SWANSBORO, NC – Next Saturday’s Late Model race, the headline act in the NAPA/Walker Auto Stores Southern All-Star Showdown, will feature a halfway break which could be a game changer for competitors.
The halfway break in the 60 lap race will give teams and drivers a chance to make minor adjustments before going all out for the win. For a driver who might struggle in the first half, it is an opportunity to get back in contention and compete for the win in the second half of the $1,200-to-win race.
It will also change how some drivers approach the race, knowing there will be a caution in the race.
“I think it could make it interesting,” Chris Burns, who has one win on the season so far, said. “Gives you a little more opportunity to be competitive at the end of the race. If most people make the right adjustments mid-way, it would make for some close tight racing. I would save equipment and tires the first half of the race and see what kind of changes we need to make halfway to be the best at the end and race 100% most of the second half.”
Zach Henshaw, winless on the season, one of the drivers chasing a $200 bonus that would go to a first time Carteret County Speedway Late Model winner.
“Not much for it really but maybe I can work it to an advantage this race,” Henshaw remarked. “We haven’t gotten a caution free race yet this year. My car has been perfect on the first green flag run. We’ve been testing a lot and getting tips and hopefully I can get my first win. We got a good car to win with.
“if I can just get that green flag run and click off those consistent lap times like I’ve been doing we should be golden. Who knows, this halfway break may be what I need do some adjustments or, if it feels right, go with my gut and trust my car.”
Not every driver is a fan of the halfway break.
“I’m not a fan of a halfway break,” Joshua Yeoman commented. “It’s only 60 laps. Maybe if we were doing 100+ laps, but for 60 laps there is no need for a break in my opinion.”
Joshua Yeoman has been the dominant force so far this season at Carteret County Speedway. In three races, Yeoman has recorded a win and two runner-up finishes. While he is not a fan of the halfway break, he expects to be running up front again at the end of Saturday night’s NAPA/Walker Auto Stores Southern All-Star Showdown.
“I’m not a fan because I just believe in one race no breaks,” Yeoman explained. “I don’t even like twins but I guess it will help if the car isn’t handling right or something. It doesn’t affect my strategy at all. I’ll do anything they throw at us. I’m a racer.”
The Late Model race is the headline act in Saturday night’s six race event. The Street Stocks will be back in action for 35 laps and will be a big opportunity race for local racers, such as Jimmy Horner, Dennis Woehrle and Jonathon Belfiore. The Mini-Stocks will also be in action for 35 laps as Brandon Clements once again tries to chase down an undefeated Michael Rouse for the win.
In addition to the Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks, the U-CAR division and Legend Car division compete while the USAC Honda HPD Eastern Midget Series comes to Carteret County Speedway.
Tickets for the race are available on race day for $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages five and under. All access pit passes are available for $25.
For complete information about the NAPA/Walker Auto Stores Southern All-Star Showdown, visit the official event page at: http://carteretspeedway.com/events/napa-southern-all-star-showdown-august-6th/
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