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Caraway Speedway Resumes Action with Second SMRS Stop

After two weekends off from the sounds of race cars, Caraway Speedway will once again roar to life for the third race of the 2018 season this Saturday, April 14th at 7pm.

The Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) will headline a seven division, eight-race card. The Southern Modified Racing Series will run a twin 50-lap format which will be the third and fourth race of the season for the series. To date, two Northern invaders have picked up the wins with Jon McKennedy winning the season opener at Caraway and Matt Hirshman picking up the win at Hickory two weekends ago.

The 602 Tour Modifieds will also run a 35-lap feature for their second race of the 2018 season. Robbie Brewer won the season opener several weeks back over Dean Lowder. The field for this new series is continuing to expand and should produce some great racing this weekend and in future races.

The Limited Late Models will be back in action as well. Mack Little picked up the win in the season opener with Josh Lowder winning the second race of the season. Those two drivers along with Tommy Neal and Jimmy Wallace have been mixing it up for the win in both races to date. Jeremy Clay also isn’t too far behind and could be a threat to win a race soon.

The BGS (Bowman Gray Stadium) Sportsman cars will be in action for the first time this season. These drivers will be looking to get their season started a week ahead of Bowman Gray Stadium opening up. Kevin Neal, John Holleman IV, and Mike Adams are among the expected entrants for this division. Those three alone would make for a great race but we expect a host of other BGS regulars to challenge them for the win.

The Chargers return for their first race since the season opener on March 11th with a 25-lap race. Austin Harris picked up his first career win in that race after getting spun and going to the tail of the field. He’ll have his hands full with several newcomers expected to compete in this event.

AJ Sanders will be looking for his second Caraway win of the season and third overall with the Mini Stocks returning to action for 15-laps. Sanders dominated the season opener but had a windshield full of Johnny Baker. Baker will be looking for his first win of the season this weekend.

The U-Cars will be back in action for 10-laps on Saturday night as Gregory Williams looks to pick up another win. He didn’t get to go to victory lane in the season opener but after Tommy Raino was disqualified, Williams inherited the victory. Several more cars are ready now after a month off and will be ready to challenge Williams for the top spot.

Grandstands open at 5pm with racing slated to start at 7pm. Adults $20, youth 7-14 years old $5 and kids 6 and under get in free. For more information on Caraway Speedway, visit their newly redesigned website at http://www.CarawaySpeedway.com or visit them on Facebook at @caraway.speedway. You can also call the track office at 336.629.5803

Event Preview – RGS Products 125 at Caraway Speedway

Modified’s on the front stretch at Caraway Speedway. (Photo: NASCAR Hometracks)

The RGS Products 125 this Sunday at Caraway Speedway will officially kick off the 2018 season for the Southern Modified Racing Series, 602 Tour Super Limiteds and 602 Modifieds.  The race will also feature a Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model feature as well as the local Caraway Speedway Limited Late Models for what will be one of the biggest tickets of the 2018 season at any track.


Clifton Ready to Tour

Michael Clifton’s name isn’t new to Southern Modified racing fans but his name will roll off the tongue of Southern Modified Racing Series fans for the first time as part of the tour in 2018.  Clifton has been racing Modifieds since 1990 at Bowman Gray Stadium with appearances on the now-defunct NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified tour and SMART (SMRT) Modified tours over the years but this season he’ll embark on his first foray into the Southern Modified Racing Series.

Clifton isn’t coming in looking to log laps either, he’s looking to win races and be competitive with the best that the Southern Modified Racing Series has to offer.  Clifton has 21 wins in Modifieds at Bowman Gray Stadium and he has a lone win at Caraway Speedway on the SMART Modified tour in 2004. Entering his 31st year of Modified racing, Clifton isn’t looking to fill any fields.

“We’re going to give it a shot this year,” Clifton stated.  “I’ve always ran good in the past and we’ve got as good of equipment as anyone. We’ll be in contention but we might get off to a slower start than we want but we’ll be in contention.”

One reason Clifton is running the Southern Modified Racing Series this season is the opportunity to be freed up on the weekends more than when he was full time at Bowman Gray.

“Honestly, we didn’t want to tie up our whole summer at the stadium.  Running the tour frees up our summer. We don’t have to race every week.  If we want to go out on a boat or go camping or whatever, we can do that and not have to worry about missing a race.  They have a good schedule and it’s spread out and gives us our summer back.”

Clifton is also excited about the tire change the tour will have this year moving to a harder compound tire to help save teams money and give them something they race more on.

“We ran these tires at Martinsville in 2005 I believe,” commented Clifton.  “They’re a real good tire.  My only concern will be the softer compound on the left rear and burning it off but I think we’ll be ok.”


Double Duty

Kodie Conner will be a busy young man this coming weekend as he attempts to do double duty.  Conner will compete in the Kodie Conner Racing #45 Super Late Model in the PASS South race and will also run the #78 for Hillbilly Racing in the Southern Modified Racing Series feature.  Conner is no stranger to either car as he competes regularly in the Super Late Model and has a few starts in the Modified.


Super Late Model Debut

Fletcher Whaley, who competes part-time in the 602 Tour Super Limiteds and at Bowman Gray Stadium, will make his Super Late Model debut in the PASS South feature.  Whaley will be driving a car for Rudy Roberts.  The car will be setup by Jay Hedgecock and they hope to have a strong performance right out of the gate this weekend.


602 Modifieds Take Flight

After a couple of exhibition races last year for the 602 Modifieds the series is ready to take flight this season.  The brainchild of former 602 Tour owner David Sell, the 602 Tour Modifieds is expected to grow significantly over the years as an introductory series for those wanting to compete in Modifieds but they’re not quite ready for a full-blown tour car.  Brian Loftin, Cody Norman, Dean Lowder and Brad Robbins are among the drivers expected to compete this weekend.


Pole Money

Precision Built Spindles and New Day Motorsports have posted $900 in Pole Award money for this weekends festivities at Caraway Speedway.  $500 of that money goes to the pole winner in the Southern Modified Racing Series with $300 to the fastest Super Late Model in PASS South qualifying.  $50 each will go to the 602 Tour’s fastest qualifiers in both the Super Limiteds and the Modifieds.


Like a Rock

Veteran Late Model Stock Car driver Rock Harris won the championship last year in the 602 Tour Super Limiteds and this year he’s going to be gunning for his second straight title.  Harris will be looking to fend off younger challengers for the championship trophy as well as chasing wins.  His son Austin Harris will be one of those younger challengers and he’s coming fresh off a victory in the Charger division at Caraway Speedway two weeks ago.


Brothers Compete

When the green flag drops on the 602 Tour Super Limiteds two brothers will be looking to see who can outrun who.  Ryan Robertson, who over the years has competed in the UARA-STARS Series and has won Sportsman races at Bowman Gray Stadium will be looking to keep his younger brother Chase Robertson behind him as they both compete in the Super Limited series.


Super Ticket

With four touring series and the feature division for Caraway Speedway, the ticket for this Sunday’s RGS Products 125 is an exceptional value at $20 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and five and under free.  Where else could you see the PASS South, Southern Modified Racing Series, 602 Tour Super Limiteds and Modifieds and the local contingent of Limited Late Models in one race for just $20?


For more information on Caraway Speedway, visit their newly redesigned website at www.CarawaySpeedway.com or visit them on Facebook at @caraway.speedway. You can also call the track office at 336.629.5803

​​Mason Diaz Victorious in Rusty Harpe Memorial at Caraway Speedway

Photo: Mason Diaz Racing

Mason Diaz picked up the biggest win of his career to date in Friday night’s Rusty Harpe Memorial at Caraway Speedway.

Diaz qualified second for the race and dominated for much of the event.  First, he got around Ryan Millington and had a big lead before a caution erased his advantage and allowed Ryan Wilson to catch up to him.  After Wilson got the lead, Diaz was able to recapture the top spot late in the race and went on to score the victory over his teammate Mike Darne.

“Mike Darne Racing gave me a good car this weekend,” Diaz said in victory lane.  “It was fast out of the box.  From the start of the race, I knew that I could really beat people and they gave me a phenomenal car this weekend.”

“Me and Ryan Wilson got tangled up but I had to do what I had to do to win.  It was a fun race overall.”

Diaz ran the race with a car that has been a backup car for much of the season.  He credited Mike Darne Racing for the hard work they put in at the shop which allowed Diaz to arrive at Caraway Speedway in peak performance mode.

“This isn’t my primary car but this is the best this car has ever handled,” Diaz remarked.  “Mike Darne Racing really worked on the car and this is the best this car’s ever been.”

Mason Diaz’s victory at Caraway Speedway was his fifth career Late Model Stock Car win and his first win at the 4/10-mile track in Sophia, North Carolina.  Prior to Friday, all of Diaz’s Late Model victories had come at Southern National Motorsports Park, where Diaz will race on Saturday, July 8th as he continues to rack up points in his quest for the track championship.

Diaz entered Friday’s race ninth in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship standings and sixth in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series North Carolina state points.

Mason Diaz is supported by The Sign Shop, Mike Darne Racing, Prince William Marina, Concord Automotive and Convenience Car Care. To learn more about Mason Diaz Racing, check out his website at www.masondiaz24.com“like” Mason Diaz Racing on Facebook or follow @masondiazracing on Twitter.

Weekend Sweep Brings Pulliam Within Six


Photo Credit: Andy Marquis/RACE22.com

Over this past weekend two-time defending Whelen All-American Late Model Stock Car champion Lee Pulliam pulled quadruple duty to help plead his case in this tainted National points race. Yes I said quadruple duty, Friday night Pulliam headed to Sophia, North Carolina to Caraway Speedway for Twin 40 lap races! The best part of the who thing, nineteen cars took the green flag with him making it a “full field” in NASCARS eyes. Pulliam took the win in both events which means he was awarded two maximum point wins (39 points are the assumption) to help plead his case in the hunt for a third national title. Now I wasn’t there to see what kind of competition but with names like Myatt Snyder, Dillion Bassett, Tyler Ankrum I can almost assure you there was no pulling over and slow spins to help Pulliam win.

The guys were not done there! South Boston Speedway, who along with just about every other track in Virginia has been plagued with to many rain outs this season, finally got a clear weekend and played host to not only the PASS Super Late Models but Twin 75 lap features for the Late Model Stock cars. Matt Bowling, driver out of the Sellers stables was able to put his machine on the pole for the seventh time of the season Saturday with a time of 16.006 seconds (89.966 MPH). It took Pulliam just 26 of the 75 laps to pass four-time national champion Phillip Morris to capture win number one of the night, win three on the weekend in yet another NASCAR sanctioned full field event.

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