Timm & Gilliland Top CARS Tour Openers

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Cole Timm (57) battles David Garbo Jr. during Saturday's CARS Super Late Model Tour opener at Southern National Motorsports Park. (Drew Hierwarter Photo)
Cole Timm (57) battles David Garbo Jr. during Saturday's CARS Super Late Model Tour opener at Southern National Motorsports Park. (Drew Hierwarter Photo)
Cole Timm (57) battles David Garbo Jr. during Saturday’s CARS Super Late Model Tour opener at Southern National Motorsports Park. (Drew Hierwarter Photo)

KENLY, N.C. – The first races for the newly formed CARS Tour were ruled by youngsters on Saturday night at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Cole Timm was the winner in the first CARS Super Late Model Tour event, while Todd Gilliland executed a late-race pass to pull off the upset in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour feature during the X-1R Performance Products 300

Timm captured the first pole award for the CARS Super Late Model Tour with a time a 14.788 seconds, more than quarter-second faster than second place Christopher Bell. Anderson Bowen, Bubba Pollard and Brandon Setzer were the rest of the top five who led the field to green.

After an off-season of anticipation, the first green flag finally started the brand new CARS Tour and Bell would get the early jump on Timm to lead the opening laps. Timm finally flexed his muscle after a mid-race restart and bypassed Bell for the lead on lap 75. Bell retook the top spot following another restart, but Timm went back on the attack and re-assumed command of the race as the field entered turn three on lap 107.

With just 10 laps to go, Timm appeared on cruise control for the win, except lapped traffic and Bell’s determination were working to factor otherwise. With three laps remaining, Bell caught Timm but he was unable to mount a successful final challenge and Timm captured the inaugural CARS Super Late Model Tour triumph.

“It definitely means a lot,” said Timm about winning the first CARS Super Late Model Tour event. “It gives yourself a big boost of confidence as well in case you want to go run some other races. We ran the Snowball Derby and we didn’t do too bad, and I kinda hung my hat off it, but this makes me think we can go win it this year.”

After runner-up Bell, it was nearly a half lap back to third place finisher Kyle Grissom, Bubba Pollard and Anderson Bowen.