The next chapter in the history books for the North-South Shootout will be written Saturday at Caraway Speedway. The event has been contested in North Carolina every year since 2003, when John Blewett, III won at Concord Speedway.
Ahead of Saturday’s race at Caraway, here are the 10 best drivers in the history of the North-South Shootout.
10) Ron Silk – He is one of the better drivers of the non-winners crowd, with five top -0 runs and three in the top five. Silk was third in 2008 and 2014.
9) Chuck Hossfeld – The 2009 pole sitter had two near-misses at the big trophy in the North-South Shootout with second-place runs in 2010 and 2012. He had 10 top-10 runs in 13 starts, including six in a row at one point.
8) George Brunnhoelzl, III – Despite never winning the race, he was able to lock down three podium finishes and seven top-10 runs in the event. With an average finish of 9.67 over 12 starts, he showed he was always around at the end.
7) Eric Beers – With seven starts and and two runner-up finishes Eric Beers proved he was very good at the high banks of the old Concord track. In all, he had five top-10 runs and four in the top five. His average finish of 9.0 over those seven starts is impressive. Beers finished on the lead lap five times.
6) Donny Lia – The 2004 winner was also the 2003 pole sitter for the event. Lia had three top-five runs in only five starts. He would have likely won again had he kept running the event.
5) Ryan Preece – NASCAR driver Ryan Preece struggled early on in his North-South Shootout career, with one top 10 in his first seven starts. Since then, he came alive with two wins and a strong second to give him three podium runs.
4) Andy Seuss – He’s always been a challenger when it comes to the North-South Shootout. With 13 career starts and two wins he is one of the more decorated drivers in the event. In all, he has five top five runs and four overall podium finishes.
3) Burt Myers – A two-time winner and a three-time pole sitter has North Carolina’s Burt Myers as one of the best. With six top-five runs and nearly 300 laps led in the event it leaves him among the best at the North-South Shootout.
2) John Blewett, III – There is no telling what more could have been with JB3. In four runnings of the race, he won twice and was fifth in the other two races to give him a career average finish of 3.0. Those fields were much deeper and had pretty much everyone in the Modified world in them.
1) Matt Hirschman – He is the best in this race with six wins and three pole positions. In 16 races, he has 12 top-five runs, including four runner-up finishes alongside his six wins. He was also third in 2012 leaving him with 11 podium finishes from the North-South Shootout.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo