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Matt Craig Dominates Super Late Model Portion of the Thanksgiving Classic Makeup

Matt Craig returns to Southern National Motorsports Victory Lane. Photo from 2017

Kenly, NC– In a field of 12 cars, Carson Kvapil laid down the fastest qualifying effort with a time of 14.785 (97.396 mph). Brandon Setzer, Kodie Conner, Matt Craig, and Mike Darne rounded out the fast five. After qualifying, Kvapil pulled an invert of six putting Josh Brock on the pole for the race.

Once the green flag flew, Josh Brock and Mike Darne had a short battle for the lead with Darne pulling ahead of the field. Craig took little time to get to Darne’s back bumper and took the lead on lap five. Darne would fall to second as Brock looked to take it from him. Darne held Brock off and went back on the charge to catch Craig. Lap 15 came on the scoreboard and it was Craig, Darne, Conner, Kvapil, and Brock rounding out the top five.

After starting last, Natalie Decker (Part-Time Gander Outdoor Truck Series Driver) worked her way up to seventh to battle Setzer for sixth. The two of them battled back and forth until Setzer got some distance between the two. Back up front, Brock had made his way around Kvapil for fourth. Lap 30 and Craig had a two-car length lead over Darne as the field went single file.

Suddenly, Darne fell off the pace and fell from second to tenth place on lap 40. Darne looked to be using strategy for the long run. A three-car battle ensued between Setzer, Decker and Hudson Halder for the fifth position. The first caution came out on lap 47 for Decker going for a spin in turn two after a hard battle for fifth. During the caution, Darne came down pit road for his team to service his problems.

The green flag flew, Craig and Conner got a good side by side start going into turn one. The caution would come back out for issues in turn two. with the green flag back out, Craig got a better start this time and took charge into turn two. Just shy of the halfway point, Nolan Pope worked his way into the top five for the first time. With the caution, Decker was able to get back to the bumper of Setzer once again to try and take the position away from him. Kvapil began to make some moves as he passed Brock for third on lap 55.

Pope also looked to get passed Brock but he threw a block on him. Pope had enough and moved Brock up the track in turn four and took over fourth with Setzer following behind him. Brock would fall to sixth with a mirror full of Decker. Lap 75 and Brock had worked his way back to the bumper of Setzer to take the fifth spot back. Decker also fell off the pace a bit and had a challenge from Toby Grynewicz.

With 25 laps to go, it was time for drivers to make their move if they wanted to catch Craig, who had a straightaway lead over the field. After a strong run all night, on lap 102 Setzer pulled his machine in the pits and parked it for the night. Craig has caught up to sixth place Decker to put her a lap down with ten laps to go.

While Craig kept putting distance on Conner in second, Pope got around Kvapil for third on lap 117. Craig caught Brock who was fifth and put him a lap down as well. The checkered flag flew and Matt Craig picked you the win in dominating fashion lapping all but four cars and leading 120 of 125 laps. Kodie Conner, Nolan Pope, Carson Kvapil, and Josh Brock finished the top five.

 

Super Late Model 125 Results

  1. #54 Matt Craig; 125
  2. #45 Kodie Conner; 125
  3. #1 Nolan Pope; 125
  4. #35 Carson Kvapil; 125
  5. #17 Josh Brock; 124
  6. #61 Natalie Decker; 124
  7. #9 Hudson Halder; 124
  8. #6 Mike Darne; 123
  9. #21 Time Allensworth; 123
  10. #24 JP Joassie; 122
  11. #6 Brandon Seltzer; 101
  12. #48 Toby Grynewicz; 98

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

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