Hickory, NC (May 20, 2023) – ASA STARS National Tour points leaders headline the early entry list for the Thursday, May 25 Tar Heel 250 at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Point leader and inaugural ASA STARS National Tour event winner Casey Roderick will seek to return to his Five Flags Speedway winning form after a fourth-place finish in the Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway and a seventh place showing at North Wilkesboro.
Roderick leads Ty Majeski in driver point standings by 16 points after three events. Majeski, the currently leading the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points, was declared the race winner in Wisconsin after Dan Fredrickson was disqualified for failing post race inspection. Majeski finished third at the season opener in Florida and tenth at North Wilkesboro in the ASA STARS race on Wednesday. He was the runner up in the Truck Series race Saturday.
Bubba Pollard’s win at North Wilkesboro has vaulted him clearly back into the championship hunt after a penalty at Five Flags Speedway in March. The penalty, which cost him race and bonus points, put Pollard way behind after the first race, sitting 32nd in points, 64 out of the lead.
But a runner up finish at Madison, combined with the North Wilkesboro win has moved him into third in points, just 22 behind Roderick.
Wilson Motorsports teammates Cole Butcher and Gio Ruggiero sit fourth and fifth in points respectively, and are among the early entries for the weeknight special event being billed as “Thunder in the Foothills.”
Advance sale tickets are now available at the track, or can be purchased online by clicking here.
Spectator gates and ASA STARS National Tour practice will open at 12 noon. Limited Late Models will run in support of the ASA STARS Super Late Models.
Race day tickets will go on sale at 3:30, with Limited Late Model qualifying set for 4:15pm, and Go Fas Pole Qualifying for the ASA STARS National Tour set for 5:00pm. A last chance race will follow Go Fas Qualifying to set the remainder of the starting field, if needed.
An on-track autograph session will precede the Tar Heel 250, set for 7:30 PM. A 50-lap Limited Late Model Feature will follow the ASA STARS National Tour event.
Fans unable to make it to the event in person can view all the action on TrackTV.com, Midwesttour.tv or Racing America. For more information, click here.
For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at starsnationaltour.com, or be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).
ASA STARS National Tour
The ASA STARS National Tour debuted in March of 2023 for Super Late Model racing in America. Announced last October, many of the best drivers in America will compete in the ten-race national tour with a minimum $100,000 point fund. The championship team will be guaranteed $25,000.
The ASA STARS National Tour is made up of three races from each of the regional pavement Super Late Model Series under the Track Enterprises banner; the ASA CRA Super Series, the ASA Midwest Tour and the ASA Southern Super Series.
The Team Construction Winner’s Circle program has been announced as a part of the ASA STARS National Tour for licensed drivers/teams with perfect attendance. The program provides additional financial incentives to those teams who support the Series, thanks to Team Construction.
Track Enterprises, a Racing Promotions Company based in Illinois, will operate the ASA STARS National Tour. It announced the acquisition of the CRA sanctioning body in January and followed that up with the purchase of the Midwest Tour in July. In October, Track Enterprises President, Bob Sargent announced a partnership with the Southern Super Series which set the table for the formation of the ASA STARS National Tour.