the last several months, a number of changes have been announced for the
ninth annual North-South Shootout ™ for 2011. After eight successful years,
the event has been moved to Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC. There will be
new management in place for the 2011 event and there will be a host of new
Among the new personnel for 2011, competitors will also encounter many
familiar faces. Shootout “veterans” will work alongside Caraway Speedway
officials to ensure fair and equitable treatment to all competitors.
Some long-time Shootout officials will be taking on new responsibilities
while others will remain in their familiar roles. Robert Pettit will serve
as the Race Director under the Caraway Speedway Management for the 2011
installment of the event. Pettit has worked as an official with the
North-South Shootout since its inception. He was a long-time official and
Series Director for Southern Modified Auto Racers Tour (SMART) and continues
to work as a NASCAR official at Bowman Gray Stadium. For the first time, Joe
Larsen, an official with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, will be part of
the team as well.
Larsen joins a full staff that will be available to assist Pettit. Other
staff members are expected to be named in the coming weeks. Additional
information regarding the complete team of officials will be forthcoming.
Jay Shea is joining the Shootout officiating staff for 2011 to oversee all
tech for the SK-Type Modifieds. Shea has been a NASCAR Official at the
Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, CT, for 13 years. He has is
currently the Head Technical Inspector for the SK Modifieds, a position he
has held for the last five season. Assisting Shea will be John Johnson, a
12-year veteran at Stafford.
Dale Wolbrink will remain part of the team handling race weekend
administrative and handicapping tasks. Caraway Speedway officials will
operate in their normal role for the race weekend.
Hoosier Tire South will serve as the official race tire supplier for the
North-South Shootout. A familiar team led by Gary Freeman will work with
racers throughout the weekend. Chad Kepley and his signature red trailers
will be on hand to outfit the competitors and fans alike with North-South
Shootout apparel and other souvenirs.
Despite all these changes, one thing will remain constant, C&C Racing
Promotions’ commitment to the competitors and fans that have made the annual
North-South Shootout one of short track racing’s most prestigious events.
The ninth Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout will be
presented in loving memory of Charles Kepley, the event founder. Keeping
with tradition, the annual event will feature the Tour-Type Modifieds in
125-laps of green flag racing. The Super Late Models, SK-Type Modifieds, and
IMCA Modifieds will also be part of the excitement.
Regular updates and complete information on the upcoming North-South
Shootout can be found on
heartofnorthcarolina.com for area information.