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Legends Asphalt Nationals to Boast Largest Field in Carteret History

PELETIER, NC– Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway will play host to one of the largest motorsports events in North America next weekend with a record-setting field of cars expected to congregate upon the Crystal Coast.

Already, over 90 competitors have registered to compete in the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals, a three-day event running from Thursday, October 17th through Saturday, October 19th. The competition includes Carteret County Speedway standouts Jordan Lamothe, Brenton Irving, Shane Irving, Zack Brown, and Emily Day, among several others.

Reigning INEX Pro Legends Asphalt champion Carson Ferguson and national title contender Cody Hall are among those who will compete over the course of the three-day event.  In the Semi-Pro division, national points leader Hunter Wright and title contender Jason Alder are among those entered to compete. Kevin Nowack, who leads the points in the Masters division, and Young Lions national title leader Zack Miracle have also entered the event.

On-track activity will get underway on Thursday with practice, beginning at 10am and running until 6pm.  Qualifying will get underway on Friday at 11:15am, followed by heat races and the Race of Champions.  B-Mains will commence at 1pm on Saturday, followed by the feature races.

Additionally, there will be a special meet-and-greet starting at 1pm on Saturday with Carteret County Speedway drivers who compete in other regular divisions.  Fans can meet the drivers and get autographs, selfies and more.

A three-day ticket for the event is available at the gate for $20. Single-day tickets for Friday are $10 and $15 for Saturday.  Thursday’s on-track activity is free to attend for spectators.

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

Persistent Rain Sunday, Hurricane Threat Prompts Cancelation of Labor Day Classic

PELETIER, NC – The Labor Day Classic at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway has been canceled for the first time in its five year history due to persistent rainfall on Sunday afternoon.

Normally, the track would move the race to the following day, but with catastrophic Hurricane Dorian barreling towards the East Coast and the need for people to prepare or evacuate, track owner Bob Lowery made the decision to cancel the race.  A make up date will be announced in the near future.

“Ordinarily, we would go ahead and run tomorrow but there are a lot of outside forces at play here,” track owner Bob Lowery said.  “We’ve got a category five hurricane coming towards us and some of our drivers have to get out and get home, and our local drivers need to go ahead and prepare for the storm.  We’re already hearing of gas shortages and stuff.  Ultimately, peoples’ lives are at stake, so we’ve decided to cancel the race.”

Competitors and fans who had already paid for their pit pass or tickets should hold on to their armbands for the to be announced makeup date.

The next schedule raced at Carteret County Speedway is the Bobby Watson Memorial, set for September 21st.  The race will feature racing for Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks, U-CARs, Legends, Champ Karts, East Coast Flathead Fords, and the Coastal Carolina Mini Cup Series.

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.

Hall Outlasts Competition in Rain Postponed Solid Rock Carriers 150

PELETIER, NC – It took just shy of five hours to complete the rain-delayed Solid Rock Carriers 150 at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway on Sunday, but after two lengthy delays, Connor Hall hoisted the trophy and the $10,000 check in the attrition-filled race.

Hall, 22, from Hampton, Virginia, took the lead on the opening lap of the race, passing Chris Burns with a power move on the outside, and dominated for much of the race – only surrendering the lead for three laps shortly after the halfway break.  After the race, his second $10,000 victory in the past month and his third career Carteret County Speedway win, Hall was ecstatic about his triumph but also relieved the arduous race, which spanned for 4 hours and 57 minutes in length, had finally reached its conclusion.

“I’m just glad it’s over,” Hall said in victory lane.  “I would like to think the Hampton Heat was the longest race of my life, but I’ve never had one where we had to fix the track and do a rain delay in the same race.  As much as I wanted them to just call it and make it easy on me, I’m glad we stuck it out and I’m glad Carteret County stuck it out.  I’ll give them credit.  They got it done.  They did a good job.”

Hall won the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in July – a grueling race which was held amid excessive heat.  Once again, in Sunday’s Solid Rock Carriers 150, Hall was able to hit his marks during the daytime and in primetime.

“I drove far from a perfect race,” Hall stated.  “My guy [Tim] Allensworth, I missed a shift on a restart and we had been sitting from that patch.  I guess I just got kind of out of the rhythm.  Luckily, we weren’t wrecked.  I’ve got to thank Tyler Horne for peddling it.  We did run a good race.  We stuck through it, and it was fun.  The breaks didn’t do anything to my car because Carteret realized we did need to reset air pressures.  I thank them for letting that happen.  The night definitely helped this car.  As soon as the sun went down and saw some colder weather coming, I knew it was going to be game on.”

Allensworth, who went on to finish second, appeared poised to mount a serious challenge to Hall on a lap 104 restart.  Allensworth was able to draw even with Hall’s dominant car and was in the preferred line, but his challenge was cut short when Chris Burns and Stacy Puryear tangled for the second time behind the leaders on the race’s 106th lap.

A couple of laps, and over an hour, prior to the lap 106 incident, Burns had spun off Puryear’s front bumper.  In the following incident, it was Puryear who went around after exchanging some contact with Burns.  After getting his car re-fired, as the field was still under caution, Puryear and Burns tangled, resulting in heavy damage to both cars and both cars being parked for the remainder of the race.

Puryear was unavailable for comment after the race and Burns declined to comment, other than to congratulate Hall on his victory.

The 150-lap Limited Late Model spectacle was marred by weather all weekend.  First, the race was postponed from its original Saturday date.  Then, after the field had completed 26 laps and was under caution when Brandon Head blew a motor, the sky opened, prompting a 107-minute delay.

The second delay, which lasted for over 80 minutes, came on lap 103 when part of the track surface came apart, prompting a sinkhole to form.  Safety crews were able to successfully patch the surface and conclude the race.

Allensworth went on to finish second to Hall – a result he was both disappointed and content with.

“Second’s always the first loser,” Allensworth commented.  “We were hoping to get one more spot but Connor ran a great race.  We got in so much trouble.  I think we passed the most cars here today.  We went to the back twice and came back through.

Brandon Clements finished in third while Tyler Horne and T.J. Barron rounded out the top-five.

Zach Miller picked up his third Legends win at Carteret County in 2019, passing Jason Alder early in the 35-lap race and pulling away.  His Miller Performance Motorsports teammate Caleb Heady finished in the runner-up spot while Alder came home third.  Jordan Lamothe and Jaiden Reyna rounded out the top-five.

Travis Miller picked up his second consecutive Battlefield Tire Pros Mini Stock feature win, this time holding back a challenge from Stephen Sanders.  Chase Singletary won the Mini Cup feature race while Morgan Odum held off younger sister Carmen to win in the Jr. Mini Cup race.

The next race at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway will take place on Saturday, September 1st with the fifth annual Moore’s Old-Tyme Barbeque, Chicken and Seafood Labor Day Classic.  Limited Late Models will be in action along with the Sportsman’s Wholesale Street Stocks, Battlefield Tire Pros Mini Stocks, U-CARs, Legends and Champ Karts.

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.

Limited Late Model

  1. Connor Hall; 150
  2. Tim Allensworth; 150
  3. Brandon Clements; 150
  4. Tyler Horne; 150
  5. T.J. Barron; 150
  6. Stevie Johns, Jr.; 149
  7. Kenneth Mercer; 148
  8. Daniel Vuncannon; 148
  9. Ethan Johnson; 147
  10. Wesley Hawkins; 147
  11. Gary Young, Jr.; 125
  12. Stacy Puryear; 105
  13. Chris Burns; 105
  14. Boo Boo Dalton; 95
  15. Sarah Cornett-Ching; 76
  16. Brandon Head; 25

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

 

 

Spencer Saunders Scored Impressive Second Place Finish in Carteret County Speedway Short Track Shoot Out; Builds Strong Notebook for Fall Nationals

Saunders sails into turn one at Carteret County Speedway during a practice session ahead of the INEX Legends $2,500 to-win Short Track Shoot Out. (📸 Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Carrollton, VA– For the second time in a row Spencer Saunders is leaving Carteret County Speedway with a second-place finish. Two weeks ago the team called it sheer luck and being in the right place at the right time citing they had a top-five car but certainly not one to compete for the win. Fast forward two weeks and Saunders Motorsports would once again leave the Emerald Coast with a second place finish. However, this podium finish was more than just luck, it was in front of a much better field of cars, and created a pretty stout notebook for fall nationals.

Saunders was one of twenty-four INEX Legend cars to make the trip down to the 4/10-mile flat track searching for speed. Luckily for the No. 7 machine, they were able to unload out of the box with a pretty fast piece. This allowed him and his father, the crew chief on the Smoke BBQ, Taylor Waste Services, Crush Con Aggregates machine, to make only minor adjustments throughout the weekend to find the speed they needed to stay up front.

“I didn’t have to put it [the car] back in the box in pieces so that was like a win for us,” Saunders went on to say. “Our goal was to unload Friday and run somewhere in the threes. When we ended up hitting a one on the stopwatch during practice I knew we had something.”

Not only did they make the trip with the hopes of bringing $2,500 big ones back to the Hampton Roads Area, but it was also a way for the team to get a feel for the asphalt nationals at the end of the year. Saunders, who currently sits ninth in the national points for the Pro division, is expected to go into that event come October sitting pretty well in the points standings with more than thirty races on this schedule. After this weekends events, they feel like they might have an even better shot at a win when it really counts.

“This one feels pretty good,” Saunders said following his second-place finish Saturday night. “We had a good night tonight.  Second place is a good run for us.  This means a lot more than a couple weeks ago the first time we ran here. I felt like we had a car to win, we just got to beating and banging there on those restarts. That’s just how it goes. When you are stuck on the outside you are pretty much done.”

Crew Chief, Car Owner, and Father David Saunders follows his driver out of turn four looking to see where he can find just a little more speed as practice was finishing up Friday night. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Saturday Saunders backed that up again by posting the third and second fastest times during final practice. That speed ultimately transferred over to qualifying when he clocked the fifth fastest time of the afternoon. When it was time to go racing Saunders didn’t really have plans to stay that far back and shot up to the second position almost as quick as the green flag was displayed. The 29-year old driver from Carrolton, Virginia was able to keep that track position for most of the night, falling only as far back as the seventh position on a mid-race restart.

“This weekend was really good for us,” Saunders commented. “We did come away as the highest finishing pro driver so that essentially is a win for us and 100 points towards our national total. It really a testament to the work just my dad and I do on the car coming down here with all these big teams. Plus we are leaving here with a really solid notebook for October.”

Saunders, who entered the weekend ninth in Pro national points standings, finished ahead of Caleb Heady so he will make ground up there. The runner-up spot was also the highest finish for all Virginia drivers who made the trip – a region that we cover quite the most based on our location.

Saunders will return to his home track of Langley Speedway – the same speedway he has multiple wins and a track championship – to compete for the win next week, Saturday, May 18th. The Weekly Racer will have LIVE updates on Twitter of that 25-lap feature. To keep up with everything that is Spencer Saunders make sure to follow his racing page ‘Spencer Saunders’ on Facebook as well as on Instagram.

 

Will Bristle Earns Biggest Win of Legends Career in Carteret County Speedway Legends Short Track Shoot Out

Will Bristle powers down the front stretch at Carteret County Speedway Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday nights $2,500 to win feature. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Swansboro, NC – When you offer up $2,500 to the winner of any race you are going to attract a crowd. When that same race just happens to be at the same venue as your series national finals towards the end of the year you really attract a crowd. That crowd was in the tune of thirty-eight Legend cars converging on the .400-mile speedway of Carteret County Speedway and for one driver he, or she, would walk away with a wad of cash and a decent amount of national points.

Daniel Silvestri was the fastest man on the property during group qualifying as the sun set over turn three and earned the right to lead the field to the green flag. However, as the field sailed off into turns one and two and raced down the backstretch it was the pair of sevens of Zach Miller and Spencer Saunders leading. Miller was able to hang onto that lead until lap eight when Dillon Spain Motorsports driver Will Bristle was able to power around him.

Once Bristle, who showed considerable speed throughout the weekend, got the lead and clean track in front of him, he was lights out. Restart after restart Bristle had to hold off charges from Hampton, Virginia’s Spencer Saunders who was already coming off an impressive second-place finish a couple weeks prior during his Carteret debut. One restart in particular with five laps to go got rather wild when everyone in the top five got jacked up. Bristle went airborne; Saunders went spinning right round through the grass. After officials reviewed the video on hand from Legends Nations, officials deemed it to be a bad start overall and decided to re-rack the field and try it all over again.

That following restart was much better and Bristle yet again powered to the lead. Saunders was able to recover and drive his way back up to the second position after a brief battle with Daniel Silvestri. Zach Miller was also able to get around Silvestri to take the third and final podium finish.

“First off I have to thank Carteret County Speedway, God, Dillon Spain Motorsports for putting this piece together for me,” an excited Bristle said in victory lane. “We worked extremely hard on our stuff to make it this fast and it’s really showing. I gotta thank all of these guys for racing me really clean there, except when they tried to run me over that one restart. It’s a huge win and I think it really prepared us for nationals.”

The win was no doubt one of the biggest in Bristle’s Legends career and set him and his team up with some pretty high hopes going into the Nationals that will be making their debut at the speedway later in October.

“I would say this is the closest race that would compare to what the nationals will be like here in October,” Bristle said. “Really stiff competition. Just a fun race overall. Came from fourth to the front and never looked back.”

The race was slowed eight times for cautions and stopped three due to red flags. There was only one lead change between two drivers. Carteret County Speedway will return to action in two weeks on Sunday, May 26thof the Memorial Day Classic. Check out their website for more details.

 

INEX Legends Short Track Shoot Out UNOFFICIAL Results

  1. #91 Will Bristle; 35
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 35
  3. #7M Zach Miller; 35
  4. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 35
  5. #82 Caleb Heady; 35
  6. #8 Sam Butler; 35
  7. #99 Cody Hall; 35
  8. #01 Tyler Lester; 35
  9. #51M Ryan Matthews; 35
  10. #16 Jordan Lamothe; 35
  11. #14J Conner Jones; 35
  12. #24 Bryson Ruff; 35
  13. #29 DJ Canipe; 35
  14. #28 Landon Rapp; 35
  15. #50 Peter Bennett; 35
  16. #88 Zach Brown; 35
  17. #14TJ Tucker Jones; 35
  18. #00 Aaron Crumpler; 35
  19. #51 Jim Smith; 30
  20. #22 Ryan DeMartini; 29
  21. #10 Alex McCollum; 29
  22. #84 Kyle Beattie; 27
  23. #8 Mike Alcaro; 24
  24. #72A Jason Austin; 23
  25. #1S Brian Sullivan; 15
  26. #21 Eric Courtney; 15
  27. #B1 Brenton Irving; 8
  28. #4 Chase Scott; 2

Will Bristle Expecting Strong Performance in Carteret Shootout

PELETIER, NC – Will Bristle has had a lot of success at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway and he’s hoping to add one more Carteret trophy to his mantle on Saturday night in the $2,500-to-win Short Track Shootout.

Bristle, 18, from Raleigh, North Carolina has scored multiple victories at Carteret County Speedway – including a victory in a $2,500-to-win race in last year’s Labor Day Classic.  Saturday night, however, could be one of the biggest challenges he’s faced as an ultra-competitive field is set to converge upon Carteret County Speedway.

“A win this weekend would definitely be ranked pretty high up there with that strong competition coming in,” Bristle said.  “We have been very successful at Carteret in the past.  We plan on working on that and keeping the momentum going.”

While the $2,500 check that will go to the winner is incentive enough for many competitors, Saturday night’s event will also be a prime opportunity for racers to get dialed in for the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals, the largest Legends event in North America, which will be held from October 17th through October 19th at Carteret County Speedway.

“The money’s a really big factor that we’re going for,” Bristle remarked.  “We’re definitely expecting a lot of tough competition coming own.  Preparing for the Nationals as well.  It’s what we’re all here doing.  We want to find some good speed for the Nationals.  We’re expecting upwards of 150 cars that week so we have to be on our game that week, on point.  We’re making speed here preparing for May 11th and the Nationals in October.”

Bristle scored three victories at Carteret County Speedway in 2019 driving for the dominant Dillon Spain Motorsports team which has also racked up wins with Spain, Zach Lightfoot, Eric Courtney, and Mason Diaz in the past and been in contention for wins all season with Emily Day.  Bristle, who is a former Legends champion at Southern National Motorsports Park, does not race regularly himself and often spends much of his time working with other DSM drivers.

“We have a wonderful group of guys with us,” Bristle stated.  “Great drivers we work with.  We’ve got Emily.  Tucker Jones is rolling.  We’ve got Jason Austin.  We’ve got some good speed.  It should be a really great show.  We’re expecting a lot of cars.  It should be a blast.”

The Legends race will see a slightly altered format.  If there are more than 30 cars attempting to make the field, the top 20 starting positions will be determined in qualifying, which will commence at 5:30pm, and the rest will have an opportunity to race in a B-Main style event with the top eight finishers from that race transferring to the feature race.

The 35-lap, $2,500-to-win Legends feature will be the headline act in the Short Track Shootout on Saturday night, May 11th.  The green flag will fly at 7pm and will also feature racing for Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks, U-CARs, Champ Karts, and the Coastal Carolina Mini Cup Series.

Tickets are $15 for adults while kids 10 and under get in free.  In honor of Mother’s Day, moms will get $5 off general admission.

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.

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