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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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CARS Tour Announces Loyalty Program for 2016, Program to Take Tour to the Next Level

Mooresville, NC 1/20/16- After a historic year in the inaugural CARS Tour season that saw an average of 55 cars per event between the two divisions, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based sanctioning body is proud to announce a loyalty program beginning in 2016. The program will be based on participation and not performance and is expected to take the tour to new heights in the future.

In addition to paying one of the best late model purses in the country, $5,500 to win and $550 to start for a total of $29,375 per division on thirty car fields, competitors will now qualify for free items such as VP Racing Fuel and Hoosier race tires, when showing their loyalty to the CARS Tour.

The program takes effect after a team competes in the first five races on the 2016 schedule. At the sixth race in the season (June 25th Greenville-Pickens) all program qualified teams will receive 20 gallons of VP-CRT race fuel for free. Beginning with race number seven (July 30th Orange County Speedway) every team on the program will receive one free Hoosier F-45RS tire throughout the remaining events as long as they do not miss a race. Points standing position does not dictate the ability to be qualified for the program.

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VP Racing Fuels the Official Fuel of CARS Tour, Named Title Sponsor of Super Late Model Division

SAN ANTONIO, TX (January 18, 2016) Officials with the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Tour today announced VP Racing Fuels will continue as the series’ “Official Fuel” through the 2018 season. Under the agreement, VP’s CRT™, a proprietary race fuel blend for exclusive use by all CARS competitors, has been designated as Spec Fuel for the series. In addition to being named the official fuel of the tour, VP Racing Fuels will be the title sponsor of the Super Late Model division. The CARS Super Late Model Tour fueled by VP Racing Fuels, along with the CARS Late Model Stock Car division, takes the green flag on the 2016 season beginning April 2nd.

“VP Racing Fuels has supported our endeavors dating back to the Pro Cup Series day and have never wavered with that support. To be able to announce a long term partnership with them says a lot about their commitment to our series and our competitors going forward,” said Jack McNelly, owner of CARS Tour. “A solid marketing partner like VP Racing Fuels as our Super Late Model division sponsor allows the series to grow in a direction we desire; just as VP wants to grow within the short track pavement market along with us.”

“We’re very pleased to continue our partnership with the CARS Tour,” said Chris Wall, VP’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The CARS Tour provides a great proving ground for younger racers and we appreciate the opportunity to provide them and their veteran counterparts with a top quality fuel like CRT. We look forward to working with Jack and his team to help grow the series for years to come.”
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Sarah Cornett-Ching Announces 2016 Racing Plans, Focuses On NASCAR

DENVER, NC (Dec. 8, 2015) – Popular Canadian welder-turned-racer Sarah Cornett-Ching announced her 2016 racing plans today. As many anticipated, she will continue to race with Tony Blanchard and RACE 101 during 2016, focusing primarily on chasing the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year title while sprinkling in some ARCA Racing Series and CARS Super Late Model Tour events along the way.

“I’m really energized about running in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series,” said the 24-year old driver from Summerland, British Columbia. “We raced a handful of events with them last year, I really liked how the races were organized, the parity of the rules package and what it offered me as a driver. As my career continues to advance, I’ll be racing on some of the same tracks and with a lot of the same drivers and teams. Combine that with the added value that the NASCAR brand can bring to me and my partners, it was really a no-brainer.”

Though 2016 will see her competing primarily under the NASCAR K&N Pro Series banner, Cornett-Ching will start her major event schedule at the same place her career began, the Daytona International Speedway. Once again, she will compete in the ARCA Racing Series event at the 2.5-mile trioval as a precursor to the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited. Other ARCA starts are tentatively planned at larger tracks where her career path will take her in the future. Immediately following that contest, she will drive over to New Smyrna Speedway for the K&N Pro Series East season opener the next day.

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Haws Satisfied With Performance at Myrtle Beach Speedway

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.— Brayton Haws may not have won at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) on Saturday night, but he was still happy with his performance in the CARS Racing Tour BakerDist.com200 Late Model Stock feature.  Haws started 10th and finished eighth, but got as high as the top four during the 100-lap race. 

However, Myrtle Beach Speedway is all about saving tires, and Haws worked hard to save as much as he could for the end of the race.
“We were saving for a while so I let some cars pass us,” Haws said.

Brandon Setzer and Sam Yarbrough Throw A Myrtle Beach Party After 200

Myrtle Beach, SC (Sept. 20, 2015) – Brandon Setzer (Super Late Model) and Sam Yarbrough (Late Model Stock) both played the tire strategy game to perfection on Saturday night to win their respective races at Myrtle Beach Speedway in the CARS Tour 200 presented by Sports Radio 100.3 The Team.
Super Late Model Recap: 
For the second time this season, Brandon Setzer claimed the Mahle Pistons Pole Award and led the field to the green flag. Most recent race winner Steve Wallace jumped out to the early race lead from his second-place starting spot as Setzer slowly began to drop through the field.
The race saw its first lead change when Kyle Grissom, who started 11th, bypassed Wallace in turn one.  The field settled into mostly single file formation as Grissom and Coulter Motorsports driver Clay Rogers contested the lead several times with Grissom retaining the top spot until a lap 46 caution flag for fluid leaking from the car of top-five runner AJ Frank.

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Haws Seeking a Win and the Points Lead at Myrtle Beach

YOUNGSVILLE, N.C.– Brayton Haws is heading to the beach this weekend.  No, not to just hang out, but to race.  The CARS Tour is taking on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, September 19 for the 200 and Haws is looking to regain the Late Model Stock Car series’ points lead at the end of 100 laps. 

“It would mean a lot to win there, but honestly I need the win for the points standings right now,” said Haws.  “We are second in points and we are two behind Myatt Snider.  We’ve got two races left so we have to race for points.”

 The 16-year-old driver from Youngsville, North Carolina said he’s excited to head back to Myrtle Beach because it’s been a while since he’s gotten to race at the famous oceanside race track.

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$50,000 Double Duty Dare and $15,000 in Lap Money Up for Grabs at CARS Tour Season Finale in Hickory

Mooresville, NC 9/16/15– The inaugural season for the CARS Tour has been nothing less than successful thus far with just two races remaining. The first of those final two races is this weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway before teams set their sights on the season finale at Hickory Motor Speedway for a Sunday afternoon matinée on November 1st that will crown the first ever CARS Tour champions.

Teams and fans alike will now have over $50,000 in reasons to circle the November 1st calendar date. The CARS Tour “Double Duty Dare” will award $40,000 to the driver who wins both the 150 lap Super Late Model and 150 lap Late Model Stock events to close out the 2015 season. In addition to the bonus money up for grabs for those “taking the dare”; lap money will be made available to all competitors in both races. The leader will take home $30 per lap led, while the driver in the 10th position will put $20 per lap in their pocket. In all, if every lap is sponsored, a hefty $7,500 per division in lap money will be added to the purse.

Competitors won’t be the only ones with incentives available to them at the MTP 300. One lucky fan in the grandstands could win $10,000 if the driver they are paired with successfully completes the “Double Duty Dare”. Beginning Thursday September 24th fans can register online at, visit the Hickory Motor Speedway offices, and until 1:30pm the day of the event at the track to be in a drawing for a finalist position paired with drivers pulling double duty. Fans of the CARS Tour on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter will also get a chance to be in the mix as one guaranteed finalist will be chosen via a social media contest. A second guaranteed finalist will also be selected from entries via the CARS Tour website.

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CARS Tour Partners with the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand for the “Fairways and Straightaways Golf Classic”

September 8, 2015 Myrtle Beach, SC- The Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) based in Mooresville, NC has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand for the inaugural Fairways and Straightaways Golf Classic to be held at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University on September 17th.   The Fairways and Straightaways Golf Classic will consist of drivers, teams, sponsors and officials that are in the area for the CARS Tour 200 to be held at Myrtle Beach Speedway on September 19th.  Proceeds from this charity golf tournament and the fundraising events held at Myrtle Beach Speedway on the 19th will directly benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand.

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Hoosier Racing Tire to Become Official Tire of the CARS Tour

Mooresville, NC 8/4/15– Effective immediately the Hoosier 37-190F45 RS tire will take over as the official tire of the CARS Tour with its debut in competition coming at Concord Speedway on August 29th. The new tire will be used on both left and right sides, and utilized by both Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Model machines.

Tire testing to help design a tire specific to the CARS Tour for years to come will take place in the coming weeks with hopes of debuting the new tire at the season finale on November 1st at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway.

“After much consideration for our competitors, fans, and the overall health of the tour we felt this is a necessary change moving forward. Our competitors are more familiar with the Hoosier Racing Tire product line, and have been vocal about their desire to utilize it in competition,” explained Tour Owner, Jack McNelly. “With that said I have to say that Scott Junod and the entire staff at American Racer have been nothing less than excellent to work with. Their efforts and hard work to help mold the CARS Tour in its initial stages speaks volumes about how valuable they are to the industry.”

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CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Summertime Showdown 250 pres. by The Grilling Store & CV Products –Orange County Speedway

7PM – August 1, 2015

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 28, 2015): A return to the lightning-fast Orange County Speedway falls on the calendar this Saturday night for all CARS Tour competitors. The seventh race of the ten race tour is when the championship point focus truly begins to set in for drivers and teams. A single point separates Late Model Stock championship leader Brayton Haws and second place Myatt Snider, while Cole Timm leads Kyle Grissom by only eight markers on the Super Late Model Tour. Those four drivers survived a wild Orange Blossom 300 race in April, each coming away with top five finishes in their respective divisions. They will need to duplicate those efforts in this weekend’s Summertime Showdown 250, a race which has all the ingredients of another “wild one at Orange County.” Hot, early August, summertime temperatures will make the high-banked .375-mile track slick and greasy, meaning grip will be at premium for all competitors. With less grip comes higher risk for trouble on the track. Those two elements – tire management and racing incident-free – are easier said than done at the North Carolina facility that labels itself as “America’s Fastest 3/8th Mile Track.”

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LFR Driver Development Group Secures Two Top-5 Finishes During CARS Tour Food Country USA 250

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 14, 2015) – The LFR Driver Development Group had a tremendous showing at the most recent Super Late Model CARS Tour event. William Byron and Joey Mucciacciaro secured two Top-5 finishes for the team while Quin Houff rounded out the group with a Top-15 at Motor Mile Speedway this past Saturday.

“All three of our drivers did a great job this weekend. It was a tough race, but they fought as hard as they could to grab every position possible. This weekend not only says a lot about the LFR Driver Development Group’s level of talent, but also how far the program has come,” said Rob Fuller, team owner. “I met with the officiating group and owners of the CARS Tour following the race to discuss the restart procedures that have caused havoc all season long. They were very receptive which was great. Hopefully, they will be proactive and make a change to better their series and let every team and driver know they are wanting to address issues when they arise.”

William Byron had the dominant car of the race, taking the lead just before Lap 50. He maintained control of the race until he received contact from a competitor while trying to keep the lead on a restart with just over 25 laps to go. The contact, which pushed in Byron’s right front fender, prevented him from capturing the win despite a great last lap charge. The current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader came home with a second-place finish instead.

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CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Food Country USA 250 pres. by Heritage Truck Centers –Motor Mile Speedway

7PM July 11, 2015

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 7, 2015): The single visit to the Commonwealth of Virginia, at Motor Mile Speedway, kicks off the second half of the season for the CARS Tour this Saturday night. Deemed as one of the nicest facilities along the East Coast, Motor Mile Speedway presents a different type of racing compared to the more abrasive tracks the tour has competed at thus far in 2015. Motor Mile’s long straightaways and smooth gripping surface can handle the power to the rear wheels that CARS Tour competitors in both division have at their feet at any time. While Late Model Stock drivers are quite familiar with the .416 mile track, Super Late Models have not roared to life in the New River Valley since 2012. Plenty of new faces are planning their tour debuts in both divisions making the Food Country 250 presented by Heritage Truck Centers a race with lots of unanswered questions of what to expect.    

Food Country USA 250 pres. by Heritage Truck Centers NOTES & QUOTES


Track/Location: Motor Mile Speedway-Radford, VA                                   Track Size: .416
Event Name: Food Country USA 250 pres. by Heritage Truck Centers      Laps/Distance: 125/52 miles (each)
Event Schedule: 12:30PM-2:45PM Practice, 4:30PM Qualifying, 6PM Last Chance Races, 7PM Green: LMSC-SLM
Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / #FoodCountryUSA250

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Clay Rogers to Become First “Double Duty” Driver in CARS Tour History

Mooresville, NC 7/2/15- Since the inception of the CARS Tour plenty of talk occurred about drivers and teams being able to perform “double duty” competing in both the Late Model Stock and Super Late Model divisions at a single event. The amount of teams that then registered for both divisions for the upcoming 2015 season with plans to perform double duty on a regular basis, made it appear that several were going to follow through with those intentions.

Flash forward to the midpoint of the current season and despite several close calls for a driver to pull off the accomplishment none have done so. Tyler Ankrum, was one of those drivers, having brought his brand new Super Late Model machine to Tri-County at the tour’s last outing just to make the decision to leave it in the trailer and not compete. The tight schedule, long days, and difference in racecars has shown competitors that competing in both events in a single night is no easy feat.

However; veteran racer Clay Rogers will take the challenge head on that many have relinquished with all intentions of becoming the first driver in the short history book of the CARS Tour to officially pull off the “double-duty” feat next Saturday July 11th at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia. The Troutman, North Carolina native has won behind the wheel of both types of machines, with one of those victories being a Snowball Derby win in the seat of a Super Late Model and the other the largest paying Late Model Stock event in 1999 at Concord Speedway where Rogers claimed $65,000 for his win.
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Haws’ Hot Streak Continues with Third CARS Tour Win

15-Year-Old Battles Back for Tri-County Motor Speedway Triumph

YOUNGSVILLE, N.C.– For the third time in five races in the inaugural CARS Late Model Stock tour, Brayton Haws stood tall in victory lane Friday night at Tri-County Motor Speedway. The 15-year-old put an exclamation point on the series’ first half of its inaugural season with an impressive performance that further extended his point lead.

“Our goal coming into this series was championship, experience and wins,” Haws said following his win at the North Carolina bullring. “So far we are proving we are really tough competition on the track for wins and the championship. I think we have a great shot at winning this championship and I’d really love to be the one to say I was the first champion of this series.”

The day got off to a positive, albeit soggy, start for Haws and the No. 41 Rheem/ Mechanical HVAC Services Ford team. Haws believed that his car was fast enough to win the pole in qualifying, but he didn’t get the chance to prove that when qualifying was rained out thanks to a brief shower. Haws still started up front by virtue of being the points leader.

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Houff, Haws Winners on a Hot, Wild Night at Tri-County

Quin-Houf-VLHUDSON, NC (June 13, 2015) — The CARS Racing Tour reached the halfway point of its inaugural season with fireworks and excitement at Tri-County Motor Speedway on Friday night. A familiar face in Brayton Haws (Late Model Stock) and a first-time winner, Quin Houff (Super Late Model), found their respective ways to Edelbrock victory lane as part of the the 200 presented by CCC&TI.

Super Late Model Recap:
After a brief rain shower cancelled qualifying, the lineup was determined by the rulebook (driver points) and that put Cole Timm and Kyle Grissom on the front row to begin the 100 lap contest.

Grissom grabbed the lead on the start from Timm, but fast-moving Steve Wallace, who started 9th, began a quick charge through the field. By lap 16, when the first caution flew for an oil down from Stephen Leicht’s broken rear end, Wallace had made his way up to second behind rival Grissom.

The pair began a game on restarts that led to both receiving admonishment from race control. Brandon Setzer and Zane Smith tangled on lap 49, and on the ensuing restart Wallace once again stepped over the boundary set by race control for the restart tolerances and was penalized to the rear for jumping the restart.
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CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: 200 pres. by CCC&TI –Tri-County Motor Speedway

7PM June 12, 2015

MOORESVILLE, NC (June 12, 2015): The 200 presented by Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute this Friday night at Tri-County Motor Speedway will mark the midpoint of the inaugural CARS Tour ten race season. Of the tracks already visited and those still ahead the biggest X-factor considered amongst the teams has been Tri-County. The inability to test the Caldwell County track, in addition to it being closed for the last several years, has many teams unsure of what to expect when the tour hits the track for that initial practice session on June 12th. Despite the competitor’s lack of knowledge, one thing is certain, a multi-groove race track with plenty of side-by-side racing is in store for the fans in attendance. The event with the most questions surrounding it may just turn in to the best race of the CARS Tour inaugural season. 200 pres. by CCC&TI NOTES & QUOTES


Track/Location: Tri-County Motor Speedway-Hudson, NC                                    Track Size: .400

Event Name: 200 pres. by CCC&TI                 Laps/Distance: 100/40 miles (each)

Event Schedule: 12:30PM-2:45PM Practice, 4:30PM Qualifying, 6PM Last Chance Races, 7PM Green: SLM-LMSC

Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / #LTSB200

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CARS Tour and Military Missions in Action Partner to Honor Veterans at Southern National on May 30

Mooresville, NC 5/20/14- The month of May is big for any race fan around the country with tracks of all shapes and sizes being filled up with high horse powered machines, grills, and good times. However; many don’t realize that the entire month of May is Military Appreciation Month, set aside to honor and recognize both active duty and veterans of the Armed Forces who risk their lives so that we have the freedom to enjoy the sport of stock car racing.

To close out the month of May the CARS Tour has partnered with local non-profit charity Military Missions in Action to honor those local military personal at the properly named “Don’t Tread on Me 250” on Saturday May 30th at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC. The race will feature a patriotic atmosphere with several military branches in attendance, in addition to several special recognitions planned for pre-race ceremonies. Drivers and teams are also being encouraged by CARS Tour officials to add a patriotic touch to their May 30th car design if possible.

“Luckily with our partnership with Military Missions in Action (MMIA), based in nearby Fuquay-Varina, NC, we are able to put on a special event like this. We’ve got all kinds of military special guests that are going to be attendance, and we are hoping to raise some funds for MMIA and the work they do with disabled veterans in the region. Special ticket discounts will be available for anyone with a military ID, both active duty and retired, so all military are encouraged to join the festivities. It’s going to be a pretty special event for people who deserve it,” explained CARS Tour Director of Operations, Chris Ragle.
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New Faces Could Make Hickory the Biggest CARS Tour Event Yet

Mooresville, NC 4/28/14- Having logged the first two events of the inaugural CARS Tour season in the history books, the landscape of what to expect on a regular basis is starting to take shape. An average of 33 Late Model Stock Cars and 31 Super Late Models have showed up to compete in the tours first two events, and with the tour’s next event hitting the famed Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday May 9th those numbers could very well climb.

Several new faces are expected to make their CARS Tour debut in the Catawba Valley 250. Super late model ace Preston Peltier, driving for chassis builder Robert Hamke, is making May 9th plans with the CARS Tour. Peltier knows his way around the .375 mile track having already won the 2015 version of the Easter Bunny 150. The man who finished second to Peltier in that race, Tyler Church, is also planning to make his official debut. Church, a native of Hickory, NC, was planning to compete in the season opening CARS Tour event but an emergency trip to the hospital the day before the event delayed his debut until now.

Hickory Motor Speedway regular Shane Lee is also expected to compete in the Late Model Stock division. The Newton, NC driver currently sits second in the speedway’s weekly points standings making him a threat to possibly steal a win from the tour regulars along with the $4,500 payday that comes with the victory.

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Bell, Haws Dominate CARS Tour Orange Blossom 300

ROUGEMONT, NC (April 18, 2015) – Brayton Haws and Christopher Bell both put on clinics in their respective divisions and drove to victory in the Late Model Stock and Super Late Model portions of the CARS Racing Tour Orange Blossom 300, respectively, on Saturday night. For both drivers, the Orange County Speedway triumphs were their first wins of 2015 in the newly-formed tour.

Late Model Stock Recap:
Deac McCaskill proved once again he was the man to beat by winning the pole for the second straight race. Brayton Haws started alongside on the front row.

Much like the season opener at Southern National, McCaskill quickly got out to an early lead, but it would be much shorter-lived as Haws took command before the one-sixth mark. Shortly thereafter, Todd Gilliland, the winner of the season opener and series point leader, found himself involved in an incident with Stacy Puryear and numerous other contenders. The No. 98G of Gilliland was done for the night while others including Tyler Ankrum and Michael Fose were damaged significantly.

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CARS Tour Event Preview: Orange Blossom 300 pres. by The Grilling Store-Orange County Speedway

MOORESVILLE, NC (April 14, 2015): With the inaugural event of the CARS Tour in the books, the attention is now turned to this weekend’s Orange Blossom 300 at Orange County Speedway. A pair of teenagers in the form of Cole Timm, on the Super Late Model side, and Todd Gilliland, amongst the Late Model Stock crowd, surprised most by taking home the first ever victories in CARS Tour competition. The ultra-fast Orange County facility, known for multiple groove stellar racing, will quickly showcase which teams made gains from the data they collected after getting accustomed to CARS Tour competition. Knowledge gained of when to “go for it” and when to “ride”, in addition to knowing what kind of setup package works best for their ride, has all the ingredients of a must see event once again for both Super Late Model and Late Model Stock fans of central North Carolina.

Orange Blossom 300 pres. by The Grilling Store NOTES & QUOTES


Track/Location: Orange County Speedway-Rougemont, NC
Track Size: .375
Event Name: Orange Blossom 300 pres. by The Grilling Store

Laps/Distance: 150/56 miles (each)
Event Schedule: 10:45AM-1:30PM Practice, 4:30PM Qualifying, 6PM Last Chance Race, 7PM Green: LMSC-SLM
Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour, @OCS_Track / #OrangeBlossom300

CARS SLM Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #00 Lucas Ransone, #2 Trevor Noles, #2L Robby Lyons, #2R Clay Rogers, #4 Brandon Lynn, #5V Dominique Van Wieringen, #6 Brandon Setzer, #8N John Hunter Nemechek, #12 Harrison Burton, #14D Chris Davidson, #16 Lucas Jones, #17 Quinn Houff, #18 Keil Spaulding, #24 Richard Gould, #29W Matthew Wragg, #31 Kyle Grissom, #33 Roger Lee Newton, #40 Grant Galloway, #47 Chris Fontaine, #51 Christopher Bell, #51N Stephen Nasse, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #57 Cole Timm, #66 Steve Wallace, #67 Clay Jones, #71R Nick Robinson, #77 Zane Smith (28 total)

CARS LMSC Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #08 Deac McCaskill, #07 Clint King, #1 Trent Barnes, #2 Myatt Snider, #7 Justin Crider, #12 Ryan Wilson, #12M Austin McDaniel, #16 Jeff Oakley, #16S RD Smith, #17 Stacy Puryear, #23 Donnie Puryear Jr., #27 Tommy Lemons Jr., #28 Chris Hudspeth, #31 Thomas Beane, #34 Matt Waltz, #41 Brayton Haws, #42 Craig Stallard, #44 Justin Johnson, #50 Jamey Caudill, #54 Michael Fose, #58 Tyler Ankrum, #59 Roddey Sterling, #63 Christian PaHud, #77 Blake Stallings, #82 Christian Eckes, #88 Chris Davis, #88D Doug Barnes Jr., #88T Robert Tyler, #98 Stefan Parsons, #98G Todd Gilliland, #99 Mike Darne (31 total)

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Cole Timm, Todd Gilliland Victorious in CARS Tour X-1R Lubricants 300 Opener  

LUCAMA, NC (March 29, 2015) – The first race for the newly formed CARS Racing Tour was a massive success as youngsters ruled the roost in two fields dominated by racing veterans on Saturday night. Cole Timm took the Super Late Model race win and Todd Gilliland executed a late-race pass to pull an upset on the Late Model Stock Car contingent in the X-1R Performance Products 300 at Southern National Motorsports Park.

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Timm captured the first pole award for the CARS Racing Tour with a time a 14.788 seconds, over a quarter-second faster than second place Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell.  Anderson Bowen, Bubba Pollard and Brandon Setzer were the rest of the top five who led the field to green.

After an off-season of anticipation, the first green flag finally started the brand new CARS Racing Tour and Bell would get the early jump on Timm to lead the opening laps. Timm finally flexed his muscle after a mid-race restart and bypassed Bell for the lead on lap 75. Bell retook the top spot following another restart, but Timm went back on the attack and re-assumed command of the race as the field entered turn three on lap 107.

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AR Bodies partners with CARS Tour for 2015 and beyond

Greenbrier TN — The CARS Tour for super late model and late model stock car racers has created a tremendous off season buzz in the southeast racing scene, and Aluminum Racing Products (AR Bodies) is pleased to be on board with awards for all CARS Tour competitors

AR Bodies will award product discount certificates to the fifth place finisher in every super late model and late model stock car feature; season ending awards include a complete “A” package body for the 2015 late model stock car titlist and a $1,000. 00 product discount certificate for the 2015 super late model champion.

When the first tech line forms at Southern National Motorsports Park for the X-1R – USA Performance Products 300 on March 28, the CARS Tour tech team will utilize a complete set of body templates provided by AR Bodies.

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CARS Tour Event Preview: X-1R Lubricants 300-Southern National Motorsports Park

7PM March 28, 2015

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 19, 2015): Since the announcement of the CARS Tour in mid-November 2014 anticipation and hype has engulfed the new short track tour. The combination of both Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model feature events on the same night at the same facility has truly created a “must see” event for short track facilities across the Carolinas and Virginia. The time for talk will now succumb to roaring engines as the green flag finally flies on the tour’s inaugural race at Southern National on March 28th. Experience at the 4/10 mile track can be found in both divisions, however; a new American Racer tire, a new tour, and close to 60 (sixty) cars expected to compete, the door has been left wide open to be the driver who wins the first ever CARS Tour race for their respected division.   

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PASS Champion Eyes CARS Tour

Tyler Church is among the drivers considering joining the new CARS Super Late Model Tour full-time. The Hickory, NC driver may only race part-time with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model Series.

“It goes back to the financial side of things,” Church said. “I’ve applied for the Alan Kulwicki Driver Development Program and I know right now we’re one of the finalists for it, but as far as the racing, it’s hard to really say. I’ve been looking at the CARS Super Late Model Series. I’d love to be able to run all of them. I’m going to try to go to at least the first two, and race off of what we win. I’d like to run a couple of PASS races again too, but we’ll just have to go to this first one and see how it plays out.”

Church said the the 10 CARS races fits his  schedule. His race car is housed in Hickory at his father’s house in Hickory, NC. Church moved to Kannapolis, NC and drives to Hickory to work on his race car on weekends.

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