The richest Late Model Stock race of 2020, the Old North State Shootout 200, will move from Orange County Speedway to Greenville Pickens Speedway on October 24-25.
The move follows the decision by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to continue restricting fan attendance and racetracks to just 50 people.
“It has been a challenging year with everything that has been going on. We’ve had to move dates, relocate to different racetracks, and faced numerous other challenges behind the scenes to get this season completed in its entirety,” explained CARS Tour owner, Jack McNelly. “I think with today’s announcement that we are moving the Old North State Nationals to Greenville-Pickens, people will see that while many big races have canceled, the CARS Tour is doing what it takes to make things happen the way we said we were going to. I think teams, drivers, and fans will get the biggest and best weekend of Late Model Stock Car racing in the country on October 24th and 25th.”
The CARS Tour sanctioned event has a total purse of $86,875 and will pay $30,000 to win and $1,250 to start. The format will remain the same last season, with qualifying and qualifying races determining the starting field.
The main event will once again be just a six (6) tire race with controlled cautions utilized to change tires and add fuel. Tire changes and fuel additions cannot take place on the same controlled caution, creating a multi-pit stop format.
Qualifying night on Saturday, Oct. 24 will determine the 28-car starting field. Single car qualifying will lock in the top five starters and pay $250 for the pole. Positions 6th through 21st will be determined by 25 lap qualifying heat races, with positions 22nd through 26th set by a 25-lap last chance race.
The final two positions in the field will be awarded to the highest non-qualified driver in CARS Late Model Stock Tour championship owner points.
Busy Beaver Tree Service of Greenville, South Carolina will award $2,000 to the leader of laps 50, 100, and 150 on Sunday’s main event; while Peformancecenter Racing Warehouse will also award $500 to the driver who leads the most laps.
Each qualifying race winner and the last chance race winner will add an additional $250 to their winnings check. Over the four weeks leading up the event Greenville-Pickens Speedway will host a Facebook Live drawing for two (2) free tires every Wednesday for teams that have filed their entry form online to encourage early entry by competitors.
The weekend will kick off with an optional test day on Friday October 23rd that is free to attend for fans.
“Even though we are having to move the Old North State Nationals out of state, I think Greenville-Pickens will be a great facility to host such a big event. A big thanks goes to Heritage Risk Management, GXS Wraps, and Anthony Anders for helping make this all happen,” noted Series Director, Chris Ragle. “This race will be the biggest Late Model Stock race in the country this year without question. If you’re a competitor you have to be here to race against the best, if you’re a race fan then this is the ticket you need to buy. You will see one guy win $30,000 and on the same afternoon we will crown a 2020 Late Model Stock champion. It will be an awesome way to close out such a difficult season.”
Tickets for the Old North State Nationals are on sale now only at www.carsracingtour.com.
General admission tickets to Saturday’s qualifying race day and concert are $15.00 in advance and $22.00 the day of the event for adults thirteen years of age and older. Kids twelve and under are free with a paid adult. Trackside parking spots are $13 in advance and $20 the day of the event.
Sunday afternoon’s 200 lap main event, general admission ticket will be $23 in advance and $30 the day of the event for adults thirteen years of age and older. Kids twelve and under are free with a paid adult. Trackside parking spots are $13 in advance and $20 the day of the event.