Two-time Dillon Motor Speedway Late Model Stock Car champion Jake Vuncannon will make his Solid Rock Carriers CARS LMSC Tour debut at his home track for the season-opening Black’s Tire & Auto Service 125 on Saturday.
Vuncannon has never seen a Late Model field as strong as the one visiting Dillon this weekend, but he is optimistic that he and his small operation will be able to make the most of their opportunity and put together a strong performance.
“We’ve raced locally at Dillon for the past nine years now,” Vuncannon said. “I started racing a Super Truck and have been racing Late Models for about four years I believe. We just wanted a chance to race against the best of the best and the CARS Tour has the best Late Model racers in the country.”
Throughout his career, Vuncannon has competed in several tracks across South Carolina like Florence Motor Speedway and the now-defunct Myrtle Beach Speedway, but has primarily spent his time at Dillon supporting track owner and former driver Ron Barfield Jr.
With the short track industry changing drastically in South Carolina over the past few years, Vuncannon stressed the importance of maintaining a solid relationship with Barfield and is thrilled to see his hard work pay off with the continued success of the New Year’s Bash and the CARS Tour visiting Dillion for the first time.
“[Dillon] is close to the house, but Ron has been really good to us in regards to letting us practice any time we want to,” Vuncannon said. “Everything is family-oriented and there’s always a great crowd, so the track has a pretty good atmosphere.”
Although Vuncannon has grown comfortable with the abrasive nature of Dillon, he expects Saturday to be far different from any event he has taken part in at the facility during his career as he goes up against an entry list consisting of former CARS LMSC Tour champions in Bobby McCarty, Jared Fryar and Deac McCaskill.
Vuncannon plans to be conservative during the early portion of the Black’s Tire & Auto Service 125 so he can charge up to the front on less worn tires than his competition. While Vuncannon knows that the odds of a victory for his team are astronomical, he does not believe the idea is an improbable one.
“Winning would be a tall task,” Vuncannon said. “I saw Ryan Millington win last year [in the CARS Tour] and he had a smaller team, so anything is possible.”
Vuncannon will look to impress his home crowd on Saturday when the Black’s Tire & Auto Service 125 gets going following the conclusion of the Mini Stock feature that starts at 3 p.m..