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Stacked Entry List Set for SMART Modified Season Opener

Bobby Labonte and Matt Hirschman headline the 2021 season opener

Sunday afternoon at Caraway Speedway is essentially a homecoming party for 2000 NASCAR Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte.

It’s also the highly anticipated season opener for the Southern Modified Auto Racing Teams.

There are a growing number of other Tour Type Modified drivers currently poised to challenge Labonte in his first race back as a full-time driver and at his home track. Labonte first took a green flag at Caraway in 1980 in a Sportsman Division race ultimately won by Dale Earnhardt.

Labonte claimed the track’s 1987 championship and now seeks a competitive run in his pursuit of the SMART Modified championship.

Standing in his way will be southern Tour Type Modified regulars Jeremy Gerstner, Brian Loftin, Tim Brown, Jason and Burt Myers, Tom Buzze, Jr., Frank Fleming and Mike Norman. John Smith will debut a new car owned by Buddy Ellis.

The early favorite has to be defending World Series of Asphalt champion Matt Hirschman. Other veteran outsiders include Jeff Fultz, Ronnie Williams and Caleb Heady in the 7NY owned by Tommy Baldwin. CARS Tour Super Late Model champion Jared Fryar will also race alongside Dennis Holdren, Gary Putnam and Daniel Beeson.

It’s a legitimately strong field for the first race of the new season.

The card also includes 602 Modifieds, Mini Stock and Charger Late Models. Racing begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Caraway.

  1. 04 Brandon Ward
  2. 07 Dennis Holdren
  3. 1 Burt Myers
  4. 3 Danny Propst
  5. 4 Jason Myers
  6. 5 Tom Buzze, Jr.
  7. 7NY Caleb Heady
  8. 8 Darin Redmon
  9. 12 Mike Norman
  10. 14 Bobby Messmer
  11. 15 Brian Loftin
  12. 17 Chuck Hossfeld
  13. 18 Daniel Yates
  14. 22 Jimmy Wallace
  15. 24 John Smith
  16. 24 Andrew Harrah
  17. 25 Bobby Labonte
  18. 39 Carlos Gray
  19. 40 Frank Fleming
  20. 44 Daniel Beeson
  21. 44 Jared Fryar
  22. 50 Michael Clifton
  23. 55 Jeremy Gerstner
  24. 75 Lee Jeffries
  25. 77 Gary Putnam
  26. 79 James Civali
  27. 83 Tim Brown
  28. 92 Brodie Jones
  29. 99 Ronnie Williams

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.



  1. Fred Wilcox

    March 12, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Much hype about Bobby Labonte driving a modified. His actual debut was last November at Florence Speedway (SC) in the SMART sanctioned event.

  2. Matt Weaver

    March 13, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    We know! There’s a story on the website about it.

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