The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour is in full swing as the Late Model Stock Cars return to Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia on Saturday night for the Radley Chevrolet 125.
Two-time and defending CARS Late Model Stock Tour champion Bobby McCarty raced to victory lane for the first time in 2020 after leading flag-to-flag in Saturday night’s Cloer Construction 125 at Hickory Motor Speedway. With the win, the No. 22 moved to third in the points standings. McCarty trails championship leader Jared Fryar by eight points and Corey Heim, who is second in the standings, by three points.
Three different drivers have visited victory lane in CARS Tour races at Dominion Raceway. Layne Riggs and Jared Fryar won the pair of races when the series made its first visit in 2017, and Josh Berry scored the win a year ago.
Radley Chevrolet 125 NOTES & QUOTES
Track and Location: Dominion Raceway – Thornburg, Virginia
Length: 0.40 mi (0.64 km)
Laps / Distance: 125 laps / 50 miles / 80 km
- Practice: 2:30 – 3 p.m., 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
- Single-Car Qualifying: 6:30 p.m.
- Race: 7:30 p.m. (125 laps), followed by local divisions.
- Practice: 2:30-3pm, 3:15-3:45pm
- Qualifying: 6:30pm (Single Car)
- Green: 7:30pm (125 laps), followed by local divisions.
Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / @dominionraceway / #RadleyChevy125
– Speed51 (speed51.com) will provide Trackside Now Live Coverage
– Race22 (race22.com) will provide Raceday Live Coverage
– CARS Tour TV (www.carstour.tv) – LIVE Broadcast Video Production Coverage
– CARS Tour Facebook (facebook.com/CARSTour) / CARS Tour Twitter (@CARSTour)
LMSC Entry List (18 Total)
- #08 – Justin Johnson
- #1 – Nolan Pope
- #2 – Brandon Pierce
- #4 – Jonathan Findley
- #14 – Jared Fryar
- #16 – Chad McCumbee
- #18 Jonathan Shafer
- #19 – Sammy Smith
- #19c – Jessica Cann
- #22 – Bobby McCarty
- #22c – Grayson Cullather
- #51 – Matt Cox
- #63 – Tyler Matthews
- #74 – Ronald Hill
- #78 – Corey Heim
- #81 – Mini Tyrrell
- #88 – Connor Mosack
- #99 – Layne Riggs
Mini Tyrrell returns home with confidence
Mini Tyrrell scored his first career Hedgecock Chassis Pole Award at Hickory on Saturday and backed it up with a third-place finish in the Cloer Construction 250 — a career-best finish for the Manassas, Va. native. That performance gives Tyrrell a confidence boost heading home to Dominion Raceway, where he finished fourth last year – his best finish prior to Hickory.
“It definitely boosts our confidence as a whole team,” Tyrrell said. “We had a solid run all night at Hickory. Winning the pole was just amazing, that was so cool. We had a really solid car at the beginning. About lap 85, the car just got a little bit loose on me. We took some notes, and now we come home to Dominion. Hopefully we can chase after a win.”
Findley hopes to rebound at home track
Dominion Raceway is also the home track of Bristow, Virginia’s Jonathan Findley. The Lee Faulk Racing and Development driver competed at Dominion Raceway’s predecessor, Old Dominion Speedway, before its closure in 2012. Between Old Dominion Speedway’s closure and Dominion Raceway’s opening in 2016, he went south to race at Southern National Motorsports Park, where he won the 2015 track championship. Findley, who is making his second start in the CARS Tour at Dominion Raceway this weekend, is hoping that the jump to Lee Faulk’s team will make the difference at home.
“It’ll be interesting considering I am not with my family-owned team, especially being that close to home,” Findley said. “It’s only 45 minutes from my house. I have a lot of family and friends that are coming to watch. We’ve raced there once this year with my family and it didn’t go too well, so I’m hoping for something better.”
Currently, in his second season of CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car racing, Findley is still chasing his first top-five after a string of rough finishes.
“I hope to perform better than I did at Hickory this past weekend,” he said. “We just missed it on the setup. The car was good — it turned great, it just turned too much and lacked forward drive and it definitely showed. It’s been frustrating, considering the year we had last year, and this year hasn’t been much better. We’ve had good cars everywhere we’ve gone, but just haven’t had good luck.”
CARS Tour Implements Guidelines to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
Until further notice, the CARS Tour will continue to implement policies to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The policies were introduced at Ace Speedway on June 6. They include (but are not limited to) the following:
- All personnel will have their temperature screened before entering the race track.
- Driver Intros will not be held amongst the crowd, per usual; instead, drivers will be introduced from their cars on the grid.
- Trailers will be spread out across the infield to maintain proper social distancing.
- Spotters will be required to wear masks during the race.
- Masks will be strongly recommended for those who are in the infield and required for all Victory Lane celebrations.
About the CARS Tour
The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour is one of the premier short track series in the United States. Drivers compete in Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models at the best short tracks across the Carolinas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. The CARS Tour can be found on Facebook at “CARS Tour”, on Twitter @CARSTour, and on Instagram as @CARS_Tour. For more information, visit www.carsracingtour.com or call their Mooresville, N.C. offices at 704.662.9212.