The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour has announced that the Orange County Visitors Bureau is returning as the title partner of the Old North State Nationals at Orange County Speedway. The event will take place between April 3-5 and is the highest-paying Late Model Stock race in the state of North Carolina.

The “Old North State Nationals presented by Visit Orange County” will be a multi-day Late Model Stock race, paying $30,000 to the winner and $1,250 to start the feature event. The track will open for practice the morning of Friday, April 3, with a fan fest to follow that evening in downtown Hillsborough, N.C.  From 7:30 pm - 9 pm, there will be an opportunity for racing fans to meet and greet with drivers at four locations including Volume Records & Beer at 226 South Churton Street, Hot Tin Roof at 115 West Margaret Lane, Village Diner at 600 West King Street and Whit’s Frozen Custard of Hillsborough at 240 South Nash Street.  There will be an after party at Hot Tin Roof where the pre-race festivities will continue.

The “Old North State Nationals Qualifying Races presented by GXS Wraps” headline the slate of racing on Saturday, April 4. They join the Old North State Nationals as the presenting partner of the Qualifying Races for the first time in 2020.

On Sunday, April 5, the best short track drivers in the Carolinas will compete in the Second Annual Old North State Nationals presented by Visit Orange County. Drivers will compete in a 200-lap feature event with a purse over $85,000 as they fight to join Lee Pulliam as an Old North State Nationals champion. Orange County Commissioner Earl McKee will wave the green start flag and be a part of the pre-race festivities and ceremonies.

The 2019l Old North State Nationals in 2019 drew fans from across the nation to Orange County, as a near-capacity crowd was on hand for the feature race. The event has quickly developed into a major race on the annual Late Model Stock calendar and a major event for Orange County as a whole. The Orange County Speedway is a 3/8th mile track in Rougemont, about 14 miles north of Hillsborough in northern Orange County at 9740 NC Hwy 57. For information, visit

The Old North State Nationals also showcase what Orange County has to offer, especially for the fans, competitors and media members traveling to the area for the event. The Orange County Visitors Bureau encourages all to explore lodging, restaurants, stores and attractions in the nearby towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. For more information, see

“Last year’s inaugural Old North State Nationals was an overwhelming success. The Orange County Visitors Bureau did a tremendous job supporting the event within the community, and the community responded by supporting those people visiting the area for the event,” said CARS Tour Series owner Jack McNelly. “We have greater expectations for the 2020 iteration of the Old North State Nationals and welcome the support of the Orange County Visitors Bureau to achieve them.”
About the CARS Tour
The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour is one of the premier short track series in the United States. Drivers compete in Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models at the best short tracks across the Carolinas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. The CARS Tour can be found on Facebook at “CARS Tour”, on Twitter @CARSTour, and on Instagram as @CARS_Tour. For more information, visit or call their Mooresville, NC offices at 704.662.9212.



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Media Contacts

James Pike
Director of Communications

Patty Griffin
Communications Director
Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
(919) 245-4321