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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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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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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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Baiz Eyes Championship in Sophomore Season

Martin-McClure Racing announced Hunter Baize as the driver of their No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota Camry earlier this month. The Bremen, KY driver has high hopes for his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. The deal came together after Eric McClure contacted Baize with a couple of races remaining last season.

“We hope to win a championship,” Baize said. “I think that we’ve built a team that can. I think taking what I learned the last year, taking their success, I believe we’ll be a contender at any race we enter and I think we’ll be around in the championship discussion.”

The team had 3 wins in 12 races. Chad Finchum scored their first victory at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway.  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Austin Cindric won at Virginia International Raceway ( VIR) and Watkins Glen (NY) International.

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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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Dillon Bassett, No. 44 Toyota Camry, Dominion Raceway Preview

No. 44 Toyota Camry… Crew Chief Nathan Kennedy and the No. 44 team will unload chassis 058 for Monday’s ComServe Wireless Memorial Day Classic at Dominion Raceway. This car last raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2014 with Brandon Gdovic behind the wheel.

Unlikely Partnership… Precision Performance Motorsports (PPM) partners with Bassett Racing for this weekend’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) race. In a combined effort to support Dillon Bassett in his successful 2016 season, PPM will provide the chassis, parts and equipment needed for Bassett. Bassett’s crew will field the No. 44 entry and have spent the week leading up to the race preparing the car at PPM’s race shop. “The NASCAR garage is a special place in times of tragedy,” said Charles Denike, PPM General Manager. “PPM was able to provide a car for Dillon and the equipment he needed to help make the race happen. It’s amazing the resiliency of Dillon and Ronnie Jr along with their family, crew chiefs, and crew. This will be a special race for everyone involved.”

Joining Forces… ComServe Wireless joins Bassett Gutters and More as primary sponsor of the No. 44 for Dillon Bassett. Bassett Gutters and More is a family-owned business based in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. For more information, please call 888-819-3182 or visit the website at www.BassettGuttersAndMore.com. ComServe Wireless is a Premium TCC Authorized Retailer of Verizon Wireless equipment, services, and accessories with multiple retail locations in the Virginia and Maryland area. ComServe is dedicated to providing the best customer experience in the Wireless industry with a unique first class in-store experience and top notch employees. ComServe Wireless – “The Speed You Need”. For more information, please call 757-890- 2801 or visit ComServe Wireless on Facebook.

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Brian Henderson, No. 46 BDL Motorsports Toyota Camry, Dominion Raceway Preview

No. 46 BDL Motorsports Toyota Camry… Crew Chief Charles Denike and the No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports team will unload chassis 132 for Monday’s ComServe Wireless Memorial Day Classic at Dominion Raceway. This car was last raced at Mobile Speedway earlier this season by Brandon Gdovic.
Welcome Back… BDL Motorsports returns as primary sponsor of the No. 46 Toyota Camry. BDL Motorsports is a premier karting store supplying tires, karts and parts to the Virginia area and has been a partner of Henderson’s from the onset of his racing career.
Look Back … The Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway marked Henderson’s first start in the K&N Pro Series East. Henderson qualified his Chevrolet SS in the ninth position and ran as high as seventh before competitor contact sent him spinning off track on Lap 37. He slipped to 20th position following the incident but was able to power through the field in only 15 laps, finishing the race in the ninth position.

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K&N Pro Series 2016 Schedules Announced

Twenty-Seven Races Set To Showcase Sport’s Rising Stars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has become the preeminent development proving ground for the sport’s future stars.

The 27 races on the 2016 schedule – from New England to Southern California, and from Washington to Florida – provides a comprehensive slate of venues and events designed to test drivers and showcase the best and brightest for NASCAR fans.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West schedules, announced today, comprise of 14 points races for each championship. It is highlighted by the annual meeting in the Heartland for the combination race at Iowa Speedway on July 29.
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Dominion Joins NASCAR for Inaugural Year

Virginia Track Will Host K&N Pro East, Whelen All-American

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A new era in Virginia racing will take the green flag on Saturday, April 9 – and it will do so under the NASCAR banner.

NASCAR and Dominion Raceway and Entertainment announced today the .4-mile asphalt track will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series beginning with its inaugural season in 2016. The brand new facility is located in Spotsylvania Country, Virginia, just 10 minutes south of Fredericksburg and 30 minutes north of Richmond.

“We can’t begin to describe how excited we are about the affiliation with NASCAR as we get ready to go racing at Dominion Raceway,” said track owner Steve Britt. “When we set out to build this facility, our goal was to put together a state-of-the-art short track for competitors and fans alike. To be part of the NASCAR program is a tremendous opportunity to raise the track’s profile even greater.”

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