Janson Marchbanks is hoping to make his debut in the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour during this weekend’s Old North State Nationals at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina.
Marchbanks, 16, from Anderson, South Carolina, is an accomplished Legends racer and a regular at Greenville-Pickens Speedway where he has one win in the track’s Limited Late Model division this year. This weekend, he’s looking forward to the opportunity to race in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour’s $30,000-to-win race at his home track with the hopes of scoring a victory.
“I’m very excited to get this opportunity to run with some of the best in the country,” Marchbanks said. “Being a small team, going into the race, we are the underdogs so it will be cool to come out with a win. A win would be huge. Getting a win for my sponsors and team would be huge. It would be a great victory for our small team.”
This weekend’s race is the biggest event held at Greenville-Pickens Speedway since 1971 when the track hosted the first ever NASCAR race to be televised flag-to-flag. The impressive roster of drivers competing in the race includes NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Champion Josh Berry, who was recently promoted to the NASCAR Xfinity Series by JR Motorsports, Peyton Sellers, Layne Riggs, Mike Looney and more. For Marchbanks, just making the field, learning, and having a strong run would be an accomplishment on its own.
“If we can make the race and run top-10, that would be a huge accomplishment,” Marchbanks stated. “To be quite honest with you, it’s an honor to go race with the top guys in the country, it teaches you a lot about how to race up front with those guys and how tight they run you. I can’t wait to learn from some of those guys and hopefully better myself in Late Model Stocks.”
Marchbanks has won Legends races at Citrus County Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Summer Shootout, Lanier Race Plex, and Carteret County Speedway and won a track championship in the Legends division at Anderson Motor Speedway in 2019. This season, he made the move to Limited Late Models, racing with Meredith Motorsports where he has scored one win on the season.
He hopes to continue progressing in the years ahead.
“Hopefully we’ll keep moving up in the ranks and maybe race in the Truck Series,” Marchbanks said. “Next year, we plan on running Late Model Stocks at Tri-County, Hickory, Ace, and then possibly a few Limited Late Model races as well.”
Marchbanks is one of 34 drivers set to compete in the Old North State Nationals at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. This weekend’s race will be the first time the series has visited Greenville since 2016 when Tommy Lemons, Jr. won.
Qualifying and heat races will be held on Saturday while the green flag will fly on the 200-lap feature event on Sunday afternoon at 3pm. The race will be broadcast on the CARSTour.TV subscription service by Pit Row TV and Speed Sport TV.