Proctor Captures Four Cylinder Nationals Victory

Mother Nature was smiling down today as drivers, crews, staff & fans filed into County Line Raceway for the 2nd Annual Four Cylinder Nationals. After running 2 laps of qualifying each & 5 heat races, the fields were set both the Super Stock 4 Cylinder 40 lap $2000 to win feature & the Pure Stock 4 Cylinder 25 lap $500 to win feature. Also on the schedule the 270 & 600 Sprints and the 4 Cylinder Powder Puff races.

Up first, the 25 lap Pure Stock 4 feature with Gary Dillon, picking up the $25 Pole Award provided Quality Construction & Renovation out of Elm City, on the front row. Lap 1 would see a melee in two different areas of the track! Melee #1 took place at the opening over in turn 2 and involved 4 cars, then over on the backstretch, right off of turn 2, Melee #2 involved another 3 cars! Back green with Gary Dillon, JP Brantley, Lee Hardie, Gary Whitley & Robby Causby out front. With half of the laps complete in this 25 lap feature, Gary Dillon continued to lead JP Brantley Lee Hardie, Gary Whitley & Robby Causby. Lap 16 would see a dreaded late race caution. Single file restart this time with Dillon leading Brantley, Hardie, Whitley & Hunter Byrd. (Robby Causby suffered a flat tire during the caution and had to pit to change it. He did return to the field, just at the tail end). Bringing home the win for the 2nd year in a row, Gary Dillon. He was followed by JP Brantley, Lee Hardie, Gary Whitley & Robby Causby.

After a 10 lap Dash for Cash for the 600 Sprints, in which Dale Arnold won, we were ready for the Main Event.

26 Super Stock 4’s lined up for 40 laps & a $2000 paycheck with defending winner Mark Boykin on the pole & Jason Horne on the outside. Earlier in the evening, Eric Hill picked up the $100 LocalRaceChat.com Fast Qualifier award, but after 3 heat races, Mark Boykin would lead the field to green. After a 4 wide salute to the fans, we were ready to go racin! After a drag race down the front stretch, Jason Horne would come out in front of the field followed by Mark Boykin, Hunter Bailey, James Manning & Austin Holcombe. Lap 1 would see a spin over in turn 4 bringing out the caution. Lining up double file for the restart, Jason Horne got a great start over Mark Boykin, as did Hunter Bailey. Bailey moved up to 2nd spot as Boykin slipped to 3rd. James Manning & Austin Holcombe rounded out the top 5. Caution again on lap 2 as 2 cars got together on the backstretch. Back green, Horne leading Bailey, Boykin, Manning & Holcombe. Another melee on the backstretch involving 6 cars brought the caution again, still lap 2. Green flag again, Horne leading Bailey, Boykin, Manning & Holcombe. Lap 6 would see the leader catching the tail of the field, as Austin Holcombe mounted a challenge on Manning for that 4th spot. Lap 8 would see the caution out again for a solo spin in turn 4. Lining up double file, we were ready to see the green flag drop once again. Horne leads Bailey, Boykin, Manning & Holcombe. Lap 10 would see the caution out for 3rd place Mark Boykin. Boykin would suffer a flat tire bringing him down the hot pit for a tire change by his crew. Austin Larrison would also come down the hot pit as well. With everyone back out & lined up, Jason Horne lead the field to green. Hunter Bailey, James Manning, Austin Holcombe and Gary Thiede rounded out the top 5. Thiede would make the move on the high side for one entire lap trying to take spots from the 3rd & 4th place cars. He would bobble in turn 1 and get into the wall off of turn 2 causing him to slip back a few spots. Holcombe would get around Manning to take over 3rd spot. Lap 17 would see Holcombe retreat to the pits with some sort of a mechanical failure. Back green with a hard battle for the lead! From 17th spot, Dustin O’Neal would take the lead from Jason Horne! Hunter Bailey fell back to 5th as John Proctor moved up into the top 5. Whew, folks, if you weren’t here to see it, you missed a great battle! Gary Thiede would get in the mix and take the lead at lap 27, right before the competition caution. As it stands right now, Gary Thiede leads Dustin O’Neal, Jason Horne, John Proctor, Hunter Bailey, Mark Boykin, Damien Bryant, James Manning, Brian Medlin & Jesse Duke. Back green with Gary Thiede leading John Proctor, Hunter Bailey, Mark Boykin & Damien Bryant. Thiede stretched out to about a 10 car length lead over John Proctor when the caution came out again on lap 37. Back green with 3 to go, Thiede, Proctor, Bailey, Boykin & D. O’Neal your top 5. Dustin O’Neal would get around Boykin to take over 4th spot. Coming to the checkers it would be Gary Thiede, John Proctor, Hunter Bailey, Dustin O’Neal & Mark Boykin. After going through the tech inspections required by the track, John Proctor was declared your winner! Congratulations John!

Up next, the Victor May & Rayford Chamblee Memorial Dash For Cash. Pulling 10 cars from the feature event, we inverted them & let them go all out for 10 laps. Brian Medlin made it 3 wide going into turn 1 as they all scrambled for the lead. Eric Hill would be your leader of lap 1 but lap 4 would see him suffer some issue that would slow him allowing Mark Boykin to take the point. Hunter Bailey would take over 2nd, but would challenge Boykin for the lead. Jason Horne held onto 3rd, Glenn Bottoms 4th & James Manning 5th. Horne would take over 2nd spot from Bailey on lap 7 as this was a 3 car battle right now. Horne, who started tenth, would take the lead at the line on lap 9 and take the win. WOW. That was an awesome 10 lap shootout!!

Our final event, the 4 cylinder Powder Puff race would see the ladies get their chance to battle it out. Tonya King & Angie Vick would put on a spectacular battle for the lead on the white flag lap, with Angie getting around Tonya, only to see Tonya rally back coming out of turn 4 to bring home the checkers! She was met in Victory Lane by her dad, Randy, as well as member’s of Victor’s & Rayford’s family.

Be sure to join us at County Line Raceway for the 6th Annual Race for the Kids benefiting Victory Junction Gang Camp. This 3 day event begins on Thursday November 13th with practice and ends on Saturday night with a $10k to win Ultimate Super Late Model feature! We’ll also have the Walking Tall Monster Truck, Open Wheel Modifieds, a compact demolition derby and our Grand Marshall, H. A. “Humpy” Wheeler! Keep a check on our website, Facebook, twitter & our forum on LocalRaceChat.com for up to the minute information regarding this event.

If you have any questions please contact us at the track at 252-985-1949, our website www.countylineracewaync.com, our Facebook, twitter or LocalRaceChat.com.

Thomas Picks Up First Late Model Victory

Our first event of the night, the Super Stock 4 cylinder division, lined up on the backstretch with Hunter Bailey on the pole & Bill Winstead on the outside. Hunter Bailey would take the point out of turn 2 followed by Eric Hill, Damien Bryant, Bill Winstead and James Manning. Lap 1 would see some outstanding driving as these guys were racing 3 wide all the way down the backstretch, into turn 3, finally doubling up side by side out of turn 4. Caution on the backstretch when Gary Thiede got loose and spun around in front of oncoming traffic. Austin Larrison would bear the brunt as he went head on into the wall. Back green with Hunter Bailey leading Austin Holcombe, James Manning, Bill Winstead and Jamie Bailey. By Lap 8, the leader was catching lap traffic. Caution for the 2nd time as 4 cars spun over in turn 4. Back green with Hunter Bailey still leading Austin Holcombe, James Manning, Bill Winstead & James Bailey. Lap 10 would see another couple of cars get together on the backstretch. Glenn Bottoms & John Proctor had a little dust up resulting in heavy damage to the points leader. Back green with Hunter Bailey leading Austin Holcombe, James Manning, Bill Winstead & Jamie Bailey. Jamie would experience some kind of mechanical issue that would slow him drastically on the start moving Gary Thiede into the top 5. Lap 17 would see a car spin over in turn 4 bringing out the caution again. Back green with Hunter Bailey leading Austin Holcombe, James Manning, Bill Winstead & Gary Thiede. Manning would take over 2nd spot as they took the white flag. Hunter Bailey would bring home the win followed by James Manning, Austin Holcombe, Bill Winstead & Gary Thiede. Tying up the championship, John Proctor would bring home his 3rd in a row. Congratulations John!

Next up, the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division, with Matthew Bissette & Kent Wright on the front row. The Thunder & Lightning division was the closest points battle we had coming into tonight’s race with only 47 points separating Skeeter Liles & Matthew Bissette. Green flag and Skeeter Liles, who started 3rd, was already challenging for the lead. Matthew Bissette held steady holding onto the lead with Liles falling in behind for 2nd. Kent Wright, Britches Liles and Lane Proctor rounded out the top 5. Wright would lose 2nd to Britches Liles, while Lane Proctor took over 4th. Mark Boykin, holding onto 6th spot, kept trying to break into the top 5. Britches Liles would fall back to 5th as Lane Proctor and Kent Wright got around him. Mark Boykin would work for a few laps to get around Liles to take over 5th spot, but Liles would rally back just as the caution came out for Mark McDaniels, who’d gotten roughed up a little bit by Joe Taylor. Boykin would retreat to the pits for a flat tire due to the contact with Liles. Back green with Bissette leading Skeeter Liles, Lane Proctor, Kent Wright & Britches Liles. Britches would get around Wright to take over 4th spot as they took the white. Coming to the checkers, it was all Matthew Bissette. Skeeter Liles finished 2nd, Lane Proctor 3rd, Britches Liles 4th & Kent Wright 5th. If calculations are correct, Skeeter Liles would clinch the championship with his 2nd place finish.

Out next, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 lined up & were ready to roll for their 15 lap feature. Kevin Beard & Gary Whitley would bring this field to green. Beard would take the point followed very closely by Gary Whitley, Roy Hall, Wade Ferrell & Paul Peele. Beard would consistently hold off charges by Whitley, as Roy Hall suffered a mechanical issue that would send him to the pits, pushing Wade Ferrell into the top 3. With 3 to go Whitley would really put the pressure on Beard for the lead but would not be able to complete the pass. Kevin Beard would bring home the win followed by Gary Whitley, Wade Ferrell, Paul Peele & Willie Schwann. Wade Ferrell would bring home the championship as well, as he had a good points lead coming into tonight.

The always exciting Pure Stock 4 cylinder division was ready to go with Brandon Whitley and Robbie Causby on the front row. Brandon Whitley would lead lap 1 followed by Robbie Causby, Gary Dillon, Cody Keith and David Haggins. Lot of shuffling through the field as Brandon Whitley maneuvered through traffic, all the while holding off a hard charging Cody Keith, who had gotten around Causby for 2nd spot. Lee Hardie worked his way up to 5th spot and was battling for 4th just as the caution came out for 2 cars on the backstretch. Under this caution, the leader, Brandon Whitley, would suffer some kind of issue that would send him to the pits. Cody Keith would lead this field to green followed by Robby Causby, Gary Dillon, Lee Hardie & JP Brantley. Coming to the checkers it would be Cody Keith followed by Robby Causby, Gary Dillon, Lee Hardie & JP Brantley. Gary Dillon would bring home the championship with an outstanding 11 wins this season under his belt.

Our final feature tonight, the Late Models, would line up on the backstretch with Christian Thomas & Cy Nelms, Sr. on the front row. Nelms, Sr. would slip a little out of turn 2 allowing Michael Batten to move up into 2nd spot. Derrick Francis and Bobby Bottoms would also get around Nelms, Sr. relegating him to 5th spot. Lap 4 would see the caution as Dakota Whitley spun and hit the wall in turn 4. Back green with Christian Thomas leading Michael Batten, Derek Francis, Cy Nelms, Sr. & Bobby Bottoms. Thomas would continue to dominate this feature, lapping traffic as he approached it. Lap 25 would see a big wreck over in turn 3 when 2 cars split a slower car and got tangled up. Spencer Liggon & Bobby Bottoms would hit the wall hard suffering a lot of damage, but both reported to the tower they were ok. Back green with 5 to go. Thomas leading Batten, Francis, Nelms, Sr. and Roger Lucas. Michael Batten would challenge the leader several times, getting side by side but not could not complete the pass. Side by side at the line they would cross, but Christian Thomas would bring home his first ever win. Michael Batten not only brought home a 2nd place finish, but he also brought home the championship with his strong run. Derek Francis, Cy Nelms, Sr. and Roger Lucas rounded out the top 5. Congratulations Christian on your win & Michael on your championship!

Every year, County Line Raceway, puts on a powder puff race so that ladies can have the opportunity to race just like the fellas! Miranda Saunders, Laura Kearney & Andrea Creech would be our 3 participants for the V8 Powder Puff race. 5 laps would decide who took home the trophy. Miranda Saunders would bring home the win & a nice trophy!

Toole Crowned 2014 Open Wheel Modified Points Champion

Excellent weather greeted fans, drivers, crew & staff for the Lee Motor Company Night at the Races. On tap for tonight the Super Stock 4’s, PL Woodard Pure Stock V8’s, Pure Stock 4’s, Open Wheel Modifieds & the Late Models.

Our first feature of the night, the Super Stock 4’s, line up on the backstretch with Kevin Sanford and Jason Horne on the front row. Jason Horne would take the point quickly, bringing James Bailey with him. Kevin Sanford dropped back into 3rd spot followed by Hunter Bailey & Austin Holcombe. Holcombe would get around Hunter Bailey to take over 4th spot. The caution would come out on lap 7 for a slow car on the front stretch, but we were quickly back green. Horne leads James Bailey, Kevin Sanford, Austin Holcombe & Hunter Bailey. Holcombe would get around Sanford to take over 3rd spot. Caution again on lap 10 for Damien Bryant when he looped around over in turn 4. Jason Horne would lead the field to green with 10 to go. Austin Holcombe battled James Bailey for the 2nd spot, Hunter Bailey held tight in 4th and Kevin Sanford held onto 5th spot. John Proctor, who started 12th, was trying to make his way into the top 5 as he closed in on Hunter Bailey. Holcombe & Hunter Bailey would make the move together to get around James Bailey to take over 2nd and 3rd spot, sending James Bailey back to 4th. Proctor got around Sanford for 5th when Sanford went just a little high in turn 2. Jason Horne would lead the remaining laps to bring home the win with Austin Holcombe, Hunter Bailey, James Bailey & John Proctor rounding out the top 5.

 

Our 2nd feature of the night, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8, were ready to go 15 laps with last weeks winner Wade Ferrell on the pole & Roy Hall on the outside. Roy Hall would take the point followed by Amanda Liles, Wade Ferrell, Phillip Lamm & Gary Whitely. Caution Lap 2 for Pat Ferrell as he got out of shape on the front stretch. Back green with Hall leading Liles, Whitley, Lamm and Ferrell. Liles made her way around Hall to take the lead, but Hall was right back around her bringing Gary Whitley with him. Whitely would make contact with Hall, lose his tire and bring out the caution! Back green with Hall leading Lamm, Ferrell, Peele and Liles. Pat Ferrell loops around over in turn 1 on lap 10 bringing out the caution. Back green with Hall leading Lamm, Ferrell, Peele & Liles. Roy Hall would lead the remaining laps bringing home is first win. He was followed by Phillip Lamm, Wade Ferrell, Paul Peele and Willie Schwann.

Next up, the Pure Stock 4 division with Lee Hardie & Michael Webb on the front row. Webb would take the point out of turn 1 followed by Cody Keith Lee Hardie, Joey Morgan and Cooper Edwards. Lap 1 would see a huge melee over in turn 4 involving 5 cars. Timmy Mills, Allan Kea, JP Brantley, Jesse Richardson, Jr & Gary Dillon. It all started when Jesse Richardson, Jr. made contact with JP Brantley. Everyone else spun to avoid. After a lengthy caution, we were back green with Michael Webb leading Cody Keith, Lee Hardie, Joey Morgan & Brent Atkinson. Caution again on lap 3 for a solo spin over in turn 2. Back green with no change in the top 5. Caution lap 6 for 2 cars over in turn 4. During this caution, the 3rd place car of Hardie would retreat to the pits for a flat tire, but would return before going back green. Back green with Webb leading Keith, Morgan, Atkinson and Gary Dillon. Atkinson would lose power causing him to slip back, just as another caution came out for a car going around in turn 2. Back green with Webb out front of Keith, Morgan, Dillon and JP Brantley. After a lengthy race, Michael Webb brought home the win followed by Cody Keith, Gary Dillon, JP Brantley & Joey Morgan,

Running their final points race of the year, the Open Wheel Modifieds were ready to go with Matt Quade, who broke the track record earlier with a 15.137, on the pole. The X Factor, Chris Parker, would start on the outside. Chris Parker jumps out front followed by Matt Quade, Ryan Toole, Ryan Ayers & Chris Arnold. Lap 6 would see a caution for a spin over in turn 2. Back green with no change in the top 5. Lap 17 would see no change in the top 5, but a car would get around over in turn 1 bringing out the caution. Green flag with Chris Parker continuing to lead. Chris Parker would bring home the win followed by Matt Quade, Ryan Toole, Ryan Ayers & Chris Arnold. Ryan Toole wrapped up his season with his Points Championship.

Our final feature event of the night, the Late Models. Dustin Mitchell & Christian Joyner would lead this field of cars to the green for 30 door banging laps. Dustin Mitchell takes the point followed by Christian Joyner, Damon Kotke, Ray Tucker & Michael Batten. Lap 3 would see the caution for Dakota Whitley over in turn 1. Back green with Mitchell leading Joyner, Kotke, Tucker & Batten. Lap 6 would see another caution for 2 cars that got together over in turn 1. Green flag, Mitchell out front with Joyner, Kotke, Tucker & Batten battling to get up there with him. Lap 13 would see the leader catching the tail of the field. Three cars would go 3 wide in turn 1, but only 2 would make it out. Carlton Toney would spin hitting the inside retaining wall in turn 1 bringing out the caution. Green flag with Mitchell bringing the field across the start finish line. Joyner, Kotke, Tucker & Batten would maintain their positions within the top 5. Roger Lucas would take over 5th spot from Batten as Christian Thomas tried to get around Batten to take over 6th spot but couldn’t complete the pass. Dustin Mitchell would bring home the win followed by Christian Joyner, Damon Kotke, Ray Tucker & Roger Lucas.

County Line Raceway will take a weekend off and return to action Saturday, October 4, 2014 with its Night of Champions.  It will be our final points night of the season for Late Model, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, Super Stock Four Cylinder, PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8 and Pure Stock Four Cylinder divisions.  For more information on County Line Raceway, visit the track’s website at www.countylineracewaync.com or call the track office at 252-985-1949.

County Line Raceway To Host Renegade Of Dirt South ‘Open Wheel World Championship’ & ‘Thunder In The Pines’ in 2015!

June ‘Open Wheel World Championship’ To Pay A Possible $10,000 To Win!

(Middlebourne, WV) – Planning is well underway for the ground breaking season of the new Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour Southern Region which has lead to an overwhelming positive response from drivers, promoters, and fans. The already large list of 2015 special events for the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sport Shirts is growing once more. With three $10,000+ event’s already on the tour slate there is no doubt dirt modified teams in the Eastern United States will see it’s biggest money year ever in 2015. In total over $60,000 in first place event money is already on the line in 2015 with what has just been announced to date.

An estimated 14-15 events will headline the introductory season for the Southern region in 2015 and fans of the County Line Raceway in Elm City, NC will have the opportunity to witness three of them. Tour and track officials are pleased to announce two marquee events & three nights of racing action at the speedway next season including an early spring date on April 11th and a mid summer show June 12th-13th. On April 11th the Renegades will make their return to the ‘Little Track Making Big Noise’ for a $2,500 to win open wheel invitational dubbed, “Thunder in the Pines”. The 3rd Annual modified special will be sanctioned by the Renegades of Dirt South and see a substantial pay increase in 2015, as well, track officials have decided to start twenty four cars instead of the tour required twenty. Previous winners of this event include; Russell Erwin & Chris Parker. More details will be released as the event approaches in 2015.

Furthermore, when the calendar shows the ‘Southern Tour’ the halfway point in the championship chase it will be time for a profitable two day stop in Elm City. On June 12th & 13th the Renegades of Dirt will invade the County Line Raceway for the final time in 2015 as they battle it out for the inaugural “Open Wheel World Championship”. On Friday night June 12th, Night #1 of the “Open Wheel World Championship” will see participants duel for event points and a $2,500 dollar winners prize. Then on Saturday night June 13th racers will return for Night #2 of the “Open Wheel World Championship” with $5,000 dollars awaiting the winner. A $500 to win, $100 to start Non-Qualifier event will also be run to award weekend points and ensure that at least forty cars participate in a feature on Saturday night.

The weekends highest overall point’s earner will be crowned as the “Open Wheel World Champion” and receive an additional $1000 dollars for his efforts. In addition, if any driver can win back to back nights they will get an extra $500 dollars and if they have 100% attendance with the Renegade of Dirt South up to June 14th they will receive a $1000 dollar bonus. In all it’s possible that one winner could walk away from the Inaugural “Open Wheel World Championship” $10,000 dollars richer. More details on these two great events will be posted throughout 2015. Please visit the Renegade of Dirt website for event updates at www.renegadesofdirt.com.

“We are excited to be back on the County Line Raceway schedule in 2015 and in a big way” stated Watson. “It was a pleasure working with CLR during the NC Nationals this past March and we look forward to working with them again” added Watson. “We hope to bring that big event feel to CLR with the ‘Open Wheel Championship’ paying a possible $10,000 to win like we had in March for the NC Nationals” continued Watson. “County Line has an awesome fan base and we anticipate a large crowd next June. With it also taking place during the summer we hope the two day weekend will see a lot of campers/tailgaters to add to the atmosphere of the big weekend” concluded Watson.

The hosting venue; County Line Raceway is a 3/8 mile clay oval located at 6953 Stagecoach Road in Elm City, N.C. The track has been in operation since May 21st, 1988. County Line Raceway is a family run track, currently being managed by James Upchurch and Brenda Holcombe. For a ‘Unique Entertainment Experience” take your family and and friends out to County Line Raceway!

For more information regarding the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sport Shirts visit the Renegades of Dirt online at www.renegadesofdirt.com. You can also call Renegade Offices anytime for further information @ 304.771.5051. Like us on Faceb0ok at www.faceb0ok.com/rodconnect or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/renegadesofdirt. To contact Steve Summerlin about the ‘Southern Region’ you can email him at steve.summerlin5@gmail.com.

Dustin Mitchell Claims His 4th CLR Victory of 2014

With impending weather in the area again this week, County Line Raceway was prepared to be in a hurry up mode as we welcomed fans and drivers to the finale of the I-95 Late Model Challenge. With $3k on the line, as well as the championship, everyone was anxious to see what the outcome of this 40 lap feature. Also scheduled the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, PL Woodard Pure Stock V8, Super Stock 4’s & Pure Stock 4’s.

 

Our first feature event, the Super Stock 4’s, rolled out with Bill Winstead and Hunter Bailey on the front row. Winstead would quickly jump out to the front followed by Hunter Bailey, Eric Hill, James Bailey & Austin Holcombe. Lap 2 would see our first caution when 2 cars got together over in turn 4. Back green with Winstead leading H. Bailey, E. Hill, J. Bailey& Holcombe. Winstead maintained about a 3 car length lead over 2nd spot when the caution came out yet again on lap 6. Back green with no change in the top 5. The man on the move, John Proctor, who started at the rear of the field, had worked his way up to 9th spot. Caution again, but quickly back green with Winstead leading. Proctor moved up to 6th spot as Holcombe challenged J. Bailey for 4th spot. Hunter Bailey was trying to close the gap between him and Winstead, trying different lines, as James Bailey worked his way around Eric Hill for 3rd. John Proctor moved up to 5th spot as Eric Hill retreated to the outside pits. As they crossed the stripe, Bill Winstead took the checkers followed by Hunter Bailey, James Bailey, Austin Holcombe & John Proctor.

 

Next out, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 division with Jerry Williams & Wade Ferrell on the front row. Ferrell jumped out to the lead taking command of this 15 lap feature as they all scrambled and raced for position all through the field. Carly Fulghum, who started 6th, moved up to 2nd spot as the pole sitter Williams slid back a few spots. Kevin Beard took over 3rd, Williams was struggling to hold onto 4th and Roy Hall held steady in 5th. As the laps wound down, Ferrell set a blistering pace. Wade Ferrell would bring down his 10th win of the season followed by Carly Fulghum, Kevin Beard, Jerry Williams & Roy Hall.

 

Our 3rd feature, the Pure Stock 4 cylinders, lined up on the back stretch with Gary Dillon & JP Brantley on the front row. Dillon, who has 11 feature wins so far in 2014, would lead this race from flag to flag, holding off challenges from Brandon Whitley.  After the race, Dillon refused teardown and was disqualified.  Brandon Whitley would be crowned your winner.  JP Brantley would claim second, Robbie Causby third, Cody Wilson fourth, and Allen Kea, in only his second start of 2014 would come home fifth.

 

 

The ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division rolled out for their 20 lap feature with Matthew Bissette and Cy Nelms, Jr on the front row. Matthew Bissette would lead lap 1 followed by Nelms, Jr., Skeeter Liles, Lane Proctor and Mark Boykin. Britches Liles would bring out the caution early with a solo spin over in turn 4, and we were quickly back green with no change in the top 5. Another solo spin by Melvin Edmondson would slow this field again. Back green with no change in the top 5 but Cy Nelms, Jr was challenging Bissette hard for the lead. Unable to make the pass, he would fall back into 2nd spot, where he would hang on. Matthew Bissette would bring home the win followed by Cy Nelms, Jr, Skeeter Liles, Lane Proctor & Mark Boykin.

 

The grand finale, the final event of the night, the race to decide the I-95 Late Model Challenge Championship! With 40 laps ahead of them& $3k on the line, Dustin Mitchell & Michael Batten would bring them to the green flag. Dustin Mitchell takes the point from Batten followed by Damon Kotke, Russell Erwin and Travis Hair. Caution early for Spencer Liggon over in turn 2. Back green with a great restart for Mitchell. Batten continued to shut the door on Kotke, Russell Erwin and Christian Joyner rounded out the top 5. Mitchell maintained about a  10 car length lead over 2nd place Batten and was lapping traffic by lap 16. With Mitchell running lap times averaging 86 MPH in the mid 15 second range, everyone was trying to fight for position from 2nd back. Michael Batten held tight to his 2nd spot, Kotke in 3rd Russell Erwin 4th & Christian Joyner 5th. Lapping the field as the laps would down, only 7 cars remained on the lead lap at the wave of the white flag. Dustin Mitchell would bring home the win followed by Michael Batten, Damon Kotke, Russell Erwin & Christian Joyner.  Russell Erwin would win the I-95 Late Model Challenge Championship by 1 point over Damon Kotke.

 

Please join us next week as we host Lee Motor Group Night of Racing! Its also College Night.  College students with a valid student id will be admitted to the grandstands for only $5.  On the schedule, the Late Models, Modifieds Double Points/Final Points, Super Stock Four Cylinder, PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8 & Pure Stock Four Cylinder. As always, if you have any questions, please contact the track at 252-985-1949, our website at www.countylineracewaync.com, www.localracechat.com, our Facebook or our twitter. Thanks so much for your support & we’ll see you next week at The Line!

A Champion Will Be Crowned Saturday Night

After a scheduled week off, County Line Raceway in Elm City is set to roar back to life this Saturday night with its weekly racing series presented by Lee Motor Group – Doing Business the Right Way Since 1953. This week the Late Models will take center stage as the I-95 Late Model Challenge pulls into town for the final time in 2014. The points chase ends at County Line Saturday night and it’s anyone’s title. ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, Super Stock Four Cylinder, PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8, and Pure Stock Four Cylinder divisions will also battle it out for that elusive checkerd flag.

Making its third and final stop of the season to the 3/8ths mile clay oval in Elm City, the I-95 Late Model Challenge will conclude its season and crown a points champion Saturday night. 71 total drivers have participated in the nine race challenge situated between three tracks (Fayetteville, Clary’s and County Line). Only 6 points separate the top 3 positions. Russell Erwin, the winner of the last I-95 Challenge event at County Line will enter Saturday night the leader, a mere 2 points over Damon Kotke. Scott Adams, who picked up his first career victory at Clary’s Speedway in Brinkleyville in round 7 sits third.

In honor of Patriot’s Day, County Line will recognize all of our first responders for their hard work and dedication to their community. All first responders will be admitted to the grandstands FREE (proof of service and id required). Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children 11-15, and Free for kids 10 & under. If you want to get closer to the action, pit passes are available for $30. Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00 and cars hit the track at 7:00. For more information on County Line Raceway, visit the website at www.countylineracewaync.com or call the track phone at 252-985-1949.

Erwin Takes Steel Block Bandit Victory & I-95 Challenge Points Lead

With 88 cars checked in and 132 laps on the schedule, everyone was ready to see some racing Saturday night at County Line Raceway. We welcomed back the Steel Block Bandits for a 50 lap, $4000 to win race. Also on the schedule, the Super Stock 4’s, Pure Stock 4’s, Pure Stock V8’s & Thunder & Lightning.

Our first feature of the evening, the Super Stock 4 cylinders, lined up with Glenn Bottoms & Austin Holcombe on the front row. Holcombe would take the point at the drop of the green flag followed by Glenn Bottoms, James Bailey, Damien Bryant and Hunter Bailey. Holcombe would hold about a 3 car length lead over Bottoms as the caution came out on lap 5. Back green with Holcombe leading Bottoms, J. Bailey, H. Bailey and John Proctor. Hunter Bailey would get around James Bailey as John Proctor started to work on him for the 4th spot. Proctor would get around him to take over the 4th spot sending Bailey to 5th. Hunter Bailey would challenge Holcombe for the lead, taking it and bringing John Proctor with him to take over 2nd. Holcombe held onto 3rd followed by Glenn Bottoms & Bill Winstead. With late race caution, this would set up a green white checker finish. Hunter Bailey put a a little bit of room between him and 2nd place Proctor, but another caution would come out before the lap was completed, giving us a 2nd opportunity at a green, white, checker. Hunter Bailey leads Proctor, Holcombe, J. Bailey & Glenn Bottoms. Hunter Bailey would bring home his 4th win of the year followed by John Proctor, Glenn Bottoms & Bill Winstead.

Up next, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 division with Paul Peele and Amanda Liles on the front row. Amanda Liles would take the point followed by Carly Fulghum, Paul Peele, Wade Ferrell and Kevin Beard. Fulghum, Peele, Ferrell & Beard would be 4 wide in turn 3 trying to take over the 2nd spot. Fulghum would be victorious. Liles would drift up the track slightly in turn 4 allowing Fulghum to get by, and right after she got a nose in front of Liles, the caution came out. Back green, Fulghum, Liles, Ferrell, Beard & Peele. Caution again, with Fulghum still leading Liles, Beard, Ferrell & Peele. Beard would make a strong run to get around the 2 ladies up front, and would get around them, with Liles getting around Fulghum to take over 2nd spot. Fulghum would get up high in turn 2 and hit the wall, sending her around. Paul Peele would spin to avoid. Fulghum was towed to the pits, ending her night. Back green with Beard leading Liles, Ferrell, Peele & Roy Hall. Liles would be all over Beard trying to get around Beard, while Ferrell continued to hold off Peele. Liles would get out of shape over in turn 2 and would collect a couple of cars, bringing out the caution. Back green with Beard leading Peele, Phillip Lamm, Jerry Williams & Johnny Killebrew. Williams would get around Lamm to take over 3rd on the white flag lap on the backstretch. Kevin Beard would bring home the win followed by Paul Peele, Jerry Williams, Phillip Lamm & Johnny Killebrew.

Our third feature of the night, the Pure Stock 4 cylinders lined up with Cooper Edwards & Cody Keith on the front row. Keith would take the point at the drop of the flag followed by Cooper Edwards, Robby Causby, JP Brantley & Gary Dillon. Caution on lap 1 when a couple of cars got together over in turn 4. Back green with Causby making the move on Edwards for 3rd spot. Edwards would get loose & go around on the front stretch with JP Brantley getting involved, bringing out the caution. Back green with Keith leading Causby, Dillon, Brandon Whitley and Timmy Mills. A big mess on the backstretch with a few cars. After Cooper Edwards was towed to the pits we were back green. Cody Keith continued to lead Robby Causby Gary Dillon, Brandon Whitley & Timmy Mills. Cody would bring home his 2nd win of the season followed by Robby Causby Gary Dillon, Brandon Whitley & Timmy Mills.

Finally, the big event, the 50 lap $4000 to win Steel Block Bandits race. After qualifying, heat races and a redraw, the line up was set with 24 Late Models set to take the green. Russell Erwin & Scott Adams would lead this field to green and as fans stood on their feet, the green flag fell with 24 drivers charging down into turn 1. Joe Leavell would bring out the first caution when he spun over in turn 2. Gib Gibbons would also get a piece of the action. With a complete restart, Russell Erwin lead the field to the green flag, but a pile up mid-pack would put us under caution again. Finally, green flag, Russell Erwin leads Scott Adams, Dustin Mitchell, Joe Leavell & Roger Lucas as we get one lap in the books. Willie Milliken, driving the 89 of JC Clary, held off Michael Batten for 6th spot just as the caution came out on lap 3 for debris over in turn 3. Back green with no change in the top 5, while Willie Milliken would relinquish 6th to Michael Batten, Travis Hair held onto 8th, Denny Bonebreak 9th & Andy Fries rounded out the top 10. Lap 15 would see the caution for a spin over in turn 4 by the 9E of Robby Emory. Back green with Erwin leading Adams, Mitchell, Lucas and Leavell. Unfortunately, 3rd place Dustin Mitchell would suffer sheet metal damage that, after a lengthy discussion, would see him turn in the hot pit to have it removed. Back green with Russell Erwin, Scott Adams, Roger Lucas, Michael Batten & Joe Leavell. Travis Hair, Willie Milliken, Andy Fries, Denny Bonebreak & Damon Kotke rounded out the top 10. After a fuel stop at lap 35, we were back green with Russell Erwin leading Scott Adams, Roger Lucas, Michael Batten & Travis Hair. Michael Batten worked his way around Roger Lucas to take over 3rd spot as we approached lap 39, as Dustin Mitchell started marching through the field. Roger Lucas would slow drastically in turn 2, just as 2nd place Scott Adams suffered a flat right rear over in turn 4, bringing out the caution. This would shake up the top 5, moving Michael Batten to 2nd, Travis Hair to 3rd, Willie Milliken to 4th and Andy Fries to 5th. Denny Bonebreak, Damon Kotke, Dustin Mitchell, Derrick Francis & Bobby Bottoms would round out the top 10. Green flag with Russell Erwin leading Michael Batten, Travis Hair, Willie Milliken and Andy Fries. Caution for a spin over in turn 3 when Damon Kotke goes around. Back green, Erwin leading Batten, Hair, Milliken and Fries. The one to watch, the D8 of Dustin Mitchell who was holding down 6th spot, but trying to make his way back into the top 5. With 6 to go, Erwin stretched his lead by about 6 car lengths over 2nd place Batten, when the caution came out for a spin on the backstretch. Hopefully, for the last time, we were back green with 6 to go. Dustin Mitchell made his way around Andy Fries to take over the 5th spot by taking the high line around in turn 3. Derrick Francis, in the 7th spot, would get spun around over in turn 1 bringing out the caution. Back green, but very quickly back under caution for Damon Kotke. Back green, Erwin leading Batten, Hair, Mitchell & Milliken. Russell Erwin would bring home the win after leading from flag to flag. They were THREE WIDE at the line for 2nd place, but it would be Dustin Mitchell coming home in 2nd place. Travis Hair came home 3rd, Michael Batten 4th & Willie Milliken rounded out the top 5. Bobby Bottoms, Scott Adams, Damon Kotke, Andy Fries and Larry Ramsey were the 6th – 10th place finishers. Great job guys!

Our final event of the night, the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning lined up with Matthew Bissette & Skeeter Liles on the front row. A lap one spin in turn 3 would slow the field for the first caution. Mark Boykin would get turned around and slung up on the berm. Back green with Matthew Bissette leading Skeeter Liles, Kent Wright, Luke Owens & Cy Nelms Jr. Nelms would work his way around Owens to take over 4th spot as Liles closed the gap between him & Bissette. A 4 car spin in turn 3 would slow the field again. Back green with Bissette leading Liles, Nelms, Jr., Kent Wright & James Meredith. Bissette would lead the remaining laps bringing home his 3rd win of the season. He was followed by Skeeter Liles, Cy Nelms, Jr., Kent Wright & James Meredith.

County Line Raceway will be closed next weekend but will be back September 13th as we recognize the First Responders as well as host the finale for the I95 Challenge! Be sure to join us for this exciting series finale! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the track at 252-985-1949, check our website at www.countylineracewaync.com, www.localracechat.com, our Facebook or twitter. Thanks so much for your support and we’ll see you at the Line!

Bissette Takes Win Number 2 for 2014

With impending weather in the area, everyone was anxious and the track staff took control as we went into hurry up mode. Fitting 5 divisions of racing in would be a challenge, but County Line Raceway staff would do their best to move the show along, and the drivers would put on a great show.

Our first feature of the night, the Super Stock 4 cylinders, would see Bill Winstead & Nevin Twiddy on the front row. (Hunter Bailey should have started on the pole, but due to some type of mechanical issue possibly, he came out to start at the rear of the field after the other cars had rolled from the grid.) Bill Winstead took the point quickly followed by Nevin Twiddy, John Proctor, Austin Holcombe and James Manning. Twiddy would lose a few spots allowing Proctor, Holcombe, Manning & James Bailey to move up. Hunter Bailey charged through the field up to 4th spot, relegating James Bailey to 5th. Lap 16 would see Hunter get loose in turn 3 while trying to keep off another car, sending him up the little hill in 4 through the grass and back down the other side. No caution as Hunter kept control and although that dropped him back to the rear, it was some awesome driving on his part. Up front, Bill Winstead continued to lead John Proctor, Austin Holcombe, James Bailey & James Manning. Bill Winstead would go on to bring home his second win of the year. He was followed by John Proctor, Austin Holcombe, James Bailey & James Manning.

Next out, the PL Woodard Pure Stock 4 with Wade Ferrell & Amanda Liles leading the field to green. Ferrell would jump out to the lead putting about 6 car lengths between him & Amanda Liles. Paul Peele would make his way around Liles, moving up to 2nd place, bringing Carly Fulghum with him to take over 3rd. Liles fell back to 4th with Kevin Beard rounding out the top 5. Caution lap 10 when two cars got around over in turn 1. Under this caution 3rd place Fulghum and 5th place Beard would head to the pits. Fulghum would be done for the night after dropping a lot of fluid on the track & Beard would come back out to finish the feature. Back green with Ferrell leading Peele, Liles, Anthony Silveri & Willie Schwann. Beard would get around Schwann and Silveri just as Liles slowed on the backstretch. Quick caution but right back green with Ferrell still out front. Wade Ferrell would bring home his 9th win of the year. He was followed by Paul Peele, Anthony Silveri, Kevin Beard & Willie Schwann.

Our third feature event, the Open Wheel Modifieds, lined up on the backstretch with Taylor Cook & Ryan Toole on the front row. Taylor broke the track record earlier tonight with 15.372! Green flag and Taylor Cook jumps out to about a car length lead over Ryan Toole. Matt Quade, Brett Hamilton & Gary Long rounded out the top 5. A couple of cautions would slow this 25 lap event, but nothing it seemed could slow Taylor Cook! He sailed around the track at a blistering pace, eventually bringing home his 2nd win of the year at County Line Raceway. He was followed by Ryan Toole, Matt Quade, Brett Hamilton & Gary Long.

Up next, the Pure Stock 4 cylinders, with Gary Dillon and Cody Keith on the front row. Gary Dillon would take the lead at the drop of the green followed by Cody Keith, Robby Causby, JP Brantley & Bobby Crawford. The caution would fly early as a car would go around over in turn 4. Back green with Dillon leading Keith, Causby, Brantley & Joey Morgan. Robby Causby worked his way around Cody Keith to take over 2nd place as Jeremy Benson took over 5th from Joey Morgan. Caution again on lap 5 for 2 cars out of shape on the backstretch. Back green with no change in the top 5. Lap 14 would see a pretty big wreck over in turn 4 with one car almost turning over. All were able to continue except Jeremy Benson. After a few minutes to get things cleaned up, we were back green with 3 to go. Gary Dillon would lead the remaining laps bringing home his 11th win of the year. He was followed by Robby Causby, JP Brantley, Cody Keith & Bobby Crawford.

Our final feature event of the night, the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division, lined up on the backstretch waiting for their cue to roll off. Kent Wright would lead this field to the green flag for 20 door banging laps. A stack up on the start with Skeeter Liles putting his car in a very tight spot to take over 2nd place from Matthew Bissette and everyone behind them stacked up. Lane Proctor would bring the yellow out when he suffered a left rear flat during the bunch up on the start. Back green and 3 wide down the front straightaway! Kent Wright would take the lead out of turn 1 followed by Skeeter Liles, Matthew Bissette, Mark Boykin and Chris Radford. Cy Nelms, Jr. was challenging for 5th when the leader spun solo in turn 4. Skeeter Liles would inherit the lead wile Cy Nelms, Jr. moved up to 5th. Challenge for the lead on the backstretch on lap 7 with Matthew Bissette getting up beside Liles. Beating and banging through 3 and 4, Bissette would come out of turn 4 with the lead. Cy Nelms, Jr. moved up to 3rd, Mark Boykin held onto 4th and Chris Radford rounded out the top 5. Caution again lap 11 for a spin in turn 4. Back green pretty quick, but back under caution for Britches Liles on the backstretch. Back green with Bissette leading Liles, Nelms, Jr., Boykin & Radford. Cy Nelms Jr. would challenge Liles for 2nd spot as Matthew Bissette rolled to his 2nd victory of the year. Skeeter Liles would come home 2nd followed by Cy Nelms, Jr., Mark Boykin & Chris Radford.

Please be sure to join us next week as we host the Steel Block Nationals – I-95 Late Model Challenge Night 2 Late Model race for $4,000 to Win! Also on the schedule, the Thunder & Lightning, Super Stock Four Cylinder, Pure Stock V-8 & Pure Stock Four Cylinder divisions. As always, if you have any questions, please contact the track at 252-985-1949 or visit our website at www.countylineracewaync.com, www.localracechat.com, our Facebook or our Twitter. Thanks for your support & we’ll see you next week at the Line!

August 9th Cancelled

Due to the amount of rain received at the track and the impending forecast, track officials have made the decision to cancel tonight’s racing activities.  The next scheduled event for CLR is Saturday night, August 16.  This will be Kid’s Night.  Kids will have the opportunity to race their bicycles on the same track as their favorite drivers.  Five divisions of racing action are on the card including the Late Models, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, Super Stock Four Cylinders, Pure Stock Four Cylinders, and PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8.  Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00 and practice is slated for 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids 11-15, and Free for kids 10 & under.  Pit admission is $25.  We hope to see you next Saturday night at THE LINE!

ARCO Restoration Summer Slam Night of Racing

A beautiful sun greeted spectators, drivers, crews & staff today for the ARCO Restoration Summer Slam sponsored by ARCO Restoration. With 5 full classes of racing ready to go, everyone was excited to get cars on the track.

Our first event of the night, the Super Stock 4 Cylinders, lined up outside turn 4 with Hunter Bailey & Bill Winstead on the front row. Bill WInstead would take the point out of turn 2 with a powerful drive off the top of the track. Hunter Bailey fell into 2nd followed by Jason Horne, James Manning & Eric Hill. The yellow would come out on lap 2 for a spin over in turn 4 but we were quickly back green. Winstead leads H. Bailey, Horne, Manning & Hill. Back in 7th and 8th spot, Jamie Bailey & John Proctor would battle over that spot with Bailey holding it and Proctor wanting it. Up front, Bailey pulled alongside Winstead to challenge for the lead and slight contact was made resulting in a flat tire for Bailey. Back green with Winstead leading a very hard charging Horne, Hill, Manning & John Proctor. Side by side all the way out of turn 4 into turn 1 & 2, and down the backstretch as we came to the half-way mark. Austin Holcombe would have some contact from Jamie Bailey over in turn 4 on lap 13 which would result in Holcombe going down the hot pit. After getting Holcombe’s car towed to the pits, we were back green with Winstead leading Horne, but Winstead wouldn’t hold that lead for long as Horne made his way around to take the point. Horne would lead the final laps as this race as he took the checkers. Bill Winstead came home 2nd followed by John Proctor, Hunter Bailey who recovered from an earlier flat tire, and James Manning.

Next up, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 division with Wade Ferrell & Willie Schwann on the front row. Wade Ferrell would take the lead followed by ROy Hall, Gary WHitley, Phillip Lamm. Caution out early for 2 cars spinning over in turn 3, but we were back green with Ferrell leading the way. Ferrell held off a hard charge from Hall, but Hall slipped just a bit allowing Whitley to take over 2nd spot. Whitley tried to get around Ferrell, to no avail. Caution again for Mike Wall & Anthony Silveri, but again, we were back green. Ferrell held off Whitley to bring home his 8th win of the season. He was followed by Gary Whitely, Roy Hall, Phillip Lamm & Willie Schwann.

The always exciting Pure Stock 4 cylinder division with Gary Dillon and Cooper Edwards on the front row. Dillon jumped out to the lead followed by Edwards, Michael Webb, Joey Morgan & Robby Causby. Caution out lap 2 for a spin and almost pile up of several cars in turn 4. Luckily, only 1 car went around & several made evasive maneuvers to avoid the possible pile up. Back green with Dillon leading Webb, Causby, Edwards and Timmy Mills. Lap 7 would see another caution for some debris over in turn 2, and once track staff removed it, we were back green with Dillon leading Webb, Causby, Edwards & Mills. Lap 13 would see 5th place Mills exit the track giving the 5th spot to JP Brantley. Gary Dillon would bring home his 9th win of the year followed by Michael Webb, Robby Causby, Cooper Edwards & JP Brantley.

After a pace lap led by our primary sponsor, ARCO Restoration, Skeeter Liles would lead this 14 car field to the green flag. Skeeter Liles took the lead followed by Lane Proctor, Matthew Bissette, Mark Boykin & Scott Baines. Lap 2 would see a caution for a spin over in turn 4 and after clearing the track we were back green with Skeeter Liles leading. Lap 4 would see another caution over in turn 4 for a spin, and after a push by track staff we were back green with Liles leading Lane Proctor, Matthew Bissette, Mark Boykin & Scott Baines. Back green with Skeeter Liles leading Proctor, Bissette, Boykin & Spud Liles. By lap 15, the leader was lapping traffic. Lap 17 would see the caution out again for Jeff Stott who spun over in turn 3. Back green with 3 to go, Skeeter Liles still leading. Skeeter Liles would bring the win followed by Lane Proctor, Matthew Bissette, Mark Boykin & Spud Liles.

Our final event of the night, the Late Models, would line up with thundering motors over in turn 4 with Michael Batten on the pole. Batten qualified earlier with a 14.661. On his outside, the Kamikaze Kid, Dustin Mitchell. Mitchell would get the lead out of turn 2 on the high side followed by Michael Batten, Christian Joyner, Roger Lucas & Christian Thomas. Just as the leader crossed the stripe to complete lap 1, Carlton Toney would go around in turn 4 bringing out the caution. After he was situated, we were back green with Mitchell leading. Lap 10 would see the caution as Spencer Liggon hit the wall hard right out of turn 2. Back green with Mitchell leading Batten, Joyner, Lucas & Thomas. Dustin Mitchell would simply dominate this 30 lap feature, lapping cars with ease as the laps wound down. Bringing home his 3rd win of the season, Dustin Mitchell takes the checkers. He was followed by Michael Batten, Christian Joyner, Roger Lucas & Christian Thomas.

Just a reminder, County Line will be closed next Saturday, but will return to a regular schedule on July 26th for the PL Woodard & Company Pure Stock V-8 Special. We’ll also have the Late Models, Thunder & Lightning, Super Stock Four Cylinders & Pure Stock Four Cylinders. As always, if you have any questions, please call the track at 252-985-1949, check our website at www.countylineracewaync.com, www.localracechat.com, our twitter or Facebook. Thanks for your continued support & we’ll see you July 26th at the Line.