Reigning Wake County Speedway champion Alex Fleming is hoping to pick up two more victories this weekend when he runs double duty in Eastern North Carolina.
Fleming, 27, from Raleigh, North Carolina won the Late Model championship at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh last season with three victories. This season, Fleming has continued that success with two wins at Wake County and top-five finishes at Dillon Motor Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park.
“We’ve had a really good season so far and we hope to continue the ‘new winners list’ this week at Carteret County,” Fleming said. “I am looking forward to representing Wake County Speedway and Accent Imaging well and we hope to bring the trophy back to Raleigh.”
Fleming is hoping to add two more wins this weekend.
Fleming will be racing at Carteret County Speedway on Saturday for the first time in his career and will also race his Late Model, which he calls Bandit, at Wake County Speedway on Friday night.
“Racing back to back is definitely going to be challenging,” Fleming remarked. “We haven’t done that in a while. We just have to stay focused and stay cool, especially with the weather being so hot racing two days in a row is going to be brutal. I’m looking forward to it though, and I know we can have good results if we just stay on top of our game and don’t beat ourselves.”
When Fleming unloads on Saturday, it will be the first time he has seen Carteret County Speedway since the track’s completion last summer. Despite that, he expects to be fast and is confident he will be contending for the win.
“I went to Carteret about five years ago before it was finished, but I haven’t seen the track since it’s been in operation,” Fleming explained. “We’ve talked a lot about what it’s going to take to make the car fast there, and I think we’ll show up close right off the truck. I have a lot of confidence in what we have been doing this year and there isn’t any reason it shouldn’t continue at Carteret.
“The halfway break is going to throw a curveball for everyone, the first half of the race will be ‘who can go the slowest’ and then we’ll have a 30 lap shootout.”
Fleming believes that there are some similarities between Wake County, which is a semi-banked quarter-mile track, and the flat, 4/10-mile Carteret County Speedway and does not believe he will have to make major adjustments to run both races.
“Carteret has less banking, but newer pavement,” Fleming commented. “I think those two will be an even wash and a couple small setup changes should bring the car back in balance.”
Fleming is hoping to do more than just win. He wants to build up both racetracks in hopes of getting drivers to compete at both Wake County Speedway, which traditionally races on Friday nights, and Carteret County Speedway.
“Hopefully us coming down there to show our support will attract some of the Carteret locals to come race at Wake County in the next couple of races.”
If Fleming wins at Carteret County, he will become the fifth different winner in five Late Model races at the Crystal Coast short track. Clay Jones, Chris Burns, Joshua Yeoman and Tyler Matthews have all scored victories at Carteret County Speedway.