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Caraway Speedway Resumes Action with Second SMRS Stop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brandon Ward Wants to Honor Fallen Crew Member with Southern National Win

Brandon Ward celebrates his victory in the most recent Southern Modified Racing Series race at Concord Speedway. (Photo credit: Corey Latham/Race22.com)

LUCAMA, NC – A victory at Southern National Motorsports Park would be extra special for Southern Modified Racing Series points leader Brandon Ward.

Brandon Ward’s long-time friend and crew member Mike Sabiston passed away when the team was unloading a Super Late Model prior to a Pro All Stars Series race at Southern National Motorsports Park on August 2, 2013.  Today, many of those same guys who worked with Ward at New Day Motorsports continue to work with Ward on his Tour Modified – and a victory at Southern National would be a special one.

“We miss Mike every day, every race,” Ward said.  “This is the same race team, it’s the same group of guys that worked on that Super Late Model with Mike.  The majority of these guys were part of the same team that Mike was part of.  You know, Mike was such a huge part of our racing family.  Every time we go to the racetrack, every day of my life, I miss Mike tremendously.  But, when I do come to Southern National, it’s definitely something, the thought of that day never goes away.

“It kind of sucks in some ways because Southern National is a great facility and a great track and I love racing there but every time I come there, the memory of that day is one of the first things that I think of.”

While the memories of Sabiston’s passing are still raw, Ward wants to add a good memory at Southern National Motorsports Park and honor Sabiston with a victory on Saturday night.

“You always want to win when you go to the racetrack, that’s the only reason we go.  Every race, the next race you go to is the most important race but to come and get a win at SNMP would be huge for me and most of these guys on this team just because we feel like it would at least add a good memory to some of the other memories we have from there.”

Saturday night’s race at Southern National Motorsports Park is the fourth race of the season for the Southern Modified Racing Series and Ward enters the race with the points leader.  The 36-year-old from Winston Salem, North Carolina finished fourth in the tour’s season opening race at Caraway Speedway back in March and has since won races at Orange County Speedway and Concord Speedway.  The two wins and three top-five finishes give Ward a 16 point lead over Bobby Measmer, Jr.

“We’ve really had a good season.  We’ve had two poles and two wins and qualified outside pole  at Caraway and ended up fifth.  Two wins and three top five finishes, it’s been a really good season for us.  These guys have worked hard.  We’ve been really focused on this modified program for the past year now.  Throughout all the hard work all these guys have put in, we feel like we have the racecar where we need to have it.

“We’ve got a lot of big marketing partners that make a lot happen for us.  We couldn’t do it without Spaugh Racing Technologies, KPMoto.com, Progressive Racing Engines, Precision Built Spindle, AMSOIL, Robbins Sandblasting, David E. Day Incorporated and Miller Welder.”

Ward got his start in racing when he began racing in Go-Karts at the age of eight and he has been racing ever since then.

“I got started in racing through my dad and grandfather,” Ward explained.  “They got me started Go-Kart racing when I was eight years old.  I raced Go-Karts from the time I was eight until I was 16.  Then we moved into the Goody’s Dash Series.  From that point, I’ve really had the opportunity to race in many other big divisions. I’ve ran Hooters Pro Cup, K&N Series, UARA and PASS South.”

Now, Ward races predominantly in Modifieds after teaming up with Will Spaugh and Kevin Powell at Bowman Gray Stadium.

“The move to Modifieds for us now really came through Will Spaugh,” Ward commented.  “I started driving Kevin Powell’s modified at Bowman Gray and Will Spa came on board to crew chief for me in that car and my Super Late Model.  At that point, Will was in the process of building his own Tour Modified car and that’s when we put the whole program together and made the switch to Modifieds completely and basically tying Will’s tour mod with Kevin’s Bowman Gray car and using the same team and guys in one joint effort.  It made the most sense for us to do that right now.”

Ward will be in action at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday night, April 8th as part of the Southern Modified Racing Series’ 125 lap race.  The Modifieds will be joined by Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros and the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club.

Tickets for Saturday night’s races will be available at the gate.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for kids ages 7-14 and kids six and under free.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at www.snmpark.com“like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.