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Big Money Ahead for CARS Tour in Inaugural “Mid Atlantic Classic” at Orange County Speedway

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The 2017 Puryear Tank Lines/Thrifty Tire Service Centers 300 at Orange County Speedway saw Kyle Busch Motorsports development driver Cole Rouse hold off Matt Craig to claim his first career victory in CARS Super Late Model competition. Local favorite Layne Riggs led wire to wire in the Late Model Stock Car Tour event en route to a popular victory in front of his home crowd.

Riggs’ victory allowed him to slightly extend his points lead over Anthony Alfredo in the LMSC Tour, while Rouse was able to tie Brandon Setzer for the points lead in the SLM Tour. However, when the CARS Tour competitors return to Orange County, there will be more than just points on the line.

The historic, 3/8 mile asphalt oval will play host to the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Classic on July 22, 2017. The 150-lap super late model event will feature several key differences from the previous outing at Orange County for the super late models, including a total purse of $50,875, in which every competitor who makes the 30-car starting grid will earn $1,000. The winner of the Mid-Atlantic Classic will receive $10,000, which is a paycheck that exceeds every previous event in CARS Tour history, including the U.S. Nationals at Bristol that saw race winner Darrell Wallace Jr. earned $7,500.

“We are so excited to be able to bring the best Super Late Model drivers in the country to Orange County Speedway,” said CARS Tour Director of Marketing and Operations Chris Ragle. “Each race at Orange County has gotten bigger than the previous, now with $10,000 to win and $1000 to start we have seen interest beyond our expectations.  It is going to be a great show that you won’t want to miss!”

The Mid-Atlantic Classic will also mark the first time that stage race is used in the CARS Tour. The super late model race will be divided into four segments consisting of 35 laps, 65 laps, another 35 laps and a 15-lap sprint to the finish to end the race. There will be a five-minute break to accompany the end of each stage, and all segment winners will earn a $500 cash bonus, and will start inside the Top 8 for the final stage.

Stage racing has been around in many forms in auto racing over the past several decades, including exhibition NASCAR races such as the All-Star Race and The Clash, as well as the Eldora Dirt Derby in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. However, 2017 is the first year in which stage racing has been utilized throughout the entire NASCAR season, as the Top 10 drivers in each stage receive points, and stage winners in the top three NASCAR series earn a playoff point for their respective Chase. The new format has been well received by drivers and fans in NASCAR, and many CARS Tour competitors believe that stage racing will have many benefits for the series.

“Stage racing is going to be very fan-friendly,” said CARS Super Late Model competitor Bradley McCaskill. “The format is going to give fans something to watch, instead of drivers just riding around and saving tires until the end. It’s kind of cool how the series is giving drivers an incentive to go hard and get track position for later in the race.”

Each segment break will allow teams to change tires and work on their cars. After each break concludes, drivers will line up based on how many tires they changed in the pit box, with drivers who changed no tires starting first, while drivers who changed all four tires will start in the rear of the field. This will only be the second time this season that teams have had the option to make adjustments to their cars during the race, and many of the drivers believe that pit strategy will determine the outcome of the race.

“Everybody is going to want tires, especially as the race gets closer to the end,” said three-time CARS SLM Tour winner Matt Craig. “However, if you can get track position early and get that first stage win, then that will help your starting position. There is a lot to think about, but I think it is going to be a really interesting event, and I think you’ll see some newcomers show up. Pit strategy is really going to help out the guys who normally don’t have a shot to win the race.”

A strong field of super late model teams is expected for the Mid-Atlantic Classic, including CARS SLM Tour points leader Brandon Setzer, Raphael Lessard, Bubba Pollard, Jared Irvan, and local driver Tate Fogleman just to name a few. Although there will not be a $10,000 paycheck or any stage racing for the CARS LMSC Tour, the Mid-Atlantic Classic will serve as another chapter in the close points battle between Layne Riggs, Anthony Alfredo and Josh Berry. Nine points only separate them, but the JR Motorsports teammates of Berry and Alfredo will have to find a way to prevent Riggs from obtaining another win at his home track if they hope to gain an advantage over him.

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at carsracingtour.com. Fresh content and updates can also be found on the series Facebook page (@carstour), Twitter (@carstour), Instagram (@cars_tour), Snapchat (@carstour) and YouTube channel (/carstour). The series Roku app is also available for installation to see live and on-demand events by following the instructions available at www.carstour.tv.

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Summertime Showdown 250 – Orange County Speedway

CARSTour4MOORESVILLE, NC (July 26, 2016): The CARS Tour returns to the thrilling Orange County Speedway after a midsummer break marking the mid-season point of the 2016 schedule. The major headline of the event in the Late Model Stock division is the absence of JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry, who will be competing in the Iowa Xfinity Series race Saturday night. Berry, who is the only LMSC repeat winner, is just seven points behind point leader Deac McCaskill. However, the JR Motorsports team can still win the series owner’s championship as they have tapped newcomer Scott Bishop to drive the #88B ride. The Super Late Model division will see several newcomers this weekend including Chandler Smith, Wade Day, and dirt ace Tanner Thorson in what looks to be a stacked field at Orange County. No driver has been able to repeat as a winner in the division, will this weekend make six different winners in six races, or will a driver double up for the first time this season making a serious bid toward winning the championship?


Summertime Showdown 250 NOTES & QUOTES


Track/Location: Orange County Speedway – Rougemont, NC
Track Size: .375-mile
Event Name: Summertime Showdown 250 pres. by The Grilling Store
Laps/Distance: 125/46.87 miles
Event Schedule: 12:30PM-2:45PM Practice, 4:45PM Qualifying, 6:15PM Fan Fest, 7:30PM Green: SLM-LMSC
Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / @OCS_Track / #SummertimeShowdown250



CARS SLM Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #6 Brandon Setzer, #7 Tyler Church, #8 Tate Fogleman, #9 Spencer Davis, #15F AJ Frank, #16 Lucas Jones, #16M Vinnie Miller, #17 Quin Houff, #17B Tanner Berryhill, #22 Trevor Noles, #26 Chandler Smith, #33 Preston Peltier, #49 Jeff Batten, #54 Matt Craig, #55 Dalton Sargent, #57 Cole Timm, #58 Tyler Ankrum, #67 Clay Jones, #96 Wade Day, #97 Tanner Thorson, #98M Jody Measamer, #99 Raphael Lessard (22 total)


CARS LMSC Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #08 Deac McCaskill, #1 Christian Eckes, #1M Craig Moore, #2D Chris Denny, #7 Justin Crider, #12 Ryan Wilson, #12M Austin McDaniel, #16S RD Smith, #27 Tommy Lemons Jr, #28 Chris Hudspeth, #31 Thomas Beane, #41 Chase Purdy, #42 Craig Stallard, #74 Ronald Hill, #88 Chris Davis, #88B Scott Bishop, #98 Stefan Parsons, #99 Layne Riggs (18 total)

***Official Entry Deadline: Tuesday, July 26, 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)

Fogleman a Familiar Name at Orange County:

Tate Fogleman made his CARS Tour Super Late Model debut earlier this season on the tour’s first visit to the 3/8th mile track in April. At that event the Durham, NC driver, who considers Orange County Speedway his home track, struggled in a big way finishing off the pace in 23rd position. The defending 2015 PASS South series championship driver, has since debuted a new LFR race car and made several changes to his program that has elevated his position on the speed charts each and every week since. Now, as he returns to his home track, Fogleman feels like the opportunity to improve on his career best finish of fifth in CARS Tour competition should come this weekend in the Summertime Showdown 250.

“I’ve been waiting a while to get back to Orange County. The team and I have been working hard preparing for the race. Last time we were there we struggled the whole weekend, but recently we picked up a LFR Chassis and it been a big change to our program. We’ve got a few races in and still learning what these cars like. Sometimes it’s a trial and error process, so this long break off has been perfect for us to pin point what we need to work on. I think this weekend has the best potential to be our best race yet in the CARS Tour.” Tate Fogleman – #8 Fogleman Soils Ford Super Late Model


The Wait is Finally Over:

Layne Riggs has been patiently waiting to race against Late Model Stock Cars best drivers in a CARS Tour race at his home track of Orange County Speedway. The son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver Scott Riggs has spent the last few CARS Tour races at OCS watching from the grandstands just waiting to turn the approved age of 14 years old in order to compete. Now the time has come for the youngster to show what he can do behind the wheel of his #99 Puryear Tank Lines Late Model Stock Car in front of his hometown crowd. No matter the outcome Saturday night, Layne Riggs is proud to be mixing it up amongst the best as be begins his career climb up the motorsports ladder.

“I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s CARS Tour race at my home track. I had so much fun racing against these guys at Tri-County Speedway in June. To me the CARS Tour offers the best short track racing there is in the country. Having to watch the last few CARS Tour races at OCS were tough because I wanted so bad to be a part of it. Now I’m finally 14, I can race this weekend at Orange County with the support of my family and hometown fans behind us. We learned a little last week at the track’s 100 lap race that I think could help us come Saturday. I’m just looking forward to having a solid run with our #99 Puryear Tank Lines/Chick-fil-a of Roxboro Ford and being there at the end.” – Layne Riggs – #99 Puryear Tank Lines Ford Late Model Stock Car


Halfway Home on the 2016 Season:

The Greenville-Pickens Speedway event on June 25th marked the halfway point for the 2016 CARS Tour season. Twenty-one teams, between both Super Late Models and Late Model Stocks, have started all five events and now those teams will get paid back for their efforts through the tour’s Loyalty Program that begins this weekend and runs through the rest of the year. Every Super Late Model race has seen a different winner and the Late Model Stocks have had four different winners in five races with only Josh Berry winning twice. With the parity in each division it is not surprising that a tight points battle is underway in both divisions. Deac McCaskill in Late Model Stocks and Raphael Lessard in Super Late Models, each hold only a seven point lead over their competition.

So far this season has had some great racing while having some dominant performances by a few first time winners. Both points battles are shaping up to be just as tight as they were a year ago which makes the final half of the season pretty exciting. I think the Super Late Model driver who’s able to get that second victory may have the advantage in the championship stretch. In Late Model Stocks, Deac McCaskill has to feel a little pressure off his shoulders knowing that Josh Berry won’t be there this weekend, but the owner’s championship is still up for grabs. Not to mention it seems like Tommy Lemons Jr. has finally hit his stride in CARS Tour competition. While these are all tour regulars, I anticipate several newcomers and returnees to make their mark in the remaining races to close out the 2016 season in similar fashion to last year.” Chris Ragle – CARS Tour Director of Operations

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.

CARS Tour Announces Inaugural 2015 Season Schedule


Mooresville, NC – Officials from the all new dual division CARS Tour are proud to announce the inaugural schedule for the upcoming 2015 season. The tour, featuring both Late Model Stock and Super Late Model classes, will kick off the ten race season on March 28th and conclude October 11th. Each event will feature an optional, tour sanctioned, test day prior to race day. In addition to the schedule release the individual tour logos for each division have been released to beginning branding for the upcoming season.

The first ever event of the CARS Tour will take place at Kenly, North Carolina’s Southern National Motorsports Park on the above mentioned March 28thdate. The 4/10th mile track will again make its mark on the tour on May 30th. CARS Late Model Stock Tour drivers will be especially excited about the two dates after the facilities decision to not have Late Model Stock Cars as part of their weekly racing program.

From there teams, drivers, and fans can begin working their way back across the state with an April 18th date at Orange County Speedway (Rougemont, NC) followed by a May 9th date at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway. The tour will revisit Orange County Speedway again on August 1st with both dates marking the only Super Late Model racing held all season at the ultra-fast 3/8th mile track.

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