Sellers Racing announced on Monday afternoon that Daniel Silvestri will move up to the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour in 2021 for a full-time season.
Silvestri does not expect anything to come easy in his first CARS LMSC Tour season, but he is eagerly looking forward to showcasing his talents alongside former series champions in Bobby McCarty and Jared Fryar, among others.
“I’m excited about the CARS Tour in 2021,” Silvestri said. “The CARS Tour is the most competitive field in local and regional racing. The field is stacked with top talent, all of whom could easily win at higher levels within NASCAR.”
Born in Great Falls, Virginia, Silvestri has found success in all forms of racing since he began his career at the age of seven by winning track and state championships in go-karts, Bandoleros and Legends.
In 2019, Silvestri started competing in Late Models with Sellers Racing Inc., who took note of the efficiency Silvestri displayed on track at a young age. The partnership between the two sides proved to be an immediate success, as Silvestri ended up claiming the NASCAR Virginia State Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.
Silvestri displayed more improvement in 2020 by winning two races and scoring 14 Top 5s between 20 appearances at Dominion Raceway and Langley Speedway. He ended up finishing second in points to Peyton Sellers at both Dominion and across the state of Virginia, which placed him 11th overall in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series standings.
Sellers Racing Inc. owner HC Sellers has observed Silvestri hold his own and best many of the top drivers in Virginia over the past couple of years, and knows that he is more than capable of carrying over the momentum from his stellar 2020 campaign into the CARS LMSC Tour.
“I have watched Daniel grow and mature as a driver firsthand,” HC said. “I’ve been involved with racing for many years and see Daniel has the talent to be successful in this sport. He’s a mature young man on and off the track, and we are proud to have him represent our team at this next level of his racing career.”
Leading Silvestri on top of the pit box will be veteran Virginia short track racer Thomas Scott, who has competed in several prestigious Late Model events around the state during his career like the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway, where he recorded a career best finish of 13th back in 2018.
Having raced against many talented drivers like Philip Morris, Lee Pulliam and others, Scott took notice of the potential Silvestri had as a competitor and believes that he will be among those battling it out for the CARS LMSC Tour championship at the end of the season if he stays committed to getting better behind the wheel every week.
“I first had the opportunity to meet Daniel in 2019 when competing against him at South Boston,” Scott said. “I could immediately tell this young rookie had what it took to be successful. The kid has the talent to win and I’m excited for this opportunity to work with him and lead our crew towards future success.”
Familiar locations for Silvestri South Boston, Dominion and Langley will all be part of the 2021 CARS LMSC Tour schedule along with many tracks he has never seen before, but Silvestri has faith in Scott and the rest of Sellers Racing Inc. to provide strong cars that he knows will make him efficient through all 14 races on the calendar.
“I’m really looking forward to visiting multiple tracks across Virginia and the Carolinas,” Silvestri said. “We’ve had success travelling with the Legend car and hope to continue that in 2021. I’ve already spoken to Thomas Scott multiple times and look forward towards a successful season.”
The first CARS LMSC Tour race of Silvestri’s career will be at Dillon Motor Speedway for the Black’s Tire & Auto Service 125, which will take place on March 6.
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