The CARS Tour Late Model Stock season may come down to the final lap at Hickory in October. All season long those at the top of the championship standings have one up’ed each other week after week. Now with four races to go Tommy Lemons Jr. has closed the gap on Deac McCaskill after recording his second win of the season and first at Orange County Speedway (NC).
“This is a tough deal to win in,” said Lemons in victory lane. “Our guys have been working hard at the shop and to get two wins in a row is exceptional. It was good race tonight with Deac. Now we will head to Concord and try to go for three.”
Lemons had to wait 15 races to score his first win on the CARS Tour. With the monkey off of his back, that second win came in the next race. The season has seen six top-five runs for Lemons with two wins and five podium finishes and yet he trails in the points to McCaskill.
“Qualifying has been key,” said Lemons. “We have this new car and it races well, but we have had to work on it to be better in qualifying.”
Lemons went from 18th to third, 12th to fourth and 11th to third in the first three races. That took away from their ability to have a shot at victory.
McCaskill holds the points lead heading to Concord Speedway for the next CARS Tour race on August 27. McCaskill has only one win, but he also has four second-place finishes. He has also earned more bonus points having lead all six races this season.
“It was another good points night for us,” said McCaskill. “I had a good run there on the high side and Lemons kept coming up and we could have both been in the wall. It’s just racing.”
The race was shortened to 100 laps due to the track curfew. McCaskill was perhaps the only driver or person in the Rougemont area that wanted those last 25-laps.
“I didn’t even think about it until they asked me about it after the race,” added McCaskill. “Maybe that would have been the difference, but we’ll head to Concord and try to win there. Tommy will be tough and Josh (Berry) will be back. Still lots of racing left to do this year.”
There is a third member of this trio who missed the Orange County Speedway event to run the NASCAR XFINITY race at Iowa Speedway. Josh Berry has two wins in five starts and will be lurking for wins only after getting taken out of the points with the missed event.
Christian Eckes and Layne Riggs posted third and fourth-place runs Saturday night, while Craig Moore rounded out the top five.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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CARS Tour LMSC Unofficial Finish
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