SWANSBORO, NC – Stock car racing is a tradition as American as hot dogs and fans can catch both at Carteret County Speedway on Sunday night.
Carteret County Speedway will host 210 laps of classic racing action in the Interstate Batteries Firecracker Clash, headlined by 75 laps of Late Model racing. Sunday night will also see the return of Kart racing when the Hampton, Virginia based DES Pro Wing Champ Karts make their inaugural trip to Carteret County.
Winslow Leads Outsider Invasion
Eric Winslow is one of a handful Late Model drivers who will be making their first career start at Carteret County Speedway on Sunday night. Winslow comes to Carteret fresh off a 14th place finish in the South Boston 200 at South Boston Speedway (Virginia) on Friday night.
“I really liked the track,” Winslow said of Carteret County Speedway. “It’s really smooth and everybody down there was really nice and courteous. I’m really looking forward to it and it’s going to be a fun deal for sure.”
Winslow says Carteret County Speedway is a challenging racetrack that puts racing in the hands of the drivers.
“I’ve never driven just a flat track,” Winslow remarked. “I feel like I could run in the Walmart parking lot and setup for this place. I like the fact that you have to work the car and you have to get the car where you can run it hard every lap. You can be fast for a couple laps but it takes a lot to get it good for the long haul.”
While Winslow is from Virginia, a couple North Carolina drivers will make their first start at Carteret County Speedway. Tyler Matthews, points leader in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series North Carolina championship, will be competing on Sunday night as will Chris Chapman, who has wins this year at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly.
‘Wile E’ Chasing Road Runners
Dennis Woehrle of Hampstead, North Carolina goes by the nickname “Wile E”. He’s a former street racer who returned to the racing scene after Carteret County Speedway opened.
“Lavon [Vance] from Coastal Plains Raceway actually told me about the track opening up,” Woehrle said. “We came over here for the opening race last year and really enjoyed it. I was getting the itch to come back to racing. A car became available so here I am.”
Worhrle competes in the Street Stock division, chasing Jonathon Belfiore and Jesse Council. Belfior won the first race of the season while Council won in the most recent race held at Carteret.
Times and Tickets
Gates will open for competitors on Sunday morning at 10am and practice will begin at 3pm. Spectator gates will open at 3pm. Qualifying is set to get underway at 5pm. Keith Henderson will perform the star-spangled “Tribute to America” at 6:30pm and then lead pre-race ceremonies at 7pm. The green flag will wave on the Interstate Batteries Firecracker Clash, the third race of the 2016 season, 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 (25 laps), Mini-Stocks (40 laps), INTERMISSION, Street Stock (35 laps), Late Models (75 laps), U-CARs (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.
There is very little turnaround for the competitors at Carteret County Speedway after the checkered flag falls on Sunday night.
That’s because Carteret County Speedway will race once again on Wednesday night in a rare weeknight show. The Stevenson Chevrolet Shootout will pay $2,000-to-win in Late Models and has drawn interest from competitors all over the Carolinas and Virginia.
Carteret County Speedway will also 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.
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).