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Myrtle Beach CARS Tour Victory Super Sweet for Fultz and Walker

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 28, 2018) – It really isn’t a dream for Chris Walker. The long-time car owner in late model and ProCup circles is still pinching himself every morning since his team picked up their first win in the BakerDist.com 200 at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, the opening super late model race of the season for the CARS Response Energy Tour.

“This morning when I woke up, the check and the trophy are sitting on my fireplace mantle, but it still hasn’t sunk in,” Walker admitted. “That first one, it’s hard to top it.”

For many outside of the team’s inner circle, it was hard to believe the race was his first win in nearly a decade of car ownership. Most team owners who have had the litany of drivers in their machines as Walker has routinely are associated with winning. And though he had been close, it never happened before.

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CARS Response Energy Tour Event Preview: Myrtle Beach Speedway – March 24, 2018

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BakerDist.com 200 pres. by Honeywell – Myrtle Beach Speedway 3 PM – March 24, 2018

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 20, 2018): The much-anticipated return of the CARS Response Energy Tour to Myrtle Beach Speedway is finally here for fans and competitors alike. After being forced to cancel the 2017 scheduled race, the series will make its return to the beachside track in its traditional dual division format of Super Late Models and Late Model Stock Cars. This weekend’s BakerDist.com 200 pres. by Honeywell will act as the season opener for Super Late Models, as they battle for the $10,000 to win top prize, much like Late Model Stocks did in their season opener at Tri-County, just two weeks ago. Defending race winner Raphael Lessard, returns to defend his win from 2016 season, driving for a new team in Kyle Busch Motorsports. Several strong names like Preston Pelteir, Matt Craig, and Jeff Fultz will be heavily favored contenders to deal with this weekend. In addition, several tour newcomers like Taylor Stricklin, Ryan Moore, and 2018 CRA Speedfest winner Chandler Smith, should all be ones to watch as well. When it comes to Late Model Stocks at Myrtle Beach, this weekend’s race will have the “best at the beach” on hand. 2017 Myrtle Beach 400 winner Josh Berry, 2017 Myrtle Beach Speedway track champion Lee Pulliam, and 2015 CARS Myrtle Beach race winner Sam Yarbrough, have all entered, in addition to twenty-three other drivers. It will be another stacked field of Late Model Stocks, vying to take home the Palmetto trophy in the Saturday afternoon matinee. 

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Jeff Fultz Returns to the Cockpit at Myrtle Beach with Walker Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, NC (Mar. 20, 2018) – Athletes who are great at their chosen game often find ways to stay involved and continue to compete at a high level far past the average age of their competitors. This weekend, Jeff Fultz, arguably super late model racing’s Brett Favre, will climb back behind the wheel at Myrtle Beach Speedway for the CARS Response Energy Tour $10,000-to-win Baker Distributing 200. 

Fultz is no stranger to Myrtle Beach Speedway. In fact, he won the last three super late model races in which he competed at the facility, all of which were sanctioned by NASCAR under the Southeast Series banner, formerly known as All-Pro. More recently, he competed there in a modified with a chance to win before a cut tire ruined his strategy.

“I’ve always loved the slick racetracks where you can slide around,” Fultz said. “Myrtle Beach and Greenville are definitely two of the places I love and always enjoy going. We ran a modified race there not too far back and made up three laps, ran fifth or sixth until those guys took tires and we didn’t have any left. Plus, this is a CARS Tour race, and we really like to support what Jack and Chris have going on when we get the chance.”

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Jon McKennedy Knocks One Off His Bucket List

Scores First NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win at Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Even though both Jon McKennedy and Tommy Baldwin have put together a long list of accolades in their racing career, both entered the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season looking to prove a point.

Saturday, McKennedy took the new pairing between the two veterans of asphalt modified racing right to the winner’s circle.

McKennedy captured his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

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Rising Stars Set Aim for Doug Coby

New Crop of Challengers Head To Myrtle Beach for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Opener

As the green flag gets set to fly on the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, all eyes are on the fight for the championship. Doug Coby enters the new campaign having won the last four titles, and five of the last six, as he continues to shatter the record books on NASCAR’s oldest touring series.

However, when the season revs up on Saturday at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway, Coby has a long list of rising talent looking to chase him down and make a name for themselves in the process. An early-look at the season shows that some of the youngest drivers in the history of the series could be the ones challenging Coby for victories through the 16-race points schedule.

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CARS Response Energy Tour Returns to Dual Division Format at Myrtle Beach with $10,000 on the Line for Super Late Models

Mooresville, NC 3/14/18 – The 2018 season for the CARS Response Energy Tour kicks into high gear with the season kick off for the Super Late Model division next weekend March 24th at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway. The $10,000 to win Bakerdist.com 200 pres. by Honeywell is expected to draw a hefty car count to the half mile beachside South Carolina track.

The race will feature 100 green flag laps of racing for both divisions, however; the Super Late Model feature will feature a six tire strategy element, with a four minute break for tires and adjustment on lap 70 of 100. While all teams in attendance know that name of the game at Myrtle Beach is tire conservation, the element of the two tire change could really mix things up in the final thirty laps.

A few of the early entries include Raphael Lessard, now driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Lessard will compete full time on the tour in hopes of becoming the first driver in CARS history to win two championship titles. Jared Fryar transitions from the Late Model Stock division to the Super Late Models for the 2018 season. The Trinity, NC driver captured a Late Model Stock victory a season ago at Dominion Raceway. Preston Peltier will travel from his home, now located in snowy Colorado, to pilot the #33 Newton Concrete Chevrolet for the Roger Lee Newton owned team. Series newcomer Molly Hulmuth will also travel from “out West”, as she makes her series debut driving for Will Jones in 2018. Ryan Moore is another driver in the fold that comes to the Beach to make his series debut.

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Catching Up With Whelen Modified Tour Director Jimmy Wilson

Intriguing New Changes For NASCAR’s Oldest Touring Series

In just under one month, the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will take the green flag at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway with the Safety Kleen 150.

But, before teams hit the track for the first time, it’s important to take a look at some updates and changes that the fans, drivers, and teams all will experience in the upcoming racing season.

 To do that, we sat down to catch up with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series Director Jimmy Wilson.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Increased team participation, revamped bonus awards, added live pit stops and the longest race in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour are just a few of the intriguing changes on tap for the upcoming 2018 season.

The new additions will have both drivers and fans itching for teams to unload at Myrtle Beach Speedway for the season-opener.

On the award front, the traditional “Whelen Winner of the Race” program will return for 2018, but instead of paying $500 to the winner of each race, the honor has been increased and will award $3,500 to each driver that scores a victory.

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Peters Wins Ice Breaker from the Pole at Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Speedway .523 Mile Tri-Oval. 2/10/18Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Timothy Peters started the Ice Breaker at the Myrtle Beach Speedway from the pole position after setting fast time earlier in the day, and then the first two laps before losing the top spot to Matt Cox, but Peters never fell out of the top five. The Danville, Va. driver set a pace that kept the leaders in sight throughout the 125 lap grind, finally reeling in Cox who was leading and second place Chad McCumbee.

On lap 104 Peters took over second place and 10 laps later made the move that made him the final leader of the event.

Only three yellow flags slowed the action briefly.

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Spring has Sprung at Myrtle Beach Speedway

Myrtle Beach Speedway, Myrtle Beach, SC 2/9/2018

Spring is in the air at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Rt. 501, beside the Carolina Forest Mall, behind the Cars of Yesteryear Museum in Myrtle Beach SC. The Icebreaker will have 5 divisions for the family to enjoy. 14-year-old Ty Gibbs was spotted practicing for tomorrows Late Model 125 lap race. Pit gates open at 7:30 am. Final Practice is at 11 am. Qualifying starts at noon. Features are slated to start at 1:45 pm. The Whelen Modified Tour will kick off their season on 3/17 at this fine facility.

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2018 Schedule Announced for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

Season Opener Returns To Myrtle Beach; New Hampshire Extra-Distance Event On Tap

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will take the green flag on the 2018 season at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway in March, and the schedule will feature 16 championship points races at nine different venues.

The champion will once again be crowned at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 56th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The calendar spotlight’s some of the northeast’s iconic short tracks, includes three fast southern venues and features the longest distance race in tour history as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour takes center stage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September for a 250-lap showdown.

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Ellwood Hopes to Sustain Momentum

Kyle Ellwood rallied from a cut tire on the first lap of the Performance Plus 150 to finish 15th. The inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway was his third top 15 finish.

“It was a fun place to drive on and you really had to be able to figure out your limits there rather quick because if you didn’t you burned your car up,” Ellwood said. “So, it took a lot of thought. It wasn’t just to go out there and hammer down. So, my thoughts on the whole race was it was pretty good.”

The Riverhead, NY driver felt confident in his car even though he was off the lead lap. Seven cars were eliminated in a pair of late restarts.

“In the middle of the race, I picked off as many cars as I could. I damn near felt like we passed probably 20 cars out there. I seen a lot of cars but at the end, I just let ’em all have at it. I didn’t want to tear our car up since we want to have a good opportunity going into this Thompson show.”

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Solomito Charges Late for Myrtle Beach Win

First Winner For Newly Unified Whelen Modified Tour

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – One year ago, Timmy Solomito captured his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in the season-opening Icebreaker at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. 

Fast-forward a year later, the Islip, New York, driver was celebrating a victory in the season-opening race once again.

Solomito captured the win in the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen on Saturday at another historic venue, the half-mile Myrtle Beach Speedway, and became the first winner on the newly formed unified Whelen Modified Tour. 

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QUALIFYING: Summers Takes Top Spot

Whelen Modified Pole at Myrtle Beach, His First Since 2001

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Rob Summers captured the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season-opening Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

The pole was the seventh career for the Manchester, Conn. driver and the first for him since 2001 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Summers put down a fast time of 20.028 seconds (96.705 mph) late in the session behind the wheel of his No. 64 Fastrock Electric Chevrolet for Mike Murphy. He will lead the field to the green flag later this evening.

Donny Lia, making his first start for Tommy Baldwin Racing, was second in the qualifying session. Lia posted a fast time of 20.044 seconds (96.627 mph) behind the wheel of the No. 7 Bardahl Chevrolet.

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PRACTICE: Solomito Sets Myrtle Beach Pace

Fastest in Only Whelen Modified Tour Session for Opener

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Shawn Solomito opened the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at the top of the speed charts in the only practice session at the half-mile Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday.

Solomito was the only driver to break the 19-second bracket in the hour and 15-minute session for the season-opening Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen. He posted a fast time of 19.956 seconds (97.054 mph) behind the wheel of his No. 75 Eastport Feeds on the 25th of his 51 laps. The defending Riverhead Raceway modified division champion will search his first career tour victory in the Performance Plus 150 later this evening.

Matt Hirschman followed in second spot with a time of 20.014 seconds (96.772 mph), while Shawn’s brother Timmy Solomito was third with a lap of 20.057 seconds (96.565 mph).

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Myrtle Beach

Analyzing the Performance Plus 150 at Myrtle Beach Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2017) — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will open the 2017 season on Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina. Below is a statistical look at the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen, including selected driver notes:

Performance Plus 150 Setup:

  • This marks the second ever visit in NASCAR Modified history to the track, with the only other race won by Andy Seuss in 2009.
  • Defending NWMT champion Doug Coby begins his quest for a fourth consecutive championship at the half-mile on Saturday.
  • This marks the first race in the new modified era as a unified tour.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Myrtle Beach

Coby’s Quest for Fifth Title Faces Host of Challengers with Unified Tour

performance-plus_150DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 14, 2016) – Doug Coby’s quest for a fourth consecutive championship will include some familiar faces as well as some new challengers as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour begins a new era on Saturday.

The 2017 season gets rolling with the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen at South Carolina’s historic Myrtle Beach Speedway, marking a southern kickoff for the newly unified tour. The changes in the tour harken back to the days of NASCAR Hall of Famers Richie Evans and Jerry Cook, when the NASCAR Modified title was contested up and down the Atlantic coast. It’s fitting that Coby is looking to join the pair as just the third driver to win four straight crowns.

Coby enters the season looking to add to historic run. The 37-year-old from Milford, Connecticut, has put together an impressive five-year stretch: 20 wins and 15 poles, while either finishing first (four times) or second (once) in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship standings. The last three title runs have come with car owner Mike Smeriglio III and crew chief Phil Moran, and they’ve brought Mayhew Tools on board as their new primary sponsor of the No. 2.

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Hirschman Looks to Continue Myrtle Beach Success

Matt Hirschman of Northampton, PA discounts his experience at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway ahead of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener. He cited teams that privately tested or competed in a 50-lap Modified race last month, where he finished third. Hirschman has three consecutive podiums at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not gonna be totally foreign to them,” Hirschman said. “But it’s a unique place and having raced there now a few times over the last year and a half certainly helps and we have won a race there which is always a boost of confidence.”

The tire wear at the half-mile oval is well known. Last month’s Modified race demonstrated conservation’s role with part of the field dropping back to preserve tires.

“There are abrasive tracks and then there’s Myrtle Beach. It’s hard to explain but it’s definitely the extreme on that end. It’s really unlike any other track I’ve run at.”

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Danny Bohn Set for Doubleheader

Danny Bohn of Freehold, NJ has a doubleheader weekend in front of him after the Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) season opener was postponed. Saturday is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway and Sunday the SMRS runs at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC.

Bohn has never been to Myrtle Beach. He has heard of the need to “be conservative” to save tires. His only experience of the track came from the online broadcast last month. Bohn believes his seat time on dirt tracks will help make him a contender.

Bohn plans to run the SMRS full time after the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour ended last year. He also plans to run a partial NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule for Fleming Family Racing. It may include a couple of northern races and all of the southern races at Myrtle Beach, Langley, Bristol and a non-points event at Charlotte.

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Balancing Act for Lutz

Ryan Lutz of Miller Place, NY plans to run 5 Legends Car races at Riverhead (NY) Raceway and defend his win from last year.

“(I am) incredibly thankful for the parents I have that let me pursue my dream I have in life,” Lutz said. “… My dad and Renee, they sacrifice a lot for me and let me do what I love and I cannot thank them enough.”

Lutz also thanked his brother Craig, Kyle Ellwood, 600 Racing, and engine builder Chad Honeycut.

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Pulliam Saves Tires for IceBreaker Win

Conservation Pays Off with Late Model Victory at Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -– Lee Pulliam passed Brian Vause in the closing laps to win the 2nd Annual IceBreaker at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

Pulliam, who had been fast all weekend, kicked off the afternoon by sitting on the pole for the 125-lap race. Once the green flag dropped, Chad McCumbee, who started second, took the lead away from Pulliam. Early on, Pulliam began to save his tires, and as a result, he fell outside of the top-five.

“You can’t run this whole race hard,” Pulliam said. “You’ve got to save tires, and those guys went really hard there at the beginning. I just tried to be smart and make my run at the end. I lost the Myrtle Beach 400 with 15 to go. I run my car too hard, and those guys flew by me right at the end, and that one really hurt to lose, so I really had to think about it and think about planning my move and just timed it right.”
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Safety-Kleen Sponsors NASCAR Whelen Modified Opener

Myrtle Beach Speedway to Kick Off Season with Performance Plus 150

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 7, 2017) – The 2017 season for the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will kick off in a big way with its March 18 event at Myrtle Beach Speedway, as the legacy of NASCAR’s top Modified drivers racing up and down the Atlantic coast continues at the historic venue.

Adding to the significance of the event, the track announced today that Safety-Kleen will be the entitlement sponsor for the kickoff. The race event, which will also feature NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, will be the Performance Plus 300 presented by Safety-Kleen.

Safety-Kleen has been an official partner of NASCAR since 2004. The Richardson, Texas-based Safety-Kleen is owned by Norwell, Massachusetts-based Clean Harbors, Inc., and is the Official Environmental Services Supplier of NASCAR.

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Starrett Joining Swanson for 2017

Matt Swanson will return to drive the No. 89 SPAFCO this season with new sponsorship from the L. S. Starrett Company. Starrett is a tool manufacturer of micrometers, saws, and measuring equipment based in Athol, MA.  Swanson is looking forward to the 2,000 employees joining his fan base.

The Acton, MA driver and Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY will be sponsored by Starrett this year. Jimmy Blewett won at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway last year driving the Starrett No. 4 for Bob Garbarino.

“I met Jim (Taylor) and BJ (Guerin) during the middle of the season and we’ve been talking,” Swanson said. “The deal’s really coming together these last couple of weeks here. They wanted to put a deal together with two guys, so they decided to put me and Timmy (Solomito) with Starrett behind us.”

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Pallai Returns to Modified Competition

Richie Pallai, Jr. of Yorktown Heights, NY will compete in Tour-Type Modifieds this season for New Jersey native Phil Stefanelli. Pallai will drive Stefanelli’s home-built car at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway’s IceBreaker February 12 and the World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway. The home-built car will also compete in the Southern Modified Racing Series.

Stefanelli will also field a new Fury racecar for Pallai in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Myrtle Beach March 18 and possibly the May 13 event. Pallai may enter additional races up north. Pallai expects to run 10-12 races, including 3 nights of Speedweeks at New Smyrna.

“Me personally selfishly I’d like to run Loudon again,” Pallai said. “I love Loudon and deep down inside if I can run one more race anywhere I’d like to race Stafford just ’cause that’s my home and I do miss running Stafford.”

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NASCAR Announces 2017 Schedule for Unified Whelen Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2016) – From South Carolina to Connecticut, the 2017 schedule announced today for the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will test the best Modified drivers over 17 points races and two special events at some of East Coast’s most historic venues.

The new era will kick off on Saturday, March 18, with the season opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway. South Carolina’s semi-banked half-mile oval held its first NASCAR event in 1958. The champion will be crowned at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as the .625-mile hosts the 55th Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The schedule includes 17 championship points races across seven states, including companion events with NASCAR’s national series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and September, and Bristol Motor Speedway in August. The summer weekend at New Hampshire will also be highlighted by the invitational, non-points All-Star Shootout, and the fall will feature a non-points special event on the quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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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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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 BakerDist.com 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 Bakerdist.com 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 Bakerdist.com 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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Jurcik in 51CT Late Model for Thompson, ACT

Travis Jurcik of Chaplin, CT will move to the Late Models this season. He will compete at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park regularly and a limited schedule on the American Canadian Tour in the No. 51CT car.

“If everything goes well I’ll head down south and run at Myrtle Beach Speedway, along with a few races in the Limited Sportsman,” Jurcik said. He plans to race the Limited Sportsman at Thompson, Waterford and possibly Lee USA for Oktoberfest.

Jurcik’s goals include the Thompson and NASCAR state Rookie of the Year honors. Sarazin General Contractors is his primary sponsor. The crew includes his seven-year-old brother, parents and uncle. “We are always looking for more crew, and especially for this year seeing that we’ll be traveling a lot more.”

Jurcik hopes to work with the Kyle Busch Foundation and setup a fundraising booth at each race. The NASCAR star’s foundation was established in 2006 “to empowering those in need to overcome hardship by providing essential tools (financial, material and experiential) to allow them to live their best lives possible,” according to the foundation’s website.

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PASS Finalizes 2015 South Super Late Model & Pro Late Model Dates

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 24) – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that the 2015 schedules have been finalized for both the PASS South Super Late Model and PASS Pro Late Model divisions.  With 15 dates confirmed, including a final event to be added in October, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete at 11 different venues in 4 states over the course of the 2015 season.

“Due to some circumstances out of our control, we had to move a couple of dates around and wanted to get our schedule finalized as quickly as possible so our teams can start planning for next year,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry.  “We believe this is one of the strongest schedules we have ever put together and are excited about the possibilities 2015 presents for the South’s top Super and Pro Late Models.”

The PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models will now compete at both Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina and the Caraway Speedway in North Carolina twice each in 2015. Anderson Motor Speedway will host both PASS divisions on Saturday, March 21, featuring a 150 lap event for the PASS South Super Late Models.  This is in addition to the previously announced Electric City 125 that will be held at Anderson on Friday night, June 19.

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