Racing on Carolina's Crystal Coast

Stephen Ford Progressing at Carteret, Sights Set on First Win

Stephen Ford Progressing at Carteret, Sights Set on First Win

SWANSBORO, NC – Stephen Ford picked up a third place finish on July 6th and a second place finish on August 6th.  Now, he’s hoping to continue his progression with a win at Carteret County Speedway on Saturday night.

Ford, 16, from Raleigh, North Carolina is a regular in the Legend Cars at Carteret County Speedway and has improved in every race he has run.  His improvement has not just been at Carteret County Speedway, but in dirt track racing as well.

“So far, this season I’ve learned a lot racing dirt with Billy Gomez,” Ford said.  “It’s helped me out a lot with my driving and leaning to keep control and how to drive a lot better.  This season has been a really good season for me.  We’ve had a lot of top-three finishes on dirt and pavement.  It’s been a really good year.”

Ford has four wins in Legend Cars on dirt but has never scored an overall win on asphalt.  That is a trend he hopes to change on Saturday night.  However, he knows winning a race would mean having to beat an undefeated Dillon Spain who has won in every race he has competed in at Carteret County Speedway.

“I feel like we have a really good chance,” Spain remarked.  “We have a really good car.  My car has been getting better and better and I think it’s coming real soon.  We’ve got a top-three car and we might, I know we have a good chance at winning.  Dillon Spain is a really good driver and he’ll be tough to beat.”

Ford began racing when he was four, competing in Karts before moving up to Legend Cars when he was 13 years old.  In Kart racing, Ford says he scored many wins and several championships.

Unlike many who compete in Legends, Ford doesn’t necessarily have his sights set on a career in NASCAR racing.  He says he would move up and run Late Models if given the opportunity, but racing is more about having fun.

“I’m having a lot of fun where I’m at.  I’d love to have the opportunity to run a Late Model or something bigger but right now I’m having fun on Legends on dirt and pavements.”

Ford will be competing in Saturday night’s race at Carteret County Speedway.  Along with the Legend Cars, which are sanctioned by U.S. Legend Cars and INEX International, the Late Model, Street Stock, Mini Stock and U-CAR divisions will be in action.

General admission is $15 for the race, with kids five and under admitted for $5.  Ladies also get admission for $5 as part of Carteret County Speedway’s Ladies Night promotion.

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).