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CARS Tour Adjust Season Finale Date; Winchester 400 and CARS Tour Season Finale Incentives Up for Grabs

Mooresville, NC 12/4/14- CARS Tour officials are proud to announce a date change for the season finale event at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway originally set for October 11th to Sunday November 1, 2015. The Sunday afternoon event will crown the first ever champions for both the Late Model Stock Car Tour and Super Late Model Tour. 

The date change comes upon a working partnership developed with the Championship Racing Association (CRA) powered by JEGS to stay idle during the Winchester 400 weekend for super late model teams at Winchester (IN) Speedway. As part of the adjustment the top two highest in CARS Super Late Model Tour championship points standings just prior to the Winchester 400 event will each receive guaranteed starting positions, one (1) set of practice tires, and a free entry fee to the 44th running of the Winchester 400 on October 11, 2015.
In return the top two championship finishers in the final ARCA/CRA Super Series season ending points standings will each receive guaranteed starting positions, one (1) set of practice tires, and a free entry fee to the CARS Tour season finale event at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway on November 1, 2015.
“We as a sanctioning body are all about working together with people as best as we possibly can. Nothing but good for the teams, fans, and series can come out of it by doing so, obviously we have two type of race cars we have to focus on so we are limited on what we can do,” explained Director of Operations for the tour Chris Ragle. “Luckily we were able to make some adjustments with this date, and then even go above and beyond and offer some incentives for both CARS Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series super late model teams to compete in these two events. RJ Scott and Glenn Luckett are both good guys to work with in the sport and look at them as allies in the world of short track racing.”  
For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information on the all new CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the all new CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com or contact the series directly at 704-662-9212. You can also follow the tour along on Twitter @CARSTour and stay connected via the tours Facebook page by liking “CARS Tour”.
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CARS Tour Announces Inaugural 2015 Season Schedule

Mooresville, NC 12/3/14- Officials from the all new dual division CARS Tour are proud to announce the inaugural schedule for the upcoming 2015 season. The tour, featuring both Late Model Stock and Super Late Model classes, will kick off the ten race season on March 28th and conclude October 11th. Each event will feature an optional, tour sanctioned, test day prior to race day. In addition to the schedule release the individual tour logos for each division have been released to beginning branding for the upcoming season.
The first ever event of the CARS Tour will take place at Kenly, North Carolina’s Southern National Motorsports Park on the above mentioned March 28th date. The 4/10th mile track will again make its mark on the tour on May 30th. CARS Late Model Stock Tour drivers will be especially excited about the two dates after the facilities decision to not have Late Model Stock Cars as part of their weekly racing program.
From there teams, drivers, and fans can begin working their way back across the state with an April 18th date at Orange County Speedway (Rougemont, NC) followed by a May 9th date at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway. The tour will revisit Orange County Speedway again on August 1st with both dates marking the only Super Late Model racing held all season at the ultra-fast 3/8th mile track.
The wildcard of the schedule comes at the midpoint of the season as a “Friday Night under the Lights” race takes place at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, North Carolina on June 12th. The big event will mark the first time in the track’s history that it will host a true Super Late Model branded race. The only visit to the state of Virginia comes at the beautiful Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia on Saturday July 10th.
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CARS Super Late Model Tour Offering Snowball Derby Teams Chance at Free 2015 Registration

Mooresville, NC 11/19/14- The all new CARS Super Late Model Tour is offering teams entered for this year’s 2014 Snowball Derby a chance to earn free team registration for the 2015 season.
The newly formed tour will award the highest finishing super late model team in the 47th Annual Snowball Derby sporting a CARS Super Late Model Tour decal free registration for the 2015 season. The award is a $400 value and will allow the team to earn championship points and be eligible for special contingency and cash awards.
Teams will be able to pick up the decals at Five Flags Speedway from CARS Tour officials beginning night Friday December 5th after Snowball Derby qualifying. 
The CARS Tour, featuring both Super Late Model and Late Model Stocks classes, is expected to debut the inaugural schedule for the upcoming 2015 season prior to the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend December 3rd-7th.

For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information on the all new CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the all new CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com or contact the series directly at 704-662-9212.

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Pro Cup Series Transitions to a Two Series Format Featuring Both Late Model Stock and Super Late Model Tours

Mooresville, NC 11/11/14- Officials with Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) are proud to announce the transition of the Pro Cup Series into the birth of a new dual event featuring the CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour that will both begin competition in March 2015. The two individual tours will run on the same night, at the same exact facility, for just one ticket price, giving fans a true “best of both worlds” experience when it comes to pavement short track racing.

The newly formed tour will award $43,000 in combined purse money each and every race plus additional contingency cash and awards to be added over the off season. The Super Late Model event winner will walk away with $5,500 while the 30th and final finisher each week receives $550 for their efforts. On the Late Model Stock Car side of things each winner will take home a $4,500 winner’s check with the 30th and final finisher receiving $450.
The season will feature ten events throughout the 2015 calendar year with a distance of 150 green flag laps for both the Super Late Models and the Late Model Stock Cars. Each class will utilize just four tires for the race each event.
“The decision we’ve come to today has been a long and thought out process of what we wanted to do as a sanctioning body going forward. We feel this will give us the best possible product to offer fans, sponsors, and competitors alike,” stated series owner Jack McNelly. “To our knowledge this is something that hasn’t that hasn’t been done before; taking two premier type race cars and putting them on tour together in a “special event” style format each and every time we race throughout the season.”  
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Caleb Holman Crowned Fastest Chicken in the South and Pro Cup Series Championship at Hickory

Mooresville, NC 10/20/14- Caleb Holman was hands down the fastest chicken in the South Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. The veteran driver won the Bojangles 250 after pulling away from fourteen year old Todd Gilliland, son of NASCAR Cup driver David Gilliland, in the final seventy-five laps of the event to take home the hardware. The visit to Edelbrock Victory Lane was his sixth trip this season in twelve events.

“I always said no one is ever 100% happy at Hickory with their car; tonight I’ll take that statement back. Tonight I was completely happy with my car in the second half of this race. It would just roll through the turns just like I wanted it too,” explained an excited Holman when talking about his Bojangles 250 win. “My guys made good adjustments throughout the day and got the car handling the way I wanted it. At the break there we just put on tires and filled it with fuel and went back racing. We didn’t make a single change and in the end it was the right call.”
Not only did Holman win the battle Saturday night, the Abingdon, Virginia driver won the war, and was awarded the 2014 X-1R Pro Cup Series champion’s trophy for the first time in his career. Holman racked up six wins, eight Mahle pole awards, and earned $68,925 throughout the season for his efforts. The newly crowned champion did so in historic fashion becoming the first driver in Pro Cup history to completely sweep the Championship Series since its inception in 2001.
“What a year this was for us. I would have never dreamed we would have had the year we did even with the lower car counts at times. I still had to beat guys like JP Morgan, Gus Dean, and Brian Keselowski on a regular basis. Not to mention nights when guys like Clay Rogers and tonight Todd Gilliland come race, so it wasn’t easy by any means,” stated Holman, reflecting on his 2014 accomplishments. “My guys have worked their tails off all season and we just got on a roll towards the end of the year. This is what I do for a living and winning a championship for everyone at Henderson Motorsports and Food Country USA was my ultimate goal. Tonight looking back I can say we as team delivered that championship to all involved with this organization and that means a lot to me as a person and a driver.” 
While Holman stole the show in the end, youngster Todd Gilliland piloting a Late Model Stock Car, gave the veteran a run for his money in the first half of the event. Gilliland tracked down Holman through lapped traffic while fellow veteran Clay Rogers did the same despite starting from the sixth position. A hectic yellow flag for debris setup the opportunity for Gilliland to take the lead into the second half of the race by leading at 125 and picking up the Roush-Yates Performance Parts Halfway Leader award. Clay Rogers, Coleman Pressley, and Holman completed the top four at as the yellow flag was displayed for the competition caution.
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Event Preview: Bojangles 250 - Hickory Motor Speedway - Hickory, NC

Mooresville, NC 10/15/14: This weekend the curtain will close on the 2014 X-1R Pro Cup Series as the tour makes their final stop on the season schedule at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway. Veteran Caleb Holman and his five Pro Cup Series victories have all but sealed up the championship for the Abingdon, Virginia driver. All Holman must do is take the green flag in Saturday’s Bojangles’ 250 and the veteran racer will pick his first series championship. While the night may be about crowning a season champion; $8,000 and winner’s trophy is still on the line. Coleman Pressley returns to competition to defend his win, however; Pressley looks to possibly return behind the wheel of his Late Model Stock Car, instead of his Pro Cup ride, due to the eligibility of those machines ability to compete amongst Pro Cup competitors as the series looks towards the future. With several returning Pro Cup drivers, such as part time NASCAR Cup Series driver and five time Pro Cup Series champion Clay Rogers, having already filed entries, and the addition of Late Model Stock competitors the ingredients for one of the best Pro Cup races in the last four years could be on tap Saturday night in Hickory.
Bojangles 250 Notes
Track/Location: Hickory Motor Speedway-Hickory, NC             Track Size: .363
Event Name: Bojangles 250                                                                   Laps: 250 Laps/90.75 mile
Event Schedule:                                   Series Standings:                        AFR Rookie Standings:
Practice: 1pm-1:45pm                        1) #75 Caleb Holman      170       1) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh   133
                 2pm-2:45pm                        2) #23 J.P. Morgan         -20           2) #88 Doug Barnes Jr.     -66       
Qualifying: 6pm                                    3) #05 Codie Rohrbaugh -44        3) #54 Matt Craig              -67
Autograph Session: 6:15pm             4) #6 Jeff Oakley            -63
Race: 7pm                                             5) #56 Gus Dean            -67
Pre Entered Drivers: #00 Lucas Ransone, #05 Codie Rohrbaugh, #21 Eric Gerchak, #23 J.P. Morgan, #25 Tanner Berryhill, #29 Brian Keselowski, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #59 Coleman Pressley, #66 Reid Wilson, #75 Caleb Holman, #88 Doug Barnes Jr., #125 Matt Piercy, #154 Clay Rogers
Media Coverage:
-X-1R Pro Cup Series Facebook (www.facebook.com/CARSProCup)
-X-1R Pro Cup Twitter (@X1RProCup)
-Speed51 “Trackside Now” (www.speed51.com)
A Season Finale is Always Exciting:
With the final race of the season comes the familiar attitude in racing, “let’s end the season on high note” or “we’ve got all off season to fix it, go for it”. With Caleb Holman being crowned the 2014 champion by just starting the race, and Codie Rohrbaugh doing the same when it comes to the 2014 AFR Rookie of the Year title, there’s a good chance the gloves could come off from all involved Saturday night to score the win and the $8,000 winner’s check that comes along with it. The final race is also that last chance for a driver to “return the favor” to a fellow competitor that has been in the back of his mind for quite some time now. With one of the best fields expected in some time and mix of veterans and newcomers there will be fireworks on display at Hickory Motor Speedway Saturday night.      
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Hickory Open Test

LAST OPEN TEST OF THE 2014 SEASON - Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, NC



11:00 AM – Hauler Parking

12:30PM-5:00PM – On Track Testing

Cost: $250.00 Pro Cup / Late Model

$100.00 Street Stock

$50.00 Allison Legacy


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