Late Model Stock Car fans can find all the quick little nuggets of info for the 2017 season here in the Late Model Stock Car notebook. We have a little from each of the tracks in the region that run Late Model Stock cars. Some information was found on track social media pages and websites. If you think we’re missing anything or have more information, please email us at [email protected]
Could we have asked for a better start to the season? Three races and three different winners. Josh Berry scored the first win at Concord and then struggled at Dominion to post solid finishes. That opened the door for Layne Riggs and Jeff Oakley to visit victory lane and now all of a sudden we have an early points battle. We anticipate that Riggs will be the point leader with all the veterans chasing him heading to his home track of Orange County Speedway (NC).
Southeast Limited Late Model Series
Andrew Cordell won the most recent Challenger race at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) and Tasha Kummer won the Pro Division race. The series has a new Junior Elite class that features drivers from 11 to 15. They had seven at the most recent race and Gage Painter scored the win. Dillon Motor Speedway will be the site of the next race on April 8-9.
Ace Speedway – No events scheduled at this time.
Caraway Speedway – Fifteen cars turned out for the first race of the 2017 season at Caraway. Mike Darne bested a talented field that had Lee Pulliam, Travis Swaim, RD Smith and Tommy Lemons Jr. The schedule will feature some Friday shows starting with March 31 with twin Late Model Stock races.
Carteret County Speedway – The second season has an aggressive schedule of 12 racing events. Perhaps it’s not so aggressive when you factor in the multiple rain outs they had last season.
Opening Day: April 16. The Late Models will take to the track for the first time this season.
Coastal Plains – No events scheduled at this time.
East Carolina Motor Speedway – The North Carolina action track will feature 12 twin races for the Late Model Stock Cars. Brenden Queen inched out Louis White 824-818 in the final standings last season. Tyler Matthews used the track along with Southern National to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series North Carolina State Championship over Queen by two markers.
Opening Day: April 1. Late Model Stock Car twin features will kick off the season.
Hickory Motor Speedway – Ryan Millington and Charlie Watson split a pair of wins this past Saturday at the track. Millington currently holds just a two point lead over Watson in the point standings.
Orange County Speedway – Late Model Stock Car and Limited Late Model drivers will have plenty of chances to race at OCS this season. Both classes have several dates and produced multiple winners in each class. OCS will also host the CARS Tour this season again as well as other touring series.
Opening Day: April 1.
Southern National Motorsports Park – SNMP hosted it’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season opener Sunday afternoon. Tyler Hughes dominated the first LMSC feature, while Tim Allensworth survived a hectic second race to score his first career LMSC victory at Southern National. The Late Models will be back in action at the track on April 8 for another round of twin features.
Wake County Speedway – A total of 10 times the Late Models will hit the track at Wake County this season. Zach Marks was the champion a year ago over Cory Walker.
Opening Day: April 7.
Anderson Speedway – It comes as no surprise that David Roberts has won the first two races of the season at Anderson after winning the track title a year ago. Two weeks back Roberts had to do it with a last-lap pass on Luke Sorrow in the 50-lap feature. For Sorrow it’s his second podium of the season.
In other news it’s good to see Taylor Satterfield back behind the wheel of a race car. The former GAS Pro Late Model standout has been away from the sport for a few years, but at Anderson this year he has a fifth and a sixth-place run.
Dillon Motor Speedway – Dillon is one track that already has some races under their belt. Sam Yarbrough won a 50-lap Late Model race at the track this past weekend. The regular season kicks off in April.
Opening Day – Regular Season starts in April.
Florence Motor Speedway – A year ago the Florence track ran nearly 30 Late Models races during the season with Averitt Lucas, Storm Altman, and Archie Adams all taking a half dozen wins each. The Southeast Limited Late Models will have a date on April 29. The regular season will run from April to October and there will be an event in November, the 18th Annual Fall Classic.
Opening Day: April 1.
Greenville-Pickens Speedway – Two weeks back Cody Haskins won both legs of the Late Model Stock car features. This past week it was Tasha Kummer winning the Limited Late Model race. The two divisions will alternate on the schedule along with the Southeast Limited Late Models.
Myrtle Beach Speedway – Lee Pulliam was victorious in round two at Myrtle Beach. There have been two LMSC races at the track this season and Pulliam has won both of those races. Racing gets back underway next weekend with two features for the Late Models. There were 12 different feature winners at Myrtle Beach last year.
Kingsport Speedway – And we’re off… The 2017 season got underway this past weekend with Ronnie McCarty scoring the win in the first race of the season. Kres VanDyke was second and this could be an early sign of great points battle. Nineteen cars ran the season opener which is a solid number compared to some of the counts we have seen this year already.
Newport Speedway – Eighteen dates will highlight the 2017 season for the Late Models at Newport. The Southeast Limited Late Models will also make their start in Tennessee in 2017. Taylor Coffman will look to defend his 2016 track title.
Opening Day: April 15.
Dominion Raceway – After a successful rookie season, the Dominion Raceway preps for the 2017 season. Jeff Oakley and Layne Riggs won the CARS Tour twin events at Dominion this past weekend. The track’s regular season begins on April 8. Nick Smith won the track championship in 2016 after scoring 12 wins. That record might never be broken as the track will change now that the asphalt has worn a little.
Opening Day: April 8.
Franklin County Speedway – Rain washed them out this week, but they will try again on April 8. Keep an eye on Franklin County news as they are expanding this year to add a big Limited date in the middle of the summer for the Southeast Limited Late Models. Kyle Dudley won seven times last season at the Virginia track.
Opening Day: April 9.
Langley Speedway – Welcome back, Langley. Langley Speedway is back on the map after being closed in 2016. The return of Langley brings back a full schedule of racing complete with the Hampton Heat 200 which will be run on July 22. Nearly 20 races will be run with handful of doubleheaders.
Opening Day: April 1. 100 laps for the Late Model Stock Cars.
Lonesome Pine Raceway – Wayne Hale was the man at Lonesome Pine in 2016 as the runaway champion. In all, 15 events will make up the 2017 schedule. They will once again partner with Kingsport Speedway.
Opening Day: April 8.
Motor Mile Speedway – Lee Pulliam will seek his fifth consecutive Late Model Stock Car title this season at Motor Mile. If Pulliam can do it he would tie Philip Morris for the most at the Motor Mile track. Scott Lancaster will look to defend his Limited Sportsman title as he has two of the last three season long championships.
Opening Day: April 29. Twin 75-lap races for the Late Model Stock Cars.
Shenandoah Speedway – One year ago, 12 races were held at Shenandoah and Mini Tyrell won seven of those. This year, they will try for 15 and look to expand the car count. The Racing for Wishes event will return for a third straight year.
Opening Day: April 1.
South Boston Speedway – Fresh new asphalt was the story, but it was classy veteran Philip Morris who swept the twin 100-lap events during Saturday’s season opener. It’s the first time Morris has swept a weekend at South Boston since 2011. Nick Smith was second and third in the two races as the 2016 Dominion track champion showed some muscle away from his stomping grounds from a year ago.
With Joey Throckmorton stepping down, the Limited Sportsman class is wide open for 2017. David Latour won the 50-lap opener as we look to see who will rise to the top and contend for the season title.
Southside Speedway – 2017 will be the tracks 58th season with action taking place on Friday nights with qualifying at 6 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. Late Models will roll out 12 times this year for 40-lap events. Chris Dodson was the Late Model track champion.
Opening Day: April 7.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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