The announcement of the reconfigured CARS Late Model Stock and Super Late Model Tours brought a breath of new air into asphalt Late Model racing during the offseason. After much anticipation, the dual series are about to take to the race track for the first time on Saturday, March 28 at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC).
Since most Late Model touring series have long been established, racers rarely have the chance to be crowned as an inaugural champion. But maybe even more rare is the idea of a Late Model Stock Car touring series. Despite that type of race car being very popular at weekly tracks in the southern region, Late Model Stock Car competitors haven’t had the opportunity to tour since the 2013 season when the UARA-STARS tour closed up shop.
But now the CARS Tour has opened a new door for LMSC drivers in the region. The opportunity to become the inaugural champion of the CARS Late Model Stock Tour has drivers, including young driver Myatt Snider, excited to kick off the season in just over a week.
“That would definitely be awesome,” Snider told Speed51.com powered by JEGS when asked what it would mean to be crowned the inaugural champion of the tour. “To say I won the inaugural running of the CARS Tour series would be fantastic.”
Snider is planning on competing full-time in the Late Model Stock Car division with the CARS Tour, and the season couldn’t be starting off at any better track for Snider. He finished second in LMSC points at SNMP in 2014 with two wins to his credit.
“I’ve got plenty of experience there,” Snider said out SNMP. “They’re running at plenty of my favorite tracks like Myrtle Beach, Southern National and Motor Mile. All sorts of fun places.”
Perhaps the only person who might be more excited than Snider about starting the season at Southern National is Tommy Lemons, Jr. After all, Lemons is the only person that finished higher than Snider in the track standings last year.
“I think it’ll be pretty good for us starting off at Southern National,” Lemons said. “If we can start the year right and get a win I think that would get the ball rolling. I feel like we have a pretty good shot this weekend.”
Snider and Lemons both expressed their excitement over the series, specifically with the purse structure. The CARS Tour is promising to shell out over $43,000 in total purse money at each race, with $5,500 going to the Super Late Model winner and $4,500 going to the Late Model Stock winner.
“I feel like the CARS Tour is definitely a step in the right direction for the LMSC,” Lemons said. “It just keeps getting harder and harder for local tracks to afford to pay us what we need to run on. Hopefully this CARS deal will work out to where they can and it will take off.”
Snider echoed those sentiments.
“With the amount of money the series is putting up it is attracting a lot of people to come and run,” Snider said. “It’s going to be sustainable if you’re able to win enough. So I think it’s going to be good. It definitely has drawn some fierce competition, which I always enjoy.”
Snider said he expects to beat most of that “fierce competition” every race and be a contender at the end of the year.
“We’re on par with everybody,” he said. “So I’d definitely like to win at least a few races. I think it’s going to be good, man. I can’t wait. I’m stoked.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
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