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CARS Tour unveils schedule and format for Old North State Nationals


The second iteration of the richest CARS Tour race will take place from April 3-5 and will continue to pay $30,000 — the second richest prize in Late Model Stock Car racing.

The Old North State Nationals at Orange County Speedway will have no shortage of fan events in advance of the race on Sunday April 5.

The Old North State Nationals Fan Fest in downtown Hillsborough, North Carolina on Friday, April 3 from 7-9:30 p.m. Fans can come to downtown Hillsborough to meet and greet the CARS Tour roster at any one of Whit’s Frozen Custard, Volume Records & Beer, Village Diner and Hot Tin Roof. Hot Tin Roof will also be the venue for the Old North State Nationals Kickoff Party, which will follow the Fan Fest at 9:30 p.m.

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The schedule of events for Saturday will remain the same as the inaugural edition of the Old North State Nationals. The top-five drivers in pole will lock themselves into the main event. Qualifying times will set the grids for four 30 lap heat races, of which the top-four finishers from each race will lock themselves into Sunday’s feature.

Saturday’s slate of events will conclude with a 30-lap Last Chance Qualifier, from which the top five finishers will advance into Sunday’s feature. The final two places in the 28-car grid for Sunday’s feature will be held for two provisionals.

Those provisionals will go to the two drivers highest in CARS Tour Late Model Stock points that have not already qualified for the race.

Drivers will compete for $30,000 in Sunday’s 200-lap feature, which will begin at 3 p.m. Teams will have six tires per car to use over the course of the race. They will be allowed to change tires under caution, but cannot take tires and fuel during the same caution period. The winner will join Lee Pulliam as an Old North State Nationals champion.

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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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