Stremme & Cook Take Friday Night Dash for the Kids Wins

 Night 2 of the 6th Annual Race For The Kids came upon us with some very cold temps, but that couldn’t deter the County Line Raceway drivers, fans, crews & staff. With a total of 75 cars in attendance, it was sure to be an exciting night!

After a round of qualifying, Chris Ferguson was the fastest overall with a time of 14.143. Lining up for 4 heat races, Chris Ferguson would lead the first heat to the green. Ferguson jumped out to a great lead over Kyle Pierce, Christian Joyner, Boom Briggs & Shawn Sewell. With 5 laps in the books, Chris Ferguson was on a rail, wheeling that 22 Longhorn Chassis around County Line Raceway  with an average speed of 95 mph. Chris Ferguson would bring home the win & the top spot for tomorrow nights feature event.

The second heat would see Casey Roberts bringing them to the green. Three wide going into turn 2, wow! Chris Garnes, Brain Ligon & Michael Batten would make it out of turn 2, but Ligon did get a little bit of the wall allowing Batten to sweep into 3rd spot. Taking the top 4 finishers, these guys were going wide open for each position. Christian Thomas would bring out the caution with a spin in turn 4 on lap 1, and after going back green Brian Ligon would make contact with Michael Batten on the backstretch causing him to get into the wall. After discovering a possible broken tie rod, Batten was towed to the pits. Back green with Casey Roberts, Chris Garnes, Jeff Smith & Brian Ligon looking to transfer. Jeff Smith would challenge Garnes for the 2nd spot as the laps wound down, pulling along side & running door to door and finally with 1 to go, Smith would swoop around & take that 2nd spot. As the checkered flag fell, Casey Roberts would bring home the heat race win.

Our third heat would see Dennis “Rambo” Franklin bring them to the green for 10 laps to set the field for tomorrow’s feature event. Rambo would lead lap 1 followed by Casey Barrow, Jason Covert & Doug Eck the top 4. Ray tucker would find some serious speed coming off of turn 2 and coming down the backstretch. Brandon Ifft would spin in the center of turn 2 ringing out the caution on lap 1, then again on lap 2 on the front stretch to bring out the first & second cautions of this heat race. Back green with Rambo hard on the gas out of 4 to take the green. Cross over moves & slingshot moves dotted this field as these drivers gave everything they had to try and make the transfer spot. Ray Tucker was battling Eck hard for that 4th place position, the transfer spot, but could not complete the pass. Tucker would go to the B Main scheduled for tomorrow, while Rambo took the win & guaranteed his starting spot tomorrow night.

The final Ultimate Super Late Models heat race would see two strong County Line competitors Russell Erwin & Dustin Mitchell on the front row. Erwin & Mitchell would drag race into turn 1 followed by Dan Stone & Derrick Francis, but Dan Stone decided to make it interesting when he made it 3 wide on lap 2 for the lead!! Mitchell would shoot out front followed by Erwin, Stone & Francis. Anthony Sanders & Kevin Wilson would have a dust up on the backstretch when Sanders popped the wall & Wilson had no where to go. Back green with 2 complete, Dustin Mitchell leading Russell Erwin, Dan Stone & Derrick Francis. Side by side for the lead, Erwin takes over the top spot from Mitchell. Dan Stone was on the move making up ground on Mitchell to try and take over 2nd spot. Derrick Francis held on to the 4th spot the transfer spot as we came to two to go. Russell Erwin would take the win to put him in a 4th starting spot tomorrow night.

Up next, the 1st of 2 Twin 25 lap dashes for the Open Wheel Modifieds. With David Stremme & Chris Parker on the front row. Chris Parker would shoot out front followed by David Stremme, Shon Flannery, Derrick Ramey & Ryan Toole. Lap 1 would see Kyle Peterson go around in turn 4 to bring out the caution. Back green with Parker leading Stremme, Ramey, Flannery & Toole. Solo spin by Walt Mayabb would bring out the caution again on lap 2. Back green with Parker still out front. Unfortunately, lap 2 would immediately go back under caution as Gary Dillon spun over in turn 3. Green flag, Parker leading Stremme, Ramey, Flannery & Toole. Lap 8 would see a hard wreck in turn 3 when the 20 of Stephen Quade spun around, facing oncoming traffic, when Walt Mayabb would come off the backstretch and hit him pretty much head on. Luckily both would be ok, but we would be under red flag for a while to get things cleaned up. Back green with Parker leading Stremme, Ramey, Flannery & Toole. Lap 10 would see the leader, Chris Parker would slow drastically on the backstretch bringing out the caution. It appeared to be a mechanical failure as he motioned for a push truck to come assist him to the pits. This would give the lead to David Stremme right before we reached the half way mark. Green flag with Stremme leading Ramey, Flannery, Toole & Patrick Lyon. Lap 20 would see the caution come out for debris over in turn 4, which was not surprising considering the beating and banging these cars were doing off the walls around County Line. David Stremme would bring home the 1st H & R Block Twin 25 $750 to win modified dashes.

The final feature of the night, the 2nd Twin 25 lap Dash presented by H & R Block would see KC Burdette & Taylor Cook on the front row. Cook would shoot out to the lead quickly, bringing Russell Erwin with him. KC Burdette would fall to 3rd, held onto 4th & Max McLaughlin rounded out the top 5. Caution lap 7 when the 11 of Eric Bentley went around in turn 4. Back green with Cook leading Erwin, Burdette, Quade & McLaughlin your top 5. Lap 14 would see the caution again for a few cars that seemed to lose power or suffer flat tires & need to exit the track. Back green with no change in the top 5. Eric Bentley would bring the caution out again on lap 16. Fortunately, this was a quickie yellow, so we were back green quickly with Cook leading the field to the restart. Erwin would make the attempt to get around Cook but unfortunately couldn’t make it stick. Taylor Cook would bring home the 2nd H & R Block Twin 25 $750 to win modified dash.

Be sure to join us tomorrow for the final night of the 6th Annual Race For The Kids. Pit Gates open at 2:00, at 3:00 the Big Dawg 98.5 will be here for a live remote. We’ll also have several vendors set up in the grandstand parking lot including Jeremy Mayfield, Dirt Diva Racing apparel, Victory Junction Gang Camp & others. Grandstands are $25, Pit Gate $40. Come out & join us at County Line Raceway!

Anticipation Continues to Build for County Line Raceway’s Race for the Kid’s!

6th Annual Race for the Kid’s Benefiting Victory Junction Set for November 13th – 15th!

(Elm City, N.C.) As the Fall colors reach their peak here in Eastern North Carolina, that makes the countdown till November 13th that much sweeter for the marquee event at County Line Raceway presented by Lee Motor Group! In just two weeks the 3/8ths mile dirt oval is set to launch its 6th campaign of the very popular Race for the Kids benefiting Victory Junction. Anticipation is trending up at a rapid rate as several announcements have been made including anticipated drivers as well as bonus money and awards up for grabs. For the first time since its inception, the Race for the Kid’s will welcome a Grand Marshall, former Charlotte Motor Speedway promoter and current grass roots racing supporter Humpy Wheeler will greet fans and racers on Saturday November 15th. Once again the Ultimate Super Late Model Series headlines the event as teams compete for a shot at the $10,000 payday and over $35,000 dollars in purse and bonus money. The 3/8 mile red clay oval will also welcome back the Modifieds to the 6th Annual Race for the Kid’s. Fans can expect to see the entire explosive lineup of Modified drivers from all over the Southeast and beyond, a large group of regional contenders, and the famous County Line regulars, a mix sure to provide plenty of fireworks upon their arrival. Also on the card, the Bell & Bell Vintage Modified Series will battle in two, fifteen lap events. Tappahannock Virginia’s Maxxie Broaddus will fly high and smash his way down the front stretch in the powerful Monster Truck Walking Tall! The 6th Annual Race for the Kid’s finale dubbed the “Crash for the Kids” will showcase up to 20 compact cars in a possible $1,000 winner take all demolition derby. Ultimate Super Late Model Series Director Kelley Carlton described the Race for the Kids best, “If you are a motorsports fan, County Line Raceway is the place to be November 14th and 15th. This is more than a race; it’s an event for a great cause that offers a little bit of everything for fans of all ages.”

When action gets underway on Thursday November 13th the track roars to life as participants will be given the opportunity to shake down their rides in an evening of Test N’ Tune.

On Friday the long awaited competitive laps will be turned as Qualifying and Heat races will take place for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. This will set the stage for Saturday night’s Last Chance heat and $10,000 to win 50 lap A-Main. A $200 Fast Qualifier Award is up for grabs for the Super Late Model teams courtesy of Batten Seamless Gutters and Localracechat.com. As announced a few weeks ago, County Line Raceway promoters James Upchurch and Brenda Holcombe along with Race for the Kid’s promoter Steve Summerlin made the decision to bring back the very popular H&R Block of Wilson Twin 25’s for the Modifieds! The entire field of Modifieds will split up and run two complete/separate 25 lap $750 to win, $100 to start events that will give at least forty eight racers the opportunity to race in an A-Main. Qualifying will be utilized in setting up the two groups.

On Saturday night action will continue as the racers and fans from all over converge on the “Little Track Making Big Noise” for the 6th Annual Race for the Kids main event. The atmosphere will be electric as the pits will buzz with anticipation for the nights events. The featured Ultimate Super Late Model Series will hit the track with a round of practice and a Last Chance heat race that will set the stage for the adrenaline filled 50 lap A-Main paying $10,000 to the win, $500 to start. Fans will be hanging on the edge of their seats as the Super Late Model drivers rip the dirt turning 13 to 14 second lap times on the 3/8ths mile dirt surface. When the dust settles not only will one lucky driver walk away with $10,000 in prize money, a brand new La-Z-Boy Recliner will be awarded by Elm City Furniture as well as a custom set of corn hole boards from JDeans Cornhole Boards of Wilson. The Ultimate Super Late Model Series will also crown it’s season point’s champion. Heading into the 6th Annual Race for the Kids, Dennis “Rambo” Franklin holds a slim 33 point advantage over Jeff Smith.

If history repeats itself, the Modifieds will once again boast the largest car count of the weekend. The “Open Wheel” warriors will hit reset on Saturday night. Teams will get a round of practice before a 2 lap qualifying session. A $100 Fast Qualifier Award will be up for grabs courtesy of Gloucester Virginia’s Harris Renovation Services. Once timed laps are complete, Heat Races and a Last Chance Heat will set the order for a 40 lap feature paying $5,000 to win, $500 to start. The winning modified driver will also be rewarded a custom set of corn hole boards by JDeans Cornhole Boards of Wilson. Fans will be treated to watching drivers from all over the country compete. This year’s leading candidate for the Erwin Racing Supply Longest Tow Award is Bryant Dickinson. Bryant and crew will make the trek from Ionia, Michigan in hopes of qualifying for both the Ultimate Super Late Model Series event as well as the Modified feature.

Race fans will be taken back in time when the Bell & Bell Vintage Modified Series takes to the track for their two 15 lap events. These Modified machines will not be there for an exhibition, these drivers will be standing on the gas competing for position and that checkered flag. The Bell & Bell Vintage Series is made up of veteran dirt racers from the Carolina’s driving machines that will take us back to an era where it all began.

The 6th Annual Race for the Kid’s will once again conclude with the Night of Destruction. The Walking Tall Monster Truck presented by Cox Auto Salvage of Elm City will put on an aerial display by jumping 4 cars that will be strategically placed along the front stretch. The night’s finale will be a winner take all Compact Car Demolition Derby. This event has been gaining interest from all over the Southern region. Fans will be treated to 15 or more competitors in the Crash for the Kids. Up to $1,000 is on the line for the last driver running.

Campers are welcome. Units must be self-contained. Spectator parking is free! County Line Raceway is located at 6953 Stagecoach Rd. Elm City N.C. Track Phone – 252-985-1949

 

6th Annual Race for the Kid’s Schedule of Events & Gate Information

Thursday, November 13th

Open Practice for all Divisions

4:00 Gates Open

7:30 Practice begins

10:00pm Practice ends

 

Friday, November 14th

4:00 Pit Gates Open/Driver Registration Begins

5:00 Grandstand Gates Open

6:30 Driver Registration Ends/Drivers Meeting

6:45 Slow Roll-In

7:00 Practice – All Divisions

7:45 Qualifying

Modified

Ultimate Super Late Model Series

Bell & Bell Vintage Modified (Practice)

Modified Race 1 – 25 laps $750 to win

Modified Race 2 – 25 laps $750 to win

 

Saturday, November 15th

2:00 Pit gate Opens/Drivers Registration Begins

3:30pm Grandstand Gate Opens

4:15 Drivers Registration Ends/Driver’s Meeting

4:30 Slow Roll In

5:00 Practice

Modified

Ultimate Super Late Model Series

5:45 Heats/Qualifying

Modified

Bell & Bell Vintage Modified – Practice

Ultimate Super Late Model Series (Cars Locked in A-Main Only)

Modified – Heats

Ultimate Super Late Model Series – Consi (if needed)

Bell & Bell Vintage Modified – Heats

Modified – Consi (If needed)

7:30 Features

Bell & Bell Vintage Modified – 15 laps

Modified — 40 Laps $5,000 to win

Bell & Bell Vintage Modified — 15 laps

Ultimate Super Late Model Series – $10,000 to Win

Walking Tall Monster Truck

Crash for the Kids Compact Demolition Derby

 

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grandstands: $5 (Ages 16 Up); $2 (Ages 11-15); Free (10 & Under)

Pits: $10 (Ages 11 Up); $5 (Ages 10 & Under)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Grandstands: $15 (Ages 16-65); $10 (Senior Citizens – 65 & Up); $5 (Ages 11-15); Free (10 & Under)

Pits: $25 (Ages 11 Up); $10 (Ages 10 & Under)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Grandstands: $25 (Ages 16-65); $20 (Senior Citizens – 65 & Up); $10 (Ages 11-15); Free (10 & Under)

Pits: $40 (Ages 11 Up); $20 (10 & Under)

2 Day Pit Pass (Friday & Saturday): $60 (Ages 11 Up); $25 (Ages 10 & Under)

For more information visit www.countylineracewaync.com

***County Line Raceway reserves the right to alter show format and revise race procedures in the event of, but not limited to, car count, inclement weather, challenging track conditions and/or extenuating circumstances.***

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!