Late Model Stock Cars

CARS Tour Reveals Mid-Atlantic Classic Format for SLMs and LMSCs


CARS Tour officials announced on Wednesday the format for the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Classic scheduled for July 22 at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina.

The event will feature two races, a 100-lap Late Model Stock race and a 150-lap Super Late Model race. Both will only count green flag laps and the SLM race will be broken into four segments, with the first three paying $500 to win and the final segment winner earning $10,000.

The race will also pay a minimum of $1,000 to start. The segments in the Super Late race will end on laps 35, 100 and 135. The eight-tire optional race will allow competitors a choice to change zero, one, two, three or four tires under a five minute break period before being lined up in position based on their tire change choice.

In addition, the winners of each segment will be awarded a guaranteed top-eight starting position in the final 15-lap segment, with the exact positioning to be determined by tires taken.

“I love this format and how it creates strategy and choice for the race teams. It’s very similar to what they use to do at SpeedFest, down in Cordele, for those that were familiar with that format. The only difference is we are creating the opportunity to make that tire change at the conclusion of each segment,” said Chris Ragle, CARS Tour series director. “I think this format creates hard racing early rather than just at the end. A driver could easily win the first segment settle in and make a strategic tire move to battle for the win. The winning move could be winning that first segment. Another plus for Super Late Model competitors is that we only increased the entry fee by $50, that’s it.
“Everything else is the same price as a normal event. If that’s value, and big money bang for your buck I don’t know what is.”

About Matt Weaver

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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