SWANSBORO, NC – Joshua Yeoman contended for the victory in the season opener at Carteret County Speedway back in April. Now he’s looking to finish what he started in Saturday night’s Budweiser Short Track Shootout.
Yeoman, 20, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, swapped the lead with Chris Burns several times during the course of a 60 lap race back on April 30th. In the closing laps, he found himself side-by-side with Burns and eventually took the lead before spinning while leading. He was able to rebound for a third place finish.
“Me and Chris swapped the lead twice and I think, with five to go, my car got really loose coming off the corner and Chris tapped me just a little bit,” Yeoman recalled. It was a racing deal, nothing intentional on his part. It was just enough to get me around.”
After coming so close and getting a sniff of victory, Yeoman is ready to return to Carteret County Speedway and seal the deal. He will be competing in Saturday night’s $2,500-to-win Budweiser Short Track Shootout at the 4/10-mile track in Swansboro, North Carolina with only one goal.
“Winning a race would mean absolutely everything to me,” Yeoman said. “I think we’ve got a good chance at it. We just have to work on the setup a little bit. We’ve been working on it ever since the last race just trying to get forward bite.”
Yeoman got his start racing in Go-Karts when he was 10 years old. After racing in Go-Karts for several years, he moved up to four cylinders and then made the jump to Late Models last year. Prior to coming to Carteret County Speedway, Yeoman raced predominantly at Dillon Motor Speedway and Florence Motor Speedway in South Carolina.
“My grandfather always owned cars and he put me in a Go-Kart when I was 10 years old,” Yeoman explained. “We won a lot of Go-Kart races and stuff. Two years ago, we moved into four cylinders. Then, we didn’t stay in them very long. We stayed in for a year and got the late Model and won Rookie of the Year at Florence and Dillon last year.”
If Yeoman wins on Saturday night, it would be his first career Late Model victory.
The green flag will wave on the Budweiser Short Track Shootout on Saturday, June 18th at 7pm. Tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the race. General admission is $15, kids five and under get in for $5 and all access pit passes are available for $25.
For more information about the Budweiser Short Track Shootout, visit the official event page athttp://carteretspeedway.com/events/budweiser-short-track-shootout-june-18th/.
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-Carteret County Speedway Press Release. Photo credit: Alicia Hackett/Frameworks Photography