Harrison’s Workwear 225 Tri-County Motor Speedway
By Brandon White
Just over a week after being the center of the motorsports industry at North Wilkesboro Speedway, the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour will be back in action at another historic North Carolina track at Tri-County Motor Speedway .
Having hosted races for the SMART Modified Tour, UARA STARS Late Model Series and many other divisions in its history, Tri-County will see the CARS LMSC Tour for the sixth time, while the CARS PLM Tour will make a second visit to the after facility previously ran there in June.
The LMSC Tour championship fight is about to end with Carson Kvapil holding a huge advantage, but the PLM Tour title is all but assured as William Sawalich looks to further erase his deficit to Luke Fenhaus with his fifth consecutive victory.
Track: Tri County Motor Speedway
Location: Hudson, North Carolina
Length: .400 thousand
Turns: 125 (LMSC) / 100 (PLM)
CARS LMSC Tour races: 5
CARS SLM Tour races: 4
CARS PLM Tour races: 1
LMSC Tri-County Winners: Brayton Haws (2015), Josh Berry (2016 & 2017), Bobby McCarty (2018), Mini Tyrrell (2021)
SLM Tri-County Winners: Quin Houff (2015), Cole Timm (2016), Matt Craig (2017), Chandler Smith (2021)
PLM Tri-County Winners: Guillaume Sawalich (2022)
List of LMSC entries (26 cars): #08 Deac McCaskill, #1 Andrew Grady, #2 Brandon Pierce, #2r Braden Rogers, #4 Hayden Swank, #4e Parker Eatmon, #4w Dylon Wilson, #5 Carter Langley, #8 Carson Kvapil, #8b Chase Burrow, #9 Ashton Higgins, #10 Janson Marchbanks, #12 Kaden Honeycutt, #15 Ryan Millington, #16 Chad McCumbee, #22 Bobby McCarty, #24 Mason Diaz, #32 Zack Miracle, #43 William Sawalich, #44 Conner Jones, #55 Isabella Robusto, #77 Connor Hall, #77g Tyler Gregory, #81 Mini Tyrrell, #91 Jonathan Shafer, #95 Jacob Heafner
List of PLM entries (15 cars): #1 Kody King, #5b Gavan Boschele, #6 William Sawalich, #7 Dylan Ward, #8 Rusty Skewes, #13 Austin MacDonald, #27 Lee Tissot, #35 Caden Kvapil, #35g Jake Garcia, #49m Luke Morey, #54 Matt Craig, #74 Ryan Moore, #96 Luke Fenhaus, #99 Stephen Leicht
Second place at North Wilkesboro gives Mason Diaz confidence
The North Wilkesboro Speedway euphoria has yet to wear off for Mason Diaz.
Matching a career-best finish of second in front of a sold-out crowd at the historic facility has become a career highlight for Diaz, who hopes to build on Wednesday’s momentum as the LMSC Tour visits Tri-County this weekend. -end.
“I feel good,” Diaz said. “We had a year of ups and downs with broken parts. My team at Mike Darne Racing and I never give up and it shows. To have a good race in such a big stage with such a big crowd was really amazing.
Being able to beat a NASCAR Hall of Famer like Dale Earnhardt Jr. is something Diaz isn’t sure he can relive, but he stressed his main focus is the next race ahead of him.
With just four Top 10 finishes this year, Diaz wants to close out the 2022 season by establishing some much-needed consistency. He expects Tri-County to present plenty of challenges as his only race at the track with the CARS Tour ended in a 15e place to return in 2021.
Diaz wants nothing more than to finally break through for his first victory on the LMSC circuit before the end of the year. He’s confident about his chances in the Harrison’s Workwear 225, especially since he thinks Tri-County will share characteristics with other fast short tracks in the area.
“I think it may be the weekend,” Diaz said. “I have a feeling [Tri-County] will run like [South Boston] with high grip in the corners. We had a good run at SoBo in the last CARS Tour race and in the [Thunder Road Harley-Davidson] 200 in July. Hopefully we can have another strong race this weekend.
Matt Craig returns to the CARS Tour in a Pro Late Model
A familiar face is set to return to the CARS circuit on Saturday in the person of two-time Super Late Model champion Matt Craig.
The 2022 season has seen Craig and his team focus on Super Late Model competition across the United States, but he is looking forward to racing with the CARS Tour again and hopes to add a PLM Tour win to his resume at Tri -County .
“There’s been a lot of conflict this year, but we finally got the weekend off,” Craig said. “It means a lot to be back because I really love the CARS Tour. However, if we spent the whole year racing Pros, we wouldn’t have a laptop good enough for the big Super Late races. Model It’s still our home series, so I’m happy to be back.
While Craig knows he is more than capable of winning, he expects Saturday’s PLM Tour feature to be very different from a standard Super Late Model event.
Craig said more power with a Super Late model gives riders more opportunities to cross paths on the track. He added that the Pro Late models are more momentum-dependent, which forces drivers to be more aggressive using the bumper.
Combined with the newly paved corners at Tri-County, Craig enters Harrison’s Workwear 225 with plenty of unknowns. Despite this, Craig intends to use his experience of short track racing in the South East to beat the core of young but talented PLM Tour riders.
“I want to be confident, but it’s kind of hard to be,” Craig said. “We haven’t been as good this year, and Tri-County was a good track for me before they repaved the corners. I don’t have as good control of the track now when it was old and worn, so the confidence is a bit there, but not as good.
Ryan Moore looking for another PLM Tour win
The last time Ryan Moore competed on the PLM Tour, he won in exhilarating fashion by edging out Luke Fenhaus at the start-finish line at Franklin County Speedway.
Moore had been desperately trying to get on the winning streak with the CARS Tour since first appearing in the defunct SLM division in 2018. Now that he’s won, Ryan is ready to build on his momentum starting in Tri-County on Saturday . evening.
“I’ve wanted to win a CARS circuit race for a while,” Ryan said. “I got a few podiums at different tracks here but it was on my bucket list to get a win with these guys because it’s a big tour. Hopefully we can add a few more before the end of the year.
The son of 1995 ARCA Menards Series East champion Kelly Moore, Ryan has had his own successful racing career, much like his father. Along with making a few starts in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, Ryan also picked up victories in the ARCA East, ACT Late Model Tour, and PASS South Super Late Model Series.
Ryan mostly sees running as a hobby these days, but still isn’t afraid to challenge himself in different aspects. When he learned that the CARS Tour was forming a Pro Late Model division, Ryan wanted to stay involved with the series and get used to these cars again after years of competing in Super Late Models.
Although the transition to Pro Late Models was initially shocking, Ryan has become more comfortable in the cars over the weeks and expects to be in the running for his second straight PLM Tour win at Tri-County. .
“I’m not going anywhere to chase the Top 5, I’m going to win,” Ryan said. “We’re going out for [Tri-County] guns and definitely give it 100%.”
With only a handful of races remaining on the 2022 season, drivers in both CARS Tour divisions are missing out on the chance to battle for wins. The PLM Tour kicks off the series’ fall streak with its 100-lap streak at Tri-County before the LMSC Tour riders battle it out for 125 laps.
For more information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Pro Late Model Tour, visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter and scrolling through photos on cars_tour Instagram.
Additional information about the series can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour Series Office, located at
Mooresville, North Carolina at 704.662.9212.