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Bobby McCarty Makes a Statement With CARS Tour Win at New River

The three-time zMAX CARS Tour champion scored his 12th career win in the series Saturday night, making it clear he'll be a contender in 2024.


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Three-time zMAX CARS Tour Late Model Stock champion Bobby McCarty returned to victory lane on Saturday night, winning the National Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram 250 at New River All American Speedway.

There's little questioning McCarty's track record in the touring series. Saturday's win marks McCarty's 12th career victory in the series, breaking a tie for second all-time in the series.

However, McCarty had just one win in the last two seasons to show for his effort, coming at Dominion Raceway in 2023. In that sense, Saturday's win does wonders for McCarty's confidence heading into the rest of the season.

“I’ve been struggling and I’ve been questioning," said McCarty in victory lane. "To have the car and finally pay off, man, I don’t know what to say.

“We had the car. That was the biggest thing for me. We just brought a badass car. We unloaded it this weekend, made really good changes. We’re back, man. Let’s go.”

Like many long-distance Late Model Stock races at New River, this one came down to tire management. McCarty qualified fourth but faded back to eighth in the first half, saving for a late-race surge.

McCarty took the lead from Brenden Queen with 35 laps to go and finished ahead of Mini Tyrell and Connor Hall for the win.

“At a place like this, you’re still going to save a lot of tire," said McCarty. "It’s inevitable. I don’t care what kind of tire you build, you’re still going to have to save here. Not as much as before, but it’s cooler, so the track has more overall grip, so we don’t know the whole deal.”

Tyrrell briefly led near the halfway mark of the race before losing the top spot in a physical battle with Queen. Queen faded following contact with Tyrell in turn three before eventually slowing with a flat left-rear tire and finishing 11th.

Tyrrell soldiered on for the runner-up finish. He was equal parts excited with the podium run, disappointed in missing out on his first CARS Tour win, and apologetic for the contact with Queen.

“It definitely stings a little bit," said Tyrrell. "I thought we had a really good car. I was able to get to Bobby a little bit earlier.

"Me and Brenden got together getting into three. I’ve got to watch it back, I don’t know if I did something wrong or if it was just racing hard up there. I apologize if I did, and that ended their night. I feel bad, those are good guys who work really hard.

“It sucks to come up that one bit short. At the end of the day, I can’t knock my guys and that performance. It’s super cool. We’re going to get us one here shortly. We’ve just got to keep battling.”

Connor Hall finished third, followed by Treyten Lapcevich and Carson Kvapil.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made his first CARS Tour start of the 2024 season at New River, finishing 14th in the race. He was involved in an incident along with Landon Huffman on lap 80.

The zMAX CARS Tour will be back in action next Saturday, April 20, at Orange County Speedway. Both the Late Model Stock Cars and Pro Late Models will be part of that event.

-Photo credit: Will Bellamy, Racing America

16Bobby McCarty125---
281Mini Tyrrell1250.486
322Connor Hall1250.931
477Treyten Lapcevich1251.571
58Carson Kvapil1252.331
616Chad McCumbee1255.667
715Ryan Millington1255.832
862Landen Lewis1256.520
91Andrew Grady1257.661
1055Isabella Robusto1258.944
1103Brenden Queen1259.169
1223Kade Brown12510.016
1324Cody Dempster12510.340
143Dale Earnhardt, Jr.12510.890
1545Bryce Applegate12512.166
1629Brent Crews12512.965
1711Buddy Isles, Jr.12513.273
1895Jacob Heafner12513.771
192Brandon Pierce12514.362
2029WPaul Williamson12514.646
2171Katie Hettinger1241 Lap
2215CLogan Clark1241 Lap
2308Deac McCaskill1241 Lap
2437Landon Huffman1241 Lap
2504Ronnie Bassett, Jr.7847 Laps
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