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Hendrick Motorsports Teammates Elliott, Byron Join Tar Heel 250 Field at Hickory

Byron and Elliott are scheduled to take part in their second straight ASA STARS National Tour race after finishing second and third at North Wilkesboro.


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NASCAR Cup Series drivers Chase Elliott and William Byron have entered the Tar Heel 250 at Hickory Motor Speedway, scheduled for Thursday night, May 25. The Hendrick Motorsports teammates are scheduled to take part in their second-straight ASA STARS National Tour race, after finishing second and third at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

Elliott owns one of the most decorated Super Late Model careers out of any driver to ever compete in the discipline. He’s a two-time Snowball Derby champion who has also collected victories in the Winchester 400 and the All American 400. He does have a win at Hickory, coming with the PASS South Super Late Model Series as a 13-year-old back in 2009.

He was recently named one of NASCAR’s 75 Greatest Drivers as part of NASCAR’s 75th Anniversary celebration. He won the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship and the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series title, with 18 career NASCAR Cup Series wins to his credit.

Meanwhile, Byron is the defending winner of the Slinger Nationals and has multiple wins at Hickory in both a Super Late Model and a Late Model Stock, one of those coming last year in the Easter Bunny 150. In fact, Byron’s first Super Late Model win came at Hickory in 2015 when he beat Elliott to win a CARS Tour SLM race.

The driver of the famed No. 24 currently leads the NASCAR Cup Series points standings after his win at Darlington Raceway on May 14. His three wins so far in 2023 leads all drivers, and has already set a new career-high in victories.

The ASA STARS National Tour opened the ten race, six-state schedule at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL on Saturday, March 11. Bubba Pollard is the most recent winner with the series, besting a field of 52 drivers at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

For more information regarding the Southern Super Series, visit the series website at www.southernsuperseries.com. Follow us on Facebook at Southern Super Series, on Twitter at @SoSuperSeries, and on Instagram at @officialsouthernsuperseries.

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.

-ASA STARS National Tour Release
-Photo credit: Will Bellamy/Racing America

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