CLR Plays Host to I-95 Late Model Challenge Saturday Night, May 30

Elm City, NC – Racing returns to County Line Raceway in Elm City this Saturday night featuring the best dirt track racing in the state. The I-95 Late Model Challenge headlines the card and returns for round number two of the season at the bullring nestled four miles off of I-95. The Weekly Racing Series presented by Lee Motor Group also features the local stars of the ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman, Super Stock Four Cylinder, Pure Stock V-8 and DRU Auto Sales and Service Pure Stock Four Cylinders. As we head toward the mid-point of the season, drivers will be after every point possible as we close in on crowning the 2015 champions.

The I-95 Late Model Challenge rolls into town as part of a double header weekend with Brinkleyville’s, Clary’s Speedway playing host on Friday night. Who will be the points leader coming through the gates Saturday night at County Line Raceway is anyone’s guess? Currently, Dean Bowen leads the way by a mere 2 points over Deleware’s Robbie Emory. Keith Jacobs sits third only 8 points back. County Line regular, Christian Joyner is fourth, 15 points out of the lead and Chris Blackwell and Zack Blackwell are tied for fifth, 17 points out. Saturday’s Late Model feature will be 35 laps paying $2,500 to the winner.

The ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman division has the closest points battle of the season thus far and will battle it out for 20 laps this Saturday night. Mark Boykin, of Bailey, currently leads Skeeter Liles by just 3 points. Liles, who won the last feature event, hopes his good luck carries over to Saturday night’s feature to make it two in a row. John Proctor, in his first season in the Limited Sportsman division, sits third in points followed by James Meredith and Melvin Edmondson rounding out the top five.

Hunter Bailey claimed the win in the last Super Stock Four Cylinder race and is the only repeat winner in this fiercely competitive division. Bailey has a slight points advantage going into Saturday night’s 20 lap main event over Damien Bryant who sits 34 points back. James Manning is third, just 37 out of the lead, followed by Bill Winstead and Eric Hill who round out the top five.

The Pure Stock V-8 division has a tight points battle at the top between Phillip Lamm and Kevin Beard, with just 11 points separating 1st and 2nd. Lamm, who won the last feature event, hopes his good luck carries over to Saturday night’s 15 lap feature to maintain his points lead. Austin Ferrell, in his first season racing, sits third in points followed by John Killebrew and Josh Bryant rounding out the top five.

The DRU Auto Sales and Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder division has had the highest car count this season and the 15 laps of action has been intense each and every Saturday night. JP Brantley, the only driver in the top five in points with a win, sits atop the board 44 points over Chris Collins. Lee Hardie sits third, Cody Keith fourth, and Robbie Causby is fifth.

Saturday night the action will be fierce as these five divisions blister the 3/8ths mile clay oval in what is sure to be one of the “can’t miss events” of the season. Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00 and cars are scheduled to hit the track at 7:30. Ticket prices for the I-95 Late Model Challenge Special Event are just $20 for adults in the Grandstand, $5 for kids 11-15 and free for children 10 & under. Pit passes are available for $30. For more information on County Line Raceway, please visit the track’s website at www.countylineracewaync.com or call the track phone at 252-985-1949.

Hunter Bailey Takes Super Stock Four Cyl Special

Elm City, NC – A perfect spring day greeted fans and teams as they arrived at Elm City’s County Line Raceway Saturday afternoon.  The weekly racing series presented by Lee Motor Group featured five divisions of racing action were on the action packed schedule and the fans would not leave disappointed.  The evening started by crowning the new Ms County Line Raceway for the 2015 season.  Congratulations to Elm City’s Alisha Bullock for taking the crown.

 

The Super Stock Four Cylinder was the first division to take to the track in their first special event of the season paying $600 to the victor.  Hunter Bailey would be the fastest qualifier turning the 3/8ths mile clay oval in 17.206 seconds, James Manning would be second quickest, setting up the front row for the evening’s 20 lap main event.  Bailey would lead the field to green but it would be short lived as two cars would spin in turn three on the first lap.  Bailey, still the leader would bring the field to the restart.  Bailey would set sail with a sizable lead until trouble with lap traffic almost cost him the race on lap 16 when another caution waved for the 47 of Glenn Bottoms who spun in front of the leader.  Bailey would hold on to the lead and win his second race of the young season.  James Manning would take home second followed by Damien Bryant, Jason Horne and Austin Holcombe rounding out the top five.

 

Pure Stock V-8 was next onto the track.  Phillip Lamm and Kevin Beard would lead the field to green based on their heat race features earlier in the night.  Only one caution would slow the 15 lap main event for the 41 of Austin Ferrell on lap 3.  Phillip Lamm would go on to victory, his second of the season.  Kevin Beard finished second followed by Gary Whitley, Amanda Liles, and Paul Peele rounding out the top five.

 

The ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman was the next division to take the track.  Matthew Bissette and John Proctor led the field to green for the 20 lap feature event.  Bissette jumped out to a quick lead but Proctor was not backing down.  A caution would bunch the field back up on lap four for a spin in turn four by the 88 of Melvin Edmondson.  Back green Bissette retained the lead.  On lap 13, misfortunes for the 90 of Proctor as he pulled to the pits with mechanical issues.  Bissette would go on to take the checkers first, however during post race technical inspection a part from the 23 car was found to not meet the track’s benchmark disqualifying him from the race.  Skeeter Liles would be credited with the win, his first of the season followed by points leader Mark Boykin in second, James Meredith third, Walt Gibson fourth and Mevlin Edmondson fifth.

 

The DRU Auto Sales & Service Pure Stock Four Cylinders roared to life next.  Brent Atkinson and Bobby Crawford were on the front row leading the field to green for their 15 lap main event.  At the drop of the green flag it was Atkinson to the point but they were three wide in turn two for the lead on lap 1.  Atkinson would lead the first lap.  There were battles all over the track until a caution on lap 8 slowed the field for a spin in turn four by the 17 of Lee Hardie and the 62 of Jason Adams.  Back green another caution would wave on the next lap for the 16 of Cooper Edwards who also spun in turn four, retiring the 16 to the pits for the rest of the evening.  Two other single car spins would slow the field.  Another caution waved on lap 13 for the 81 of Atkinson and the J5 of JP Brantley who were racing for the lead, setting up a green, white, checkerd finish.  On the final lap the 62 of Jason Adams would get into the 71 of Robbie Causby in turn four, sending both cars spinning.  James Bailey would take the checkers, his first of the season.  Chris Collins after a hard crash the week before would come home second, followed by Lee Hardie, Cody Wilson, and Bobby Crawford rounding out the top five.

 

The final event of the evening was the Late Model division.  Fourteen drivers signed in to battle for 30 laps.  The front row was set by qualifying.  On the pole was the 121 of Louisburg’s Damon Kotke who turned a lap of 14.741 seconds alongside was Greensboro’s Daniel Tucker.  At the drop of the green flag it would be Kotke who would take the lead, until bringing out the first caution by spinning on lap 5.  The field would go caution free the rest of the way.  Christian Joyner would take home his second straight victory and third of the season.  Daniel Tucker came home second followed by Michael Batten, William Carroll, and Derek Francis rounding out the top five.

 

County Line Raceway takes this weekend off in observance of Memorial Day.  Racing returns on Saturday, May 30 with the return of the I-95 Late Model Challenge.  Also in action will be the ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman, Super Stock Four Cylinder, Pure Stock V-8, and Pure Stock Four Cylinder.  Grandstand admission will be $20 for adults, $5 for children 11-15 and free for kids 10 & under.  Pit passes are available for $30.  Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00 and cars will hit the track at 7:30.  For more information visit the track’s website at www.countylineracewaync.com.

Bissette Wins Three in a Row with Limited Sportsman Victory

Elm City, NC – A beautiful spring day played host to an evening of dirt track racing excitement at Elm City’s County Line Raceway.  Five divisions of action were on tap and kept fans on the edge of their seat for the entire night.

 

First up would be the Super Stock Four Cylinder division.  After winning their heat races, Austin Holcombe and John Carroll would start on the front row.  Carroll would have the lead by a bumper heading into turn two on the first lap, until he and Holcombe would make contact sending both cars spinning bringing out the first caution.  Both cars would be able to continue, however, they had to start at the rear of the field.  Back green Holcombe was on the move until lap two when the 2 car of Lee Hicks would get out of shape in turn four leaving Holcombe no where to go.  He would hit Hicks’ car, ending the night for both drivers.  Back green the battle was on.  Another caution, for the C8 of John Carroll, would slow the pace on lap 9.  It would be an eleven lap battle to the finish.  Hunter Bailey would bring home his first win of the season and keeping the trend with no repeat winners so far in 2015 for this highly competitive division.  Bill Winstead came home second, followed by Eric Hill, James Manning, and Damien Bryant rounding out the top five.

 

Next up would be the Pure Stock V-8 division.  After being sidelined a few weeks due to illness, Gary Whitley would take heat win number one and start alongside Phillip Lamm who won heat two.  Before the field would take the green, they honored one of their own, Dewayne Whitley, who passed away two weeks ago by forming into the ‘missing man formation.’  A quick caution would wave on lap one for the 41 of Austin Ferrell who spun in turn two.  Under the caution, the #24, last week’s feature winner, Joshua Bryant would put down fluid on the track which would force him to the pits.  Back green another quick caution would wave on lap four for the 96 of Michael Lamm, who would pit and not return.  Back green the racing was heating up as the field got the halfway signal.  Brandon Whitley, in his first start of the season would go three wide for the lead.  Another caution would wave on lap 12 for a tangle between the 44 of Jerry Williams and the 55 of Glenn Stocks.  This set up a three lap dash to the finish.  Whitley would hold off challenges for the lead and take his first win of the season.  Gary Whitley came home second followed by Phillip Lamm, Kevin Beard, and Amanda Liles rounding out the top five.

 

The ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman division was the evening’s special event as they would run for an $800 payday.  Qualifying would set the evenings feature lineup with Lane Proctor setting fast time turning the track in only 16.034 seconds.  Matthew Bissette would take the outside pole.  Twenty laps would make up the distance in the evenings feature.  They would go green until lap 9 when the 20 of James Meredith would slam the outside wall in turn one when his steering wheel came loose, fortunately, the damage was not severe and he would be able to continue.  A caution on lap 14 for a spin in turn four would be the only other to slow down the feature as ‘The Farmer’ Matthew Bissette would remain undefeated this season on this way to his third victory.  Polesitter, Lane Proctor took home second followed by John Proctor in third, Mark Boykin fourth, and Walt Gibson fifth.

 

The DRU Auto Sales & Service Pure Stock Four Cylinders were next out onto the track.  Cooper Edwards and Thomas Holbrook took the evenings preliminary heat races setting up the front row for the 15 lap feature event.  Holbrook, making his first start of the year, took the lead early.  There were battles going on all over the track.  Two and three wide racing was the standard in this event only slowed by one caution, for the 7x of Jesse Richardson Jr who slowed on the front stretch on lap 11.  A short sprint to the finish would see Holbrook continue to lead taking his first win of the season.  Cody Keith came home second followed by Michael Webb, JP Brantley and Cooper Edwards rounding out the top five.

 

The powerful Late Model division would round out the night’s racing action.  Sixteen cars were signed in for competition.  After two laps of qualifying, Derek Francis and Michael Batten would start on the front row.  This race was action packed from the start of the green flag.  At the line on lap one, the cars would be three wide for the lead as Brad Hamm was able to take second place.  A caution would slow the field on lap 11 for the 2 car of Carlton Toney.  The field would remain green until lap 28 when the 44 of Virginia’s Brent Robinson would slow forcing him to the pits, setting up a green, white, checkerd finish.  Batten would hold off the challenges winning his second feature of the season.  Brad Hamm would come home second, his best career Late Model finish.  Derek Francis took home third, followed by Christian Joyner and Damon Kotke rounding out the top five.

 

County Line Raceway returns to action this Saturday night with the return of the Open Wheel Modified division.  Also on tap are the Late Models, ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman, Pure Stock V-8, and DRU Auto Sales & Service Pure Stock Four Cylinders.  Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00 and cars hit the track at 7:00.  For more information on this event, visit the website at www.countylineracewaync.com.

Bryant Gets Emotional Super Stock Four Cylinder Victory

Elm City, NC – As the sun began to set on what was a beautiful evening Saturday afternoon, fans, crews and drivers filed into the gates at County Line Raceway.  100 laps of feature racing action were on tap for the evening in the event dubbed the Spring Fever 100.

The night would begin as the track recognized the ‘Best Appearing Cars’ from its annual car show which was held April 4.  No one knew the winners until the drivers were called over the PA system to bring their cars to the front stretch for all of the fans to see.  Elm City’s Brad Hamm would take the Late Model honors, Chris Radford in the ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman division, Damien Bryant in Super Stock Four Cylinder, Amanda Liles in Pure Stock V-8, and Austin Bottoms in the DRU Auto Sales and Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder division.  The judges didn’t have an easy decision because there were lots of great looking cars on display on opening day.  Congrats to these winners and thanks to all the drivers that participated!

The first feature event of the night was the Super Stock Four Cylinder division.  The starting order was set earlier in the evening by two heat races won by Austin Larrison and Damien Bryant.  At the drop of the green flag, Bryant would jump out to an early lead, however it would be short lived as a caution waved on lap two for the 75 of Michael Hall.  Back green another caution would wave on lap three for a two car incident between the B16 of Zack Bunn and the J2 of James Manning, both would be able to continue.  Back green it was still Bryant at the point.  Another caution would fly for a spin in turn two by the G47 of Glenn Bottoms on lap nine.  That is the last time the field would be slowed.  Bryant would go on to win, followed by Bailey’s Hunter Bailey, last week’s winner, Austin Holcombe, James Manning, and Bill Winstead rounding out the top five.  In victory lane, Bryant remembered his father who passed away February 18, two months to the day of his first Super Stock Four Cylinder win.  “I knew he was riding with me, if only he was here to see it,” stated Bryant.

The second event of the evening would see 16 DRU Auto Sales and Service Pure Stock Four Cylinders registered for action.  JP Brantley and Bobby Crawford would start on the front row by their wins in their respective heat races earlier in the evening.  At the drop of the green flag, Brantley would jump out to a quick lead until a caution on lap 5 slowed the field when the 62 of Jason Adams and the A47 of car show winner, Austin Bottoms, tangled in turn three.  Bottoms took a hard hit into the outside wall and would have to be towed to the pits, ending his night.  Back green Brantley still showing the way until another caution would wave on lap nine for the 99 of Wade Ferrell who spun in turn two.  Ferrell would retire for the evening.  Back green it was still Brantley at the point, and he wouldn’t look back as he took the checkers for his first feature win of 2015.  Brent Atkinson, the night’s hard charger, would come home second followed by Robbie Causby, Chris Collins, and Cody Keith rounding out the top five.

The ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman were next on the card.  Qualifying would set the starting lineup for the night’s main event.  Matthew Bissette set fast time with a lap of 15.988 seconds along side car show winner, Chris Radford.  At the drop of the green flag, Bissette would jump out to the early lead until a caution on lap two for a spin by the 7 of Bailey’s Mark Boykin in turn four.  Boykin would regain the tail of the field coming to the green.  Another quick caution would wave on lap three when Boykin would tangle with the 88 of Melvin Edmondson in turn two, both drivers were able to continue.  Back green Bissette would blister the track and not look back.  Bissette would take the checkers for the second time in two starts in 2015.  Chris Radford came home second followed by Kent Wright, Bailey’s Skeeter Liles, and Wilson’s Lane Proctor rounding out the top five.

The Pure Stock V-8 division was next to assemble on the back stretch behind the Lee Motor Group Dodge Ram Pace Truck.  Joshua Bryant on the pole along side Jerry Williams.  Bryant would jump out to the early lead until lap three when Jerry Williams would make pass on the backstretch on lap two.  A quick caution for debris would wave on lap seven.  Williams would have mechanical issues and retire to the pits handing the lead over to Bryant.  Another quick caution would wave on lap eight for the 41 of Austin Ferrell, which would end his night.  Back green it was Bryant on the point.  He would battle side by side lap after lap with Beard and last week’s feature winner, Phillip Lamm.  In the end Bryant would finally shake all of his bad luck and take his car to victory lane for the first time in 2015 and since his return to dirt track racing after a couple years on asphalt.  Lamm would take second, Beard would take third, followed by John Killebrew and Willie Schwann rounding out the top five.

The final event of the night would see eighteen Late Models registered for action.  Qualifying would set the starting order for their 30 lap main event.  2014 points champion, Michael Batten would set fast time with a lap of 14.467 seconds and start alongside Derek Francis.  At the drop of the green flag it was anyone’s race.  There was no clear leader through turns one and two, as a matter of fact, the field was three wide two rows deep coming off of turn two on lap one.  Batten would gain the lead midway down the backstretch.  A caution would wave with one lap in the books for the 2 of Carlton Toney and the 5 of John Eller.  Another quick caution would wave before another lap was completed for the 2 of Toney who spun in turn four on the restart.  The 22 of Beaverdam, VA’s Russell Erwin would slow in turn four on lap six bringing out the third caution of the race, retiring him to the pits.  Another quick caution on lap six for the 18 of Spencer Liggon who spun in turn two but was able to continue.  A lengthy green flag run would take shape until another caution would wave on lap 27 for the 79 of Roger Lucas and the 18 of Spencer Liggon.  This would set up a green, white, checkerd finish.  Rocky Mount’s Michael Batten would take the win followed by Derek Francis, Princeton’s Dustin Mitchell, Nashville’s Christian Joyner, and Rocky Mount’s William Carroll rounding out the top five.

County Line Raceway will take a weekend off as the I-95 Late Model Challenge heads to Clary’s Speedway in Brinkleyville this Saturday night.  Racing returns to County Line on May 2 when the weekly racing series presented by Lee Motor Group features the ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman for a special event paying $800 to the winner.  Also in action will be the Late Models, Super Stock Four Cylinder, Pure Stock V-8, and DRU Auto Sales and Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder divisions.  Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, and cars will hit the track at 7:00.  For more information on County Line Raceway, visit the website at www.countylineracewaync.com or call the track phone at 252-985-1949.  We hope to see you Saturday night, May 2nd when racing returns to the little track making BIG noise, County Line Raceway!

 

Strickler Takes Renegades of Dirt Checkers

Elm City, NC – After a week full of wicked weather in the area, the sky finally cleared and greeted race fans and drivers with a nice Spring afternoon Saturday at County Line Raceway. Spectators were in for a treat as the Renegades of Dirt South , an Open Wheel Modified touring series, made their first of two visits for the 2015 season to the 3/8th mile clay oval in Elm City. They were accompanied by the 1st Round of the I-95 Late Model Challenge, a 9 race series between County Line Raceway, Fayetteville Motor Speedway, and Clary’s Speedway in Brinkleyville. Local divisions included the Super Stock Four Cylinder, Pure Stock V-8, and DRU Auto Sales and Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder.

The night kicked off with the Super Stock Four Cylinder division. Two five lap heat races were run to set the starting field. Heat one would see Austin Holcombe shake the misfortunes of last weekend and take the win, giving him the pole position for the feature. Bailey’s Bill Winstead would take heat two and start on the outside pole for the feature. With the starting grid set and the drop of the green flag, Holcombe would jump out to the lead and Winstead would slip back quickly. A quick caution came out on lap 3 for Youngsville’s Eric Hill. Hill would regain power and join the rear of the field for the restart. The race would go green flag the rest of the way seeing Austin Holcombe take his first win of the season followed by John Proctor, Hunter Bailey, Damien Bryant, and last week’s winner, James Manning rounding out the top five.

Next to hit the track would be the Pure Stock V-8 division. Two heat races would once again set the starting order for the evening’s main event. Josh Bryant would pilot his number 24 to the win in heat one along with Kevin Beard taking heat two. At the drop of the green flag, Bryant would quickly jump out to the lead but it wouldn’t last long as the caution came out on the initial lap for a spin by the 99H, this week driven by Skeeter Liles. Liles would retire to the pit. No lap was completed setting up another double file restart. The green fell again and once again we were under caution as three cars were involved in a hard crash into the turn 1 wall. Mechanical issues caused Paul Peele to send Jamie Sills into the turn 1 wall, collecting Willie Schwann, as he had no where to go. All 3 drivers were OK after the crash, but their cars were retired to the pits. Per the rulebook, the third attempt at the green would go single file. This time no caution and Bryant jumped out to a sizable lead and was looking for his first win of the season. Caution would slow the field on lap 9 when the L4 of Amanda Liles spun, but we were quickly back to green flag racing. Bryant continued to lead the field until two laps to go, when his car began to overheat, he lost power and Phillip Lamm would inherit the lead and not look back taking the checkers. Kevin Beard would come home second, Jerry Williams third, Jody Jones would cross fourth with Amanda Liles fifth. Both Jones and Liles would not meet the minimum weight postrace and be disqualified moving Austin Ferrell into fourth and Josh Bryant to fifth.

One of the two special events of the evening would come up next as the Renegades of Dirt South made their first appearance of 2015. Nineteen powerful Open Wheel Modifieds representing 6 states signed in for action. First up for the Modifieds would be qualifying. Mooresville, NC’s Kyle Strickler would take the QA1 Fast Time. Per the Renegades of Dirt rulebook, no cars were locked into the field via qualifying and all went into one of three 8 lap heat races. Kyle Strickler took heat 1, Derrick Ramey in heat 2, and Patrick Lyon would win heat 3. Following a pill draw for heat races winners, Ramey would start on the pole of the 30 lap A-Main alongside Strickler. Two cautions would slow the rapid pace of the ‘Beasts of the East,’ but there was no stopping Strickler would led flag to flag. The real battle was for second between Ramey and Lyon who raced side by side for 8 laps. Ramey would claim second, Lyon third, Hard Charger, Rich Michael Jr would come home fourth with Ryan Ayers rounding out the top five.

Seventeen DRU Auto Sales & Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder drivers registered for action for the evenings 15 lap feature. Last week’s feature winner, Michael Webb would take the first heat race win and start alongside Nashville’s JP Brantley who took the checkers in heat two. At the drop of the green flag, the race looked much where we ended last week as Michael Webb was leading the pack. A caution would slow Webb and the rest of the field on lap 2 when the caution waved for debris on lap two. Another caution would slow the pace on lap 6 when the 99 of Wade Ferrell spun in turn two forcing him to the pits. Michael Webb would once again take a commanding lead and take the win for his second straight to kick off the 2015 season. JP Brantley came home second followed by Cody Keith, Lee Hardie, and Brent Atkinson rounding out the top five.

The Late Models would be the final division to take to the track. Qualifying would set the starting order for two six lap heat races. Derek Francis set the fast time of 14.927, the only driver to turn a lap below 15 seconds. In the first heat race, Francis would not be able to hold on to the lead as Dean Bowen piloted his number 32 across the line first, winning himself the pole position for the night’s main event. Jeff Smith would win heat two giving him the outside pole for the 30 lap A-Main. A caution would wave on lap 7 for a spin by the 22 of Dykes Maynard. Maynard was able to continue and we were quickly back to green. Another caution would slow the field on lap 10 for the C9 of Christian Joyner. Joyner would head to the hot pits, with a flat tire, but was able to rejoin the field as they came to the green flag. Once again, caution would slow the pace on lap 27 when the C9 of Joyner appeared to lose power forcing him to retire from the event. Still on lap 27, another caution waved for the 21 of 2014 Late Model Champion, Michael Batten, sending him pit-side as well. The restart set up for a three lap dash. Dean Bowen would get out to a lead and not look back taking the first race of the I-95 Challenge and the points lead heading into the April 25 event at Clary’s Speedway. Jeff Smith crossed the line second followed by Robbie Emory, William Carroll, and Bobby Bottoms rounding out the top five.

County Line Raceway resumes its weekly racing series presented by Lee Motor Group – Doing Business the Right Way Since 1953, this Saturday night for the Spring Fever 100. Late Models, ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman, Super Stock Four Cylinder, Pure Stock V-8, and DRU Auto Sales & Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder divisions will all be in action for 100 laps of feature racing. Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00 and cars hit the track at 7:00. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids 11-15 and Free for children 10 & under. Pit admission is $25. For more information on County Line Raceway, visit the track’s website at www.countylineracewaync.com, ‘Like’ them on Facebook, or call the track office at 252-985-1949. Bring your family and friends out this Saturday night to see what the “Noise is All About” and the Little Tracing Making BIG Noise, County Line Raceway!

County Line Raceway Opens Regular Season

Elm City, NC – A beautiful spring day was filled with a roar of engines in Elm City as County Line Raceway cranked up its 2015 regular season. A parking lot full of cars and fans kicked off the afternoon with the track’s annual car show for the fans. Over 30 drivers and teams participated. Roary the County Lion, CLR’s track mascot, and his special guest, the Easter Bunny, made an appearance for the kids and handed out treats for the kids. The winners of the car show for “Best Appearing Car” in each division will be announced during intermission at the April 18 event.

As the sun began to set on an already fun day, the lights came on over the 3/8ths mile clay oval with the track’s weekly racing series presented by Lee Motor Group – Doing Business the Right Way Since 1953, taking center stage for the first time in 2015. A round of practice would kick off the night for each division as many of the drivers were seeing the newly configured track for the first time.

First up on the schedule was the Super Stock Four Cylinder division. They would kick the night off with qualifying. Hunter Bailey would qualify on the pole with a time of 17.077 and Austin Holcombe would turn a time fast enough for second, but after spinning to avoid a car stopped on the track in turn two, Holcombe would make contact with the inside wall forcing him to a backup car, therefore being sent to the rear of the field for the start of the feature. Bill Winstead would assume the outside pole as the field assembled on the backstretch for the start of their 20 lap feature. Polesitter, Hunter Bailey would jump out to a quick lead at the drop of the green. On lap 3, Bailey would have a flat tire slowing on the track to bring out a caution. Bill Winstead would lead the field back to green. The red flag would come out on lap 5 when the 61 of Youngsville’s Eric Hill erupted in flames on the back stretch. Emergency crews quickly responded and got the flames under control. The driver was able to get out under his own power and walk away unharmed. After a lengthy cleanup, the field went back green for a 15 lap dash to the finish. Bad luck would strike again for Holcombe as motor woes forced him to the pits on lap 16, after piloting his #8 machine into 4th position. They would remain green until the end and see the J2 of James Manning take the first checkers of the night followed by Bill Winstead, Damien Bryant, Hunter Bailey, and Kevin Sanford.

Pure Stock V-8 would be the next division to roll out onto the track. Two heat races would set the starting field for their 15 lap feature. Josh Bryant of Wilson, making his return to dirt racing, would take the first heat along with Gary Whitley taking heat two. At the drop of the green flag Gary Whitley would take the lead from Bryant. Bryant then had his hands full with the #1 car of Kevin Beard. Bryant was running third when he had mechanical issues on lap 7 forcing him to the pits. A caution on lap 8 would slow the field when the 99J of Jody Jones had issues and stalled on the front stretch. Back green the field couldn’t be slowed again as Gary Whitley took the checkers followed by Kevin Beard, Phillip Lamm, Amanda Liles, and Austin Ferrell, finishing in the top five in his first ever start.

The ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman took to the track next. 5 lap heat races were run to set the starting field. Skeeter Liles of Bailey took heat one and started alongside Matthew Bissette who won the second heat. It was a battle of horsepower at the front until Liles’ car began to give up power allowing Bissette to run away from the field. The 20 lap event went caution free with Bissette going on to victory lane. Mark Boykin finished second followed by John Proctor, in his first Limited Sportsman start, Chris Radford and Skeeter Liles rounding out the top five.

The biggest field of the night belong to the Pure Stock Four Cylinder division with a total of 21 cars signing in for competition. Heat one would be the most eventful heat race of the evening when the D71 of Dillon Harrison in his first ever start made hard contact with the outside wall on the backstretch. EMS crews would check on the driver and he was cleared but the car had severe damage and would not be able to start the evening’s main event. Wilson’s Michael Webb would take heat one and start alongside Bailey’s Jeremy Benson would won heat two. As the field assembled on the backstretch 18 cars made the call. At the drop of the green flag it was a battle between Webb and Benson as they drag-raced to turn one. They were side by side nearly the entire first lap before Webb was able to take the lead. There was passing, two wide and three wide racing for the entire 15 lap feature, that went caution-free. In the end Michael Webb was standing in victory lane. Chris Collins took second followed by Jeremy Benson, Lee Hardie and Wilson’s Robbie Causby who rounded out the top five.

To close out the night, the Late Models took to the track. Qualifying set the starting order for their 30 lap feature later in the night. Sharpsburg’s Michael Batten set a fast time with a time of 14.993 seconds around the 3/8th mile bullring. Christian Joyner would start on the outside pole with a time of 15.073. The cars assembled on the backstretch behind the ARCO Restoration pace truck. As the field came around the kids came to life as they saw Roary and the Easter Bunny on board the pace truck. At the drop of the green flag, it would be a fierce battle at the front of the field between Batten and Joyner, with Joyner winning out, but he couldn’t run away. The field found its rhythm until a caution came out at halfway for the 49 of Elm City’s Brad Hamm who had issues and had to retire for the evening. Back green the field would be slowed again on lap 22 for debris in turn four setting up a sprint to the finish. Joyner held on for the win followed by Michael Batten, Greensboro’s Daniel Tucker, Spencer Liggon, and Derek Francis.

Racing resumes this Saturday night when the track hosts the Renegades of Dirt South and the return of the I-95 Late Model Challenge. Super Stock Four Cylinder, Pure Stock V-8, and Pure Stock Four Cylinder divisions will also be in action. Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00 and cars are scheduled to hit the track at 7:00. Grandstand admission for this blockbuster event is $20 for ages 16 & up, $5 for ages 11-15 and Free for kids 10 & under. Pit passes are available for $30. For more information on this event visit the website at www.countylineracewaync.com, follow us on Facebook or call the track at 252-985-1949. Bring your family and friends out this Saturday night for a unique entertainment experience at the little track making BIG NOISE, County Line Raceway, We’ll see you at THE LINE!

Roberts Takes Another Ultimate Super Late Model Victory at County Line

Elm City, NC – After 126 days of waiting for the 2015 racing season to begin at County Line Raceway in Elm City, NC, this all ended Saturday night as fans and drivers poured into the 3/8ths mile clay oval to kickoff the track’s 27th consecutive season of racing action.

The night began with qualifying for the two featured divisions. Ultimate Super Late Models would take to the track first seeing the 101 of Casey Roberts, who won last year’s season finale Race for the Kids, set the fast time turning the track in only 14.176 seconds. Dennis Franklin would lock up second setting up the front row the night’s 40 lap feature.

Upon completion of Super Late Model qualifying, the Open Wheel Modified division took to the track for two timed laps of group qualifying. Fifteen cars logged qualifying times resulting in the 99W of Chris Arnold setting the fastest time with a time of 15.476, followed by Ryan Toole, Matt Quade, Eric Bentley and Russell Erwin. This set the stage for the evening’s 25 lap Modified feature event.

The Ultimate Super Late Model Series returned to the newly shaped racing surface for an eight lap B-Main to set positions 11 through 21 for their main event. It would be 8 green flag laps with side by side racing seeing Dustin Mitchell take the win followed by Damon Kotke, Roger Lucas, Christian Thomas, and Casey Barrow rounding out the top five.

After a brief intermission, the time had come to kick off the first feature event of the night. Fifteen of the area’s best Open Wheel Modified drivers assembled on the backstretch. Chris Arnold and 2014 points champion, Ryan Toole led the field to green. The reshaped track showed early as the field went through turns 1 & 2 two and three wide on the opening lap. A quick caution waved on lap 4 for the 20 of Carlos Jaramillo who appeared to have motor issues as the car went up in smoke and left fluid all the way around the speedway. After a brief cleanup period, the field went back green led by Chris Arnold. On lap 5 another caution would come out for the 82 of Gary Dillon, in his first Open Wheel Modified start, with transmission issues forcing him to the pits for the remainder of the event. A spin on lap 6 would require the 89 of Matt Canady to be towed to the pits. A long green flag run made it to lap 15 when the 5 of Mack Coxe stalled coming out of turn 4. Coxe would regain power and be able to rejoin the field for the restart. Unfortunately, bad luck would strike again on lap 21 when the 312 of Concord’s Greg Brown would cut a tire, retiring him from the event setting up a 4 lap dash to the checkered and $1,000 pay day. Chris Arnold of Matoaca, Va would bring home the win, his first of the season. In victory lane, he thanked his family, sponsors, and new fiancé for their support. Matt Quade, Russell Erwin, Ryan Toole and Chris Parker would round out the top five.

The main event of the night was a $4,000 to win event for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series, making the first of two appearances at the track this season. The field assembled on the front stretch behind the Ultimate Super Late Model Series pace track and began their pace laps which included their customary 4 wide salute to the fans. After breaking the salute and resuming double file formation, the field would take the green flag behind pole sitter Casey Roberts. A quick caution would slow the field on lap 4 as the 20G of John Eller slowed in turn 2. Back to green, the 1C of Kenny Collins spun in the middle of the field in turn 2 avoiding contact with other drivers and everyone was able to continue. That would have been the ‘big one.’ Back green there was side by side racing throughout the field. Another quick caution would slow the field on lap 12 when the 00 of Jeff Smith spun in turn 3. Smith was able to continue and quickly regained the tail of the field and we were back racing. Two other single car cautions would slow the pace but no one was going to stop Casey Roberts. Roberts would go on to win his third Ultimate Super Late Model event at County Line. 2015 points champion, Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin brought home second, followed by Dustin Mitchell of Pine Level, NC, Walker Arthur of Forest, VA, and Christian Joyner of Nashville, NC rounding out the top five.

County Line Raceway will take a week off from racing this week, but we will host one final Open Practice session this Saturday night before the kick off to the 2015 regular season begins. Pit gates will open at 5:00 with practice running from 7:30 until 10:00. The track returns to weekly racing action Saturday, April 4 with its annual car show and first points events of the season. The car show will be held in the track’s parking lot from noon until 4:00. Drivers will be on hand to meet the fans and show off their hard work over the winter. For the first time in the track’s 27 year history, the fans will have a vote in who wins the Best Appearing Car from the car show. So get there early to receive your fan vote ballot from 1:00 until 3:00. Following the car show, the attention returns to the track as the weekly racing series, presented by Lee Motor Group – “Doing Business the Right Way Since 1953” – takes to the track featuring five divisions of high octane action in Late Model, Limited Sportsman, Super Stock Four Cylinder, Pure Stock V-8, and Pure Stock Four Cylinder. Pit gates will open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00 and cars hit the track at 7:00.

For more information on County Line Raceway, visit the track’s website at www.countylineracewaync.com or call the track phone at 252-985-1949.

2015 Season Kicks Off This Weekend (March 21)

Racefans have waited nearly four months for the return of racing to the 3/8ths mile clay oval known by race fans as County Line Raceway.  This weekend marks the start of the 27th consecutive season at the Elm City oval located on Stagecoach Road.  Wednesday & Friday Nights we will host an Open Practice for all five weekly divisions, plus any super late models or modifieds.  This will be the first opportunity for any driver to try to tame the newly reshaped race track.  During the off season, track crews did extensive work on the track making the racing surface wider and working on the banking in the turns.  “We want to provide the best racing product possible for our fans, and give the drivers a competitive, multi-groove track that they will want to race on every Saturday night.  We are continually looking at ways to create more excitement for both the fans and drivers and we feel like reshaping the race track will do just that,” stated track co-promoter Brenda Holcombe.

 

Saturday night is what everyone has waited all winter for…the start of the 2015 racing season at County Line Raceway.  The track welcomes back the Ultimate Super Late Model Series with the winner looking for a $4,000 pay day.  This will be the first of two scheduled visits in 2015 for the USLM Series.  Also on the card to crank up the 2015 season are the Open Wheel Modified teams who will compete for their chance at a $1,000 to win.  All five weekly divisions will also be allowed another Open Practice session in preparation for the opening of their regular season, scheduled for Saturday, April 4th.

 

Wednesday and Friday, pit gates open at 6:00 for Open Practice.  Practice will run from 7:30 until 10:00.  Pit admission is $10.  Saturday, pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00 and cars are scheduled to hit the track at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors ages 65 and up, $10 for kids ages 11-15, and Free for children ages 10 and under.  Pit admission is $30 per person.

 

For more information on County Line Raceway, this event or a season schedule, visit the website at www.countylineracewaync.com.  While online, be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and ‘Follow’ on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on events at the track.  Bring your family and friends out for a unique entertainment experience at the Little Track Making BIG Noise, County Line Raceway, We’ll See You At The Line!

Casey Roberts Becomes First Late Model Back to Back Race for the Kids Champion

The final day of the 6th Annual Race for the Kids benefiting Victory Junction Gang has arrived. The temperatures may be cold but the racing on the track is going to heat up the night.  Racing includes the Ultimate Super Late Model Series going 50 laps with a $10,000 paycheck going to the winner, Open Wheel Modifieds racing 40 laps with a $5,000 first place prize, twin 15 lap features for the Bell & Bell Vintage Modified Series.  The night will conclude with a Crash for the Kids, featuring the Walking Tall monster truck and for the first time at County Line Raceway a compact demolition derby.

The evening would kick off with the first of two features for the Bell & Bell Vintage Modified Series.  Side by side racing for the lead would be the normal during the scheduled 15 lap feature.  Time would run out on the feature after a car flipped on the back stretch on lap 11.  Jeremy Cumbee would be flagged the winner.  Cameron Norris IV would finish second followed by Cameron Norris III in third.
Our 2nd event of the night the Open Wheel Modifieds 40 lap feature. KC Burdette and Matt Quade would lead this 24 car field to the green. Burdette would get out to a great start, Matt Quade about 4 car lengths back, Chris Parker, Russell Erwin and Shon Flannery rounded out the top 5. By lap 5, the leader was catching the tail of the field. Lot of slicing and dicing going on with these guys, as Taylor Cook worked his way up to 5th spot, as Quade began to close in on the leader Burdette. With Lap traffic an issue, could Quade get around to take the top spot? As we reached half way, Quade had lost a little ground giving Burdette room. Side by side in turn 3 for the lead, Parker sneaking up in to the mix, Erwin not far back, and Cook up there too. At this point, anyone in the top 5 could take this race. Burdette gets sideways out of 4, collects it but Tyler Evans got around and collected Chris Parker who was running 3rd. Back green with Burdette, Quade, Cook & Derrick Ramey. Big mess over in turn 4 when Max McLaughlin slid into Derrick Ramey who collected Taylor Cook. McLaughln continued on but Ramey & Cooke were victims that needed to be towed to the pits. Back green with Burdette leading Quade, Erwin, David Stremme and Max McLaughlin. First time to the track & KC Burdette brings home the $5000 check! He was followed by Matt Quade, Russell Erwin, David Stremme & Max McLaughlin.

The Bell & Bell Vintage Modified Series would return for their final event of 2014.  Eleven cars would take the green flag.  There was hard, clean racing for the 15 lap feature.  Cameron Norris III would pick up the extra two positions for feature number one to bring home the win.  Cameron Norris IV would finish second followed by Jeremy Cumbee in third.
Chris Ferguson would lead this 24 car field to the green. Ferguson would get out front quick followed by Casey Barrow, Dennis Franklin, Russell Erwin and Jeff Smith. Lap 1 would see a big wreck turn 4 involving Christian Joyner who spun, collecting Chris Garnes, Jason Covert & Doug Eck. Back green with Casey Roberts taking the lead quick over Ferguson who was trying to hold off Erwin but couldn’t do it & would give up the 2nd spot. Dennis “Rambo” Franklin & Casey Barrow would round out the top 5. Single file by lap 6 and the leader Roberts was catching the tail of the field and began lapping cars. Caution lap 8 for a slow car on the backstretch. With a Dixie Double file restart, Casey Roberts would lead the field to the green. Russell Erwin held tight to 2nd spot followed by Chris Ferguson, Rambo & Casey Barrow were putting on a great show for 4th spot running side by side. Rambo would hold on to 4th spot and as they came off turn 4, Barrow would slip just a bit giving enough room for Dustin Mitchell to sneak into the top 5. Spin in front of the leader! Derrick Francis would spin over in turn 4 causing Casey Roberts to make some contact,, Russell Erwin would get into Willie Milliken who had spun. Everyone was moved back to their respective spot per the Ultimate Super Late Model rule. Back green with Roberts leading Erwin, Ferguson, Mitchell & Rambo. Halfway with no change in the top 5, although Dan Stone got up in the mix and was trying move into the top 5. Rambo shut him down holding on to that 5th spot. Lap 43 and Roberts maintained a straightaway lead over Erwin. The battle was on for the 3rd spot as Ferguson tried to hold off Mitchell & Rambo. Mitchell would take over the spot as Ferguson held off Rambo but as the double flags fell showing 2 to go, Rambo would take over 4th spot. Casey Roberts would bring home the win for the 2nd year in a row!

Then it was time for a night of destruction.  The Walking Tall Monster Truck made his second appearance to County Line Raceway and then it was another first for the track as they hosted a compact demolition derby.  26 cars entered the event that lasted nearly an hour!

The 2014 season has come to an end on the racing side.  The next event for CLR is its Annual Awards Banquet on December 13.  Tickets are available by contacting Brenda at 252-442-6616 or by email at brenda@countylineracewaync.com.  The 2015 season will kick off with the return of both the Ultimate Super Late Model Series and the Open Wheel Modifieds on March 21, 2015.  We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.  We hope to see everyone soon!

The Management and Staff of County Line Raceway would like to express their gratitude for all of the fans, drivers, and crew who have supported them during the 2014 racing season.

Stremme & Cook Take Friday Night Dash for the Kids Wins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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