Modified drivers from across the Eastern seaboard will clash at Caraway Speedway for the 12th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout on November 1, but perhaps no driver is more eager to get to Caraway than Burt Myers.
Myers, of Walnut Cove, North Carolina, won four of the final seven NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races, including one at Caraway September and the season finale at Charlotte last week, giving the 38-year-old driver more momentum than any other Modified driver heading into the North-South Shootout.
"It's funny, I told my wife that I used to dread going to Caraway, but I'm pretty excited about it now," said Myers, who also won a KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series race at Ace Speedway (NC) in June. "You know you're going good when a guy from another team just told me a while ago, 'You must be pretty excited about North-South Shootout this year.' Our car at Caraway the last time we were there was as good of a car as I've ever sat down in. I am looking forward to it."
Myers is a two-time North-South Shootout winner. The driver of the No. 1 Modified earned back-to-back victories in the Shootout in 2008 and 2009 when the event was held at Concord Speedway (NC). While he had admittedly struggled at Caraway on the Tour in the past, having gone nine years between Caraway victories, the Shootout is coming at a time when the pilot of the No. 1 is at the top of his game.
Never one to back away from a challenge, Myers will be looking for a third Shootout win on November 1 against the best Modified drivers from all over the short track racing map.
"Anybody that knows us knows that if it's a Modified race within reach, we're going to run it. I enjoy the fact of the competition. Running with (former Shootout winners Matt) Hirschman and (Ryan) Preece and guys like that in the past that come down, the more competition when you beat them, it's more satisfying."
Myers, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion and six-time Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) titlist, lists his two North-South Shootout victories as highlights on his decorated Modified racing resume.
"When you can stand there and say you just won the North-South Shootout, that's kind of like winning the Daytona 500 for the Modifieds," added Myers. " That's something that will stick with you forever. I'm proud to say that I'm a two-time winner of the Shootout, but I'd love to say I'm a three-time winner."
The 12th Annual North-South Shootout event will feature the Modifieds as well as the PASS South Super Late Models, Southeast Limited Late Model Series, USAC Midgets, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Legends Cars. Shootout weekend kicks off on Thursday, October 30 with practice for all divisions at Caraway Speedway. Racing action gets underway on Friday, October 31 with qualifying and several feature events. The John Blewett III North-South Shootout feature will take center stage on Saturday, November 1 along with PASS and more.
Fans unable to attend the North-South Shootout will be able to tune in to a live 51 TV video broadcast of the event on November 1. For more on the live broadcast, visit www.speed51.com.
Caraway Speedway is located in Sophia, North Carolina near Asheboro and just minutes from Interstates 85 and 74.
For tickets and more on the 12th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.carawayspeedway.com or call 336-629-5803.
- 51 Sports/North-South Shootout press release
- Featured photo: Burt Myers celebrated his second-straight North-South Shootout victory in 2009. (Speed51.com photo)