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CARS Tour Doubleheaders Return to Hickory

It’s the first doubleheader of the season and it features a new format

No other venue has hosted more CARS Tour events than Hickory Motor Speedway over the past seven years and that tradition will continue on Saturday in the foothills of the North Carolina High Country with the MTP Tire 250.

The event will be the second race of the season for the CARS Tour Late Model Stocks after Justin Johnson claimed the opener on March 6 at Dillon Motor Speedway but also feature the season debut for the Super Late Model division.

Defending champion Matthew Craig headlines what appears to be a 15-car entry list that also includes the returning Brandon Setzer, Carson Kvapil, Kodie Connor, Ryan Moore, Garrett Hall, Jeff Batten, Jeremy Crider, TJ Duke, Michael Ritch and Jeremy Barclay.

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The Super Late Model race features several new entertainment properties implemented by CARS Tour this season.

The race will be just 100 laps with each team taking the green flag on three new tires and one scuff tire on the left front. The scuffed tire has to be on the left front. Every team will have a single new tire available in their pit that can be changed at any point during a caution period without losing a position on pit road.

It’s worth noting that CARS Tour no longer utilizes an automatic caution after 40 consecutive green flag laps.

In addition to the tire option rule, the top four qualifiers will all have the option to start at the rear of the field as part of the new Fast 4ward Challenge. A $3,000 bonus for winning the race is in play for any of the top four, while $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 will be up for grabs for the top four should they get back within their respective qualified positions inside the top four.

Along with the sealed crate engine, competitors will earn a bonus of $750, $500, and $250 for three highest finishers.

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Meanwhile, the Late Model Stock race features 23 cars on the entry list. Kaden Honeycutt competed in and swept both haves of the Hickory weekly event last week.

On Saturday, he will be joined by defending champion Jared Fryar and fellow Touring 12 competitors Bobby McCarty, Layne Riggs, Brandon Pierce, Jonathan Findley, Joe Valento, Jessica Cann, Mason Diaz, Mini Tyrrell, William Cox III, Jonathan Shafer, Sam Yarbrough.

Mike Looney is also seeking the championship alongside 2016 champion Deac McCaskill.

The MTP Tire 250 at Hickory Motor Speedway is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday with practice and qualifying scheduled throughout the afternoon. Like every CARS Tour event past and present, Hickory can be accessed live and on-demand via the CARSTOUR.tv.

The complete provisional entry list can be found below.

SUPER LATE MODEL ENTRY LIST

  • #4ME Ben Rowe
  • #6 Brandon Setzer
  • #7 Jeremy Barclay
  • #7C Justin Crider
  • #11 Michael Ritch
  • #15 Mike Hopkins
  • #21 Jacob Perry
  • #28 TJ Duke
  • #35 Carson Kvapil
  • #45 Kodie Connor
  • #49 Jeff Batten
  • #51 TBA
  • #54 Matt Craig
  • #74 Ryan Moore
  • #94X Garrett Hall

LATE MODEL STOCK ENTRY LIST

  • #08 Deac McCaskill
  • #07 Chase Dixon
  • #2 Brandon Pierce
  • #2N TBA
  • #4 Jonathan Findley
  • #4H Kaden Honeycutt
  • #14 Jared Fryar
  • #14J Conner Jones
  • #17 Joe Valento
  • #19 Jessica Cann
  • #22 Bobby McCarty
  • #24 Mason Diaz
  • #41 Tyler Matthews
  • #44 Justin Johnson
  • #57 Justin Carroll
  • #81 Mini Tyrrell
  • #81B Sam Butler
  • #87 Mike Looney
  • #88 William Cox III
  • #91 Jonathan Shafer
  • #95 Sam Yarbrough
  • #97 Daniel Silvestri
  • #99 Lanye Riggs

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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