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Rain postpones LMSC feature of Throwback 276 to Friday; Sawalich takes PLM race

Mother Nature dampened the vibrant festivities normally associated with the Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday evening.

A persistent rain shower that started moments after the conclusion of the 100-lap Solid Rock Carriers CARS Pro Late Model Tour feature, which was won by William Sawalich, quickly turned into a torrential downpour, which resulted in the postponement of the Late Model Stock race.

With the unfavorable weather conditions continuing into Sunday evening, CARS Tour owner Jack McNelly and Hickory made the decision to hold the rest of the Throwback 276 on Friday evening.

Details on rescheduled LMSC feature in Throwback 276

The CARS LMSC Tour’s return to Hickory on Friday will play out as a one-day show.

No practice is scheduled to take place before the green flag flies for the 138-lap race. The starting grid for the feature will remain the same following time trials on Saturday evening, with Connor Hall maintaining his pole position in a scheme honoring the late Dick Trickle.

For spectators, any tickets purchased for the Throwback 276 are good for the rescheduled LMSC Tour race, along with pit passes. However, fans must have those items available when they return to the track, otherwise they will not receive free admission.

While McNelly understands that not every single drive in the 32-car field will be able to make the grid due to other commitments, he hopes that both fans and drivers come out in full force to see who will add their names to a list of Throwback 276 winners that include Josh Berry, Justin T. Carroll and Ryan Repko.  

William Sawalich continues dominant streak with PLM Tour win

The only person who departed Hickory somewhat satisfied on Saturday evening was William Sawalich.

By leading every single lap from the drop of the green flag for the third time in the 2022 CARS PLM Tour season, Sawalich continues an efficient stretch of races that also includes two victories driving a Super Late Model for Donnie Wilson.

“This feels super good,” Sawalich said. “Momentum is key right now and I can’t thank Setzer Racing Development for all their hard work on that car. It’s super cool to win in the special Orange Blossom paint scheme.”

Having that quality seat time with Wilson’s operation is something that Sawalich believes has only bolstered his development over the past couple of months, adding that he was eager to return to Setzer’s Pro Late Model after defeating Super Late Model standouts in Bubba Pollard and Stephen Nasse the previous weekend at Five Flags Speedway.

Driving the Orange Blossom Special colors that Dennis Setzer took to Victory Lane so many times in his career, Sawalich’s only real challenge came on the restarts from Caden Kvapil, who ended up fading to ninth in the final running order after suffering a mechanical issue in the closing laps.

Even though he missed the Puryear Tank Lines 225 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Sawalich is optimistic that he can still chase down Kvapil and Luke Fenhaus for the PLM Tour title, but said that efficiency will be imperative over the remaining six events to accomplish that goal.

“If we keep winning, I think we can get back in the points hunt,” Sawalich said. “That’d be a great situation, but we just have to stay consistent in qualifying and during the race.”

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Additional details regarding the conclusion of the Throwback 276 will be announced later in the week.

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 Instagram cars_tour.

Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in
Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.

PLM Results:

  1. 4 William Sawalich
  2. 96 Luke Fenhaus
  3. 62 William Hale
  4. 29 Nick Loden
  5. 77 Logan Jones
  6. 13 Austin MacDonald
  7. 99 Stephen Leicht
  8. 49m Luke Morey
  9. 35 Caden Kvapil
  10. 27 Lee Tissot -1
  11. 6h Clark Houston -1
  12. 8 Rusty Skewes -1
  13. 1 Kody King – OUT

LMSC Starting Lineup: (subject to change)

  1. 99 Connor Hall
  2. 43 William Sawalich
  3. 06 Carson Kvapil
  4. 18 Conner Jones
  5. 8m Zack Miracle
  6. 02 Brandon Pierce
  7. 45 Kaden Honeycutt
  8. 2 Carter Langley
  9. 99m Deac McCaskill
  10. 8 Mason Diaz
  11. 28 Jonathan Findley
  12. 57 Jacob Heafner
  13. 97 Daniel Silvestri
  14. 8c Rajah Caruth
  15. 4 Luke Fenhaus
  16. 8b Chase Burrow
  17. 11 Bobby McCarty
  18. 82 Braden Rogers
  19. 25 Jonathan Shafer
  20. 77 Dylan Ward
  21. 77w Dylon Wilson
  22. 1c Chad McCumbee
  23. 10 Isabella Robusto
  24. 44m Janson Marchbanks
  25. 1 Andrew Grady
  26. 12 Garin Mash
  27. 83 Landon Pembelton
  28. 36 Colby Higgins
  29. 3 Mitch Walker
  30. 1m Craig Moore
  31. 51 Chase Dixon
  32. 2s Hayden Swank

One Response

  1. Wishing Jacob Heafner the Best of Luck in car #57 🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁

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