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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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Big Month Continues for PASS North with Star and Montmagny On Tap

NAPLES, ME (May 11) – The next two weekends of action loom large for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models with races in New England and Canada.  And perhaps more importantly, the chance for an international cast of drivers to get locked into August’s 44th Annual Oxford 250 and the chance to win over $25,000.

Following a rainy weekend off, attention focuses back on the rescheduled Support 50 Legs 150 at New Hampshire’s Star Speedway.  Saturday afternoon’s Support 50 Legs 150 will help raise awareness in providing amputees with the necessary care and prosthetics, that they could not otherwise afford, and to help them live a happier and healthier life.

Former Oxford 250 winner, Glen Luce, leads a pair of former series champions that are tied for second in points, Ben Rowe and DJ Shaw, by 25 points heading to this weekend’s 150 lapper at Star.  But, Dave Farrington, Jr., Garrett Hall, and Johnny Clark are all within striking distance of the leaders.  Saturday’s schedule of activities has been shifted slightly, with heat races now going green at 3:30 PM.

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PASS Releases Entry Form and Schedule for $15,000 to Win MegaMeltdown at Hickory

NAPLES, ME (May 9) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that Super Late Model entry forms and the complete weekend schedule for November’s Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway are now available online at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  The MegaMeltdown will go green on Saturday afternoon, November 18 at 3 PM and will serve as the final race of 2017, crowning both the PASS National Champion and PASS South Super Late Model Champion.  Teams can save money towards their entry with an early entry discount available until August 1.

The Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 will be bigger than ever in 2017, featuring more laps, more money, and the chance for teams to employ pit strategy.  The PASS Super Late Models will compete for 300 green flag laps, with $15,000 up for grabs for the winner and $1000 to start.  With additional lap leader bonus money, the winner could take home over $22,000. 

Teams will also have the opportunity to make live pit stops during the course of the event and will have the option to change up to six tires throughout the race.  And, similar to the Oxford 250, since caution laps will not count, teams can avoid the pressure of having to bring in “specialized” pit crews.  The Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 continues to build on PASS’s rich history of racing Super Late Models in the south, which has seen this event, originally billed as the Meltdown starting in 2006, held at such tracks as South Boston Speedway, Concord Speedway, and Southern National Motorsports Park.  The more expanded MegaMeltdown joins another PASS-sanctioned event, the Oxford 250, as one of two of the highest paying short track races in the country, with combined purses of nearly $200,000.

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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.

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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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Hickory USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget Race Results

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:April 22, 2017 – Hickory, North .Carolina – Hickory Motor Speedway

      QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.043; 2. Bradley Riethmeyer, 8R, Radical-15.146; 3. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.176; 4. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.179; 5. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.215; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.359; 7. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.388; 8. Eric Lewis, 28, Radical-15.419; 9. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.610; 10. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-15.673.

      FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. Jagger Parker, 5. George Kurtz, 6. Jake Trainor, 7. Bradley Riethmeyer, 8. Jake Smith, 9. Eric Lewis, 10. Neal Allison. NT

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Anderson Motor Speedway USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget Race Results

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: April 21, 2017 – Williamston, South Carolina – Anderson Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Anthony McCune, 8, Radical-15.593; 2. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.596; 3. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.653; 4. Eric Lewis, 28, Radical-15.658; 5. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.668; 6. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.669; 7. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.713; 8. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.888; 9. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-16.052; 10. Mike Ward, 80, Ward-16.513.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. George Kurtz, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Anthony McCune, 4. Jagger Parker, 5. Nolan Allison, 6. Eric Lewis, 7. Jake Trainor, 8. Jake Garcia, 9. Mike Ward, 10. Neal Allison. NT
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PASS Statement Regarding Raphael Lessard Disqualification at Hickory  

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 19) – Following Saturday night’s Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, driver of the #99, Raphael Lessard, was disqualified due to the inappropriate actions of his crew chief/spotter, Seth Smith, following the event.  The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) would like to further clarify what transpired leading to the disqualification.

First, Lessard was warned and fined $500 for intentionally spinning the #89 car driven by Lee Hansard on lap 59.  Mr. Hansard is a veteran of short track racing in the southeast and has competed with PASS on a limited basis for over 10 years.  While Lessard was battling for the lead, Mr. Hansard was racing hard to stay on the lead lap when he was unnecessarily tagged from behind by the #99 car. (See Attached Video)

Second, on the ensuing restart, Preston Peltier passed Lessard on the track for the lead when the caution immediately waved for a crash by Dawson Cram on the front straightaway. The #99 team incorrectly assumed that PASS reverts to the last completed lap in scoring.  Lessard passed Peltier under caution, was told to give the position back, and was again warned and fined $500 for illegally passing under yellow.
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PASS: Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory

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Preston Peltier won the Easter Bunny 150 Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton, NC in PASS South/National action.

Peltier Edges Rowe for 4th Easter Bunny 150 Triumph at Hickory

HICKORY, NC (April 15) – Preston Peltier survived a three lap scramble to the checkered flag to edge out Ben Rowe for his fourth Easter Bunny 150 win Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. Peltier’s seventh win at Hickory and 15th overall Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model win ended a two-year winless drought dating back to the 2015 Easter Bunny 150.

“Three to go when that last caution came out, I thought, oh man, here we go again,” said Peltier, driver of the Roger Newton Concrete Finishing Chevrolet #33. “My tires really weren’t the best there at the end, but I’ve got to thank Ben [Rowe] because he really could have used me up. It’s funny how life works out and right now, life’s pretty good.”

In qualifying, Peltier just beat out Kyle Busch with a lap of 14.752 seconds (88.584 MPH) for his 21st career quick qualifying time in PASS. After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Peltier would move back to the sixth starting position, while Raphael Lessard and Derek Griffith would move up to the front row.

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Hickory USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget Race Results

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: April 15, 2016 – Hickory, North Carolina – Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.109; Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.159; 3. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.222; 4. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.224; 5. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.231; 6. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.281; 7. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.401; 8. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.432; 9. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-15.526; 10. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-15.527; 11. Jesse Love IV, 99, Radical-15.536; 12. Eric Lewis, 28, Radical-15.592; 13. Mike Ward, 80, Ward-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. George Kurtz, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Jagger Parker, 6. Neal Allison, 7. Kyle Resco, 8. Jake Smith, 9. Jake Garcia, 10. Eric Lewis, 11. Jesse Love IV, 12. Chris Lamb. NT

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Strongest Field in Years Set to Tackle Hickory’s Easter Bunny 150 this Weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 11) – The best short track racers from across North America will once again be descending on Hickory Motor Speedway this weekend as they seek to claim the checkered flag in the 12th Annual Easter Bunny 150.  Super Late Model racers have flocked to the legendary speedway nestled in the North Carolina Piedmont since 2006.  The “Bunny” has become an Easter weekend tradition for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models and this year’s race has added importance.  In addition to being part of the PASS National Championship Series, the Easter Bunny 150 will serve as a major tune up for November’s Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300, which will pay $15,000 to the winner.   Likewise, fans of short track racing recognize the Easter Bunny 150 as one of the sport’s premier races, thanks in large part to the star-studded field of drivers the event attracts year after year.

Names like Rowe, Lawler, Williams, Naase, Grissom, and Shaw have all visited victory lane in the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory.  And, only former national champions, Ben Rowe and Preston Peltier, have achieved victory in racing’s ultimate Easter egg hunt more than once.  But, even with the best the sport has to offer coming to duke it out against one another, it is a homegrown product of Hickory Motor Speedway that some have circled on their entry lists as an early favorite.

Former PASS South Super Late Model champion, Tyler Church, is actually from Hickory, NC.  He started as a fan attending races at Hickory Motor Speedway and, after becoming a racecar driver, became a top contender in the track’s Limited Late Model division.  Church became an immediate frontrunner with PASS, scoring an emotional win in the 2013 Over The Mountain 150 at Hickory.  A win made even more special in that it came in front of longtime fans, family, and friends that had supported his journey up the racing ladder.  And, by the fact, that his late mother is buried in the cemetery which overlooks the historic speedway.  Now, Church is hoping to get a rash of bad luck behind him with some home cooking this weekend.

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Rev-X Products Partner with Must See Racing

HOLLY, Mich. – Must See Racing has announced a partnership with Rev-X Products Inc. for the 2017 racing season.

A manufacturer and distributor of high-performance oil and fuel additives, designed to reduce internal engine corrosion, Rev-X will be designated the “Official Product Supplier” of Must See Racing.

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Rev-X Products has a decade-long record of success in the automotive and motorsports industries, creating, distributing and selling additives for oil, gasoline, and diesel fuel applications.

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Must See Racing Set For Season-Opening Carolina Doubleheader

HOLLY, Mich. – The final countdown to the 2017 season kickoff for the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series has begun, with the ‘World’s Fastest Short Track Cars’ set to invade the Carolinas for the sixth-annual Southern Shootout, April 21-22.

South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway and North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway will again play host to the winged warriors of Must See Racing as the top asphalt sprint car drivers in the country do battle for 100 laps over the course of the two-day weekend.

Anderson’s three-eighths-mile returns to the series schedule for the second year running, while Hickory prepares for its third-straight Must See Racing feature dating back to 2015.
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Easter Bunny 150 Tradition Continues on Speed51.com’s Live Stream

Concord, N.C. — The Easter Bunny won’t be the only one hopping during Easter weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).  Super Late Models from the Pro All Stars Series will be hopping around the historic 3/8-mile North Carolina race track during the 12th annual Easter Bunny 150 on April 15.
 
For the third straight year, race fans worldwide will be to watch the race via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  (Click Here to Order)
 
Featuring Super Late Model racers from both the north and south, the Easter Bunny 150 has become one of the most prestigious annual PASS events. Each year, the race draws a talented field of drivers hoping to celebrate their Easter weekend with a victory at the “Birthplace of NASCAR stars.”

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Durham USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget Race Results

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: March 25, 2016 – Durham, North Carolina – Orange County Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-14.226; 2. Mick McFarland, 27, McFarland-14.370; 3. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-14.381; 4. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-14.482; 5. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-14.549; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-14.603; 7. Connor James Yonchuk, 99, Radical-14.603; 8. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-14.625; 9. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-14.815; 10. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-14.887; 11. Eric Lewis, 28, Radical-14.897; 12. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-15.146; 13. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.189; 14. Ben McFarland, 25, McFarland-15.421.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. George Kurtz, 3. Kyle Resco, 4. Mick McFarland, 5. Nolan Allison, 6. Sam Hatfield, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. Jake Trainor, 9. Connor James Yonchuk, 10. Jake Garcia, 11. Jake Smith, 12. Ben McFarland, 13. Chris Lamb, 14. Eric Lewis. NT
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Bloom Hopes to Repeat Past Hickory Success

HOLLY, Mich. — Former Hickory Motor Speedway winner and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom will head back south and try to duplicate his past success during the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season-opening Southern Shootout on April 21-22.

The Southern Shootout will pit the new Must See South division against teams from the Must See North division and across the country, with the North taking on the South and the 410s doing battle against the 306s.

Must See Racing’s 2017 season opens at Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway on April 21 and moves to Hickory the following night.

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Northwest Qualifiers for Oxford and Hickory, Entry Forms, and Lap Boards Keep PASS Busy

CHARLOTTE, NC (February 15) – Although the 2017 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) season is barely under way, North America’s most prominent Super Late Model tour is already looking towards two of the biggest events of the year, the 44th Annual Oxford 250 in August and the recently announced Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 in November.  Today officials from PASS, the Northwest Super Late Model Series, and Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval (WVSO) announced that two events at the Washington State speedway will serve as qualifiers for each of the premier events in PASS.

“I met Tom [Mayberry] at North Wilkesboro about five years ago and since then we have become good friends and shared a lot of late night talks while on the road traveling,” said Garrett Evans, a multi-time Super Late Model champion in the Northwest.  “It was a great honor to have the PASS Northwest Triple Crown at WVSO, my hometown track, a few years ago.  The timing wasn’t right for a series in our area then, but I feel things are getting closer for PASS to possibly return next year.”

As part of the agreement, the top two finishers in the Leonard Evans Memorial 150 at WVSO on April 29 will be on “The Road To The Oxford 250” and will have guaranteed starting spots in the prestigious race.  Additionally, the top two finishers of the Neal Newberry 125 at WVSO on September 23 will have guaranteed starting spots in the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway in November, which will pay $15,000 to win, plus additional lap leader money.
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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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Jonathan McKennedy Awarded “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” at Northeast Motorsports Expo

Augusta, Maine – At this past weekend’s 29th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, open wheel Modified standout Jonathan McKennedy was awarded the “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year”.

Sponsored by Mainely Motorsports Television, (MainelymotorsportsTV.com) and its popular Host Steve Perry, the honor is a tell-tale of top-Series driver results from the past season.

Host Steve Perry explained, “The Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” is a comparison of best season to best season of all our top New England drivers from ACT, MRS, NASCAR, and PASS competition.

“During the 2016 season,” continued Perry, “this driver stood out above all the rest.

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Griffith has Busy PASS Slate

Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH will pursue a pair of Super Late Model championships in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) this season.  Griffith will return for his sophomore PASS North season and the complete PASS National schedule.

“I’d love to win some races, redeem myself in the Oxford 250,” Griffith said.

Griffith will be making his first visit to Canadian and southern tracks Autodrome Montmagny, Dillon, Hickory, Orange County, and Speedway 660.

“We seem to excel at tracks we have not been too. I love running at new tracks! Super excited to run over the border and down south!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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John Smith Takes 4th SMRS Modified Win of Season at Hickory

HICKORY, NC (October 1) – Mt. Airy, NC’s John Smith played the pit strategy game correctly again to claim his fourthSouthern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) presented by PASS win Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Hickory 125.  With his win, Smith and Burt Myers are unofficially tied for the series points lead heading to the season-ending Kenny Minter Memorial 125 on October 22 at Caraway Speedway.

“Yeah, we sat there and took care of our tires for the first 50 or 75 laps and my guys are good on pit road and I made a deal with them that if they got me out first that I thought we could win and luckily we did,” said Smith, driver of the Mumy Financial #25.  “Going to Caraway, we’ve just got to race our hearts out.  Burt [Myers] is a helluva racer and we’ve just got to go at it and let the chips fall where they may.”

For the fourth time this year, Brandon Ward was able to capture the Precision Built Spindles Pole Award with a lap of 14.371 seconds (90.933 MPH) around the 66-year-old facility.  But, after the top six qualifiers redraw, Bobby Measmer, Jr. and Burt Myers would move to the front row, while Ward would move back to the fifth starting position.

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2017 PASS South Super Late Model Schedule Released as Series Readies for 12th Season

– Dillon Motor Speedway To Host Winter Meltdown Featuring The South Carolina Clash In February
– Southern National Motorsports Park And Orange County Speedway Return To Schedule
– Hickory Motor Speedway To Host Easter Bunny 150 For 12th Straight Season

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 15) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today the release of the 2017 schedule for the PASS South Super Late Models.  The South’s original and longest running Super Late Model series will be highlighted in 2017 by the return to two of the series original tracks with events at Southern National Motorsports Park and Orange County Speedway.  With 10 dates confirmed, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete on at least six different venues over the course of the 2017 season.

“As always we work very hard for our fans and competitors to get the southern schedule out as early as possible,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We realize everyone is busy and have again worked very hard to avoid any conflicts with other series or track schedules.  We believe this schedule should work well for our racers next year.  We’re also very appreciative for all of our enthusiastic track owners and operators for their cooperation to help make this happen.  All in all, we’ve got a great group of tracks returning to the schedule next year and are excited for the possibilities.”

The 2017 season will start once again on Super Bowl weekend, February 3-4, at Dillon Motor Speedway with the return of the Winter Meltdown and an expansion of the annual South Carolina Clash.  The Winter Meltdown will also be the first event of the 2017 PASS National Championship Series. 

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Dominant Dilbeck Takes 1st Career PASS South Win at Hickory

HICKORY, NC (June 18) – Chris Dilbeck led over 120 laps in a dominating performance to win Saturday night’s Over The Mountain 150 for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models at Hickory Motor Speedway.   The victory marks the first career PASS South Super Late Model win for the Georgia native.

“This is just unbelievable to win at a place like Hickory,” said an emotional Dilbeck afterwards. “We’re just a part-time team and this is just amazing to do this against this type of competition. Me and two other guys work on this car and it was just perfect all night long. I just really can’t believe this.”

Defending PASS South champion, Tate Fogleman, set the standard in qualifying, bettering the competition with a lap of 87.447 miles per hour. After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, Fogleman would slot into the sixth starting position, while Dilbeck and Jared Irvan would move up to the front row to lead the field to green.

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Countdown to the Carolinas: Johnny Bridges

HOLLY, Mich. — When the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro (MSRSCS) announced their 2016 schedule would include four stops on the asphalt in North and South Carolina, few drivers were more excited about the shows than Cherryville, N.C. veteran Johnny Bridges.

After finishing second to National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jeff Bloom in the series’ inaugural stop at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in 2015, the long-time 360 sprint car racer was hungry for more and hoping there would be a repeat performance.

Now, Bridges will have his shot at redemption during the two season-opening MSRSCS shows on April 15-16, at Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway and Hickory, which returns to the Must See Racing calendar for the second consecutive year.

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Former Easter Bunny 150 Champions Looking For Another Trophy at Hickory

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 23) – Since it’s inception in 2006, the Easter Bunny 150 has grown to be one of the most sought after checkered flags in all of short track racing.  Just a glance at the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model entry list for this Saturday afternoon’s event at Hickory Motor Speedway shows the importance of this event for racers from across the continent.  And the stakes are even higher this year since the winner gets an automatic starting spot in the 43rd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in August.

Mike Rowe has won nearly every major short track event in New England, including the Oxford 250, during his long and successful career.  And, although he was finally able to snare his first career PASS North Super Late Model championship last year, it was not actually his first PASS title.  Rowe made the trek down South in 2006 and won the inaugural Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory, before eventually going on to win the first PASS South Super Late Model championship.

“When Tom [Mayberry] said he was coming down, we all said we wanted to be a part of that first deal,” said Rowe.  “We had no idea that we would win, but we had a caution late in the race and I had a strong motor and I out hauled them on the line and we just came on back with a victory.  I always love coming back, it’s awesome.  I just love racing with the guys down here.”

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Christian Eckes Exceeds Goals in Rattler 250

GREENVILLE, NY — Fifteen-year-old Christian Eckes had never seen South Alabama Speedway’s pavement before the Rattler 250 weekend. There, he was going up against some of the nation’s top short track talents in the Southern Super Series, Super Late Model event. Those two factors combined led Eckes to a pre-race goal of a solid top-10 finish.

Armed with a fast race car, some good help on the radio and a gutsy pit call, Eckes left the track with results that far exceeded his initial goal.

Eckes used a four-tire pit stop following the lap-100 competition caution to gain momentum. With new rubber, he shot to second and challenged the leader ahead of him throughout most of the remaining laps before crossing beneath the checkered flag in the third position.

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