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]
The CARS Tour Late Model Stock Cars will be back in action this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). Deac McCaskill heads to Hickory as the points leader. He finished 13th and seventh a year ago at Hickory. Josh Berry sits second in points heading into the track that he has dominated in recent years. Also look for some locals to mix it up with the touring regulars.
Ace Speedway – The Rodney Cook Memorial will return to Ace Speedway on July 2. Justin Snow won the race in 2014 and Alex Yontz won the race one year ago.
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 – The 2016 season is underway and the first win of the season went to Chris Burns. May 28 will be the next race at the new North Carolina track.
Coastal Plains Speedway – No events scheduled at this time.
East Carolina Motor Speedway – Thomas Burbage was the winner of the most recent race at East Carolina. Tyler Matthews is the early point leader. Seven different drivers went to victory lane in 2015 and the track is already two-for-two in 2016. The track will race on May 14 and 21 this month.
Franklin County Speedway – Racing will resume on May 15. Devin Steele won the season opener.
Hickory Motor Speedway – Kate Dallenbach picked up a win two weeks ago, while this past weekend’s racing was rained out. The CARS Tour will be in town this weekend for a doubleheader.
Orange County Speedway – Defending track champion Craig Moore was the Late Model Stock winner in the season’s first race as the track will be back in action on May 14.
Wake County Speedway – Zachary Marks scored a three-second win last Friday night to make it two winners in two races this year in the Late Model ranks. They will be back in action this Friday night.
Anderson Speedway – A double take was need for race fans who saw David Roberts take both ends of the feature events this past weekend. He’ll climb up the points ladder, but 2015 track champion Trey Gibson was second in both races to take the point lead. Hey it’s May, but points count all season long.
Dillon Motor Speedway – A strong contingent of cars showed up for the most recent race as Randy Benson took home the checkered flag. Late Models will be racing on the 14th and the 28th of May.
Florence Motor Speedway – 2016 points get underway this weekend on May 7th. Averitt Lucas was the track’s Late Model Stock champion in 2015.
Greenville Pickens Speedway – Last week was washed out and the track lost a doubleheader for the Late Model Stocks. Track operator Anthony Anders tells us the racing has been very impressive on the doubleheader nights. Chase Purdy is the point leader heading into May. Limited Late Models will be the main attraction the next two weeks before the next doubleheader on May 21.
Myrtle Beach Speedway – The track will be back in action this weekend after sitting idle for a few weeks.
Kingsport Speedway – Zeke Shell rebounds to return to victory lane for his first win of the season. Just a few weeks back he left with a nearly destroyed race car. Action will resume on May 7. Kres VanDyke leads Shell by two markers after three races.
Newport Speedway – Things were not ready for the 2016 season so the track had to push the start date back.
Dominion Raceway – The car counts remain strong as 25 Late Model Stocks came out for the second race of the year at Dominion. After the crazy finish the first week, Nick Smith got his revenge by beating Tyler Hughes by a little more than a second on the track. The track will feature a 100-lap Late Model race this weekend with another strong car count.
Lonesome Pine Raceway – The Virginia track will return to action on May 14 with a double header of Late Model Stock Car action. Kres VanDyke won the season opener a few weeks back.
Motor Mile Speedway – The next race will be on May 14, and it will be 150 lap for the Late Models. Lee Pulliam has a big lead early as the fight for second has six drivers within 10 points of each other. Pulliam has two wins in three starts as he seeks yet another title.
Shenandoah Speedway – Rain washed out the racing card this past weekend. Action will resume on May 14.
South Boston Speedway – Despite two championships, Matt Bowling was never one to rack up a large win total, but this year at South Boston he’s on a mission. His four wins before the start of May have him closing in on his personal best and perhaps more. It’s doubtful that he could win 20 like Philip Morris did, but he’s having fun being the best right now. Well over 40 drivers have earned points this season.
Southside Speedway – Chris Dodson leads Greg Fernandez by three points after Dodson won the race on Friday night. Dodson won eight of the 12 races at Southside a season ago to pick up the championship.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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