Carolina Competition Sports, which manages race events and touring series across the Southeast, is pleased to officially announce the formation of the CCS Late Model Sportsman Touring Series, which will race as a support division to the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model series during the 2011 racing season.
“The focus of the new touring series is to provide a fun and exciting place for drivers to gain experience in the Late Model world at a more-affordable cost,” said Ollie Spain, Managing Partner at Carolina Competition Sports. “We started putting this together last year, and during the off-season, we have had a lot of interest in forming this series for those looking to have a good time doing what they love. We are thrilled that we are able to get this going and have a great series for racers to compete in during the 2011 season.”
A series rulebook was drafted during the later stages of 2010 with input from many experienced teams, drivers and series owners. While both straight rail and perimeter chassis can be used in the series, many rules were structured around keeping the costs low for the race teams.
“We are rolling in with four scuff tires at $40 each,” said Spain. “Other series are using tires that are upwards of $140 per tire, so we are saving the competitors a tremendous amount of money there. Also, even though the tires are scuffs, they are not junk tires left over from a race track. They are hand-picked scuff tires that are coming directly from Hoosier.
“The only power plant allowed in the CCS Late Model Sportsman Touring Series is the 602 Crate Motor. This is one of the most-affordable motors on the market today, which allows racers to focus on their tasks on the track, not who has spent more money to put into the engine compartment.
“The tires and power plants are only a couple of the cost-saving methods we put into place for this series. We are hoping this will allow those that are wanting to compete in a Late Model, but do not have the big dollars for a major series or event, to come out and enjoy a series where they can be competitive for less money out the door.”
Besides a rules set designed to save the drivers and teams money, the series has a low entry fee with that same dollar figure going right back in the pocket of the racers that make it into the show.
“While the CCS Late Model Sportsman Touring Series is not a series for drivers to expect to make money off of, we are committed to keeping the costs as low as possible and making it as affordable as we can,” explained Spain. “We will have an entry fee of $50, and we are giving a $50 guaranteed payout to the last-place racer in the feature. We will also have a decent race payout and a points fund so we can give a little back to the racers that support the series.”
12 of the 16 races of the CCS Late Model Sportsman Touring Series will be companion events with the PASS South Super Late Model Series, as well as the CCS Legends and Bandolero Touring Series.
“By partnering up as a support division with the PASS South Super Late Model Series, it will give the drivers in the CCS Late Model Sportsman Series a learning platform in front of other more-experienced drivers as well as venues with a larger crowd fan base,” said Spain. “The CCS Legends Car and Bandolero Touring Series was very successful in 2010 with PASS South, and adding the CCS Late Model Sportsman Series to the mix will provide a great show for the fans as well in attendance.
“We have 13 cars that have already committed to the series during the off season and more that are ready to participate when we start our season in March. We are excited to provide this series for the inexperienced racer, young and old, to come and have fun at the track in 35- to 40-lap Late Model features in front of big crowds and big names in the sport.”
The CCS Late Model Touring Series will kick off their season on Saturday, March 12th, at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) with the PASS South Super Late Model Series season opener as well as the CCS Legends and Bandolero Touring Series. Other tracks on the 2011 schedule include Dillon Motor Speedway (SC), Little Rockingham Speedway (NC), Hickory Motor Speedway (NC), Orange County Speedway (NC), Motor Mile Speedway (VA), Newport Speedway (TN), Ace Speedway (NC) and the historic North Wilkesboro Speedway (NC).
For rules, schedule information, entry forms, or to inquire about becoming a sponsor of the CCS Late Model Sportsman Touring Series, contact Ollie Spain of Carolina Competition Sports at 336-214-8072 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Carolina Competition Sports website at www.raceccs.com.