Bobby McCarty pocketed $10,000 on Saturday, winning the CARS Response Energy Late Model Stock Tour season opener at Tri-County Motor Speedway (NC).


McCarty inherited the lead after the first segment, as teammate Timothy Peters repaired a broken axle during the break. McCarty was untouchable once up front, taking his first CARS Tour win in his second CARS Tour start.


“I’ve just got a great team. Crew chief stayed on top of me the whole race to make sure I didn’t burn the tires off. We would push it a couple of laps, get out front, and then just mirror whoever was in second.”


McCarty dominated against a stacked field of Late Model Stock competitors, winning three of the four segments in the 150-lap event. Despite sharing a track with the likes of Timothy Peters, Deac McCaskill, Josh Berry, Matt Bowling, and CARS Tour debutant Lee Pulliam, McCarty was the class of the field.


Before a mechanical gremlin slowed Pulliam, the four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion was McCarty’s biggest threat in the closing laps. 


McCarty spoke reverently of Pulliam and his accomplishments, but also noted you can’t let the big-name drivers intimidate you at crunch time.


“I look at Lee the same way I look at Philip. He’s one of the greats, one of the best, one of the ones you want to beat. But really, when it comes down to it, it’s just another car with a number on it. You can’t put that pressure on yourself, especially when you’re racing for the win at the end of the race.”


Justin Carroll finished second, working his way into a podium spot after qualifying 12th. Sam Mayer, the Wisconsin youngster who shined at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, rounded out the podium spots after starting 18th.


Defending CARS Late Model Stock Tour champion Josh Berry scored a solid fifth-place finish, but it was anything but uneventful. Berry started on the pole and led the first seven laps before surrendering the lead to Timothy Peters.


Berry ran near the front until lap 58, when he stalled in turn two to bring out the caution. Berry was given a one-lap penalty for bringing out the caution, but raced his way back onto the lead lap and charged up to fifth in the final 30-lap segment.


The CARS Response Energy Tour returns to action in two weeks at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC). Along with the Late Model Stock cars, the CARS Super Late Model Tour will make its first appearance of 2018.


-By Zach Evans, Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ZTEvans

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CARS Late Model Stock Tour

Tri-County Motor Speedway, Hudson, North Carolina

Unofficial Results

Pos         #             Driver

1              22M       Bobby McCarty

2              57           Justin Carroll

3              9M         Sam Mayer

4              14           Ryan Repko

5              88           Josh Berry

6              08           Deac McCaskill

7              77S         Blake Stallings

8              12P         Timothy Peters

9              2H           Cody Haskins

10           12M       Austin McDaniel

11           83           Matt Bowling

12           27           Tommy Lemons, Jr.

13           1M         Craig Moore

14           99           Layne Riggs

15           74           Ronald Hill

16           75           Landon Huffman

17           35           Carson Kvapil

18           77           Trevor Ward

19           18           Ty Gibbs

20           2P           Brandon Pierce

21           5P           Lee Pulliam

22           44           Justin Johnson

23           07           Bradley McCaskill

24           31           Thomas Beane

25           5C           Dexter Canipe, Jr.

26           22           Grayson Cullather

27           2D           Chris Denny

28           16M       Chad McCumbee

McCarty Takes Down the Giants at CARS Tour Opener