SWANSBORO, NC – Memorial Day Weekend is known for big races, such as the Indianapolis 500, Grand Prix of Monaco and Coca-Cola 600 and now, Carteret County Speedway is adding to it with the Interstate Batteries Memorial Classic.
The Interstate Batteries Memorial Classic, which will be held on Sunday, May 29th, is the second race of the 2016 season and the biggest race so far. Headlined by a 75 lap, $2,500-to-win Late Model feature, the Interstate Batteries Memorial Classic boasts some of the highest payouts in the short track racing scene in North Carolina.
Chris Burns, who won the season opening race, hopes to score his second win of the season. However, he will have to deal with the threat of Clay Jones. Jones, who won the inaugural event at Carteret County Speedway last September, is expected to compete. Jim Kelley is hoping to turn his luck around this season after not being able to start the season opening race due to a broken rear end gear.
Racers from Myrtle Beach Speedway, Dillon Motor Speedway (South Carolina), Florence Motor Speedway (South Carolina) and East Carolina Motor Speedway (Robersonville, North Carolina) have all committed to running the Interstate Batteries Memorial Classic.
The Late Models will not be the only race. The Street Stock and Mini Stock divisions both compete in 40 lap, $1,000-to-win features and drivers from South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have committed to running in what could be some of the biggest races of the year in those respective races regionally. The 25 lap Legends feature will also pay $1,000 to the winner.
The U-CAR division will compete in a 30 lap, $500-to-win event and the Bandoleros will be in action for 10 laps as the opening act. In addition to those races, Carteret County Speedway will host 30 laps of nostalgia with the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club.
“It is a great place for us especially cool with the moonshiner theme and the restaurant in infield,” Southern Ground Pounders president Mack Tatum said. “I won the race last year but expect a ton of fast cars this year at the event. All the members in club are very excited about the return trip down there.
“I love the flat surface as it really puts the feel of the car in the driver’s hands. It kind of makes you feel on the edge all the time. What a great facility. One of if not the nicest tracks we run at!”
Festivities will kick off on Sunday at 4:45pm with qualifying. Keith Henderson will perform a pre-race Tribute to America concert at 6:30pm and racing will get underway at 7:15pm. General Admission tickets will be available the day of the race for only $15.00. Kids ages five and under get in for $5.00. Pit passes are also available for $25.00.
In addition to Sunday’s festivities, local band Aquasonic will perform a concert live at Carteret County Speedway on Saturday night, May 28th at 8:00pm. The Aquasonic concert follows an open practice for racers competing in the Interstate Batteries Memorial Classic, which will start at 4:00pm.
For a complete schedule of events and more information about the Interstate Batteries Memorial Classic, visit the event page at: http://carteretspeedway.com/events/interstate-batteries-memorial-classic-may-29th/
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-Cateret County Speedway Press Release. Photo credit: Alicia Hackett/Frameworks Photography