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2018 CARS Late Model Stock Tour Season Opener Could be Most Talented Field in Series History

Mooresville, NC 2/19/18 – The first ever CARS Tour race in 2015 at Southern National featured 36 cars with some of the top names in the region competing. Fast forward to the upcoming Do The Dew 150 on March 10th at Tri-County Motor Speedway, and all indications show that the 2018 season opener could outdo that inaugural event.

Headlining the list of early pre-entries are defending CARS Tour champion Josh Berry driving for JR Motorsports, 2016 CARS Tour champion Deac McCaskill, and making his CARS Tour debut, four-time and defending NASCAR All American champion Lee Pulliam. The Semora, NC driver has never raced at the Hudson, NC track but is looking forward to the challenge and competing on the CARS Tour circuit.

“I’m really excited to be making my CARS Tour debut at Tri-County. The last time I raced a CARS race, was 2013 when it was still the Pro Cup cars, that race was $10,000 to win and I ended up in victory lane, so it would be nice to pick up where I left off,” noted Pullium. “I’ve never raced at Tri-County but have watched some videos and I’m really looking forward to getting on track there. It seems to be a place that has multiple grooves, which as a racer you really enjoy because it allows you to move around throughout the race to find speed and fix any handling problems you might have in your car. With a limited schedule this year, I’ve got a lot of emphasis on this race and making it our goal to end up in victory lane at a CARS Tour race.”

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CARS Tour Touring 12 Program Registration Ends February 2nd

Mooresville, NC 1/29/18 – The 2018 CARS Tour season is quickly approaching and teams are setting their upcoming schedule. Late Model Stock teams and drivers looking to compete with the tour on a full-time basis have just a few days remaining to register for consideration for the inaugural Touring 12 incentives program.

The Touring 12 program will see twelve drivers sign agreements to compete full time on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour, receiving plethora of benefits along the way. Touring 12 selected drivers will receive the following as part of their incentive package:

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CARS Tour to Host and Sanction Two Limited Late Model Races in 2018

Mooresville, NC 1/23/18 – With the huge Mountain Dew “Do The Dew” 150, on March 10th, already set to kick off the 2018 CARS Late Model Stock Tour season, the kickoff event got even bigger with the addition of a major Limited Late Model (LLM) race as the supporting class. The race will be hosted and sanctioned by the CARS Tour, giving LLM teams and drivers a chance to see what the CARS Tour is all about.

The seventy-five lap race will pay a $13,100 in purse, with $2,500 going to the winner and $250 to start the feature event. With an effort to minimize cost and encourage teams to travel from all over the region, the race will be run on two new and two used tires. Teams will turn in two used F-45 tires to CARS Tour officials, which meet the minimum tread depth requirement, and purchase two new F-45 tires for the race. The two used tires will be distributed to teams via a lottery to ensure fairness to all teams in attendance.

CARS Tour officials will utilize the technical rules of the Southeast Limited Late Model Series for the event, while following CARS Tour race procedures of the pole winner starting first and green flag laps only counting toward the total race distance.  A small difference from CARS LMSC standard age of 14 to compete; the minimum age for the LLM race will be 12.

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McCaskill, Nasse Win at South Boston; Berry & Rouse CARS Champions

The CARS Tour traveled to the freshly paved and unbelievably fast South Boston Speedway this past Saturday for their final event of the 2017 season. The Late Model Stock field was twenty plus cars strong, and the Super field was set at about fifteen.  Brandon Setzer would win knock out qualifying for the Super Late Model portion, and Phillip Morris would win the pole in Late Model Stock. The points coming into this final event were extremely tight in both divisions between Cole Rouse and Setzer in Supers, and Josh Berry/Layne Riggs in Late Model Stock.

The first event of the night was the Late Model Stock portion of the CARS Tour, led to the green by Layne Riggs and Phillip Morris. Layne Riggs had a rear end failure early on in this event which would end his bid for a title. The race was now between Josh Berry and teammate Anthony Alfredo, but up front, it was all Phillip Morris. Deac McCaskill kept Morris within striking distance for most of the race until he finally made his move. Once Deac had gotten around Morris, the #01 machine went up in smoke due to a blown engine. Josh Berry would struggle most of the night to find any kind of speed but managed to seal the CARS Tour title by a couple points over teammate Anthony Alfredo. Deac McCaskill would go on to win the event in dominant fashion over a hard-charging Stacy Puryear and Timothy Peters.

Arguably the best CARS Tour Super Late Model event took place Saturday night at South Boston. Brandon Setzer and Christian Eckes led the field to the green. Setzer would jump out to an early lead over Eckes until an early spin by Jared Fryar brought out our first caution. Setzer would lose the lead to Eckes on the restart and pace behind him until around halfway. Right before our halfway caution, Setzer would lose control of his #6 machine in turn number three, the contact would, unfortunately, end his night and his chances at a Championship. Eckes would lead the field until Jake Crum moved him out of the way on a restart, resulting in Eckes having to work his way back up through the field. On his way through the field Eckes had contact with Cole Rouse on the front stretch resulting in Rouses’ car upside down against the catch fence in turn one, luckily for Rouse, he had locked up the championship at this point. Stephen Nasse had inherited the lead at this point while Jake Crum was hot on his tail. Crum ended up moving Nasse with about eight laps to go, Crum was penalized for rough driving which then gave the lead to Zane Smith and Jared Fryar. Fryar would be run over by Smith in turn three which would bring out, you guessed it, another late race caution. Nasse, Crum, and Craig would have a three-wide battle on the next restart with three laps to go. Coming to the checkered flag Matt Craig would send Jake Crum in turn three and Stephen Nasse would slip under both of them and steal the win. After the race tempers would flare between the Craig and Crum crew resulting in a pit road brawl. Matt Craig would finish second, Zane Smith third and Dan Speeney fourth.

Sources: Brad Newman

CARS Tour Late Model Stocks to Kick Off 2018 Season Racing for $10,000 at Tri-County

Mooresville, NC 10/12/17 – With competition at the track winding down for the 2017 season the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS Tour) has announced a huge race to kick off the 2018 Late Model Stock (LMSC) season.  The opening race to be held at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, North Carolina will pay the winner of the event $10,000 as part of a record purse for the Late Model Stock portion of the series.

“This will be our fourth season running the Late Model Stocks and we have had their support from the beginning.  The consistent car counts at every event and the loyalty of the driver’s year after year allows us to go all in for the 2018 late model stock season.  We look to make this a signature event by holding it early in the year and prior to the national and local point events beginning” said Jack McNelly, owner of the CARS Tour.

The Do The Dew 150 will be held at Tri-County Motor Speedway on the afternoon of March 10th as a daytime event.  The Hudson, North Carolina oval has been on the CARS Tour series schedule since its inception and has consistently provided the best racing the series has to offer starting in 2015 with a 100 lap event won by Brayton Haws that saw seven lead changes amongst four different drivers.  Just this season Garrett Campbell and Josh Berry dazzled the fans in attendance with racing that many dream to witness on a regular basis.

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Big Money Ahead for CARS Tour in Inaugural “Mid Atlantic Classic” at Orange County Speedway

Mooresville, NC 7/17/17 – The 2017 Puryear Tank Lines/Thrifty Tire Service Centers 300 at Orange County Speedway saw Kyle Busch Motorsports development driver Cole Rouse hold off Matt Craig to claim his first career victory in CARS Super Late Model competition. Local favorite Layne Riggs led wire to wire in the Late Model Stock Car Tour event en route to a popular victory in front of his home crowd.

Riggs’ victory allowed him to slightly extend his points lead over Anthony Alfredo in the LMSC Tour, while Rouse was able to tie Brandon Setzer for the points lead in the SLM Tour. However, when the CARS Tour competitors return to Orange County, there will be more than just points on the line.

The historic, 3/8 mile asphalt oval will play host to the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Classic on July 22, 2017. The 150-lap super late model event will feature several key differences from the previous outing at Orange County for the super late models, including a total purse of $50,875, in which every competitor who makes the 30-car starting grid will earn $1,000. The winner of the Mid-Atlantic Classic will receive $10,000, which is a paycheck that exceeds every previous event in CARS Tour history, including the U.S. Nationals at Bristol that saw race winner Darrell Wallace Jr. earned $7,500.
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CARS Tour “Throwback 276” at Hickory August 5th to Honor Short Track Racing’s Past in a Big Way

Mooresville, NC 6/21/17- On August 5th the CARS Tour will “throw it back” to the history of sport and short track racing when the tour visits the famed Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC. The race will feature special “throwback” paint schemes by competitors, traditional priced concession items, and honor several legends of the sport in attendance during a special pre-race presentation courtesy of the Hickory Soup Kitchen.

The historic presence of the event will feature 138 lap green flag races for both the Super Late Models and the Late Model Stocks. The 276 total lap count matches the 1971 and 1972 distances the now named NASCAR Cup Series ran at the .363 mile track. In addition to the race distance; a special red, white, and blue throwback “CARS Tour Late Model Series” logo will be used on all branding, including special CARS Tour official uniforms and various tour merchandise available.

The major partaking in the event will come in the form of special throwback paint schemes that will flashback to racing’s past. Through a special partnership with the following graphic companies several schemes have already been developed. Over the coming days each paint scheme will be released to the public.  

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CARS Tour Announces Format for SLM $10,000 to Win Mid Atlantic Classic at Orange County Speedway July 22

Mooresville, NC 6/13/17- Just prior to the CARS Tour first race of 2017 at Orange County Speedway on June 24th, the series is proud to announce the format for the $10,000 to win Mid Atlantic Classic on July 22nd. The major event at North Carolina’s fastest 3/8th mile track will feature 100 green flag laps for Late Model Stocks and 150 green flag laps with four different segments for the Super Late Models. The first three segments will pay $500 to win with the final segment paying $10,000.

The inaugural Puryear Tank Lines-Thrifty Tire Centers “Mid Atlantic Classic” pres. by The Grilling Store will award $10,000 to the winner and a minimum of $1,000 to each competitor taking the green flag. Along the way each segment will pay $500 to win on lap 35, 100, and 135. The eight tire optional race will allow competitors a choice to change zero, one, two, three, or four tires under a five minute break period, before being lined up in position based on their strategic tire change choice. In addition, the winners of each segment will be awarded a guaranteed top eight starting position in the final fifteen lap segment to the finish, with the exact positioning to be determined by tires taken.

“I love this format and how it creates strategy and choice for the race teams. It’s very similar to what they use to do at SpeedFest, down in Cordele, for those that were familiar with that format. The only difference is we are creating the opportunity to make that tire change at the conclusion of each segment,” explained Chris Ragle, CARS Tour Series Director. “I think this format creates hard racing early rather than just at the end. A driver could easily win the first segment settle in and make a strategic tire move to battle for the win. The winning move could be winning that first segment. Another plus for Super Late Model competitors is that we only increased the entry fee by $50, that’s it. Everything else is the same price as a normal event. If that’s value, and big money bang for your buck I don’t know what is.”
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Eckes Takes Home Another Podium Finish in New Car at Anderson

ANDERSON, SOUTH CAROLINA — Christian Eckes continues to knock on victory lane’s door at every track he goes to. Eckes picked up another second-place finish on Saturday night in the CARS Tour/Southern Super Series combination race at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway after starting the 125-lap feature from the third position.

Eckes led a portion of Saturday’s feature before getting passed on a restart by Casey Roderick and eventual winner Bubba Pollard. On the final restart of the race, Eckes moved back by Roderick and into the second position where he would finish.

“Overall it was a great weekend for us,” said 2016 Snowball Derby champion Eckes. “I missed it a little bit by using up my tires, and as a team, we missed it just the slightest bit to be able to beat Bubba. Racing has improved so much in the fact that you have to be perfect to win, and we were just slightly under perfect.”
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Alfredo, Craig and Lessard Victorious in CARS Tour Duels at Hickory

NEWTON, NC (May 7, 2017) – Saturday’s CARS Tour race at Hickory Motor Speedway, the McCorkle’s Liberty Buick & GMC 300 Duels, was anything but predictable as three different drivers visited victory lane over the course of the event. Raphael Lessard and Matt Craig tasted victory in the super late model duels while JR Motorsports driver Anthony Alfredo dueled with Austin McDaniel during both late model stock duels to take his first two career CARS Tour wins.

LATE MODEL STOCK RECAP

Josh Berry captured another Hedgecock Racing Pole Award during qualifying and started the first duel from the pole position and quickly jumped out to an early lead. It was a dominating performance by Berry until his engine blew on lap 56 in spectacular fashion, billowing smoke and flames from underneath of his Chevrolet.

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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. 

LATE MODEL STOCK RECAP

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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