Two of the best from the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series are making their way down to Sophia, North Carolina's Caraway Speedway this weekend for the 12th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout. This year's RoC champion, Chuck Hossfeld, will be making his 10th North-South Shootout start and Daren Scherer, who finished fourth in RoC points, will be making his seventh appearance at the prestigious year-end Modified event.
Hossfeld, of Ransomville, NY, is a two-time RoC Series champion. He's a three-time winner of the RoC 200, as well as a seven-time winner on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. But Hossfeld only has two top five finishes in his nine North-South Shootout starts. His goal is to add at least another top five to his stats.
"Hopefully we come out of there with a win or a good top three finish," Hossfeld said. "It would make the trip not only a fun one, but a successful one."
One would think that this race would put a lot of pressure on the drivers for many reasons, one of the big ones being that they want to represent their respective series as well as possible. But not according to Hossfeld.
"I feel like we are going to run strong, so having said that I don't feel any pressure," said Hossfeld. "When you're confident you really don't feel pressure."
Scherer, from Binghamton, NY, made all of his Shootout appearances before the event was moved to Caraway in 2011, but is confident that he can be a contender at Caraway.
"I don't see why we can't run up front," said Scherer. "I've always wanted to win that one."
The North-South Shootout, which annually brings in drivers from many different Modified tours and local tracks all along the Eastern seaboard, has been won by a northern driver the last four years and all three years since the race has been moved to Caraway.
Both Hossfeld and Scherer want to be the fifth-straight driver from the north to earn the Shootout win.
"I like to think that when the Northern guys go we have a good presence there," said Hossfeld.
"I always like going down there. It's a good event to go to and I'm looking forward to going back down there again."
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.
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.
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