Bobby McCarty Wins The Cloer Construction 250 at Hickory Motor Speedway In Dominant Fashion

August 17th, 2020 by

NEWTON, NC – Bobby McCarty and Matt Craig dominated in the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Late Model Stock and Super Late Model Tour feature races respectively in Saturday night’s Cloer Construction 250 at Hickory Motor Speedway.

McCarty, who is the two-time defending champion of the CARS Late Model Stock Tour, passed pole-sitter Mini Tyrrell on the opening lap of the 125-lap Late Model Stock Car feature and never looked back. The veteran driver survived a handful of restarts in a tame race to score the victory – his first of the 2020 season.

“We had a really good car,” McCarty said. “We played our strategy out and just played it to a tee and didn’t move off our strategy even when they were kind of getting close to us and started pressuring us. We just stuck to our strategy and it worked out. In the end, we were able to go, and, once we went, we were really strong coming off the corner and they couldn’t pull up on me in the corner.”

While McCarty relished in his victory, he had hoped to be able to outduel rival Josh Berry, who was absent from Saturday night’s race. The victory should aid McCarty in any effort to battle his way back into championship contention after a subpar finish at Southern National Motorsports Park and the controversial crash at Ace Speedway, but McCarty’s concern is winning races, not gaining points.

“I just want to win races,” McCarty said. “I don’t like the way things have played out so, at this point, we are out for blood. I’m not worried about the points because that will work itself out. We are ready for war.”

Jared Fryar, who finds himself in contention for the CARS Late Model Stock Tour championship, finished in the runner-up spot, passing Tyrrell in the closing laps.

“Our run was awesome,” Fryar said. We didn’t have the qualifying speed we needed, but I knew I was going to have really good race speed. We have to work on getting the balance back with good qualifying and race speed.”

Mini Tyrrell went on to score a career-best third-place finish, picking up a boost in confidence heading into next week’s race at his hometown track, Dominion Raceway.

“It definitely boosts our confidence as a whole team,” Tyrrell said. “It’s a solid run all night. Obviously the pole was just amazing, that was so cool. We had a really solid car at the beginning there. Bobby’s car was just outstanding. He was on a rail. Hats off to him. He deserved to win. He had the best car by far.”

Trevor Ward and Chad McCumbee rounded out the top-five.

Results

LATE MODEL STOCK CAR – 125 LAPS

22 Bobby McCarty
14 Jared Fryar
81 Mini Tyrrell
77 Trevor Ward
16 Chad McCumbee
81b Sam Butler
88 Connor Mosack
78 Corey Heim
2s Jonathan Shafer
1 Nolan Pope
51 Matt Cox
2 Brandon Pierce
19 Blake Stallings
08 Deac McCaskill
3 William Cox III
12p Gage Painter
4 Jonathan Findley -1
19c Jessica Cann -1
74 Ronald Hill -1
44 Justin Johnson OUT
57 Justin Carroll OUT
99 Layne Riggs OUT
63 Tyler Matthews OUT
1m Craig Moore OUT

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