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Myrtle Beach CARS Tour Victory Super Sweet For Fultz and Walker

Photo: CARS Tour Press Release

MOORESVILLE, NC – 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. “I’ve owned cars from back around ’09 in the Hedgecock late model days and Alex Yontz has driven for me, Brandon Butler, Tommy Lemons, Clay Rogers and others, but I don’t think you’ll ever top this one unless we move up and run Trucks or something like that,” the 33-year old car owner said. “That’s what so many people couldn’t believe. My close friends knew that was my first one. Other people, they knew we had ProCup cars before and I’ve been with people who’ve

“I’ve owned cars from back around ’09 in the Hedgecock late model days and Alex Yontz has driven for me, Brandon Butler, Tommy Lemons, Clay Rogers and others, but I don’t think you’ll ever top this one unless we move up and run Trucks or something like that,” the 33-year old car owner said. “That’s what so many people couldn’t believe. My close friends knew that was my first one. Other people, they knew we had ProCup cars before and I’ve been with people who’ve won, and to be a winning owner for the first time, I don’t think you’ll ever top that. It means the world to me. Me and Fultz hung out last night, and he’s won a ton of races, but I think he sees in me how excited I am.”The end result was the product of a weekend’s worth of work with a piecemeal team. In a period when many teams have paid crews dedicated to making their car perform, Walker’s crew was all-volunteer and a group of friends he and Fultz

The end result was the product of a weekend’s worth of work with a piecemeal team. In a period when many teams have paid crews dedicated to making their car perform, Walker’s crew was all-volunteer and a group of friends he and Fultz mingle with away from the track. Yes, their careers are involved in professional motorsports positions during any other weekend, but the schedules lined up to create the crew they used this past weekend. “The weekend went really smooth from tech to Saturday, getting through tech and getting tires and all of that stuff,” driver Jeff Fultz said of the weekend. “We had no issues with really anything. The car was brand new, so we had a few little things because it was new, normal stuff, but other than that I can’t say we had any issues at all. We build the cars and put them together, and they’re just built right.”

“The weekend went really smooth from tech to Saturday, getting through tech and getting tires and all of that stuff,” driver Jeff Fultz said of the weekend. “We had no issues with really anything. The car was brand new, so we had a few little things because it was new, normal stuff, but other than that I can’t say we had any issues at all. We build the cars and put them together, and they’re just built right.”During the week, Fultz runs and manages Fury Racecars, the chassis builder for Walker Motorsports, so he has intricate knowledge of each car the business creates, Walker’s included. Because of this, the 46-year old has semi-retired from the driver’s seat, racing part-time as his schedule allows with customers often needing his assistance on race weekends.

During the week, Fultz runs and manages Fury Racecars, the chassis builder for Walker Motorsports, so he has intricate knowledge of each car the business creates, Walker’s included. Because of this, the 46-year old has semi-retired from the driver’s seat, racing part-time as his schedule allows with customers often needing his assistance on race weekends. When the opportunity came from Walker to race at Myrtle Beach, one of his favorite tracks, Fultz jumped on it.

When the opportunity came from Walker to race at Myrtle Beach, one of his favorite tracks, Fultz jumped on it.”It probably took four or five laps to get back into the swing of things, but it’s one of those places I probably excel better at,” Fultz explained. “I like driving it, it’s a place I sorta adapted to, even in All-Pro. It’s one of my favorite places to race because you have different driving styles and you have to be smoother and manage the car. It’s kind of like a chess game when you’re racing at Myrtle Beach. It can play out different ways. It’s such a fun place and it really suits what I like.”

“It probably took four or five laps to get back into the swing of things, but it’s one of those places I probably excel better at,” Fultz explained. “I like driving it, it’s a place I sorta adapted to, even in All-Pro. It’s one of my favorite places to race because you have different driving styles and you have to be smoother and manage the car. It’s kind of like a chess game when you’re racing at Myrtle Beach. It can play out different ways. It’s such a fun place and it really suits what I like.”After the completion of Fivestar Bodies Knockout Qualifying, Fultz found himself the fastest car in the field for the 100-lap, $10,000-to-win race in his first outing with the team. Because of the multi-round format, he started the race in third, but it took only a minute until the No. 54 was out front. From that point forward, Fultz led the majority of the race up until the lap 70

After the completion of Fivestar Bodies Knockout Qualifying, Fultz found himself the fastest car in the field for the 100-lap, $10,000-to-win race in his first outing with the team. Because of the multi-round format, he started the race in third, but it took only a minute until the No. 54 was out front. From that point forward, Fultz led the majority of the race up until the lap 70 break for tires.”I ran just hard enough to where I wasn’t hurting the tires at all,” Fultz said of the first 70 laps of the race. “Trying not to abuse the tires was all I was trying to do. If someone wanted to push a little harder, I would just let ’em go. Preston tried to, and I pushed a little harder but still wasn’t hurting the tires. I know what it feels like when grip starts fading or if you’re sliding them. I think we all could’ve run a little faster without hurting them, especially getting new tires. I really would have raced a little harder, but it played out that way which was a lucky thing.”

“I ran just hard enough to where I wasn’t hurting the tires at all,” Fultz said of the first 70 laps of the race. “Trying not to abuse the tires was all I was trying to do. If someone wanted to push a little harder, I would just let ’em go. Preston tried to, and I pushed a little harder but still wasn’t hurting the tires. I know what it feels like when grip starts fading or if you’re sliding them. I think we all could’ve run a little faster without hurting them, especially getting new tires. I really would have raced a little harder, but it played out that way which was a lucky thing.”Walker also knew Fultz was good at tire management, likely the best in the field, but had some nervous energy entering the break.

Walker also knew Fultz was good at tire management, likely the best in the field, but had some nervous energy entering the break.”I was pretty emotional, still, with 30 laps to go at the break,” Walker said. “Weeder did a good job on the tires and gave him what he wanted, but it was a matter of how tight it was going to get with the right sides only. We had to go out low [on air pressure

“I was pretty emotional, still, with 30 laps to go at the break,” Walker said. “Weeder did a good job on the tires and gave him what he wanted, but it was a matter of how tight it was going to get with the right sides only. We had to go out low [on air pressure], but didn’t know what it would do when they built up some heat. When we jacked up the left side and Weeder said the left rear still had the centerline in it, then I knew he knew he’d been saving. When we knew that, I knew we had a pretty good piece, all we did was put some tape on the grille and cleaned it. I knew then it was good to go, I just didn’t know if he was going to stretch it out or if there was going to be a lot of cautions or if Raphael or Craig were going to come flying back up. You didn’t know who had rode because the pace was really, really slow.”Upon the green flag to resume the race, Fultz and the Walker Motorsports crew were full speed ahead. Knowing the race had been slower than normal up to that point, everyone was aware things would likely pick up rather quickly on the abrasive half-mile at Myrtle Beach Speedway. One one of the restarts, Fultz had a mental lapse and nearly cost himself the race.

Upon the green flag to resume the race, Fultz and the Walker Motorsports crew were full speed ahead. Knowing the race had been slower than normal up to that point, everyone was aware things would likely pick up rather quickly on the abrasive half-mile at Myrtle Beach Speedway. One one of the restarts, Fultz had a mental lapse and nearly cost himself the race.”I was nervous, almost with every caution,” Walker said. “Like, one time, he got to the white line and got confused on where to start because CARS has a little different way of restarting, so when he launched I was hoping it didn’t get us put to the rear of the field just for that, they said that was our warning. I would say I was nervous the whole time.”

“I was nervous, almost with every caution,” Walker said. “Like, one time, he got to the white line and got confused on where to start because CARS has a little different way of restarting, so when he launched I was hoping it didn’t get us put to the rear of the field just for that, they said that was our warning. I would say I was nervous the whole time.”Walker’s nerves continued for another 30 laps until Fultz cruised underneath the white flag, en route to what appeared to be a relatively easy win. Seconds later, again, a small mental mistake nearly cost the team victory within sight of the checkered flag.

Walker’s nerves continued for another 30 laps until Fultz cruised underneath the white flag, en route to what appeared to be a relatively easy win. Seconds later, again, a small mental mistake nearly cost the team victory within sight of the checkered flag.”There was never an ‘oh crap,’ until turn three on the last lap, and I just got in too low, and I never do that,” Fultz recalled of the final circuit. “I almost slipped up. If it would’ve been anyone but Chandler (Smith) there, they would’ve run into me. I had to stop it so I wouldn’t give up too much of the bottom. Then, I spun the tires all the way up to the

“There was never an ‘oh crap,’ until turn three on the last lap, and I just got in too low, and I never do that,” Fultz recalled of the final circuit. “I almost slipped up. If it would’ve been anyone but Chandler (Smith) there, they would’ve run into me. I had to stop it so I wouldn’t give up too much of the bottom. Then, I spun the tires all the way up to the start finish line and it looked like he got a good run. He raced me clean, but if I was racing someone else I would’ve been a little bit more nervous they would’ve run into the back of me or something like that.”Walker recalled those moments in real-time, thinking back to everything which came together to make it happen.

Walker recalled those moments in real-time, thinking back to everything which came together to make it happen.”That’s when all the emotions hit,” he said. “Fultz just got in the zone, and Fritz up there talking to him in his ear is really good. He just had to get up on the wheel, and I think that’s what he did. I felt like Chandler would race him, but not dump him to get the win. He had ’em, he just parked it in the center when it got tight, and he barely caught him at the end. His emotions were high too, I know he was feeling exactly what I was feeling. He worked all night Wednesday night by himself at the shop, and we worked around the clock the last three weeks because they were busy over there already building cars and putting clips on. He’s selling cars, talking to customers, traveling with Steven (Wallace), every weekend he’s raced. So, I think me and him had pretty much the same emotion. We both put everything we had into it.”

“That’s when all the emotions hit,” he said. “Fultz just got in the zone, and Fritz up there talking to him in his ear is really good. He just had to get up on the wheel, and I think that’s what he did. I felt like Chandler would race him, but not dump him to get the win. He had ’em, he just parked it in the center when it got tight, and he barely caught him at the end. His emotions were high too, I know he was feeling exactly what I was feeling. He worked all night Wednesday night by himself at the shop, and we worked around the clock the last three weeks because they were busy over there already building cars and putting clips on. He’s selling cars, talking to customers, traveling with Steven (Wallace), every weekend he’s raced. So, I think me and him had pretty much the same emotion. We both put everything we had into it.””You do lose a little bit when you get a bit older, but I still get in cars quite a bit,” Fultz said, laughing off the moniker he’s been given as an ‘old man’ in the car. “This just shows how much the program is built here to help our customers. I still love to do it, if I just had to show up and race a car, I’d do it all day in any series. When you have to do everything – work on the car, build ’em, worry about business, worry about this, this, and make a living, we’ve kind of gone past it. This still gives me the drive to do it, and keeps a little bit of that fire inside because I love helping our customers, too.”

“You do lose a little bit when you get a bit older, but I still get in cars quite a bit,” Fultz said, laughing off the moniker he’s been given as an ‘old man’ in the car. “This just shows how much the program is built here to help our customers. I still love to do it, if I just had to show up and race a car, I’d do it all day in any series. When you have to do everything – work on the car, build ’em, worry about business, worry about this, this, and make a living, we’ve kind of gone past it. This still gives me the drive to do it, and keeps a little bit of that fire inside because I love helping our customers, too.”And for Walker, that’s exactly what he needed.

And for Walker, that’s exactly what he needed.”I just build the car and love to go racing,” Walker said. “I don’t want to drive and don’t care

“I just build the car and love to go racing,” Walker said. “I don’t want to drive and don’t care to. I would rather put him in it, or if we can rent it, because there’s no more house cars at Fury, that’s fine. If we can go play and have fun, like this one because it all worked out, that’s fine too. We’re all good friends off the track, go out to eat together, hang out, call, whether racing or not. I think the knowledge is what got us there. Without our core guys, sure, it was a fluke win, but with Fultz, Fritz, Mike Darne, Weeder — everyone together put us there.”I couldn’t talk,” Walker said in reference to the end of the race. “I stayed up on top of the pit box because we had enough people to change tires and pit the car. It was emotional, and that’s why I sat on the pit box because it wasn’t going to do me any good to work on it. All I did was clean the grille screen. Anything else, I get too nervous because that’s like my baby out there. I have a lot tied up in that car and it has the best of everything you can get, the latest and greatest. Walking down pit road, I don’t think it hit. When he first pulled up, that’s when I started crying. Then, here came everyone, and it was just emotional. I gave it all I had and we kind of put the group of us together, and since we’re all friends on and off the track, I think that’s what meant more to me than anything. It still really hasn’t sunk in. Everyone’s called, texted, emailed, it just hasn’t really sunk in yet. It

“I couldn’t talk,” Walker said in reference to the end of the race. “I stayed up on top of the pit box because we had enough people to change tires and pit the car. It was emotional, and that’s why I sat on the pit box because it wasn’t going to do me any good to work on it. All I did was clean the grille screen. Anything else, I get too nervous because that’s like my baby out there. I have a lot tied up in that car and it has the best of everything you can get, the latest and greatest. Walking down pit road, I don’t think it hit. When he first pulled up, that’s when I started crying. Then, here came everyone, and it was just emotional. I gave it all I had and we kind of put the group of us together, and since we’re all friends on and off the track, I think that’s what meant more to me than anything. It still really hasn’t sunk in. Everyone’s called, texted, emailed, it just hasn’t really sunk in yet. It kinda, sorta has, but not yet.” While the story is one for storybooks and Hollywood movies, this tale is real. In a sense, Walker is a throwback to old-school car owners who do it for the love of the sport and the

While the story is one for storybooks and Hollywood movies, this tale is real. In a sense, Walker is a throwback to old-school car owners who do it for the love of the sport and the comraderie of their buddies. Although he and Fultz have been friends for years, it was an otherwise casual conversation which lit the fire for what has already been a successful partnership.”He called me up after I sold him some furniture and said, ‘Man, if you wanna go racing, I can put it together.’ It took longer than we wanted it to, but it paid off.”

“He called me up after I sold him some furniture and said, ‘Man, if you wanna go racing, I can put it together.’ It took longer than we wanted it to, but it paid off.”

For more information on Walker Motorsports, visit their website at ChrisWalkerMotorsports.com, follow them on Facebook (@ChrisWalkerMotorsportsInc), Twitter (@CWMTeam), and Instagram (@WalkerMotorsports).

Driver Jeff Fultz can also be found on various social media including Facebook (@JeffFultzRacing), Twitter (@JeffFultz) and Instagram (@JeffFultz).

Southern National PASS South Event Cancelled Due To Excessive Heat And Thunderstorms

CHARLOTTE, NC – Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced today that Saturday night’s Southern National 150 for the PASS South Super Late Models at Southern National Motorsports Park has been cancelled due to extreme heat and expected strong thunderstorms.   With temperatures expected to be in the high 90s this weekend and a forecast predicting a 70 percent chance of strong thunderstorms on Saturday, the decision was made to cancel the Southern National event now to save teams and fans money that might be incurred for travel.  PASS will evaluate schedules to see if the event can be made up at a later date.

The next PASS South Super Late Model event will be at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, August 12th.  Entry forms for PASS races at Star Speedway and Oxford Plains Speedway are currently posted at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

 

About the PASS

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway and PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 and Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Circle Track Warehouse 200 – Concord Speedway 3PM – March 11, 2017

MOORESVILLE, NC – After a short offseason, the CARS Tour kicks off their third season this weekend March 11th at Concord Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. This marks the first time in the tour’s history that another track besides Southern National will host the season opening event. Plenty of offseason changes occurred for both the competitors and the fans watching above. Kids twelve and under are now free in the grandstands, discount advance ticket options, and VIP upgrades will be available each race, and more fan fest opportunities to meet the CARS Tour drivers on track and in person headline the list of fan initiatives leading into the first race. On the competition side of things, traditional single-car qualifying and traditional 100-150 lap green flag races will be the standard; while group qualifying and duel races will take place at times on the 2017 schedule. The most intriguing new formats will be knockout qualifying and live pit stops for position races that will be in place to kick things off this weekend at the ultra-fast triangular shaped Concord Speedway. With more opportunities to win than ever, pit stop strategy now a factor, and some of the tightest competition to date expected throughout the year; the 2017 season has something for everyone and all the potential to be the best season to date.

Circle Track Warehouse 200 NOTES & QUOTES

NOTES:

Track/Location: Concord Speedway-Concord, NC

Track Size: .500-mile

Event Name: Circle Track Warehouse 200

Laps/Distance: 100/50 miles

Event Schedule: 10AM-11:35AM Practice, 1:15PM Qualifying, 3PM Green: LMSC-SLM

Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / @ConcordSpeedway / #CTW200

 

 

CARS SLM Tour Pre-Entered Drivers: #6 Brandon Setzer, #12 Harrison Burton, #12G Joe Graff, #15 Christian Eckes, #15T Austin Thaxton, #16 Lucas Jones, #29 Spencer Davis, #34 Nolan Pope, #37 Dan Speeney, #51 Cole Rouse, #53 Jerry White, #54 Matt Craig, #55 Spencer Bayston, #56 Gus Dean, #57 Cole Timm, #57T Austin Theriault, #58 Tyler Ankrum, #77 Zane Smith (18 total)

 

CARS LMSC Tour Pre-Entered Drivers: #08 Deac McCaskill, #06 Davin Scites, #1 Craig Moore, #2 Myatt Snider, #2H Cody Haskins, #8A Anthony Alfredo, #8 Trevor Rizzo, #11 Jeff Oakley, #12M Austin McDaniel, #14 Ryan Repko, #16 Colby Howard, #18 Evan Swilling, #23 Terry Brooks Jr., #28 Chris Hudspeth, #32 Brandon Grosso, #40 C.E. Falk, #42 Craig Stallard, #44 Justin Johnson, #57 Justin Carroll, #74 Ronald Hill, #77 Logan Jones, #88 Chris Davis, #88B Josh Berry, #88T Robert Tyler, #98 Stefan Parsons, #99 Layne Riggs (26 total)

***Official Entry Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 4 PM***

 

 

Media Coverage:

-Speed51 (speed51.com) will provide Trackside Now Live Updates

-The Fourth Turn (www.thefourthturn.com)

-CARS Tour TV (www.carstour.tv) – LIVE Broadcast Video Coverage
-CARS Tour Facebook (facebook.com/CARSTour) / CARS Tour Twitter (@CARSTour)

QUOTES:

Don’t Knock It Till You Try It:

During the offseason, several changes were implemented to qualifying and race formats for CARS Tour competitors in the 2017 season. The changes were created to add excitement and freshness to both new and old fans; while adding an overall challenge to drivers throughout the season in their quest to becoming a CARS Tour champion. Two of those new formats will be debuted this weekend at Concord when the series sets the field via Knockout Qualifying presented by Five Star Bodies. The racing will then see drivers having to make two live pit stops for position to remove items placed by officials on each side of the car. Each stop will be for the position, thus making strategy and pit road execution a key part of the race like never before. Just like most things that change, some people are against it while others are looking forward to what’s ahead.        

 

“We wanted to mix things up, we wanted to be different, and most importantly we wanted to make an effort to have a chance to gain more fans. We feel like we have some great racing with some of the most talented drivers behind the wheel of a late model, but when you’re having longer distance races and tire conservation is such a big factor we felt that sometimes the races would get stale. If you do the same things, you get the same results. Plain and simple. We needed to create a platform that produces entertaining racing, throughout the time the green flag waves, with unpredictability on who might win. I’ll be the first to say we’ve heard some negative and positive feedback but at the end of the day, we can’t judge it either way until we see it in motion. That reason alone is why you should buy a ticket to watch this CARS Tour race at Concord.” Chris Ragle – CARS Tour, Series Director

 

A Look Ahead:

With changes to qualifying and race formats on the docket; along with a $18,500 Late Model Stock championship points fund, and the first big money race attempt in CARS Tour history coming on July 22nd as part of the Mid-Atlantic Classic, a short offseason kept the CARS Tour staff busy as they transitioned to 2017. Now heading into the tour’s third year of competition, a solid footprint of what one can expect may be a little different than ever before. A media partner to the upcoming 2017 CARS Tour season is Speed51.com’s Southeast Editor, Rob Blount.   

 

“The competition in both divisions has been awesome the last two years. I enjoy going to CARS Tour events because I know I’m going to see some good racing and have some good storylines to follow at each event. I’m looking forward to Concord this weekend and seeing what the third season has to offer.” – Rob Blount – Speed51, Southeast Editor

 

The Perfect Fit to Grow the Late Model Industry:

Circle Track Warehouse (CTW) has partnered with the CARS Tour as the race sponsor for the season-opening event at Concord this Saturday. One of the main reasons the partnerships came to fruition is CTW desire to grow their late model and grassroots new and used inventory. CTW is looking to grow its late model customer base by not only selling products to them but by also purchasing their used parts, something that most late model teams rarely see. As part of their involvement this weekend, CTW will award $500 to the highest finishing CTW customer in each division, as well as a brand new MPI steering wheel to each winner in Edelbrock Victory Lane.

“We’ve had a relationship with the CARS Tour for the last several years and this year we wanted to do something a little different. The opportunity came along to kick things off at Concord, at the same time frame we are looking to expand our reach to the late model crowd, so it worked out perfectly. We had a great response already and hope that the late model teams competing at Concord this weekend will keep us in mind when they are not only buying parts but when they want to sell their used stuff too.” Bryan Rogers – Circle Track Warehouse, Owner

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, visitwww.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 Ready for Spectacular Junior Season in 2017

Cars Pro SeriesCARS Tour officials released just a couple months ago their 2017 season schedule which The Weekly Racer talked about in our very first episode of our all new Podcast, The Short Track Report. If you missed any part of that Podcast you can click this link >> Ep. 01 Welcome to The Short Track Report and listen here or you can find us on iTunes or the Samsung Podcast app. Hit the subscribe button and you will be able to keep up with all the episodes throughout the summer.

Going into what will be their third season under the new Super Late and Late Model banner, the CARS Tour is looking to increase their presence is the short track racing world in 2017 by not only coming to the state of Virginia but adding three new tracks, kicking of their season a month sooner and revamping the pay out structures for both series from first to last.

“We wanted to get a little earlier start in the season than we have had in the past,“ explained series owner Jack McNelly in a statement released by series officials back in October. “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 series will get underway March 11 at the high banks of Concord Speedway beating out last year’s start date by almost a month.

The CARS Tour series will visit the facilities of Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia, which just completed its first season of competition. The tour will also make stops at the historic Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina for the first time before heading out to South Boston Speedway to wrap things up for the year on the freshly paved racing surface.

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“We’ve heard from a lot of tracks this Fall about hosting a CARS Tour race, and while we’d love to be able to go to most all of them, we felt we have to keep the number of races manageable for our competitors. 2017 will be our third season and as we continue to learn and listen on how to make this series better, we personally feel ourselves that this schedule is our best one yet,” noted Series Director, Chris Ragle. “Getting back to the state of Virginia, adding a premier facility that the competitors would love to race at, and working with tracks that want to be a part of the CARS Tour schedule were all priorities of ours when we put this schedule together. With today’s unveiling, I’d say we accomplished all that.”

As the series continues to grow throughout the region so will the Super Late Model and Late Model Stock purses. In a press release from CARS Tour officials both series will see an increase in payouts from top to bottom, along with a total restructuring of the winnings that will affect drivers from top to bottom.

Both divisions will now race for nearly $31,000 in prize money for a full thirty-car field next season. Race winners will celebrate with a minimum of $5,000 to win, while start money will increase to $600. Competitors will also see additional money awarded for finishes inside the top ten. As an example, the tenth place finisher will now take home $1,000 compared to the $875 awarded the previous two seasons.

In addition to the new schedule and restructuring of the payouts, the CARS Tour is offering a new and more cost effective registration for the 2017 season. The tour will continue to use the annual CARS Tour Hard Card system as well as offering drivers and owners to register for single events throughout the season. For pricing and more information The Weekly Racer would recommend checking out their website at www.carsracingtour.com or contacting someone from the tour.

 

2017 CARS Tour Schedule:

March 11: Concord Speedway – Concord, NC
March 25: Dominion Raceway – Thornburg, VA
April 22: Orange County Speedway – Rougemont, NC
May 06: Hickory Motor Speedway – Hickory, NC
June 10: Anderson Motor Speedway – Anderson, SC
June 24: Tri-County Motor Speedway – Hudson, NC
July 22: Orange County Speedway – Rougemont, NC
August 05: Hickory Motor Speedway -Hickory, NC
August 26: Concord Speedway – Concord, NC
September 16: Myrtle Beach Speedway – Myrtle Beach, SC
September 30: South Boston Speedway – South Boston, VA

Bristol Motor Speedway Announces Inaugural US Nationals of Short Track Racing

012815-nascar-sprint-cup-series-irwin-tools-night-race-bristol-mm-pi-vadapt-664-high-66BRISTOL, Tenn. – The world’s best Late Model racers will descend upon the World’s Fastest Half-Mile in 2017 when Bristol Motor Speedway, The Last Great Colosseum and one of the most famous short tracks in the world, hosts the Inaugural U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing, May 19-21.

 

The signature event will be sanctioned by five different sanctioning bodies and for the first time in stock car racing history, will bring together six top categories of racing to compete on the same track in one spectacular weekend of action. Champion Racing Association powered by JEGS (CRA), who took the lead sanction body role in developing this event, will be co-sanctioning the Super Late Model race with their ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS along with The CARS Super Late Model Tour (CARS) and the Southern Super Series (SSS).  CRA will also oversee the action for the crate late model event with their JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet and the Street Stocks, while the CARS officials will oversee the Late Model Stock portion of the event with their CARS Late Model Stock Tour.  The compacts will be organized and overseen by the Vore’s Compact Touring Series while the Modified portion of the weekend will be sanctioned by International Championship Auto Racing (ICAR) Top Speed Modified Tour.  The U. S. Nationals of Short Track Racing is being presented by Vore’s Welding & Steel.

 

“Bristol Motor Speedway is proud to announce today that in 2017 it will host the biggest and what promises to be the most exciting event in short track stock car racing history,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “We’re looking forward to fans joining us following the NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will surely be an event you won’t want to miss.”

 

These powerful and exciting cars thundering around the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway are guaranteed to produce some thrilling action. At Bristol we have a long history of putting on events that are considered the biggest and the best, and we feel this race weekend has great potential to achieve that status in the world of short track stock car racing.”

 

The premier event at BMS will join the likes of some of short track racing’s most revered events, including the prestigious Snowball Derby in Florida, Indiana’s famed Winchester 400 and Nashville’s All-American 400.

 

“This event is a dream come true for everyone involved with short track racing,” noted CRA Founder/President R. J. Scott.  “Immediately, it becomes an historic and nationally significant event, which everyone will want to be a part of.  There are a few great trophies that everyone wants to have in racing, and you can add the trophy from the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing to that list.  Three of the most respected words in racing are…Bristol…Motor…Speedway.”

 

Scott went on to add, “A couple of key people in helping make all this happen are Steve Vore for taking on the role of presenting sponsor and Norm Partin of Nashville for his key role in helping to build this event through his long standing relationship with Bristol Motor Speedway.”

 

“It is thrilling that Vore’s Compact Touring Series racers, along with five other great stock car divisions will get the chance to make history with the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing presented by Vore’s Welding & Steel at Bristol Motor Speedway,” commented Steve Vore, owner of the Vore’s Welding & Steel and the Vore’s Compact Touring Series.

 

For the modifieds, ICAR/Top Speed Modified Series owner Dave Muzillo noted, “I’m looking forward to bringing these types of modifieds that race all around the country, together at one race track, and watch them battle it out for the title at this historic event…it will be exciting!”

 

Multiple NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck series drivers are expected to compete in this major event at BMS. Several past winners of similar high profile Super Late Model events include Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, John Hunter Nemechek and William Byron.

 

“This is an epic announcement for short track fans, drivers, teams, and sponsors,” said Chris Ragle, CARS Tour Series director. “This will be the marquee event of asphalt short track racing next year, period. Obviously races like the Snowball Derby, Winchester 400, and Martinsville 300 for Late Model Stocks are crown jewel events, but nothing can compare to competing and putting on an event at Bristol Motor Speedway.”

 

The six categories of racing to be featured at the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing presented by Vore’s Welding & Steel are:

 

Super Late Models – The premier division of asphalt short track racing cars in the United States. These cars typically feature 600-plus horsepower engines under the hood of a custom built chassis weighing around 2,750 pounds.

Pro Late Models – These racecars are similar to those in Super Late Model but they all must utilize a specific factory crate engine. The crate engines are built by the participating auto manufacturers, including General Motors and Ford.

Late Model Stocks – These machines evolved in the Carolinas and are raced primarily at weekly asphalt tracks located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. These cars weigh approximately 3,100 pounds and their engines pump out about 400 horsepower.

Street Stocks – This entry category is a popular developmental opportunity for those who aspire to gain experience and become future stars of the Late Model Stock scene. The cars in this division must be 1960-2016 models of rear wheel drive street cars that must remain stock appearing and equipped with eight cylinder engines weighing in the neighborhood of 3200 pounds.

ICAR / Florida-Type Modifieds – This open wheel style of racing originated on the short track paved ovals of Indiana and is now featured at race tracks throughout the country.  The fender-less machines are powered by V8 engines with a minimum weight of 2,600 pounds.

Compacts – This exciting class showcases four and six-cylinder, front wheel drive compact cars. These smaller wheelbase race cars are popular because the class is predominantly made up of the compact cars seen on the streets today.

 

The weekend schedule will feature practice sessions for all six classes on Friday, May 19.  On Saturday the 20th, practice for all six classes will resume with qualifying for all divisions. Two qualifying races for Super Late Model and main events for Compacts, Modifieds and Street Stocks will be the featured racing on Saturday evening. On Sunday the 21st, the three main classes will get warm up laps starting at 11 a.m. Final qualifying for Super Late Models will be held at 1 p.m. The 100-lap main events for Super Late Models, Pro Late Models and Late Model Stocks will begin at 2 p.m.

 

“I think with today’s announcement it goes to show when you are unified and are willing to work together great things can be accomplished,” said Jack McNelly, CARS Tour Series owner. “This event took a lot of work and cooperation from all parties to make this event a reality. I don’t know a short track racer who doesn’t aspire to race at Bristol one day. It’s the most iconic short track in North America, if not the world, and come May racers from across the country are going to get that opportunity.”

 

Southern Super Series and Five Flags Speedway owner Tim Bryant summed up the excitement and thoughts looking forward, “It has truly been exciting to see that all of this is finally going to take place, and it will surely create a buzz in the short track industry.  We’ve still got a lot of work to do and details to finalize, but it was time to let the world know to put May 19th to 21st on their calendars for this MUST SEE short track event. We are thrilled to be a part of it and look forward to working with everyone.”

 

BMS will provide details on tickets, camping and general information at a later date. Be sure to check back regularly at bristolmotorspeedway.com for updates.

 

Racers should follow the websites of the appropriate sanctioning bodies for more news and information when those items are finalized and released this winter.

 

-Bristol Motor Speedway Press Release.

CARS Tour Championship to Be Decided at Southern National November 12th

Mooresville, NC 9/6/16– After a pending forecast forced CARS Tour officials, for the second time this season, to make the call to postpone the action at Southern National Motorsports Park over the Labor Day weekend the 2016 season will end at the same place it started. The 4/10th mile track in Lucama, NC will decide the 2016 championship battle on Saturday November 12th.

The Sophomore season for the CARS Tour kicked off the year on April 3rd and saw Deac McCaskill and Quin Houff pick up there sole victories so far this year. Since that time McCaskill has held the Late Model Stock Car points lead, however; Tommy Lemons Jr. is just twelve points back with three events remaining. Houff on the other hand sits third chasing down Brandon Setzer and Super Late Model championship leader and rookie Raphael Lessard. Lessard has a fifteen point lead over second and twenty-four point lead over Houff.

Championship weekend at Southern National will kick off with an optional test day on Friday November 11thfollowed by race day on Saturday November 12th. With cooler temperatures expected that time of year qualifying will roll off at 1:15pm followed by a 3pm green flag on the 250 lap season finale.

With the 2016 season hitting the home stretch CARS Tour officials have been focused on finalizing a 2017 schedule. Expected release date will be sometime between the Myrtle Beach race on September 17th and the Hickory event set for October 29th. Drivers, teams, and fans can expect new tracks with new excitement for the 2017 season.

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 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”.

BERRY, LESSARD DOMINATE LEAD 2 REAL ESTATE 200

CONCORD, NC (August 28, 2016) — On a night when Mother Nature tried her best to take top honors, drivers with big-name connections to NASCAR teams swept the win column at Concord Speedway on Saturday night with Josh Berry (LMSC) and Raphael Lessard (SLM) taking the wins in each half of the CARS Tour Lead 2 Real Estate 200. Each driver also started their respective races from the pole position.
LATE MODEL STOCK RECAP:
Josh Berry set a new CARS Tour track record in Hedgecock Pole Qualifying, bettering the previous record by over a tenth of a second. Last year’s polesitter Myatt Snider flanked Berry when the field game to the green flag.

On the initial start, Snider took control from the outside of the front row and led the opening handful of circuits in his return to the tour. But just four laps later, he slipped in turn one and opened the door for Josh Berry to snag the lead for the first time of the night.

While Josh Berry began to pull away, series points leader Deac McCaskill fought his way forward after an internal engine part failure in qualifying forced him to start last on the field. By the latter portions of the race, McCaskill fought his way well into the top ten.

The lone caution of the race was displayed on lap 90 when Layne Riggs suffered a blown left rear tire. The No. 99 Ford spun in turn three and nosed up to the outside retaining wall in turn four with minimal damage, though Riggs did retire from the event.

Berry and Justin Carroll, who ran second for most of the event, dueled for the top spot in turn one on the ensuing restart. Carroll was unable to do anything with Berry’s Chevrolet and was forced to do battle with others including Snider, Christian Eckes and McCaskill.

The final ten laps were all Josh Berry’s for the taking as he cruised to his sixth career CARS Late Model Stock Tour victory. Snider trailed behind in second with Eckes, McCaskill and Carroll rounding out the top five.

“I heard it change tones with about 50 to go when I was in lapped traffic and at first I thought it was the cars I was around, but then I realized it was mine and I didn’t say anything until after the race because I didn’t want them to start worrying about it,” said Berry in victory lane when asked about the exhaust pipe that had worked its way loose and was hanging outside the door in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “Luckily, it didn’t hurt us too bad. What a great car we had, just a credit to these guys and they work so hard. It’s been hot and we’ve worked hard these last couple days to bring a great racecar here tonight and I feel very fortunate. This is another racetrack I’ve won at in my first try, and to my knowledge there’s only one left I’ve got to win at and that’s Martinsville, and I’d really like to get a clock.”

“It would take a lot of luck [to win the title], a whole lot of luck,” Berry said when asked about the championship picture. “He (McCaskill) had some misfortune tonight and I know he would’ve been tough to beat. I don’t wish any bad luck on those guys, I have a ton of respect for Deac and we’re going to work really hard to upset him because we know he’s going into next week as the favorite. I just have to thank everyone on this team from Speedco, my dad, Dale, Kelley, LW and anyone else who is watching on CARS Tour TV and here who stuck with us through the weather.”

SUPER LATE MODEL RECAP:

With the rainout of Mahle Pistons Pole Qualifying earlier in the afternoon, the super late model portion of the Lead 2 Real Estate 200 was set per the rulebook, using owners points to line up the starting field. Championship leader Raphael Lessard led the field to the green flag for the first time in his CARS Tour career with Brandon Setzer to his outside.

Lessard quickly jumped to the point on the initial green flag and led the field through the first five circuits. On lap six, Quin Houff bypassed the No. 99 in turn two, but Lessard slipped and made heavy contact with the outside wall as Houff completed the pass.

A competition caution on lap 25 due to wet weather earlier in the day forced the field to regroup for a restart afterwards, and from the outside of the front row, Lessard recaptured the point from Houff once racing resumed. Houff, along with Zane Smith and Matt Craig, followed in Lessard’s tire tracks through the mid stages of the event, looking for a chance to pounce.

Caution flew once again on lap 55 when third place driver Zane Smith literally parked his car on the backstraightaway. He exited the machine quickly, removed his helmet, and sat down in the infield grass. He was hurriedly tended to by medical personnel with fluids and oxygen to treat his fatigue but was done racing for the night.

Lessard once again took command of the race on the restart, stretching his advantage over Houff and company by nearly four seconds at times during the final stretch of green flag racing. The French-Canadian teenager cruised to his second career CARS Super Late Mode Tour powered by VP Fuels win by 3.2 seconds over Preston Peltier, Houff, Craig, and his David Gilliland Racing teammate Tanner Thorson.

“I thought I may have thrown it away because I thought we may have gotten a flat tire, but we ended up in victory lane, so it was all good,” said Lessard in Edelbrock Victory Lane when asked about the lap 6 impact with the backstretch wall. “It actually made the car a little bit worse because it got tight and I was worrying that at the end I wouldn’t be able to be there. But David Gilliland Racing gave me an awesome car and my Toyota Camry was fantastic to drive. I can’t thank my team enough. But we’re not racing for points, we’re looking to win every race.”

“This one is for my dad because it’s his birthday tomorrow,” he continued. “Everything he has done for me and my career is awesome and I can’t thank him enough.”

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Lessard became the first two-time super late model winner this season with his victory on Saturday night. It was the third victory for David Gilliland racing over the first seven events of the year. Defending series champion Cole Timm won for the team at Tri-County Motor Speedway in June.

Deac McCaskill may be the luckiest driver in the CARS Racing Tour. Just when everyone thought qualifying would rain out, series officials got the track dry in time for late model stock teams to make their qualifying efforts. As soon as McCaskill pulled on track, something went awry in his engine, forcing him to the pits for repairs. The crew discovered a broken lifter that, had qualifying washed out, likely would have broken in the opening laps of the race and relegated McCaskill to a did-not-finish.

Concord was not kind to super late model competitors this weekend, especially cars numbered “16” as Lucas Jones wrecked during Friday’s open practice and damaged the car past the point of repair. Vinnie Miller’s team also loaded up after practice on Friday with issues that they discovered were unable to be fixed in time for the race on Saturday.

Concord resident Justin Carroll embodied the spirit of the Stäubli Hometown Hero Award that is given away at nearly every CARS Tour event on Saturday night. Though Concord does not run a weekly program, and therefore the award was not bestowed on any single driver, Carroll put on a show for his hometown fans worthy of some kind of recognition. After two starts earlier this year, Carroll started the evening in third and ran second most of the night before a late caution. Unafraid to wrestle with the big names of the CARS Tour, Carroll wrinkled a few body panels in his fight for the first top five finish of his career and served notice that the No. 57 car may be a force to be reckoned with when they unload at a CARS Tour event.

As if two David Gilliland Racing cars weren’t enough for the field to contend with, the Toyota development team has plans to bring three drivers to Southern National next weekend. Lessard will be in his familiar No. 99 while Chase Purdy and Cole Timm will be making starts with the team. Purdy recently ran with Hawk McCall Motorsports on the Late Model Stock Tour, while Timm piloted the No. 97 to victory lane for DGR in his only start for them in June. Timm is also a former winner at Southern National, capturing the inaugural series event there in March 2015.

 

THE FINISHES:
CARS Late Model Stock Tour
Lead 2 Real Estate 200
Concord Speedway – August 27, 2016

 

POS NUM DRIVER LAPS REASON OUT

1. 88b Josh Berry 100
2. 2 Myatt Snider 100
3. 1 Christian Eckes 100
4. 08 Deac McCaskill 100
5. 57 Justin Carroll 100
6. 12m Austin McDaniel 100
7. 5 Stephen Leicht 100
8. 27 Tommy Lemons 100
9. 21 Travis Swaim 100
10. 98 Stefan Parsons 99
11. 28 Chris Hudspeth 99
12. 7 Justin Crider 99
13. 42 Craig Stallard 99
14. 23 Terry Brooks 98
15. 88 Chris Davis 98
16. 31 Thomas Beane 98
17. 99 Layne Riggs 89 Accident
18. 74 Ronald Hill 83 Mechanical
19. 25m Shaun Mangum 48 Mechanical
20. 32 Jerry Miracle 16 Mechanical

 

CARS Super Late Model Tour
Lead 2 Real Estate 200
Concord Speedway – August 27, 2016

 

POS NUM DRIVER LAPS REASON OUT

1. 99 Raphael Lessard 100
2. 33 Preston Peltier 100
3. 17 Quin Houff 100
4. 54 Matt Craig 100
5. 97 Tanner Thorson 100
6. 83 Joey Padgett 100
7. 66 Steve Wallace 100
8. 4 Ali Kern 100
9. 6 Brandon Setzer 100
10. 15 Christian Eckes 99
11. 4p Michael Pilla 99
12. 15f Brad Rogers 99
13. 77 Zane Smith 55 Fatigue
14. 12 Harrison Burton 54 Mechanical
15. 49 Jeff Batten 34 Power Steering
16. 16 Lucas Jones 0 DNS
17. 16m Vinnie Miller 0 DNS

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