When Caraway Speedway’s owners announced in May that the track was cutting its weekly racing program and was suddenly up for sale, many wondered if and when Caraway would open its gates for racing again. Even though the track announced that the next date would be in early July, it seemed that many wondered if that would actually happen. But this week, it is happening as Caraway will open its historic gates once again on Saturday for the 12thAnnual Rusty Harpe Memorial.
Late Model Stock Cars, Super Late Models, 602 Super Limiteds, 602 Modifieds, U-Cars, Allison Legacy cars and the Southern Modified Racing Series will all take to the 4/10-mile oval in Sophia, North Carolina on Saturday night.
“It’s very exciting to get racing back to Caraway Speedway, especially over Independence Day weekend which has always been a great date at Caraway Speedway,” said long time track announcer Doug Smith. “To be able to have that race and all that we have scheduled, it’s going to be a totally exciting time and we are ecstatic to to get back to racing once again.”
Late Model Stock Car racing at Caraway Speedway is always competitive with drivers such as RD Smith, Travis Swaim and Ryan Millington frequently racing at the challenging race track.
Saturday’s Super Late Model race is shaping up to be a fun one as some Pro All Stars Series South drivers are expected to be in attendance, including two-time defending PASS South champion Matt Craig, and Jody Measmer.
As always, the Southern Modified Racing Series will headline the night’s racing action. Jason Myers, Tim Brown, Jeremy Gerstner and all of the stars of Modified racing in the south are expected to be in attendance as Bowman Gray Stadium has the night off.
The Late Model Stocks, Super Late Models and Southern Modified Racing Series will all race for 71 laps each.
The action will kick off Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET with qualifying. Racing is expected to begin at 7 p.m. ET. There will be an on-track autograph session at the conclusion of qualifying.
Caraway Speedway’s next event after the Rusty Harpe Memorial will be held on July 28th.
Speed51.com will have live Trackside Now coverage and post-race video highlights from the Rusty Harpe Memorial.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount