ll always provide at MAVTV — the best in Movies, Action and Variety.”

Brogdon will continue to run a GXP before switching to the Chevy Camaro body when they become available in the spring. The team’s power will still be supplied by Victor Cagnazzi Racing. That combination saw the affable Texan smash records, reach the finals in his hometown of Houston and finish a career-best eighth in 2011.

“Victor and his group provide us with great horsepower,” said Brogdon, who qualified seventh at the season-opener in Pomona. “We know we can win any race we enter and that’s important. We’re more than happy with our relationship there.”

A native of the Houston suburb of Tomball, Texas, Brogdon said the partnership with MAVTV will only make this team more fearsome as the ties between his new sponsors and teammates are strengthened.

“The people at Charter Communications have been great to work with and they’re a big part of MAVTV’s initial growth phase,” Brogdon said. “They’re certainly helping MAV take an extra step by getting them in several million more households.

“It’s going to be fun to work with my new teammates. I got to know Morgan really well when he raced Top Alcohol Dragsters because he ran Division 4. He’s a good kid and a great racecar driver. I’m also looking forward to getting to know Brandon Bernstein a little better. MAV has big plans for the future and it’s an honor to be working with Brandon on getting this network as much exposure and notoriety as we can.”

Brodgon, who won multiple Comp Eliminator titles in Div. 4 before making the move to Pro Stock, said that despite the new affiliation with MAVTV and Lucas Oil, he’ll maintain the closest relationship with good friend, car owner and fellow racer, Steve Kent.

“Steve Kent and Kent Services and Trucking, man, what can I say about them? Bottom line, there’s no way I’d be racing without Steve’s support,” Brogdon said. “He’s the backbone of everything we do.

“We used to bang on each other pretty good in Comp Eliminator and finally one day he said we should join up and race together. We both wanted to move to Pro Stock and now here we are with an incredible group of sponsors and a race team that can win. I couldn’t be happier.”

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Wednesday, February 15 2012
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