Camden Gullie will not take part in the final two races on the Solid Rock Carriers CARS LMSC Tour schedule after his #01 Ford sustained significant crash damage at Carteret County Speedway on Sept. 12.
Although Gullie is disappointed that he will not be able to race at Florence Motor Speedway or Greenville-Pickens Speedway, he hopes to run a few more events in North Carolina now that COVID-19 restrictions are being eased by governor Roy Cooper.
“We may run some Friday night races Ace with the other chassis we have,” Gullie said. “I also want to run some races at Orange County, but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen yet. I haven’t had those discussions with my dad or anyone else at the shop, but if we did run anywhere, it would probably be the local tracks in Ace and Orange County.”
Gullie took part in his first full-time season with the CARS LMSC Tour in 2019 and recorded three Top 10 finishes at Carteret County, Orange County Speedway and South Boston Speedway, but he elected to scale back his schedule in the series for 2020.
Gullie’s first appearance during the 2020 CARS LMSC Tour season came in the division’s first race back from the COVID-19 pandemic-induced break at Ace Speedway on June 6, where he was tasked with carving his way through the field after qualifying 27th.
While Gullie was unable to contend with the front-runners in Bobby McCarty, Layne Riggs and eventual race-winner Ryan Millington, he successfully avoided the late-race chaos that included McCarty getting turned while leading by the lapped car of Josh Berry to obtain his fourth career CARS LMSC Tour Top 10.
After skipping the next four races on the schedule, Gullie returned to the CARS LMSC Tour on Aug. 29 for the VisitHampton.com 125 at Langley Speedway, but he struggled to find speed in his Late Model during the weekend and finished a lap down in 20th.
Gullie was hoping to rebound with a strong run in the Solid Rock Carriers 125 at Carteret County, but his night, and by extension his season, prematurely ended on Lap 42 of the event after he was collected in an accident with Matt Cox when Brandon Pierce missed a shift at the front of the field.
Despite only accumulating one Top 10 in three starts, Gullie believes that he and his team showed tremendous improvement and is confident that he will break into the Top 5 on a more regular basis in 2021 with what he hopes will be with a new car and a full-time sponsor.
“I’m definitely looking for that first win still,” Gullie said. “If we close the deal with this sponsor and are able to get a new car, then I think we’ll be a lot better next year. We have to finish in the Top 5 consistently and hopefully those wins will start to come naturally for us. Maybe we’ll even be able to run for the championship.”
The CARS LMSC Tour will take part in the penultimate race of the 2020 season on Saturday night with the Aaron’s 250 at Florence, which will get underway after the SLM feature.