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CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Do The Dew 200 pres. by CCC&TI – Tri-County Motor Speedway

CARSTour1MOORESVILLE, NC – After getting rained out on May 21st the CARS Tour and its competitors will turn their attention to the often forgot about Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC. Despite the track just hosting special events throughout the year, it is one of the best races on the 10 race schedule for the CARS Tour. The racing surface easily has three grooves of racing making for two and three wide battles all race long. It doesn’t take long for those battles to develop in a hurry either; at just 100 laps and 40 miles in distance the Do The Dew 200 presented by CCC&TI is the shortest race on the 2016 schedule. With limited track time for drivers and teams to test in preparation for this weekend’s event the door is wide open for a first time winner to breakthrough in a big way, just as Super Late Model winner Quin Houff did a year ago.

 

 

Do The Dew 200 pres. by CCC&TI NOTES & QUOTES

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

Event Name: Do The Dew 200 pres. by CCC&TI

Laps/Distance: 100/40 miles

Event Schedule:

12:30PM-2:45PM Practice 
4:30PM Qualifying 
6:15PM Fan Fest 
7:30PM Green: SLM-LMSC

Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / #DoTheDew200

 

CARS SLM Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #2 Garrett Archer, #6 Brandon Setzer, #7 Tyler Church, #8 Tate Fogleman, #15 Christian Eckes, #15F AJ Frank, #16 Lucas Jones, #17 Quin Houff, #21 Mike Darne, #22 Trevor Noles, #25 Stephen Leicht, #49 Jeff Batten, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #58 Tyler Ankrum, #66 Steve Wallace, #67 Clay Jones, #88 Garrett Jones, #97 Cole Timm, #99 Raphael Lessard (20 total)

 

CARS LMSC Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #07 Hayden Humphrey, #08 Deac McCaskill, #1 Christian Eckes, #5 Tyler English, #7 Justin Crider, #9 Charles Watson, #12 Ryan Wilson, #12M Austin McDaniel, #16 Jeff Oakley, #16S RD Smith, #27 Tommy Lemons Jr, #28 Chris Hudspeth, #29 Jake Ruggles, #31 Thomas Beane, #41 Chase Purdy, #42 Craig Stallard, #44 Justin Johnson, #54 Michael Fose, #57 Justin Carroll, #74 Ronald Hill, #75 Landon Huffman, #88 Chris Davis, #88B Josh Berry, #88T Robert Tyler, #95 Chad McCumbee, #98 Stefan Parsons, #99 Layne Riggs (27 total)

***Official Entry Deadline: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 4PM***

 

Media Coverage:

-Speed51 (speed51.com) will provide Trackside Now Live Updates
-RACEFEEDX (www.racefeedx.com) – LIVE Pay per View Video Coverage
-CARS Tour Facebook (facebook.com/CARSTour) and Twitter (@CARSTour

 

QUOTES:
Jones Appreciates the Uncertainty of Tri County:

Lucas Jones is on his second full season campaign on the CARS Tour and has developed as a solid contender as of late. He and his family owned team, not working with the budget of some of the bigger operations, always brings a quality piece to the track. One equalizer Jones feels could be to advantage this weekend is the amount of limited track time his competition will have around the 4/10 mile track. The uncertainty of what’s expected at the green track by both Jones and others is something the youngster is looking forward to.

 

“The one thing I really like about Tri-County is the door-to-door racing that happens there, and with the race being only 100 laps you have to be on your game from the start. Last year was the first time I’ve ever raced there, so to be going there this weekend with some experience I think will go a long ways. We’ve got a new LFR car we are working with and we’ve got great support from the folks at LFR at the track. I really feel this weekend could be our best run yet; I’m looking forward to getting back behind the seat after several weeks off.” #16 Lucas Jones – Kenny’s Components Chevy Super Late Model

 

Hometown in Hudson:

Thomas Beane can hear when there is a car at Tri-County Motor Speedway. The Hudson, North Carolina native who recently graduated from UNC-Charlotte has had this date circled on his calendar all season long. After a rough night at the last CARS event in Hickory, Beane and family owned team are all in on his hometown race this weekend. Lots of family, friends, and students from CCC&TI, where Beane was a former student, will be in attendance to see what the hometown kid can do.

 

“We had a rough outing last time out at Hickory, so for our next race to be at my home track of Tri-County, it couldn’t come at a better time. It’s a track with lots of character that you can really race three wide all around the place. We’ve been able to test and I think we’ll have a pretty good piece to work with when we unload on Saturday. It’s pretty cool to see the folks with CCC&TI involved with this race and involved with the CARS Tour. As a former student there, it was the perfect place to adjust to college life, and really decide what I wanted to do with my future before eventually graduating from UNC-Charlotte a few weeks ago.” – #31 Thomas Beane – #31 Price’s Roofing Ford Late Model Stock Car

 

A Technical Relationship in Caldwell County:

The past three years, dating back to the CARS Pro Cup Series days, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has partnered with the series at Tri-County to market the school and what it has to offer students within the community. This season is no different as students will tour the pit area on Friday leading up to the race, and then be active in pre-race and midway activities prior to the green flag.

 

“Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is pleased to once again be working with the CARS Tour for the third year in a row. The CARS Tour always puts on a great racing show for the fans and is a great event for us to be involved in. This year having Thomas Beane in the field, a CCC&TI alumni who just finished up his education at UNCC, is something we are excited about and will be cheering for him to make us proud.” – Roy Jennings – Director of Automotive System Technology-Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

 

For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information about the CARS Tour, featuring both Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model divisions, visit www.carsracingtour.com or contact the tour’s office directly at 704-662-9212. Stay social with the tour by “liking” the CARS Tour Facebook page and following along on Twitter @CARSTour.

2016 CARS Tour Season Opener Postponed One Day Due to Threat of Rain

Cars Pro SeriesDrivers 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.

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CARS Tour: American Racer Replaced With Hoosier F45

Hoosier TireMooresville, NC – 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.”

The new Hoosier 37-190F45 RS tire being utilized on the CARS Tour will be exclusively available at MTP Tire located at Hickory Motor Speedway beginning Thursday August 6th. Competitors can contact Kevin Piercy with MTP Tire directly at 828.217.0002 to select tires.

For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information on the all new CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the all new CARS Super Late Model Tour visit http://www.carsracingtour.com or contact the series directly at 704-662-9212. You can also follow the tour along on Twitter @CARSTour and stay connected via the tours Facebook page by liking “CARS Tour”.

Deac McCaskill Returns to Victory Lane at Southern National; Christopher Bell Also Wins

Deac McCaskill (left) and his mother, Kay (right), who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, celebrate in victory lane after Deac's triumph in the 125-lap CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car race. (Photo credit: Andy Marquis/RACE22.com for Southern National Motorsports Park)

Deac McCaskill (left) and his mother, Kay (right), who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, celebrate in victory lane after Deac’s triumph in the 125-lap CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car race. (Photo credit: Andy Marquis/RACE22.com for Southern National Motorsports Park)

LUCAMA, NC – Four-time Southern National Motorsports Park track champion Deac McCaskill scored his first win at Southern National Motorsports Park since 2013, leading wire-to-wire to score an emotional victory in Saturday night’s CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car feature race.

McCaskill’s victory was his first at Southern National Motorsports Park since September 14, 2013, when he clinched his record-tying fourth track championship, and his first win of any kind in the 2015 season. It comes two months after finishing second in the CARS Tour season opener, which was held at Southern National, back on March 28th. But the win has even more sentimental value to McCaskill because his mother, Kay, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I was so focused on those lapped cars, I didn’t know that was the end of the race,” McCaskill said in victory lane after his triumph in the 125 lap race. “They said ‘checkered flag’ and I busted into tears. I cried the whole way around. I had to do a Polish Victory Lap to get myself together. It’s been a rough couple weeks for this family. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer but sometimes God puts things in your life. You’ve just got to hope and pray for the best and things happen for a reason. We’re strongly behind her, we’re supporting her and hopefully we can raise awareness for breast cancer.”

McCaskill has scored countless wins at Southern National and four track championships, but his win on Saturday is one of the most memorable wins for the 38-year-old veteran from Raleigh, North Carolina.

“This ranks right up there with the Thanksgiving Classic back [in 2006] when I raced with Denny Hamlin,” McCaskill remarked. “To still get emotional about it, that’s really cool. I’m just real proud to be standing here in victory lane. That’s awesome.”

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Tyler Ankrum Proves Why You Never Stop Digging

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Lucama, NC ­– Growing up my parents always used to tell me to never give up on things I believed in, or were passionate about. I thank them for that everyday because it has made me a stronger person today. Those same values must have been instilled in Tyler Ankrum the young man from Colton California, who has really taken the Late Model Community by storm.

This past November we awarded Ankrum a Hard Charger award for his effort at the 2014 Autumn Classic (Tyler Ankrum Wins Autumn Classic Hard Charger Award) at none other than Southern National Motorsports Park. A motor swap was the reason Ankrum had to start in the rear of the field during that race, this time it was mishap during qualifying. Ankrum was coming out of turn four to take the green flag when the rear end snapped loose and sent him for a slow spin down the front stretch. With no steam behind him at the line you can only imagine how qualifying turned out for him.

Earlier that afternoon I confirmed with CARS Tour officials that the top twenty-five times during qualifying will be locked into the show, the remaining cars will be sent to a 20 lap Last Chance Qualifier race where the top four finishers from that move on. In addition, a provisional shall be awarded to one driver to make up a thirty-car field.

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Todd Gilliland Steals The Win In Inaugural CARS Tour LMSC Race

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Lucama, NC – Last but not least, we saved the best for last, holy crap… just a few sayings that came to mind when the checkered flag flew in the breeze Saturday night at Southern National Motorsports Park for the inaugural CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car race. The second 150-lap feature on the evening saw a very impressive thirty-car field, six cars were sent packing after qualifying and the last chance race, take the green flag to kick the season off!

Teams from all over the eastern seaboard spent weeks building and testing their machines to prepare for this weekend and the caliber of competition that rolled through the small town of Kenly, North Carolina were insurmountable.

Gilliland’s victory was his first in a Late Model Stock Car and comes after an incredible second place finish last year at SNMP during the Autumn Classic while driving a Limited Late Model. Though Gilliland was fastest in final practice earlier that afternoon, his victory did not come easy, nor did it lack excitement. Though Gilliland found himself at the top of the leader board during the final practice – that was extended might I add, I am guessing due to the rain before – but that however did not transfer over to qualifying. That honor would go to none other than the #08 of Deac McCaskill.
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Cole Timm Sends a Huge Message To The Super Late Model Community

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Lucama, NC – Cole Timm, of Charlotte North Carolina, sent a massive statement this past Saturday night at Southern National Motorsports Park to the entire Super Late Model community. Timm, who has run regular races in the PASS South series last year as well as this year, had a bit of a disagreement with his regular sanctioning body so he figured why not give this brand new series a shot. Well folks, this boys idea of trying things out are just a bit different than yours and my idea of “trying something out.”

Not really sure if Timm came to SNMP to have a good time, test a new series out or just flat out prove a point! “I consider myself just a small time racer,” Timm said during his victory lane celebration. “Just to be able to beat some of these bigger name guys on this CARS Tour means a lot to me!”

Shouldn’t come as to much of a surprise however, I say that lightly and with out sounding cocking but those hopes are set when your number sits alone on top of the leader board both practice sessions. Not to mention go out for qualifying and be the only car to break into the 14-second lap time, a 14.788 (97.376 MPH) to be exact! More than two tenths faster than the Kyle Busch Motorsports, yes I said that right folks, the KBM #51 of Christopher Bell.

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