MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Officials from the CARS Tour have revealed the list of luminaries that will be on hand during the third edition of the Throwback 276 presented by Baker Distributing at Hickory Motor Speedway on Aug. 3.
Fans will have the opportunity meet with six motorsports legends during the on track fan fest autograph session, which begins at 6 p.m. They included Ernie Irvan, Dave Marcis, Brett Bodine, Dennis Setzer, Billy Hess and Tommy Houston.
In addition, the drivers from the super late model and late model stock divisions, will be on hand to sign autographs as well. Once the autograph session is complete, fans will be treated to stories from the past with the “Lookback with the Legends” sessions as the group reflects on the sports history with announcer Tony Stevens.
Irvan is a veteran of 313 NASCAR Cup Series starts with 15 series victories, including the 1991 Daytona 500. Irvan made four starts at Hickory Motor Speedway in his career, all in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition from 1991 to 1993.
Bodine, a member of the famous Bodine racing family, made 480 NASCAR Cup Series starts during his career. He earned one victory at North Wilkesboro Speedway in 1990. He also earned five NASCAR Xfinity Series victories in his career. He made seven starts at Hickory Motor Speedway in Xfinity Series competition.
Marcis competed in 883 NASCAR Cup Series starts, earning five victories during his lengthy career. The Wisconsin native, famous for his Goodyear hat and wingtip shoes, made eight starts at Hickory Motor Speedway during his career.
Setzer, a local native, raced in all three of NASCAR’s National divisions. He enjoyed success in the Xfinity Series, winning twice, and in the Truck Series, where he won 18 times. He won the track championship at Hickory in 1983 and 1993.
Originally from Miami, Fla., Hess is both driver and chassis builder. He won the 1980 Limited Sportsman track champion at New Asheville Speedway as a driver. He later became a chassis builder, building roughly 300 Hooters Pro Cup Series cars for drivers like Clay Rogers, Bobby Gill and Benny Gordon.
Houston, a native of Hickory, N.C., is a two-time track champion at Hickory Motor Speedway in 1975 and 1976. He later advanced to NASCAR, earning eight of his 24 NASCAR Xfinity Series victories at Hickory Motor Speedway.