SWANSBORO, NC – Sunday night’s Kittrell’s Carquest/Advance Auto Parts Labor Day Classic will mark the one year anniversary of racing at Carteret County Speedway with the largest fields of the season expected to be on hand.
Despite concerns about the weather, Hurricane Hermine has raced off to sea and Carteret County Speedway is ready to host Sunday’s race. One of the largest fields of cars in the track’s young history is expected.
Odum’s Breakthrough Run
Jimmy Odum scored a breakthrough run in the Mini Stock race on August 20th, finishing second to Brandon Clements. While Odum was happy with second and wants to win, but he knows he still has to improve.
“We don’t know if we’ll get the win but we’re looking to improve our lap times and get a good top three or four finish,” Odum said. “Finishing second was a big confidence builder but we didn’t run spectacular lap times so it shows me we didn’t really improve from the previous race but, from all the changes we’re going to make from running second to Brandon should give us better speed for this race.”
Matthews Eyes Second Win
Matthews is making his first trip to Carteret County Speedway since winning on July 6th after the CARS Late Model Stock Tour cancelled their race at Southern National Motorsports Park due to Hurricane Hermine. Matthews dominated when he won the Stevenson Chevrolet Shootout and is hoping to repeat that performance in Sunday’s Labor Day Classic.
“We’re trying to get the car where it was last time we came here,” Matthews said. “It’s hard, two completely different tracks. We’re close to where we need to be. I was hoping the CARS Tour race would run on Sunday. That’s where we were going to go because we’ve had a good year and think we could run with them.”
Late Model Stars Converge
Along with Tyler Matthews, several other Late Model drivers will be making either return visits or first trips to Carteret County Speedway.
Virginia Late Model racer Maddy Ryan Mulligan, who has raced at South Boston Speedway in Virginia and East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, North Carolina, is one of those drivers who will be making her Carteret County debut on Sunday. The track should, however, provide a sense of familiarity for Mulligan. She used to compete at the now-defunct Langley Speedway oval in Hampton, Virginia, a flat .396-mile oval that has many similarities to Carteret.
“I’m expecting to do fairly well,” Mulligan said. “From looking at the track, Carteret is very similar to Langley and I ran at Langley for four years. I have the same type of experience. I’m very excited. Looking for a top three finish tomorrow.”
Times and Tickets
Gates will open for competitors on Sunday afternoon at noon and practice will begin at 3pm. Spectator gates will open at 5pm. Qualifying is set to get underway at 5pm. The green flag will wave on the Kitrell’s Carquest/Advance Auto Parts Labor Day Classic at 7:15pm.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for kids five and under.
Race Order: Mini Stock (30 laps), Legend Cars (20 laps), Street Stock (30 laps), Late Model (60 laps) and U-CAR (20 laps).
Last Race at Carteret County Speedway
Carteret County Speedway played host to another thrilling duel between Chris Burns and Joshua Yeoman on August 20th. Late in the race, Yeoman spun while leading with assistance from Burns. Burns was penalized and sent to the rear of the field but was able to race his way back to the front to score the win.
James Horner bested Jonathon Belfiore in a Street Stock thriller to score his first career Carteret County Speedway win. The two swapped the lead several times, but one mistake cost Belfiore the race and allowed Horner to regain the lead and the win. Brandon Clements won in the Mini Stock race, his second consecutive win, while Brenton Irving won in Legends and Zac Reimer won in U-CAR.
Carteret County Speedway will return to action on Saturday, September 24th with the Coca-Cola Race for Children’s Cancer Awareness. Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, U-CARs and Legends will all be in action. Prior to the race, on the morning of September 24th, Carteret County Speedway will host the Muddy Addiction 5K Run, benefiting The Miriam, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Carteret County.
For more information about Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website atwww.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook (www.facebook.com/carteretcoswy) or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter (www.twitter.com/carteretcoswy).