CONCORD, N.C. – The 14th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North South Shootout in Memory of Charles Kepley will be at Concord Speedway November 3-5, 2016. The Tour-Type Modifieds and Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Models will be the headline features, each racing for 125 laps.
While the $10,000 modified purse is incentive enough, for modified driver Jimmy Blewett of Hopewell Township, N.J. it’s more about family and friends.
“Being in honor of Charles and my brother means a lot to make a run for it,” said Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett. “Charles was a good friend of my brother, and a friend to all of us and started a really great race that a lot of people have come out to support over the years.”
John Blewett III was the older brother of Jimmy and enjoyed considerable success racing first in his home state of New Jersey and ultimately throughout the eastern United States. In all, Blewett scored 96 victories between 1993 and 2007 and track championships at Flemington (N.J.) Speedway, Wall Township (N.J.) Speedway, New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway as well at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Tragically in 2007, at just 33 years old, Blewett lost his life in a racing accident at Thompson (Ct.) Motor Speedway. Blewett won the inaugural North South Shootout in 2003 and scored his second career victory in the race in 2005. The North South Shootout was named in honor of Blewett by event founder Charles Kepley starting in 2007.
Kepley loved racing, and in particular the open-wheeled asphalt modifieds. In the late 1990s he had the dream of an unsanctioned modified race that would bring the best drivers from the North and South together. The goal was for them to all compete in a single showcase event and in 2003 an amazing 63 cars showed up at the first North South Shootout.
The North South Shootout quickly grew into the premier unsanctioned open wheel modified event of each year and a “who’s-who” of drivers would show up to compete in the race that was held at Concord Speedway.
In May of 2011, at 57 years of age, Kepley passed away and the North South Shootout has been competed in his memory since. From 2011 through 2014 the event was held at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C. but last year returned “home” to the Concord Speedway.
“I think this year it’s going to be better than ever,” said Jimmy Blewett. “We got it back at Concord last year, and now coming back again this year is going to be a special event for all of us.”
Blewett is one of the top modified drivers in America, recently wrapping up the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour sixth in the standing. He scored one victory this season on the tour, that was in August at Stafford (Ct.) Motor Speedway. For his career, he has more than 80 race victories. Blewett will be racing the family-owned No. 76 in honor of his brother.
The John Blewett III North South Shootout in Memory of Charles Kepley is headlined by 125-lap, $10,000-to-win features for the Tour-Type Modifieds and PASS Super Late Models. The SK-Type Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Vintage Racers, Street Stock and Mini Stocks will all be in racing throughout the weekend.
Thursday, November 3 is a day of practice; Friday, November 4 is qualifying for all divisions we well as street stock, mini stock and vintage races. On Saturday, November 5th it’s the headline races as well as the SK-Type Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Vintage racers.
A more-details schedule, entry forms, advance ticket sales, and other information is available at www.NorthSouthShootout.com . Further updates will also be made on the North South Shootout Facebook Page as well as through the @NSShootout Twitter Account.
-North South Shootout Press Release. Photo Credit: Speed51.com