SWANSBORO, NC – Racers and fans alike are ready to get back to racing at Carteret County Speedway in Saturday night’s Budweiser Short Track Shootout.
The race is the second race of the 2016 season and the fourth race ever held at Carteret County Speedway. The headline event for Saturday night’s race is a 75 lap, $2,500-to-win Late Model feature which could boast one of the largest fields yet at Carteret County Speedway.
Along with the Late Model race, the 40 lap Street Stock race, 40 lap Mini Stock race and 35 lap Legends race will pay $1,000-to-win. There will also be a 30 lap U-CAR race, a 25 lap race for the Carolina Eastern Mini Cup Association (CEMCA) and a 10 lap Bandolero race.
Street Stock Showdown
Saturday night’s race will be a big opportunity of the season for local Street Stock competitors, such as Dennis Woehrle and Jonathon Belfiore.
Woehrle, who goes by “Wile E”, is a local competitor who has been eager to get back on track. Wile E finished sixth on Opening Night back in April and has his sights set on scoring his first ever Carteret County Speedway victory. Meanwhile, Belfiore won on Opening Night, prevailing over Jesse Council and Jimmy Horner in a thrilling feature race.
Clements Looks to Get Back to Winning
Brandon Clements is winless on 2016 and has struggled ever since a crash at Dillon Motor Speedway (South Carolina). Clements’ last victory came at Carteret County Speedway last year. This weekend, he will be racing in a different car but he’s hoping to get back to a familiar place.
Mini Cup Invasion
The Carolina Eastern Mini Cup Association proves size doesn’t matter. The scale size cars, which replicate the old NASCAR racecars of the 1990s, pack plenty of speed and always put on a thrilling show. Their 25 lap feature at Carteret County Speedway is the only race the series is hosting in North Carolina in 2016.
Times and Tickets
Gates will open for competitors on Saturday morning at 10am and practice will begin at 3pm. Spectator gates will open at 3pm. Qualifying is set to get underway at 5pm and the green flag will wave on the 2016 season at 7pm.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for kids five and under. Pit passes are available for competitors and fans for $25, which is lower than the industry average price for pit passes.
Race Order: Bandoleros (10 laps), CEMCA Mini Cups (25 laps), Mini-Stocks (40 laps), Legends (25 laps), Late Models (75 laps), U-CARs (30 laps) and Street Stocks (30 laps).
Last Race at Carteret County Speedway
Chris Burns scored the victory on Opening Night in a thriller after swapping the lead several times with Joshua Yeoman. In the closing laps, Yeoman got loose in turn two and then spun with assistance from Burns. Jonathon Belfiore won the Street Stock race, Michael Rouse dominated the Mini Stock feature, James Stroud scored the win in the U-CAR race and Brenton Irving won in the Legends division.
Carteret County Speedway will be in action twice for the Independence Day holiday. Sunday, July 3rd will feature all of Carteret County Speedway’s regular divisions in the Interstate Batteries Firecracker Clash. Three days later, on Wednesday night, July 6th, Carteret County Speedway will host a rare weekday race which is destined to draw headliners from all forms of racing. Details on both of these events will be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition to those two races, Carteret County Speedway will also host the Beach Music Bash Under the Stars on Saturday, July 9th from 6pm-11pm. The concert will be headlined by Jim Quick and the Coastline Band.
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).
-Carteret County Press Release & Photo