In the short track word association game, often times when you say Burt Myers the other person says Bowman Gray Stadium. However, the nine-time BGS champion also has a good rapport with another tried and true North Carolina oval that shares very few similarities with "The Madhouse."
The half-mile gem that is Caraway Speedway has been the stage for many victories over the last two decades for Myers, often times propelling him to championships from the SMART Modified Tour, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and now the Southern Modified Racing Series.
Since 2016, Myers has amassed eight wins at Caraway alone, both in SMRS and NASCAR competition. It should be no surprise that with the SMRS 2019 opener on tap at Caraway this weekend, he is ready to roll.
“I’ve been racing at Caraway a long time," Myers said Monday morning on The Morning Bulllring. "We got off there for a while, but when we went to the Fury chassis and the NASCAR engine spec combination, we got back on track. I wasn’t able to run as many last year because I was up north with Eddie (Harvey) doing the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour some. So, I’m looking forward to this weekend."
While his time up north has kept Myers away from Caraway since last April, he has put laps on his SMRS ride since then, coming away with a win at Orange County Speedway (NC) last fall.
“We’re going to shake the car down, we’ll go there similar to what we had before," he said. "Last race we ran on the series was Orange County. I had a really good car and won the race. Looking for some good results.”
Myers is also a fan of the great competition that Modified racing tends to put on at Caraway time and time again. Though he is not certain as to the exact reason, he has a well-educated theory.
“I don’t know, it depends on what day of the week you go. The inside groove is good sometimes and sometimes the outside groove is good, or right in the middle," Myers explained. "I don’t know if that’s part of it, you never know what Caraway you’re going to get until you get there. If you got a good car that runs on the bottom on a weekend the top is good, you might be off a little bit and visa versa.”
With the SMRS season opener set to generate a healthy car count of the top Southern stars, Myers is even more excited to prove his mettle once again on Caraway’s half-mile ribbon of hard top.
“I’ve been going to Caraway since I was kid, watching my dad race down there. Here I am doing it too. It usually puts on a good show day or night. We should have a good field this weekend, the purse is a little bigger for the first race. I’m expecting 17 or 18 cars and maybe number 1 in victory lane.”
Speed51.com will be on hand for coverage of all the racing this Sunday, March 10 and will have full race highlights of the Southern Modified Racing Series on the Speed51 Network early next week.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor - Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: PASS