CARS 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.
“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