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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

 

 

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.

Chris Burns Takes the Checkers Carteret Late Model Opener

Chris Burns comes to the checkered flag to pick up the victory in the season-opening race at Carteret County Speedway. (Morgan Odum photo)

PELETIER, NC – Chris Burns picked up the biggest win of his career on Saturday afternoon, coming from the back to the front to pick up the victory in an instant classic at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

Burns closed in on Stacy Puryear during the mid-stages of the Solid Rock Carriers 100 and, when the two battled for the lead, Puryear went around off Burns’ front bumper – resulting in both drivers going to the rear.  Burns quickly battled back and, with four laps to go, made the pass on Jason York to score the victory.

“I feel like we were just a little better on entry than Stacy,” Burns said in victory lane after the race.  “Definitely not intentional.  He’s a class act racer.  I try not to race that way.  Using the bumper’s okay but I definitely didn’t mean to spin him out.  This is huge for our little team.  Last year, we struggled with this car ever since we put it together.  Man, to get this win is awesome.”

Burns’ car came to life during long green flag runs as he, on two separate occasions, raced his way into contention for the lead – ultimately making the winning pass with four laps to go.  For Burns, it’s the biggest victory of his career as he raced against heavyweights and took home the $5,000 payout.

“It started out shoving the nose in the center,” Burns explained.  “I came over the radio and said, ‘it’s still early, I think we might have a chance.’  After that red flag over there, it was like a different racecar.  I’m tickled.  I couldn’t ask for more.  York and Puryear are no slouches, that’s for sure.  They’re some of the best in the business, been doing it a long time.  Having my little girl with me, that’s a life-changing deal.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Burns’ win came in a wild race which saw multiple incidents.  On a lap 43 restart, contenders Rusty Daniels, Tyler Horne, Brandon Clements, and Joshua Yeoman were all involved in a pileup in turn one.  Later, on lap 65, Clements and Daniels were again involved in an accident which also collected Thad Moffitt and Gerald Benton.

Jason York inherited the lead when Burns and Puryear got together and led for most of the second half until Burns came roaring past.  York settled for a runner-up finish.

“We were real good,”  York said. “We were pleased with the car.  Just a little free in the center.  We’ll fix it, get it back over here and get some wins here.  Congratulations to Chris though.  He did a hell of a job winning the race.”

Stacy Puryear, who felt the mid-race contact from Burns was just a racing incident, was able to rebound for a third-place finish.

“We just had gotten loose up off and, you know, we had a good racecar,” Puryear said. “If it had been a little tighter, [Burns] wouldn’t have known which way we went.  This is the first time we’ve ever been here.  This racecar’s been sitting since Martinsville 2016 and we’re very proud of it.”

Rusty Daniels and Tyler Horne finished fourth and fifth respectively while Thad Moffitt, Lexi Gay, Eric Winslow, Brandon Clements, and Gerald Benton rounded out the top-10.

The win for Chris Burns was his first since April 28, 2018.

Brenton Irving continued his dominance in the INEX Legends division, picking up the win in a thrilling INEX at the 4/10-mile track which will play host to the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals later this year.

Irving raced his way past Brian Sullivan on lap 16 in the 35 lap feature and then survived challenges from Zack Brown, Brian Sullivan and Emily Day.  On the final turn of the last lap, Brown got loose which resulted in both cars getting together and spinning across the line to a second and third place finish respectively.

Irving, who won the track championship at Carteret in 2016 and 2017, was ecstatic after scoring the victory.

“I’m going to tell you, this win was for all of you fans who come out to watch a good race,” Irving said in victory lane.  “That’s why we came here, baby.  Jesus Christ loves every single one of you guys.  I was just playing [with Emily].  When I see someone in my mirror, we would have stepped it up.”

Brown took his second-place finish in stride after an eventful race – first when his windshield was covered with oil when Kevin Nowak blew an engine directly in front of him, then the finish with Sullivan.

“I was loose, just really loose,” Brown said.  “Hate that I did that right in front of pretty much the field, but you’ve got to dig when you’ve got a green-white-checkered.  The first half of the race was crazy.  I guess Herbie the Love Bug (Kevin Nowak) gave me some love as far as fluid goes all over the car.  Just a reallooseose racecar.  Appreciate all the fans coming out.”

Sullivan once again had one of the fastest cars but was unable to come away with the win.  This time, however, he was able to finish without any mechanical issues and is looking ahead to the next race.

“We didn’t blow up, that’s one way to look at it,” Sullivan remarked.  “Last year, we blew two motors, so we’re just happy to finish a race and not blow the thing up.  I didn’t know if [Day] got back by on the outside or not.  Zack got sideways, I checked up.  I thought he was going to save it.  He almost saved it then, last minute, I think he was trying to get to the line as well and he got back in the gas or something and just came across.  Luckily we didn’t do too much damage.”

Emily Day finished fourth while Jim Smith rounded out the top-five in the 16 car field.

Kris Hetu made a late race pass on Michael Rouse to pick up the victory in the Sportsman’s Wholesale Mini Stock Division.  Rouse dominated for much of the event but a late race caution tightened the field and Hetu was able to make the pass on the outside.

“Before that last caution, I noticed [Rouse] started smoking a little bit off his right side so I don’t know if it was getting on his tires or what but I think I used it to my advantage,” Hetu stated.  “I had to drive the piss out of this thing.  It’s been almost a year since I won.”

Rouse’s engine expired late.  Reigning division champion Stephen Sanders finished second over Travis Provost, Jason Adams and Andrew Deal.

Robert Arch picked up the win in an equally entertaining U-CAR feature.  Arch took the lead early and never looked back while Neil Mason, Steve Sullivan and Andrew Jackson engaged in a fierce battle for second behind him.  Arch went on to win and Mason prevailed in the battle while Sullivan, Joe Lanier and Jackson rounded out the top-five.

“It really came to life there,” Arch remarked.  “The longer we ran, the better it got.  I thought we were going to be okay, then at the end, the exhaust fell off the car and it lost a bunch of power.  I thought the Carteret Curse came back. I’ve tried so many times to win here.  That’s the main reason we’re coming down here.  We were coming to race until we won.  I guess we knocked that checklist off early in the year.”

Mike Cooper scored the victory in the Street Stock feature while Gary Rochelle rebounded from a mid-race incident to finish second.  Sean Wales picked up the win in a wild Champ Kart feature, defending a late race charge from Justin Mitchell which included an attempted pass in the grass from the eventual runner-up.  Justin Hall was victorious in the Mini Cup feature.  In the Jr. Mini Cup feature, Scotty Benford, in his first race, collected the victory over Caleb Braswell.

The 2019 season at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway will resume on Saturday, April 13th with the Spring Thaw.  The Spring Thaw will feature racing for the INEX Legends, Sportsman’s Wholesale Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, Mini Cups, Champ Karts and the East Coast Flathead Fords.  Green flag will fly at 7pm.

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 3/30/19 Results

Limited Late Model

  1. Chris Burns
  2. Jason York
  3. Stacy Puryear
  4. Rusty Daniels
  5. Tyler Horne
  6. Thad Moffitt
  7. Lexi Gay
  8. Eric Winslow
  9. Brandon Clements
  10. Gerald Benton
  11. T.J. Barron
  12. Joshua Yeoman

INEX Legends

  1. Brenton Irving
  2. Zack Brown
  3. Brian Sullivan
  4. Emily Day
  5. Jim Smith
  6. Jordan Lamoth
  7. Matt Haufe
  8. Aaron Crumpler
  9. Chris Hammett
  10. Josh Spence
  11. Tucker Jones
  12. Trevor Thacker
  13. Joel Carlyle
  14. Skyler Dean
  15. Kevin Nowak
  16. Eric Courtney

Sportsman’s Wholesale Mini Stock

  1. Kris Hetu
  2. Stephen Sanders
  3. Travis Provost
  4. Jason Adams
  5. Andrew Deal
  6. Michael Rouse
  7. Dub Fulford
  8. Jeremy Ottaway
  9. Adam Resnick
  10. Jesse Heath
  11. Jimmy Odum

U-CAR

  1. Robert Arch
  2. Neil Mason
  3. Steve Sullivan
  4. Joe Lanier
  5. Andrew Jackson
  6. Brian Mattice
  7. Abby Jolly
  8. Curtis Lanier

Street Stock

  1. Mike Cooper
  2. Gary Rochelle, Jr.
  3. Billy Slater
  4. John Sharp
  5. Ronald Shephard

Champ Kart

  1. Sean Wales
  2. Justin Mitchell
  3. Mike Tyndall
  4. Cory Dimauro

Mini Cup

  1. Justin Hall
  2. Chase Singletary
  3. Charles Pudenz
  4. Scotty Benford (JR)
  5. Caleb Braswell (JR)
  6. Alexis Steffan (JR)

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.

Carteret County Speedway Season to Resume October 27th

A field of Late Models takes the green flag for a restart at the Labor Day Classic at Carteret County Speedway in September 2018. (Andy Marquis photo

A field of Late Models takes the green flag for a restart at the Labor Day Classic at Carteret County Speedway in September 2018. (Andy Marquis photo

 

 

SWANSBORO, NC – The show will go on at Carteret County Speedway and the track will resume racing with events on October 27th and November 17th to close out the 2018 season.

Track owner Bobby Watson remains stable and is home after being hospitalized earlier in September and repairs are underway to facilities at the track damaged by Hurricane Florence.  Carteret County Speedway will be ready to race on Saturday, October 27th with the Solid Rock Carriers Race for Recovery presented by C&S Paint Center and Sportsman’s Wholesale.

“This has been a challenging time for both Carteret County Speedway and for the Carteret County, Craven County, and Onslow County communities,” Carteret County Speedway public relations director Andy Marquis said.  “We have seen both the racing community and the Eastern North Carolina community come together.  The outpouring of support for the track and for Bobby Watson has been astonishing and greatly appreciated.”

The Race for Recovery will not just be about racing but also helping to give back the community.  Proceeds from each ticket will go to help benefit local hurricane recovery, while also producing a night of family fun for the community.

Pre-race festivities for the Race for Recovery will include a concert by James Carothers, a Nashville recording artist who vocally resembles country music legend George Jones, as well as a Trunk-or-Treat.  During an intermission period, the track will host a Halloween costume contest for kids and adults as well.

The Race for Recovery on October 27th will feature racing for Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks and U-CARs will all race for their respective division championships.  The Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club and the East Coast Flathead Ford Racing Association will be on hand to bring a blast from racing’s past to the track as well.

The November 17th race will be headlined by the finale for the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge.  Other classes for the Carolina Mini-Stock Championship will be Mini Cups, Legends and Champ Karts.  Pre-race festivities will begin at 5pm and racing will begin around 6pm.

Sunday evening, Carteret County Speedway track owner Bobby Watson returned home and was greeted by a congregation of racers and fans alike who gathered for a prayer and support rally.  Watson has shown signs of improvement in the past week and remains in stable condition.

For more information about 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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