MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The second edition of the popular CARS Response Energy Tour Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway will expand to two days later this year.
The event will begin on Friday, Aug. 3 with practice sessions for the late model stock and super late model divisions as they prepare for their 138-lap features on Saturday, Aug. 4.
In addition to practice, there will be a 52-lap limited late model race that begins at 7:30 p.m. The race will feature a $4,000 purse, with $800 to the winner and $100 to start. The race will utilize Hickory’s weekly division rules and serve as a points event for local competitors. In addition to the purse, every limited late model team that races a throwback scheme will earn an extra $100 bonus.
Whomever wins the limited model race will also be presented with the option to either take their winnings and go home or earn a guaranteed starting spot in the late model stock portion of the Throwback 276 on Saturday, Aug. 4, which offers a guaranteed $800 to start.
In addition to the limited late model race, CARS Response Energy Tour teams will be able to compete in the Richard’s Painting Pit Stop Competition that will pay $1,000 to the winning team on Friday night.
The competition will be comprised of three crew members changing a single tire on the CARS Tour house car, with all teams utilizing the same spec jack and pit gun. Each team will have their driver pilot the car for each stop making, it a true team competition.
The night will conclude with a Friday night concert party with Maiden, N.C.’s own Tyler Hatley & The Little Mountain Band. Fans are encouraged to bring coolers and take in the show from the frontstretch.
On Saturday, Aug. 4 the grandstands will open at 4 p.m. for qualifying for the Throwback 276 featuring the super late model and late model stock divisions. Immediately following qualifying fans will be welcomed onto the frontstretch for a Fan Fest, featuring all the drivers and their throwback schemes.
A wide variety of bonus bucks will be up for grabs, including the Hoosier Racing Tire Best Appearing Car Award that will pay $500 to the winning team, the Earnest Performance Open Trailer Bonus of $250 will be available to teams in both divisions and a bonus of $350 will be awarded to Best Dressed Throwback team.
In addition to the competing drivers on track signing autographs, six legendary names in the sport of short track and NASCAR racing will once again sign autographs and meet with fans. Those taking part in the autograph session will be announced at a late date.
Fans will also get their chance to take home some prize money with the top three Best Dressed Throwback fans receiving $150 (first), $75 (second) and $25 (third) for their historic attire efforts.