The CARS Late Model Stock Tour released its first entry list for the inaugural Old North State Nationals at Orange County Speedway (NC), an event that is being touted as the richest race in Late Model Stock history.
Twenty-seven competitors have already filed their entries for the $30,000-to-win event at the 0.375-mile oval in Rougemont, North Carolina on April 7, including some of the top drivers in Late Model Stock Car Racing.
While four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Lee Pulliam did not return for a full sophomore season on the CARS Tour, he is on the initial entry list in his familiar No. 5 machine fielded by owner Eddie Kiker.
Pulliam has also entered as a car owner, with Brandon Pierce piloting the Lee Pulliam Performance Chevrolet. Pierce won the CARS Tour season opener at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday, his first win since joining forces with Pulliam in the offseason.
The last three CARS Late Model Stock Tour champions are also on the entry list, with Bobby McCarty, Josh Berry, and Deac McCaskill entered for the race. Berry and McCaskill each have a pair of wins in CARS Tour competition at Orange County.
Four-time Orange County Speedway track champion Terry Dease will defend his home turf against the CARS Tour invaders and those looking for the $30,000 payday. Other former track champions on the entry list include Ronald Hill (2006), Stacy Puryear (2008), and Craig Moore (2013).
Other notables on the entry list include former ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner Jason York (2008), former CARS Late Model Stock Tour winners Bradley McCaskill and Justin Carroll, and former CARS Super Late Model Tour winner Corey Heim.
See below for the full entry list for the Old North State Nationals. For more information, visit www.carsracingtour.com.
|06||Terry Dease||Oxford, NC||Terry Dease||Chevy||Markham Industries, Altec Industries|
|07||Bradley McCaskill||Wendell, NC||Ronald Renfrow||Ford||Renfrom Heating and Air|
|08||Deac McCaskill||Raleigh, NC||Boyce McCaskill||Ford||H&L Logging, Bobby Gregory Welding|
|01||Camden Gullie||Durham, NC||Jason Gullie||Ford||Progressive Service|
|1||Craig Moore||Rougemont, NC||Craig Moore||Chevy||GXS Wraps, Volt Doctors|
|2||Brandon Pierce||Oak Ridge, NC||Lee Pulliam||Chevy||Fremont Properties|
|4||Jonathan Findley||Bristow, VA||John Findley||Ford|
|4C||Mike Chambers||Timberlake, NC||Mike Chambers||Chevy||Country Kitchen, Chappell Resources|
|4H||Leland Honeyman||Mooresville, NC||Leland Honeyman||Chevy||LH Waterfront Construction, LKN Detail Pros|
|5||Lee Pulliam||Alton, VA||Eddie Kiker||Chevy||Kiker Tree Service|
|8||Josh Oakley||Rougemont, NC||Josh Oakley||Chevy||Oakleys Automotive, Joe's Bail Bonds|
|12||Ryan Gray||Raleigh, NC||Ryan Gray||Chevy||Head Inc.|
|17||Taylor Gray||Denver, NC||David Gilliland||Toyota||Gray Motorsports, Valvoline|
|17P||Stacy Puryear||South Boston, VA||Jimmy Mooring||Chevy||Puryear Race Parts|
|18Y||Jason York||Reidsville, NC||Jason York||Chevy||J&T Woodworks Construction, INC|
|19||Cameron Bowen||Chesapeake, VA||James Bowen Sr||Chevy||Cameron Chemicals, S. Northfolk Trucking|
|22||Bobby McCarty||Kernersville, NC||Barry Nelson||Toyota||Autos By Nelson, Solid Rock Carriers|
|22C||Grayson Cullather||Chesterfield, VA||Matt Cullather||Ford||Hometown Realty, Atlantic Coast Staffing|
|23||Terry Brooks||Concord, NC||TBJ Auto Sports, INC||Chevy||ASC Services & Supply Inc.|
|57||Justin Carroll||Concord, NC||John Carroll||Ford||Industrial Battery & Charger, GECI|
|63||Tyler Matthews||Beulaville, NC||Steve Matthews||Toyota||Dorwarts Garage|
|74||Ronald Hill||Rougemont, NC||Ronald Hill||Chevy||Gardner Marsh|
|77||Trevor Ward||Winston-Salem, NC||Dean Ward||Chevy||AAR Roofing|
|77C||Tracey Chambers||Timberlake, NC||Michael Chambers||Chevy||Country Kitchen|
|78||Corey Heim||Marietta, GA||Lee Pulliam||Chevy||Hickmon Performance, Lee Pulliam Performance|
|81||Mini Tyrrell||Manassas, VA||Timmy Tyrrell Racing||Chevy||The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation|
|88||Josh Berry||Hendersonville, TN||Jr. Motorsports||Chevy||All Things Automotive|
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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