CARS Tour Event Preview: CSX Play It Safe 250 pres. by MMIA – Southern National Motorsports Park

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: CSX Play It Safe 250 pres. by MMIA – Southern National Motorsports Park
7:30PM – September 3, 2016

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 30, 2016): The CARS Tour will visit Eastern North Carolina for the second time this season as they return to the site of the 2016 season opener, Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina, for race number eight on the year. Fans at the 4/10th mile track saw Deac McCaskill dominate the Late Model Stock race and then Quin Houff outdueled 2015 tour champion Cole Timm in the Super Late Models to score his second career CARS Tour victory. Both McCaskill and Houff will have a shot at history by sweeping both events in a single season; a feat that hasn’t been done in CARS Tour competition in either division. They along with the rest of the field could be in for a different race than the one in April. Hot temperatures throughout the Labor Day weekend will make the high banked track very slick and make searching for grip a driver’s focus throughout the weekend’s on track activities.

CSX Play it Safe 250 pres. by MMIA NOTES & QUOTES

NOTES:
Track/Location: Southern National Motorsports Park-Lucama, NC

Track Size: .400-mile

Event Name: CSX Play It Safe 250 pres. by MMIA

Laps/Distance: 125/50 miles

Event Schedule: 12:30PM-2:45PM Practice, 4:30PM Qualifying, 6:15PM Fan Fest, 7:30PM Green: LMSC-SLM

Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / @SNM_Park/ #csxplayitsafe250

CARS SLM Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #2 Garrett Archer, #6 Brandon Setzer, #7 Tyler Church, #8 Tate Fogleman, #12 Harrison Burton, #16 Lucas Jones, #21 Mike Darne, #22 Trevor Noles, #33 Preston Peltier, #49 Jeff Batten, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #66 Steve Wallace, #67 Clay Jones, #97 Chase Purdy, #98 Cole Timm, #98M Jody Measamer, #99 Raphael Lessard (18 total)

CARS LMSC Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #08 Deac McCaskill, #1 Christian Eckes, #5 Stephen Leicht, #12M Austin McDaniel, #23 Terry Brooks, #24D Mason Diaz, #27 Tommy Lemons Jr, #28 Chris Hudspeth, #31 Thomas Beane, #41 Haley Moody, #42 Craig Stallard, #57 Justin Carroll, #81 Adam Murry, #88 Chris Davis, #88B Josh Berry, #95 Chad McCumbee, #98 Stefan Parsons, #99 Layne Riggs (18 total)

***Official Entry Deadline: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 4PM***

Media Coverage:
-Speed51 (speed51.com) will provide Trackside Now Live Updates
-RACEFEEDX (www.racefeedx.com) – LIVE Pay per View Video Coverage
-CARS Tour Facebook (facebook.com/CARSTour) and Twitter (@CARSTour

QUOTES:
Moody Returning to Racing Thanks to Hawk-McCall:

Haley Moody has spent majority of the 2016 season on sideline after making her CARS Tour debut at Myrtle Beach a season ago. The young lady from Kinston, North Carolina has turned the heads of many since moving up to the Late Model Stock ranks. One of those people is car owner Lee McCall, who owns and crew chiefs the defending Late Model Stock championship winning ride. McCall has tapped Moody to pilot his familiar #41 ride in this weekend’s CSX Play It Safe 250 at Southern National, which just happens to be her home track.

“First off I’m very thankful for the opportunity to race with such a great team like Hawk-McCall Motorsports. It means the world to me and I think we have a good chance to run well. I’ve made a lot of laps and won some races at Southern National so that really helps my confidence going into the weekend. I just want to give them, my fans, and sponsors a solid run. Of course I want to win but a top three over guys like Deac (McCaskill), Josh (Berry), and Tommy (Lemons Jr) would be pretty big for me. I grew up watching Deac so to be able to race against him up front would mean a lot. I really have to thank a lot of my sponsors like Champion Spark Plugs, PFC, and Ford Racing for being a part of this deal. #41 Haley Moody – Solid Rock Carriers/Ask Logistics Ford Late Model Stock Car

Opportunity Knocking:
Reigning CARS Tour champion Cole Timm will be behind the wheel of a different ride than he was a year ago when he picked up the first ever CARS Tour Super Late Model victory at Southern National in April 2015. Through a partnership between David Gilliland Racing and Toyota Racing Development, Timm will pilot the #97 I Brake For Trains Toyota in Saturday night’s 125 lap Super Late Model portion of the event. According to Timm the opportunity to step into a car that he knows he can win in, having done so earlier this season at Tri County, is very rewarding.

“I’m very thankful to have this opportunity with David Gilliland Racing and Toyota Racing Development this weekend at Southern National. The DGR guys have had fast cars week in and week out, so I feel like we’ll definitely have a shot at the win which makes you feel pretty good headed into the weekend. They are a high caliber race team and I’m just grateful to be behind the wheel of the I Brake For Trains #97 Toyota Saturday night. Hopefully we can have a repeat of the Tri County race in June.” – #97 Cole Timm – I Brake For Trains Toyota Super Late Model

A Campaign for Cause for CSX:
This weekend’s CARS Tour race at Southern National is sponsored by CSX Transportation through their “Play It Safe” initiative to bring public awareness to the importance of staying safe around trains and railroad tracks. Since 2007, CSX has supported safety outreach through partnerships with NASCAR. Growing the initiative with the CARS Tour is an ideal fit to reach the Eastern North Carolina region, an area heavy with railroad tracks and trains.

“At CSX, safety is a way of life, and it’s even one of our Core Values. Our goal for today is to help spread the safety message and promote safe practices for drivers and pedestrians around the railroad. It may be a race to see who finishes first at today’s event – but when you’re near trains and tracks take the time to be safe.” — Sandra Sea, Manager Community Affairs and Safety, CSX

For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information about the CARS Tour, featuring both Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model divisions, visit www.carsracingtour.com or contact the tour’s office directly at 704-662-9212. Stay social with the tour by “liking” the CARS Tour Facebook page and following along on Twitter @CARSTour.

Sources: Chris Ragle/CARS Tour-Late Model Stock Tour/Super Late Model Tour PR


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