Racing on Carolina's Crystal Coast

EVENT PREVIEW: Opening Night at Carteret County Speedway

EVENT PREVIEW: Opening Night at Carteret County Speedway

SWANSBORO, NC – Carteret County Speedway is ready to get the 2016 season underway with a seven race program on Saturday night, April 30th.

The season opening race will be the third race ever held at the 4/10-mile short track in Swansboro, North Carolina.  The race will kick off the first full season of racing at Carteret County Speedway.

Saturday’s race will feature racing for the Late Models, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, U-CARs, Legends and Bandoleros.

Kelley, Burns Anxious to Race

Jim Kelley and Chris Burns have both raced at East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, North Carolina this season, but Carteret County Speedway is in their backyard and is considered their home tracks.  Kelley lives in Newport while Burns resides in Swansboro.  Both drivers are anxious to race at Carteret County Speedway for the first time this season.

Picture Perfect Forecast

The season opening race was originally supposed to be held on Saturday, April 2nd.  However, rain forced track owner Bobby Watson to pull the plug.  This weekend, the forecast looks much different.  Temperatures will be in the 70s when the green flag drops with party cloudy skies and a zero percent chance of rain in the forecast.

Times and Tickets

Gates will open for competitors on Saturday morning at 10am and practice will begin at 4pm.  Spectator gates will open at 5pm.  Qualifying is set to get underway at 6pm and the green flag will wave on the 2016 season at 7pm.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and kids five and under admitted free.  Pit passes are available for competitors and fans for $25, which is lower than the industry average price for pit passes.

Looking Back at Last Season

Clay Jones scored the victory in the inaugural Late Model race at Carteret County Speedway last September, charging through the field late after getting tangled up with a lapped car in the middle stages of the event.  Brandon Clements won in the Mini-Stock race while Jesse Council scored the Street Stock win, Jesse Jones won in U-CAR, Justin Mitchell won in Legends and Dustin Yeoman won in Bandoleros.  Carteret County Speedway also hosted a Southern Modified Race Tour race last October with Cale Gale scoring the win.

Looking Ahead

Memorial Day Weekend is a weekend to remember America’s fallen heroes while also serving as an unofficial kickoff to summer.  Carteret County Speedway will do both on Saturday, May 28th with the Interstate Batteries Memorial Weekend Classic.  The race will feature the Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks, U-CARs, Legends and Bandoleros as well as the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club.  The race will be one of four military appreciation nights held at the track.  More information will be announced at the event in the weeks leading up to it.

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).