08/05/19

NEWTON, NC (August 5, 2019) - Magic was in the air on Saturday night as the cars of Dave Marcis and Robert Hamke both returned to Edelbrock Victory Lane at Hickory Motor Speedway. Drivers Ryan Repko (Marcis) and Matt Craig (Hamke) drove their respective throwback liveries to wins in the 3rd Annual Throwback 276 by Baker Distributing, each with their honorees in attendance at the event.


SUPER LATE MODEL RECAP
Matt Craig rocketed to the Mahle Pistons Pole Position in qualifying and earned the right to control the field for the opening lap, but Bubba Pollard beat Craig to the stripe on lap 1 and led the opening handful of laps.

A crash in turn two on lap 15 eliminated Gus Dean, Harold Crooms and Justin Crider from competition and regrouped the field for an early restart. Matt Craig stole the lead back from Pollard just four laps later until Donnie Wilson took over on lap 27.

Craig proceeded to dominate the middle stages of a rather calm feature, pacing the field through two competition cautions (laps 55 and 95) until Pollard returned to haunt the No. 74 Chevrolet's rearview mirror. Pollard nosed ahead on lap 114 but Craig continued to fight for the top spot, edging back ahead of the Georgia driver on lap 115.

The two continued to duel through the final 20 circuits, while Pollard nearly made contact with Craig's rear bumper on multiple occasions. The fight allowed Brandon Setzer to close in and pass Pollard for second in the final two laps, but Craig was unstoppable and claimed his first Throwback 276 by Baker Distributing. Setzer, Pollard, inaugural winner Tate Fogleman, and Donnie Wilson rounded out the top five.

"Bubba is one of the best there is out there right now and I had to drive it for everything it was worth," Craig said in Edelbrock Victory Lane. "My car was a little tight center and loose in, but I didn't care. If I wrecked it by myself, it was going to be all right because I was hanging it out almost like a dirt car I felt like.

"This race has turned into a crown jewel in super late model racing, and I'm so glad I got one," he continued enthusiastically. "With Robert's car, his name on the roof and number on the side, I knew how those guys raced back in the day. They probably raced like that every weekend. If we race like that one weekend, we're like, 'man, that was hard racing,' but it was a lot of fun. I'm really proud and glad that Robert got to ride along with me this weekend and win with us."


LATE MODEL STOCK RECAP
Driving a car that was originally supposed to debut at Hickory in 1996 with his car owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Josh Berry claimed the Hedgecock Racing Pole Position during qualifying and led the opening ten circuits of the late model stock portion of the Throwback 276. Ryan Repko, driving a Dave Marcis No. 71 car, passed Berry for the lead when he began to slow his pace on lap 11.

Following the first competition caution on lap 40, Craig Moore took Stroker Ace and the Clyde Torkel Chicken Pit Special to the front of the field and led the middle stage of the race including through a second and final competition caution which came on lap 80.

Moore and Repko pulled away from the field and on lap 111, Repko darted to the inside of Moore for the race lead in turn three. Moore's car visibly was beginning to lose the handle, while Bobby McCarty, Josh Berry and Layne Riggs began to reel in the top pair.

An incident-free event meant the race ran to its completion in nearly record time, and Repko was able to fend of a late challenge from Bobby McCarty as he caught the top two with less than ten laps to go, giving the teenager his first CARS Tour victory. Repko was followed to the line by Moore, McCarty, Riggs, and Sammy Smith.

"It's great, I tell you what!," Marcis, who was a guest of the series and met fans earlier in the day, exclaimed while waiting for Repko to exit the car after the race. "He did a fantastic job. He used his head, took care of the tires and let the other guy drive hard and just drove by him."

Marcis was the first to greet Repko once the car stopped on the frontstretch and imparted his words of apprecation and congratulation to the driver from Denver, North Carolina.

"It's an honor. This is a pretty prestigious event," Repko said between breaths in Edelbrock Victory Lane. "It's about the only one you can win with an absolutely packed house. To win a CARS race, that's huge. That's pretty much the pinnacle of short track racing right now, and I don't even know what to say, it's awesome! To be able to honor Dave Marcis, that's just great.

"I had a car similar to when I won the Bobby Isaac, and I just drove straight up off the corner. I knew I wasn't burning up my stuff," he concluded with an old-school, sly smile before celebrating with Marcis and his crew.


The next event for the CARS Racing Tour will take place August 24 at Orange County Speedway for the 3rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Classic paying $10,000 to win in the super late model feature, with late model stocks also on the card.

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at CARSRacingTour.com, or follow them on Facebook (@CARSTour), Twitter (@CARSTour), Instagram (@cars_tour), and Snapchat (@carstour). The series also has its own YouTube channel, Roku channel (available through its TV website), and a publicly available Amazon FireTV app.




THE FINISHES

CARS Super Late Model Tour                
Throwback 276 by Baker Distributing                
Hickory Motor Speedway - August 3, 2019                
                
POS    NUM    DRIVER    LAPS    REASON OUT
1.    74    Matt Craig        
2.    4S    Brandon Setzer        
3.    26    Bubba Pollard        
4.    8    Tate Fogleman        
5.    2W    Donnie Wilson        
6.    14    Jared Fryar        
7.    17    Corey Heim        
8.    41    Kodie Conner        
9.    35    Carson Kvapil        
10.    34    Nolan Pope        
11.    4D    TJ Duke        
12.    04    Derek Lemke        
13.    3    Molly Helmuth        
14.    41J    Brandon Johnson        
15.    28    Dylan Bigley    137    
16.    4    Jared Irvan    131    Mechanical
17.    11    Jeff Batten    125    Mechanical
18.    45    Lee Tissot    113    Rear Suspension
19.    33    Daniel Webster    97    Mechanical
20.    7    Justin Crider    15    Accident
21.    56    Gus Dean    15    Accident
22.    32    Harold Crooms    15    Accident
23.    114    Kyle Ivey    11    Mechanical



CARS Late Model Stock Tour                
Throwback 276 by Baker Distributing                
Hickory Motor Speedway - August 3, 2019                
                
POS    NUM    DRIVER    LAPS    REASON OUT
1.    71    Ryan Repko        
2.    7M    Craig Moore        
3.    22    Bobby McCarty        
4.    10    Layne Riggs        
5.    12    Sammy Smith        
6.    31B    Josh Berry        
7.    1    Brandon Pierce        
8.    1P    Brody Pope        
9.    9    Mike Darne        
10.    2    Deac McCaskill        
11.    63    Tyler Matthews        
12.    5    Cole Glasson        
13.    98    Adam Lemke        
14.    19    Jacob Heafner        
15.    41    Charlie Watson        
16.    15W    Mitch Walker        
17.    7    Justin Carroll        
18.    17    Taylor Gray    137    
19.    5M    Austin McDaniel    137    
20.    31C    Sarah Cornett-Ching    137    
21.    84    Matt Leicht    137    
22.    01    Camden Gullie    137    
23.    14    Terry Brooks, Jr.    137    
24.    24    Mini Tyrrell    119    Shock
25.    15    Ryan Millington    118    Mechanical
26.    12P    Gage Painter    111    Mechanical
27.    81    Jeremy Burns    67    Mechanical
28.    02    Trevor Ward    52    Mechanical
29.    6    Ronald Hill    18    Front Suspension
                
    10H    Jacob Heafner        DNQ
    00    Drew Dollar        DNQ
    28    Jonathan Findley        DNQ
    19    Terry Carroll        DNQ
    91    Justin S. Carroll        DNQ
    75    Quincy Adkins        DNQ
    4H    Leland Honeyman        Withdrew
                
NOTE: Car 19 was qualified by Thomas Beane, but a driver change took place before the event