County Line Raceway Set to Host $5000 FASTRAK National Touring Event

by: Fastrak PR

Elm City, North Carolina – County Line Raceway located Elm City, North Carolina has secured a date to host their first-ever event with the FASTRAK Racing Series Touring Divisions. The $5000 to win “national” event has been slated for September 20th and 21st. The late season dates will make the County Line event one of the final events of the year which teams can earn points towards their weekly and touring championships as well as reaching the ever-important 12 race minimum required to qualify for FASTRAK’s year-ending World Championship. “We have been throwing this idea around all year. We added FASTRAK to our weekly late models and the crate powered cars are starting to gain momentum across the country, so we thought an event like would help us continue to build the division here by allowing some of the area guys to come over and run for a great purse and see what we have to offer here at County Line. We are really excited about putting this together.” said County Line Raceway’s Publicist Steve Summerlin.

“We are very proud to be associated with everyone at County Line Raceway. They have built a great fan base and weekly program over the last few years. They have really brought themselves to the forefront of dirt racing in that region. We have had some very successful ULTIMATE Super Late Model events there the last couple of years and we look forward to doing the same thing with our FASTRAK Touring Divisions. A race this late on the season should really a good mix of our FASTRAK Sweeney Cars Northeast Touring, FASTRAK City Chevrolet Southeast Touring and our FASTRAK Weekly Racing Division guys. It will be a good opportunity to pick up some points or another race of their required 12. We want to thank Brenda, James, Steve, Tyler and the whole staff for their desire and drive to bring their fans the best in dirt racing.” commented FASTRAK CEO and Founder Stan Lester.

More information to come in the days ahead as the details of the event are continued to be nailed down. Watch www.countylineracewaync.com/ and www.fastrakracing.com for complete details as they become available.

Lick Picks Up First Ever ARDC Win at CLR

After a rain out last weekend, everyone was excited to return to County Line Raceway as we held our first Mascot night, as well as welcomed back the ARDC Midgets. Also schedule the Middlesex Super Stock 4, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4 and P.L. Woodard Pure Stock V8.

The Mascots, Roary the County Lion, Slugger from the Wilson Tobs, Peter Bargaintail from Hubert Vester Honda & Miss Berry Delicious from Deans Farm Market would participate in a foot race down the front stretch. Slugger would put the other mascots to shame as he blew by them bringing home the checkered flag. Roary, upset over losing at his home track, immediately tried to protest over Sluggers shoes. As of this writing, we are unsure of the results of the protest.

After a pace lap with the Mascots, along with Kids Konnection Kid of the Week Enzo Dillon, the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4 lined up with Bill Winstead on the pole and Jason Horne starting second. Horne would jump out to the front quickly taking the lead but Winstead was dead on him not ready to let him get too far away. The caution would come out for Glenn Bottoms with a mechanical issue that would see flames erupting from underneath the 47. Back green with Horne leading Winstead, Eric Hill, Austin Holcomb & Austin Larrison. Horne and Winstead would put on a great show, battling for that top spot. Through the field, we would see John Proctor move from the rear of the field and take over 3rd spot after getting around the 8 of Austin Holcombe. Eric Hill would hang on to 5th spot after getting around Austin Larrison. Jamie Bailey held tight to his 7th place position hoping to hold on to his 3rd place points as well. Jason Horne would bring home the win, followed by Bill Winstead, John Proctor, Austin Holcombe & Eric Hill.

Up next, the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division with Cy Nelms, Jr & Brad Hamm bringing the field to the green flag. Nelms & Hamm had a drag race own the front stretch but it would be Brad Hamm taking the point. Brad and Cy would pull away from the field as David Upchurch, Mark Boykin & Joey Cascell rounded out the top 5. The first caution in this feature would come out on lap 14 and again on lap 15 for Doug Williams who would spin in turn 4 both times. Back green with Hamm continuing to lead Nelms, Upchurch, Boykin & Cascell. Nelms would stick his nose under the bumper of Hamm several times but couldn’t complete the pass. Brad Hamm would bring home his 2nd win of the season. Brad was followed by Cy Nelms, David Upchurch, Mark Boykin & Joey Cascell.

The ARDC Midget Series would hit the 3/8ths mile clay oval next. Catasauqua Pennsylvania driver Kyle Lick would lead the 19 car field to the green flag. Lick would rocket into turn one side by side with Drew Heistand. Lick would power his way to the point on the back stretch and begin to stretch his lead over Heistand and Steven Drevicki. The 19 car field would remain tight throughout the 25 lap feature. The first caution would fly as Greg Fitzpatrick would get into the backstretch wall and roll over. Fitzpatrick would be okay. As the green flag flew for the 2nd time, Lick would find himself under heavy pressure from Heistand, Drevicki, PJ Gargulio and Jason Rice. Rice would tear through the field and battle for 2nd spot only to make contact with a lapped car resulting in Rice flipping several times in turn 2. After a quick clean up the field went green again with Lick leading the way for the final 10 laps and taking his first feature win in the ARDC Midget Racing Series. Lick would be followed by Trevor Kobylarz, Brett Arndt, Bruce Buckwalter Jr and Brendan Bright.

The PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4’s lined up on the backstretch with Jeffery Patterson & Thomas Holcombe on the front row. Patterson would go out front in turn 2 followed by Holbrooke, Michael Webb, Roby Causby and JP Brantley. The caution would come out with 2 complete for the 16 of Cooper Edwards over on the backstretch. The caution would come out again for a single car spin on the backstretch, then again on lap 5 for another single car spin in turn 4. Back green with Patterson leading Holbrooke, Michael Webb, Roby Causby and JP Brantley. Damien Bryant in 6th spot was holding off a charge from Cody Keith. A couple of cars would spin simultaneously on different areas of the speedway bringing out the caution again on lap 9. Chris Collins would take a ride to the pits in the ambulance to be checked out after an especially hard hit on the backstretch. He was deemed ok, but will most likely be sore in the morning. Back green with Patterson still leading Holbrooke. Holbrooke was holding off Webb while Brantley was challenging Causby for 4th. Holbrooke would get loose out of turn 4 inadvertently clipping the 9 of Webb. Webb would go to the pits with a right rear flat with 4 to go. Back green with Patterson leading Holbrooke, Cody Keith, Robby Causby & JP Brantley the remaining laps. Due to failing final tech, Patterson was disqualified. Thomas Holbrooke would be declared the winner. The remainder of the top 5 would be Cody Keith, Robby Causby, JP Brantley & Damien Bryant.

Our final feature of the night, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 division. Roy Hall & Wade Ferrell started this 15 lap feature. Lap 1 would see the caution come out for a 3 car mess over in turn 4. Gary Whitley, Dwayne Whitley & Gary Whitley would get together after slight contact from a loose Amanda Liles. Back green with Ferrell leading Schlaffer, Roy Hall Kevin Beard and Carly Fulghum. Kyle Howard would bring out the caution on lap 5 with a lot of smoke coming out of his car. Back green with 10 to go. Ferrell out front, Schlaffer 2nd, Kevin Beard 3rd, Carly Fulghum 4th and Jerry Williams in 5th. Jason Schlaffer was all over the rear of Wade Ferrell as we came to 5 to go. He was trying to get around Ferrell to take the lead as the caution came out for 3rd place Kevin Beard who slowed out of turn 2. With 4 to go, Ferrell leads Schlaffer, Fulghum, Williams & Roy Hall. Schlaffer was all over Ferrell, trying to get around him to take over the top spot as the laps wound down. With 2 to go, Schlaffer was trying every line he could to get around, low, high, middle and could not complete the pass. Wade Ferrell would bring home the win followed by Jason Schlaffer, Carly Fulghum, Jerry Williams & Roy Hall.

County Line Raceway will be closed next Saturday night in honor of the 4th of July, but we will return on Friday July 12th with the Road to Jamaica Ultimate Super Late Model event! That’s right, the Ultimate Super Late Model Series will make a stop at County Line Raceway on Friday night before heading up to Jamaica, Virginia! Join us for the 40 lap, $4000 to win Super Late Model event. We will also see the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4, PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning and the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 in action!

As always, if you have any questions, please call the track at 252-985-1949 or check our website at www.countylineracwaync.com, LocalRaceChat.com, our Facebook or Twitter. Thank you for your support & we’ll see you at the line!!

Top 5 Points (each division)

Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4

1              90           John Proctor        2179      

2              8             Austin Holcombe 1981   -198      

3              27           James Bailey      1841       -338      

4              61           Eric Hill                1774       -405      

5              47           Glenn Bottoms    1680       -499

 

ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning

1              49           Brad Hamm        1743      

2              7              Mark Boykin       1646       -97         

3              P50         Lane Proctor      1639       -104      

4              L3            Skeeter Liles      1637       -106      

5              69           Chris Radford     1561       -182      

 

PL Woodard Pure Stock V8

1              44           Jerry Williams    2183       0             

2              99H        Gary Whitley      2031       -152      

3              48/1       Kevin Beard        1938       -245      

4              42           Wade Ferrell      1931       -252      

5              50           Carly Fulghum   1894       -289      

 

PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4

1              12           Cody Keith          2076      

2              81           Brent Atkinson    2036       -40         

3              51           Thomas Holbrook 1834 -242                      

4              00           Dennis Deaver    1824       -252      

5              03           Damien Bryant   1779       -297

Chris Parker Wins The Thunder In The Pines

No one could’ve asked for better weather today as people filed into County Line Raceway for the 2nd Annual Thunder in the Pines 100! For the first time in several years, County Line Raceway would host 6 divisions of racing! That’s right, 6 divisions would take to the 3/8 mile oval for 125 laps of hard door to door racing! We welcomed our Barnes Equipment Late Model division, the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4’s, PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4’s, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, PL Woodard Pure Stock V8’s and the hard racing DRU Inc. Open Wheel Modifieds.

After a pace lap by the Kids Konnection Pace Truck, the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4 division, with John Proctor & Austin Holcombe on the front row, set off for 20 laps. Proctor set a quick pace followed closely behind Austin Holcombe, Jamie Bailey, Austin Larrison & Chris Moore. Jamie Bailey would slip up just a little out of turn 4 in front of Larrison causing him to slip back 1 spot but he was able to continue. Out front, Holcombe repeatedly challenged Proctor for the lead, but would be shut down as John Proctor went on to win his 4th race of the season & 3rd in a row.

Up next, the non points event for the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division would line up to battle it out for 20 laps with Skeeter Liles leading the field to the green flag. Skeeter would lead Chris Radford, David Upchurch, James Meredith & Doug Williams Liles would have a mechanical failure on lap 14 after leading the entire race! This would move 05 of David Upchurch into the lead followed by Chris Radford. Radford would challenge Upchurch hard, eventually making contact on the backstretch. Upchurch would spin and they would both tag on to the rear of the field. This would put James Meredith out front with 2 to go. James Meredith would hold off a hard charge by the 05 of Upchurch to bring home his first win. He was followed by David Upchurch and Chris Radford.

The DRU Inc. Open Wheel Modifieds, making their return to County Line Raceway, pulled onto the track for their 25 lap feature. Before taking the green flag, the drivers fell into the “Missing Man” formation in honor of fellow open wheel driver Donnie Smith who passed away earlier this week. Taylor Cooke would lead the field to green but it would be Chis Parker who took the lead. Parker would pull away slightly from Cooke as he dove down into turn 4, but the caution would come out for Michael Yanke as he spun over in turn 4. Back green with Parker leading Cooke, Derrick Ramey, Roger Lucas & Troy Loomis. Bud Watson would make his way into the top 5 as the field battled for each spot. Chris Parker would find the checkered flag bringing home his first win of the season. Taylor Cooke, Derrick Ramey, Roger Lucas & Bud Watson would round out the top 5.

Proud sponsor PL Woodard watched as the Pure Stock V8 division pulled out of turn 4 for their 15 lap feature with Kevin Beard & Jerry Williams on the front row. These two are very hard racers and the first last did not disappoint! Beard would take the lead with Williams dead on his bumper. Beard & Williams would race hard for that top spot, with Williams eventually getting around him to take over the lead. Williams quickly caught the tail of the field and was putting cars laps down when he would make slight contact with Dwayne Whitley on the backstretch. The caution would slow the field and after quick action by track staff, we were back under green. Beard would dive hard into turn 1 and barely nudge Williams out of the way to attempt to take the lead, only to see Williams spin the car! Beard & Williams were both sent to the rear with Carly Fulghum taking over the lead with 2 to go. Carly would bring home her first win of 2013 followed by Joey Graziani, William Schwann, Jerry Williams & Kevin Beard.

Michael Batten set the fast time for the Barnes Equipment Late Model division but due to a mechanical failure, he would start at the rear of the field. This in turn would move Travis Hair to the front row along side Christian Joyner for this 30 lap shoot out. Hair would jump out front of Joyner quickly, but Joyner would not be stopped. He got around Hair for the lead and set sail, quickly catching the tail of the field. Bobby Bottoms, riding in 3rd spot, spun on the backstretch off of turn 2 bringing out the only caution that would slow this field. Bobby would join the tail of the field and we were back green with 15 laps to go. Joyner remained out front followed by Hair, Roger Lucas, Randy Lucas & Bobby Bottoms. Bottoms would find his line again quickly, and work his way around both the Lucas brothers to take back his 3rd place spot. Christian Joyner would lead the remaining laps and bring home the win followed by Travis Hair, Bobby Bottoms, Roger Lucas & Randy Lucas.

Our final feature of the night, the PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4 division would see Thomas Holbrooke & Robby Causby on the front row. The caution would come out quickly for these guys as Michael Webb spun from his 7th place starting spot on the first lap. Back green with Robby Causby leading Thomas Holbrooke, Dennis Deaver, Jeffery Patterson & Damien Bryant. Cody Wilson would bring out the 2nd caution when he spun out of turn 4, and shortly after going green, 3rd place Dennis Deaver would spin out of 4 as well. With these back to back cautions, this would shake up the top 5 as Jeffery Patterson moved up into 3rd spot, Damien Bryant to 4th & Michael Webb moving into the top 5 after an earlier spin. Patterson would work hard to get around Holbrooke for 2nd spot finally making his move on the high side out of turn 3 to take the spot. With his sights set on the lead, he set off after Causby. Causby would fight to hold the lead, but Patterson was on point as he slid up into that top spot. With nothing between him and the checkers, Patterson raced his way to the win! Thomas Holbrooke would take over 2nd spot, Robby Causby brought home 3rd, Damien Bryant had another great run coming home 4th & Michael Webb rallied back for a top 5 finish.

Be sure to come out next week & bring the kids as we host Mascot Night. We will have several mascots on hand to meet with the kids, take some photo’s & hang out with Roary the County Lion. We will also have a candy drop for the kids! Scheduled for Saturday night,the Barnes Equipment Late Model, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock Four Cylinder, PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8 & the PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock Four Cylinder.

As always if you have any questions, please contact us at the track at 252-985-1949, our website www.countylineracewaync.com/, LocalRaceChat.com, our Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks for your support as we celebrate 25 years! See you at the Line!

Top 5 in Points All Divisions:

Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4

90           John Proctor      1990       0

8              Austin Holcombe1795    -195

27           James Bailey      1671       -319

61           Eric Hill                  1591       -399

47           Glenn Bottoms  1528      -462

 

PL Woodard Pure Stock V8

1             44           Jerry Williams    1999

2              99H        Gary Whitley      1888       -111

3              48/1       Kevin Beard        1776       -223

4              42           Wade Ferrell      1721       -278

5              50           Carly Fulghum   1703       -296

 

DRU Inc Open Wheel Mods

1              21           Taylor Cook        772         0

2              48X         Chris Parker        750         -22

3              12           Greg Brown        619         -153

4              79           Roger Lucas        593         -179

5              22           Russell Erwin      579         -193

 

Barnes Equipment Late Models

1              C9           Christian Joyner                1748

2              47           Bobby Bottoms                 1631       -117

3              21           Michael Batten                 1603       -145

4              91           Travis Hair           1587       -161

5              22           Dykes Maynard                1436       -312

 

ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning

1              49           Brad Hamm        1539

2              P50         Lane Proctor      1489       -50

3              L3            Skeeter Liles      1469       -70

4              7              Mark Boykin       1466       -73

5              69           Chris Radford     1402       -137

 

PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4

1              12           Cody Keith          1880

2              81           Brent Atkinson 1870       -10

3              72           Jeffery Patterson 1677 -203

4              00           Dennis Deaver 1648       -232

5              51           Thomas Holbrook 1624 -256

Hair Picks Up Kid’s Night Victory

County Line Raceway celebrated the beginning of the summer with our annual Kids Night! Kids were able to take rides on racecars with their favorite drivers as Roary & the Kids Konnection were on hand to help them get on the racecars as well as having a Junior flagman & Kids Konnection Members riding in the pace truck. If you’re interested, please see one of the track staff for an application!

After car rides, we went straight into heats & qualifying for all divisions and after seeing some fast times, we knew we were in for a great night of racing action!

Up first the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4 division with Jesse Duke & Eric Hill on the front row. After being led around the track by Steve Summerlin and members of the Kids Konnection for a couple of pace laps, we were under green. John Proctor was definitely in a hurry to get to the front of the field as he challenged first and second place cars. Proctor would take the point followed by Eric Hill, Jamie Bailey, Austin Holcombe & Jesse Duke. Two cars would get together bringing out the first caution on lap 6. Austin Larrison & John Carroll would be hooked together requiring assistance from track staff. After clearing the raceway, we were back under green with Proctor still leading Eric Hill, Jamie Bailey, Austin Holcombe & Jesse Duke. Proctor would continue to lead the remainder of this feature, bringing home his 3rd win of the season. Proctor was followed by Eric Hill, Jamie Bailey, Austin Holcombe & Jesse Duke. Excellent run for these guys!

Out next, the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning Division with Mark Boykin & Brad Hamm leading the field to green. At the drop of the green flag Skeeter Liles was trying to check out! He went three wide on the bottom to get around Mark Boykin and Brad Hamm to take the lead going into turn 1! Wow, what a move! Brad Hamm would take over 2nd spot moving Mark Boykin back to 3rd, Lane Proctor in 4th and Cy Nelms Jr. rounding out the top 5. Brad Hamm would challenge Liles for the lead only to fall back in behind him when the caution came out for a slow car on the front stretch. After a quick caution, we were back green with Liles leading a hard charging Brad Hamm. Hamm wold try several different grooves trying to get around Liles only to have Liles to slam the door on him. Lane Proctor would battle Mark Boykin side by side for several laps trying to take over 3rd spot as Cy Nelms, Jr. was waiting for one of them to slip up. Up front, Skeeter managed to put several car lengths between him and 2nd place Hamm only to have a caution for fluid on the track in turn 2. Back green after making sure the track was clear with 6 to go, Liles out front followed by Hamm, Boykin, Nelms Jr., and Lane Proctor. Lap 16 would see the caution for Mark Boykin who was blowing a lot of smoke. Boykin would make the hard right turn to the outside pits out of turn 2, giving up his 3rd place run. Green with 4 to go with Liles leading Hamm, Nelms, Jr., Proctor and Doug Williams. Skeeter Liles would bring home his 6th win, and his 3rd in a row. Liles was followed by Brad Hamm, Cy Nelms, Jr., Lane Proctor & Chris Radford.

The PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4 lined up for their 15 lap feature with Cody Keith and Dennis Deaver on the front row. David Haggins would bring out the first caution, as he slowed on the track, but it was a very short pause to the action as we were right back green. Cody Keith would lead Dennis Deaver, Thomas Holbrooke, Michael Webb and Cooper Edwards. Cody Keith dominated this race and as the laps wound down maintained his lead to bring home his 2nd win of the season. He was followed by Thomas Holbrooke, Michael Webb, Damien Bryant and Cooper Edwards. Bryant & Edwards would bring home their best finish of 2013! Great job guys!

The 2nd round of the Barnes Fast 5 Barnes Equipment Late Models lined up for their 30 lap feature with Christian Joyner, who broke the track record with a 14.459 on the pole. Michael Batten was your outside pole sitter & at the drop of the green flag, these guys were racing!! Christian Joyner jumped out to a car length lead over Michael Batten, but Batten would quickly feel the pressure of Bobby Bottoms. Bottoms would pull a slide job on Batten to take over the 2nd spot while Travis Hair held on to 3rd. Batten & Bottoms would battle a couple of laps before Batten reclaimed 2nd spot. Hair would put pressure on Bottoms for 2nd as Christian Joyner stretched his lead out. The battle was for 2nd and it involved the 2nd, 3rd & 4th place cars! Hair would get around Bottoms taking over 3rd spot while Randy Lucas moved up into the top 5. Hair & Batten would battle relentlessly for 2nd spot with Travis going into 4 a little hot getting into the corner, slightly tagging Batten. Hair would move into the 2nd spot and hang on to it as Batten tried hard to get it back. Coming off turn 2 we would see the leader spin! Christian Joyner would go to the rear while Travis Hair moved to the lead. Hair has not had a win this season. Joyner would bring out the caution again when he slowed in turn 2, and as we went back green Hair leads Bobby Bottoms, who was holding off Michael Batten. Bottoms and Batten would put on a great show for the 2nd spot while Travis Hair would lead the remaining laps. Bobby Bottoms, Michael Batten, Randy Lucas & Dykes Maynard would round out the top 5. Congratulations Travis Hair & Tart Brothers Racing. Mr. Wayne Tart lost his mother, and during his Victory Lane speech, Travis dedicated his win in her memory.

Our final feature of the night, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 saw Kevin Beard and Gary Whitley on the front row of this 15 lap feature. Whitley would take the point at the start of the race as they raced three wide through the field. Kevin Beard would fall in behind Whitley for 2nd, as the rest scattered and shuffled behind them. Beard would get around Whitley for the lead as Wade Ferrell, Willie Schwann & Carly Fulghum rounded out the top 5. Ronnie Howard would bring out the first caution as he spun out of turn 4, bouncing up on the berm & needing assistance to get off of it.  A mix up on the back stretch would shuffle the top 5 around as Carly Fulghum got into the wall bringing out the 2nd caution. Green flag with Kevin Beard out front followed by Gary Whitley, Wade Ferrell, Willie Schwann & Greg Barnett. Gary Whitley would get into the wall just a little out of turn two allowing Wade Ferrell to get around him, as Kevin Beard hit a rough spot in the track moving up just enough to allow Ferrell to take the lead! The hardest racing of the night right here folks, as these drivers battled and fought for position. Wade Ferrell continued to lead Kevin Beard, Jerry Williams, Gary Whitley and Carly Fulghum the current top 5 with 3 to go. The caution would come out when Shotgun Murray & Steve Bryant would get together on the backstretch bringing out the caution. With the track cleared, we were ready to go back green flag racing with Wade Ferrell out front followed by Jerry Williams, Carly Fulghum, Willie Schwann & Roy Hall. Kevin Beard would get into the wall on the backstretch bringing out the caution right after the restart sending him to the tail end of the field. He & Gary Whitley would get together in turn 1 bringing out the caution. Whitley would retire to the pits as we attempted a green, white, checker finish. Wade Ferrell would be able to hold off Jerry Williams, just barely as they were side by side at the start/finish line. Ferrell would bring home the win followed by Williams, Carly Fulghum, Roy Hall & Kevin Beard.

We will hold an open practice on Tuesday, June 11th from 7-10 pm. Please be sure to come out and take advantage of this practice. Also, on Wednesday, we will be at Flemming Stadium as Roary will be out enjoying some baseball and running the bases with Slugger.

Coming up next Saturday, the 2nd Annual Thunder in the Pines Modified Special! On the schedule, the Barnes Equipment Late Models, DRU Inc. Modifieds (25 laps – $1,500 to win, $150 to start), Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock Four Cylinder, PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8 & the PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock Four Cylinder.

Please be sure to call the track with any questions at 252-985-1949, check our website at www.countylineracewaync.com/, our Facebook or Twitter~

Thanks for coming out & we’ll see you next week at The Line!

Recap CJ Auto Used Parts 100

After a week off, absolutely gorgeous weather greeted drivers and fans as the staff of County Line Raceway opened the gates for the CJ Auto Used Parts 100! These drivers would battle throughout the night for the checkers, as well as double points.

Up first, the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4 division with Bill Winstead & John Proctor on the front row. Lap 1 wound see the caution come out for Glenn Baker & Chris Moore who tangled as they entered turn 1. After a short yellow flag, we were back green with Bill Winstead leading John Proctor, Eric Hill, Austin Holcombe & William Carroll. With the new track configuration, these guys were racing side by side with a lot of passing through the field. John Proctor would challenge Winstead a few times but couldn’t complete the pass as Austin Holcombe developed some sort of issue and retreated to the pits. With 8 laps complete, Winstead continued to hold off a hard charging John Proctor, Eric Hill held onto 3rd spot, William Carroll held down 4th and Jamie Bailey rounded out the top 5. The second caution would come out as Michael Hill exited the raceway slowly on lap 12. With 8 laps to go, it was up to Bill Winstead to lead the field to the green flag. John Proctor challenged hard for the lead but couldn’t take the top spot away as they took the green flag but Winstead slammed the door on him quickly, trying to put distance between them. With 2 to go Winstead developed some sort of mechanical issue and exited the track as John Proctor took over the lead. Proctor would bring home the checkers followed by Eric Hill, Glenn Bottoms, William Carroll & Austin Larrison. This is the defending champion’s 2nd win of the season.

CJ Auto Used Parts pace truck lead the PL Woodard PSV8 division with Jerry Williams & Gary Whitley on the front row. Gary Whitley would jump out front quickly followed by Williams, Wade Ferrell, Jason Schlafer & Kevin Beard. Several cars would get out of shape in turn 3 on lap 3 bringing out the caution, but we were quickly back green flag racing. Whitley continued to lead the field as 6th through 10th jockeyed and jostled for position. As the laps wound down, Williams tried in vain to get around Whitley but Whitley was not having any of it. Gary Whitely would go on to bring home the win followed by Jerry Williams, Wade Ferrell, Jason Schlafer & Kevin Beard.

With heavy hearts, the Barnes Equipment Late Models lined up and cut their engines for a moment of silence for Tart Brothers Racing on the loss of their mother Allie. Travis Hair lead a couple of pace laps in the missing man formation in respect and honor of her memory. Christian Joyner & Dustin Mitchell would lead this field to the green flag for 30 hard laps of late model racing. Joyner would take the point quickly but Mitchell was hungry for that top spot as he stayed dead on his bumper. Mitchell would get around Joyner by lap 3 while Bobby Bottoms maneuvered his way around Michael Batten while Travis Hair held onto 5th spot. Mitchell absolutely dominated this 30 lap feature event and would bring home his 3rd win of the season. Christian Joyner would bring home 2nd, Bobby Bottoms came home 3rd, Michael Batten & Travis Hair rounded out the top 5.

The PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4 division entered the track with JP Brantley & Robby Causby on the front row. Three and four wide through one and two, half way down the backstretch as they came around to complete lap 1. JP Brantley held off Brent Atkinson for 4 laps, when Brent finally got around him to take the lead. JP battled hard to get back in the lead but Atkinson held strong. Jeffery Patterson would go hard into turn 4 barely making contact with 2nd place JP Brantley, causing them both to spin on lap 7. Both cars were able to continue as we went back green. A multi-car accident would slow the field as the 16 of Cooper Edwards got into the 88 of Jeremy Benson causing a couple of other cars to spin to avoid. After cleanup from our fast acting wrecker crew, we were back green with Atkinson leading the field. Brent Atkinson would lead the remaining laps to bring home the win. He was followed by Cody Keith, Thomas Holbrooke, Jeffery Patterson & Robby Causby.

Our final event of the night, the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning lined up for 20 laps with Lane Proctor and Skeeter Liles your front row. Proctor and Liles would drag race all the way around the 3/8 mile track with Proctor being declared the leader at the line. Matthew Bissette would spin on his own out of turn 4 on lap 3 causing the the caution to come out. Back green, Proctor leading Liles but Liles was wanting that top spot some kind of bad. Liles would finally get around Proctor to take the lead. Mark Boykin, in 3rd spot, would get loose out of 4 spinning in front of the field collecting Luke Owens, who was battling for 4th. Owens would be towed to the pits with extensive front end damage. Skeeter Liles would go on to bring home the win followed by Lane Proctor, Brad Hamm, Wade Ferrell & Chris Radford.

County Line Raceway staff have a busy week ahead as we prepare for our kids night! First up, Thursday night, we will be at the Tobs game in Wilson with Roary the County Lion! Come out for a fun, family night of baseball & racing as we join the Wilson Tobs & Slugger. Roary the County Lion will also running the bases with Slugger to see who’s got more horsepower! Friday, Jeff Hall will be on Kat’s Kitchen to talk about this weeks’ race as well as give a preview for Saturday night. I was also told he will have a special guest as well! Be sure to tune in to 98.5 the Big Dawg Friday at noon! Saturday night, we host our Annual Kids night. Kids will be able to ride with their favorite driver around the track as our photographers snap photo’s. We also host Round 2 of the Barnes Equipment Late Models, the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4, PlayTyme Concession Pure Stock 4, PL Woodard PSV8 & the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning.

Pit gates open at 4, grandstands at 5 with racing to begin at 7 pm! Bring out the family for a great night of racing! If you have any questions, please feel free to call the track office at 252-985-1949, check our website at www.countylineracewaync.com/, LocalRaceChat.com, our Facebook or a Twitter.

We’ll see you next Saturday at The Line!

Madden Takes Ultimate Super Late Model Feature

After weeks of excitement & repeated calls from drivers, the time was upon us for the Tar River Throw Down featuring the 50 Lap $5,000 to win Ultimate Super Late Model race. With star drivers such as Chris Madden, Tim McCreadie, Dale McDowell, Jeff Smith & Austin Hubbard just to name a few, could the local drivers such as Christian Joyner, Michael Batten, Travis Hair & Roger Lucas give them a surprise? Along with the Ultimate Super Late Models, the Middlesex Family Dental, PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4, PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 & the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning divisions would also run.

Up first, the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4 with Austin Larrison and Bill Winstead on the front row. From the drop of the green, these guys were going 3 wide all over the track! Bill Winstead took the lead quick followed by John Proctor, Austin Holcombe Jamie Bailey & Austin Larrison. The caution would come out for Eric Hill who spun over in turn 2, and after a brief yellow, we were back green. Bill Winstead continued to lead Proctor, Holcombe, James Manning who moved up a couple spots to get in the top 5 and Jamie Bailey. The front 3 were nose to tail and catching lap traffic when James Manning quickly pitted on the front stretch due to an engine fire under his 94 ride. Very tough break for Manning as he was running in the top 5. Back green with Winstead still leading Proctor, Holcombe, Jamie Bailey & William Carroll. Bill Winstead would continue to lead, taking home his 2nd checkers of the year. Winstead was followed by John Proctor, Austin Holcombe, Jamie Bailey & William Carroll.

Our second feature event, the PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4s with JP Brantley and Thomas Holbrooke on the front row. After a mix up on the backstretch involving several cars, we had to do a complete restart of this 15 lap feature. JP Brantley would hold off a hard charging Michael Webb as long as he could, but lap 6 would see Webb get around Brantley to take the lead. Brantley was followed by Thomas Holbrooke, Daniel Hill & Jeffery Patterson. Patterson would get around Hill to take over 4th spot and mount a challenge on Holbrooke for 3rd. Cody Keith moved up into the top 5 only to lose the position to Tyler Hobgood. With 3 to go, Webb continued to lead Brantley who was holding off Patterson only to lose the spot on the backstretch. With Patterson up in 2nd spot, Webb mashed the gas a little harder to keep some distance between them as they came to the white flag. One last loop around the 3/8 mile oval & Michael Webb would bring home the win. He was followed closely by Jeffery Patterson, JP Brantley, Thomas Holbrooke & Cody Keith.

Next out, the rescheduled PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 $350 to win, 15 lap special. On the front row, Jerry Williams & Kevin Beard, who would be followed by 14 other drivers looking to bring home that $350. Jerry Williams took charge of this field followed by Kevin Beard, Jason Schlaffer, Gary Whitely & Wade Ferrell. Ferrell would challenge Whitley relentlessly as Carly Fulghum was on his bumper itching to get into the top 5. Out front, Jerry Williams stretched his lead out by about 5 car lengths over Beard as we came to the white flag. Coming to the checkers, it would be all Jerry Williams picking up his 4th win of the season. Coming home in 2nd spot, Kevin Beard followed by Jason Schlaffer, Gary Whitley & Wade Ferrell.

The always exciting ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division would see Cy Nelms, Jr on the pole with Brad Hamm on the outside. Cy Nelms Jr jumped out to the lead followed by Skeeter Liles, Mark Boykin, Luke Owens & Brad Hamm. Nelms Jr would spin out in turn 4 while out front on lap 4, with the rest of the field narrowly missing him. Back green with Liles leading Boykin, Owens, Hamm & Lane Proctor. Several cautions would plague this 20 lap feature, slowing the field but luckily we were able to get some green flag laps in. Skeeter Liles held onto the top spot followed by Mark Boykin, Luke Owens, Brad Hamm & Lane Proctor.  Owens would get around Boykin only to have Boykin come back around on to reclaim 2nd spot. Skeeter Liles would bring home the win followed by Mark Boykin, Luke Owens, Brad Hamm & Lane Proctor.

Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for, the 50 lap main event, the Ultimate Super Late Models! Chris Madden laid down a fast time of 14.533 followed by Tim Mcreadie with a time of 14.671. After a 4 wide salute to the fans & a brief fireworks display the green flag dropped on this 21 car field. Madden quickly jumped out front of T-Mac and started putting distance between the 2. Through the field, Dale McDowell got around T-Mac for 2nd spot as Greg Satterlee held on to 4th spot. Chris “Fergy” Ferguson rounded out the top 5. Casey Roberts held onto the 6th spot, Dustin Mitchell in 7th, Christian Joyner 8th, Roger Lucas 9th and Austin Hubbard rounded out the top 10. Up front, Chris “Smokey” Madden caught the tail of the field, lapping a couple of cars while Tim McCreadie challenged McDowell for 2nd spot. Lap 27 would see Madden continuing to stretch his lead out over McDowell. Rambo would move up into the top 10, while Chris Ferguson took over the 4th spot from Satterlee. Ferguson was definitely on the move, as Madden continued to pull away from the field. Austin Hubbard got around Mitchell to take over 7th spot while Mike Gault attempted to move up into the top 10. Coming to 10 to go, Madden was totally checked out, and on lap 41 the rains came. Madden was declared the winner with Dale McDowell, Tim McCreadie, Chris Ferguson, Gregg Satterlee, Casey Roberts, Austin Hubbard, Dustin Mitchell, Roger Lucas & Dennis “Rambo” Franklin. An awesome display of racing by these guys! Thank you so much Stan Lester, Kelley Carlton, Tommy Tedder & all of the staff with the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. We at County Line Raceway love having you & can’t wait until November!

As a reminder, County Line Raceway is closed this week but will return to action on Saturday June 1st! We will be having our first Double Points Night presented by CJ Auto Used Parts! On tap for the night, the Barnes Equipment Late Models, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock Four Cylinder, PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8 & the PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock Four Cylinders!

If you have any questions, please call the track at 252-985-1949, check out our website at www.countylineracewaync.com/, LocalRaceChat.com, our Facebook or Twitter.

As always, thank you for your support of County Line Raceway as we celebrate our 25th year! We’ll see you at The Line!

Ultimate Super Late Model Series Makes its Return to CLR Friday Night

After last Saturday night’s rainout, County Line Raceway fans and drivers are ready to get back to the track.  This week excitement has been swirling, with everyone waiting to see which drivers would toss their hat into the race for the Ultimate Super Late Model 50 lap Tar River Throwdown.

The Tar River Throwdown will welcome back the Ultimate Super Late Model Series to the 3/8ths mile clay oval in Elm City.  The names are some of the biggest on the East Coast.  County Line’s hometown drivers such as ‘The Professor’ Christian Joyner, Travis Hair, Dustin Mitchell, Michael Batten and Roger Lucas will try to out do the Ultimate Series regulars of Casey Roberts, Casey Barrow, and Zack Mitchell but we also have national names planning to roll into town such as Austin Hubbard, Dale McDowell, Tim ‘T-Mac’ McCreadie and last May’s winner, Chris Madden.  Could there be even more surprises roll through the gate? The only way to find out is be there Friday night!

 Track officials have also added the PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8 special that was rained out last weekend to this weekend’s schedule.  The men and women of the Pure Stock V-8 division will battle it out for 15 laps with the winner taking the $350 first place prize.

If that isn’t enough action, the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock Four Cylinder, and PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock Four Cylinder divisions are on the schedule as well.  Not to mention, we will be crowning Miss County Line Raceway 2013.

Three New Winners Visit Victory Lane at CLR

With heavy clouds surrounding County Line Raceway, it did not deter drivers or fans! With 71 cars checked in to complete in 100 laps of exciting racing, fans lined the bleachers ready for the night to begin.

Up first the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4’s with our 2012 Points Champion & current points leader John Proctor & James Manning on the front row. Proctor would get out front and never look back, leading every lap of this 20 lap feature. Austin Holcombe would challenge Proctor hard for the top spot but could not hold momentum off the corner to complete the pass. John brings home his first points win of 2013 followed by Austin Holcombe, Bill Winstead, William Carroll and Eric Hill.

Out next, the always exciting PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 division with 2 time winner Jerry Williams on the front row. Kevin Beard started in 2nd place for this 15 lap feature.Williams would get out front of Beard quickly, as Whitley went to work to get around Beard for 2nd spot. Back in the field, Roy Hall & Carly Fulghum battled over 4th spot, with Fulghum settling in behind Hall for 5th. Gary Whitley would get around Beard for 2nd spot and battle Williams for the lead but was unable to get around him. The top 3 were literally nose to tail and with one mistake, it could’ve been any of them taking the checkers! Jerry Williams would continue to lead & bring home his 3rd win of the season. He was followed by Gary Whitley, Kevin Beard, Roy Hall & Carly Fulghum.

The Barnes Equipment Late Models would line up with Christian Joyner, who broke the track record earlier with a 14.668, would be your pole sitter with Dustin Mitchell in 2nd spot. Mitchell would challenge Joyner early only to be shut down briefly. Mitchell would get around Joyner to take the lead on lap 3, as Joyner settled into 2nd plotting his move to get back out front. Michael Batten held tight to 3rd spot while Cy Nelms, Sr. & Bobby Bottoms rounded out the top 5. Mitchell continued to put distance between him & Joyner, stretching his lead out by 1/2 a lap. As the laps wound down, Mitchell continued to lap traffic while the top 5 remained the same. Mitchell would take the checkers bringing home his 2nd win of 2013 at County Line Raceway. Christian Joyner held onto 2nd followed by Michael Batten, Cy Nelms, Sr & Bobby Bottoms.

Our fourth feature of the night, the PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4 division, was loaded and ready to go door to door for 15 laps. Jeremy Benson & Jeffery Patterson would lead this 20 car field to the green flag. Lots of shuffling throughout the field with drivers jockeying for position each lap. Brent Atkinson would bring out the caution for a spin over in turn 2, but luckily for him, he was able to continue. Back green with Patterson leading Benson, Cody Keith, Thomas Holbrooke and Dennis Deaver. Deaver would lose 5th spot when he spun over in turn 4. Up front it was all Patterson as the laps wound down. No change in the top 5 until we got to 2 to go. Brent Atkinson recovered from an early spin to take over 5th spot, then 4th as they took the white flag. Jeffery Patterson would bring home his first win of 2013! Jeremy Benson came home 2nd followed by Cody Keith, Brent Atkinson & Tyler Hobgood.

Our final feature of the night, the 20 lap $800 to win ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division would see Brad Hamm & Mark Boykin on the front row. These guys would drag race down the front stretch with Hamm having just a little advantage over Boykin going into turn 1. Boykin would not relent and get around Hamm out of turn 2 to take the lead. CJ Cascell would hit the wall hard in turn 2 bringing out the caution, but after being towed from the track, we were back under green. Hard racing through the field with a lot of shuffling for position in the back. Half way, Boykin continues to lead as the caution comes out for a spin off of 4 involving a couple of cars. Lap 14 would see another caution, as a car got around over in turn 2. With less than 5 to go, Boykin tried to put distance on the 49 of Hamm, who was holding off a hard challenge by the 01 of Owens. Owens would get around Hamm and go after Boykin with 2 to go! If anyone had a bath towel, you could’ve thrown it over these 3 guys! WOW! Coming to the white flag, Boykin gave it all he had to hold off Owens. Sided by side into 1 and 2, drag racing down the back stretch coming to the final corner. Mark Boykin took the checkers by a very slim margin, as Luke Owens & Brad Hamm were door to door. Luke Owens was declared 2nd place, Brad Hamm 3rd, Chris Radford came home 4th and Mark McDaniels rounded out the top 5. What a great race!!

Be sure to join us next week as we welcome some warmer weather & some even hotter racing! The Barnes Equipment Late Models are on the schedule along with the return of the DRU Inc. Modifieds, the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock Four Cylinder, PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock Four Cylinder& the PL Woodard  Pure Stock V-8 who will race for 15 laps & 350 to win.

If you have any questions, or need any other information, please call the track at 252-985-1949, check our website, www.countylineracewaync.com/, LocalRaceChat.com, our Facebook page or our Twitter.

As always, thank you so much for your continued support as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary season! We’ll see you next week at The Line~

Four Drivers Pick Up Their First Wins Of 2013 at CLR

With overcast skies, staff, drivers and fans filed into County Line Raceway for the PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4 special. The 22 cars signed in would race 15 laps for $350. Fans would also be able to see the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4’s, PL Woodard PSV8’s, Barnes Equipment Late Models & the return of the DRU Inc. Open Wheel Modifieds.

Our first feature event, the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4’s would see Brad Hamm & Bill Winstead on the front row. Brad Hamm would take the point at the drop of the green followed by Bill Winstead, last week’s winner Austin Holcombe and William Carroll. The caution would come out for a single car spin in turn 4 on lap 5. Back green with Winstead immediately charging for the top spot only to be shut down by Hamm. John Proctor would get by Winstead to take over 2nd spot, while Austin Holcombe challenged Winstead for 3rd. Barely making the pass on the backstretch, the caution would come out again for a car stopped in turn 4. Back green, Brad Hamm leads Bill Winstead, John Proctor, Austin Holcombe and James Manning. James Bailey would bring out the caution on lap 9 when he spun over in turn 4 before getting hit by a slowing car. James would be towed to the pits by our quick responding track staff. Green flag, Hamm leads Proctor, Holcombe, Winstead and Manning. William Carroll was holding off Glenn Bottoms for 6th spot as the leader started to put some distance from 2nd spot. Holcombe took over 2nd spot from John Proctor with 5 to go, setting his sights on catching the leader Brad Hamm. Austin Larrison would bring out the caution on lap 15 when he slammed into the turn 4 wall. With 5 to go, this was setting up to be just like last week’s close finish. Brad Hamm brings them to the flag, Holcombe trying to get around him, Proctor sitting in 3rd poised to make his move. Holcombe seemed to close in a little on Hamm as we came to the 2 to go signal,  when William Carroll spun out of 4 bringing out the caution. This would set up a green, white, checker finish with Hamm hungry for a win, Holcombe looking to make it 2 in a row & Proctor looking his first points win of the season. Holcombe tried hard to get around Hamm at the drop of the green but couldn’t do it. Brad Hamm would grab the checkers followed by Austin Holcombe, John Proctor, Bill Winstead & James Manning. Congrats Hamm Racing on the win!

Next out, the DRU Inc. Open Wheel Modifieds with Kyle Strickler on the pole & Russell Erwin on the outside. At the drop of the green, Erwin & Strickler drag raced down the front stretch, but when they got to turn 1, Erwin went up high and spun in front of the field! He collected Ryan Toole, Greg Brown, Chris Parker, Jeff Solinger and Roger Lucas. Two cars would be relegated to the pits, while Ryan Toole would sustain serious left side damage but would continue. With a complete reset, we were back green with Strickler out front followed by Taylor Cooke, Chris Parker, Bud Watson and Mike Reynolds. Warren Lipford would bring the caution out for a 2nd time when he got into the backstretch wall off of turn 2. Quickly gathering the field back together we were back green only to be under caution again on lap 4 when Warren would spin again outside of turn 4. Green flag with Strickler leading Cooke, Russell Erwin who’d made his way back through the field, Chris Parker and Jeff Solinger. Erwin would get around Cooke to take over 2nd spot and start to chase down Strickler as we completed lap 6 of this 25 lap feature. Kyle Strickler would put a 6-7 car length distance between him & Erwin as the laps continued to wind down. Matt Cannady would loop his modified around in turn 4 on lap 13 to bring out the caution. Green flag, Strickler leading Erwin, Cooke, Parker and Roger Lucas. Strickler would pull away from Erwin to lead the final laps of this race. Roger Lucas, recovering from an early caution, would pass Chris Parker for 4th spot as Strickler was lapping the tail of the field. Lucas would have to pull into the pits as we came to the white flag, while Kyle Strickler made one final circuit around County Line Raceway to bring home his first win of 2013. Strickler was followed by Russell Erwin, Taylor Cooke, Chris Parker & Bud Watson.

Our special feature of the night, the PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4’s would run their 15 lap $350 special with Jeffery Patterson & Brent Atkinson on the front row. A couple of cars would spin down in turn 1 on lap 1, but would not require a trip to the pits. We were quickly back green with Jeffery Patterson leading Michael Webb, Brent Atkheinson, Cody Keith and Jeremy Benson. Another caution would slow this field yet again, and after quick clean up, we were back green with 2 complete. Michael Webb would quickly challenge and take over the top spot from Jeffery Patterson followed by Brent Atkinson in 3rd, Cody Keith & Jeremy Benson. Finally able to get some green flag laps in, Michael Webb held off Patterson, but it was not easy. Patterson was trying his best to get back out front and bring home the $350 prize and his first win of the season. With 7 complete, Patterson continued to attempt to get around Webb, while Brent Atkinson, Cody Keith & Jeremy Benson all held on to their position in the top 5. JP Brantley sitting in 6th was chomping at the bit to get up in the top 5 when a slow car at the top of the track brought out the caution for the  6th time. Green again with Webb leading Patterson, Atkinson, Keith & Benson. Patterson would pull up along Webb for the lead only to have the door slam shut. Patterson would get his nose under Webb and get even with him down the front stretch. Patterson would take over the lead only to spin out of turn 4 allowing Michael Webb to get the win. Webb was followed by Brent Atkinson, Cody Keith, Jeremy Benson & JP Brantley.

The always exciting Barnes Equipment Late Models lined up outside of turn 4 with Dustin Mitchell & Russell Erwin on the front row. Last week’s winner, Christian Joyner would have a long way to the front as he has to start at the rear of the field due to 3 consecutive wins. Dustin Mitchell would jump out front quickly, as Daniel Tucker got around Russell Erwin for 2nd spot. Returning for the first time this year, last year’s points winner Cy Nelms, Sr held onto 4th spot with Travis Hair in 5th. Michael Batten, Roger Lucas, Neal Sykes, Bobby Bottoms and Christian Joyner rounded out the top 10. A slow car would bring out the caution, but we were back under green in no time. Mitchell continued to hold onto his lead over Daniel Tucker, Russell Erwin, Cy Nelms, Sr & Travis Hair. Visiting driver Richard Clew would bring out the 2nd caution with a solo spin in turn 4, but was able to continue without assistance. Green flag, Mitchell out front followed by Daniel Tucker, Russell Erwin, Cy Nelms, Sr. and Travis Hair. Half way, and still no change in the top 5, but from 6th through 10th there was some serious racing going on. Up front, Cy Nelms would attempt to get around Russell Erwin for 3rd spot, but couldn’t get around. Another caution would fly, and we were back under green, only to go back under caution again when the 37 of Cy Nelms, Sr got into Russell Erwin causing him to spin in turn 2. After a little discussion, they were both sent to the rear & we were back green. Dustin Mitchell was pulling away from Daniel Tucker who was followed by Travis Hair, Michael Batten & Roger Lucas. Neal Sykes was knocking on the door of that 5th place car of Roger Lucas while Christian Joyner was closing in and finally got around Sykes for 6th spot. It was all Dustin Mitchell out front with about 5 car lengths between him and Daniel Tucker. Dustin Mitchell would bring home the win followed by Daniel Tucker, Travis Hair, Michael Batten and Roger Lucas.

Our final event of the night, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8’s would line up with Gary Whitley & Jerry Williams on the front row. Amanda Liles would spin over in turn 2 on lap 1 but was able to continue, only to bring out the caution again on the backstretch on lap 2. Jerry Williams swung his 44 ride way out to take the lead away from Gary Whitley. Wade Ferrell would get down on the inside to get around Whitley taking over the 2nd spot. Dwayne Whitley and Jason Schlaffer rounded out the top 5 of this always exciting class. Jerry Williams dominated this 15 lap feature bringing home his 2nd win of the season. He was followed by Wade Ferrell, Gary Whitley, Jason Schlaffer and Dwayne Whitley.

Be sure to join us next week for the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning $800 to win 20 lap feature. Also on the schedule, the Barnes Equipment Late Model, Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4’s, PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8  & the PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock Four Cylinder. If you have any questions, or need any other information, please call the track at 252-985-1949, check our website, www.countylineracewaync.com/, LocalRaceChat.com, our Facebook page or our Twitter.

As always, thank you so much for your continued support as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary season! We’ll see you next week at The Line~

County Line Honors Track Legend Victor May

Cooler temperatures greeted fans and drivers at County Line Raceway Saturday as the gates opened for the 2nd Annual Victor May Memorial. With 77 cars checked in, 22 of them Super Stock 4’s, Victor May was surely smiling down. With 110 laps scheduled to be run, $690 to be given to the winner of the 20 lap Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4’s, the Playtyme Concessions Pure Stock 4’s, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 and the Barnes Equipment Late Models ready to bang the doors and jam some gears! The highlight of the night though, was the 10 lap Dash for Cash for $690 to win and $100 to 2nd place. Special thanks to Erwin Racing Supply for putting up the $100 for 2nd spot!

Up first, the Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock 4’s with Eric Hill, who broke the track record earlier with a 17.596, on the pole. Victor’s memory was definitely honored as Austin Holcombe & Bobby Bottoms both drove Victor’s old car #, 69. After one lap with the missing man formation, we were ready to go green. Eric Hill quickly got out front of James Manning and as these 22 cars made the first lap around the track, I personally have all ideas Victor was smiling & cheering for everyone of these guys. The caution flew quickly as one car got around in turn 2. With the lineup correct, Eric Hill would lead Bill Winstead, James Manning, Austin Holcombe and Brad Hamm to the green. All through the field guys were jostling for position, with a great battle for 6th going on between Kevin Pierce & John Proctor. Pierce had it, but Proctor wanted it. Proctor would get around Pierce briefly, but Pierce would fight back on the outside to retake the position. The caution came out again for a single car spin on the backstretch on lap 3 slowing the field once again. After bunching the field up, Hill would lead Winstead, Holcombe, Manning and Hamm to the green. Bill Winstead would get up beside Hill out of 3 and take the lead, as Holcombe came with him to take over 2nd spot. Caution again for a single car spin out of 4 that would put a car up on the berm. Back green with 4 laps complete, Winstead lead Holcombe, Hill, Manning and Hamm to the green flag. Nevin Twiddy made the pass on Brad Hamm for 5th spot, bringing John Proctor with him to take over 6th. Proctor put the move on Twiddy for 5th spot, as Kevin Pierce and Bobby Bottoms battled for 8th place. Coming to half way the leader was catching the tail of the field lapping them with ease. Austin Holcombe got inside of Winstead to take over the lead on lap 14. How sweet it is to see that 69 out front! Bill Winstead would fight to get around Holcombe, passing the lead back and forth for about 2 laps as the caution came out for 3rd place Eric Hill who spun on the backstretch. With 4 to go, Austin Holcombe would lead the field to the green flag. Bill Winstead held onto 2nd followed by James Manning, John Proctor, and Brad Hamm. Winstead would give Holcombe a couple of taps, work his way underneath him and these boys race side by side literally to the finish line. It would be Austin Holcombe taking the checkers by .005 of a second! That 69 sure looked great sitting in victory lane again!! Austin was followed by Bill Winstead, James Manning, John Proctor & Jason Horne.

Our second feature of the night, the PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4’s with Cody Keith & Brent Atkinson on the front row. A multicar crash would red flag this field on lap 1. Several cars got together resulting in a bumper being ripped off, one car up in the air, and several cars spinning. After a clean up by our track staff, Brent Atkinson lead the field to the green followed by Michael Webb, Cody Keith, Jefferey Patterson and Jeremy Benson. Patterson would work his way around Keith to take over 3rd spot and mount the challenge on Webb for 2nd. Atkinson got a little loose on the backstretch giving Webb the opportunity to get up on his bumper, but Atkinson was able to hold on and maintain the lead. A car with a flat tire would bring out the caution again, but we were back under green quickly with Brent Atkinson leading a very tight field around the track. Webb was all up on the bumper of Atkinson as we approached lap 7 but couldn’t complete the pass for the lead. Jefferey Patterson held tightly to 3rd spot followed by last week’s winner Cody Keith and Jeremy Benson rounding out the top 5. Caution out again with 11 complete. With only 4 laps to go, would Brent Atkinson be able to hold off Michael Webb for his 2nd win? Brent took the green, holding off Webb’s hard charge and brought the field around to take the 3 to go mark. Webb started putting more pressure on Atkinson hoping to shake up Atkinson enough to steal the lead away, but it wasn’t enough as Brent Atkinson brought home the win. Michael Webb was 2nd, followed by Jeffery Patterson, Cody Keith and Jeremy Benson. Another stellar race for the top 5 guys in this class!

Our 3rd feature, the always exciting PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 division would see Gary Whitley, who earlier in the night broke the track record with a fast time of 18.545, and Jerry Williams on the front row. Gary Whitley would take command of this 15 lap feature quickly as the remainder of the field shuffled for position behind him. Jerry Williams held on tight to 2nd spot, waiting for the right moment to make a move on the leader. Amanda Liles would suffer a mechanical failure bringing out the caution on lap 4. Back green with Whitley out front with Jerry Williams in 2nd, Wade Ferrell in 3rd spot, Jason Schlaffer in 4th spot and Dwayne Whitley rounding out the top 5. After a jumble at the restart, Dwayne Whitely lost several spots as he inadvertently got into the back of Wade Ferrell, which would move Carly Fulghum into the top 5. Jerry Williams made a hard charge for the lead, but Whitley was able to hold him off. Side by side out of turn 2 and all the way down the backstretch, Whitley & Williams battled for the lead, but a caution would slow them on lap 12. Gary Whitley brought them to the green but Jerry Williams quickly went after him trying to get that lead away but couldn’t do it as Gary Whitley brought home his first win of the 2013 season. Wade Ferrell snuck up and snatched 2nd from Jerry Williams, who finished 3rd, Jason Schlaffer and Carly Fulghum.

The popular Barnes Equipment Late Models lined up outside of turn 4 with the C9 of Christian Joyner & the 21 of Michael Batten on the front row. Christian Joyner shot out like a rocket taking command of this 30 lap feature followed by Russell Erwin, Michael Batten, JP Cascell & Bobby Bottoms. By lap 6, Joyner was catching and lapping the tail of the field. Erwin and Batten battled hard for 2nd spot with Erwin holding onto the spot. JP Cascell started feeling the pressure from 5th place Bobby Bottoms, while Neal Sykes tried to sneak a peak at the 5th spot. Good, hard racing through the field with all of these guys giving 100% for these fans who love this class. Christian Joyner held tight to his lead, followed by Russell Erwin, Michael Batten, JP Cascell and Bobby Bottoms. White flag, Christian Joyner still out front. Coming to the checkers it would be Christian Joyner bringing home his 4th win of 2013. He was followed by Russell Erwin, Michael Batten, JP Cascell and Travis Hair. Great job to these guys for a great race!

The ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning lined up for their 20 lap feature with Brad Hamm & Lane Proctor on the front row. Green flag and we’re off racing with Brad Hamm out front followed by Matthew Bissette, Lane Proctor, Mark Boykin & Scott Baines your top 5. A quick caution would come out for a single car spin, but we were very quickly back under green. Brad Hamm continued to hold off Matthew Bissette, Mark Boykin, Cy Nelms Jr. & Lane Proctor. Another caution would slow this 14 car field on lap 8. Brad Hamm would bring the field to green followed by Bissette, Boykin, Nelms Jr., and Proctor. Cy Nelms, Jr. would make the move on Mark Boykin for 3rd spot just as the caution came out for a spin in turn 4. Back green and Matthew Bissette tried hard to get around Brad Hamm to take the lead only to be shut down coming ouat of turn 1. Half way, 10 to go and Brad Hamm starts to pull away from Bissette. Luke Owens was side by side with Lane Proctor for the 5th spot making the pass out of turn 3. Caution again for a car stopped right past the pit entrance in turn 2. With 7 to go, Brad Hamm, who was anxious to bring home his first win in the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division, lead the field to green only to be slowed by another caution. Mark Boykin would get into Matthew Bissette, Cy Nelms, Jr. would climb up over Boykin, Luke Owens spun trying to avoid the whole thing and in the process collected Skeeter Liles. Green, for hopefully the last time, with Brad Hamm leading Matthew Bissette, Mark Boykin, Cy Nelms, Jr & Chris Radford. Cy Nelms, Jr would challenge Boykin for 3rd and take the spot with 5 to go. Matthew Bissette would go way high in turn 4 losing 2nd spot to Cy Nelms, Jr and allowing Mark Boykin to take over 3rd spot. Bissette would fall back to 8th spot in a matter of 2 laps. Coming to the checkers it would be Brad Hamm, Cy Nelms, Jr, Mark Boykin, Luke Owens & Lane Proctor.

Our final event of the night, the much anticipated 10 lap Victor May Memorial Dash For Cash! The winner would take home a cool $690 while 2nd spot would take home $100 thanks to Erwin Racing Supply. With 10 cars participating, they all came out to the front stretch and gathered around Victor’s children, Dawson & Ava. All 10 drivers, John Proctor, Nevin Twiddy, Eric Hill, Bobby Bottoms, Bill Winstead, Kevin Pierce, Glenn Bottoms, James Manning, Austin Holcombe and Jason Horne, chose an envelope from Dawson picking their starting spot. John Proctor pulled the pole position, with Nevin Twiddy pulling the outside. The rest of the field would line up behind these two drivers for 10 laps of hard racing, just like Victor would’ve wanted. John and Nevin pulled even coming out of turn 3, but by the time they hit 4, John Proctor would be in the lead. Eric Hill and Bobby Bottoms would battle for 3rd spot, with Bottoms taking the position, as Kevin Pierce & Bill Winstead went side by side for 5th. A few cars tangling on the backstretch would bring out the caution with Austin Holcombe, Eric Hill & Jason Horne receiving damage. Nevin Twiddy would pull in as well due to a mechanical issue. Back green with John Proctor still out front, while Bobby Bottoms & Bill Winstead beat & banged each other for 2nd spot. Bill Winstead would overtake Bottoms as we came to the half way mark. John Proctor continued to stretch his lead out and would bring home the win in true Victor May style! Speaking with Steve Summerlin after exiting his car, John said “I wanted to win this more than anything.” After hugs from Victor’s mom & dad, his children Dawson & Ava presented him with his $690 & a trophy & posed for photo’s with John in front of his #90 with Victor’s picture inside the number.

Please be sure to join us on Monday on 98.5 the Big Dawg as we review tonight’s race & preview next week’s PlayTyme Concessions Pure Stock 4 $350 to win special. On tap for next week as well will be the Barnes Equipment Late Model, DRU Inc. Modifieds, Middlesex Family Dental Super Stock Four Cylinder & PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8.

Thanks to all of you for coming out to celebrate & honor Victor May. On behalf of the staff of County Line Raceway, thank you so much for your continued support! We’ll see you next week at the Line!