A full field of Late Models races to the green flag at the start of a 2020 race at Carteret County Speedway. (Eric Creel photo)

PELETIER, NC – Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway has released its list of dates for the 2021 season, which will kick off on Saturday, April 3rd.

There are 19 dates tentatively scheduled for the 2021 season, which begins in early-April and concludes in mid-December.  The traditional Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend races, which are held on Sunday nights, remain on the schedule in 2021.

While divisions for the season schedule are still to be announced, two races have already been announced and confirmed.  The Carolina Pro Late Model Series will race on Saturday, June 19th, bringing Super Late Model cars to Carteret County Speedway for the second time in speedway history, and the Southern Modified Auto Racing Tour will bring some of the biggest names in Modified racing to the Crystal Coast on Sunday, September 5th as part of the Bobby Watson Memorial Celebration.

“We are looking forward to an exciting 2021 season and looking forward to having our great fans back in the stands, our drivers back at the track, and showcasing all of our sponsors and partners,” track owner Bob Lowery said.  “We have a lot of exciting races coming up, such as the SMART Modified Tour and the Carolina Pro Late Model Series, and we’ll have other events at the track throughout the year.”

The 2021 season comes on the heels of a tumultuous 2020 season, which started in June due to the coronavirus pandemic and was ultimately shortened as a result of restrictions implemented by the State of North Carolina to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“Last year was extremely difficult and we are thankful to all our racers, fans, and sponsors who stuck with us through all the difficulties,” Lowery said.  “We are hopeful to get a full season of racing in this year with more and more people getting vaccinated, and we hope every track in this country is able to race and be successful this year.”

Carteret County Speedway attempted to work with nearby tracks to avoid schedule conflicts and will attempt to work with nearby tracks on a common rules package that will benefit racers across the tri-state region.

“We reached out to other tracks and communicated with them and moved several dates around to accommodate them, which ultimately held us up on releasing our schedule sooner,” Lowery said.  “Unfortunately, that cooperation has been a one-way street so far, but we will continue to do everything we can to work together and do what’s best for the racers in the area.”

A more detailed schedule and the rules for each division racing at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway will be released in the coming days.

2021 Race Dates

Saturday, April 3rd
Saturday, April 17th
Saturday, May 1st
Saturday, May 15th
Sunday, May 30th
Saturday, June 5th
Saturday, June 19th
Saturday, July 3rd
Saturday, July 17th
Saturday, July 31st
Saturday, August 7th
Saturday, August 21st
Sunday, September 5th
Saturday, September 18th
Saturday, October 2nd
Saturday, October 16th
Saturday, October 30th
Saturday, November 13th
Saturday, December 11th

(Schedule subject to change.)

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