2018 CARS LMSC Season Will Open At Tri-County

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The CARS Late Model Stock Tour will begin its 2018 season at Tri-County Motor Speedway in March. (CARS photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Championship Auto Racing Series officials have announced that the 2018 CARS Late Model Stock Tour season will kick off on March 10 with a $10,000-to-win event at Tri-County Motor Speedway.

The season-opening Do the Dew 150 will feature a record purse for the Late Model Stock portion of the series.

“This will be our fourth season running the Late Model Stocks and we have had their support from the beginning,” said series owner Jack McNelly. “The consistent car counts at every event and the loyalty of the drivers year after year allows us to go all in for the 2018 late model stock season. We look to make this a signature event by holding it early in the year and prior to the national and local point events beginning.”

Tri-County has been on the CARS Tour series schedule since its inception and has consistently provided the best racing the series has to offer, going all the way back to its first CARS Tour race in 2015, a 100 lap event won by Brayton Haws that saw seven lead changes among four different drivers.

This season, Garrett Campbell and Josh Berry dazzled the fans in attendance at Tri-County, with racing that many dream to witness on a regular basis.

“Tri-County is such a great track and is so much fun to watch a race at,” McNelly said. “The drivers love the multiple groove racing, there isn’t a bad seat in the house and fans can tailgate and grill trackside.”

“Our race there last year saw five leaders and a last lap crossover move coming to the checkered in just 100 laps … one of the best races I have ever seen.”

Tri-County is also unique in that it has not raced Late Model Stocks on a regular basis in several years, and is only open for special events.

Because of this, and the track’s tight restrictions in the area, teams will not get an opportunity to test the track independently.

An open test day on March 3, doubling as CARS Tour Media Day presented by SRI Performance, will be the only chance outside of race weekend that teams can tune up for the $10,000 prize.

‘We expect this race to have a very strong turnout of cars,” said series director Chris Ragle. “Along with $10,000-to-win and $800-to-start, we will soon be announcing loyalty programs that exceed anything currently being done in the region for the Late Model Stocks. Point races and scheduling conflicts for most drivers won’t be an issue and prior experience isn’t a factor since the facility is rarely used. When you put that together with the fantastic racing we have seen at Tri-County, we have the ingredients for one hell of a start to 2018.”

“Thanks to Doug Houser at Pepsi Cola of Hickory for helping make this major event possible. He’s been supporting us every step of the way and he was 100% on board when we brought him our idea about this race.”

CREDIT: CARS Communications

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