19-Year-Old Driver Gives KBM a CARS Tour Win at Orange County for Third Straight Year
Date: June 24, 2017
Event: Thrifty Tire Centers-Puryear Tank Lines 300 presented by the Grilling Store
Series: CARS Super Late Model Tour
Location: Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. (3/8-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 3rd / 1st (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)
Winner: Cole Rouse of Kyle Busch Motorsports (Toyota)
After knocking on the door of victory several times in his first season driving Super Late Models for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), 19-year-old Cole Rouse earned his first victory Saturday night in the CARS Super Late Model Tour Thrifty Tire Centers-Puryear Tank Lines 300 presented by the Grilling Store at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. Rouse took the lead from Matt Craig on lap 119 and kept the No. 51 JBL Camry out front for the final 31 laps. It was the third straight year that the KBM Super Late Model team collected a CARS Super Late Model Tour victory at Orange County, with Christopher Bell finding victory lane in 2015 and 2016.
The KBM Late Model team will be back in action Saturday, July 1 with Rouse driving the No. 51 JBL Camry in the Southern Series Super Late Model Rumble by the River 125 at Montgomery (Ala.) Motor Speedway.
Notable wins for the KBM Late Model team since its inception in 2007 include: Wisconsin All-Star 100 at the Milwaukee Mile (Kyle Busch 2008), Red Bud 300 at Anderson Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009), Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009 and Erik Jones 2013 & 2014), Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009 and Erik Jones 2013), SpeedFest at Lanier National Speedway (Kyle Busch 2009 & 2010), SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway (Kyle Busch 2012), Rowdy 251 at Berlin Raceway (Kyle Busch 2010, 2011 & 2012), All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TJ Reaid 2010), Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway (Kyle Busch 2011), the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (Kyle Busch 2011), Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway (Kyle Busch 2013), the Howie Lettow Memorial at the Milwaukee Mile (Kyle Busch 2013 and Erik Jones 2014) and the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway (Christopher Bell 2015).