MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Late Model Stock Tour has announced its Touring 12 class for the upcoming season.
The 12 drivers and teams will compete full-time on the tour during the upcoming season. The 2020 class features seven returning drivers from last season, including defending series champion Bobby McCarty, and five new faces.
Joining McCarty as part of the Touring 12 are Josh Berry, Layne Riggs, Brandon Pierce, Mini Tyrrell, Ronald Hill, Deac McCaskill, Nolan Pope, Jared Fryar, Tyler Matthews and Chad McCumbee.
In addition, the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour has also announced that Lucas Oil will serve as the title sponsor of the Touring 12 program through a multi-year deal.
“Lucas Oil is proud of this new partnership with the CARS Tour and being a big part of the Touring 12 program. We haven’t partnered with too many pavement short track touring series, so this is a big program for us,” said Duane LaFleur, Business Development of High Performance. “At Lucas, we have a full line of products that CARS Tour teams can use not just in their racecars, but in their personal vehicles as well. Lucas Oil is a product that is found at many retailers in the market area that the CARS Tour host events in, that’s a big plus for us. We are excited about making this program work.”
The selection process considered multiple factors, including CARS Tour team loyalty, marketability, future development of the CARS Tour and its fan base, and the ability to fulfill the Touring 12 guidelines throughout the season. Twenty-four different teams applied for the program this year.
“I can’t even begin to explain how hard to was to fill these spots for the Touring 12 program in 2020,” said CARS Tour Owner, Jack McNelly. “Never have we had so many, with such talent, apply for the program. I think that lays some pretty impressive groundwork on what we look forward to this season.”
All teams that are not a part of the Touring 12 program in 2019 will be eligible for the Loyalty Bonus Program. Any team that competes in three consecutive races at any time on the schedule will receive a $500 bonus added to their purse check after the third race. In addition, any team that competes in every event on the schedule will receive an additional $500 bonus at the season finale at South Boston Speedway.