One of the most highly-anticipated short track racing events of the 2018 season will take place this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. The second running of the Short Track U.S. Nationals will feature six divisions, including three Late Model divisions. Today, we take a look at the CARS Tour Late Model Stock division in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com.
07: Bradley McCaskill in the No. 07 machine is seeking revenge at Bristol this year. Not so much to win the show, but just a chance to run the show. McCaskill was fast throughout last year’s practice sessions but was forced to retire from the event after a crash in final practice. Read our story about McCaskill at the following link – https://speed51.com/bradley-
5: Lee Pulliam was the fastest in practice last week for the Late Model Stocks. The four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion is chasing points for the CARS Tour this season and he hopes to pick up some markers this weekend.
14: Layne Riggs finished a quiet 14th in 2017, the final car on the lead lap. Now, Riggs is itching for a better finish and perhaps even a win.
18: Ty Gibbs in the No. 18 led several laps the last time the CARS Tour raced at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC), but that was a flat track that’s not nearly as fast as Bristol.
22: CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car points leader Bobby McCarty has been to two race tracks he’d never raced before and he won both times out. Bristol is next. Can he do it again?
51: Saturday’s CARS Tour Late Model Stock race will be shown live via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Live video tickets for each day of racing can be purchased for $24.99 by clicking here.
88: Josh Berry leads the JR Motorsport parade to Bristol as they chase their first win on the high banks. Berry is the defending series champion, but he’s been just a tick off all season. His teammate Sam Mayer has been impressive early on.
100: The main event for the Late Model Stocks will be 100 laps.
Stars: We were a little depressed when we first saw the entry list for the CARS Tour Late Model Stocks, but the Tuesday release made this race one of the most interesting shows of the weekend. Championship leader Bobby McCarty leads up the list that includes Deac McCaskill and last year’s winner Myatt Snider. The talent is deep and this race will be fun to watch.
Former Winner: Back in 2002 Danny O’Quinn was the champion in the first UARA season for Late Model Stocks. Now the Coeburn, Virginia driver returns seeking some Bristol magic.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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