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Stage set for Late Model opener at Carteret County Speedway

Andy Marquis | CCS

Late Models will take to Carteret County Speedway on Saturday night for its first race of the season with a handful of changes in the books.

Carteret County’s Late Model program will run under the Southeast Limited Late Model rulebook, similar to the rules from the inaugural season in 2016.  In addition to the rules changes, the Late Model division will run on the harder, more durable Hoosier F-50 tire.

“We got a lot of feedback from racers and decided to go back to what worked in 2016,” track owner Bobby Watson said.  “We’re glad to be running on the F-50 tire.  I think it will produce better racing and, in the long run, will be more beneficial to racers and teams.”

A set of race tires will run $450 while practice tires will run $150 per tire.  The rules are posted on the Carteret County Speedway website.

The Late Models will run for 100 laps with a 15 minute intermission at halfway.  The East Coast Flathead Ford Association, Champ Karts, Mini-Stocks, U-CARs and Mini Cups will also be in action on Saturday.  The green flag will fly at 7 p.m.

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Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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