County Line Raceway set to Host the Open Wheel World Championship

Elm City, N.C.—With the Memorial Day Weekend now in the rear view mirror, the mud-slinging Modifieds of the Renegades of Dirt South powered by Arizona Sport Shirts look toward a whirlwind weekend June 12th and 13th at County Line Raceway as the “Little Track Making Big Noise” hosts the inaugural Open Wheel World Championships. The final trip in 2015 for the Renegades to the 3/8ths mile bullring will showcase drivers from the Carolina’s, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York!

The East Coasts elite modified driver’s kick start the weekend double header on Friday night June 12th with a 25 lap teaser paying $2,500 to the winner. Fans will be treated to a full format of racing that includes group qualifying, heat races and consi’s. In addition to the Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, fans will be treated to 2 of the tracks weekly divisions, a pair of 15 lap features for the Pure Stock 4 and Pure Stock V8. The pits will open at 4 p.m. with spectator gates swinging open one hour later. On track action will start at 7:00pm.

The blockbuster weekend concludes on Saturday night June 13th with a $5,000 payday awaiting the winner of the 40 lap A-Main for the Renegades of Dirt Modified Series. Once again drivers will have to fight their way through qualifying, heat races and a last chance race to make it into the 20 car field. A $500 to win, $100 to start Non-Qualifier event will also be run to award weekend points and ensure that a possible forty cars participate in a feature on Saturday night.

The weekends highest overall point’s earner will be crowned as the “Open Wheel World Champion” and receive an additional $1000 dollars for their efforts. In addition, if any driver can win back to back nights they will get an extra $500 dollars and if they have 100% attendance with the Renegade of Dirt South up to June 13 they will receive a $1000 dollar bonus. In all it’s possible that one winner could walk away from the Inaugural “Open Wheel World Championship” $10,000 dollars richer.

Saturday night will also feature a pair of 20 lap features for the Super Stock 4 and Limited Sportsman divisions. Pit gates will open at 4pm, spectator gate at 5pm with on track action at 7pm. For more information in this exciting event visit www.countylineracewaync.com or www.renegadesofdirt.com

Schedule & Pricing Announced for Open Wheel World Championship

ROD World Championship Flyer

Open Wheel Modified World Championship

Grandstand Admission

Thursday
Adults – $5

Friday
Adults – $15
Seniors (65 and up) – $10
11-15 – $5
10 & Under – Free

Saturday
Adults – $25
Seniors (65 and up) – $20
11-15 – $10
10 & Under – Free

2 day Pass (Friday & Saturday) – $35

 

Pit Admission

Thursday – $10

Friday – $25

Saturday – $40

2 day Pass (Friday & Saturday) – $60

 

 

Schedule of Events

 

 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

5:30 Pit Gate Opens
7:30 Open Practice Begins
10:00 Open Practice Ends

 

Friday, June 12, 2015

4:00 Pit Gate Opens/Driver Registration Begins
5:30 Grandstand Gates Open
7:00 Driver’s Meeting/Driver Registration Ends
7:15 Slow Roll-In

7:30 Practice
Renegades of Dirt
Pure Stock V-8
DRU Auto Sales & Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder

8:00 Qualifying/Heats
Renegades of Dirt (Qualifying)
Pure Stock V-8 (Heats)
DRU Auto Sales & Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder(Heats)
Renegades of Dirt (Heats)

9:15 Features
Pure Stock V-8 (15 laps)
Renegades of Dirt (B-Main, if needed – 10 laps)
DRU Auto Sales & Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder (15 laps)
Renegades of Dirt (30 laps)

 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

4:00 Pit Gate Opens/Driver Registration Begins
5:00 Grandstand Gates Open
7:00 Driver’s Meeting/Driver Registration Ends
7:15 Slow Roll-In

7:30 Practice
Renegades of Dirt
Super Stock Four Cylinder
ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman

8:00 Qualifying/Heats
Renegades of Dirt (Qualifying)
Super Stock Four Cylinder (Heats)
Renegades of Dirt (Heats)
ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman (Heats)

9:30 Features
Renegades of Dirt (B-Main, if needed – 10 laps)
Super Stock Four Cylinder (20 laps)
Renegades of Dirt (Non-Qualifiers Race – 20 laps)
ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman (20 laps)
Renegades of Dirt (40 laps)

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

 

Three Drivers Get First Wins of the Season on Kid’s Night

Elm City, NC – County Line Raceway gave kids an early jumpstart to their summer vacation Saturday night with its annual Kids & Graduate Night.  Over 150 kids hopped on racecars during intermission to get their place in the spotlight as they took a few laps around the 3/8ths mile clay oval on their favorite racecar.  Five divisions of racing excitement were also on the card for the weekly racing series presented by Lee Motor Group-“Doing Business The Right Way Since 1953”..

 

First on the track were the Super Stock Four Cylinders.  The night would get off to a rocky start for the 61 of Eric Hill as his car caught fire during practice.  Hill would be ok, and able to make repairs to start his heat race.  Jason Horne and James Manning would lead the field to green courtesy of their heat race wins earlier in the night.  Twelve cars would take the green flag and Horne would take an early lead.  A caution would wave on lap one to bunch the field back up when the 44 of Chris Moore spun.  Another caution would bunch the field up on lap two for debris on the backstretch.  A caution would again slow the field one lap later for a spin by the 44 of Moore and 007 of Austin Larrison, both cars were able to continue.  Back green, it was still Horne out front when the final caution of the event waved on lap 6 when the A47 of Austin Bottoms stalled on the frontstetch when his hood flew up.  Bottoms would be sent to the pits, his crew removed the hood and he was able to complete the race.  Jason Horne would retain the lead and claim his first feature win of the season.  Last week’s feature winner Austin Holcombe came home second.  After his practice fire, Eric Hill rebounded to third followed by Damien Bryant and points leader, James Manning rounding out the top five.

 

Thirteen Pure Stock V-8 cars assembled on the backstretch for their 15 lap feature.  Kevin Beard would start on the pole alongside points leader Phillip Lamm, after winning their respective heat races.  Only one caution would slow the field when the 57 of Willie Schwann slowed on the backstretch due to mechanical issues.  He would require assistance from the push truck and would retire to the pits for the evening.  Beard would go on to claim his first victory of the season.  Gary Whitley came home second followed by Phillip Lamm, Amanda Liles and Austin Ferrell.

 

Some of the best racing of the night came in the heat races for the the ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman division.  The first heat race went to the 7 of Mark Boykin who won by a mere .037 seconds, a nose width, over Matthew Bissette.  Heat number two saw the same action at Skeeter Liles was able to hold off a hard charging Chris Radford by just .073 seconds at the line.  Boykin and Liles led the field to green for their 20 lap main event.  Liles jumped out to an early lead but the fast pace would not last long as Boykin, who was running second spun in turn two nearly collecting half of the field.  Both Liles and Boykine would head to the pits.  Liles was able to rejoin the field but was forced to the rear on the restart.  Since no laps were complete, another double file restart would take place, this time with Bissette and Radford on the point.  This time Bissette would jump out to the early lead.  A caution would slow the pace at halfway for a spin by the 90 of John Proctor.  Proctor would be able to straighten it out and continue.  The bad luck continued for the 7 of Boykin, after making repairs he returned to the track but brought out another caution on lap 12.  This time Boykin would retire for the evening.  One other caution on lap 13 for the L3 of Liles, who appeared to lose a motor, would be the only thing slowing the pace.  Bissette would go on to claim win number five on the season and second in a row.  Chris Radford came home second followed by John Proctor, James Meredith and Lane Proctor who rounded out the top five.

 

Seventeen DRU Auto Sales & Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder drivers registered for action and assemble on the backstretch behind heat race winners Chris Collins and Bobby Crawford.  Crawford who was having mechanical issues chose to drop to the tail of the field allowing Thomas Holbrook to move up to the outside of the front row.  Holbrook jumped out to the early lead at the drop of the green flag.  The field would slow on lap two when the D71 of Dillon Harrison spun in turn three.  Back green it was still Holbrook showing the way.  On lap 6 the leaders began lapping some of the slower cars, when the 47C of Chris Collins, who was running second would have to slam on breaks for a lapped car sending him into the wall on the front stretch, he was able to continue.  One other caution would slow the pace on lap 8 when the R5 of Courtney Ray would stall on the backstretch with a flat tire.  This would set up a 7 lap dash to the finish.  Michael Webb would cross the line first followed by Thomas Holbrook, Jeremy Benson, JP Brantley and Lee Hardie rounding out the top five.  During post-race inspection, both the 9 of Webb and 14 of Holbrook were found to have parts not conforming to the CLR rulebook and therefore disqualified.  Jeremy Benson would be declared the winner, JP Brantley second, Lee Hardie third, Jesse Richardson Jr fourth, and Cody Keith fifth.

 

The final event of the night saw nineteen high powered Late Models registered for action.  Based on qualifying times, Christian Joyner and Michael Batten would lead the field to green for their 30 lap main event.  A quick caution would wave on the opening lap for the C8 of William Carroll who spun in turn two.  The 89 of Timmy Harrelson, making his first County Line Raceway start would bring out the caution on lap 11.  Another spin on lap 20 would once again slow the pace, this time it was the 29 of Chris Mabe.  The field would remain green until the white flag lap when the 56 of JP Cascell and the 89 of Harrellson made contact in turn number four nearly blocking the track in front of the leaders.  This set up a one lap sprint to the finish.  Christian Joyner would hold off the field claiming his fourth victory of the season.  Points leader, Michael Batten came home second followed by Brad Hamm in third.  Bobby Bottoms, in his best finish of the season came home fourth followed by Cy Nelms Jr. in fifth.

 

County Line Raceway returns to action this weekend with three action packed days of action.  It all kicks off Thursday night with an Open Practice for all divisions.  Pit gates will open at 6:00 with practice running from 7:30 until 10:00Friday night the stars of the Renegades of Dirt Open Wheel Modified Series roll into town looking for a $2500 pay day, along with our Pure Stock V-8 and DRU Auto Sales and Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder divisions hitting the track for 15 laps each.  It all culminates Saturday when the Renegades of Dirt go 40 laps for a $5,000 first place prize alongside County Line’s ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman and Super Stock Four Cylinder divisions each competing for 20 feature laps.  Complete event details are on the track’s website at www.countylineracewaync.com or by calling the track phone at 252-985-1949.

Mitchell Takes First Victory of 2015 in I-95 Late Model Challenge

Elm City, NC – An absolutely gorgeous May afternoon greeted fans and drivers as they filed into the gates of County Line Raceway Saturday.  Eighty cars in five divisions of racing were signed in for action, which included the return of the I-95 Late Model Challenge.

 

The Super Stock Four Cylinder division kicked off the evening’s action with a 20 lap feature.  James Manning and Damien Bryant would lead the field to green after winning their respective heat races.  The first caution waved on lap number two for the 75 of Michael Hall who spun coming out of turn four.  Back green, the crowd was treated to plenty of side by side action until another caution would wave on lap 12 for the 61 of Eric Hill.  After returning to green, there was more excitement on lap 14 when points leader Hunter Bailey would spin in turn four nearly collecting the 81 of Jason Horne and 97 of Bill Winstead.  Horne and Winstead would avoid the Bailey’s spinning car and retain their positions for the restart.  Back under green, the J2 of Manning and 97 of Winstead would make contact, both cars spinning and bringing out another caution.  The dash to the finish would see Damien Bryant cross the line first followed by Austin Holcombe, Jason Horne, Hunter Bailey, and John Carroll.  A post-race inspection would find the cars of Bryant and Bailey not meeting track specifications resulting in both drivers being disqualified, moving Glenn Bottoms and Manning into the top 5.

 

The excitement continued when the DRU Auto Sales and Service Pure Stock Four Cylinder division took to the track.  Heat race winners Lee Hardie and JP Brantley would lead the field to green, but green flag conditions would be short lived.  A caution on lap one waved for the 9 of Elm City’s Michael Webb, who slowed on the track with a flat tire.  Webb would head to the pits to change the tire and regain the field before the restart.  One lap later, Webb would be involved in another caution, in which his car went airborne on the back straightaway after making contact with the 21 of Allen Kea, whose motor had let go.  Both drivers were ok, but would retire to the pits for the evening.  Back green, the racing was fierce until another caution on lap 9 for the 33 of Trenton Smith, who took a head-on hit to the frontstretch wall.  Smith was ok, but the car suffered heavy damage, and would retire to the pits for the rest of the evening.  A six lap dash ended the event which saw JP Brantley take the checkers followed by Robbie Causby, Chris Collins, Jesse Richardson Jr, and Jason Adams rounding out the top five.

 

Next onto the track would be the exciting Pure Stock V-8 division.  Kevin Beard and points leader, Phillip Lamm, would lead the field to green for the start of the 15 lap feature.  A spin by the 50 of Paul Peele on the initial start would setup a double file restart.  A quick caution waved for the 55 of Glenn Stocks on lap two.  Stocks regained the tail of the field and we were back green.  As the field got to turn two, we were back under caution as the 5 of Brandon Whitley and the L4 of Amanda Liles made contact sending both cars spinning.  Another caution would wave on lap four, again for the 55 of Stocks in turn one, sending him to the pits for the evening.  Two other quick cautions slowed the pace before Gary Whitley took the checkers and headed to victory lane.  Phillip Lamm settled for second, Joshua Bryant third, Kevin Beard fourth, and Amanda Liles would rebound to round out the top five.

 

The ARCO Restoration Limited Sportsman division would be the next class out onto the track.  Kent Wright and Buddy Isles, Jr won their heat races and led the field to green.  Two solo cautions would slow the pace of the 20 lap feature that would see Middlesex’s Matthew Bissette charge from a 6th place starting position to return to victory lane.  Points leader Mark Boykin finished second followed by Skeeter Liles, Kent Wright, and Chris Radford rounding out the top five.

 

The final event of the night, the I-95 Late Model Challenge, featured 24 drivers assembled on the backstretch in preparation of their 35 lap main event.  The starting line-up was settled after qualifying was won by Derek Francis with a fast time of 14.897 on the 3/8 mile clay oval, and three heat races were won by Dustin Mitchell, Dean Bowen, and Russell Erwin.  Dustin Mitchell and I-95 Late Model Challenge points leader, Dean Bowen, led the field to green.  The pace was only slowed once for a quick, single car caution on lap six, for the 29 of Chris Made.  Racing was intense and competitive throughout the field and all over the track, two and three wide at times.  Dustin Mitchell would hold off all challenges and claimed his first victory of 2015 and the $2500 pay day.  Russell Erwin, the 2014 I-95 Late Model Challenge points champion brought home second.  Dean Bowen third, Derek Francis fourth, and Michael Batten rounded out the top five.

 

County Line Raceway returns to action this Saturday night, June 4 with its Kid’s & Graduates Night as we celebrate the end of the school year.  Parents…bring the kids out to ride on a racecar at intermission.  Graduates…bring a copy of your announcement and a photo id for FREE admission to the grandstands.  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 passes are available for $25.  For more information visit the track’s website at www.countylineracewaync.com or call the track phone at 252-985-1949.

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!