Kaden Honeycutt Finishes Second At The CARS Tour Season Opener Old North State Nationals

March 23rd, 2022 by

Carson’s triumph on Sunday proved to be another bitter defeat for Honeycutt at Caraway.

While a bad restart cost him an opportunity to hoist his first CARS Late Model Stock trophy at the track last year, Honeycutt said that a late-race incident between him and the lapped car of Conner Jones inside of 20 laps to go stymied the progress he made towards catching Carson for the win.

“I don’t understand why certain people are the way they are,” Honeycutt said. “[Conner] chose to do what he did but I’m not going to get into it. [Nelson Motorsports] gave me a great race car and I thought we were the best all day. The adjustments [Carson] made paid off at the end and they were a little better than we were.”

As with everyone else on Sunday, Honeycutt and Nelson Motorsports worked tirelessly to devise a strategy that would put them in the best position to win.

After staying out during the second controlled caution on Lap 97, Honeycutt pitted to put on two fresh tires for the final stint. The challenge for Honeycutt was getting his No. 12 Autos By Nelson Chevrolet loose enough to where it could find speed off the corners and quickly work through traffic.

Even though Honeycutt believed more could have been done to make his car looser, he was adamant that Sunday could have still turned out in his favor had Jones not impeded his progress while he was searching for a lane around Carson.

Honeycutt does not intend to linger on the Old North State Nationals for long and is already turning his attention towards Hickory Motor Speedway in two weeks, where he fully expects to battle Carson for the win once again.

“[Carson] won at Hickory when he was there last year,” Honeycutt said. “We’re going to have a good baseline going into Hickory, but we just have to execute, manage our tires and keep our momentum going with a win.”


LMSC Results:

  1. 8 Carson Kvapil
  2. 12 Kaden Honeycutt
  3. 14 Jared Fryar
  4. 18 Jason York
  5. 78 Corey Heim
  6. 8b Chase Burrow
  7. 5 Carter Langley
  8. 08 Deac McCaskill -1
  9. 2r Braden Rogers -1
  10. 2 Brandon Pierce -1
  11. 26 Peyton Sellers -1
  12. 59 Heath Causey -2
  13. 74 Ronald Hill -3
  14. 77 Connor Hall -6
  15. 41 Trevor Ward – OUT
  16. 22 Bobby McCarty – OUT
  17. 44 Conner Jones – OUT
  18. 16 Chad McCumbee – OUT
  19. 1 Andrew Grady – OUT
  20. 95 Jacob Heafner – OUT
  21. 4 Justin Johnson – OUT
  22. 91 Jonathan Shafer – OUT
  23. 24 Mason Diaz – OUT
  24. 27 Coy Beard – OUT
  25. 87 Mike Looney – OUT
  26. 99 Layne Riggs – OUT
  27. 10 Janson Marchbanks – OUT
  28. 32 Zack Miracle – OUT
  29. 7 Dylan Ward – OUT
  30. 4s Hayden Swank – OUT
  31. 07 Chase Dixon – OUT
  32. 6 Mike Darne – OUT
  33. 2w Ryan Wilson – OUT
  34. 99h Colby Higgins – OUT
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