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Matt Hirschman Scores Second Consecutive Victory in Modified Feature at Myrtle Beach

Matt Hirschman climbs from his modified for the second year in a row in Myrtle Beach Speedway victory lane. (Charlie Alexander/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

The tour type Modified’s were once again on the card for a 125-lap high-speed chess match for week two of the Myrtle Beach 400. This year track management and officials introduced a brand new component to the race – stages!

Yes, much like what you see in the top three tiers of the NASCAR circuits, the 125-lap feature was essentially split into four segments with cautions coming at lap 50, 75, and 100 with the final 25-lap segment being green flag laps only. A $500 bonus for each “segment win” was announced to help encourage the drivers to get up on the wheel as the modified portion of the weekend has been known for major tire conservation due to the abrasive track surface and soft tires the cars run.

Jim Zacharies was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying posting a lap of 19.755 to earn the pole position. Bobby Measmer Jr., Timmy Solomito, George Brunnhoelzl III, and Patrick Emerling rounded out the starting five when it came down to the race.

Zacharies and Solomito looked to be the early favorites when the green was displayed jumping out to a massive lead. The two would trade the top spot several times before placing a handful of cars a lap down. Solomito was able to take the lead from Zacharies just before the end of the first segment and pick up an extra $500 bucks. Zachaires would not pit during the caution and stay out on the track to retake the lead and eventually win the second stage, however, issues would prevent the pole sitter from even finishing the race. Both Bobby Measmer and Hirschman turned the wick up as the field went back green in the third segment. So much in fact that Measmer was able to power his way to the top spot, bringing Hirschman with him. Measmer was just in a league of his own as laps clicked off and drove away from the field to collect the lap 100-segment bonus.

Hirschman, the fifth different race leader, would inherit the race lead for the final 25-lap segment after The Weekly Racer learned that Bobby Measmer was penalized for entering pit lane to early at the lap 100 break. The break, if you will, was enough for Hirschman to take control of the race and drive away to victory. The race was slowed just once in the final segment as GB3 has issues in turns three and four. Hirschman, however, able to hold his own and build over a second lead over the field. Give a shout out to Bobby Measamer who was able to drive all the way back to the third position in the closing laps.

“There was a bunch of different strategies that the other guys used and were actually a little surprising and interesting to me something to think about,” Hirschman said in victory lane. “They put up the $500 for the stages so it was something to shoot for. We were close on the last one and ended up second, the seventeen [Measmer] was just really good there and drove away. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to run him back down. It worked out; we lead the laps we wanted to and the most important one, the last one. A couple of guys picked up some money and it would have been nice to add to our win total but we can’t complain, we came here with the goal to win the race. I am really happy to PD Motorsports; two years in a row to win this race its great.”

 

Modified UNOFFICIAL Results 

1 #60 Matt Hirschman 125
2 #4M Jason Myers 125
3 #17M Bobby Measmer Jr. 125
4 #3 Daren Scherer 125
5 #17B Danny Bohn 125
6 #11M Burt Myers 125
7 #7NY Timmy Solomito 125
8 #07 Patrick Emerling 125
9 #00 Jeff Fultz 125
10 #18Y Daniel Yates 125
11 #4TR Jason Tutterow 125
12 #79 George Brunnhoelzl III 124
13 #12N Mike Norman 122
14 #48 Johnny Kay 113
15 #71 Jim Zacharies 99

Josh Berry Finds Redemption in Myrtle Beach Speedway Victory Lane

Josh Berry shakes the monkey off his back and parks it in victory lane after winning the 2017 Myrtle Beach 400 after coming up one position short the year before. (Charlie Alexander/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – This time a year ago Jr. Motorsports driver Josh Berry had a different feeling and set of emotions running through his mind, body, and sole if you will.

For those that don’t remember Berry, along with JRM teammate Christian Eckes, were racing hard side-by-side in the closing laps of the Myrtle Beach 400 where Eckes made contact with Berry as the pair powered off turn four. The contact sent Berry into the wall and ended his shot at the victory. The 2017 edition of the race proved to have the same undertones, however, Berry was on the good end of the deal.

The Late Model Stock portion of the Myrtle Beach 400 dual weekends has never failed to produce some of the best racing of the year, in TheWeeklyRacer.com very humble opinion. This race easily stacks up as a candidate for Race of the Year, if that was something that we handed out at the end of the year – maybe that is something we should look into doing this year.

With just a little bit different format this year, fifty-seven cars took to the speedway earlier in the afternoon for single-car qualifying where NASCAR officials introduced a little bit of a twist for drivers and teams. Each car would get two laps. If the team felt like they left something on the table they could let officials know they would like to spin the roulette wheel so to speak. The team would have 45-seconds to make adjustments to the car and then go back out for one lap and that one lap was your time.

Josh Berry was also the man of the hour during the qualifying session earlier in the afternoon laying down a 20.400-second lap around the just over half-mile oval. Berry was the only driver the lay down a sub .500-second lap. Timothy Peters, Tyler Hughes, Jake Crum – who both would eventually retire early from the feature – and Justin Milliken rounded out the fastest five starters and were among the top sixteen drivers to be locked into the feature. Current track and national champion, Lee Pulliam, was forced to essentially spin the roulette wheel after an issue during qualifying. The one lap he was able to put down was good enough for ninth quick.

Things did not take long to heat up on the racing surface as some of the best in the business went to war per se on the worn out asphalt of Myrtle Beach. Several drivers from Jake Crum, Lee Pulliam, Timothy Peters, David Roberts, and eventually Josh Berry all had their hand in the cookie jar for the lead.

However, after what some would call interesting and others would argue exciting, final one hundred laps, it was the No. 88 of Josh Berry who took the checkered flag, the gigantic trophy, and check for $10,000 back to his race shop. Oh, yea, not to mention Berry won a fishing trip for himself and his crew along with a brand new chainsaw.

“The first half of the race we just to manage it and see what we had,” Berry said in victory lane. “Our goal was run the first half and make the car better for the second half and if hopefully if things fell our way we would be up front. We were a little bit too loose the first half, made some good adjustments at the break and I think I was able to conserve my tires better than the first part of the race. It ended up coming down to me and Timothy [Peters] at the end of the race and I was better than him.”

It was certainly no cakewalk for Berry, ended up beating Peters – who had just flown in from Miami where he raced in the truck series season finale the night before – on a late race restart where he ended up spinning his tires and allowing Berry to jump out to the lead.

“We took off and he was kind of able to clear Chad [McCumbee] but I could tell a couple of runs before that he was starting to get a little loose up off the corner,” Berry said. “I thought it was going to come down to him [Peters], Lee and us but Lee ended up going to the back with his issue so it just came down to Timothy and me. I really felt like we were able to save a little more than him and we were able to get away from him there the last couple of laps.”

With just how tight the field was running from first all the way back to fortieth you would have to think that in the back of your brain that you would be thinking about all the happened one year ago. We ask Berry what was going through his mind in the closing laps as he tried yet again to seal the deal at Myrtle Beach.

“Yea, it’s weird. The second half of the race just has a tendency to thin out. It was a little like last year and it came down to just me and Timothy and it was just like that last year really,” Berry went on to say. “I just ended up on the wrong side of it then. Either way, hats off to all of these guys at Jr. Motorsports. They work their butts off building racecars. It means a lot to get them into victory lane. It has turned into a pretty big day for those guys and tomorrow [Sunday] is going to be a pretty big day for Dale too so it means a lot to be able to bring him a Myrtle Beach 400 win.”

 

Myrtle Beach 400 Late Model Stock UNOFFICIAL Results

Pos. Car Name Laps
1 #88 Josh Berry 225
2 #12P Timothy Peters 225
3 #16M Chad McCumbee 225
4 #03 Brenden Queen 225
5 #41 Sam Mayer 225
6 #27 Tommy Lemons Jr. 225
7 #2S Myatt Snider 225
8 #02 Justin Milliken 225
9 #00 Shane Lee 225
10 #18G Ty Gibbs 225
11 #15 Ryan Millington 225
12 #97 Greg Edwards 225
13 #12G Trey Gibson 225
14 #7 Justin Crider 225
15 #26 Peyton Sellers 225
16 #44 Justin Johnson 225
17 #18R David Roberts 225
18 #25 Kevin Leicht 225
19 #61 Justin Hicks 225
20 #30 Brian Vause 225
21 #60B RA Brown II 225
22 #1 Michael Faulk 225
23 #36 Neil Meredith 225
24 #70 Stuart Ricks 225
25 #16H Colby Howard 224
26 #23 Dexter Canipe Jr. 224
27 #11W Lucas Williams 224
28 #24B Blaise Brinkley 224
29 #88P Charles Powell III 223
30 #51C Matt Cox 215
31 #46 Thad Moffit 212
32 #51 Blair Addis 203
33 #5G Cole Glasson 202
34 #2P Brandon Pierce 202
35 #01 Jake Crum 201
36 #5P Lee Pulliam 201
37 #17B Bryant Barnhill 200
38 #98 Stefan Parsons 183
39 #8A Anthony Alfredo 130
40 #99 Layne Riggs 125
41 #63 Chris Throckmorton 68
42 #8H Tyler Hughes 59
43 #83 Jeremy McDowell 14

Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway Releases 2018 Racing Schedule

HAMPTON, VA – Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway announced an impressive schedule featuring 27 racing dates along with other events today including the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on April 19, and the 10th annual Hampton Heat 200 on July 21.

2018 will be Langley’s biggest season ever with the debut of the spring edition of the Day of Destruction on March 10 and the racing season opening night on March 31.

After years of anticipation, the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown comes to Langley on April 19 featuring some of NASCAR’s biggest stars taking on the best late model racers on the east coast.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns for the Visit Hampton Va 150 on April 28 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its return on June 23.

The Virginia Sprint Car Series comes back for the second time on along with Independence Day fireworks on June 30.

Langley’s biggest race of the year, the 10th annual Hampton Heat 200 will take place on July 21 with the winner taking home $10,000 and it will be the second leg of the Virginia Triple Crown.

The season finale this year moves a few weeks later on October 13 followed by the fall edition of the Day of Destruction on October 20.

2018 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Development Team Announced Six Drivers Tabbed to Compete For Rev Racing Next Season

Daytona, Beach, Fla. – The youngest NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion. The youngest driver to win four Trans-Am championships. And the 2016 Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award winner.

As evidenced by the six drivers announced as part of the 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Team, the roster for next year is stacked with emerging young talent ready to make their mark in the sport. The drivers represent a cross-section of backgrounds – both in terms of heritage and driving disciplines – and all share a common goal: To reach the highest levels of NASCAR.

“What we’re seeing with these six drivers is a group of very talented racers who have shown the ability on and off the track to excel at the next level,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “With an increased focus on seat time and competition among the drivers, we’re looking forward to watching them perform next season.”

“We are thrilled with the level of talent that applied for the program, were invited to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine and, ultimately, the six who were selected to drive for Rev Racing in 2018,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. “As we’ve seen the program evolve over the years and produce wins and champions, and help elevate drivers such as Daniel Suárez, Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, these drivers have the ability and potential to carry that legacy forward.”

The 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity roster includes a pair of drivers who have been part of the NASCAR Next program, an industry initiative designed to spotlight the sport’s rising stars.

 

The new class features the following drivers:

  • Chase Cabre, 20, Tampa, Florida. Cabre finished sixth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings and was runner-up for Sunoco Rookie of the Year. He won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award twice and recorded four top-five finishes. He will return to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and will also race a Late Model in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

 

  • Ernie Francis Jr., 19, Dania, Florida. Francis has already locked up his fourth Trans Am Series championship, becoming the youngest driver in series history to do so. He has 32 Trans Am Series wins – the most in series history – and 15 Pirelli World Challenge victories. Francis will be a development driver with Rev Racing, running road-course events in the K&N Pro Series East and select Late Model events, as well as testing, as he transitions to oval-track racing.

 

  • Rubén García Jr., 21, Mexico City, Mexico. García will return to Rev Racing for his third season. The 2015 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion finished fifth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this year and is third in the PEAK Mexico Series standings with one race remaining. The NASCAR Next graduate will join Cabre in the K&N Pro East in addition to racing in the Late Model.

 

  • Nick Sanchez, 16, Homestead, Florida. Sanchez finished fifth in the 10-race Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway with Rev Racing’s Legends Car program last year, and will move up to the team’s full-time Late Model in 2018. Sanchez had a win among five podium finishes in the Summer Shootout.

 

  • Ryan Vargas, 17, La Mirada, California. Vargas won the Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award in 2016 as the highest finishing multicultural or female driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I. He was runner-up for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Josten’s Rookie of the Year for California in 2016 while racing at Irwindale and Bakersfield’s Kern County Raceway Park and the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This season, he scored a pair of wins this year to finish third in the state standings and 16th in the national standings. Vargas will drive in the third full-time K&N Pro Series East car and also race in the Late Model.

 

  • Isabella Robusto, 13, Fort Mill, South Carolina. Robusto will anchor Rev Racing’s Youth Driver Program as she returns to the team to drive in the Legends car. Robusto will be one of four youth development drivers, with the remaining three to be announced at a later date. She was third overall at the Bandolero Winter Nationals and was the South Carolina Legends Young Lions champion in 2016 and was third overall in points in the Bojangles Summer Shootout Series in 2015.

 

NASCAR Drive for Diversity aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping them achieve career successes, and thus improving their goal of reaching one of the three NASCAR national series.

 

The 2017 NASCAR season was another banner year for NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumni, as three graduates made a major impact at the sport’s highest level.

 

Kyle Larson earned four wins to establish his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team as a force in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. A contender for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, Daniel Suárez this year became the first Mexican-born driver to compete full-time in the sport’s premier series, and in February raced in his first DAYTONA 500. Last month, Darrell Wallace Jr. was announced as the new driver of Richard Petty Motorsports’ iconic No. 43 Ford for the 2018 season.

 

For more information on NASCAR Drive for Diversity, visit NASCARDiversity.com.

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook,TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

 

About Rev Racing

Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net or follow us onTwitter.

Racing Roulette Expanded to Super Late Models and Limiteds for Thanksgiving Classic

LUCAMA, NC – Southern National Motorsports Park has expanded the Racing Roulette format, which was implemented for the Late Model Stock Car portion of the Thanksgiving Classic, to the Super Late Model and Limited Late Model divisions.

The Racing Roulette format allows drivers to race for more money to win the race if they pay a higher entry fee.

“We had such great feedback from the Late Model racers and so many questions from Super Late Model and Limited drivers that we thought it’d be great to include all of them,” track owner Michael Diaz saif. “It’s a great concept that the drivers and teams are excited about and we’re excited about the excitement it’s bringing to the Thanksgiving Classic.”

For the Super Late Model feature, which will be run on Sunday, November 26th, drivers can race for $10,000-to-win if they pay a $500 entry fee or $4,000-to-win if they pay a $125 entry fee.

In the Limited Late Model feature, which commences on Saturday, November 25th, drivers can pay a $300 entry fee to race for $4,000-to-win or a $100 entry fee for $2,200-to-win.

Registration for the Thanksgiving Classic is open and competitors can register for the race online.

The Limited Late Model feature on Saturday, November 25th is a 75 lap race.  The Super Late Model portion of the Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday, November 26th will be a 125-lap event.

In addition to Saturday’s Limited Late Model race, the Thanksgiving Classic will also feature a Limited Late Model “Dash for Cash” race on Friday, November 24th.  The 40-lap race, will be a scuff tire.  Drivers competing in the race can bring two tires with them and purchase two tires from the .  The Dash for Cash pays $750 to the winner and $50 to start.

More information about the 17th Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers » http://snmpark.com/thanksgivingclassic

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at www.snmpark.com“like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Veteran Josh Berry Wins First CARS LMSC Tour Championship

Josh Berry accepts CARS Tour trophy at South Boston. (Photo: CARS Tour)

Mooresville, NC – The season-ending AutosByNelson.com 250 at South Boston brought an end to one of the closest points battles in CARS LMSC Tour history. JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry found himself in the middle of the points battle, as he trailed leader Layne Riggs by only four points in the standings while keeping a small five-point advantage over his JR Motorsports teammate Anthony Alfredo in third.

Berry needed a flawless weekend during the series’ first visit to South Boston in order to overtake Riggs and earn his first CARS LMSC Tour championship. However, the weekend proved to be a struggle for the CARS Tour veteran, as he nearly lost control of his car during the second round of qualifying, which relegated him to an eighth-place starting spot. Although Berry had a comfortable advantage over Alfredo, who was starting 20th, Berry would have to find the speed to chase down Riggs, who was starting on the outside of the front row.

Riggs proved to have one of the strongest cars in the field early on, as he quickly overtook polesitter Philip Morris for the lead on the first lap of the race. Despite losing the lead a few laps later, Riggs was able to constantly challenge Morris and race winner Deac McCaskill during the opening laps of the race, while Berry struggled to work his way up to the front, and found himself in seventh place when the first caution came out.

Berry got the break that he needed on the following restart when Riggs’ transmission broke going into the first turn, which forced the 15-year-old rookie to retire from the race, effectively knocking him out of the championship. Berry, who never cracked the Top 5 during the entire race, only had to contend with Alfredo for the championship and was able to secure the championship from his teammate by only a few points.

“It’s awesome to win a championship for Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kelley Earnhardt,” Berry said. “They’ve been really good to me, and they’ve always been big supporters. I think this is my third or fourth championship for them, but a touring championship is obviously a big deal. There are a lot of different racetracks, and a lot of work went into this, so I’m really excited to win this championship and check it off the list, and I’m going to enjoy it and get ready for next year.”

Berry’s championship in the CARS LMSC Tour adds another chapter to his brief, but illustrious career in Late Models. Berry got his start in Late Model racing in 2011 at South Boston Speedway, where he made 19 starts and earned one victory, which placed him fourth overall in the track’s final 2011 standings. Since 2012, Berry has been a regular at both Motor Mile Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway, where he has won over two dozen races between the two tracks and has one track championship at both facilities.

Berry’s success on short tracks eventually convinced Dale Earnhardt Jr. to start fielding a part-time Xfinity car for him, with Berry finishing 12th in his series debut at Iowa in 2014. Berry has made five more starts in the series since his debut with JR Motorsports and Obaika Racing, earning a career-best finish of seventh in the 2015 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway. Berry has expressed interest in running more Xfinity races, but a lack of sponsorship and a commitment to Late Models has prevented him from being more active in the series.

In 2015, Berry began to make select appearances in both divisions of the recently formed CARS Tour, but quickly found his place in the CARS LMSC Tour, where he won three out of the four races he started. Berry carried the momentum he established from 2015 into 2016, where he won five more races and finished in the Top 5 in all of his starts. However, Berry ultimately forfeited his shot at the CARS LMSC Tour championship when he missed the 2016 Summertime Showdown at Orange County due to a commitment with the Xfinity Series, but Berry still managed to finish third in the standings to Deac McCaskill.

Berry would have several new challenges to face for the 2017 season, such as an increased schedule, new tracks and competitors, and dealing with the loss of his long-time sponsor Speedco. However, Berry was able to overcome the adversity and knocked off four more victories in the 2017 CARS LMSC Tour season to secure his first championship in the series, including a season sweep at Concord Speedway. Berry believes that he and his team met all of their goals for the 2017 season, and is proud of the hard work they put into his car despite some of the struggles they faced.

“In 2016, it seemed like things came a lot easier for us,” Berry said. “You just have to learn not to take things like that for granted. We had a lot of ups and downs this year, but at the end, I’m excited to be the champion, and hopefully, we can contend for the championship next year.”

There are many unknowns for Josh Berry going into 2018, but he does plan to return to the CARS LMSC Tour next year with the hope of becoming the first repeat champion in the series’ brief history. Berry has also expressed interest in competing in other divisions next year but added he is still trying to work out many details.

“Right now I’m not exactly sure what I have lined up for next year beyond the CARS Tour,” Berry said. “I can definitely say that I have a few things in the works, but I guess we’ll have to just wait and see.”

The 2018 CARS Tour season will introduce a variety of changes to the schedule and competition for Berry and his competitors, including inaugural visits to Wake County Speedway, Ace Speedway, Kingsport Speedway and Carteret County Speedway. The CARS Tour will also not return to Concord Speedway for the 2018 season, which was a track that Berry was undefeated at during his career in the series. However, Berry is looking forward to the changes and tribulations that the 2018 season will bring him, and remains confident that he will once again be one of the drivers competing for a championship when the season concludes at South Boston next year.

For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.

CARS Tour Announces 2018 Season Schedule and Unprecedented Competitor Incentive Programs

Mooresville, NC 8/24/17 – The CARS Tour announced the 2018 schedules for both the Super Late Model Tour and the Late Model Stock Car Tour during a press conference at South Boston on Fridayevening, along with several incentive programs that the series hopes will boost car counts and loyalty amongst teams in the future.

For the first time in CARS Tour history, the SLM and LMSC Tours will not run identical schedules, as the Late Model Stock Car Tour will run 12 races in 2018, while the Super Late Model Tour will only run nine races. Both divisions will still share seven races with each other during the 2018 season, including the Mid-Atlantic Classic at Orange County Speedway, the Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway, and the season finale at South Boston Speedway.

The CARS Tour will also venture to five new tracks for the 2018 season. The CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour will make stops at Wake County Speedway, Ace Speedway, Carteret County Speedway and Kingsport Speedway for the first time in the series’ history. The Super Late Model Tour will travel to Tennessee on April 7th to participate in a combination race with the Championship Racing Association and Southern Super Series at Fairgrounds Speedway.

Changes to the purses in both divisions were also announced in Friday’s press conference. The CARS LMSC Tour purse, which is based on a 28-car field, will be increased by 12% in 2018, with the average purse for each race being $32,450 in comparison to the $28,875 spread out amongst the drivers in 2017. A driver who wins a CARS LMSC Tour race in 2018 will earn $6,000 instead of $5,000, and any driver who starts a race will automatically earn $700.

The purse for the Super Late Models in 2018 will also be based on a 28-car starting field, with one major change being that the purse for SLM events will be aligned with other SLM sanctioning bodies. Unlike the LMSC Tour, four races in the SLM Tour will award $10,000 to the winner of the event, which will be the races at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Anderson Motor Speedway, the Mid-Atlantic Classic, and a race that has yet to be announced for May 20, 2018.

The CARS Tour also announced the Touring Twelve program for the Late Model Stock Car Tour, which is a loyalty program that will consist of twelve Late Model teams that plan to compete in every points event for the 2018 season. There will be several benefits for Touring Twelve teams that will include a reduced entry fee of $825, and a guaranteed minimum of $1,000 in earnings for each race. Touring Twelve teams will also receive two sets of discounted Hoosier tires, four complimentary race tickets to all CARS LMSC Tour points races, and an opportunity to be featured on CARS Tour merchandise.

In order for teams to participate in the Touring Twelve program, CARS LMSC Tour teams must sign an agreement to participate in all regular season races and complete driver and owner registrations by March 2, 2018. Drivers will be required to have their name and likeness used on CARS Tour branding and merchandise, and must be committed to participate in limited driver appearances throughout the season, along with running a special throwback scheme at the Throwback 276 on August 4, 2018.

There will also be a loyalty program for CARS LMSC Tour competitors who do not participate in the Touring Twelve program. Any car owner in the division that competes in three consecutive races will receive a $500 bonus as a part of their winnings for the third event, which could result in an additional $2,000 in winnings for the 2018 season. A driver who participates in this program is not required to start in the season opener at Tri-County, and can run any three consecutive LMSC Tour races of their choice.

Other programs announced by the CARS Tour include a Hometown Hero bonus, in which any non-CARS LMSC Tour regular who is in the top three in a track’s LSMC points prior to the CARS Tour arrival will receive free Hoosier Tires for the CARS Tour race at that track. Information regarding finances and fees for CARS Tour teams will remain the same with the exception of late fees, which will drop to $100 in 2018 as opposed to the $250 late fee implemented in 2017.

For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.

2018 CARS Tour Schedule:

March 3      Tri-County Speedway           Hudson, NC            Open Practice/SRI Performance Media Day

March 10    Tri-County Speedway           Hudson, NC             LMSC $10,000 to win.

March 24    Myrtle Beach Speedway       Myrtle Beach, SC      SLM $10,000/LMSC

April 7        Fairgrounds Speedway         Nashville, TN            SLM w/CRA and SSS

April 7        Wake County Speedway       Raleigh, NC              LMSC

April 21      Mid-Atlantic Classic              Rougemont, NC        SLM $10,000/LMSC

May 5         Hickory Motor Speedway     Hickory, NC              SLM/LMSC

May 20       TBA                                   TBA                        SLM $10,000/LMSC

June 9        Ace Speedway                    Altamahaw, NC        LMSC

June 9        Anderson Motor Speedway  Williamston, SC        SLM w/SSS $10,000

June 23      Carteret County Speedway   Swansboro, NC        LMSC

July 14       Kingsport Speedway            Bloomingdale, TN    LMSC

August 4    Throwback 276                   Hickory, NC              SLM/LMSC

Sept 8        Orange County Speedway    Rougemont, NC       SLM/LMSC

Oct 13        South Boston Speedway       South Boston, VA    SLM/LMSC

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