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Brandon Clements Snaps Winless Drought at Carteret County

PELETIER, NC – Brandon Clements picked up his first Limited Late Model win of the season at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway on Saturday night.

 

Clements started the race in the fourth position and took the lead from Chris Burns on the third lap of the race.  A competition caution with 25 laps to go tightened the field up, allowing TJ Barron an opportunity.  However, on the ensuing restart, Clements rocketed away from the field and never looked back as he scored the victory, ending a winless streak that dated back to October 27, 2018.

 

“We wanted to be aggressive and get the lead there to start with,” Clements said in victory lane after the race.  “It means so much here to be able to have the restart and control the field.  We just wanted to kick everybody’s ass.”

 

For Clements, the victory was a relief.  He last won in the final race of the 2018 season and, aside from a couple runner-up finishes and a Mini-Stock win in May, the 2019 season has been frustrating.

 

“This sport is very humbling,” Clements explained.  “To be as good as we were last year and come out this year and pure suck, it’s just been parts after parts and we found problem after problem.  Me and Wendell [Davis] spent many nights working on this thing.  He was getting frustrated with it and I was getting frustrated with it.  I just want to thank all the fans and sponsors for sticking with us.

 

“I really want to dedicate this to my mom.  She’s been having a rough time.  Without her, I wouldn’t be able to do this racing stuff.”

 

Boo Boo Dalton eventually made it around Tyler Horne, then around T.J. Barron to finish second.

 

“When you get one in front of you that far, it’s just hold on and pray for a caution,” Dalton stated.  “We weren’t even sure we were going to be in the top-three there for a little bit.  I’m tickled to death.  We’ve been out here twice and have a second, fourth, and a second.  We’ll keep it up and hopefully will be up on that checkered flag pad before too long.”

 

Barron went on to finish third while Chris Burns and Tyler Horne rounded out the top-five.

 

After a wild start to the Legends feature, which took five attempts to finally go green, Ryan Matthews raced his way to his first Carteret County Speedway victory of 2019.  Matthews got around Spencer Saunders with just seven laps remaining in the race to take the lead – and the win.

 

“Last time we came out here was for the big money race and our car was horrible,” Matthews said.  “We were like 20th fastest.  We made some adjustments for this race and it turns out it works well.  I think we’ll be pretty fast at the nationals.  I didn’t know what we had at the start, but once we started going, I knew we had the car.  I just had to be patient and make my moves at the right time and now I’m in victory lane.”

 

Spencer Saunders ultimately settled for the runner-up spot, his third consecutive second-place finish.  After the race, Saunders was disappointed to finish second once again.

 

“Not a bad run,” Saunders said.  “Just a little frustrated the handling gave out with about 10 to go.  Haven’t been able to figure it out.  That’s three that we’ve given away here.  Three second place finishes in a row kind of suck.  It really sucks, honestly.  We’ll be back here in two weeks and see if we can’t get a win then.”

After a tumultuous start to the season, Emily Day came home with a third-place effort.

 

“It’s definitely not a win but I’m pretty happy with a podium finish,” Day commented.  “I’m glad Brenton [Irving] was able to race me clean and we were able to race well.  Got to find a little more speed, the leaders were getting away from me, but I feel pretty good about it.”

 

Midway through the U-CAR feature, Steve Sullivan, while leading, got loose and then spun off the front bumper of Curtis Lanier, which allowed Andrew Jackson to inherit the lead.  However, Sullivan roared back to the lead in the closing laps to pick up his second win of the year.

 

“That was racing,” Sullivan explained.  “I was getting loose and I had to ease up a little bit in my turns and he was probably getting better.  It happens.  Just glad we were able to get back to the front and make it a show.”

 

Chris Burns picked up his fourth consecutive Street Stock victory over Billy Slater and Kevin Benton.  Slater and Benton raced to second and third on the last lap after Gary Rochelle, Jr. and Mike Cooper both looped their cars around racing for the runner-up spot.

 

Justin Thompson scored the champ Kart victory while Scott Brooks won in Mini Cup competition and Caleb Braswell was triumphant in the Jr. Mini Cup feature.

 

Saturday’s race kicked off four weekends of events at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway.  Next up at Carteret County Speedway is the Raceway Beach Festival on Saturday, June 29th, headlined by Jim Quick and the Coastline Band, the Cat 5 Band, Mighty Saints of Soul, and more.  The next race will be the Firecracker Clash on July 6th.  Speedweeks at Carteret County concludes on July 13th with the CARS Late Model Stock Tour.

 

For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.

 

 

Carteret County 6/23/19 Results

 

Limited Late Model

1. Brandon Clements

2. Boo Boo Dalton

3. TJ Barron

4. Chris Burns

5. Tyler Horne

6. Eric Winslow

7. Jason York

8. Gerald Benton

9. Bobby Morris

Street Stock

1. Chris Burns

2. Billy Slater

3. Kevin Benton

4. Dennis Woehrle

5. Gary Rochelle, Jr.

6. Mike Cooper

7. Roy Marley

8. John Sharp

 

Legends

1. Ryan Matthews

2. Spencer Saunders

3. Emily Day

4. Brenton Irving

5. Tucker Jones

6. Eric Courtney

7. Jordan Lamothe

8. Chris Hammett

9. Aaron Crumpler

10. Shane Irving

11. Trevor Thacker

12. Matt Bell

13. Frank Pass

U-CAR

1. Steve Sullivan

2. Andrew Jjackson

3. Curtis Lanier

4. Joe Lanier

5. Abby Jolly

6. Neil Mason

Champ Kart

1. Justin Thompson

2. BJ Thompson

3. JR Taylor

4. Jordan Lamothe

5. Gaston Davis

6. Cory Dimauro

7. Bill Owens

8. Sean Wales

Mini Cup

1. Scott Brooks

2. Charles Hassinger

3. Charles Pudenz

4. Jamie Duff

Jr. Mini Cup

1. Caleb Braswell

2. Scotty Benford

3. Alexis Steffan

 

 

Brandon Clements Clinches Carteret Championship with Bobby Watson Memorial Victory

Brandon Clements, pictured in victory lane at Carteret County Speedway, after winning the Bobby Watson Memorial race on October 27, 2018. (Andy Marquis photo)

SWANSBORO, NC – Brandon Clements, who is the winningest driver in Carteret County Speedway history, clinched the track championship in style on Saturday night, with a victory.

Clements surrendered the lead early in the 50-lap race after starting on the pole – first to Eric Winslow then to Justin Carroll.  With 11 laps to go, Clements made the pass to get back around Carroll to take the lead and the win – his fifth Late Model win of the year.

“This really means a lot to me,” an emotional Clements said in victory lane.  “I was a little kid and my dad told me I was going to be a champion here.  I’ve been here every year and been a champion [in Mini-Stocks] but really, this one’s good.  We got this one.”

Carroll finished second in his first career Carteret County Speedway start while Joshua Yeoman finished third.

Stephen Sanders, also known as the Midway Missile, became a popular presence at Carteret County Speedway among fellow drivers and fans throughout the season.  Sanders made a five-hour drive every race to Carteret County Speedway with hopes of winning races and winning a championship.  On Saturday night, he did both – clinching the division championship with a victory.

“It’s been a long road this year,” Sanders said.  “Bobby Watson, this is his racetrack and he always told me that, it’s his track but it’s our drivers’ racetrack.  This race is for Bobby.  He meant a lot to me.  I looked at him as a grandfather figure.  There were weeks I didn’t have the money to make it home and he’d slide me a little bit of money.”

Sanders was surrounded in victory lane by an army of supporters, which included fans, competitors, family and friends.  Having often raced at Bowman Gray Stadium, Sanders was a polarizing figure at the start of the season, but quickly became a friend to many and the outpouring of support in victory lane meant the world to him.

“This means a lot to me because a lot of people don’t like me,” Sanders remarked.  “I am a rough driver.  I like to get to the front and winning races.  I told everybody tonight I wasn’t worried about the championship, I came to win the race and we got the championship.  It means a lot.  Dedication paid off.”

The always exciting and sometimes polarizing James Horner finished second to Mike Cooper in the Street Stock feature race.  That second place finish allowed him to clinch the division championship – his first at Carteret County Speedway.

“It’s definitely been an emotional season,” Horner stated.  “A lot of ups and downs all the way around.  We fought back and forth with getting suspended and people crying about our car.  It is what it is, we’re here and we got the championship.  We didn’t get the win tonight but we put on a show I do believe.”

All Adam Resnick had to do to clinch the U-CAR championship was start the race, which he did.  Ultimately finishing seventh, Resnick walked away with the division title while Andrew Jackson won the race in a thriller over Robert Arch and Neil Mason.

“I can’t describe it,” Resnick commented.  “I wish Bobby was here.  We supported him every week and these guys are awesome. I can’t explain it.  I cannot believe Bobby didn’t make it to the last one.  Thank you, Bob Lowery and Judy [Hailey] for keeping it going.  Everybody doesn’t understand, this is huge for me to win a championship.  To be at Carteret County, it’s a big thing for my family, my wife, and all of us.”

Justin Mitchell led wire-to-wire in the Legends feature race, winning over Ryan Matthews and Brenton Irving.  Shane Irving, father of Brenton Irving, won the division championship marking the third consecutive championship in Legends competition for the Irving family.

“In a couple months, I’ll be 59-years-old,” Irving said.  “It’s probably going to be my last one.  I’m not going to quit racing.  I do it because I enjoy it.”

Justin Hall won the championship in the Mini Cup class while also scoring the overall win in the Mini Cup race on Saturday night.

“We worked hard all year,” Hall stated.  “This is the first time my dad’s come out here and competed with us.  He won last week at Coastal Plains.  Just happy to be here.  I hate my mom and sister weren’t able to make it but I know they’re happy with where I’m at.”

Chase Singletary officially picked up his sixth Jr. Mini Cup win of the season, but one missed race proved to be the difference in points as Carmen Odum took home the division championship.  With the title, the Jacksonville teenager became the first woman to win a championship at Carteret County Speedway.

“Don’t be afraid to do something, even when they say it’s a guy’s sport,” Odum remarked.  “Look at this.  Second year of racing and I won the championship.  I’d like to thank God for all of this and Bobby Watson for letting the Mini Cups race here, as well as Mini Cup director Frankie Corbett, my dad [Jimmy Odum] and everyone who helped.”

Sean Wales won the race and the championship in Champ Karts; Dwight Sauls scored the overall victory in Southern Ground Pounders competition, and Johnny Johnson won the East Coast Flathead Feature race.

The next race at Carteret County Speedway will be held on Saturday, November 17th, headlined by the $2,000-to-win, 100-lap Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge 4-Cylinder Nationals.  Mini-Cups, Mod-4s, and Champ Karts will also be a part of the 4-Cylinder Nationals.