A successful second race of the CARS Tour season it was for Taylor Gray and Bubba Pollard on Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. Wins did not come easy for either one of them. Both races were aggressive and put on quite a show for the fans.
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The No. 07 of Bradley McCaskill started strong at the beginning of the race, leading 43 laps. A caution led the No. 74 of Ronald Hill into the pits. Luck was not on Hill’s side all weekend long, and the bad luck streak hit yet again early in the race.
Back to green, Gray took the lead. Although not long after that, the race was back under caution due to the aggressive No. 18 car of Ty Gibbs getting into the No. 77 of Trevor Ward. Gibbs received a one-lap penalty and was sent to the rear.
Once again, barely making it to lap 52, there was another caution thrown. This wreck caused damage to the No. 99 of Layne Riggs. As if the race wasn’t interesting enough, fans got a dose of irony: the tow truck needed a tow truck. As the race got back under green, Gray continued leading. McCaskill dropped back to sixth place after a strong lead early in the race.
Mini Tyrrell and Leland Honeyman Jr, both running for rookie of the year, battled it out in the back. Their aggressive racing came to an end when the red flag was thrown with only 23 laps to go for a pile up including multiple cars. After a long, hard battle for everyone, Gray finally brought home the checkered flag at lap 150.
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Kodie Connor scored the Pole Award at the MTP Tire 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway. Connor had been fighting sickness all weekend long, but he managed to grab the pole and kick off the race. Pollard, who entered the race on race day, started in the third position.
Josh Berry pulled double duty at Hickory this weekend. After completing the Late Model Stocks in his No. 88, he completed the Super Late Model race in the No. 97. Fans saw Wyatt Alexander start off the race strong as he led. The lead was taken from him by Brandon Setzer, who is very strong at this racetrack.
After the first 40 laps, fans saw the supers start to get just as aggressive at the late model stocks. Berry and Setzer battled for the lead with 40 laps remaining, but Berry spun in turn 4, causing him to lose the lead.
Pollard scores his second victory in a row with the CARS Tour Super Late Models. He showed up to the race track on Saturday and entered the race. After the spur-of-the-moment decision, he came home with the victory. Pollard will be a tough one to beat this season. However, the talent fans saw in the field won’t be letting him take the checkered easily.
Chris Ragle is the director of operations/marketing for the CARS Tour.