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Latour Back On Podium Saturday At Hickory
Aug 12, 2008 - updated Aug 12th, 2008 3:15pm
Web posted by Sherry Clifton

Newton, NC. --

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:August 12, 2008

After missing from Hickory Motor Speedway’s late model field for about a month, David Latour Jr. returned to the .363-mile oval Saturday for a special 100-lap feature for the Bojangles’ late models. Latour qualified third for the 100-lap grind and remained in that position for majority of the race on his way to a solid third-place podium finish.

Latour, 17, admits the caution flags didn’t fall his way throughout the second half of the extra-distance feature.

“On short runs, we had a third-place car, but on long runs I think we had the best car,” says Latour. “We’re happy though; it was our first time back at Hickory with the big-spring setup and the car is definitely more consistent. It still gets a little tight, but it doesn’t get progressively worse as the runs go on. It just gets a little tight and stays consistent there through a run.”

Latour says a big help came from Barry Elvis, the crew chief on Woody Howard’s Hooters Pro Cup team.

“Barry was a big help and we really appreciate it. He saw some things that were binding in the car and helped us with the setup and we can’t say enough about his help. We just needed a long green flag run toward the end and I think we might have got our first late model win. We’ll keep going after it and try to get that first win,” Latour added.

This weekend, the Latour Motorsports team is tentatively planning a doubleheader. On Friday, they’ll travel to Tri-County (N.C.) Motor Speedway for late model twin 35-lap features. The team plans to return to Hickory Saturday for a regular 50-lap feature.

David Latour Jr. is a 17-year-old native of Riverhead, N.Y. Now residing in Advance, N.C., Latour is in his second season racing late models weekly at Hickory. A former quarter-midget champion and micro-sprint winner, Latour was Hickory’s Rookie of the Year in 2007 and has four top-three finishes to his credit in 2008 at the legendary NASCAR-sanctioned oval.

Latour is a member of the Team Full Throttle NASCAR Driver Development Program and is represented by Driver Development Services, Inc., Charlotte, N.C. Marketing partners for the Long Island native are Jeffrey Cornatzer Auto Body of Advance, N.C.; Hess Race Cars, Inc.; and Global Graphics.

Team Full Throttle is a Mooresville, N.C., based driver development program that specializes in all areas of personal and professional development, including leadership, teamwork, and communications as well as marketing, promotion, and on-track driving skills. TFT currently comprises over 30 racers who reside and race in all regions of the country.

For more information on David, visit www.latourmotorsports.com. For more information on Team Full Throttle, visit www.goteamfullthrottle.com or contact (704) 664-1755.


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