Promoter Bobby Watson said he has hired Winston Salem native Randy Pettitt to be General Manager of Carteret County Speedway. Pettitt served as the track’s announcer and helped with social media and promotion of the final five events of the 2017 season.
“Randy has worked in the sport for many years and comes well respected in the racing community,” said Watson. “He’s one of the best announcers in the country, but that’s just part of what he can do. Besides his many years in racing, Randy has been in sales and marketing for over 20 years and can help us grow. He’s going to be a big addition to the great team we already have here.”
Pettitt is best known for his 11 years as the colorful public address announcer for Bowman Gray Stadium, which began conducting seasonal NASCAR stock car racing in his hometown in 1949. He was part of the North Wilkesboro Speedway public relations team and an announcer at the historic Wilkes County track. Randy worked full-time for seven years as a writer and photographer for stock car racing pioneer Hank Schoolfield — the publisher of Southern MotorRacing and Track Manager for North Wilkesboro Speedway. Among Randy’s other work in motorsports has included being an announcer and television reporter for the series formerly known as Hooters Pro Cup; and public relations manager at Orange County Speedway.
“I have visited well over 100 tracks during my time in the sport and Carteret County is one of the nicest anywhere” said Pettitt. “I fell in love with the place, the staff and the drivers and fans there. I am excited to come aboard. Bobby Watson has a lot of big plans for the place and I am here to help him and the CCS team make those dreams a reality.”
A visit from the CARS Late Model touring series and “one of the biggest Late Model races in the country” are among the highlights of a 16-race schedule released for 2018. In addition to the race dates, Pettitt said he hopes to find some creative ways to use the CCS facility to benefit the local community. “The place has so much potential as a multi-use facility. We’re open to any and all good ideas as we plan out the 2018 season.”