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Carolina Pro Late Model Series to Race at Carteret County Speedway in 2021

Carolina Crate Modifieds will also compete at Carteret, making the June 19th race one of the biggest races in speedway history

Eric Creel | STS

PELETIER, NC – One of the newest and most exciting series in short track racing will be invading Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway on June 19, 2021.

The Carolina Pro Late Model Series and the brand-new Carolina Crate Modified Series will both make their inaugural visits in the June 19th event.  It will be the second time in speedway history that both straight rail chassis (Super Late Model) cars and Modifieds will compete at the track.

“We’re excited that the 2021 season, we’re going to have one of the newest and best series roll into Carteret County Speedway,” speedway owner Bob Lowery said.  “It is our commitment to bring of the finest racing to Eastern North Carolina.  We’re happy that Keith Graham has added our track to his schedule, and we will be working on other incentives for this race to make it one of the biggest races in our history.”

Keith Graham started the series in 2020 after racers had approached him about forming a more affordable class of Super Late Model racing.  The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) had raced in the south with a similar rules package before disbanding their southern Super Late Model tour.  The Carolina Pro Late Model Series runs Super Late Model chassis racecars with crate motors, making the series budget-friendly for racers.

“I’m super excited about coming to Carteret,” Graham said.  “It’s been a track that the series has been interested in coming to since we started in 2020.  Bob and the track staff being excited about coming makes us even more excited about coming, especially with the open arms of the Carteret County Speedway community.”

The Carolina Pro Late Model Series runs with affordability in mind and, in its inaugural season, the tour drew some heavy hitters – including Carson Kvapil, who is the son of 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil, NASCAR Cup Series driver Garrett Smithley, Nick Loden, Kodie Conner, Amber Lynn, Toni Breidinger, and former Carteret County Speedway winner William Cox, III, among others.  On top of affordability and big names, the series produced breathtaking action in its inaugural season at a variety of different tracks.

The last time straight rail cars ran at Carteret County Speedway was in 2017 in a race won by Jody Measamer.  That event also featured standout driver Gracie Trotter, who became the first woman to win an ARCA Menards Series event earlier this year in Nevada.

The Carolina Crate Modified Series races with a similar vision as the Carolina Pro Late Model Series – affordable for racers and exciting for fans.  That series’ event will mark the second Modified race in speedway history.  The last Modified race at Carteret was in October 2015, a race won by another former NASCAR winner, Cale Gale.

Both tours will run on the same night and are just two of multiple different series that will be coming to Carteret County Speedway during the 2021 season.  The full 2021 schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

To learn more about the Carolina Pro Late Model Series and Carolina Crate Modified Series, visit the tour’s website at carolinalatemodels.com and follow the series on Facebook.

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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