Carter Earns CarsPlus Night Win
By Pat Simmons
NC (July 1, 2005) - After a couple of tough starts, the
75-lap Late Model Stock race at Tri-County Motor Speedway got
underway in front of a large crowd of fans and Matt Carter’s
first trip to the speedway this season landed him in victory
lane and was a great prelude to the fireworks show.
Carter came with his Performacecenter built race car and
had to contend with 18 more of the finest Late Model Stock
racers in this part of the country to take the $1500 prize.
Carter has had numerous wins and this was his first Late Model
race in quite sometime. He fields his cars out of the
Travis Carter Enterprises racing stables in Statesville, NC.
the first start Rock Harris and Jason Grant took a spin on the
backstretch, which lined the field up again for a double file
restart. On the next try, Josh Goble, John Martin, Kenny
Campbell, Jackie Buckner, Stan Robinson and Grant tangled in
turn two. Grant and Robinson were unable to continue, ending
their chances of a good finish.
On the next restart, last week’s winner, Jacky Workman,
received the black flag for jumping the flag on the start.
Lee Tissot grabbed the front spot and was able to hang there
until caution came out for debris. On the next restart
Eric Green was the recipient of the dreaded black flag for
made his move around Tissot on lap 16 and then another caution
flew for a spin by John Martin. That wasn’t Martin’s last
spin, as he once again, on lap 38 was facing the wrong
As Carter settled into the lead Rock Harris came knocking
to take second from and would gain on Carter until the caution
would come out twice more to bunch up the field. Carter
had perfected his starts and was able to keep the lead.
Harris had suffered damage in the first tangle at the start of
the race and had come from the back to
the front in less than 20 laps after pitting. Carter was
just a little too much for Harris, the current reigning
champion, to handle. With Carter taking the win and
Harris second, Tissot held on for third and John Reynolds was
fourth. Bill Cassavaugh was fifth, Workman sixth, and
Goble seventh. Eric Green was eighth, Nick Waycaster
ninth and Kenny Campbell tenth. Four of the top five drivers
have champion at the top of their resume’.
the Pepsi Super Stock Challenge, Ricky Brown picked up his
first win after Monty Cox refused to allow officials to look
at his carburetor. Brown was the early leader and gave
up the point to Cox on lap 14.
With Brown getting to roll into
victory lane to celebrate later, Scott Franklin moved up to
second with Brian Stahl posting his best finish in third.
Russell Goforth was fourth and Marshall Sutton fifth.
As the 13 Hudson Superette Street Stocks took to the track
David Manis was quick to take the lead, but Jesse LeFevers was
on his way to the front. Kevin Eby was able to take the
point on lap six and LeFevers was in third. Eby was able
to hold the top spot until lap 21 of the 25 lap event, but
LeFevers made his move and was able to take the lead and keep
it to take the checkered flag. Eby was second with Gary
Ledbetter, Sr. third, and Josh Burchette was fourth.
Manis completed the top five.
Greg Butcher made a rare appearance to take the trophy
and the money but heading up the 15 car field of Mini Stocks.
Butcher was able to take the lead early and leave the rest to
jockey for position. Hank Hefner would earn second with A.J.
Sanders third. Arnold Propst took fourth in a photo
finish with teammate Doug Setzer, who was fifth.
Seventeen Fast and Furious racers came to the green and V.L.
Richardson and Brandon Houck had a major battle for the lead
going early on but Bobby Measmer, Jr. made the trip for his
first time to the speedway and his first win at the track.
Measmer made the most of his trek to Hudson. Ben Smith,
who races regularly with Measmer was second, Chad Miller
third, Wayne Harrington fourth and Houck claimed fifth.
The Tri-County Minis also had their best field of cars this
season and Jeff Banks was once again in victory lane at the
end. Scott Hunter was second, Bill Rector third, Tim
McRae fourth and Tony Taylor fifth.
Tri-County Motor Speedway - July
711 Jimmy Doyle