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CARS Tour Shuffles Schedule; Orange County Makeup Date June 24th and Tri-County Moves to July 8th

Mooresville, NC 4/26/17- Upon this past weekend’s rainout at Orange County Speedway, CARS Tour officials have shuffled the 2017 schedule to announce a makeup date for the Thrifty Tire Service Centers Puryear Tank Lines 300 pres. by The Grilling Store.

The Tri-County Motor Speedway race in Hudson, NC will move to Saturday, July 8th, and the Orange County Speedway makeup event will fill the June 24th date, originally held by Tri-County. The shuffle will not only give fans some space in between events at Orange County, but it will also allow Super Late Models to still run a race to “tune up” for the $10,000 to win and $1,000 to start Mid-Atlantic Classic on July 22nd.

“This was the best option not only for the fans, but for our competitors. Moving things around like this will prevent us from running on back-to-back weekends,” explained Jack McNelly, CARS Tour Owner. “This will still allow our Super teams to get a race in to prep for the Classic in July, which is the feedback we received the most. A big thank you to both Tri-County and Orange County management for working with us to make it all happen.”

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CARS Tour Event Preview: Orange County Speedway-April 22, 2017

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Thrifty Tire Service Centers Puryear Tank Lines 300 pres. The Grilling Store – Orange County Speedway 7 PM – April 22, 2017

MOORESVILLE, NC (April 18, 2017): The CARS Tour returns to North Carolina’s fastest 3/8th-mile track, Orange County Speedway, for their annual April visit. Known to produce the best racing on the tour annually; the weekend’s Thrifty Tire Centers Puryear Tank Lines 300 should be no different than years past. A strong field of local Late Model Stockers like Christopher Denny, Craig Moore, RD Smith, and Terry Dease have entered to see how they fair against tour regulars. Unlike most tracks, however; the “home track” advantage is out the door, as a hefty amount of CARS Tour regulars in Chris Davis, Justin Johnson, Layne Riggs, and Ronald Hill all consider Orange County their home track. Since its history, there’s only been one Super Late Model driver who’s won the Spring race at Orange County. Lucky for the field Christopher Bell isn’t entered this weekend; leaving the door wide open for guys like Brandon Setzer, Tate Fogleman, Stephen Nasse, and Trevor Noles who have all ran well at OCS in the Spring but could never match Bell’s dominance.

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CARS Tour Continues Historic Racing Tradition in Rougemont

Mooresville, NC 4/17/2017- Every major racing organization has a signature track that every driver and fan looks forward to each year. NASCAR has several of these, including Daytona International Speedway, Darlington Raceway, and Charlotte Motor Speedway, while the Verizon Indycar Series celebrates its history each year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

For the newly formed CARS Tour, it is a small, 3/8 mile oval in Rougemont, North Carolina known as Orange County Speedway.

“On a personal level, Orange County is my favorite track,” said CARS Tour Operations and Marketing Director Chris Ragle. “When the CARS Tour comes to town, you see names enter the race that you don’t normally see all year, you see the stands packed with fans, you see camping, and you just get the big show atmosphere you don’t get at a lot of other places.”
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Save Money With Early Bird Discount for Bristol Pay-Per-View

Concord, N.C. — The first ever Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) draws closer with each passing day with fans all across the United States and beyond rushing to get their video tickets for the exclusive two-day race broadcast on Speed51.com. It also means that time is winding down to take advantage for a special discount offer for the event broadcast.

From now until Friday May 19, fans can purchase an “early bird” discount of $44.99 for both days of racing at Bristol on May 20 and 21. While separate video tickets for both days are available, subscribers can save up to $20 with this offer for both days of Speed51 TV’s exclusive, multi-camera broadcast. Click here to order. 

For those two days, race fans will enjoy racing from six different classes of Short Track Racing including; Super Late Models (ARCA/CRA Super Series, CARS Tour, Southern Super Series), Pro Late Models (JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour), Late Model Stock Cars (CARS Tour), Open-Wheel Modifieds (NTSA Top Speed Modified Tour), Street Stocks (CRA Street Stock Series), and Compacts (Vore’s Compact Touring Series), all from wherever you may be.

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Indefinite Suspension Issued to Jeff Oakley Following Dominion Post Race Disqualification

Mooresville, NC 3/30/17- An increase of penalties has been issued to the #11 Late Model Stock Car owned and driven by Jeff Oakley following post-race disqualification from the duel races held at Dominion Raceway on March 25th.  

Upon engine testing at an independent engine dyno the series has implemented for technical use for the last three seasons; Jeff Oakley’s Chevrolet 604 crate engine, claimed by Oakley to be built by Kowalsky Racing Engines, dynode at 503 horsepower at 6600 RPM. These results were 73-77 horsepower more than any Chevrolet 604 engines the series has researched over the past two years at the same location. In addition, all research and data provided by industry and factory outlets also indicated transgressions in the results collected from Oakley’s engine test.

After the test driver and car owner Jeff Oakley made the decision to not let CARS Tour officials disassemble the engine to remove the suspected illegal parts. The decision by Oakley to keep his engine and not let CARS Tour officials recover suspected illegal parts, to ensure the parts don’t show up at another Late Model Stock Car event, regardless of the sanctioning body, will result in an indefinite suspension from CARS Tour competition as both an owner and driver.

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Riggs, Oakley and Setzer Victorious in CARS Tour Duels at Dominion

THORNBURG, VA (March 26, 2017) – A pair of photo finishes and two dominant wins were the dichotomy of competition in the second CARS Tour event of the season Saturday at Dominion Raceway, the River City QDMA Duels at Dominion presented by Virginia is for Lovers. Layne Riggs and Jeff Oakley were the winners in the photo finishes, both occurring in the late model stock duels, while Brandon Setzer dominated both super late model races to claim the wins and lock himself into the US Nationals of Short Track Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. 

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Brandon Grosso claimed his first Hedgecock Racing Pole Award during pole qualifying, accounting for all laps turned, but lined up deep in the field during the first duel race as his first qualifying lap (used to set race one) was not nearly as quick. Grosso’s teammate, Myatt Snider, and Josh Berry led the field to green and it was Snider who controlled the opening laps.

As the race quickly churned toward the end of its 75-lap distance, Jeff Oakley made his presence felt and ended up stealing the lead from Myatt Snider on a late race restart. Snider and Berry made contact just a few laps later which resulted in the No. 88 spinning, a move which race control deemed over-aggressive on the part of Snider and accordingly sent both cars to the tail.

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Staubli Hometown Hero Michael Hardin Ready to Challenge CARS Tour Regulars at Dominion

Mooresville, NC 3/23/17- Maryland-native, Michael Hardin, hasn’t always exactly dreamed of being behind the wheel of stock car, but thanks to his family tradition, it was almost inevitable.

Hardin’s grandfather was the patriarch to the family tradition of stock car racing. He raced across the northeast on asphalt tracks, such as Old Dominion Speedway, in the Sportsman Division. Hardin even put his driving ability to the test on a handful of dirt tracks, like the famed Belleville Speedway. When it was time, Hardin’s grandfather then passed the family tradition to his son, Jim Hardin.

Jim Hardin, Michael’s dad, took the wheel of the family-operated team around 1979. He was in weekly competition in the Grand Stock division at Old Dominion Speedway. After several years, the Old Dominion Speedway veteran finally claimed his first win, as well as the Redman Fleet Service Grand Stock track championship in 2001.

Shortly after Hardin’s track championship, it was time to pass on the family tradition once again. Next in line? Michael Hardin.

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Eckes Focused on Dominion After Solid Finish at The Rattler

GREENVILLE, NY — Christian Eckes appeared to be one of the cars to beat Sunday at the 41st annual Rattler 250. The 16-year-old driver put his Fury Race Cars No. 15 near the top of the charts throughout the weekend, however brake issues prohibited him for contending for the win during the 250-lap race. Despite the issue, the New York driver held on for a sixth-place finish.

“The weekend started off well, but definitely did not end how we intended it to,” Eckes said. “We were so fast in the beginning but unfortunately we had zero brakes in the race. We believe it was an issue with the master cylinder but we had such a great race car.”

Eckes qualified his No. 15 machine in the fourth position and quickly made his way into the second spot just a handful of laps into The Rattler 250. He slid back to fifth position at the lap 100 break and from there worked hard to stay in the top 10 for the final 150 laps. A late charge from ninth to sixth over the final 45 laps gave Eckes a solid finish.

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Jacklyn’s Word on the Street: St. Patty’s Day Edition

MOORESVILLE, NC 3.17.17 – The season opener at Concord Speedway was full of hayrides and cotton candy, no wait, that’s not right. It was full of late model rides and hot coffee. The weather was cold but the drivers were on full heat as they started off the 2017 race season.  Here’s the beat on the street; from what my sources are saying…

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Brandon Setzer emerged as the fans pick this year for the CARS Tour Super Late Model Championship as he is expected to run the entire schedule this season. Setzer also came onboard with Romeo Guest Construction as his primary sponsor.

Raphael Lessard was a popular face with unique accented interviews in Edelbrock Victory Lane last year. Lessard was absent from Concord and left fans searching for his signature red and white paint scheme. He is scheduled to race 5-7 different CARS Tour events with Dominion Raceway being his first of the season as well as debuting in the ARCA Series on April 8th. Shhhhh… don’t tell anyone. ;)

Christian Eckes didn’t bring any snowballs to Concord this past weekend (what’s up with that Eckes?) even though he won the Snowball Derby Championship in the off-season. However, he did finish 2nd in the Super Late Model feature on Saturday and is expected to run 5-7 CARS Tour events this season as well as 9 ARCA Races with Venturini Motorsports.

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Bristol Super Late Model Lock in Berth on the Line at New Track Dominion Raceway

Mooresville, NC 3/16/17-The 2017 CARS Tour season opener at Concord Speedway introduced several new formats to the series that included knockout qualifying and live pit stops. These new formats created excitement and unknowns throughout the weekend, but the CARS Tour competitors will witness a completely different format the next time they take the track.

The River City QDMA Duels at Dominion pres. by Virginia Is For Lovers on March 25th will be the first of three races in which the CARS Tour will use a duel-race format for the Super Late Model and Late Model Stock Car divisions. An event that would normally be 150 laps for both series will be divided into two back-to-back 75-lap features, and will be accompanied by a single car qualifying format with no live pit stops. The CARS Tour will also use the duel-race format at Hickory Motor Speedway (May 6) and Myrtle Beach Speedway (September 16).

While the Late Model Stock Car Tour drivers will approach Dominion Raceway as they would any other race, there is added pressure for the Super Late Model drivers. The Duels at Dominion will act as a lock-in race for the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Super Late Model drivers, with the highest average finisher for both races earning an automatic bid into the inaugural event. The increased stakes and duel-race format at Dominion have forced many SLM competitors to adjust their strategy for the upcoming event.
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Bristol Super Late Model Lock In Berth on the Line at New Track Dominion Raceway

Mooresville, NC 3/16/17-The 2017 CARS Tour season opener at Concord Speedway introduced several new formats to the series that included knockout qualifying and live pit stops. These new formats created excitement and unknowns throughout the weekend, but the CARS Tour competitors will witness a completely different format the next time they take the track.

The River City QDMA Duels at Dominion pres. by Virginia Is For Lovers on March 25th will be the first of three races in which the CARS Tour will use a duel-race format for the Super Late Model and Late Model Stock Car divisions. An event that would normally be 150 laps for both series will be divided into two back-to-back 75-lap features, and will be accompanied by a single car qualifying format with no live pit stops. The CARS Tour will also use the duel-race format at Hickory Motor Speedway (May 6) and Myrtle Beach Speedway (September 16).

While the Late Model Stock Car Tour drivers will approach Dominion Raceway as they would any other race, there is added pressure for the Super Late Model drivers. The Duels at Dominion will act as a lock-in race for the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Super Late Model drivers, with the highest average finisher for both races earning an automatic bid into the inaugural event. The increased stakes and duel-race format at Dominion have forced many SLM competitors to adjust their strategy for the upcoming event.

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Eckes Scores Another Podium Finish in Strong Run at Concord

GREENVILLE, NY — Christian Eckes has been nothing but consistent so far in 2017 as he scored another second-place finish Saturday at Concord Speedway (NC) in the Circle Track Warehouse 200. The strong run ties the 16 year-old driver’s career best CARS Racing Tour finish.

“I definitely think we had one of the best cars on the long run,” said Eckes, “But we just could not fire off well. We struggled a little bit in the beginning and a little at the end. Overall I’m really happy.”

The Greenville, NY driver qualified his No. 15 Fury Race Car in the fifth position in a new CARS Tour qualifying format. In its debut, the knockout qualifying format provided a lot of excitement. Eckes qualified fifth in round one, allowing him to move into the final round of qualifying. The young driver backed up his lap with another fifth-place qualifying effort to start from that position in the 100-lap race.

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Eckes Eager to Get Back in Car and Contend for Win at Concord

(GREENVILLE, NY) – It’s been close to a month since the last time Christian Eckes was behind the wheel of a race car. Fortunately for the 16-year-old Snowball Derby champion, that streak is coming to an end this weekend when he straps in at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway for the Circle Track Warehouse 200 season-opener for the CARS Racing Tour.

The last time Eckes raced at Concord Speedway in a CARS Tour event he finished third in the Late Model Stock Car and 10th in the Super Late Model.

This weekend Eckes will not be running double-duty as he focuses solely on his Fury Race Cars Super Late Model at the fast, tricky triangular half-mile of Concord Speedway.

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CARS Tour Event Preview March 11: Circle Trackhouse 200 – Concord Speedway

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Circle Track Warehouse 200 – Concord Speedway
3 PM – March 11, 2017

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 7, 2017): After a short offseason, the CARS Tour kicks off their third season this weekend March 11th at Concord Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. This marks the first time in the tour’s history that another track besides Southern National will host the season opening event. Plenty of offseason changes occurred for both the competitors and the fans watching above. Kids twelve and under are now free in the grandstands, discount advance ticket options and VIP upgrades will be available each race, and more fan fest opportunities to meet the CARS Tour drivers on track and in person headline the list of fan initiatives leading into the first race. On the competition side of things, traditional single car qualifying and traditional 100-150 lap green flag races will be the standard; while group qualifying and duel races will take place at times on the 2017 schedule. The most intriguing new formats will be knockout qualifying and live pit stops for position races that will be in place to kick things off this weekend at the ultra-fast triangular shaped Concord Speedway. With more opportunities to win than ever, pit stop strategy now a factor, and some of the tightest competition to date expected throughout the year; the 2017 season has something for everyone and all the potential to be the best season to date.  

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CARS Tour Announces New Ticket Program to Encourage Fan Growth

Mooresville, NC (3/1/17) –The third season of the CARS Tour kicks off on March 11, and the series has announced a new offer on tickets in hopes of bringing in more families to the young series.

During the 2016 season, tickets for any children between 7 and 12 years old could cost up to $10, while any child under 6 years old could receive free admission. For the 2017 season, any child 12 years old or younger will be able to get into several CARS Tour races free, starting with the season-opening Circle Track Warehouse 200. The U.S. Nationals at Bristol — along with the first race at Hickory and South Boston — will have a different ticket policy that will be announced later.

The series also announced that flex ticket packages can be purchased by fans. These packages consists of 11 CARS Tour events at a price of $195, which would save the average season-ticket holder $25, and can be used at any race with the exception of Bristol. Additional promotional events, including family four-packs, will also be announced before each race.

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CARS Tour Announces Road to Bristol Lock in Races at Dominion and Hickory

Mooresville, NC 1/23/17- The Road to Bristol for the CARS Tour will go through two tracks on the 2017 schedule leading up to the Inaugural U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 19-21, 2017. First, the event at Dominion Raceway on March 25th will give one Super Late Model driver a chance to leave the ultra-fast Virginia track with a top 29 starting position at Bristol in May. Following Dominion, Late Model Stock drivers will get their shot at a top 26 provisional starting spot in Thunder Valley when the tour visits Hickory Motor Speedway on May 6th.

Each of the lock-in events are comprised of the new Dual format races and will feature single-car qualifying at each event, with lap one of record-setting the starting field of race one, and lap two of qualifying setting the starting lineup for race two. The driver who has the highest average overall finishing position between the two races will be awarded the Bristol provisional. If a tie occurs with multiple drivers scoring the same average finish, a tie breaker will revert to qualifying results.

“These lock in races play perfectly into our new dual format races. The duel format races with the highest average finisher earning the Bristol provisional, without question opens the door to more competitors having an opportunity to win that golden ticket for the U.S. Nationals in May,” stated CARS Tour Series Director, Chris Ragle. “There’s very much an opportunity for a driver to finish fourth in both races, for example, and earn a starting spot for Bristol. The door is wide open to everyone this way and that’s something we really like and the competitors should too.”

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Variety of Qualifying and Race Formats Coming to the CARS Tour Schedule in 2017

Mooresville, NC 1/16/17- On the heels of honoring the 2016 champions at the annual CARS Tour banquet held at Hendrick Motorsports Team Center in Concord, NC. The CARS Tour is proud to announce multiple qualifying and race event formats for the upcoming 2017 season, set to kick off March 11th at Concord (NC) Speedway. The formats are meant to add identity, strategy, and variety to the young touring series heading into its third season of competition.

Three different qualifying formats will be used over the course of the twelve race season. Traditional single car qualifying will continue to set the starting field at select events, with the fastest car starting from the pole position, just as has been done since the series inception in 2015. New for 2017 will be Group Qualifying, in which drivers will be grouped via random draw, and have five laps to set fast time. The fastest qualifier overall will start from the pole position for the feature event. Perhaps the most intriguing new qualifying format for 2017 will be Knockout Two Step Qualifying. Teams will get eight minutes in round one to make a qualifying attempt, with the fastest eight competitors advancing to round two. After a short four-minute break between rounds, round two participants will get five minutes to qualify on the pole position for the events feature race. With hopes of increased fan attendance for qualifying CARS Tour officials will make an effort to schedule these timed sessions closer to the feature event start times.

Similar to qualifying, three different race formats will be utilized throughout the 2017 season. The majority of the events will still see the traditional 100-150 green flag lap races that followers of the CARS Tour have become accustomed. The two new race formats introduced for the upcoming year will be Duel and Live Pit Stop race formats. In duel events, each division will have two 50-75 lap feature events each paying $2,500 to win and $300 to start with each race awarding championship points. Thus the 2017 championship battle will see drivers have fifteen chances to earn points at twelve different events.

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Crooks Racing Announces Eight S.T.A.R. Tryouts Finalists

Concord, N.C. — After a long evaluation, Crooks Racing has chosen eight finalists for the 2017 S.T.A.R. Tryouts. The announcement was made at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday and the drivers come from a variety of backgrounds and regions across America. Some are already recognizable names that have put in strong runs at big events; others have yet to be discovered and are hoping this is their chance.

Crooks Racing owner, Gary Crooks, believes his team will be extremely competitive with any of these eight drivers and that all eight of the drivers have the potential to make it in racing.

“We would like to thank everyone who submitted their resumes to participate in our program,” said Crooks. “We feel we have selected a wide array of drivers with very competitive backgrounds. We are looking forward to working with each of them through the next phase of our program.”
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CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: 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
3PMNovember 12, 2016

MOORESVILLE, NC (November 8, 2016): The CARS Tour will visit Eastern North Carolina for the second time this season as they close out the 2016 season at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina. Fans at the 4/10thmile track saw Deac McCaskill dominate the Late Model Stock race and then Quin Houff outduel 2015 tour champion Cole Timm in the Super Late Models to score his second career CARS Tour victory to kick off the year. Now it’s the same guy by the name of McCaskill that could be crowned the 2016 Late Model Stock champion; while its French-Canadian sensation Raphael Lessard who has all but wrapped up his Super Late Model championship in his rookie season with the tour, that all eyes will be on this weekend. Despite those championship implications on the line, multiple drivers that are local to the Southern National race track, hope they can steal a win at their home track before the CARS Tour goes dormant at the Motorsports Park in 2017. One major factor for all involved this weekend could be the special VP Racing adhesive the CARS Tour officials will be spraying in the second and third lane with hopes to produce a wider racing grove than normal at the 4/10 mile track.

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McCaskill, Setzer Victorious in Ultra-Competitive CARS Tour Hickory Event

Deac McCaskill celebrates his first career win at Hickory Motor Speedway after Saturday's Cloer Construction 300 for the CARS Racing Tour. It was McCaskill's third career CARS Tour win and gives him a 13-point advantage going into the season finale on November 12th at Southern National Motorsports Park.

NEWTON, NC (Oct. 31, 2016) — Deac McCaskill and Brandon Setzer emerged victorious in an event that featured a combined 16 lead changes among 10 drivers during Saturday night’s CARS Tour Cloer Construction at Hickory Motor Speedway. It was McCaskill’s second win of the season, extending his point lead heading into the season finale, and Setzer’s first this season. For both, it was also their third career win in the series.

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Tommy Lemons, Jr., improved his odds in the CARS Tour championship chase by winning the Hedgecock Racing Pole Position in qualifying, a feat worth an extra point in his championship chase of Deac McCaskill. Craig Moore, a series interloper, started outside of Lemons in only his second career race. 

Lemons charged to the point on the drop of the green flag, but his stay there was short-lived as former NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Stephen Leicht rocketed to the front in his Jani-King No. 5 car to lead from lap 5 until a caution on lap 15 for a multi-car incident on the frontstretch involving Layne Riggs, Chris Denny, and Thomas Beane. Riggs ultimately parked his ride due to damage from the accident.

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S Tour Event Preview: Cloer Construction 300 – Hickory Motor Speedway

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Cloer Construction 300 – Hickory Motor Speedway
7:30PMOctober 29, 2016 

MOORESVILLE, NC (October 25, 2016): What was supposed to be the 2016 season finale for the CARS Tour; this weekend’s Cloer Construction 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway, will be race nine on the 2016 schedule setting up the season finale on November 12th at Southern National Motorsports Park. The twin 150 lap races will see an increase in purse due to lap sponsorship being paid in both divisions. Each sponsored lap will award $30 per lap to the leader and $20 to the tenth position respectively. The bonus money could see track favorites like Josh Berry, Stephen Leicht, Brandon Setzer, and Preston Peltier come to the front in a hurry and walk away with a bigger payday than normal. The battle for the tenth position should be just as intriguing. Meanwhile, championship contenders Deac McCaskill and Raphael Lessard must come away with solid finishes if they want to have some breathing room to clinch their first ever CARS Tour championship two weeks later.

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Driver Talent Search – STAR Tryouts to Decide a Potent Ride

Concord, N.C. — Each year football teams around America hold try-outs to search for that hidden talent that nobody else has found. Football players showcase their skills in high-school and college tryouts with the hopes of one day making it to the big leagues. In racing, those try-outs are rare or non-existent, until now.

A new program, Short Track Auto Racing Tryouts, or STAR Tryouts for short, is being conducted by Crooks Racing as they analyze short track racing talent in an effort to put a driver in the team’s Super Late Model program in 2017.

Crooks Racing is asking for drivers to send in their applications to possibly be selected for their program. However, this isn’t any ordinary application process. Crooks Racing will host a “gong-show” style of event to determine who will race for the team for in 2017.

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CARS Tour Unveils 2017 Season Schedule

Mooresville, NC 10/6/16- Next season the CARS Tour will see plenty of newness as the tour unveils its upcoming 2017 schedule. A return to the state of Virginia, three new tracks to the tour, and more than ten races in a single season for the first time ever in series history highlights the 2017 season. In addition to the above mentioned, the CARS Tour will kick off the season for the first time ever in the month of March, beating this year’s season opener date, which took place the first weekend in April.

“We wanted to get a little earlier start in the season than we have had in the past, “explained series owner Jack McNelly. “Starting in March lets us get a few races in before the racing season gets too hectic around here. We’ll host those races in March during the afternoon so our fans can still enjoy the show in the most pleasurable weather as possible. It should be a great way to start the year.”

The three new tracks hosting CARS Tour events next season will be the all new Dominion Raceway, Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina, and South Boston Speedway, which will feature fresh new asphalt once repaving is complete over the off season.
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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.

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CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Summertime Showdown 250 – Orange County Speedway

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Summertime Showdown 250 – Orange County Speedway

7:30PMJuly 30, 2016

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 26, 2016): The CARS Tour returns to the thrilling Orange County Speedway after a midsummer break marking the mid-season point of the 2016 schedule. The major headline of the event in the Late Model Stock division is the absence of JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry, who will be competing in the Iowa Xfinity Series race Saturday night. Berry, who is the only LMSC repeat winner, is just seven points behind point leader Deac McCaskill. However, the JR Motorsports team can still win the series owner’s championship as they have tapped newcomer Scott Bishop to drive the #88B ride. The Super Late Model division will see several newcomers this weekend including Chandler Smith, Wade Day, and dirt ace Tanner Thorson in what looks to be a stacked field at Orange County. No driver has been able to repeat as a winner in the division, will this weekend make six different winners in six races, or will a driver double up for the first time this season making a serious bid toward winning the championship?

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CARS Tour TV Now Available on Roku Devices

MOORESVILLE, NC (May 4, 2016) — When Chris Ragle addressed a sea of CARS Tour competitors at SRI Performance a little over a year ago, he promised better use of technology in all facets of the new series and, so far, has yet to disappoint. The latest step in the technological train, a dedicated CARS Tour channel for Roku®, was promised for the first part of the 2016 season and is now available.

What is Roku? Roku is a device that connects traditional television sets to the internet and allows users to access content from all their favorite providers such as Netflix, Hulu and now the CARS Tour. In 2015, Roku streamed 5.5 billion hours of content and ended the year with 9 million monthly active accounts. Roku streaming players are available in most popular retail stores such as Walmart and Best Buy and also come bundled with some newer TVs. In other words, Roku has now put the excitement and thrills of the CARS Racing Tour into nearly 10 million households.

“There’s no question this is the wave of the future,” said Chris Ragle, director of operations for the CARS Tour. “More and more people are ‘cutting the cord’ and transitioning to devices like Roku for their entertainment, and we’re thrilled to now be part of that product offering. We quietly did a soft launch around a week ago to iron out any bugs and get initial feedback, and already over 1200 accounts have installed CARS Tour TV. I think that’s pretty impressive.”

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CARS Tour Event Preview: April 16th Orange Blossom 300 at Orange County Speedway

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Orange Blossom 300 pres. by The Grilling Store – Orange County Speedway

7:30PMApril 16, 2016

MOORESVILLE, NC (April 12, 2016): Known as one of the fastest 3/8th-mile tracks, Orange County Speedway produces some of the best racing short track fans will see in the Carolinas. With that being said it’s also one of the most physical tracks on race equipment. The multi-groove racing surface often creates disagreements among drivers upon exiting the turns, which then turns into incidents and good runs gone bad. Racing at Orange County is just as much about racing the track as your fellow competitor. Super Late Model regulars like Cole Timm, Quin Houff, and Nicole Behar will have their work cut out for them this weekend as NASCAR Truck regulars John Hunter Nemechek and Christopher Bell return to the track they both enjoy competing at. On the Late Model Stock side of things, several drivers with home track advantage like Ronald Hill, Justin Johnson, and Chris Davis could all have good runs with their knowledge of racing around the lighting fast facility.

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Quin Houff and Deac McCaskill Dominate #CARSTour300 To Open Tour’s Sophomore Season

April 3, 2016 — Quin Houff (Super Late Model) and Deac McCaskill (Late Model Stock) captured their respective portions of the season-opening #CARSTour300 in dominant fashion on Sunday afternoon at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Super Late Model Recap:

Trevor Noles led the field of super late models to the green flag with 2015 CARS Super Late Model Tour powered by VP Fuel champion Cole Timm alongside on the front row. Timm wrestled the early lead away from Noles and held the top spot through the first eight circuits. On lap nine, the No. 17 Chevrolet of Quin Houff took the lead away from Timm.

Houff began to set a torrid pace as the race settled into a long, green flag run until the only caution flag waved for a minor spin in turn four at lap 108. Timm once again had the better restart restart and retook the lead at the stripe on lap 109. However, Timm’s glory was short-lived as just a few laps later Houff bypassed him once again on lap 116.

[Photo Gallery] by Brad Newman

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Ford Performance Bolsters CARS Tour Loyalty Program for Late Model Stocks

Mooresville, NC 2/10/16- Continuing to build during the off season in preparation for 2016; CARS Tour officials are proud to announce that Ford Performance has signed on to bolster the all new CARS Tour Loyalty Program set to begin this season. Ford Performance joins the already involved, VP Racing Fuels and Hoosier Race Tires, in joint efforts to kick off the inaugural platform for participating competitors.

The Ford Performance program will award $300 cash to the top three highest finishing Late Model Stock competitors on the CARS Tour Loyalty Program utilizing the Ford D347SR or Ford 347R7 crate motors beginning with race six on the 2016 schedule. Once the award has been won by a competitor in an event, the next three highest-finishing Ford competitors on the Loyalty Program having not won the award, will be eligible for the cash bonus.

“Right after we announced the Loyalty Program, Mike Delahanty with Ford Performance, told us that he wanted Ford to be a part of the loyalty program for competitors,” explained Chris Ragle, Director of Operations for the CARS Tour. “The way the bonus program is structured should impact every Loyalty Program competitor utilizing a Ford engine. This will add additional value to an already great program. As we’ve been saying, if you invest in competing with the CARS Tour we will invest in you the competitor.”

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CARS Tour 2016 Media Day Set for March 9th at SRI Performance

Mooresville, NC 2/1/16- For the second year in a row the 2016 CARS Tour Media Day will take place at SRI Performance, formerly Roush Yates Performance Products, located in the Lakeside Park area of Mooresville, NC. Set for Wednesday March 9th at 7:30pm the evening will cover rules, procedures, and media orientation for the upcoming 2016 season. Once again the event will be streamed live online via RacefeedX by visiting the CARS Tour website for those not able to attend in person.

The evening will begin with introduction of new and existing CARS Tour staff members, followed by the introduction of the SRI Performance partnership with the tour and the company’s place within the industry since its offseason acquisition of Roush Yates Performance Products and CV Products.

From there all attendees and those viewing will learn of new procedures and rule changes taking place for the upcoming season. The all new CARS Tour Loyalty Program will also be discussed in depth, painting a clear picture of how to qualify for the program in 2016. The night will conclude with a question and answer session along with media obligation for teams in attendance about the upcoming season. Team members, drivers, and owners are all encouraged to attend if at all possible.
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