SNMP releases 2019 Schedule

Below is the 2019 schedule for Southern National Motorsports Park…

Some Highlights include… the return of the CARS Tour, a visit from the Super Cup Stock Car Series and the return of the SMRS Modifieds along with the Annual Thanksgiving Classic.

CARS Tour Announces 2019 Touring 12 Driver Lineup

2019 CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour “Touring 12”

Josh Berry – Mooresville, NC – JR Motorsports

Tour veteran Josh Berry returns to the CARS Tour full time again for the 2019 season driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr’s JR Motorsports team. Berry, the most successful driver in CARS Late Model Stock Tour history, was the 2017 series champion, and is atop of the history books with the most wins (14) and $111,203 in winnings credited to his name.

 

Adam Lemke – Hollister, CA – JR Motorsports

JR Motorsports second full time entry will once again be a part of the Touring 12 program in 2019. Last year the car was driven by Sam Mayer, this year Adam Lemke from Hollister, California will compete as a TORP Chassis Rookie of the Year contender. The 16 year old was the 2018 USAC Western Midget Series champion and took home Rookie of the Year honors at Madera Speedway in the Pro Late Model division.

 

Layne Riggs – Bahama, NC – Scott Riggs Enterprises

Three time series winner Layne Riggs, son of former NASCAR driver Scott Riggs, looks for an opportunity to get back to chasing the CARS Tour championship in 2019. The Bahama, NC driver suffered an off track shoulder injury that took him out of contention for the championship hunt in 2018 but still managed a 6th in points.

 

Trevor Ward – Winston Salem, NC – MK Racing

In 2018 Trevor Ward competed full time on the tour in his rookie season. After a slow start to the year Ward and his family owned team peaked to close out the year. Ward scored his first career top five finish and lead laps at his home track of Ace Speedway, scored an MPI Steering Wheel Hard Charger award on his way to a 7th place finish at South Boston in the season finale and finished 4th at Martinsville in a non-CARS Tour sanctioned event, in what was career run for the Winston-Salem driver.

 

Brandon Pierce – Oak Ridge, NC – Lee Pulliam Performance

Brandon Pierce return to the CARS Tour after his rookie season.  This season Pierce returns with a new team that will be a part of the Touring 12 program in 2019. After finishing 9th in the driver standings with Nelson Motorsports in 2018 Pierce has moved over to the Lee Pulliam Performance stable for the upcoming season.

 

Bobby McCarty – Summerfield, NC – Nelson Motorsports

McCarty scored the 2018 CARS Late Model Stock Tour championship, winning four races while driving for powerhouse team Nelson Motorsports. The Summerfield, NC driver has catapulted his name to being in the conversation as one of the best drivers in Late Model Stock racing right now. McCarty will look to do what no driver has ever done in any CARS Tour division – repeat as a tour champion.

 

Craig Moore – Rougemont, NC – Craig Moore Racing

Craig Moore is another driver/owner combo returning to the program for the second consecutive year. Moore had a disappointing 2018 season that saw some strong runs but no racing luck.  That all changed at the season finale in South Boston when he shocked many in attendance by scoring an impressive first career CARS Tour win.

 

Mini Tyrrell – Manassas, VA – Timmy Tyrrell Racing

New to the tour after becoming age eligible in 2018, Mini Tyrrell, competed in the season finale at South Boston a season ago. The Manassas, VA youngster has been competing in Late Model Stocks for several years, but will compete for TORP Chassis Rookie of the Year honors this season on the CARS Tour circuit.

 

Ronald Hill – Rougemont, NC – Ronald Hill Racing

Ronald “The Thrill” Hill once again returns for his fourth full time season on the CARS Tour. The well-known veteran driver from Rougemont, NC finished 7th in series standings in 2018 and also scored his best career finish of 2nd at Myrtle Beach.

 

Bradley McCaskill – Wendell, NC – Renfrow-McCaskill Racing

Bradley McCaskill and his Renfrow-McCaskill Racing team return to the tour after a disappointing 2018 season. McCaskill, who is one of seventeen drivers in CARS Late Model Stock Tour history to score a win, looks to get his team back on track for the 2019 calendar year.

 

Deac McCaskill – Raleigh, NC – Boyce McCaskill

All time CARS Tour starts leader (44), Deac McCaskill, and his family owned team join the Touring 12 program for the first time in 2019. In addition to the most starts, McCaskill was the 2016 series champion and has the second most wins and career winnings in series history. McCaskill looks to get back to championship form after finishing 3rd in the standings with one win a season ago.

 

Justin Carroll – Concord, NC – John Carroll

Another family owned driver/team combo that will be new to the Touring 12 group in 2019 is 2017 Throwback 276 winner Justin Carroll. The Concord, NC driver has twelve tour starts to his credit with four coming each year dating back to the 2016 season. Carroll will finally make the jump to full time CARS Tour competition this season.

Pope to run for CARS Tour SLM Title

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nolan Pope is going to be staying very busy this year after signing a new deal with Lee Faulk Racing and Development to contest the full CARS Super Late Model Tour schedule.

Pope, 21, ran the full CARS Super Late Model Tour schedule in 2017 before running only two events in 2018. He has a best finish of third in CARS Super Late Model Tour competition, which came in 2017 at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway.

The CARS Super Late Model Tour season begins on March 9 with a $10,000-to-win event at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C.

“I got the chance to run the CARS Tour schedule once before, so I’m pretty excited to do it again,” said Pope. “We’ve run well against the CARS Tour in the past and our goal is to be consistently in the top-five and start challenging for wins this year. With Lee Faulk Racing behind me I know we can do it.”

In addition to his CARS Super Late Model Tour schedule, Pope will also be competing in additional super late model events around the country. He’ll start his season by competing in the SpeedFest event at Georgia’s Crisp Motorsports Park on Jan. 25-26.

Pope, who scored a pair of victories in late model stock car competition in 2018 at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway, also plans to compete in the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway and the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Florida, among others.

“I’m beyond excited to get this season going,” said Pope. “Thank you to Lee Faulk Racing for believing in me and trusting me to get the job done. Races like SpeedFest and the Snowball Derby are bucket-list races. I want to go down there and show everyone just how good we are.

“Thanks to my parents, Lee Faulk Racing, MPM Marketing, my sponsor Wiley X and all my friends for helping me get this far. I can’t wait to see everybody at the track.”

Lee Faulk Racing and Development’s Michael Faulk said he is excited to have Pope back for another season.

“Nolan made huge gains last year behind the wheel,” said Faulk. “He picked up a couple of wins and we think that’s just the start for this young man. He only made a few super late model starts last year but he performed well when he raced, which was fantastic. We’re looking forward to more strong performances this year and hopefully some visits to victory lane.”

Furr joins Mullins Racing as Crew Chief

Fresh off a solid test during the annual ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test at Daytona International Speedway last weekend, Mullins Racing has announced that veteran crew chief Tony Furr has joined the team.

Furr will serve as crew chief on the No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford driven by team owner and 2018 Daytona ARCA runner-up Willie Mullins during the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway.

“The main thing is the knowledge Tony brings,” said Mullins, who was 29th fastest overall during the Daytona ARCA test after focusing on single-car runs. “This man is such a large wealth of knowledge and we’re able to tap into that. He’s spent so much time in the wind tunnel with Hendrick before that we’re able to use a lot of that knowledge to find speed with our car.”

Furr made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut as a crew chief in 1994 and over the years has worked with a number of NASCAR stars, including Bill Elliott, Joe Nemechek, John Andretti, Ward Burton, Jerry Nadeau and more.

He has two NASCAR Cup Series victories as a crew chief, one with Andretti at Daytona International Speedway in 1997 and another with Nadeau at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2000.

“He seems to be a pretty smart guy with a good head on his shoulders,” Furr said of Mullins. “I’ve worked with quite a few guys down there in Daytona with his level of experience and he’s a lot more levelheaded than a lot of up-and-comers and listens good. He’s a sponge. He was soaking up all the information I was trying to give him during the test.

“I think if we put all that together when we go back and with a little bit of luck I think we’ll have a shot at being a player all day long.”

Furr was with the Mullins Racing team during last weekend’s ARCA test at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first opportunity for Mullins and Furr to work together in advance of the season opener in February.

“We did only single-car runs and we believe that we were one of the top-five to top-eight fastest cars in single car runs,” Mullins said. “We’re very proud of that and very happy with the how the speed in the car has continued to get better.”

“I think we were definitely top-five in the single car runs during testing,” Furr added. “We didn’t get to draft much as we wanted to, but I think we’ll be fine. He got a lot of experience down there last year by doing what he did, so that’ll hopefully carry over.”

Mullins believes the addition of Furr could be the spark his family-owned team needs to break into victory lane at the World Center of Racing.

“There is a lot of excitement this year,” Mullins said. “Last year we had the unknown of the new body and this year we have the excitement of going back with a second-place finish and knowing we have a fast car now. Now we’ve got to turn that excitement into a result. We’re very much looking forward to going back and having a lot of our crew back with us this year and hopefully we can try and come out of there with a good result again.”

The No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford carries sponsorship support from County Waste, CW Metals, Crow Wing Recycling, Bugsy’s Auto, Snap On by Timmy Brann, Sherwin Williams Paint and Dinah Marie Photography.

-Mullins Racing Press Release-

Super Late Models dropped from Myrtle Beach Icebreaker

Myrtle Beach Speedway announced on Friday (1/11/19) that they would be dropping the Super Late Model portion of the 2019 Icebreaker via Facebook…

“Due to the low number of entrants and teams committed to Florida’s speedweek events, we have decided to cancel the Super Late Model portion of the IceBreaker.

With that being said however, we are still excited about the “4th Annual IceBreaker!” Great car counts are expected for the Late Models, Carolina Mini Stock Challenge, and Street Stocks. This will be the 2019 kick off event for Late Models in the region, and the second event for Mini Stocks and Street Stocks coming off their openers at neighboring Dillon Motor Speedway. Late Models will go 125 laps, while Mini Stocks and Street Stocks will be bumped up to 50 lap features each.

We hope to see you here for the green flag at 2:30 pm on February 2nd as we officially begin our 2019 season. For more details on this event and all things Myrtle Beach Speedway, please visit mbspeedway.com

This is the second time that MBS has had to remove Super Late Models from an event due to low entries.

Allison Legacy Series Reveals 2019 Schedule

The Allison Legacy Series has released thier 2019 Race Season Schedule which features 8 different tracks across North Carolina and South Carolina.

2019 SCHEDULE

Mar 30 Tri-County Speedway Hudson, NC

Apr 13 Orange County Speedway Rougemont, NC

Apr 27 Dillon Motor Speedway Dillon, SC

May 11 Hickory Speedway Hickory, NC

May 18 Anderson Speedway Williamston, SC

June 1 Caraway Speedway Sophia, NC

June 29 Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, SC

July 20 Southern National Raceway Lucama, NC

July 27 Tri-County Speedway Hudson, NC

August 10 Hickory Speedway Hickory, NC

August 24 Dillon Motor Speedway Dillon, SC

Sept 14 Orange County Speedway Rougemont, NC

Sept 28 Orange County Speedway Rougemont, NC

Oct 12 Hickory Motor Speedway Hickory, NC

Oct 26 Orange County Speedway Rougemont, NC

Sanders prevails in Race #1 of CMSC Series | Results

Dillon, SC – The 2019 Race season officially begin this past Sunday as Dillon Motor Speedway hosted it’s Annual “New Year’s Bash.” The Bash is primarily recognized as the “Daytona 500” for Street Stock racers which draws between 40 to 50 of the nation’s best year after year. This year the $2,500 to Win Street Stock feature would be won by Gary Ledbetter Jr. who dominated by leading all 109 Laps.

The New Year’s Bash also includes racing in the Challenger, Mini-Stock, UCAR and Banger divisions. The Mini-Stock portion of the event was hosted by the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge Series presented by Accent Imaging. Robert Strmiska, Junior Snow, Michael Rouse, Shane Canipe, and Brandon Clements made up the Top 5 in qualifying.

The chaos began early in the Mini-Stock feature. Going into turn 1 on the first lap saw Pole Sitter and Race Leader get sideways in front of the field which slotted him back in the 5th or 6th position as the field raced down the backstretch. This was not the end of Strmiska’s problems.

On lap 5 the #09 of Canipe, who was leading at the time, lost power coming out of turn 4. This caused the field to stack up. Strimska and the #16 of Michael Tucker made contact which resulted in both cars slamming the inside wall near the front strech pit exit. There were 5 cars in total involved in this early incident.

After the problems of Strmiska and Canipe, the lead was handed over to the #51 of Snow. Snow would lead a handful of laps before turning the lead over to Michael Rouse. Snow later had mechanical issues and had to pull off. After all of the issues and a handful of restarts AJ Sanders had made his way up to the Top 3. Michael Rouse would hold the lead over AJ Sanders and Brandon Clements for multiple laps before he expirenced problems as well. Rouse’s #53 Racer Walsh Co. Mini Stock let out a large puff of smoke as he led the field into turn one. He developed engine issues which forced him to pull off as well.

As the race winded down, AJ Sanders would lead over Clements and 2018 Series Champion, Kris Hetu. Hetu was behind the wheel of the Red #01 that is normally piloted by his son, Aiden. Sanders was able to pull away from Clements and the rest of the field on long runs. There were multiple cautions and restarts towards the end of the race that allowed the field to bunch back up and have another shot at gaining positions.

In the end, Sanders was able to hold of Clements and Hetu to pick up the first win of the 2019 Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge Series season.

Full Results below…

  1. AJ Sanders
  2. Brandon Clements
  3. Kris Hetu
  4. Mike Stafford
  5. Patrick Arch
  6. Chris Macdonald
  7. Isaac Chandler
  8. Justin Owens
  9. Steve Scott
  10. Michael Rouse
  11. Shannon Ward
  12. Mike Heron
  13. Jamie Tucker
  14. Dennis Gammons
  15. Daniel Bentley
  16. Matt Briggs
  17. Jason Adams
  18. JR Snow
  19. Jesse Jonnes
  20. Chad Sykes
  21. Duane Walker
  22. Michael Tucker
  23. Robert Strmiska
  24. Shon Gibson
  25. Shane Canipe
  26. Randy Hewitt
  27. Thomas Parmlee (DNS)
  28. Bailey Miles (DNS)

The Next race for the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge series Presented by Accent Imaging will be on February 2nd at Myrtle Beach for the 2019 “Icebreaker”