SWANSBORO, NC – Carteret County Speedway is set to wave the green flag next Saturday night, April 2nd, but racers in the Late Model division are already excited about the season.
Drivers are most excited about the lower costs of racing at Carteret County Speedway. On race days, drivers will be able to get new American Racer tires for $75 each and scuff tires for $35 tires. The tire prices come out to around half of what tires cost at other nearby tracks.
“It’s by far the best deal out there with the cost of tires being so inexpensive,” Chris Burns, 23, from Swansboro, North Carolina, said. “It really makes it affordable for us racers. It helps when you show up to the track and you already know your tire bill is going to be half the cost of anywhere else.”
Burns is no stranger to racing in the region. He competed in the inaugural race at Carteret County Speedway, finishing sixth in the event. Burns has also raced other regional tracks, such as Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina.
22-year-old Zach Henshaw, from Maysville, North Carolina, normally competes at East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, North Carolina. However, with Carteret County Speedway now open, he can race closer to home and do so without spending as much money at the track.
“Good prices,” Henshaw remarked. “You can’t go run anywhere as cheap as Carteret County Speedway. They’re helping the racers so they don’t have to spend a lot of money. You won’t have a crazy $600 tire payment on the first race like most tracks do.”
Henshaw also competed in the inaugural race at Carteret County Speedway last summer, finishing eighth in the race.
Carteret County Speedway owner Bobby Watson has received positive feedback about the tire costs.
“We are here for the drivers,” Watson exclaimed. “That’s the main thing. We’re here for the drivers. We aren’t here to gouge them. We’re here for them.”
In addition to the opening night tire bill being half of what it is at other tracks, Carteret County Speedway will also have a healthy purse for the 75 lap race that will start the 2016 season. The race will pay $1,200 to win and $150 to start, along with a $200 pole award.
In addition to the Late Models, the Street Stock, Mini-Stock, U-CAR, Legends and Bandolero divisions will be in action. The USAC Eastern Midgets will also compete at Carteret County on opening night to complete a weekend doubleheader for them as they travel south after racing at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 1st.
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).