Joyner Opens 2014 in Victory Lane

The sun beat down on the parking lot of County Line Raceway as we opened the gates for the annual car show & first points race. There were some nice hot rods out there and I’m sure the judges had a hard time deciding! Good luck to all of those that participated!!

After rounds of qualifying & heat races, we were ready for our first points race of the season. The Super Stock 4’s, Pure Stock 4’s, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 & the ever popular Late Models would make their way onto the track.

Up first, the Super Stock 4 division, which during qualifying would see a new track record set twice by 3 people! That’s right folks, in one group Austin Holcombe & defending champion John Proctor would break the record set by Mark Boykin back in November with a time of 17.325, both on the 2nd lap. Then, the next group would see Bill Winstead break the previous record with a time of 17.321! Wow. Just wow.
Long time announcer Steve Vail, with the help of flagman Wesley Cogdell, called a ‘final lap’ for Rayford just before the Super Stock 4 field took to the track. High emotions for all of us as Rayford took his final lap around County Line Raceway. The drivers then lined up in the missing man formation in honor of their fallen friend, Rayford Chamblee. Rayford was a huge presence at County Line Raceway for many years, racing & winning many races, as well as helping with different drivers in different classes, most recently Matthew Bissette & Ray Tucker. He was a huge help to us all for the Victor May Memorial races the last couple of years, and then a big part of the 4 Cylinder Nationals the first weekend of November. Rayford never met a stranger, always wrapped you with a big hug instead of a handshake & loved racing like no one you’ve ever seen. His favorite phrase can be seen on several cars this year, along with his old car #34. He will be greatly missed by all of us at County Line Raceway. Honey Hush.
At the drop of the green, theses guys went to work. Bill Winstead held onto the lead followed by Austin Holcombe, John Proctor, John Carroll & James Bailey. Proctor would challenge Holcombe for 2nd spot, finally getting around him to challenge Winstead for the lead. Caution out on lap 5 for Austin Larrison as he slowed on the front stretch. Back green with Winstead leading a very hard-charging John Proctor, and just as Proctor got around Winstead for the lead, the caution came out for a spin in turn 4 by the C8 of John Carroll. Damien Bryant would stand on the brakes to stop only to make contact with the car of Carroll. Jesse Duke made a daring dash down the hot pit at full speed, but luckily was able to jump off the cushion and back onto the track. Back green with Winstead leading Proctor, Holcombe, Bailey & Jesse Duke. Proctor dived down into turn one gaining momentum as they came out of turn 2 but couldn’t get up beside Winstead to make the pass. Austin Holcombe was about a car length behind Proctor holding tight to that 3rd spot at the half-way mark. Coming out of turn 4 John Proctor got along-side of Winstead on lap 13 taking the lead out of turn 1. Winstead wasn’t giving up, as he stayed tight to Proctor’s bumper. With 3 to go, Jesse Duke who was running in the 5th, slowed drastically on the backstretch but did not have enough momentum to continue around the track. With his car slowed in turn 4, the caution flag came out setting us up for a green-white-checkers. John Proctor brought the field to the green with Winstead as close to his bumper as he could be, Austin Holcombe held onto 3rd spot, James Bailey in the 4th position & Tyler Hobgood in 5th. The checkered flag fell over the 90 of reigning track champion John Proctor. Bill Winstead was 2nd, Austin Holcombe in 3rd, James Bailey in the 4th position & Tyler Hobgood in 5th.

Our 2nd feature event of the night, the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8 division, would see Roy Hall leading the field to the green with Gary Whitley on the outside pole. Gary Whitley would take the lead quickly bringing Wade Ferrell with him. Roy Hall dropped back to 3rd spot as Willie Schwann stayed in 4th and Amanda Liles in 5th. Ashley Hall, daughter of pole sitter Roy Hall, was put a lap down by the leader and as her dad went to go around her, she clipped him in the right rear spinning him around over in turn 4. We’re all hoping that the dinner table Sunday is pleasant for all involved! Gary Whitley was trying to hold off a hard charging Wade Ferrell as we went back to green flag racing. Coming out of turn 4, the leader would have an issue that would cause him to slow drastically and be passed by the field. Wade Ferrell would take over the top spot followed by Amanda Liles, Roy Hall and Willie Schwann. Amanda Liles would lose her motor in a massive way with 2 to go. Oil was spread on the track from the flag-stand to the middle of turn 1. Back green with 2 to go, Wade Ferrell leading Roy Hall & Willie Schwann. Coming to the checkers, Wade Ferrell would bring home the win followed by Roy Hall & Willie Schwann.

Lined up outside of turn 4, the Late Models were ready to put on a 30 lap show with Russell Erwin on the pole and 2013 Late Model champion Christian Joyner on the outside. Green flag and Russell Erwin gets out front out of turn 2. Christian Joyner, Michael Batten, Daniel Tucker and Spencer Liggon rounded out the top 5. Liggon would get around Tucker going into turn 1 on lap 3, as Russell Erwin put about 8 car lengths between him and 2nd place Joyner. Lap 4 would see the caution come out for Brad Hamm, who spun over in turn 4. Dykes Maynard would slow to a stop to avoid contact with Hamm. Both cars were able to continue, but right before we went back green, 3rd place Michael Batten would realize he had a right front going down. Batten made his way to the hot pit area to get some attention from his pit crew, falling to the tail of the field right before we went back green. Erwin leads Joyner, Liggon, Tucker and Bobby Bottoms as we were poised to complete lap 7. Russell Erwin began catching the tail of the field, lapping Dykes Maynard and William Carroll as they took the half way flags. Brad Hamm goes a lap down as Erwin just dominates this 30 lap feature. Michael Batten & JP Cascell were battling for 6th spot going into turn 1 and 2, all down the backstretch, and going into turn 3, Michael would go in a little hot, JP wasn’t giving in. Batten on the inside of Cascell, he gets hard on the brakes, spins, goes up the track & the leader, Russell Erwin has no where to go. Erwin hits Batten, ending his night and his awesome run. Back green with Christian Joyner in the lead followed by Spencer Liggon, Daniel Tucker, Bobby Bottoms & Michael Batten. Tucker would make the move on Liggon for 2nd, taking it away from him on the backstretch with 7 to go. Christian Joyner went on to lead the remaining laps, bringing in the 2014 season the way he ended the 2013 season, with a win. Daniel Tucker brought his ride home in 2nd, Spencer Liggon in 3rd, Bobby Bottoms 4th & Michael Batten rounded out the top 5. **Due to a disqualification by being light at the scales, Spencer Liggon would be placed 2nd, Bobby Bottoms 3rd, Michael Batten 4th & JP Cascell 5th**

The ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division lined up with Matthew Bissette & Skeeter Liles on the front row. A lap one spin would line us back up for a double file start, and as the green flag fell again Skeeter Liles jumped out in front of Matthew Bissette to take the lead. Cy Nelms, Jr., Mark Boykin and Lane Proctor rounded out the top 5. Quick yellow flag for a spin over in turn 2 and a flat tire on the 01 of Coolhand Luke Owens. After a tire change, Owens joined the tail of the field and we were back green with Liles leading Bissette, Nelms, Jr., Boykin & Proctor. Lane Proctor would get around Mark Boykin to take over 4th spot as we took the half way flags. Matthew Bissette was trying to get around Liles for the lead allowing Nelms, Jr. to close the gap . The top 3 were running within a 1/2 car length of each other as the laps wound down. With 2 to go, Liles was lapping the tail of the field as Nelms, Jr. tried to get around Bissette. White flag, Liles, Bissette & Nelms, Jr. your top 3. The would cross the finish line in that order followed by Lane Proctor in 4th and Mark Boykin in 5th.

Our final event of the night, the Pure Stock 4 division would be lead to the green by Gary Dillon and Michael Webb. Green flag and Gary Dillon jumps out front hard into turn 1, just to lose it going into turn 2 and spinning in front of the field. Robby Causby and Cooper Edwards would spin to avoid, Jamie Sills got a little damage getting through and the rest of the field slowed as the caution came out. Since no laps were complete, Jeremy Benson moved up to the pole position with Michael Webb to the outside. Webb would take the lead from Benson coming out of turn 2 bringing the field across the line to complete lap 1. Cooper Edwards would spin in turn 4 bringing out the caution again. Back green with Webb leading Benson, Lee Hardie, Robby Causby and Chris Collins. Caution for Courtney Ray on the backstretch on lap 2 would red flag the field. Courtney was up against the backstretch wall facing oncoming cars, and due to track vehicles, it was decided that we red flag to ensure all track staff were safe during the clean up process. Back green with Webb leading Benson, Hardie, Causby & Collins. Another caution would come out for the 16 of Edwards and after we went back green, we would see another caution for David Haggins and Austin Bottoms. Haggins lost a tire going into turn 1 and Austin was trying to avoid him but made contact. Both retired to the pits. Back green with Webb leading Benson, Hardie, Causby and Gary Dillon. Lap 6 would see Gary Dillon spin again over in turn 1 bringing out the caution yet again. Back green with Webb leading Benson, Hardie, Causby and Cody Keith. Benson would get loose, Hardie would spin and bring out the caution in turn 4. Back green with Webb leading Robby Causby, JP Brantley, Cody Keith & Lee Hardie. They would cross the checkers in that order rounding out the first night of racing at County Line Raceway.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Be sure to join us next Saturday, April 12th, for the Spring Fever 100! On the schedule, we’ll see stars and cars of the Late Model division, ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, Super Stock Four Cylinders, PL Woodard Pure Stock V-8’s & Pure Stock Four Cylinders. The pit gates will open at 4:00, along with driver registration. At 5:00, our grandstand gate opens and we’ve got cars scheduled to be on the track at 6:15. Pit gate admission is $25 for adults, $10 for kids 10 and under. Prices for the grandstands are $15 adults, $5 for kids 11-15 and kids under 11 are free. Come out and join us for some good racing & a great time!! If you have any questions, please contact the track at 252-985-1949.

Kyle Strickler Stars In $10,000 To Win RoDT “North Carolina Nationals” Win!

Renegades of Dirt

March 23rd, 2014
www.renegadesofdirt.com
For Immediate Release:

Kyle
Strickler Stars In $10,000 To Win RoDT “North Carolina Nationals” Win!

(Middlebourne, WV) After a winter of hyping up the largest payday in tour history the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sport Shirts got its 2014 season underway this weekend at the County Line Raceway’s “North Carolina Modified Nationals”. It didn’t take competitors or fans long to see that the highly anticipated and nationally recognized event would live up to the hype. Live for the County Line Crazies as well as an impressive nation wide audience on XSAN fifty Renegades of Dirt Modifieds from eleven states would sign in for the weekend finale with the ‘Buckeye State’ of Ohio and the host state of North Carolina the most represented states with thirteen cars each.

 

When action got underway with qualifying for the open wheel modifieds it would be track regular Russell Erwin of Beaverdam, VA who would take the top honors with a lap time of 15.914. Erwin would then draw a three for the five heat race lineup invert. When the heat races rolled to the track it was “The Hurricane” Hank Edwards who would take Slicker Graphics Heat Race #1. The Elite Chassis owner, Nick Hoffman would take control of DirtCast.com Heat Race #2 from his outside front row position and never look back taking the win. 2014 Rookie of the Year contender Chris Arnold of Matoaca, VA made an impressive comeback from a Thursday night wreck to win ModFury.com Heat Race #3. Kyle Stickler navigated around the low side of the track to go from his third starting spot to the lead in taking the Karsyns Krusaders Heat Race #4 victory. North Carolina native Ryan Ayers grabbed the early lead in American Racer Heat Race #5 and showed the way throughout setting himself up for a spot in the A-Main redraw. Results of the heat race draw: Nick Hoffman, Kyle Strickler, Ryan Ayers, Chris Arnold, Hank Edwards.

 

When the first of two B-Mains rolled on to the speedway it was the #01 of Patrick Lyon who would set a blistering pace and quickly pull out to a 1.5 second lead on the field. As the laps continued to click off it was Mineral Wells, WV Tyler Evans who worked the inside of the track to a transfer spot with Lyon taking the win. Bmain #2 was lead on to the track by Matt Emmerling of Hickory, NC who would jump out to an early lead but quickly found the 33M of Chris Meadows and the X of Chris Parker applying pressure for two spots. The trio battled for the entire eight laps before Emmerling crossed the stripe first followed by Friday nights winner, Chris Parker. The field of non-transfers was then distributed among the represented states with OH, NC, SC, VA, PA, MD, KY, and WV all among cars in the field for the Race of the States. The 20lap $750 to win Non-Qualifier witnessed Crab Orchard’s, Chris Meadows set sail and earn the win. In victory lane Meadows chose to tag the tail of the A-Main instead of the payout when the opportunity was presented to him.

 

Immediately following the Race of the States it was GO TIME for the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sports Shirts A-Main event, twenty one of the east’s biggest and best made up the roster set to go forty laps to the checkered flag with $10,000 dollars on the line. A pair of Mooresville, NC residents would lead the field to the green with Strickler catching the lead on lap one. Strickler would continue to slowly distance himself from Hoffman as the laps clicked off, meanwhile the entire field from third on back was nose to tail and/or two wide battling for positioning. NASCAR competitor David Stremme was working the extreme high side of the speedway picking up positions at a rapid rate while youngster Tyler Evans was working the extreme low side of the speedway to perfection. At the halfway point it was still Strickler leading as the talented group of racers jockeyed for spots back through the pack.

 

With just ten to go the third caution of the event would wave for a spin in turn one between a 5th running Chris Arnold who got turned around by the #11 of Hank Edwards, both would exit the track as we went back green with Kyle again grabbing the point and leading the way. A large crowd on hand would then rise to their feet as the battle heated up throughout the field with Evans, Stremme, Workman, and several others dueling for spots seven through thirteen, all the while Hoffman continued to keep Strickler within striking distance. However when the dust settled and the black and white linen waved it was “The High Side Tickler” Kyle Strickler who would cross first followed by N. Hoffman, R. Erwin, R. Ayers, R. Michael, T. Dickson, T. Evans, B. Workman, D. Ramey, and D. Stremme rounding out your top ten. A rousing applause greeted the pilot of the all new BeakBuilt Chassis #8 Cedar Peaks Enterprises, JRI Shocks, American Racer, TomCat Performance, SRI, and Stock Car Steel sponsored machine in Lias Tire Victory Lane. The victory would mark the largest payday and biggest win of his illustrious dirt modified career which includes two Harris Clash wins and a Night of 1000 stars win in IMCA country.

 

An emotionally overjoyed winner would join tour announcer Michael Gibson in victory lane; “I can’t thank my crew enough, these guys work super hard to get us where we are. I also want to thank my entire family, my dad, my girlfriend, my daughter…wow this is just awesome” stated Strickler. “You picture yourself having a shot at winning it and when you actually you do its just so surreal and amazing” added Kyle. “I want to thank Steve Summerlin and County Line Raceway as well as the Renegades of Dirt. We are hoping to win the tour points this year so this is definitely a good start” finished Strickler.

 

Saturday March 22nd Results
County Line Raceway
“NORTH CAROLINA NATIONALS”

50 Total Modifieds signed in

Qualifying: #22 Russell Erwin / 15.914

Inversion Pill: 3

Heat Results:

Slicker Graphics Heat #1 Finish: Hank Edwards, Russell Erwin, Mike McKinney, Partick Lyon, Chris Meadows, James Sparks, Leonard Enos, Steve Stover, Joe Meadows

DirtCast.com Heat #2 Finish: Nick Hoffman, Rich Michael Jr., Tanner Wilson, Matt Emmerling, Chad Boone, Paul Miles, Rick Aukland, Cody Parker, Billy Wilson, Gary Long

ModFury.com Heat #3 Finish: Chris Arnold, Taylor Cook, Jamie Major, Jesse Wisecarver, Greg Brown, Brandon White, Robbie Evans, Brian Skaggs, Ryan Toole, Tim Shulte

Karsyns Krusaders Heat #4 Finish: Kyle Strickler, Billy Workman Jr, Derrick Ramey, Chris Parker, Tyler Evans, Jon Sluka, Mark Dickson, DJ Cline, Scott Stiffler

Genesis Shocks Heat #5 Finish: Ryan Ayers, Travis Dickson, Tyler Nicely, David Stremme, Nathon Loney, Joe Cox, Lance Elson, Kurt Burge, Mike Conkle

 

Flag to Flag Consolation Transfers:

B-Main #1: Patrick Lyon & Tyler Evans

B-Main #2: Matt Emmerling & Chris Parker

 

Arizona Sport Shirts A-Main Finish:

Position, Starting Position, Number, Name

  1. (2) #8 Kyle Strickler
  2. (1) #2 Nick Hoffman
  3. (6) #22 Russell Erwin
  4. (3) #6 Ryan Ayers
  5. (7) #17x Rich Michael Jr.
  6. (10) #16 Travis Dickson
  7. (18) #17t Tyler Evans
  8. (9) #64 Billy Workman Jr.
  9. (14) #91 Derrick Ramey
  10. (20) #35 David Stremme
  11. (21) #33M Chris Meadows
  12. (13) #19F Jamie Major
  13. (11) #96M Mike McKinney
  14. (16) #01 Patrick Lyon
  15. (17) #98 Matt Emmerling
  16. (8) #21 Taylor Cook
  17. (5) #11 Hank Edwards
  18. (4) #99w Chris Arnold
  19. (15) #25 Tyler Nicely
  20. (19) #X Chris Parker
  21. (12) #17W Tanner Wilson

 

Race of the States: Chris Meadows, Greg Brown, Scott Stiffler, Ryan Toole, Brian Skaggs, Jesse Wisecarver, Nathon Loney, Brandon White, Paul Miles, Brian Anderson, Robbie Evans, Joe Cox, Steve Stover, Gary Long, Lenard Enos, Tim Shulte, Cody Parker, James Sparks

 

SOCIAL SUPERSTAR WINNERS:

Drivers – 1st) Mike McKinney, 2nd) Ryan Toole, 3rd) Tyler Nicely

Fan – Gene Lefler

Packages will be mailed to the winners.
2014 Official ‘Renegade of Dirt Touring’ Sponsors Include:
Arizona Sport Shirts – “The Official Apparel Provider” of the Renegades of Dirt
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VP Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel Provider” of the Renegades of Dirt
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2014 Renegade of Dirt Touring Sponsors:
XSAN, The Hangout, Arizona Sport Shirts, GottaRace.com, American Racer, Lias Tire, Xtreme Chassis, VP Race Fuels, Outlaw Graphics and Automotive, Tye Twarog Racers, DirtCast.com, ModFury.com, OhioValleyDTR.com, 2Brothers Motorsports, FastShafts, XFactor Bushings, Gibbys DTRN, DTR Updates, Terror Race Cars, Genesis Shocks and Innovative Graphics.
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For more information regarding the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sport Shirts visit the Renegades of Dirt online at www.renegadesofdirt.com. You can also call Renegade Offices anytime for further information @ 304.771.5051. Like us on Faceb0ok at www.faceb0ok.com/rodconnector on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rodconnect.

CLR Kicks off its 2014 Season With A Bang

A beautiful, sunny day greeted fans, drivers & crews to County Line Raceway for the CLR Nationals. Welcoming FASTRAK Racing Series & the Renegades of Dirt to the raceway for the first time, everyone was ready for the opening night of the 2014 racing season. With $10,000 to win in the Renegades Of Dirt Open Wheel Modifieds, & $3,000 to win for the FASTRAK Crate Late Models, 90 laps & 75 cars checked in, the fans were definitely in for a treat!

Night one would see Chris Parker & Tyler Nicely bring home wins in the Twin 25’s, and everyone wanted to see if they could repeat it tonight for the big money.  After 5 heat races & 2 consi’s, the field was set for the Renegades of Dirt with Nick Hoffman on the front row alongside of Kyle Strickler. Who would bring home the big $10,000 check?

Our first feature of the night, the FASTRAK crate late models with Dale Timms & Walker Arthur leading the field to the green. Timms would charge into turn 1 hard, trying to maintain the lead followed close by Walker Arthur , but Arthur would dive into turn 2 and quickly take the lead. A piece of debris in the racing groove would bring out the caution. The FASTRAK series enforces a double file restart, so as the field lined up 2 by 2, we were back green with Arthur out front. A 2 car spin would bring out the caution out of turn 2 that included GR Smith & Joe Cox. Back to a double file restart and the flagman, Wes Cogdell, waved the green. Walker Arthur quickly took charge, putting several car lengths between him and second place Dale Timms. Caution again for 3 cars over in turn 4 involving Rick Gilcrest, Teddy Tate & GR Smith.  Fortunately, all 3 cars were able to continue. All through the field these guys were running side by side jockeying for position, sometimes running 2-3 wide! Caution again on lap 8 for GR Smith as he got into the wall out of turn 2. GR Smith retired to the pits, as the remainder of the field lined up for their 6th double file restart. Colby Cannon got around over in turn 2 bringing out the caution again but it was a very quick one. Back green, with Walker Arthur jumping out in front of the field. Corey Gordon would bring out the caution when he went around in turn 4, but we were back green within minutes. A massive caution over in turn involving 3 cars would see the 168 of Rick Gilcrest go around and slam into the outside retaining wall. Also involved were Teddy Tate and Christian Joyner.  Gilcrest & Joyner retired to the pits right before we lined them up for another double file restart. With 25 laps in the books, Walker Arthur continued to dominate this feature event. He was followed by Dale Timms, Daniel Baggerly, David Smith & Corey Gordon. Walker Arthur would bring home the win & the $3,000 pay day! He was followed by Dale Timms, Daniel Baggerly, David Smith & Corey Gordon.

The first part of our Renegades of Dirt would see a 25 lap Race of States. Leading the field to the green flag was Greg Brown with Scott Stiffler alongside of him. With the option of taking home $750 or transferring to the main, everyone was trying to get to the front.  Ryan Toole, starting from the 4th spot would slip a little at the beginning losing one spot, but was able to get his Shaw By Erwin Battenbilt powered machine back together to reclaim the 4th spot. Chris Meadows would lead each lap of this event, and chose to transfer to the A Main instead of taking the $750 prize.

Our final feature even of the night, the $10,000 to win County Line Nationals. Nick Hoffman, Kyle Strickler and 19 other cars were ready to battle it out for 40 laps. Coming to the green, Hoffman tried to take it out of turn 1 but Strickler was having none of it! Side by side through the tricky turn 2, cars going 3 and 4 wide, only to have one get out of shape and go around. Tyler Nicely, last night’s winner of Twin #1, would go around, but was able to continue. Back green with a complete restart since no laps were complete. Hoffman & Strickler brought them to the green but it was Strickler would take the point. Nick Hoffman followed by a car length in 2nd spot, Ryan Ayers, Russell Erwin & Chis Arnold rounded out the top 5. Back through the field, it was a real battle as these guys were still side by side, at times 3 wide battling for position. Strickler was closing in on the tail of the field as Russell Erwin mounted a challenge on Ryan Ayers, finally able to get around him out of turn 2.  With 12 in the books, Strickler was starting to make his way through the lap traffic as Nick Hoffman closed the gap he’d put between them. Lap 13 would see the first caution of the night as Billy Workman, Jr. slowed in turn 4. Green flag, with Kyle Strickler leading Nick Hoffman, Russell Erwin, Ryan Erwin & Chris Arnold.  Lap 24 would see another caution when Chris Parker slowed in turn 4. Green flag, with Hoffman trying to get around Strickler.  Back through the field 2 & 3 wide through all 4 turns folks! With 13 to go, Tyler Nicely would bring out the caution in turn 2 with a spin. Green flag with 10 to go, Kyle Strickler still leading Nick Hoffman, Russell Erwin, Ryan Ayers and Chris Arnold. Chris Arnold would go around, Hank Edwards was also involved bringing out another caution over in turn 2. Back green, Kyle Strickler leading Nick Hoffman and a hard charging Russell Erwin. Hoffman was holding onto his 2nd place spot as Russell Erwin was giving him everything he had. The real man on the move was David Stremme! He started in the 20th spot and as they crossed the line with 3 to go, he was up to 9th! Caution! One car slow on the backstretch couldn’t make it to the pits in time to clear the track, so the caution flag came out giving us a 3 lap shootout. Could Kyle Strickler hold off Hoffman? Could Hoffman hold off Erwin? With $10,000 on the line, it was anyone’s game at this point! Green flag, Strickler shot down into turn 1, putting a car length between him and Hoffman. White flag and still there was distance between the leader & 2nd place. Checkered flag, and your winner of the $10,00 is Kyle Strickler! Rounding out the top 5 was Nick Hoffman, Russell Erwin, Ryan Ayers & Rich Michael Jr. Bringing home the hard charger award was 15 yr old Tyler Evans. Watch this kid folks, as he will be going places in racing!!

We hope each of you enjoyed this very special night of racing! Thanks to all of those involved, those that traveled so very far & to all of the fans, crews & drivers. Special thanks to all of the staff, Steve Summerlin for his countless hours of work on this, Brenda Holcombe & James Upchurch, as well as the owners, Carolyn & Edward Upchurch for giving us such a great place to come.

Be sure to come out April 5th for our annual car show & first points event.  We will see our ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning, Super Stock 4’s, PL Woodard Pure Stock V8, Pure Stock 4’s & of course, our Late Models.  As always, if you have any questions, please call the track at 252-985-1949.

Thanks again, and we’ll see you in 2 weeks at The Line.

County Line Raceway Set to Open The 2014 Season With Two National Events In One Weekend

For avid basketball fans ‘March Madness’ may symbolize the greatest time of the year as a field of 64 hopefuls hope to win the ultimate prize as National Champion. For the County Line Crazies and fans of dirt track racing this March is bringing a “madness” of the dirt modified variety. The stars and cars of the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour as well as an expected fifty plus contenders from all of the United States are putting the final touches on their machines in hopes of claiming the record setting $10,000 dollar prize set back in November by the promoters of County Line Raceway. Each working diligently through the winter with the same aspirations of their court playing counterparts, to be the “Nationals Champion” including NASCAR limited participant David Stremme of South Bend, IN.

Furthermore, a full slate of Friday night action is planned for fans in attendance with gates opening at 5pm and racing getting underway at 7pm. Friday nights racing activities include a full program of practice, heat racing, last chance qualifiers, and two 25lap twin $1,000 to win main events for the first appearance in track history for the nation’s fast growing dirt modified tour the Renegades of Dirt. As well, a pair of open practice sessions for the Fastrak Late Models in attendance tuning up for Saturday’s Nationals will be mixed in throughout the evening. General admission for Friday night is set at just $15 for adults, 65+ $10, Kids 11-15 $5, 10 & under FREE. Pit admission for the weekend is set at $60 for adults, 10 & under just $25. Pit admission for Friday only is set at $25 for adults and 10 & under is only $10.
Then on Saturday night the weekend culminates with a history making evening on tap. For the first time in County Line Raceway history the Fastrak Late Model National Touring division enters the “Little Track Making Big Noise” to co-headline with the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour who will also be paying a tour and track record setting $10,000 to win. The monumental top prize for the division will be the largest single day payout in the Eastern United States in 2014. The “National” event that has caught the entire nations attention will be a can’t miss for ‘Tarheel State’ race fans featuring a full evening of modified and Late Model action beginning with qualifying scheduled for 6:15pm and heat racing promptly at 7pm. In addition to the Renegades of Dirt $10,000 to win A-Main a $750 to win “Race of the States” is on tap for twenty of the evenings highest finishing non-qualifiers from each state represented from throughout the country. The Fastrak National Late Model Series is also set to pay a rich $3,000 dollar award to the 40lap main event winner of the inaugural Fastrak event at the Elm City oval. General admission for Saturday’s weekend finale is set at just $25 for adults, 65+ $20, Kids 11-15 $10, 10 & under FREE. Pit admission for the history making Saturday night is set at just $40 for adults and 10 & under is only $20.  Racers and fans are also reminded that if needed a rain date for Saturday night will be on Sunday with gates opening at noon and racing getting underway at 2pm.
“As of now the weather looks warm and sunny, however in the event of rain we will do all we can to get the show in which also includes utilizing Sunday afternoon to ensure that any traveling fans and drivers can rest assured and feel good about the travel knowing that the NC Nationals WILL be held this week” stated Steve Summerlin.
In addition to the great on track action fans and participants will have the chance to win some extra prizes as part of a week long “SOCIAL MEDIA SUPERSTAR” campaign leading up to and throughout the ‘North Carolina Nationals’. Starting on Monday the Renegades of Dirt will be running a week long “Social Superstar” contest selecting a fan and three drivers whom are deemed to be the most socially active on Facebook and Twitter about the “North Carolina Modified Nationals”, the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour, and XSAN the official LIVE PPV broadcaster of the Renegades of Dirt and the North Carolina Nationals. “SOCIAL MEDIA SUPERSTAR” contest criteria that will be judged will be sharing XSAN advertisements, event ads, tour statuses, track statuses, commenting, using the #renegadesofdirt, checking in at the County Line Raceway, and general helping to trend the HUGE weekend of action. Also on the criteria will be the drivers attempt at keeping the fan updated regularly throughout the week leading up to the event as well as throughout the entire weekend. The winning fan will win a FREE 2014 Tour T-Shirt and a FREE pass to the Renegades of Dirt “Monster Modified Weekend” of events on April 18th and 19th or the live broadcast of the events on XSAN. The winning driver will receive a FREE pass to the “Let It Ride 55” as well as a 2014 Tour T-Shirt, and $100 dollars cash. The second and third place drivers will each win a FREE pass to the Renegades of Dirt event of their choice as well as a certificate packet valued at $150 worth of FREE parts and racing products. The tour Facebook can be found at www.faceb0ok.com/rodconnect or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rodconnect.
County Line Raceway is a 3/8 mile clay oval located at 6953 Stagecoach Road in Elm City, N.C. The track has been in operation since May 21st, 1988. County Line Raceway is a family run track, currently being managed by James Upchurch and Brenda Holcombe. For a ‘Unique Entertainment Experience” take your family and and friends out to County Line Raceway!

Inaugural $3,000 to win FASTRAK NATIONAL EVENT this Weekend at County Line Raceway!!

**As Spring quickly approaches and the miserable Winter comes to an end. FASTRAK and County Line Raceway are excited to unveil an awesome racing spectacular this weekend for the 1st time ever now paying $3,000 to win with also impressive contingencies on the line up for grabs throughout the field. The race will be entitled “The Inaugural Mid-Atlantic Crate Nat

(Carnesville, Georgia) – County Line Raceway the 3/8th mile clay oval located in Elm City, North Carolina and the famed “county line crazies” are ready to go back racing since November 2013. The 2014 official race season for the track celebrating it’s 26th consecutive year of operations kicks off this Thursday and everyone is ready for the 1st Green Flag to fly. Dignitaries’ of County Line Raceway and FASTRAK are very excited this weekend for the $3,000 to win – $300 to start NATIONAL Touring Show entitled – Mid Atlantic Crate Nationals. The early season dates will make the County Line event one of the marquee events of the year which teams can earn points towards their weekly and touring championships as well as reaching the ever-important 12 race minimum required to qualify for FASTRAK’s year-ending World Championship to be held October 2014 at Virginia Motor Speedway.

The $3,000 to win event being a FASTRAK NATIONAL show will draw the “best of the best” in crate late models across the Country in both the Southeast/Mideast/Northeast regions that run under the FASTRAK banner. In addition to the purse, the new 2014 FASTRAK Contingency Program and Bonus Money will make this be a race event to draw drivers in from all over to take on “The Little Track Making BIG Noise!!” These competitors are all invited to attend this mega event as the Mid Atlantic Crate Nationals will also be a part of the Inaugural North Carolina Modified Nationals paying $10,000 to win in a 3 day show March 20-22 sanctioned by the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour. History will be made at County Line to kick off the 2014 season with this MEGA EVENT!!

“We have been throwing this idea around all during the holiday break and beginning of the year. We added FASTRAK to our weekly late models in 2013 and the crate powered cars are starting to gain momentum. So we thought an event like this would help us continue to build the division here by allowing some of the area guys to come over and run for a great purse and see what we have to offer here at County Line. We are really excited about putting this together now as a NATIONAL event paying $3,000 to win.” said County Line Raceway’s PR Steve Summerlin.

A race this early on in the season should really deliver a good mix of our FASTRAK Northeast Touring, FASTRAK Southeast Touring and our FASTRAK Weekly Racing Division guys. It will be a good opportunity to pick up some points or get another race of their required 12 for the World Championships. We want to thank Brenda, James, Steve, Tyler, Edward, Carolyn and the whole staff for their desire and drive to bring their fans the best in dirt racing. This weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Crate Nationals our boys are going to Rock N’ Roll” exclaimed FASTRAK Founder Stan Lester.

“I have been with County Line Raceway for 10+ years and got my 1st start in announcing dirt racing with them. FASTRAK Companies International is very proud to be associated with everyone at County Line Raceway. They have built a great fan base and weekly program over the last few years. They have really brought themselves to the forefront of dirt racing in the United States. We have had some very successful ULTIMATE Super Late Model events there the last couple of years and we really look forward to doing the same thing with our FASTRAK Divisions on the NATIONAL Touring and Weekly level” concluded FASTRAK PR Wesley Outland.

Are you interested in being a sponsor for this race?? If you are and would like to have your business/ company promoted you still have time. We’d love to hear from you. Have your business and/or company become a part of this historic racing weekend for the County Line Raceway and FASTRAK Racing Series in North Carolina. Contact Steve Summerlin – County Line Raceway PR Director at (252) 315-7503 or Brian Haynes – FASTRAK Director of Operations at (706) 340-4781 and they’ll make it happen.

For more racing information on the North Carolina Modified Nationals – Mid-Atlantic Crate Nationals set for this weekend March 20-22 look out for more PR’s and also watch www.countylineracewaync.com, www.fastrakracing.com and/or www.fastrakne.com for complete details as they become available.

Anticipation Continues To Build For History Making Season Opener, Event Details Released!

Inaugural $10,000 To Win North Carolina Modified Nationals Set For March 20th – 22nd, 2014!

(Middlebourne, WV) Winter has been painfully stubborn this year but that makes the countdown till March 20th that much sweeter for the biggest event in Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sport Shirts history! Just six weeks from today the tour is set to launch its third year campaign at an all new touring venue but one that boasts an impressive modified resume, the County Line Raceway in Elm City, NC. Anticipation is trending up at a rapid rate as the tour gets set to pay its first ever five figure event winner. As a result twenty two early entries from six different states have already mailed their intentions into the Renegade of Dirt offices vying for the shot at over $45,000 dollars in purse. The 3/8 mile red clay oval in anxiously waiting the Renegade of Dirt’s invasion during the inaugural “North Carolina Modified Nationals” on March 20-22, 2014. Fans can expect to see the entire explosive lineup of Renegade regulars, a large group of regional contenders, and the famous County Line regulars…a mix sure to provide plenty of fireworks upon their arrival.

When action gets underway on Thursday March 20th participants will be given the opportunity to shake down their rides in an evening of Test N’ Tune. However, on Friday the long awaited first competitive laps of 2014 will be turned. The entire field will split up and run two complete/separate $1,000 to win, $100 to start preliminaries that will give at least forty racers the opportunity to race in an A-Main. Pill draw will be utilized in setting up the two groups and the heat race line-ups. The tours new ‘passing points’ format will then be utilized to qualify cars for the main event and their respective dash events. The highest two cars in passing points from each heat will be rewarded the opportunity to run the XSAN “Dash For Cash” to earn their spots for the main event. The dash will be lined up based on total passing points from all of the dash qualifiers, most to least. The cars who fail to transfer out of their heat races will be placed in a B-Main and lined up based on passing points, most to least. Once in the B-Main the transfers to the A-Main will be determined by finishing order, first to last, and the number of transfers.

On Saturday night action will continue as the racers will return to the “Little Track Making Big Noise” for a follow up performance, this time with record setting ten grand on the line. Racers will qualify in groups of 10-12 cars who they qualify with will remain their group through the heat races, the fastest overall time will pull the invert pill after the heats 0, 2, 3, or 4. Upon the completion of heat races, winners will redraw for starting spots for the lineup in the feature, non-transfer cars will have to go through B-Mains in order to transfer into the A-Main. The highest two finishing cars from each represented state that does not transfer into the main event will then be placed in the $750 to win, $120 to start, “Race of the States” feature event, the lineup for it will be based entirely on pill draw. The $10,000 to win “North Carolina Nationals” A-Main will be 40 laps in distance, racers will be allowed to enter a designated ‘hot pit’ but will be unable to take fuel and re-enter the track. Tires, body work, and troubleshooting is all the will be permitted. Entry forms are also available and must be mailed to EDGE P.O. Box 475, Middlebourne, WV 26149 by March 7th to receive the $25.00 discount on entry. Racers who do not pre-enter can still register at the event, just will not receive the $25.00 advanced entry discount. Below is more information on the event including times, tentative event schedule, and the ticket prices for the event.

Thursday, March 20th
Open Practice for all Divisions
4:00 Gates Open
6:30 Practice begins
10:00pm Practice ends

Friday, March 20th
4:00 Pit Gates Open/Driver Registration Begins
5:00 Grandstand Gates Open
6:00 Driver Registration Ends
6:10 Driver’s Meeting
6:30 Slow Roll-In
7:00 Heats/Consi
RoD Open Wheel Modified – Practice
FASTRAK Crate Late Model – Practice
RoD Open Wheel Modified – Heats
FASTRAK Crate Late Model – Practice
RoD Open Wheel Modified – Consi’s (10 laps)
Renegades of Dirt Open Wheel Modified – $1,000 to win Feature 1
Renegades of Dirt Open Wheel Modified – $1,000 to win Feature 2

Saturday, March 21st
2:00 Pit gate Opens/Drivers Registration Begins
4:00pm Grandstand Gate Opens
5:20 Drivers Registration Ends
5:30 Driver’s Meeting
5:45 Slow Roll In
6:15 Heats/Qualifying
FASTRAK Crate Late Model Practice
RoD Open Wheel Modified – Qualifying 2 laps (Groups of 3)
FASTRAK Crate Late Model – Qualifying 2 laps (Groups of 3)
RoD Open Wheel Modified – Heats
FASTRAK Crate Late Model – Heats
RoD Open Wheel Modified – Consi’s
FASTRAK Crate Late Model – Consi’s
9:00 Features
FASTRAK Crate Late Model Feature— 40 laps
Renegades of Dirt Race of States — 20 Laps
North Carolina Modified Nationals— 40 laps

**Schedule Tentative and Subject to Change as Needed**

Thursday March 20th
Grandstand Pits
Adults – $5 $10
Kids11-15 – $2
10 & Under – FREE $5

Two-Day Pass (21st & 22nd)
Adult Pit Pass – $60
10 & Under Pit Pass – $25

Friday March 21st
Grandstand Pits
Adults – $15 $25
65 & Over – $10
Kids 11-15 – $5
10 & Under – FREE $10

Saturday March 22nd
Grandstand Pits
Adults – $25 $40
65 & Over – $20
Kids 11-15 – $10
10 & Under – FREE $20

The full “North Carolina Nationals” A-Main purse is as follows; 1. $10,000, 2. $4,000, 3. $3,000, 4. $2,000, 5. $1,500, 6. $1,200, 7. $900, 8. $800, 9. $700, 10. $650, 11. $600, 12. $575, 13. $550, 14. $525, 15. $500, 16. $500, 17. $500, 18. $500, 19. $500, 20. $500

County Line Raceway is a 3/8 mile clay oval located at 6953 Stagecoach Road in Elm City, N.C. The track has been in operation since May 21st, 1988. County Line Raceway is a family run track, currently being managed by James Upchurch and Brenda Holcombe. For a ‘Unique Entertainment Experience’ take your family and and friends out to County Line Raceway!

“Race of the States” Added To ‘North Carolina Nationals’ At County Line Raceway!

Renegades of Dirt
January 3rd, 2014
www.renegadesofdirt.com
For Immediate Release:

(Middlebourne, WV) Since plans were unveiled for the richest and first five figure dirt modified event in the state of North Carolina and the first $10,000 to win show ever to be sanctioned by the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour excitement continues building by the day for the season opening event set for March 20-22, 2014. Just days into the 2014 calendar, officials from the County Line Raceway and the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour are pleased to announce the already history making stakes for the Inaugural “North Carolina Modified Nationals” are going up!

Officials are happy to inform participants and fans that an additional feature has been added to the weekend line-up pushing it to four feature events in just two days of racing action. The newly added “Race of the States” will be run on Saturday night and pay the victor $750 dollars to win OR a chance to start on the tail of the ‘NC Nationals A-Main’. The “Race of the States” will take the top two highest finishing cars from each represented state that DOES NOT MAKE IT INTO THE A-MAIN through Saturday evenings Heats and B-Mains. In the event there are more than fourteen states represented the tour will take one car from each state and if needed will fill the remaining twenty car field using the results of the B-Mains from the first non-transfer down each B-Mains finishing order. The state vs. state shootout will reward the winner ultimate bragging rights for his triumph, not just for his race team but the state they represent. Full ‘Race of the States’ purse: 1) $750, 2) $400, 3) $300, 4) $250, 5) $200, 6) $190, 7) $180, 8.) $170, 9) $160, 10) $150, 11) $140, 12) $135, 13) $130, 14) $125, 15-20) $120.

“With the large car count expected we wanted to put a Non-Qualifier type show together on Saturday night” stated, Watson. “The Race of the States should showcase all the talent and different states in attendance while giving travelers a chance at a little extra cash to those who may have had some bad luck earlier in the night” concluded, Watson.

“The excitement continues to grow and we can’t wait for it to get here…the fans will see the best of the best battle it out for two nights and one of the highest modified purses ever” added, Steve Summerlin. “Entries are already coming in for the event, Kenny Wallace has plans to attend, and so much more…this will be a must see for any dirt modified enthusiast” concluded, Summerlin.

The event will kick off on Thursday March 20th where participants will be given the opportunity to shake down their rides prior to racing action in 2014. On Friday night the action heats up as the field will split up and run two complete/separate $1,000 to win, $100 to start preliminaries that will give at least forty racers the opportunity to race in an A-Main. Then on Saturday March 22nd the event will culminate in a complete $10,000 to win Renegade of Dirt Modified show plus the newly added $750 to win, “Race of the States”. It was also announced that the Fastrak Racing Series will join the weekend card adding to the already can’t miss weekend of racing action at the 3/8 mile Elm City, NC dirt oval.

The “Nationals” will also be part of the Renegade of Dirt Modified inaugural ‘Triple Crown’ in 2014 in which the tours three biggest shows will be grouped together as an added bonus to create even more incentives for participation and success.

County Line Raceway is a 3/8 mile clay oval located at 6953 Stagecoach Road in Elm City, N.C. The track has been in operation since May 21st, 1988. County Line Raceway is a family run track, currently being managed by James Upchurch and Brenda Holcombe. For a ‘Unique Entertainment Experience” take your family and friends out to County Line Raceway!

You can contact the Eastern Dirt Grassroots Entertainment Company or Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour anytime for further information by texting/calling 304.771.5051 or faxing 304.758.4411 with any further questions on rules, procedures, and more on the upcoming season. Renegade fans can receive up to the minute breaking news and live updates on our active media outlets which can be accessed via a variety of social media sites including Facebo0k at www.facebo0k.com/rodconnect or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rodconnect.

The Renegades of Dirt thanks the following sponsors for their support in 2014: American Racer / Lias Tire, Outlaw Graphics & Automotive, Arizona Sports Shirts, 4m.net, GottaRace.com, DirtCast.com, OVDTR.com, ModFury.com, Innovative Graphics, Slicker Graphics, and 2Brothers Motorsports.

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Roberts & Hoffman Pick Up Big Wins In the Race for the Kids

Night 1 of the 2013 5th Annual Race for the Kids

It all comes down to tonight, the final race of the 2013 season, the grand finale, the 5th Annual Race for the Kids!! With 24 Ultimate Super Late Models signed in and 45 Open Wheel Modifieds registered, everyone was more than ready to get things started.

On the schedule for night one, the ARCO Restoration Thunder & Lightning division lined up with Cy Nelms, Jr. picking up the $100 Denton Truck Repair Fast Qualifier Award. At the drop of the green flag these guys were on the gas! As they came to the start finish line, they were 3 wide! Matthew Bissette would come out of turn 2 in the lead followed by Cy Nelms, Jr. Mark Boykin, Brad Hamm & Skeeter Liles. The caution would come out early as David Royal spun coming out of turn 4 on lap 3. Back green with no change in the top 5, but plenty of hard racing from 6th back as Luke Owens held off Joey Cascell and started putting pressure on Liles for 5th. Caution again on lap 4 when Mark Canup spun on the back straightaway. Back green with Matthew Bissette trying to pull away from Cy Nelms, Jr. Mark Boykin held on to 3rd spot as Brad Hamm inched closer and closer to Boykin’s bumper. Up front, Nelms, Jr. was challenging Bissette for the lead when Willie Schwann would spin, causing Nelms, Jr. to spin to avoid hitting him. The caution flag would fly briefly, but we were quickly back green. Bissette continued to lead Nelms, Jr., Boykin, Hamm & Liles. Lap 10 would see yet another caution as JP Cascell would spin over in turn 2. Green flag, but only for 1 lap as the caution would come out again for the 17 of Mark Canup and the 07 of Jimmy Gray. Matthew Bissette would lead Cy Nelms, Jr., Mark Boykin, Brad Hamm and Skeeter Liles to the green flag. Luke Owens was putting pressure on Liles for the 5th spot as we came to the half way mark. Matthew Bissette was catching the tail of the field, as Cy Nelms, Jr. was closing in as the laps continued to wind down. Nelms, Jr. was on the leader’s bumper as they weaved through the lap traffic. Lap 22 would see the caution yet again as Joe Taylor spun over in turn 1. With 3 to go, Matthew Bissette leads Cy Nelms, Jr., Mark Boykin, Brad Hamm and Skeeter Liles to the green flag. Matthew Bissette would bring home the win followed by leads Cy Nelms, Jr., Mark Boykin, Brad Hamm and Skeeter Liles. Congratulations Matthew Bissette on the $1000 paycheck! Lane Proctor picked up the Richie Ballance Flooring Hard Charger Award for gaining the most spots.

After 2 laps of qualifying and 4 heat races sponsored by Owens Construction, the DRU Inc. Open Wheel Modifieds, 18 of the 45 were locked in. Russell Erwin & Kyle Strickler took the front row, with Erwin picking up the $200 2 Brothers Motorsports Fast Qualifier Award. Winners of the 4 heats included Nick Hoffman, Chris Parker, Andy Floyd & Hank Edwards.

The Ultimate Super Late Models would see the 87 of Walker Arthur setting fast time & picking up the $200 Batten Seamless Gutters fast qualifier award. Setting the stage for 3 heat races, taking the top 6, we would see Casey Roberts, Chris Ferguson & Jonathan Davenport.

Night 2 of the 2013 5th Annual Race for the Kids

After an exciting night of racing on Friday night, everyone was ready for the grand finale tonight. With Walking Tall the monster out of Tappahannock, Virginia made the trip down to put on a show for the folks later on, along with a demo derby, but the main event, the Ultimate Super Late Model Series racing for $10,000 to win & the Open Wheel Modifieds racing for $5,000. Casey Roberts, the 2013 Ultimate Series Points Champion and Chris Ferguson would lead the field to green from the front row for this 50 lap feature. Starting on the front row for the Open Wheel Modified 40 lap event Russell Erwin and Kyle Strickler. With a big payout available in both of these classes, the US Legends Dirt Modifieds, the Walking Tall Monster Truck & a demo derby, the stage was set for an exciting night of racing!

Up first, the US Legends Dirt Modifieds would line up for their feature with John Taylor and Gary Dillon on the front row. Damien Bryant would bring out the first caution on lap 3 when he spun over in turn 1 on lap 2, but after a short caution period we were back green. John Taylor stretched his lead over Dillon by several car lengths followed by Ryan Shattuck and Damien Bryant. The final laps would see Dillon slip back to 3rd as Shattuck took over 2nd. Coming to the checkers it would be John Taylor, Ryan Shattuck and Gary Dillon.

Thundering out of turn 4, the Ultimate Super Late Models rolled onto the track for their 50 lap main event feature. Casey Roberts & Chris Ferguson lead this massive field to the green flag and as the powered down into turn 1, they were 3 wide! Casey Roberts would take the lead followed by Ferguson, Jonathan Davenport, Chris Garnes & Jeff Smith. Timmy Blackwell would bring out the caution when he slowed on the backstretch. After a push from track officials, we were back green with Roberts out front. Stretching his lead over Davenport by about 5 or 6 car lengths, Roberts started to catch the tail of the field quick. Jeff Smith worked his way around Ferguson for 3rd spot as Booper Bare held off Scott Bloomquist for 5th. Joe Cox, about to be put a lap down, would spin over in turn 2 just as the leader was on his bumper. MIchael Batten & Dave Pettyjohn would bring out the caution out of turn 2 just as we went back green. On the restart, 3 cars would get tangled up with Booper Bare, Ray Tucker, Brett Miller all getting mixed up, with Bare spinning in front of the field.This would move Scott Bloomquist up into the 5th position. Back green, Roberts leading Davenport, Smith, Ferguson and Bloomquist with 11 laps in the books. Scott Bloomquist started working on Chris Ferguson for the 4th spot, as the leader was catching the tail of the field just as they crossed the stripe with 19 complete. As Roberts put a lap on Roger Lucas, Jonathan Davenport gained a little ground to close the gap. Spencer Liggon would go up in flames on lap 22, bringing out the caution again. After clearing the track, we were back green with Roberts continuing to lead Davenport, Smith, Ferguson & Bloomquist. Roberts & Davenport put some distance on the 3rd place car as we approached lap 34. Davenport was inching closer and closer with each lap, gaining ground on Roberts as they worked lap traffic. Davenport started working the outside line, trying to get around Roberts for the lead but couldn’t complete the pass. Chris Ferguson was working the inside of Jeff Smith trying to take back the 3rd spot as we came to 5 to go, but up front it was Roberts & Davenport. Ferguson would make it around Smith as they took the 2 to go. Caution out! Brett Miller would slow on the backstretch before exiting the track, setting up a green, white, checker. Can Roberts hold off Davenport? We’ll know in 3 laps folks! Green flag. Roberts, Davenport, Ferguson, Smith & Bloomquist your top 5. Ferguson would slip up beside Davenport, 2 wide all the way around the track finally clearing Davenport for 2nd spot!! Casey Roberts, pole sitter, lead flag to flag, is your winner! Chris Ferguson, Jonathan Davenport, Jeff Smith & Scott Bloomquist would round out the top 5.

Our final feature of the night, the Open Wheel Modifieds lined up on the backstretch with Russell Erwin & Kyle Strickler on the front row. $5,000 to win, 40 laps, 26 cars! As the green flag fell, Kyle Strickler jumped out front followed by Russell Erwin, Nick Hoffman, Chris Parker & Andy Floyd. Erwin would work the high side, getting around Strickler to take the lead. Taylor Cooke would bring out the caution on lap 4 with a spin over in turn 2. Back green with Erwin leading Strickler, Hoffman, Parker and Floyd. 2 wide from 6th back to 10th spot, and even at the tail of the field! Hoffman up beside Strickler for 2nd spot but Hoffman could not complete the pass. Lap 14 would see the caution come out for Tyler Evans. Back green with Erwin leading the field. Hoffman continued to work on Strickler, finally get by him on the high side going down the backstretch. Hoffman worked his way around Erwin to take the lead as we approached the half way mark. Kyle Strickler worked his way to the inside of Erwin trying to get around him to take over 2nd spot but couldn’t complete the pass as Hoffman caught the tail of the field. David Stremme was trying to get around Andy Floyd to take over 5th spot, but Floyd was having none of it. Lap 28 would see Strickler & Erwin, battling hard for the 2nd spot, make contact causing Erwin to have a tire go down. This would shift the top 5 as Hoffman lead the field to the green flag followed by Kyle Strickler, David Stremme, Joe Meadows & Andy Floyd. Caution again, lap 34, for Brian Anderson and a solo spin over in turn 4. Quick caution because we are back green with 6 to go. Hoffman leads Strickler, Meadows, Stremme & Floyd. Joe Meadows found a line on the outside that just shot him to the rear of Strickler, almost giving him the momentum to pass for 2nd! Joe Meadows would break as they took the white flag!! Nick Hoffman would take the checkers for the 2nd year in a row! He was followed by Kyle Strickler, David Stremme, Andy Floyd & “Hurricane” Hank Edwards.

Thank you all so much for your support and dedication this year. County Line Raceway would be nothing without the drivers & fans. For 25 years, you have joined us each racing season for great racing action & we thank you from the bottom of hearts. As we enjoy our off-season, please have a Happy Thanksgiving & a very Merry Christmas! We’ll see you in 2014 at County Line Raceway!

County Line Gears Up for 5th Annual Race for the Kids (November 14-16)

Elm City, NC. —  Race fans and the Mid-Atlantic regions elite Super Late Model and Open-Wheel Modified dirt modified drivers are locked and loaded for Friday nights November 15th kickoff event at County Line Raceway for the 5th Annual “Race for the Kids” Benefiting Victory Junction Gang Camp  – the undisputed marquee event for County Line Raceway.

Set for Thursday-Saturday, November. 14th-16th, more than $70,000 in prize money will be up for grabs in this year’s blockbuster event, with $10,000 to win for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series, $5,000 to win for the Open Wheel Modifieds, $1,000 to win Thunder & Lightning and the return of the US Legends Dirt Modifieds over the course of three nights. Saturday night will also feature The Walking Tall Monster Truck and a $1,000 winner take all demolition derby.

Drivers will turn practice laps Thursday night at ‘The Line.’ Drivers will look for just about every track condition they might encounter throughout the weekend.  Pit gates will open at 4pm, Grandstand at 5pm with cars hitting the track at 6pm!

On Friday, the Thunder & Lightning Division feature will pay $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start. The Ultimate Super Late Model Series drivers will hit the track for the H&R Block Night of Qualifying. 2 laps make up qualifying followed by heats. The Open Wheel Modified Division Owens Construction Night of Qualifying will also hit the track with 2 laps of qualifying followed by heats. Drivers will be fighting for the top 2 spots as they are locked into Saturday nights $5,000 to win 40 lap feature. The night will also see the US Legends Dirt Modifieds hit the track for a test n tune session. Pit gate opens at 4pm. Gates open for the fans at 5 p.m. and the first green flag waves at 7:15 p.m.

A Bean Bag Tournament begins earlier in the day on Saturday. Pit and grandstand gates will open at 2pm. Saturday’s explosive finale will feature the hottest dirt track pilots in the nation battling for over $70,000 in prize money.  Last chance races for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series kick off the night’s action along with the return of the US Legends Dirt Modifieds.  The Ultimate Super Late Model and Open Wheel Modified main events that will take to the track with a 4 wide salute to the fans! 40 laps make up the Open Wheel Modified main event with a $5,000 payday awaiting the winner. The Ultimate Super Late Model Series drivers will blister the 3/8ths mile clay oval in 14 seconds at close to 100 mph average speed. 50 laps make up the contest with a whopping $10,000 prize awaiting the champion.  The night will end with a bang as The Walking Tall Monster Truck smashes his way down the front stretch, thrilling fans of all ages. If that isn’t enough, the fan favorite, $1,000 winner take all demolition derby returns once again. All the metal mashing action takes place right on the front stretch!

To learn more about the 5th Annual Race for the Kids visit www.countylineracewaync.com/ or call the track phone at 252-985-1949.

Boykin Takes Inaugural Four Cylinder Nationals

An absolutely beautiful day greeted drivers, fans and staff for the 1st Annual 4 Cylinder Nationals at County Line Raceway. This event, months in the making, would have been a dream come true for Victor May. Victor, had 49 over all wins with 38 of those wins coming in the super stock 4 division. We lost Victor in April of 2011, but he will never be forgotten. Tonight, we honored him with a new banner in our victory lane, as well as offering several contingency awards in his name.

Up first, the return of the Modified 4’s. These tube chassis 4 cylinders have not run at County Line Raceway in the last 10-15 years, but would make their return tonight. Jason Clark and Edward Street would lead the field the green, but Street would experience mechanical problems on lap 2 which would bring out the caution. Jason Clark would lead Rusty Kelley from lap 2 to the very end of this 20 lap feature bringing home the win.

Our 2nd feature of the night, the Walls Roofing UCAR Nationals UCAR division lined up with Dwayne Godwin and Marty Dean on the front row. Godwin would bring out the caution on lap 1 when got up on the berm in turn 4. Back green with Marty Dean leading Daniel Thomas, Dale Pate, Mike Chapman & Tim Brown. The leader, Marty Dean, would get into the wall in turn 1 bringing out the caution on lap 4, moving Daniel Thomas into the lead. Mike Chapman took over 2nd spot from Dale Pate, as Time Brown and Dwayne Godwin battled for 4th spot. Lap 6 would see a caution for debris, slowing these cars once again. Lining up with a “Delaware” style restart which gives the leader his lane choice out front alone, Daniel Thomas brought them to the green. Sided by side the 18 of Chapman and 22 of Dale Pate would run down the backstretch with Chapman taking the spot. Dwayne Godwin & Dale Pate would go side by side with Godwin on the high side trying to take the 3rd spot from Pate. Chapman would catch up with Thomas and as they caught slower traffic Chapman would get around Thomas to take the lead with 4 to go! Mike Chapman would go on to bring home the win followed by Daniel Thomas, Dwayne Godwin, Dale Pate & Jesse Jones.

Coming up for 25 laps, the Pure Stock 4 cylinders lined up with Gary Dillon and Damien Bryant on the front row. Gary Dillon would go out front as Damien Bryant, Daniel Hill, Michael Webb and Brandon Hill. Lap 3 would see a caution for Brandon Edmondson as he slowed coming out of turn 4. Back green with Dillon holding off Bryant, Hill and Webb, as Brandon Hill lost ground allowing Cooper Edwards to get around him to take over the 5th spt. Damien Bryant would slip and falloff the pace just enough to allow faniel Hill to get around him for 2nd spot, then Michael Webb got around him as well. Cooper Edwards started looking on the inside of Bryant just as the caution came out for Brent Atkinson, who slowed in turn 4 on lap 8. Back green with Dillon continuing to lead Daniel Hill, Michael Webb, Damien Bryant & Cooper Edwards. Lap 12 would see 2 cars get together over in turn 2 which would bring out the caution yet again. Thomas Holbrooke & Eric Hill got together, and after clean up from track staff, we were back green with Dillon still out front as he took the half way cross flags. Michael Webb would make the move on Daniel Hill to take over 2nd spot, while Damien Bryant challenged Hill for 3rd. Joey Morgan would challenge Bryant just as Bryant experienced some sort of issue that would slow him and he would exit the track with only 10 to go. Gary Dillon would lead Michael Webb, Daniel Hill, Cooper Edwards and Joey Morgan to the green flag. Morgan would go inside of Edwards to take over 4th spot as JP Brantley moved around to take over 5th. Dillon held his ground, putting about 4 car lengths between him and 2nd place Webb. A caution on lap 23 would slow this field yet again, meaning we would have a green, white, checker finish. Gary Dillon brought us to the green, followed by Michael Webb, Daniel Hill, Joey Morgan & JP Brantley. Bringing home the $1250 win Gary Dillon! He was followed by Michael Webb, Daniel Hill, Joey Morgan & JP Brantley.

Our final event, the 50 lap Super Stock 4 race would show their appreciation for the fans with a 4 wide salute and as they fell back in line, Mark Boykin & Austin Holcombe would lead this field to the green. Mark broke the track record earlier tonight with a fast time of 17.369, picking up the $169 given by Lewis Tax Service & Troy Liles/Farm Bureau. Side by side, Boykin & Holcombe raced the first lap, but it would be Holcombe leading lap 1. Lap 3 would see the 17H of Michael Hall get around in turn 1 bringing out the caution. Back green with Holcombe leading Boykin, William Carroll, Hunter Bailey & Kevin Pierce. Hard racing throughout the field would see the 44 of Chris Moore get into the wall off of turn 2 and flip on the backstretch. Chris was ok and able to exit the car. After clean up by track officials, we were back green with Holcombe leading Boykin, William Carroll, Hunter Bailey & Kevin Pierce. Lap 5 would see a huge mess on the backstretch as Hunter Bailey got into Kevin Pierce just slightly, causing Pierce to go up the track, then back down in front of the field. He would collect Dustin O’Neal, as Dustin Mitchell got into Jason Horne and Eric Hobgood was involved. After clean up we were back green with Holcombe leading, William Carroll, Mark Boykin, Greg Brew and John Proctor. Lap 6 would see another caution for a slow car, but it was a very short yellow. Holcombe leads Carroll Boykin, Proctor and Russell Erwin. Lap 14 would see a caution when Pete Brew experienced mechanical issues and slowed out of turn 3. William Carroll, currently running 2nd, would pit with some sort of mechanical issues dropping him out of the top 5. Back green with Holcombe leading, but Mark Boykin would get around him to take the lead. John Proctor would attempt to get around Holcombe to take over 2nd spot, door to door for 2 laps until Proctor completed the pass. Lap 19 would see another caution, as Dustin O’Neal slowed down the backstretch but could not make it to the entrance of pit road. Back green with Boykin leading Proctor, Erwin, Holcombe and Eric Hill. Eric Hill would work his way around Holcombe to take over 4th spot as John Proctor was trying to run down Mark Boykin. Eric Hill would spin on lap 23 in turn 2, but with a competition caution coming at lap 25, he could most likely make it up. Boykin continued to lead Proctor, who was looking hard at getting around Boykin as Dustin O’Neal would spin over in turn 4. Coming up on a 10 minute break, these teams were allowed to change anything on their cars within the 10 minute time limit. After the break, we were back green with Boykin leading Proctor, Erwin, Pierce and Holcombe. Bobby Bottoms held on to 6th spot followed by Jimmy O’Neal, William Carroll, Eric Hill and Jesse Duke rounded out the top 10. Mark Boykin put about 4 car lengths between he and Proctor on lap 32. Russell Erwin held steady in 3rd spot Austin Holcombe in 4th and Kevin Pierce in 5th. William Carroll would challenge Kevin Pierce just as the caution came out for Ron Hill on lap 35. Back green with Boykin leading Proctor, Erwin, Holcombe and Carroll. Lap 40 would see Kevin Pierce spin after contact with Eric Hill in turn 4 collecting Austin Larrison. Green flag, Boykin leading Proctor, Erwin, Carroll. Holcombe, Jimmy and Dustin O’Neal were 3 wide all battling for 5th spot. Holcombe would take the spot as brothers battled for 6th. Up front, Boykin, Proctor and Erwin were nose to tail just as Eric Hill brought out the caution when he got out of shape in 4 and got up on the hill. Back green with Mark Boykin leading. At the start/finish line they were 3 wide with Austin Holcombe suffering as he got caught up in the melee. Back green, Mark Boykin holding off John Proctor and Russell Erwin. Erwin got around Proctor, Jimmy O’Neal held on to 4th spot as Glenn Bottoms maintained 5th. Coming to the 2 to go flags, and it’s still anybody’s race folks! People were on their feet as the top 3 battled it out for that $4000 paycheck. As the checkered flag fell it would be Mark Boykin, John Proctor, Russell Erwin, Jimmy O’Neal and Glenn Bottoms. ***After post race tech inspections, the top 5 were altered due to a disqualification.***

Please be sure to join us November 14, 15 & 16th as we have the return of the Ultimate Super Late Models as they race for $10,000 to win! The Open Wheel Modifieds will be back in action for $5,000 to win, Thunder & Lightning will battle it out for $1,000 to win!

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As always, thank you so much for the support & we’ll see you for our season closer at the Line!