MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Just because it is small does not mean it is not a big deal.
That is what fans are echoing about the CARS Response Energy Tour coming to Wake County Speedway next Saturday night.
The Tour will make its inaugural visit to Wake County on April 7, and all indications point to a field of more than 20 cars, including some of the best late model stock car drivers in the country.
Points leader Bobby McCarty leads the list of entries, with JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry and Ronald Hill rounding out the top three in the early championship battle. Others expected to be on hand include four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National champion Lee Pulliam, Ty Gibbs, Cody Haskins, Sam Mayer and Justin Johnson, all of whom have never visited Wake County.
While there are those who have never been to Wake County, there are a few drivers who started their careers at Wake County. Local racer Thomas Chappell, Bradley McCaskill and 2016 CARS Late Model Stock Tour champion Deac McCaskill have all spent their fair share of time behind the wheel of a race car at Wake County. The word echoed amongst those who have raced there to the ones that have not is, patience.
“It’s a tight small track, but its track that you can race at for sure. As a driver you have to be patiently aggressive at Wake County. You have to attack the track with your car, but other cars out there you have to be patient and let the positions come to you,” said Bradley McCaskill. “I know it’s going to be a packed house and everyone’s energy is going to be up, but we’ve all got to run our own race and not worry about the car next to us not matter what happens out there.
For his cousin Deac McCaskill, the opportunity to race at the track where he met his wife and began his racing career is a pretty special occasion.
“Wake County is where I started racing at years ago in the four cylinder division, then I eventually moved to Super Late Models in the early 2000s. We won a few races there over the years then, and hope that we can bring a few of those old memories back,” said Deac McCaskill. “To be able to be going back to Wake with the CARS Tour, and race in front what everyone’s talking about, might be the biggest crowd in the tracks recent history, is really something special to me. A big thanks has to go to the CARS Tour, all the race sponsors, and Wake County Speedway for making this race happen.”