Late Model Stock Car fans can find all the quick little nuggets of info for the 2016 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]
Austin McDaniel is having a fine season on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour. The two time and defending Hickory Track Champion posted a season-best fourth last week at Hickory. That’s his second top 10 of the season and it bring him to fourth in the standings. McDaniel has run all CARS Tour events and hopes to visit victory lane for the first time this season. They were seventh in points a year ago and had three DNF’s. This year they have completed all but three laps.
The CARS Tour returns to action at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) next Saturday, May 21.
Ace Speedway – Last week’s race was washed out. The Rodney Cook Memorial 116 will return to Ace Speedway on July 2. Justin Snow won the race in 2014 and Alex Yontz followed him to victory lane in 2015.
Caraway Speedway – The next Late Model Stock Car race will be on May 28 for a 150-lap event. Tommy Lemons, Jr. won the first race of the season back in March. The season’s marquee event will be the Rusty Harpe Memorial in July.
Carteret County Speedway – May 28 will be the next race at the new North Carolina track. The headline race for the Memorial Classic will be a 75-lap, $2,500-to-win Late Model race.
Coastal Plains – No events scheduled at this time.
East Carolina Motor Speedway – Brenden Queen grabbed his second win of the year while Louis White picked up win number one in twin 35-lap feature events. Racing will resume on May 21.
Franklin County Speedway – Devin Steele made it two wins in a row to kick off the Late Model Stock season at Franklin County. Kyle Dudley was disqualified in post-race technical inspection.
Hickory Motor Speedway – Dexter Canipe Jr. had a big weekend as he took the pole for the Late Model race for the fourth time in five races. After that he raced to his 15th career win at Hickory making him the driver with the most wins without having won a championship.
In Limited action, a strong car count gave way to Evan Swelling to pad his point lead by picking up another win. Racing will resume on May 28.
Orange County Speedway – It always happens after a Short Track Draft where a young talent pops up and everyone gets to watch his stock rise over the course of the next year. Thirteen-year-old Layne Riggs, son of NASCAR driver Scott Riggs, wowed the Orange County crowd by winning his first Late Model Stock Car race Saturday night. For the younger Riggs, winning at OCS is nothing new as he won seven races last year in the Limited Sportsman division. Daryl Carver won the Limited Sportsman race for his first win of 2016.
Southern National – The CARS Tour will visit SNMP next week. The next Late Model weekly show is listed as May 28.
Wake County Speedway – After careful consideration, Wake County Speedway has decided to allow bump stops in their Late Model division effective for the Friday, May 20 race and going forward. Running bump stops will not be required but will be an option for the racers in that division. Practice for Late Models teams through Thursday, May 19 will be charged at half price to work on their setups should they choose to do so.
Anderson Speedway – For the third race in a row defending track champion Trey Gibson finished runner-up to David Roberts who visited victory lane in the lone race this past Friday. The Late Models will be off until June 3.
Dillon Motor Speedway – Once again a solid field of Late Models showed up and Justin Hicks held off Alex Fleming for the win. The victory was worth $1,200. Racing will return to Dillon on May 28.
Florence Motor Speedway – Racing returns to the South Carolina track on May 21.
Greenville-Pickens Speedway – Tommy Lemons, Jr. showed up looking to gather up some laps for the upcoming CARS Tour race and he found that he was second in both ends of the doubleheader to Chase Purdy. That’s five Late Model wins for Purdy this season at Greenville. Blair Addis won the Southeast Limited Late Model 100 and Anthony Miller took the Charger LLM event.
Myrtle Beach Speedway – The track will be back in action this weekend after sitting idle for a few weeks. They will host twin Late Model races.
Kingsport Speedway – Zeke Shell and Kres Van Dyke each went to victory lane for the second time this season. Late Models return to action on May 27. Defending track champion Ronnie McCarty is a bit behind to start the 2016 season as he’s fourth in points.
Newport Speedway – According to internet reports, Taylor Coffman won the first race of the 2016 season.
Dominion Raceway – Four races and four faces in victory lane. Dominion was one of many Virginia tracks to have a healthy car count as Jeff Oakley beat Doug Barnes for the win in the 75-lap event. Another 75-lap event is next and then a 100-lap race with the NASCAR K&N East Series event on May 30.
Lonesome Pine Raceway – The Virginia track was washed out and will race again on May 21.
Motor Mile Speedway – While SoBo had 27 cars, Motor Mile had a talent field just short of 20. Lee Pulliam took the win over Philip Morris. Josh Berry was third, fresh off his CARS win at Hickory. and Christian Eckes who continues to impress was fourth.
Shenandoah Speedway – Dave Carter took both races this past weekend at Shenandoah. The track will be back in action on May 28. This will be the final race before the Racing for Wishes 150 on June 4.
South Boston Speedway – The focus was on Limited Late Model Sportsman drivers as Danny Willis Jr., a former track champion won the pole and feature in the Late Model Stock 100-lap event. 27 cars ran the event and point leader Matt Bowling was fifth.
The bounty in the Limited Late Model division is also over as Joey Throckmorton was beaten in the second Limited Late Model race. He took the first, but was third in race two. Mike Jones scored the win.
Southside Speedway – Chris Dodson bested a field of 14 to pick up another win this season. Looking at some of the fresher faces, Grayson Cullather is the top rookie in the standings and sits fifth. He was eighth in the last race and we can expect more as the season progresses.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor