Thanks for all of your support & we will see you next week at the Line.
Be sure to join us next week as we host the Super Stock Four Cylinder Special! This very popular class will battle it out for 20 laps & $650!! Also on the schedule, the Late Model, Thunder & Lightning, Pure Stock V-8 & Pure Stock Four Cylinder. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call the track at 252-985-1949, check our website at www.countylineracewaync.com, www.localracechat.com, our Facebook or twitter.
Thanks so much & we’ll see you next week at the Line!
Our final regular event of the night, the Pure Stock 4 cylinder division lined up with Gary Dillon & Michael Webb on the front row. Dillon quickly took command of this race followed by Michael Webb, Brent Atkinson, David Haggans & Robby Causby. With Gary Dillon setting a fast pace, the rest of the field jockeyed for position, trying to move up through the field. As the laps wound down, Dillon continued to dominate, followed by Michael Webb, Brent Atkinson, David Haggans & Robby Causby. When the checkers fell, it would be Gary Dillon, Michael Webb, Brent Atkinson, David Haggans & Robby Causby.
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Lee Motor Group. Lee Motor Group has come on board to sponsor County Line Raceway’s weekly racing series. A five year deal has been inked for weekly racing events to know be known as the County Line Raceway Weekly Racing Series Presented by Lee Motor Group. We welcome Lee Motor Group to the County Line Raceway family and we look forward to working with you.
Lee Motor Group, Doing Business the Right Way Since 1953!
After a couple of weeks off, one due to weather & one that was scheduled, staff, fans, drivers & crew filed into County Line Raceway on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. With temps in the upper 80’s, and a slight chance of weather in the area, everyone was ready to get this night started.
Up first, the Super Stock 4 cylinder division with Glenn Bottoms and James Bailey on the front row for this 20 lap feature. The caution would come out early for Hunter Bailey, who spun on the backstretch. Back green with James Bailey leading John Proctor, Glenn Bottoms, Bill Winstead & Austin Holcombe. Holcombe was trying his best to get around Winstead, but Winstead held fast and began a challenge on Bottoms for 3rd. Winstead & Holcombe would get around Bottoms on lap 4 and as they came around to complete lap 5, Chris Moore would lose an engine bringing out the caution flag. Back green with Bailey leading Proctor, Winstead Holcombe & Bottoms. Caution over in turn 4 for Eric Hill, who spun around on lap 7. Wesley Outland, filling in for our normal flagman, waved the green flag over the field as we were back racing. James Bailey leads John Proctor, Bill Winstead, Austin Holcombe & Glenn Bottoms. Proctor pulled up alongside of Bailey, challenging for the lead. These 2 raced side by side for 2 laps, never touching. Proctor would get around Bailey to take the lead on the backstretch, but Bailey wasn’t giving up. Austin Holcombe got around Winstead to take over the 3rd spot, as Hunter Bailey got around Bottoms to move up into the top 5. Up front, Bailey was all up on the bumper of Proctor, but Austin Holcombe was there as Bailey went high out of turn 4 to take over 2nd spot! The top 4 set a blistering pace as the laps wound down putting about half a track between 4th and 5th spot. Proctor never looked back as he took home his 3rd win of the 2014 season & 15th career win at County Line Raceway. He was followed by Austin Holcombe, James Bailey, Bill Winstead & James Manning. Excellent racing all through the field!! Great jobs guys!
Our 2nd feature of the night, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 division would line up on the backstretch with Paul Peele & Mike Wall on the front row. At the drop of the green flag, these guys were flat out down the front stretch with Gary Whitley charging up from his 4th starting spot to make it 3 wide for the lead going into turn 1! All the way through turn 1 & coming out of turn 2, these guys were door to door for that top spot. Gary Whitley would get out front followed by Mike Wall, Paul Peele, Wade Ferrell & Willie Schwann. Wall would bring out the caution with a spin over in turn 4, but was able to continue under his own power and we were quickly back green flag racing. Whitley lead Peele, Ferrell, Schwann & Dennis Kearney in dominating fashion. Whitley had about a half a track lead over 2nd spot when the caution came out for some debris in the racing groove on lap 10. Green flag with Gary Whitley hard in the gas. Paul Peele held down 2nd spot but Wade Ferrell was there. Willie Schwann and Dennis Kearney rounded out the top 5. Willie Schwann slowed over in turn 1, but Mike Wall couldn’t slow down enough to avoid him & made contact bringing out the caution again. With a green white checker looming, Gary Whitley lead this field to the green. Wade Ferrell peeked down underneath Peele trying to get around to take over 2nd but couldn’t. Gary Whitley would bring home the win, his 46th overall win, followed by Paul Peele, Wade Ferrell, Amanda Liles & Dennis Kearney.
Up next, the ever popular Late Model division with Russell Erwin & Dustin Mitchell leading this 16 car field to the green. Russell would power down the front stretch, slamming into turn 1 with the lead of this 30 lap feature. Dustin Mitchell tried to hold Roger Lucas off, but Lucas powered by to take over 2nd as Michael Batten got around to take over 3rd spot. Caution out early for a few cars on the front stretch, but we were back green with Erwin leading Lucas, Batten, Mitchell and Joyner. Michael Batten would power around Lucas to take over 2nd spot as Spencer Liggon was itching to get around Joyner to take over 5th spot. JP Cascell would get up in the mix and get around Liggon to take over 6th spot as Travis Hair got racy as he tried to get around Cascell! Lap 8 would see the caution again as Spencer Liggon drove it in deep in turn 4 and spun around almost collecting a few other cars. Luckily, the tail of the field was able to get by, although it looked like Bobby Bottoms may have suffered some cosmetic damage as he hit the berm trying to get around. Back green with Erwin leading Batten, Lucas, Mitchell & Joyner. At the half way mark, Russell Erwin was catching the tail of the field and lapping cars. Lap 17 would see another caution as William Carroll made contact with the wall in the middle of turn 3 & 4. Back green with Russell Erwin leading Michael Batten, Roger Lucas, Dustin Mitchell & JP Cascell. We were able to complete one lap before the caution came out again for Christian Joyner, who was running 6th, when some kind of mechanical issue slowed him down on the front stretch. Pulling into the hot pit area to receive attention from his crew, he was able to come back out to join the tail of the field. With 11 laps to go, we were back green with Russell Erwin leading Michael Batten, Roger Lucas, Dustin Mitchell & JP Cascell. Dykes Maynard would bring out the caution on lap 21 when he spun down in turn 4. There was no change in the top 5 as we went back green. Christian Joyner was able to recover from an earlier issue to get back up to the 7th spot as the leaders took the white flag. Russell Erwin would bring home the win followed by Michael Batten, Roger Lucas, Dustin Mitchell & JP Cascell. This would be Russell’s 16th win at County Line Raceway.
The Pure Stock 4 cylinder division lined up outside of turn 4 with Brent Atkinson & Michael Webb on the front row. As these 2 lead this 17 car field to the green, they would battle hard down into turn 1, but as they exited turn 2, it would be Brent Atkinson taking the lead. A 2 car spin would bring the caution out early, just as the leaders crossed the line to complete lap 1. Back green with Atkinson leading Webb, Jeremy Benson, Gary Dillon & JP Brantley rounding out the top 5. Another quick caution would come out just as we completed lap 2, and as we went back green, there was no change in the top 5. Gary Dillon got around Benson to take over 3rd spot, and made a move on Webb to take over 2nd only to lose control over in turn 2, getting completely sideways. Jeremy Benson got a little bit of damage but the caution flag would come out for the J5 of JP Brantley who slowed to a stop prior to Dillon getting sideways in turn 2. Back green with Atkinson leading Webb, Dillon, Lee Hardie & Chris Collins. Gary Dillon would make a move again to get around Webb and would complete the pass going into turn 1. He would then set his sights on Atkinson, getting around him as they completed the circuit back into turn 1. Michael Webb would get around Atkinson for 2nd, and just as we were completing lap 8 the caution would come out for David Haggins as he had a fire underneath the car. Safety for our drivers is very important to the staff here at County Line, therefore we decided to throw the caution to ensure that David could safely exit his car. Back green with Gary Dillon leading Michael Webb, Brent Atkinson, Lee Hardie & Robby Causby. Chris Collins would bring out the caution on lap 11 as he slowed to a stop on the backstretch. Back green with Dillon leading Webb, Atkinson, Hardie & Causby. Gary Dillon would lead the remaining laps bringing home the win. He was followed by Michael Webb, Brent Atkinson, Lee Hardie & Robby Causby. This was Gary’s 25th career win at County Line.
Our final event of the night, the always exciting Thunder & Lightning division with Cy Nelms, Jr. & Lane Proctor on the front row. Cy Nelms, Jr. jumped out front followed by Lane Proctor, Skeeter Liles Matthew Bissette & Mark Boykin. Liles made the move to get around Proctor, as Boykin made the move to get around Owens bringing his #7 up into the top 5. Lap 6 would see the first caution as a car spun down in turn 4. Back green with Nelms, Jr. leading Liles, Proctor, Bissette & Boykin. As the cross flags came out to signify half way, Cy Nelms, Jr. continued to lead Skeeter Liles, Lane Proctor, Matthew Bissette & Mark Boykin. Lap 12 would see the #7 of Mark Boykin have something happen that would cause him to pull down to the inside retaining wall briefly. He was able to continue under his own power, as the drivers were given the 1 to go signal. Cy Nelms, Jr. continued to lead Skeeter Liles, Lane Proctor, Matthew Bissette & Luke Owens. A caution would come out late in the race setting up a green, white, checker finish. Could Cy Nelms, Jr. hold off Skeeter Liles to bring home his first win of the season? Yes he would! Cy Nelms, Jr. would bring home the win followed by Skeeter Liles, Lane Proctor, Matthew Bissette & Mark Boykin, who shot around Luke Owens right before the line, to take over 5th spot.
Thanks everyone for coming out for an awesome night of racing!! Be sure to join us next Friday night, for the Ultimate Super Late Models – Road to Jamaica 50! The Ultimate Super Late Models will run 50 laps for $5,000 to win, joined by Thunder & Lightning, Super Stock Four Cylinder, Pure Stock V-8, Pure Stock Four Cylinder. Pit Gates open at 4, with spectator gates opening at 5. If you have any questions, please call the track at 252-985-1949.
After horrendous storms the night before, the sun dawned bright & hot over County Line Raceway. Coming off a rainout last weekend, all drivers, fans & the staff were ready for some good, old fashioned Saturday night dirt track racing. With the schedule full with 5 divisions including Super Stock 4’s, Pure Stock 4’s, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8’s, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning & the return of the Open Wheel Modifieds, everyone was ready to get the first of 95 laps started.
The Super Stock 4 division rolled out for their feature with Bill Winstead & John Proctor on the front row. Bill would take command of this race followed closely by John Proctor, Jason Horne, Damien Bryant & Brian Medlin. Jesse Duke would bring out the first caution when he went around on the backstretch on lap 5. Back green with Winstead leading Proctor, Horne, Bryant & Medlin. Lap 8 would see our second caution in this 20 lap event when Brandon Edmundson experienced issues on the backstretch. Steam was flowing from the 54 as track officials hooked to him to tow him to the pits. Back green, Winstead leading a close following Proctor, Horne, Bryant & Medlin. Brian Medlin would challenge Bryant for the 4th spot, and take it while Austin Holcombe started the dance of trying to get around Bryant. John Carroll would bring out the caution on lap 11 when he spun over in turn 4. Back green with Winstead, Proctor, Horne, Medlin & Bryant out front. Caution would come out again for 3 cars getting together over in turn 4. The 2 of Lee Hicks, 51 of Ron Hill & 61H of Eric Hill would get together ending with the 2 of Hicks on top of Ron Hill. After attention by a track officials, we were back green with 8 laps to go. Winstead put just a little bit of space between him and Proctor followed by Horne, Medlin & Bryant. Lap 16 would see James Bailey trying to get around the 8 of Austin Holcombe when Holcombe made slight contact sending Bailey around. Both would go to the rear as we restarted this race with 4 to go. Back green with Winstead leading Proctor, Horne, Bryant and Glenn Bottoms. Eric Hill would bring out the caution on lap 17 when he got into the wall on the backstretch. Green flag, Bill Winstead leads John Proctor, Jason Horne, Damien Bryant & Glenn Bottoms. Caution again for a couple of cars on the backstretch as Austin Holcombe & Ron Hill got around. This would set up a green white checker. Bill Winstead was ready for his first win of the season as John Proctor was going for his 3rd. Who would get it? In 3 laps, it would be decided. Green flag with Winstead leading Proctor, Horne, Bryant and Glenn Bottoms. The checkers would fall over the 97 of Bill Winstead followed by John Proctor, Jason Horne, Damien Bryant & Glenn Bottoms.
Next up, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 division. Wade Ferrell & Paul Peele would lead this field of cars to the green flag. Ferrell would lead Peele, Gary Whitley, Roy Hall & Mike Wall around the track to complete 2 laps before the caution would come out for Mike Wilkins. Back green with Ferrell leading Gary Whitley, Roy Hall & Mike Wall. Whitley would challenge Peele for the 2nd spot, taking it out of turn 4, followed by Mike Wall in 4th and Dennis Kearney in 5th. Caution again lap 6 for Roy Hall as he slowed on the front stretch. Taking the green flag, Ferrell lead Whitley, Peele, Wall & Kearney. Dennis Kearney would bring out the caution as he got around on the backstretch, slowing this field right at the half way mark. Back green with Ferrell leading a very hard charging Whitley, Peele, Wall & Johnnie Killebrew. Anthony Silveri would get around Killebrew to take over the 5th spot as Dennis Kearney tried to get around Killebrew for 6th. The caution would come out again for Mike Wilkins who had a right rear flat. Back green with Ferrell continuing to lead Whitley, who was trying his best to get around Ferrell on the inside, Paul Peele, Mike Wall & Anthony Silveri. White flag, Ferrell & Whitley battling it out but it would be Wade Ferrell, Gary Whitley, Paul Peele, Mike Wall & Anthony Silveri.
The Open Wheel Modifieds lined up for their feature event with Taylor Cooke & Greg Brown on the front row. Taylor Cooke jumped out to a huge 10 car length lead over Brown, followed by Gary Long, Jason Schlaffer & Brian Anderson. The caution would come out on lap 2 for Kyle Shanel and again on lap 8 for Jason Schlaffer. Back green with Cooke leading Brown, Long, Ryan Toole & Brian Anderson. Ryan Toole would get around Gary Long for 3rd and as Taylor Cooke continued to dominate this feature he caught slower traffic putting a lap on several cars. The checkers fell over Taylor Cooke for the first points race of the season for the Open Wheel Modifieds. He was followed by Greg Brown, Ryan Toole, Brian Anderson & Gary Long.
Next out, the Pure Stock 4 Cylinders with Gary Dillon & Cooper Edwards on the front row. Green flag and Gary Dillon leads the first lap followed by Cooper Edwards, Jeremy Benson, Robby Causby & Cody Keith. Lap 2 would see the first caution as 2 cars got together in turn 4. Cody Wilson & David Haggins would get together slowing the field. Back green with Dillon leading Edwards, Benson, Causby & Keith. Brent Atkinson tried o make a move on Keith on the backstretch but couldn’t get around him. Jeremy Benson takes over 2nd sending Edwards to 3rd as they crossed the line for lap 4. By lap 5, Gary Dillon was catching slower traffic and lapped traffic. Lap 10 would see the caution as a car got up into the top side of the wall in turn 4. Jamie Sills would be able to continue. Back green with Gary Dillon leading Jeremy Benson, Robby Causby, Cooper Edwards & Cody Keith. RED FLAG on lap 11 when a few cars made contact sending 1 car up in the air that clipped the flag stand. Robby Causby got airborne with the tail of his car clipping the stairs leading up to the flag stand. Luckily, Robby was ok and able to exit his car, and the flag man, Wesley Cogdell, although shaken up was ok as well. After a short red flag, we were back green flag racing with Gary Dillon leading Jeremy Benson, Cody Keith, Brent Atkinson and Chris Collins. Caution again for a slow car in turn 3 on lap 12. After clearing the track, we were back green with another green white checker finish. Gary Dillon continued leading Jeremy Benson, Cody Keith, Brent Atkinson and Chris Collins. Gary Dillon would bring home the win followed by Jeremy Benson, Cody Keith, Brent Atkinson & Chris Collins.
Our final feature of the night, the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division Chris Radford and Scott Baines would lead this field to green for 20 door slamming laps of racing action. Chris Radford would jump out front quickly taking the lead followed by Mark Boykin, Luke Owens, Lane Proctor and Skeeter Liles. Caution early for Matthew Bissette who got around in turn 4, possibly with a little help. Back green with Radford leading Boykin, Owens, Proctor & Liles. Proctor would challenge Owens for 3rd spot taking it and bringing Liles and Nelms, Jr with him. Owens fell back to 6th as Radford stretched his lead over Boykin by about 5 car lengths. Cy Nelms, Jr. would try to get around Liles for 3rd spot but couldn’t complete the pass as we crossed to complete lap 11. Caution turn 4 for CJ Cascell, as he spun around in 3 & 4. Back green with Radford leading Boykin, Proctor, Liles & Nelms, Jr. Liles would get around Proctor for 3rd spot, bringing Cy Nelms, Jr with him to take over 4th. Nelms, Jr & Liles were battling hard, beating and banging for position with Nelms, Jr getting alongside of him on several occasions. Finally Nelms, Jr completes the pass to take over the 3rd spot. Caution again lap 17 for CJ Cascell again over in turn 4. Green flag, Radford, Boykin, Nelms, Jr., Liles & Proctor. Chris Radford would lead the remaining 3 laps bringing home his first win of 2014. He was followed by Mark Boykin, Cy Nelms, Jr., Skeeter Liles & Lane Proctor.
Congratulations to all of our winners!
A reminder, we are closed next weekend but highly encourage you to support another local track for some Saturday night racing action. We will be back Mother’s Day Weekend May 10th when we showcase the Late Models, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, Super Stock Four Cylinder, PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8 & the Pure Stock Four Cylinder. As always, if you have any questions, please call the track at 252-985-1949 or check out our website at www.countylineracewaync.com, our Facebook page, our forum at www.localracechat.com or our official twitter, @countylinenc. Thanks so much for your support!
We at County Line Raceway along with the fine staff and management teams at Clary’s Speedway and Fayetteville Motor Speedway are pleased to announce The I-95 Late Model Challenge! The I-95 Late Model Challenge is a 9 race series for local late models with each track hosting 3 events each. These events will pay a total of $27,000 to win and there will be a points fund for these 9 races of at least $5,000. The unique aspect to this series is that only one track will be running the night of a Challenge event to allow maximum driver and fan participation. The I-95 Late Model Challenge will utilize the tire rules and racing formats that are already in place at each track and will incorporate races that have been previously scheduled with a few exceptions. “We could have all run our races independent of one another and had good events but now working together and adding a separate points fund these events will be great for the drivers, fans, and track promoters. When dad (Edward) and James first approached me with this idea I knew it would be a homerun and immediately started working on it” stated Brenda Holcombe of County Line Raceway and Clary’s Speedway. More information will be coming in the days ahead but this will no doubt be an exciting addition to the 2014 season at all three tracks! The schedule is as follows:
May 23-24 Fayetteville Motor Speedway $3,000 to win
July 4th Clary’s Speedway $5,000 to win
July 5th County Line Raceway $2,500 to win
July 18th Clary’s Speedway (Topless) $2,000 to win
July 19th Fayetteville Motor Speedway (TPL)$2,500 to win
Aug 28th Fayetteville Motor Speedway $2,500 to win
Aug 29th Clary’s Speedway $2,500 to win
Aug 30th County Line Raceway $4,000 to win
Sept 13th County Line Raceway $3,000 to win
The sun beat down on the parking lot of County Line Raceway as we opened the gates for the annual car show & first points race. There were some nice hot rods out there and I’m sure the judges had a hard time deciding! Good luck to all of those that participated!!
After rounds of qualifying & heat races, we were ready for our first points race of the season. The Super Stock 4’s, Pure Stock 4’s, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 & the ever popular Late Models would make their way onto the track.
Up first, the Super Stock 4 division, which during qualifying would see a new track record set twice by 3 people! That’s right folks, in one group Austin Holcombe & defending champion John Proctor would break the record set by Mark Boykin back in November with a time of 17.325, both on the 2nd lap. Then, the next group would see Bill Winstead break the previous record with a time of 17.321! Wow. Just wow.
Long time announcer Steve Vail, with the help of flagman Wesley Cogdell, called a ‘final lap’ for Rayford just before the Super Stock 4 field took to the track. High emotions for all of us as Rayford took his final lap around County Line Raceway. The drivers then lined up in the missing man formation in honor of their fallen friend, Rayford Chamblee. Rayford was a huge presence at County Line Raceway for many years, racing & winning many races, as well as helping with different drivers in different classes, most recently Matthew Bissette & Ray Tucker. He was a huge help to us all for the Victor May Memorial races the last couple of years, and then a big part of the 4 Cylinder Nationals the first weekend of November. Rayford never met a stranger, always wrapped you with a big hug instead of a handshake & loved racing like no one you’ve ever seen. His favorite phrase can be seen on several cars this year, along with his old car #34. He will be greatly missed by all of us at County Line Raceway. Honey Hush.
At the drop of the green, theses guys went to work. Bill Winstead held onto the lead followed by Austin Holcombe, John Proctor, John Carroll & James Bailey. Proctor would challenge Holcombe for 2nd spot, finally getting around him to challenge Winstead for the lead. Caution out on lap 5 for Austin Larrison as he slowed on the front stretch. Back green with Winstead leading a very hard-charging John Proctor, and just as Proctor got around Winstead for the lead, the caution came out for a spin in turn 4 by the C8 of John Carroll. Damien Bryant would stand on the brakes to stop only to make contact with the car of Carroll. Jesse Duke made a daring dash down the hot pit at full speed, but luckily was able to jump off the cushion and back onto the track. Back green with Winstead leading Proctor, Holcombe, Bailey & Jesse Duke. Proctor dived down into turn one gaining momentum as they came out of turn 2 but couldn’t get up beside Winstead to make the pass. Austin Holcombe was about a car length behind Proctor holding tight to that 3rd spot at the half-way mark. Coming out of turn 4 John Proctor got along-side of Winstead on lap 13 taking the lead out of turn 1. Winstead wasn’t giving up, as he stayed tight to Proctor’s bumper. With 3 to go, Jesse Duke who was running in the 5th, slowed drastically on the backstretch but did not have enough momentum to continue around the track. With his car slowed in turn 4, the caution flag came out setting us up for a green-white-checkers. John Proctor brought the field to the green with Winstead as close to his bumper as he could be, Austin Holcombe held onto 3rd spot, James Bailey in the 4th position & Tyler Hobgood in 5th. The checkered flag fell over the 90 of reigning track champion John Proctor. Bill Winstead was 2nd, Austin Holcombe in 3rd, James Bailey in the 4th position & Tyler Hobgood in 5th.
Our 2nd feature event of the night, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 division, would see Roy Hall leading the field to the green with Gary Whitley on the outside pole. Gary Whitley would take the lead quickly bringing Wade Ferrell with him. Roy Hall dropped back to 3rd spot as Willie Schwann stayed in 4th and Amanda Liles in 5th. Ashley Hall, daughter of pole sitter Roy Hall, was put a lap down by the leader and as her dad went to go around her, she clipped him in the right rear spinning him around over in turn 4. We’re all hoping that the dinner table Sunday is pleasant for all involved! Gary Whitley was trying to hold off a hard charging Wade Ferrell as we went back to green flag racing. Coming out of turn 4, the leader would have an issue that would cause him to slow drastically and be passed by the field. Wade Ferrell would take over the top spot followed by Amanda Liles, Roy Hall and Willie Schwann. Amanda Liles would lose her motor in a massive way with 2 to go. Oil was spread on the track from the flag-stand to the middle of turn 1. Back green with 2 to go, Wade Ferrell leading Roy Hall & Willie Schwann. Coming to the checkers, Wade Ferrell would bring home the win followed by Roy Hall & Willie Schwann.
Lined up outside of turn 4, the Late Models were ready to put on a 30 lap show with Russell Erwin on the pole and 2013 Late Model champion Christian Joyner on the outside. Green flag and Russell Erwin gets out front out of turn 2. Christian Joyner, Michael Batten, Daniel Tucker and Spencer Liggon rounded out the top 5. Liggon would get around Tucker going into turn 1 on lap 3, as Russell Erwin put about 8 car lengths between him and 2nd place Joyner. Lap 4 would see the caution come out for Brad Hamm, who spun over in turn 4. Dykes Maynard would slow to a stop to avoid contact with Hamm. Both cars were able to continue, but right before we went back green, 3rd place Michael Batten would realize he had a right front going down. Batten made his way to the hot pit area to get some attention from his pit crew, falling to the tail of the field right before we went back green. Erwin leads Joyner, Liggon, Tucker and Bobby Bottoms as we were poised to complete lap 7. Russell Erwin began catching the tail of the field, lapping Dykes Maynard and William Carroll as they took the half way flags. Brad Hamm goes a lap down as Erwin just dominates this 30 lap feature. Michael Batten & JP Cascell were battling for 6th spot going into turn 1 and 2, all down the backstretch, and going into turn 3, Michael would go in a little hot, JP wasn’t giving in. Batten on the inside of Cascell, he gets hard on the brakes, spins, goes up the track & the leader, Russell Erwin has no where to go. Erwin hits Batten, ending his night and his awesome run. Back green with Christian Joyner in the lead followed by Spencer Liggon, Daniel Tucker, Bobby Bottoms & Michael Batten. Tucker would make the move on Liggon for 2nd, taking it away from him on the backstretch with 7 to go. Christian Joyner went on to lead the remaining laps, bringing in the 2014 season the way he ended the 2013 season, with a win. Daniel Tucker brought his ride home in 2nd, Spencer Liggon in 3rd, Bobby Bottoms 4th & Michael Batten rounded out the top 5. **Due to a disqualification by being light at the scales, Spencer Liggon would be placed 2nd, Bobby Bottoms 3rd, Michael Batten 4th & JP Cascell 5th**
The ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division lined up with Matthew Bissette & Skeeter Liles on the front row. A lap one spin would line us back up for a double file start, and as the green flag fell again Skeeter Liles jumped out in front of Matthew Bissette to take the lead. Cy Nelms, Jr., Mark Boykin and Lane Proctor rounded out the top 5. Quick yellow flag for a spin over in turn 2 and a flat tire on the 01 of Coolhand Luke Owens. After a tire change, Owens joined the tail of the field and we were back green with Liles leading Bissette, Nelms, Jr., Boykin & Proctor. Lane Proctor would get around Mark Boykin to take over 4th spot as we took the half way flags. Matthew Bissette was trying to get around Liles for the lead allowing Nelms, Jr. to close the gap . The top 3 were running within a 1/2 car length of each other as the laps wound down. With 2 to go, Liles was lapping the tail of the field as Nelms, Jr. tried to get around Bissette. White flag, Liles, Bissette & Nelms, Jr. your top 3. The would cross the finish line in that order followed by Lane Proctor in 4th and Mark Boykin in 5th.
Our final event of the night, the Pure Stock 4 division would be lead to the green by Gary Dillon and Michael Webb. Green flag and Gary Dillon jumps out front hard into turn 1, just to lose it going into turn 2 and spinning in front of the field. Robby Causby and Cooper Edwards would spin to avoid, Jamie Sills got a little damage getting through and the rest of the field slowed as the caution came out. Since no laps were complete, Jeremy Benson moved up to the pole position with Michael Webb to the outside. Webb would take the lead from Benson coming out of turn 2 bringing the field across the line to complete lap 1. Cooper Edwards would spin in turn 4 bringing out the caution again. Back green with Webb leading Benson, Lee Hardie, Robby Causby and Chris Collins. Caution for Courtney Ray on the backstretch on lap 2 would red flag the field. Courtney was up against the backstretch wall facing oncoming cars, and due to track vehicles, it was decided that we red flag to ensure all track staff were safe during the clean up process. Back green with Webb leading Benson, Hardie, Causby & Collins. Another caution would come out for the 16 of Edwards and after we went back green, we would see another caution for David Haggins and Austin Bottoms. Haggins lost a tire going into turn 1 and Austin was trying to avoid him but made contact. Both retired to the pits. Back green with Webb leading Benson, Hardie, Causby and Gary Dillon. Lap 6 would see Gary Dillon spin again over in turn 1 bringing out the caution yet again. Back green with Webb leading Benson, Hardie, Causby and Cody Keith. Benson would get loose, Hardie would spin and bring out the caution in turn 4. Back green with Webb leading Robby Causby, JP Brantley, Cody Keith & Lee Hardie. They would cross the checkers in that order rounding out the first night of racing at County Line Raceway.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Be sure to join us next Saturday, April 12th, for the Spring Fever 100! On the schedule, we’ll see stars and cars of the Late Model division, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, Super Stock Four Cylinders, PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8’s & Pure Stock Four Cylinders. The pit gates will open at 4:00, along with driver registration. At 5:00, our grandstand gate opens and we’ve got cars scheduled to be on the track at 6:15. Pit gate admission is $25 for adults, $10 for kids 10 and under. Prices for the grandstands are $15 adults, $5 for kids 11-15 and kids under 11 are free. Come out and join us for some good racing & a great time!! If you have any questions, please contact the track at 252-985-1949.
Renegades of Dirt
(Middlebourne, WV) After a winter of hyping up the largest payday in tour history the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sport Shirts got its 2014 season underway this weekend at the County Line Raceway’s “North Carolina Modified Nationals”. It didn’t take competitors or fans long to see that the highly anticipated and nationally recognized event would live up to the hype. Live for the County Line Crazies as well as an impressive nation wide audience on XSAN fifty Renegades of Dirt Modifieds from eleven states would sign in for the weekend finale with the ‘Buckeye State’ of Ohio and the host state of North Carolina the most represented states with thirteen cars each.
When action got underway with qualifying for the open wheel modifieds it would be track regular Russell Erwin of Beaverdam, VA who would take the top honors with a lap time of 15.914. Erwin would then draw a three for the five heat race lineup invert. When the heat races rolled to the track it was “The Hurricane” Hank Edwards who would take Slicker Graphics Heat Race #1. The Elite Chassis owner, Nick Hoffman would take control of DirtCast.com Heat Race #2 from his outside front row position and never look back taking the win. 2014 Rookie of the Year contender Chris Arnold of Matoaca, VA made an impressive comeback from a Thursday night wreck to win ModFury.com Heat Race #3. Kyle Stickler navigated around the low side of the track to go from his third starting spot to the lead in taking the Karsyns Krusaders Heat Race #4 victory. North Carolina native Ryan Ayers grabbed the early lead in American Racer Heat Race #5 and showed the way throughout setting himself up for a spot in the A-Main redraw. Results of the heat race draw: Nick Hoffman, Kyle Strickler, Ryan Ayers, Chris Arnold, Hank Edwards.
When the first of two B-Mains rolled on to the speedway it was the #01 of Patrick Lyon who would set a blistering pace and quickly pull out to a 1.5 second lead on the field. As the laps continued to click off it was Mineral Wells, WV Tyler Evans who worked the inside of the track to a transfer spot with Lyon taking the win. Bmain #2 was lead on to the track by Matt Emmerling of Hickory, NC who would jump out to an early lead but quickly found the 33M of Chris Meadows and the X of Chris Parker applying pressure for two spots. The trio battled for the entire eight laps before Emmerling crossed the stripe first followed by Friday nights winner, Chris Parker. The field of non-transfers was then distributed among the represented states with OH, NC, SC, VA, PA, MD, KY, and WV all among cars in the field for the Race of the States. The 20lap $750 to win Non-Qualifier witnessed Crab Orchard’s, Chris Meadows set sail and earn the win. In victory lane Meadows chose to tag the tail of the A-Main instead of the payout when the opportunity was presented to him.
Immediately following the Race of the States it was GO TIME for the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sports Shirts A-Main event, twenty one of the east’s biggest and best made up the roster set to go forty laps to the checkered flag with $10,000 dollars on the line. A pair of Mooresville, NC residents would lead the field to the green with Strickler catching the lead on lap one. Strickler would continue to slowly distance himself from Hoffman as the laps clicked off, meanwhile the entire field from third on back was nose to tail and/or two wide battling for positioning. NASCAR competitor David Stremme was working the extreme high side of the speedway picking up positions at a rapid rate while youngster Tyler Evans was working the extreme low side of the speedway to perfection. At the halfway point it was still Strickler leading as the talented group of racers jockeyed for spots back through the pack.
With just ten to go the third caution of the event would wave for a spin in turn one between a 5th running Chris Arnold who got turned around by the #11 of Hank Edwards, both would exit the track as we went back green with Kyle again grabbing the point and leading the way. A large crowd on hand would then rise to their feet as the battle heated up throughout the field with Evans, Stremme, Workman, and several others dueling for spots seven through thirteen, all the while Hoffman continued to keep Strickler within striking distance. However when the dust settled and the black and white linen waved it was “The High Side Tickler” Kyle Strickler who would cross first followed by N. Hoffman, R. Erwin, R. Ayers, R. Michael, T. Dickson, T. Evans, B. Workman, D. Ramey, and D. Stremme rounding out your top ten. A rousing applause greeted the pilot of the all new BeakBuilt Chassis #8 Cedar Peaks Enterprises, JRI Shocks, American Racer, TomCat Performance, SRI, and Stock Car Steel sponsored machine in Lias Tire Victory Lane. The victory would mark the largest payday and biggest win of his illustrious dirt modified career which includes two Harris Clash wins and a Night of 1000 stars win in IMCA country.
An emotionally overjoyed winner would join tour announcer Michael Gibson in victory lane; “I can’t thank my crew enough, these guys work super hard to get us where we are. I also want to thank my entire family, my dad, my girlfriend, my daughter…wow this is just awesome” stated Strickler. “You picture yourself having a shot at winning it and when you actually you do its just so surreal and amazing” added Kyle. “I want to thank Steve Summerlin and County Line Raceway as well as the Renegades of Dirt. We are hoping to win the tour points this year so this is definitely a good start” finished Strickler.
Saturday March 22nd Results
County Line Raceway
“NORTH CAROLINA NATIONALS”
50 Total Modifieds signed in
Qualifying: #22 Russell Erwin / 15.914
Inversion Pill: 3
Slicker Graphics Heat #1 Finish: Hank Edwards, Russell Erwin, Mike McKinney, Partick Lyon, Chris Meadows, James Sparks, Leonard Enos, Steve Stover, Joe Meadows
DirtCast.com Heat #2 Finish: Nick Hoffman, Rich Michael Jr., Tanner Wilson, Matt Emmerling, Chad Boone, Paul Miles, Rick Aukland, Cody Parker, Billy Wilson, Gary Long
ModFury.com Heat #3 Finish: Chris Arnold, Taylor Cook, Jamie Major, Jesse Wisecarver, Greg Brown, Brandon White, Robbie Evans, Brian Skaggs, Ryan Toole, Tim Shulte
Karsyns Krusaders Heat #4 Finish: Kyle Strickler, Billy Workman Jr, Derrick Ramey, Chris Parker, Tyler Evans, Jon Sluka, Mark Dickson, DJ Cline, Scott Stiffler
Genesis Shocks Heat #5 Finish: Ryan Ayers, Travis Dickson, Tyler Nicely, David Stremme, Nathon Loney, Joe Cox, Lance Elson, Kurt Burge, Mike Conkle
Flag to Flag Consolation Transfers:
B-Main #1: Patrick Lyon & Tyler Evans
B-Main #2: Matt Emmerling & Chris Parker
Arizona Sport Shirts A-Main Finish:
Position, Starting Position, Number, Name
- (2) #8 Kyle Strickler
- (1) #2 Nick Hoffman
- (6) #22 Russell Erwin
- (3) #6 Ryan Ayers
- (7) #17x Rich Michael Jr.
- (10) #16 Travis Dickson
- (18) #17t Tyler Evans
- (9) #64 Billy Workman Jr.
- (14) #91 Derrick Ramey
- (20) #35 David Stremme
- (21) #33M Chris Meadows
- (13) #19F Jamie Major
- (11) #96M Mike McKinney
- (16) #01 Patrick Lyon
- (17) #98 Matt Emmerling
- (8) #21 Taylor Cook
- (5) #11 Hank Edwards
- (4) #99w Chris Arnold
- (15) #25 Tyler Nicely
- (19) #X Chris Parker
- (12) #17W Tanner Wilson
Race of the States: Chris Meadows, Greg Brown, Scott Stiffler, Ryan Toole, Brian Skaggs, Jesse Wisecarver, Nathon Loney, Brandon White, Paul Miles, Brian Anderson, Robbie Evans, Joe Cox, Steve Stover, Gary Long, Lenard Enos, Tim Shulte, Cody Parker, James Sparks
SOCIAL SUPERSTAR WINNERS:
Drivers – 1st) Mike McKinney, 2nd) Ryan Toole, 3rd) Tyler Nicely
Fan – Gene Lefler
Packages will be mailed to the winners.
2014 Official ‘Renegade of Dirt Touring’ Sponsors Include:
Arizona Sport Shirts – “The Official Apparel Provider” of the Renegades of Dirt
2Brothers Motorsports – Proud Presenter of the 2014 “Triple Crown”
The Hangout – “The Official Restaurant Partner” of the Renegades of Dirt
XSAN – “The Official Video Network” of the Renegades of Dirt
VP Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel Provider” of the Renegades of Dirt
Genesis Shocks – “The Xtreme Shock” of the Renegades of Dirt
FastShafts – “The Only Shafts Fast Enough for the Renegades of Dirt”
DirtCast.com – “The Official Interview Network” of the Renegades of Dirt
XFactor Bushings – “The XFACTOR” in the Renegades of Dirt
The Wanted – “The Official Radio Show” of the Renegades of Dirt
American Racer – “The Official Racing Tire” of the Renegades of Dirt
Tye Twarog – “The Official Parts Supplier” of the Renegades of Dirt
2014 Renegade of Dirt Touring Sponsors:
XSAN, The Hangout, Arizona Sport Shirts, GottaRace.com, American Racer, Lias Tire, Xtreme Chassis, VP Race Fuels, Outlaw Graphics and Automotive, Tye Twarog Racers, DirtCast.com, ModFury.com, OhioValleyDTR.com, 2Brothers Motorsports, FastShafts, XFactor Bushings, Gibbys DTRN, DTR Updates, Terror Race Cars, Genesis Shocks and Innovative Graphics.
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/rodconnector on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rodconnect.
A beautiful, sunny day greeted fans, drivers & crews to County Line Raceway for the CLR Nationals. Welcoming FASTRAK Racing Series & the Renegades of Dirt to the raceway for the first time, everyone was ready for the opening night of the 2014 racing season. With $10,000 to win in the Renegades Of Dirt Open Wheel Modifieds, & $3,000 to win for the FASTRAK Crate Late Models, 90 laps & 75 cars checked in, the fans were definitely in for a treat!
Night one would see Chris Parker & Tyler Nicely bring home wins in the Twin 25’s, and everyone wanted to see if they could repeat it tonight for the big money. After 5 heat races & 2 consi’s, the field was set for the Renegades of Dirt with Nick Hoffman on the front row alongside of Kyle Strickler. Who would bring home the big $10,000 check?
Our first feature of the night, the FASTRAK crate late models with Dale Timms & Walker Arthur leading the field to the green. Timms would charge into turn 1 hard, trying to maintain the lead followed close by Walker Arthur , but Arthur would dive into turn 2 and quickly take the lead. A piece of debris in the racing groove would bring out the caution. The FASTRAK series enforces a double file restart, so as the field lined up 2 by 2, we were back green with Arthur out front. A 2 car spin would bring out the caution out of turn 2 that included GR Smith & Joe Cox. Back to a double file restart and the flagman, Wes Cogdell, waved the green. Walker Arthur quickly took charge, putting several car lengths between him and second place Dale Timms. Caution again for 3 cars over in turn 4 involving Rick Gilcrest, Teddy Tate & GR Smith. Fortunately, all 3 cars were able to continue. All through the field these guys were running side by side jockeying for position, sometimes running 2-3 wide! Caution again on lap 8 for GR Smith as he got into the wall out of turn 2. GR Smith retired to the pits, as the remainder of the field lined up for their 6th double file restart. Colby Cannon got around over in turn 2 bringing out the caution again but it was a very quick one. Back green, with Walker Arthur jumping out in front of the field. Corey Gordon would bring out the caution when he went around in turn 4, but we were back green within minutes. A massive caution over in turn involving 3 cars would see the 168 of Rick Gilcrest go around and slam into the outside retaining wall. Also involved were Teddy Tate and Christian Joyner. Gilcrest & Joyner retired to the pits right before we lined them up for another double file restart. With 25 laps in the books, Walker Arthur continued to dominate this feature event. He was followed by Dale Timms, Daniel Baggerly, David Smith & Corey Gordon. Walker Arthur would bring home the win & the $3,000 pay day! He was followed by Dale Timms, Daniel Baggerly, David Smith & Corey Gordon.
The first part of our Renegades of Dirt would see a 25 lap Race of States. Leading the field to the green flag was Greg Brown with Scott Stiffler alongside of him. With the option of taking home $750 or transferring to the main, everyone was trying to get to the front. Ryan Toole, starting from the 4th spot would slip a little at the beginning losing one spot, but was able to get his Shaw By Erwin Battenbilt powered machine back together to reclaim the 4th spot. Chris Meadows would lead each lap of this event, and chose to transfer to the A Main instead of taking the $750 prize.
Our final feature even of the night, the $10,000 to win County Line Nationals. Nick Hoffman, Kyle Strickler and 19 other cars were ready to battle it out for 40 laps. Coming to the green, Hoffman tried to take it out of turn 1 but Strickler was having none of it! Side by side through the tricky turn 2, cars going 3 and 4 wide, only to have one get out of shape and go around. Tyler Nicely, last night’s winner of Twin #1, would go around, but was able to continue. Back green with a complete restart since no laps were complete. Hoffman & Strickler brought them to the green but it was Strickler would take the point. Nick Hoffman followed by a car length in 2nd spot, Ryan Ayers, Russell Erwin & Chis Arnold rounded out the top 5. Back through the field, it was a real battle as these guys were still side by side, at times 3 wide battling for position. Strickler was closing in on the tail of the field as Russell Erwin mounted a challenge on Ryan Ayers, finally able to get around him out of turn 2. With 12 in the books, Strickler was starting to make his way through the lap traffic as Nick Hoffman closed the gap he’d put between them. Lap 13 would see the first caution of the night as Billy Workman, Jr. slowed in turn 4. Green flag, with Kyle Strickler leading Nick Hoffman, Russell Erwin, Ryan Erwin & Chris Arnold. Lap 24 would see another caution when Chris Parker slowed in turn 4. Green flag, with Hoffman trying to get around Strickler. Back through the field 2 & 3 wide through all 4 turns folks! With 13 to go, Tyler Nicely would bring out the caution in turn 2 with a spin. Green flag with 10 to go, Kyle Strickler still leading Nick Hoffman, Russell Erwin, Ryan Ayers and Chris Arnold. Chris Arnold would go around, Hank Edwards was also involved bringing out another caution over in turn 2. Back green, Kyle Strickler leading Nick Hoffman and a hard charging Russell Erwin. Hoffman was holding onto his 2nd place spot as Russell Erwin was giving him everything he had. The real man on the move was David Stremme! He started in the 20th spot and as they crossed the line with 3 to go, he was up to 9th! Caution! One car slow on the backstretch couldn’t make it to the pits in time to clear the track, so the caution flag came out giving us a 3 lap shootout. Could Kyle Strickler hold off Hoffman? Could Hoffman hold off Erwin? With $10,000 on the line, it was anyone’s game at this point! Green flag, Strickler shot down into turn 1, putting a car length between him and Hoffman. White flag and still there was distance between the leader & 2nd place. Checkered flag, and your winner of the $10,00 is Kyle Strickler! Rounding out the top 5 was Nick Hoffman, Russell Erwin, Ryan Ayers & Rich Michael Jr. Bringing home the hard charger award was 15 yr old Tyler Evans. Watch this kid folks, as he will be going places in racing!!
We hope each of you enjoyed this very special night of racing! Thanks to all of those involved, those that traveled so very far & to all of the fans, crews & drivers. Special thanks to all of the staff, Steve Summerlin for his countless hours of work on this, Brenda Holcombe & James Upchurch, as well as the owners, Carolyn & Edward Upchurch for giving us such a great place to come.
Be sure to come out April 5th for our annual car show & first points event. We will see our ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, Super Stock 4’s, PL Woodard Pure Stock V8, Pure Stock 4’s & of course, our Late Models. As always, if you have any questions, please call the track at 252-985-1949.
Thanks again, and we’ll see you in 2 weeks at The Line.