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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


  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.

Layne Riggs Scores Victory in Labor Day Classic

Layne Riggs celebrates in victory lane after winning the 4th Annual Solid Rock Carriers Labor Day Classic at Carteret County Speedway. (Andy Marquis/Carteret County Speedway photo)

SWANSBORO, NC – Layne Riggs picked up his second career Carteret County Speedway victory on Sunday night, surviving a late race shootout to score the win in the Solid Rock Carriers Labor Day Classic.

Riggs took the lead on lap 64, getting around Jason York just moments after York had passed Michael Tilley to inherit the top spot.  Riggs then had to hold off a challenge from Mason Diaz.  However, Diaz would be eliminated in a melee on lap 104 that swept up most of the field – including Tilley and York.  From there, Riggs never looked back as he went on to pick up the victory.

“At the beginning of the race, I didn’t even think we had near the best car,” Riggs said.  “I was just holding on for dear life for my position.  After the break, our tires cooled down, got a full heat cycle on them.  Restarted the race and it was like a brand new racecar.  It was on a rail.  I was just riding at the end, making sure I didn’t make any mistakes or do anything stupid to take me out of the race.”

Riggs previously won the Solid Rock Carriers 150, which was run on July 7th, leading wire-to-wire in the event.  This time, the win did not come in as dominant of a performance as it had in July.

“It was a tough race tonight,” Riggs elaborated.  “It was a lot tougher than last time.  There was a lot more competition.  Carteret County stepped their competition up.  You bring money like that to the table and people are going to come.  It’s proven to be true.”

Chris Burns managed to make his way through the carnage of the lap 104 crash and, in the final laps, raced his way from fourth up to second.

“At lap 60, I came over the radio and me and dad were talking about parking it,” Burns stated.  “It was in bad shape for the first 100 laps for some reason.  I don’t know if we have a rear end problem or a shock busted or what.  We sat there for 10-20 minutes and it seemed like it really helped the car.  We didn’t have anything for Layne but, even with it ill-handling, we saved our stuff and I think that helped with our drive off situation.”

Burns felt he got lucky and said he would have been happy being the last car on the lead lap.

One of the cars Burns was able to pass late was Langley Speedway regular Connor Hall.  Hall is a multi-time Carteret County Speedway winner.  He came with expectations of winning but came away with a third place finish.

“We do have a racecar that we can work on making faster and not work on fixing,” Hall remarked.  “It’s pretty cool to say this is my worst finish at Carteret.  I’m definitely bummed but I can’t be too upset with anybody but myself because I didn’t get it behind the wheel today.”

Brandon Clements ended up finishing in fourth while Clay Jones rounded out the top-five.

Tilley dominated the first half of the race but ended up with a ninth place finish to his credit after being taken out in the big one.  The lap 104 big one swept up six cars in total and was the only significant incident in the Limited Late Model portion of the Labor Day Classic.

While Burns came up one position short in the Limited Late Model race, he was able to finish atop the podium in Street Stock competition.

Burns started on the pole but was involved in an incident in the middle stages of the race with a lapped car while trying to hold off Ricky Locklair, Jr.  Burns quickly raced his way back through the field to score the victory.

“Things happen and I hate it for Locklair,” Burns said.  “Jimmy [Horner] and James David [Horner] really had the car handling well.  I appreciate them letting me drive it.”

Chris Connor finished in second while Billy Slater, Dennis Woehrle and John Sharp rounded out the top-five.

Will Bristle dominated much of the 40 lap Legends race, but Mason Diaz got past him in the closing stages of the race.  Diaz looked like he would cruise to victory, but a late race caution set up a three lap shootout.  Coming to the white flag, Bristle was able to get around Diaz to take the lead and the win.

“This win was by far the toughest,” Bristle said.  “I got to thank Mason for driving me as clean as he could.  That was such a blast, being able to race with teammates that close and put on such a good show for the fans.  We’ve put a lot of work in our cars this year and it’s really showing off.”

Diaz was ecstatic after finishing in second.

“That was a blast,” Diaz exclaimed.  “I haven’t had that much fun in a Legend Car in, I couldn’t tell you how long.  Really good teammate.  He raced me clean.  I tried to get to him in that last corner but he was just too far away.”

Rafe Slate finished in third while Eric Courtney and Cody Hall rounded out the top-five in the 23 car field.  The Legends race, which was sponsored by Riverside Dodge, featured the largest field of cars to take the green flag for a feature race in Carteret County Speedway history.

Adam Resnick won in U-CAR over Andrew Jackson, Steve Sullivan, Abby Jolly and Neil Mason while Justin Thompson prevailed over Sean Wales, BJ Thompson, Brad Anderson and JR Taylor in Champ Kart competition.

Carteret County Speedway will race next on Saturday, September 15th when the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock Championship Series and USAC Eastern Midgets headline the racing program.

Labor Day Classic Results

Champ Kart

  1. Justin Thompson
  2. Sean Wales
  3. BJ Thompson
  4. Brad Anderson
  5. JR Taylor
  6. Cory Dimauro
  7. Bill Owens
  8. Lee Ottaway
  9. Scott Benford

Street Stock

  1. Chris Burns
  2. Chris Connor
  3. Billy Slater
  4. Dennis Woehrle
  5. John Sharp
  6. Ricky Locklair, Jr.
  7. Roy Combs


  1. Adam Resnick
  2. Andrew Jackson
  3. Steve Sullivan
  4. Abby Jolly
  5. Neil Mason
  6. Jonathan Payne
  7. Duane Walker


  1. Will Bristle
  2. Mason Diaz
  3. Rafe Slate
  4. Eric Courtney
  5. Cody Hall
  6. Zack Brown
  7. Emily Day
  8. Chris Hammett
  9. Cale Hall
  10. Matthew Linker
  11. Cameron Murray
  12. Shane Irving
  13. Conner Jones
  14. Rodney Tharp
  15. Walker Yates
  16. Ashton Whitner
  17. Tucker Jones
  18. Brian Sullivan
  19. Aaron Crumpler
  20. Brenton Irving
  21. Ryan Matthew
  22. Josh Spence
  23. Brian McElearney


  1. AJ Sanders
  2. Patrick Arch
  3. James Stroud
  4. Lynn Waller
  5. Stephen Sanders
  6. Travisw Miller
  7. Kris Hetu
  8. Zac Reimer
  9. Jesse Jones
  10. Randy Hewett
  11. Justin Owens
  12. Tim Giesen
  13. Andrew Deal
  14. Chad Sykes
  15. John Hladik, Jr.

Limited Late Model

  1. Layne Riggs
  2. Chris Burns
  3. Connor Hall
  4. Brandon Clements
  5. Clay Jones
  6. Jamie York
  7. Chris Phipps
  8. Mason Diaz
  9. Michael Tilley
  10. Jason York
  11. TJ Barron
  12. Eric Winslow
  13. Tim Allensworth
  14. Travis Roberson

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.

Schedule Unveiled for 2017 Season at Carteret County Speedway

Late Model racing at Carteret County Speedway's 2016 finale.  (Andy Marquis/Race22.com photo)

Late Model racing at Carteret County Speedway’s 2016 finale. (Andy Marquis/Race22.com photo)

SWANSBORO, NC – Carteret County Speedway is gearing up for its second full season of racing with 16 scheduled events set to take place in 2017.

The 2017 season will get underway on Sunday, March 12th with a drifting event while the “regular season” will kick off on Sunday, April 2nd. The season will continue with events planned each month through the end of October – with few scheduling conflicts with neighboring tracks in Lucama, North Carolina and Robersonville, North Carolina.

“We’re very excited about the 2017 season,” track owner Bobby Watson said. “We aren’t racing against Southern National Motorsports Park and East Carolina Motor Speedway every week which is good for our racers. We’ve also got a lot more races planned this year.”

After the regular season opens on April 2nd, racing will again pick up on Sunday, April 16th. Saturday, May 20th will play host to the first Saturday night race of the 2016 season and then racing will resume on Sunday night, May 28th.

Entering the summer months, races will be held on June 10th, June 24th, July 5th (a Wednesday night race), July 8th, July 19th (another Wednesday night event), August 12th, August 26th, September 23rd, October 14th and October 28th. In addition to those races, drifting action will again take place on Saturday, October 21st.

The race on Saturday, October 28th will be headlined by an exhibition event for the 602 Super Limited Series. The Limited Late Model tour, headed up by David Sell, is entering its second season after a successful inaugural tour.

A handful of other tours will visit Carteret County Speedway during the 2017 season, which will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Rules and purses will also be announced in the upcoming weeks.

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

2017 Schedule

Sunday, March 12th

Sunday, April 2nd

Sunday, April 16th

Saturday, May 20th

Sunday, May 28th

Saturday, June 10th

Saturday, June 24th

Wednesday, July 5th

Saturday, July 8th

Wednesday, July 19th

Saturday, August 12th

Saturday, August 26th

Saturday, September 23rd

Saturday, October 14th

Saturday, October 21st

Saturday, October 28th

(Subject to change)


Eric Winslow Victorious in Another Instant Classic at Carteret County Speedway

Eric Winslow (22) beats Zachary Marks (17) to the line in a thrilling finish at Carteret County Speedway. (Photo credit: Alicia Hackett/Frameworks Photography)

Eric Winslow (22) beats Zachary Marks (17) to the line in a thrilling finish at Carteret County Speedway. (Photo credit: Alicia Hackett/Frameworks Photography)

SWANSBORO, NC – Eric Winslow stormed to victory in Saturday night’s NAPA/Walker Auto Parts Southern All-Star Showdown at Carteret County Speedway, making a last lap pass for the lead before being taken out after the checkered flag.

Winslow made the pass to the inside of race leader Zachary Marks, after an intense four-way battle for the lead, heading into turn one.  Winslow and Marks raced side-by-side coming out of turn four.  Winslow crossed the stripe first to score the victory and then ended up being taken out by Marks at the stripe in a finish reminiscent of the 1995 Goody’s 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

For Winslow, the victory is bittersweet.  While he may have the trophy, he also has a totaled racecar after the postrace contact from Marks.

“I backed her into the wall really really hard,” Winslow said after the race.  “This is one of those things you never give up. My car is destroyed.  It pays $1,200 to win this race.  I busted my ass to win it, came from the back twice, and I have a destroyed racecar.  That’s bad.  I drove four hours and slept in my trailer to race here but that’s not the track’s fault.

“The track produces great racing.  It is a challenge to get around it.  That’s why I come back.”

The race was anything but easy sailing for Winslow.

Winslow started on the pole in the race but was spun early in the second half of the 60 lap race, relegating him to the rear of the field.  He had to race his way back up to the front but was penalized after initiating contact with Joshua Yeoman which ended Yeoman’s race.

“I did get off him but it was too much that he spun and wasn’t able to save it,” Winslow explained.  “I’ll admit I did that.  That’s my fault.  I really gave up.  I get upset in the car and mad.  I tend to drive a little hard.”

Despite the damage to the racecar, Winslow was proud of the hard work on and off the track that went to scoring the victory.

“I’m so proud to come here from Sellers.  I work all week until 4am to get the car here and we won this thing.  I can’t explain it.  It’s what fairy tales are made of right here, coming here to do this.  And I hope to god you were live and people saw it.”

We were.

The battle between Winslow and Marks was the climax of the intense race which saw numerous lead changes in the second half.  Chris Burns, Alex Fleming and Zachary Marks traded the lead among themselves several times in the closing laps of the race – but a caution with 12 laps to go put Winslow in the picture.

Winslow rocketed to the second spot prior to a caution coming out with five laps to go setting up the showdown for the finish.

Zachary Marks ended up finishing in the second position. Marks declined comment after the race.

Chris Burns finished in the third position, his third top-five finish of 2016.

“Yesterday, at 10am, we didn’t even have a motor,” Burns commented.  “We didn’t get to test last night so I think we were a little behind the eight ball.  Overall, I’m happy with how we ran.  We definitely showed we had a strong car and it felt good to be back up front.”

Burns had a front row seat to the thrilling finish and the extracurricular activity that took place after the checkered flag waved.

“I wish, a couple more laps and I would’ve liked to have seen what would have happened.  We got stuck on the outside the last two restarts and that kind of hurt us.  A couple more laps, we might have won after the battle royale.  I know the fans loved it because it was pretty interesting from my seat.”

Tyler Horne finished fourth in his Carteret County Speedway debut while Alex Fleming, also making his Carteret County Speedway debut, finished fifth.

Winslow is the fifth different Late Model winner in Carteret County Speedway history and the fourth different winner in 2016.  The track has never had a repeat winner in the Late Model division.

Jessica Bean Scores USAC Victory

Jessica Bean became the first woman to score a win at Carteret County Speedway.  The victory was her second win in three races in the USAC Eastern Midget Series.

Qualifying was rained out, putting Bean on the pole by random draw.  She led wire-to-wire, holding off challenges from George Kurtz and Chris Lamb for the entirety of the 35 lap race.

The win was a popular one with the scores of fans who stayed through the rain and the delays.  When Bean pulled into victory lane, she was greeted by roars and thunderous applause from the stands.

“Feels pretty good,” Bean said in victory lane.  “Starting on the pole was definitely an advantage.  I got lucky there.  Really think that was the worst the car’s been all weekend since we got here but I knew we have to clog the bottom to keep everyone behind me.  I’m pretty sure they were right on my butt the whole time.  It’s nice having momentum coming into this win, second win of the season.  First half of the season was a struggle.  I’m just going for wins the rest of the year.”

Kurtz and Lamb challenged Bean throughout the duration of the race but, in the final laps, Bean was able to drive away.

“George was the fastest car all weekend,” Bean remarked.  “I knew I had to try to hold him off, that’s why I had to clog the bottom.  Of course, Chris is a veteran and knows how to get around no matter what track we go to.”

George Kurtz finished second while Chris Lamb, Nolan Allison and Famous Rhodes II rounded out the top-five.

Brandon Clements Returns to Victory Lane

Brandon Clements picked up his first win of the 2016 season and his first win since his car was destroyed in an accident at Dillon Motor Speedway (South Carolina) last fall.

Clements held off Kris Hetu and Travis Provost to score the win, becoming only the second different winner in the Mini Stock division this season.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Clements said.  “It’s either been feast or famine.  Ever since last year, we’ve just struggled with this thing so much.  It’s either been second best or something breaks.  It’s really good to finally be back here in victory lane.  I really thought Kris was going to have something for us at the end.  He’s always a hard charger at the end.”

Clements, Hetu and Provost finished in the top three positions while Travis Miller and Mickey Conner rounded out the top-five.

Belfiore, Spain and Miller Return to Victory Lane

Jonathon Belfiore passed East Carolina Motor Speedway competitor Travis Roberson in the middle stages of the 35 lap Street Stock feature to score his second win of the season over Roberson and Chris Connor.  Eddie Humphrey finished in fourth while Gary Rochelle, Jr. finished fifth.

Travis Miller scored his second consecutive U-CAR win at Carteret County Speedway with a late race pass on Zac Reimer.  Reimer went on to finish second.  Michael Fose, fresh off a pair of Late Model wins at East Carolina Motor Speedway, finished third while Adam Resnick and Mickey Conner rounded out the top-five.

Dillon Spain scored his third consecutive victory in the Legends feature over Stephen Ford, Billy Hall, Justin Mitchell and Shane Irving.

Carteret County Speedway will return to action on Saturday, August 20th with racing for Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, U-CARs and Legends.  August 20th will be Ladies Night at Carteret County Speedway, with all ladies being admitted for $5.

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

Race Results

Late Models

  1. #22 Eric Winslow
  2. #17 Zachary Marks
  3. #19 Chris Burns
  4. #28 Tyler Horne
  5. #05 Alex Fleming
  6. #5 Lynn Waller
  7. #99 Zach Henshaw
  8. #55 Gerald Benton
  9. #2 Joshua Yeoman
  10. #21 Tim Allensworth
  11. #K7 Jim Kelley – DNS

USAC Eastern Midgets

  1. #5 Jessica Bean
  2. #4 George Kurtz
  3. #9 Chris Lamb
  4. #16 Nolan Allison
  5. #7 Famous Rhodes, II
  6. #8 Sam Hatfield
  7. #35 Andrew Layser
  8. #23 Dillon Silverman
  9. #6 Eric Lewis

Street Stocks

  1. #80 Jonathon Belfiore
  2. #3 Travis Roberson
  3. #38 Chris Connor
  4. #14 Eddie Humphrey
  5. #22 Gary Rochelle, Jr.
  6. #55 Kevin Benton
  7. #28 Dennis Woehrle
  8. #21 Jimmy Horner
  9. #01 Kyle Smith

Mini Stocks

  1. #7 Brandon Clements
  2. #01H Kris Hetu
  3. #0 Travis Provost
  4. #99M Travis Miller
  5. #99 Mickey Conner
  6. #11 Jimmy Odum
  7. #01 Duston Yeoman
  8. #35 Gary Murphy


  1. #99 Travis Miller
  2. #23 Zac Reimer
  3. #96 Michael Fose
  4. #4 Adam Resnick
  5. #99 Mickey Conner
  6. #9 Stacy Rhodes
  7. #6 Robert Milligan


  1. #7 Dillon Spain
  2. #86 Stephen Ford
  3. #30 Billy Hall, III
  4. #10 Justin Mitchell
  5. #20 Shane Irving
  6. #21 Joel Carlyle
  7. #B1 Brenton Irving

EVENT PREVIEW: Stevenson Chevrolet Shootout at Carteret County Speedway


Tim Allensworth, pictured during practice at Carteret County Speedway. (Photo credit: Alicia Hackett/Frameworks Photography)

SWANSBORO, NC – After a rainy Fourth of July weekend which forced the cancellation of Saturday night’s Firecracker Clash, racing is set to resume on Wednesday night at Carteret County Speedway.

The Stevenson Chevrolet Shootout is a rare weeknight event and will boast the strongest car count of the season so far.  A $2,000-to-win, 75 lap Late Model race will see a strong field of cars chase victory.

Allensworth Chasing Victory

Tim Allensworth made his first ever Carteret County Speedway start back in June and, with limited practice time, recorded a third place finish.

Allensworth, who finished second in points at Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina in 2014, will be another favorite for the win on Wednesday night.  The veteran racer from Wilmington, North Carolina likes the tires, has his car where he wants it and expects to win on Wednesday.

“We don’t show up to run second,” Allensworth said.  “Everyone who shows up expects to win and thinks they can when they unload.  We got the car dialed in Saturday and looking forward to the race.  Disappointed we didn’t get to run on Sunday but can’t control Mother Nature.”

State Points Leader Making Carteret Debut

Tyler Matthews from Richlands, North Carolina leads the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) North Carolina points.  He has competed regularly at East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, North Carolina and Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina.  This weekend will be his first start at Carteret.

Matthews scored his first career Late Model victory at East Carolina last year and scored a win at Southern National earlier this year.  He recorded some fast laps in an open practice on Saturday ahead of the washed out Firecracker Clash and could be a factor on Wednesday night.

Jim Kelley Wanting Some Luck

“Big Jim” Kelley has failed to finish a race this year.  Mechanical problems have sidelined the veteran racer in both Carteret County Speedway races.

The Newport, North Carolina racer who is chasing his 198th win failed to start in the season opener on April 30th because of mechanical issues.  Mechanical issues again took him out of contention on June 18th while he was having a strong run and looked to be a contender for the win.

Kelley feels he can get a win if he can turn his luck around and looks to do just that on Wednesday night.

Times and Tickets

Gates will open for competitors on Wednesday evening at 4pm and practice will begin at 5pm.  Spectator gates will open at 3pm.  Qualifying is set to get underway at 6pm.  The green flag will wave on the Stevenson Chevrolet Shootout at 7:15pm.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for kids five and under.  Pit passes are available for competitors and fans for $25.

Race Order: Bandoleros — 10 laps, Legends — 20 laps, Mini-Stock — 35 laps, INTERMISSION, Street Stock — 35 laps, Late Model — 75 laps, U-CAR — 25 laps

Last Race at Carteret County Speedway

Carteret County Speedway hosted another classic duel between Chris Burns and Joshua Yeoman in the Late Model division back on June 18th but this time, it was Yeoman who would prevail.

Yeoman spun from the lead early in the race but raced his way back through the field, passing Burns with 10 laps to go to score his first career Late Model victory.  Burns went on to finish second and Tim Allensworth finished third in his Carteret County debut.

United States Marine Corps. Gunnery Sargeant Zac Reimer inherited the lead in the U-CAR race after James Stroud and Travis Miller got together.  Reimer went on to win the race while Miller and Stroud expressed their differences with each other.

Dillon Spain won in the Legends division, Michael Rouse picked up his second consecutive win in the Mini-Stock division and Jesse Council won in the Street Stock division.

RECAP: http://carteretspeedway.com/2016/06/20/joshua-yeoman-scores-first-career-win-while-tempers-flare-in-carteret-shootout/

Looking Ahead

Carteret County Speedway will host the Beach Music Bash Under the Stars on Saturday, July 9th from 6pm-11pm.  The concert will be headlined by the Fantastic Shakers and Jim Quick and the Coastline Band.

Racing will return on Saturday, August 6th.

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