The 2017 Edition of the New Blood, Long Haul promotion brings a handful of new, exciting drivers to the Tour.
All 4 of these drivers must compete at Tour events to complete their eligibility for their $500 prizes. A fifth driver will be selected “at large.” This will be whichever driver a) has never raced the Tour, b) competes in all Tour events, and c) had to travel the farthest from the drivers that qualify for the first two criteria.
Josh McGaha, out of Abilene, Texas. Some accomplishments include 5 Modified track championships at his home track, the Abilene Speedway, being a two-time winner of the Southern Challenge (2011 and 2012) and KSP Showdown (2012 and 2016), winning the 2014 Lonestar Series point champion, and locking down the 2005 Boyd Grand Nationals and Ice Breaker Series championships. He has qualified for the Fast Shafts All Star Race at the IMCA Super Nationals twice.
Joel Rust, out of Grundy Center, Iowa. He won back-to-back features on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour last year. He also won the Harris Clash last year on his way to picking up the Iowa Modified Speedweek points championship.
Jesse Hoeft, out of Forest City, Iowa. Notable races won include the Shryock Memorial and Robert Hiscocks Jr. Memorial, and he is a 2015 Hancock County Speedway Track Champion. He has been on the Fast Shafts All Star Race Ballot three times.
Michael McCarthy, out of Hutto, Texas. Mike has raced Modifieds and Stock Cars for over 30 years, and he continues to have fun doing so.