2021 Cars Tour season preview!
The 2021 season is a little over a week away, and when the green flag is waved at Dillon a new season will commence. There is a mix of new and old in 2021 for the CARS Tour, as some new names look to establish them selves. Veteran drivers such as defending champion Jared Fryar ,two time champion Bobby McCarty, and Layne Riggs, all return to the series, but a influx of new talent awaits them. Some of the new faces in the garage this year for 2021, are young rising stars such as Kaden Honeycutt, William Cox III, and Daniel Silvestri. Also in the garage this year, are some faces that are very familiar with those in the LMSC ranks, heavy hitters such as Virginia's Mike Looney and former Myrtle Beach Speedway Track Champion Sam Yarbrough.
There also some new tracks on the 2021 CARS Tour schedule. The season opens with the tour's first visit on March 6th, 2021 to Dillon Motor Speedway. Other new tracks are Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC and last but not least Rockingham Speedway. Rockingham Speedway was originally scheduled to be the opener, but after a extensive tire test it was decided to move the race to the season finale which is currently scheduled for October 30th, 2021. There is alot of buzz throughout the whole southeast about the return to Rockingham, a track that is steeped in history and that many fans still hold close to there heart.
Jared Fryar- Fryar is my kind of racer, he is Matt Kenseth like and takes care of his equipment and is there at the end of every race. Now a champion of both the Late Model and Super Late Model, he will look to become the only back to back champion of the series besides Bobby McCarty. Picked up his only win last year at Franklin County Speedway
Bobby McCarty- The two time champion had a disappointing 2020, while still having a stellar season and winning at Hickory, he had career lows in every category including wins, top 5's, top 10's, laps led and average finish. He looks to rebound in 2021 and become the tour's first 3 time champion.
Layne Riggs- Riggs was 1 point shy of becoming your 2020 champion. With wins in back to back races at Langley and then Carteret County, he was the only multiple race winner in the 2020 season. I look for Riggs to be a major threat for the 2021 title.
Mike Looney- Looney running the full CARS Tour schedule was a surprise for me that I didnt see coming, as he usually goes for points. Look for Looney to be dominant on the Virginia tracks such as Motor Mile, Dominion, Langley, and South Boston. The struggle for Looney is going to be places like Hickory, Orange County, and Florence. He admits he doesnt run well as these tracks, but if he can salvage top 10's, he still could be a threat for the title if he can knock a couple wins in his home state of Virginia.
The Rookies- There are three drivers coming into the CARS Tour in 2021, with very bright futures. Kaden Honeycutt has been impressive in everything he's driven so far and was very impressive during his first visit to Florence for the IceBreaker, notching a top 5 finish. I wouldnt be surprised at all to see him get a victory at some point in the year. William Cox III is teaming up with the powerhouse of JR Motorsports. William had a solid speedweeks at New Smyrna, and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the CARS Tour. Daniel Silvestri is a bright young man, with a bright future. He has been good in everything he's driven, and it will be fun to see him tackle tracks for the first time and see how quick he adapts. Teaming up with Sellers Racing, he will have top notch equipment and I look for him to be competitive and maybe sneak out a win along the way
THE 2021 CHAMPION WILL BE...
My pick is Layne Riggs, after coming up just 1 point shy last year, I believe this will be his year. Him and Looney are the only guys I see winning more than 1 race, and if he can avoid the DNF'S he should be a major threat