2016 CARS Tour Season Opener Postponed One Day Due to Threat of Rain
Drivers and crews will have to wait just one more day to hit the high banks of Southern National to kick off the 2016 season. Tour officials have made the call to push the date back to Sunday, April 3rd due to the threat of rain on Saturday. With 70-80% chance of rain in the region for Saturday and no rain in the forecast for Sunday, pretty sure tour officials mad the right call in this case. No one likes to play the rain game on race day. Details for this weekends event can be found bellow as well on the CARS Tour website www.carsracingtour.com
Defending SLM champion and race winner Cole Timm is just one of the drivers who have pre-registered for the event and has to be the odds on favorite to win the race. Though Southern National was the only win for Timm in 2015 he showed strength throughout the entire tour by winning three poles and eventually winning the inaugural points championship. However, Timm will have quite the field of drivers to worry about this weekend, one being Brandon Setzer. If memory serves me correctly, Setzer is the most recent SLM driver to win at Souther National after dominating the Thanksgiving Classic this past November. In addition drivers like Quin Hoff, Harrison & Jeb Burton, Tyler Ankrum, and Dalton Sargent have all registered and poised to find themselves in victory lane.
Things will certainly be up for grabs on the Late Model side of action. Reports coming from the tours website that defending LMSC Champion Brayton Haws has been sidelined from competition due to sponsorship issues. On top of that, defending race winner, Todd Gilland, has made the move up to the K&N West Series. Leaving the door wide open for names like Deac McCaskill and Tommy Lemons, Jr – who both have plenty of laps around SNMP. Josh Berry, Myatt Snider, and Matt Bowling have all signed up for this event, among others, which proves to be a great Sunday full of racing.
Track/Location: Southern National Motorsports Park-Lucama, NC
Track Size: .410-mile
Event Name: #CARSTour300
Laps/Distance: 150/60 miles (each)
Event Schedule: 12PM-1:35PM Practice, 2:30PM Qualifying, 4PM Green: SLM-LMSC
Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / @SNM_Park / #CARSTour300
CARS SLM Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #2 Jared Irvan, #6 Brandon Setzer, #8 Tate Fogleman, #12 Harrison Burton, #16 Lucas Jones, #17 Quin Houff, #22 Trevor Noles, #25 Stephen Leicht, #40 Tanner Gray, #41 Jake Crum, #44 Gus Dean, #45 Joey Mucciacciaro, #49 Jeff Batten, #51 Stephen Nasse, #54 Matt Craig, #55 Dalton Sargent, #57 Cole Timm, #58 Tyler Ankrum, #67 Clay Jones, #77 Zane Smith, #88 Garrett Jones, #97 Nicole Behar, #99 Raphael Lessard (23 total)
CARS LMSC Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #07 Hayden Humphrey, #08 Deac McCaskill, #1 Christian Eckes, #2 Myatt Snider, #7 Justin Crider, #12 Ryan Wilson, #12M Austin McDaniel, #16 Jeff Oakley, #18 Bradley McCaskill, #21 Mike Darne, #24 Mason Diaz, #27 Tommy Lemons Jr, #28 Chris Hudspeth, #29 Jake Ruggles, #31 Thomas Beane, #41 Chase Purdy, #42 Craig Stallard, #43 Jeb Burton, #44 Justin Johnson, #54 Michael Fose, #74 Ronald Hill, #77 Tal Davidson, #81 Adam Murray, #83 Matt Bowling, #88 Chris Davis, #88B Josh Berry, #95 Chad McCumbee, #98 Stefan Parsons (28 total)