The show will go on at Carteret County Speedway and the track will resume racing with events on October 27th and November 17th to close out the 2018 season.
Track owner Bobby Watson remains stable and is home after being hospitalized earlier in September and repairs are underway to facilities at the track damaged by Hurricane Florence. Carteret County Speedway will be ready to race on Saturday, October 27th with the Solid Rock Carriers Race for Recovery presented by C&S Paint Center and Sportsman’s Wholesale.
“This has been a challenging time for both Carteret County Speedway and for the Carteret County, Craven County and Onslow County communities,” Carteret County Speedway public relations director Andy Marquis said. “We have seen both the racing community and the Eastern North Carolina community come together. The outpouring of support for the track and for Bobby Watson has been astonishing and greatly appreciated.”
The Race for Recovery will not just be about racing but also helping to give back the community. Proceeds from each ticket will go to help benefit local hurricane recovery, while also producing a night of family fun for the community.
Pre-race festivities for the Race for Recovery will include a concert by James Carothers, a Nashville recording artist who vocally resembles country music legend George Jones, as well as a Trunk-or-Treat. During an intermission period, the track will host a Halloween costume contest for kids and adults as well.
The Race for Recovery on October 27th will feature racing for Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks and U-CARs will all race for their respective division championships. The Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club and the East Coast Flathead Ford Racing Association will be on hand to bring a blast from racing’s past to the track as well.
The November 17th race will be headlined by the finale for the Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge. Other classes for the Carolina Mini-Stock Championship will be Mini Cups, Legends and Champ Karts. Pre-race festivities will begin at 5pm and racing will begin around 6pm.
Sunday evening, Carteret County Speedway track owner Bobby Watson returned home and was greeted by a congregation of racers and fans alike who gathered for a prayer and support rally. Watson has shown signs of improvement in the past week and remains in stable condition.