MOORESVILLE, N.C. – For the third consecutive season, the CARS Late Model Stock Tour will be welcomed to Hampton, Va., for the VisitHampton.com 125 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway this Saturday.
The .395-mile track has produced nothing but stellar finishes in the tour’s first two visits to the track, and with another strong entry list assembled, Virginia Late Model Stock Car fans should expect nothing less this weekend.
Layne Riggs’ history at the track makes him the favorite, but veteran Deac McCaskill, who won the 2019 event, knows what it takes to run up front at Langley.
A season ago it was Riggs who won the 125-lap race after starting second. It could have been the second time the Bahama, N.C., driver won at the facility, had it not been for last lap contact between Riggs and Bobby McCarty in 2019, allowing McCaskill to sneak through to the inside on the final turn and steal the victory over them both.
If Riggs can live up to his average starting position of 1.5 and average finishing position of 3.00, he will once again be the car to beat at Langley.
The story of the weekend might be two-time series champion McCarty, who has the opportunity to blow open the door on his championship lead at the season’s halfway point. McCarty currently holds a 15 point lead over McCaskill. If McCarty produces another strong showing and those closely trailing suffer misfortunes, it could be the moment McCarty needs to make it three.
One of the names that helped kick off the inaugural CARS Late Model Stock Tour back in 2015 was Newport News, Va., driver Matt Waltz. Waltz had planned to contest the full series schedule. However, after two events Waltz opted out of competition and hasn’t been seen since.
The Virginia driver will return to the series this weekend. He is entered in his family owned NO. 2W entry and has expectations of competing in a few other events this season.
Fifteen-year-old Conner Jones will shift gears from his family-owned team to join JR Motorsports for Saturday’s race at Langley Speedway. With JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry busy at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where he’ll race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend, opening the door for Jones to drive the JR Motorsports No. 88 this Saturday.
Others on the entry list included reigning series champion Jared Fryar, NASCAR veteran Timothy Peters, Sam Yarbrough, Brandon Pierce, Kaden Honeycutt and Mini Tyrrell.