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CARS Tour rolls into Langley Speedway

Andy Marquis/STS

HAMPTON, VA – Jared Fryar leads a field of 24 Late Model Stock Cars heading into tonight’s Visit Hampton Virginia 125 for the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway.

Fryar, fresh off a win one week ago in a classic at Franklin County Speedway, leads the series points by 16 markers over JR Motorsports rookie driver Connor Mosack and 17 points over Layne Riggs.  Fryar has run races at both Carteret County Speedway and Langley Speedway this season in preparation for upcoming CARS Tour events.

“I feel pretty good about today,” Fryar said.  “We came up here to the Hampton Heat 200 and got a little bit of a notebook filled up.  We were decent yesterday, not exactly where I wanted to be, so we’re going to put some tires on this thing and see if we can’t grip up and hopefully be there.  If we keep doing what we’ve been doing, hopefully we’ll be in contention at the end.”

Riggs, who has been quick at the two series flat tracks, Langley and Carteret County Speedway, enters Saturday night’s race as one of the favorites to win.

“We were fast in practice yesterday,” Riggs said.  “We’ve kind of been struggling in general recently and I think we’ve got our stuff figured out and we looked back at our notes from Carteret County and Langley and always been successful here so we came back with the same package and it always seems to work.”

Sitting 17 points out of the series championship lead, Riggs is still focusing some on points but mostly on trying to get back to victory lane for the first time since the Rodney Cook Classic at Ace Speedway last fall.

“I’m thinking not to put myself in bad situations,” Riggs stated.  “You’ve got to halfway be points racing but, at the same time, if there’s an opportunity for me to win, I’m going to go for it like always.”

Timothy Peters is looking to return to Edelbrock Victory Lane in the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour for the first time since 2016. Peters is excited to get back in the cockpit of his Nelson Motorsports Late Model Stock and make his first start in the CARS Tour this season.

“I’m confident in my ability to go compete for a win, but you have the CARS Tour competitors and it’s awesome competitors and awesome racing,” Peters said. “I’m just looking forward to mixing it up with those guys. It’s a really good series going and I applaud Jack McNelly. We have great people that help us with Marcus Richmond and Steve Stallings from R&S Chassis as well as David Triplett. Marcus is my best friend and we’ve had a lot of success together and he plays a big role in Nelson Motorsports, as do all the guys that put these machines together under the Nelson Motorsports umbrella.

Peters is always excited about racing in the CARS Tour — both from a competition standpoint and a racing standpoint.

“It’s a lot of fun for me,” Peters said. “Barry Nelson has done a lot for me over the years in my racing since we started our relationship. He has built one of the powerhouse Late Model Stock Car teams and gives us the resources to go win and run well. Any time he gives me a chance to get back behind the seat of one of his cars, I’m excited.”

Grayson Cullather is returning to CARS Tour action for the second time in the 2020 season at Langley Speedway. Cullather is excited to get back to Langley and to get back in the car and hopes to score his first top-five finish.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel this weekend,” Cullather said. “I always enjoy racing with the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour whenever I get the chance to.  I am hoping we can put a solid run together.  Hopefully we can carry over the speed that we had at the Hampton Heat.”

Cullather finished seventh in the Hampton Heat 200 earlier this year. Improving on that run is the first step for Cullather, but winning is the ultimate goal and a victory in the 125 would be a career highlight.

“It would be the biggest win of my life,” Cullather said. “It would really mean a lot to my team with Carroll Speedshop, and my family. I’ve never won at Langley, but we have put some solid runs together there.”

Jessica Cann, running her second full season in the CARS Tour, has shown steady improvement over the past few races – including her first series top-10 finish at Dominion Raceway a few weeks ago.  Two weeks after the run at Dominion, she finished 18th and on the lead lap at Franklin County Speedway in Virginia.

“I feel pretty good here today,” Cann said.  “We’re going to try to keep working on being consistent and gaining more speed.  The most amount of seat time we can get, it helps in the long run.

The green flag on tonight’s Visit Hampton Virginia 125 will fly at 7pm with the CARS Late Model Stock Tour feature being the nightcap on the evening.  The race can be seen live on CARSTour.TV.

Entry List

  1. 01 – Camden Gullie
  2. 08 – Justin Johnson
  3. 1 – Nolan Pope
  4. 2 – Brandon Pierce
  5. 2s – Jonathan Shafer
  6. 4 – Jonathan Findley
  7. 9 – Trey Crews
  8. 12 – Timothy Peters
  9. 14 – Jared Fryar
  10. 16 – Chad McCumbee
  11. 17 – Stacy Puryear
  12. 19 – Blake Stallings
  13. 19 – Jessica Cann
  14. 22 – Bobby McCarty
  15. 22 – Grayson Cullather
  16. 51 – Matt Cox
  17. 63 – Tyler Matthews
  18. 74 – Ronald Hill
  19. 78 – Corey Heim
  20. 81 – Mini Tyrrell
  21. 88 – Connor Mosack
  22. 90 – Terry Carroll
  23. 91 – Justin S. Carroll
  24. 99 – Layne Riggs

Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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