NEWTON, N.C. – The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour will see its tremendous late mannequin division kick off the season this weekend as a part of the MTP Tire 250 introduced by Cloer Construction at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Saturday’s racing program on the historic .363-mile brief monitor will mark the primary of two stops at Hickory for the CARS Tour this season.
Leading the cost for the CARS Super Late Model Tour might be two-time defending champion Matt Craig, who’s searching for an unprecedented third consecutive title this season.
Craig might be again in his acquainted CNC Boiler No. 54, collaborating in every of the collection’ eight scheduled tremendous late mannequin occasions this 12 months. He’ll be one in every of 15 drivers within the Hickory tremendous late mannequin discipline.
The Kannapolis, N.C., native is a three-time CARS Super Late Model Tour winner at Hickory.
Expected to problem Craig for the collection crown this 12 months are CARS Tour veteran Kodie Conner, again for one more 12 months in his self-owned No. 45; and longtime veteran Jeff Batten, with the potential of others.
The tremendous late fashions will contest a 100-lap function Saturday night, a part of a transfer to some shorter-length races for the division this 12 months, with a single-tire change possibility throughout the race.
The prime 4 qualifiers may have the choice to drop to the rear of the sector for bonus cash if they’ll win or get again to a top-four end, with extra bonus cash on faucet for these drivers who elect to run the sealed crate engine possibility that’s permitted this 12 months within the tremendous late mannequin class.
While the tremendous late fashions are opening their CARS Tour marketing campaign this weekend at Hickory, it can mark the second spherical of the season for the late mannequin inventory division.
Justin Johnson gained the CARS Late Model Stock Tour opener at Dillon (S.C.) Motor Speedway on March 6 after making a last-lap, last-corner go of Layne Riggs for the victory.
Johnson leads the late mannequin inventory level standings coming into Hickory, the place he has a finest end of fifth, earned in 2017 throughout the second race of a twin-75 format at The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars.
Though the final 5 CARS Late Model Stock Tour races at Hickory have produced 5 completely different winners, solely Bobby McCarty – the latest of these 5 and a two-time collection champion – might be a part of the sector on Saturday with a shot to duplicate his victory.
Those trying to deny Johnson and McCarty embody Riggs, who has by no means gained at Hickory, in addition to Jonathan Shafer, Jack Wood, Sam Butler, Joe Valento and Johnson’s teammate Kaden Honeycutt.
William Cox III is driving JR Motorsports’ iconic No. 88 Chevrolet this season, trying to ship the Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned group its series-leading sixth CARS Tour late mannequin inventory win at Hickory.
All the motion from the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour could be seen all season lengthy by means of SPEED SPORT Network affiliate CARS Tour TV, a subsidiary of Pit Row TV.
Saturday’s broadcast kicks off at 5:45 p.m. ET.