SWANSBORO, NC – Carteret County Speedway racers and fans alike gathered on Sunday in an astonishing display of support for track owner Bobby Watson.
Throughout the afternoon, fans and racers congregated upon Carteret County Speedway upon the news that Watson would be returning to the track at some point on Sunday. While there, many helped pick up loose pieces of debris around the track left by Hurricane Florence. Many of the racers who came to the track unloaded their racecars as well for a pre-planned parade lap.
Watson was transported from Vidant Hospital in Greenville, North Carolina to the track with a state police escort. At Carteret County Speedway, everyone on hand gathered in a circle to say a prayer for Watson before racers got strapped in their cars. Watson’s transport arrived with North Carolina state police patrol cars and classic cars.
As Watson’s transport entered the track for a parade lap, drivers fired their engines and joined in the parade lap. Appropriately, “Mountains” by Lonestar then “Jesus Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood were playing on the track’s public-address system. Following the parade lap, Watson raised his arm to wave to everyone while Bob Lowery gathered everyone once more for a prayer.
Lowery said the next race at Carteret County Speedway would take place on Saturday, October 27th.