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MCCASKILL & NASSE VICTORIOUS AT SOUTH BOSTON; BERRY AND ROUSE CROWNED CHAMPS
Oct 16, 2017 - updated Oct 16th, 2017 3:19am
Web posted by Tony Stevens

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS (Courtesy Pit Row TV): 

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MCCASKILL & NASSE VICTORIOUS AT SOUTH BOSTON; BERRY AND ROUSE CROWNED CHAMPS

 

SOUTH BOSTON, VA (October 16, 2017) – Defending CARS Late Model Stock Tour Champion Deac McCaskill and perennial super late model contender Stephen Nasse claimed victories on Saturday night in the Autos By Nelson SoBo 250 at South Boston Speedway. Josh Berry and Cole Rouse were crowned series champions of the late model stock and super late model tours, respectively, after each caught fortunate breaks during the night.

 

 

LATE MODEL STOCK CAR RECAP

 

To no one’s surprise, “King Philip” Morris won the Hedgecock Pole Award in qualifying, earning him the right to lead the field to green for the 125-lap main event. It was Morris’ first pole in his first series attempt.

 

Championship leader Layne Riggs started alongside Morris and led the opening handful of circuits, securing one bonus point in the title fight against rivals Josh Berry and Anthony Alfredo. Riggs soon gave way to Morris who reclaimed the top spot on lap 5, a position he held until lap 56.

 

Soon after a lap 30 restart, the championship picture changed dramatically when second-place Riggs slowed and came to pit road with mechanical gremlins the crew was unable to repair. The misfortune relegated him to a 21st place finish in a race where he entered with single-digit cushion over Berry and Alfredo.

 

A handful of minor, early incidents slowed the field, but Morris was able to stay in command of the race until Deac McCaskill took command of the race on lap 57. Soon thereafter, Morris’ car slowed and headed toward the pits with a blown motor, eliminating him from contention.

 

McCaskill was forced to race one of the hottest drivers in late model stock car racing at the moment, Stacy Puryear, on a plethora of mid and late-race restarts. Despite multiple attempts by Puryear to wrestle the lead away from McCaskill, the defending series champion relinquished his crown in style, visiting Edelbrock Victory Lane for the second time this season.

 

“They call him 'The King' for a reason, I wanted to beat him bad and I was able to pass him before he had a failure,” McCaskill said in reference to Philip Morris. “I tell you one thing, me and him were going to put on one heck of a show. Unfortunately he had a mishap, then Stacy gave me a hard run. We had a little trouble getting clear of him on the restarts, but once we did, this Hedgecock racecar would just turn so good in the middle of the corner.

 

“WP Racing Shocks helped us hit on a really good package here, and this is what I'm going to call the first race on this car,” he continued. “It's black, and it might stay black even though I've been blue forever, but what a racecar. Congrats to Josh on the championship, but what about that high groove! It came in, and I've been known for it back in the day, but that's the only way to get around here.”

 

McCaskill was followed across the line by Stacy Puryear who finished a career best second with the tour, Timothy Peters, Bobby McCarty and Craig Moore.

 

Championship contender Josh Berry, needing only to beat Layne Riggs and stay within sight of Anthony Alfredo, finished an uncharacteristic tenth, enough to give him the championship over his JR Motorsports teammate.

 

“It's a privilege to drive for JR Motorsports and The Decal Source and all of our partners on this deal,” Berry stated after the race. “Last year we came up short by winning the owner's championship but we didn't get the driver's points and I really wanted to check that one off. This is what we set our goal to be early in the season and we had a lot of bad luck. We've had engine and parts failures that kind of kept us out of it, but we were able to get back in it.

 

"I'm not going to lie, tonight we got lucky,” the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet admitted as he continued. “We ran poorly and had no chance at it unless Layne had a problem, but it just wasn't his night. That's racing, and there's not much else you can say to that. I think he definitely had the better car and was going to win it, but we have had the same type of breaks happen to us and that's part of racing.”

 

 

SUPER LATE MODEL RECAP

 

Brandon Setzer entered Saturday night’s race needing to dominate the night in order to claim his first series championship. He began the quest in good form, winning the Mahle Pistons Pole Award, a feat worth one championship point. With his third pole of the season, he led the series in fast time awards, also worth a year-end bonus point, closing the gap to merely six markers prior to the green flag.

 

As expected, Setzer shot out to the early lead on the green flag, closing the margin to five points after the one-point bonus for pacing the field at least once during the night.  Christian Eckes bypassed Setzer on lap 5 to set the pace through lap 84, a 79-lap stretch which took the bonus point for most laps led out of the championship fight.

 

The bonus point math became a moot point on lap 84 when Setzer, as the leaders encountered traffic, lost control of his No. 6 Ford in turn three, slamming the outside wall and eliminating the North Carolina driver from the race, handing the championship to rival Cole Rouse in the Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

 

The action was far from over at that point, as eight cautions plagued the final 41 laps of the event including a spectacular crash by Rouse on lap 100 where he and former leader Eckes tangled exiting turn four and the No. 51 KBM Toyota ended up on its side on top of Eckes’ No. 15 machine. Both drivers walked away from the incident.

 

On lap 119, Jake Crum and Stephen Nasse tangled while wrestling for the lead in turn three, an incident which prompted series officials to send Crum to the back of attrition-decimated field for rough driving.

 

Within sight of the finish, Jared Fryar found himself on the point and in position to become the first driver to ever win in both the late model stock and super late model tours of the CARS sanction. Zane Smith, however, had different ideas on lap 122 and shoved Jared Fryar up the track in turn three, causing Fryar’s night to end backed into the outside wall.

 

With Smith sent to the tail for rough driving, Stephen Nasse, Matt Craig and Jake Crum were the three contenders who raced it out in the final three laps. Crum, attempting to rebound from his earlier incident, went into the final set of corners harder than Craig, making contact which sent both cars up the track and broke their momentum. Nasse, who was immediately behind, turned underneath both drivers and won the drag race to the finish line for his second career CARS Super Late Model Tour win.

 

“It got real hectic there at the end!,” Nasse exclaimed in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “There was a lot of hard racing and, like I say, rubbing is racing. Coming into the last corner, I knew it was going to get dicey so I entered a little easy. Luckily, they shot up and I was able to come off underneath of them and get this win. I can't say enough for Robert and Robby Hamke giving me a shot to run their car, it's just been an amazing experience. This is my first time in victory lane in 2017, so hopefully we can get a couple more before the season ends.”

 

Cole Rouse, still reeling from his spectacular crash, took championship photos without his racecar on the frontstretch after the race, but claimed his first super late model title on the strength of two wins and 10 top-ten finishes.

 

“We hadn't wrecked all year, so I would've thought you were crazy [to say it would be won upside down]. We've run clean pretty much all year, but I guess he had to run us in the wall, or maybe he ran out of talent, I don't know, he didn't come over and say anything to me. But it's still really cool to win this and I have to thank all the guys at Toyota Racing, JBL, Kyle Busch Motorsports. This is a cool deal.

 

“These guys have taught me a lot all season,” he continued. “From the beginning of this season until now, I'm a completely different driver. We've had some things break this year that we couldn't help, but we probably should've won at least three more this year and that would have been a really good season. But it's still cool to win this in the way we have.”

 

 

The CARS Tour announced their 2018 schedule on Friday, revealing the season-opening event on March 10, 2018, will take place at Tri-County Motor Speedway and pay $10,000 for late model stock cars in a 150-lap feature contest. The event will be the first race in series history which is not a twin-bill with super late models, featuring the late model stock cars in a showcase event of their own. Two weeks later, the supers will return in the popular twin-bill format with their own $10,000-to-win race at Myrtle Beach Speedway on March 24, 2018.

 

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at www.carsracingtour.com. Fresh content and updates can also be found on the series Facebook page (@carstour), Twitter (@carstour), Instagram (@cars_tour), Snapchat (@carstour) and Youtube channel (/carstour). The series Roku app is also available for installation to see live and on-demand events by following the instructions available at www.carstour.tv.

 

 

 

NOTES OF INTEREST:

-          Despite the intense attrition rate, the super late model race was a high-ranking race statistically in two separate categories. It became one of the most competitive races in series history (eight lead changes among seven drivers), but also an event with one of the highest numbers of cautions (11) in the history of the super late model tour.

-          Frequent South Boston Speedway competitors dotted the field in the Late Model Stock Tour event with the highest finisher (Stacy Puryear) contending for the lead and ultimately finishing second. Peters, McCarty and Stallings also registered top ten finishes.

-          On Friday night preceding the race, the CARS Tour announced their 2018 schedule which included 12 late model stock dates, nine super late model dates and a handful of new racetracks for the tour with at least five $10,000-to-win races. The tour will visit Kingsport Speedway, Ace Speedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, Carteret County Speedway and Wake County Speedways for the first time. Three of the super late model events will be co-sanctioned with either the CRA (Champion Racing Association) or the SSS (Southern Super Series).

-          In addition to the 2018 schedule, the CARS Tour announced a heavier focus on late model stock cars on Fridaynight. Among the programs for the season include the “Touring Twelve” program which includes various perks for teams in exchange for loyalty to the tour like merchandise royalties, tire discounts, guaranteed purse money and more. Any team racing three consecutive events will receive a cash bonus of no less than $500 per three-event stretch. And any local track “hometown hero” who enters the race will have up to three free tires waiting for them at the track on race weekend.

 

 

THE FINISHES:

 

CARS Late Model Stock Tour                                                        
Autos By Nelson SoBo 250                                                            
South Boston Speedway - October 14, 2017   

POS        NUM     DRIVER LAPS      REASON OUT
1.            08           Deac McCaskill  125         
2.            17           Stacy Puryear    125         
3.            12           Timothy Peters 125         
4.            22           Bobby McCarty 125         
5.            1              Craig Moore       125         
6.            14           Ryan Repko        125         
7.            77           Blake Stallings    125         
8.            01c         Jake Crum           125         
9.            8              Anthony Alfredo              125         
10.          88b         Josh Berry           125         
11.          18           Ty Gibbs               125         
12.          2              Brandon Pierce 125         
13.          77w        Trevor Ward       125         
14.          88           Chris Davis          125         
15.          39           Mike Jones         123         
16.          01           Philip Morris      70           Mechanical
17.          24           Craig Stallard      70           Accident
18.          83           Matt Bowling     30           Accident
19.          15b         Kyle Barnes         30           Accident

  1. 74           Ronald Hill           28           Mechanical
    21.          99           Layne Riggs         28           Mechanical
    22.          31           Thomas Beane  27           Accident
    23.          81           Jared Fryar          0              DNS (Crash)

 

 

CARS Super Late Model Tour                                                       
Autos By Nelson SoBo 250                                                            
South Boston Speedway - October 14, 2017                                                          
                                                                
POS        NUM     DRIVER LAPS      REASON OUT
1.            74           Stephen Nasse  125         
2.            54           Matt Craig           125         
3.            77           Zane Smith          125         
4.            37           Mike Speeney   125         
5.            99           Raphael Lessard                125         
6.            01           Jake Crum           125         
7.            00           Tate Fogleman  125         
8.            14           Jared Fryar          122         Accident
9.            49           Jeff Batten          121         Accident
10.          51           Cole Rouse         100         Accident
11.          15           Christian Eckes  100         Accident
12.          6              Brandon Setzer 84           Accident
13.          34           Nolan Pope        41           Mechanical


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