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CARS Tour Late Model Stocks to race on Virginia road course in 2019

CARS Tour will turn right and left next year to close out the 2019 season.

The CARS Late Model Stock Tour will promote an exhibition, non-points race on the Dominion Raceway road course on Saturday November 17. The event will take place at the Thornburg, Virginia 12-turn road course.

With anticipation building for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series ROVAL race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the CARS Tour along with Dominion Raceway, wanted to publicize the event just prior to the release of the 2019 CARS Response Energy Tour season schedule. With the addition of road course events being added to multiple stock car series schedules across the country, CARS Tour wanted to attempt the same concept for Late Model Stocks.

“This is one of the most exciting announcements in years for the world of Late Model racing,” stated Steve Britt, owner of Dominion Raceway.  “The opportunity for the drivers of the CARS Tour to race on our two-mile road course should have fans and competitors totally elated, and it could only happen at a facility like Dominion.”

The track features eight left-handers and the event will be done in a similar manner to a normal CARS Tour race with testing taking place on Friday, November 22nd followed by the Saturday afternoon race on November 23rd.

All aspects of the entry fee, testing, pit passes, and purse will be similar to that of a normal CARS Tour sanctioned race at an oval.

Four-time NASCAR national champion Lee Pulliam says it was smart to make it a non-points race.

“That’s important for guys who want to run for points but would be scared off by something like that,” Pulliam told Short Track Scene.

Testing for the event will take place over the next year in preparation for the race with CARS Tour and Dominion Raceway officials evaluating rules and requirements to keep costs down for competitors anticipating changes to their cars. An emphasis will be placed when testing to keep the cars and their components (transmissions, control arms, chassis parts, etc.) the same as what is normally used at ACSR Tour events.

“I think this is going to be an awesome event. There’s no secret that Jack and I, probably more so me, are all about trying to be fluid with ideas on how we can stand out and do something different,” noted Chris Ragle, CARS Tour Series Director. “I think this race and the way we are doing it, is the perfect way to introduce our competitors and fans to road course racing. Dominion Raceway is a beautiful facility that we are familiar with, and the amount of desire that Steve Britt has in him to make this work is hard to ignore. There’s all kinds of stock car series that host road coursed races, there’s no reason the CARS Tour can’t do the same, it just has to be done right, and we think we can make that happen.”

The South East Limited Late Model tour ran a race at Virginia International Raceway — only three teams showed up. The race was won by Dalton Sargent, who outdueled Garrett Jones and Ron Farris.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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