#78 Matt Carter
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Everyone has that one moment in their life where the light bulb goes off and you know you want to get behind the wheel of a car. Back in the late 80’s to early 90’s my dad raced out there [Langley Speedway],” Carter said. “He raced the all American division as well as the Grandstocks, that was what done it in for me!” Matt got bit by the bug so hard even you could catch him in the garage working on the car as much as he could even before school started. It was inevitable, Carter loved everything there was about racing, he knew that one day he would be racing something.
In 2006 you could find Matt working with along side Paul DeBolt on his #34 Late Model. Carter spent a lot of time learning the ends and outs of how different set ups worked on the cars. “Paul taught me a great amount about setups on a race car,” explained Carter. “Back in that time the big bar soft spring setups were pretty new to everyone. Working with Paul helped me understand and have some knowledge on how these setups worked.” It was the following year when Matt finally got to scratch the itch. Langley Speedway introduced what would end up being called the Wolfpack trucks, very limited rules on what you were allowed to run, their main focus was safety.
Matt told himself he was going to get an old Craftsman Truck, build her up, and run her at Langley so thats what he did. Practically buying himself a race ready truck he took it back to the shop and worked some magic on the motor and took it to the track. “Basically my first ever race car was a 700 HP craftsmen truck at Langley Speedway,” Said Carter. “I learned a lot of throttle control from the experience. At the end of the year the motor blew up and just didn’t have the money to fix it at the time so I ended up selling it.
During our conversation I had to ask Matt his thoughts on why he decided to go race in the modified division, was it a cheaper car, better racing, what drove him into that series and this is what he had to say.
“It was the rules. I’m a diehard ford guy. Ford doesn’t really make a good car for the Super Streets or the grandstocks so I decided to go Mod racing. Went out and found an older mod that had some potential, Got a ford motor built for it and go to stick it in and realized why you didn’t see any fords out there, Ford motors are wide up top and require more room for the headers. I had to change quite a bit to the car to make it work. Only ran the car twice the first year I had it because of the lack of money and sponsors.”
As is the case with a lot of the weekend worries out there. A new job and some keen savings allowed Carter to flexibility to get back into racing a little more and so he did. Coming back in a dry interesting way and bringing a car that a lot of people were telling him would never work. “I have a CMG chassis that we have done a tremendous amount of modifications to run a ford and to run a soft spring, big bar set up on. I have been told by many that this set up will never work on a mod. I’m trying to prove people wrong.” Carter is doing a decent job at doing just that, sitting just four points out of a top ten finish in points running a limited schedule on a limited budget has got to feel like a win.
Speaking of just one race to go, which happens to be this evening and is the longest one of the season for these guys, I wanted to know just how this season has gone for Carter and his crew, here is what he had to say. “This season has been about what we have expected. We knew coming into this year was going to be a learning curve for the team and also me as a driver,” said Carter. “With this being my real first year running, I thought we would run about mid pack. But after the last couple of races we are a little better than mid pack. The biggest struggle we are having is keeping up with the race track. It seems like each week it’s different.”
Looking forward into 2015 Carter has plans to hang a new Five Star Mustang body and start looking for some sponsorship to help with the car. “We would love to run a full schedule but we know it’s going to be very difficult to do without sponsor help.” As that is the case with just about every car that runs out at Langley. Without disclosing to much info, Matt also let us in that JR Keen will be on board to help get as much power as they can out of that motor in 2015. “I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for me the last couple of years. We are looking forward to the 2015 season.”
Come check out Matt Carter race in his final race of the season tonight! Racing action will get started around 6:00 PM for this star studded Championship Night, the Larry King Law Modifieds are set to square of for a 75 lap feature.
If money and time were not an option and you could go anywhere in the world for two weeks, where would you go? Who would you like to bring?
Since the world is the way that it is right now, I don’t think I would want to go to another country. So I would want to go on an Alaskan cruise with my wife and daughter or go to Hawaii with them.
Outside of the race track, what other sport or sports do you pay attention to? Favorite team(s)?
Baseball, Red Soxs.
Pepsi or Coke?
What is your favorite movie genre? With that in mind what is your favorite movie of all time, just one!!
Although, I enjoy thrillers, my favorite movie of all time is Six Pack.
What was your very first car?
A Nissan pick-up
What are some things you like to do away from the track?
Hangout with my family, travel, relax and enjoy the time off.
If you could try out any job for one day, and magically have all the knowledge/skills to do the job, what would you like to do?
Be a crew chief for a cup team.
What are three things you never leave the house without?
Wallet, phone, and underwear.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Growing up did you create or earn any nicknames?
No nicknames, always just Matt!