SWANSBORO, NC – Jessica Bean races into Carteret County Speedway fresh off a victory two weeks ago at Wake County Speedway in the USAC Eastern Midget Series. Saturday night’s race at Carteret County Speedway, however, is unlike any other for the series.
Bean, 26, from Famland, Indiana (now living in Greensboro, North Carolina), is one of close to a dozen racers in the USAC Eastern Midget Series who will take to the flat, 4/10-mile Carteret County Speedway oval for the first time on Saturday. The challenge of a unique track, that the racers and teams say is anything but cookie-cutter, is one Bean is looking forward to.
“It’s definitely a different track,” Bean said. “It’s the only one on the series that is this flat and this big of a flat track as well. It’s definitely going to be a challenge for all of us to get used to but it’s going to be a nice fun race. Definitely something to look forward to.”
Up until her win at Wake County Speedway on July 22nd, the 2016 season has been challenging for Bean. Last season, she picked up three feature race wins. This year, she only has one win and finds herself third in points, 64 markers behind points leader Andrew Layser.
The win at Wake County, which was followed up by a runner-up finish at Shenandoah Speedway in Virginia on July 23rd, has given Bean confidence heading into Saturday night’s NAPA/Walker Auto Parts Southern All-Star Showdown at Carteret County Speedway..
“I had three wins last year,” Bean remarked. “That was my first win of the season. We’ve been struggling this season to try to get the car going. We finally got it going last weekend so hoping to keep the momentum going this weekend. We’re going to try to get the car dialed in and go for it.”
In the USAC Eastern Midget Series, Andrew Layser leads the points and has two victories over Jake Nelke and Jessica Bean. Nelke has three victories, including a win in the tour’s most recent race at Shenandoah Speedway. The winningest driver in 2016 so far has been Chris Lamb who has four wins at three different tracks.
Along with the USAC Eastern Midgets, the Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, U-CARs and Legend Cars will all be in action on Saturday night. Tickets are available at the gate for $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages five and under. Tickets will be sold for $10 for Boy Scouts in uniform as part of Boy Scout Night at the track.
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