CARS Tour Event Preview: Lead 2 Real Estate Group 200 – Concord Speedway
MOORESVILLE, NC -: With three races remaining on the inaugural CARS Tour 2015 season schedule the intensity of the championship hunt has ramped up for a select few. Those in the hunt, plus many others just going for the win, must now turn their attention to what could easily be perceived as the fastest and most difficult track on the circuit, Concord Speedway. The triangle shaped half mile track has developed a “love it” or “hate it” reputation over the years amongst drivers. No matter the feelings toward the “Concord Triangle”, the ability to stay focused on racing the track itself usually leads to success. With several repeat winners in both the Late Model Stock and Super Late Model divisions this year; don’t be surprised at all to see a pair of first time season winners at the unique Concord track when the final checkered flag waives on the Lead 2 Real Estate Group 200 Saturday night. NOTES: • Track/Location: Concord Speedway-Concord, NC • Track Size: .500-mile • Event Name: Lead 2 Real Estate 200 • Laps/Distance: 100/50 miles (each) • Event Schedule: 1PM-3:15PM Practice, 5PM Qualifying, 6:30PM Last Chance Races, 7:30PM Green: LMSC-SLM • Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / @ConcordSpeedway / #Lead2Group200 • CARS SLM Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #5D Dominique Van Wieringen, #12 Harrison Burton, #12C Garrett Campbell, #16 Lucas Jones, #16M Vinnie Miller, #17 Quin Houff, #17R Clay Rogers, #31 Kyle Grissom, #33 Roger Lee Newton, #54 Matt Craig, #57 Cole Timm, #66 Steve Wallace, #67 Clay Jones, #74 Preston Peltier, #77 Zane Smith, #83 Joey Padgett, #88 Garrett Jones (18 total) • CARS LMSC Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #07 Terry Brooks Jr., #08 Deac McCaskill, #2 Myatt Snider, #7 Justin Crider, #12M Austin McDaniel, #16 Jeff Oakley, #18 Bradley McCaskill, #20 Justin Hobgood, #25 Shaun Mangum, #27 Tommy Lemons Jr, #28 Chris Hudspeth, #31 Thomas Beane, #41 Brayton Haws, #42 Craig Stallard, #54 Michael Fose, #54R Clay Rogers, #58 Tyler Ankrum, #59 Roddey Sterling, #63 Christian PaHud, #77 Blake Stallings, #88 Chris Davis, #88T Robert Tyler, #99 Mike Darne (23 total) ***Official Entry Deadline: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 4PM*** Media Coverage: • Speed51 (speed51.com) will provide Trackside Now Live Updates • RACEFEEDX (www.racefeedx.com) – LIVE Pay per View Video Coverage • CARS Tour Facebook (facebook.com/CARSTour) and Twitter (@CARSTour) • Race 22 (race22.com) will provide LIVE Twitter Updates (@race22)
QUOTES: • Hometown but No Home Track Feeling: Kyle Grissom has consistently been in the mix to win races on each and every stop along the CARS Tour schedule this season. He along with fellow championship contender Cole Timm are the only two drivers to have finished in the top five in five of the seven events thus far. Those results have put Grissom second in the championship standings, ten markers behind Timm, headed into Concord this weekend, a track right in Grissom’s backyard. However; despite the track being in his hometown the short track ace doesn’t get that “home track” feeling that most get when racing close to home. “I don’t really consider Concord a home track at all. I’ve only raced there five times I think. I have won a PASS race there, but I’ve also destroyed a car there too so I have mixed feelings about the place. You always hear a lot of talk about it because it’s unlike any track around because of the dogleg in the back stretch. The place is bigger, faster, and gives you the feeling like riding a roller coaster in your stomach. You go up and down each and every lap and really have to work hard as a driver behind the steering wheel there. Usually if you can load your car up in one piece at the end of the night you’ve done pretty well at Concord.” #31 Kyle Grissom – Harrisons Workwear Chevrolet Super Late Model • First Time Flying Around Concord: While most of the CARS Tour competitors have visited the tricky Concord Speedway triangle at least once in their career, many of the tour regulars on the Late Model Stock side of things have never seen the place. One of those drivers is Chris Hudspeth, who has some solid runs this season, but bad luck has kept the Ronda, NC native out of victory lane thus far. Heading into a track he has never raced at but heard a lot about, has him approaching the weekend with an open mind and hopes that something new is just what he needs to change things around for his TE-Connectivity race team. “I’ve never raced at Concord but I keep hearing it will be one of the fastest I’ll ever race at. There has been a couple of tracks this season I’ve never been to so I’m approaching Concord the same way I did with those, and that’s with a total open mind and no expectations out of the track itself. We’ve been getting our car better each race this season and I think lately with the good runs it’s showed. We just have to get the finishes now. I’ve been pretty blessed this season to be able to compete full-time on the CARS Tour thanks to my sponsor TE-Connectivity. This is a tough series with lots of tough competition, but we are staying positive and looking forward to getting some things going our way. Hopefully it all starts at Concord this weekend.” - #28 Chris Hudspeth – TE Connectivity Ford Late Model Stock Car • Leading the Way for the Motorsports Community: Lead 2 Real Estate Group, founded by former Hendrick Motorsports driver Boston Reid and Indianapolis 500 winning spotter Frank Bolter, offers both residential and commercial real estate brokerage services to many in the motorsports community and beyond. With agents having all worked in the motorsports industry, the company has gained the trust of the community when buying and selling real estate. The partnership with the CARS Tour at Concord is not only a great fit for the Lead 2 Real Estate Group to expand their background, but an ideal setting to host clients and customers. “We are excited to partner with the CARS Tour for the Lead 2 Real Estate Group 200 at Concord Speedway. We are racers ourselves and work with many in the motorsports community representing them in their commercial, as well as their residential transactions. Super Late Models and Late Model Stocks will put on a fantastic show at Concord, and we are proud to support the racing community, and see the two great races that will make up the Lead 2 Real Estate Group 200.” – Frank Bolter – Lead 2 Real Estate Group Founder For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information about the CARS Tour, featuring both Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model divisions, visit www.carsracingtour.com or contact the tour’s office directly at 704-662-9212. Stay social with the tour by “liking” the CARS Tour Facebook page and following along on Twitter @CARSTour.