SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — For Bobby McCarty, there is likely no better place to be than South Boston Speedway with the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour championship on the line in Saturday night’s Autos By Nelson 250 presented by Bojangles.
McCarty holds a slim one-point lead over Kaden Honeycutt in the series championship point standings entering the 125-lap Late Model Stock Car race that comprises half of Saturday night’s season-ending Autos By Nelson.
The Greensboro, N.C. resident scored a victory in South Boston Speedway’s showcase NASCAR late model stock car division race on July 3. In 2019, McCarty survived a thriller at the track when he won the tour title by edging Corey Heim by two feet at the finish line for second place in the season finale, winning the championship by one point over Josh Berry.
“Winning the July 3 race at South Boston definitely gives us some confidence,” McCarty said, “But with the CARS Tour being the way it is with the competition as tough as it is it’s really tough to rely on how you ran at tracks earlier in the season.
“We’re definitely looking forward to this race,” he added. “We always love coming to South Boston. It’s a track that has been very good to me over the years, so we love coming back. Hopefully we can pull off another win.”
McCarty, who has two CARS Tour victories and four total wins this season, has seven career division wins at South Boston Speedway. He has experienced a good deal of success on the quarter-mile oval during his career including having won the 2012 South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman Division title.
“South Boston Speedway is just a track that has always made sense to me,” McCarty said. “I’ve just always been good there. We feel pretty confident in it, but this being the CARS Tour we’ve just got to be level-headed, keep working and see what we can pull out.”
Winning the 125-lap Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car race at South Boston Speedway would be a special victory for McCarty as he has not won a CARS Tour race at the track.
“We haven’t won the CARS Tour race at South Boston Speedway yet,” McCarty noted, “so that’s one I want really bad.”
McCarty and his Nelson Motorsports team have one focus – winning Saturday’s race.
“Our first and foremost goal is to go out and win the race,” McCarty said. “Our mindset is to win. We’re completely set on winning this race and doing everything we can to win the race. If we win the race, we win the points championship too.”
Saturday night’s Autos By Nelson 250 presented by Bojangles is the final event of the season for the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour and the final event of the season at South Boston Speedway.
It will be a big night of racing with a CARS Tour doubleheader featuring a 125-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race and a 125-lap Super Late Model race.