Speedway is by all definition a traditional oval. It measure .455 miles with
seven degrees of banking on the straight-aways and 12 degrees in the turns.
Boasting multiple grooves Caraway Speedway will also produce the traditional
excitement that fans and competitors have come to expect from the annual
North-South Shootout TM.
In year’s past, with limited track time at the host speedway, neither the
Southern competitors nor the Northern competitions had a decided advantage.
With the move to Caraway, Southern competitors may have an edge in the 9th
Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout presented in memory of
Charles Kepley. During the 2011 season, the Southern Whelen Modified Tour
will have competed in six events at Caraway.
Additionally, there seems to be no comparative track to Caraway north of the
Mason Dixon line.
“Caraway has more banking than Stafford, and less than Thompson, and it is
shorter than both,” said George Brunnhoelzl III, current point leader of the
Southern Whelen Modified Tour (SWMT).
“Caraway is it’s own thing,” commented fellow SWMT competitor Andy Seuss.
Both George Brunnhoelzl, III and Andy Seuss have logged many miles at
Caraway as well as the tracks up North.
“The move to Caraway is definitely somewhat of an advantage for us,” said
Brunnhoelzl. “But it is balanced out a bit because the tires are different.”
Hoosier Tire South will be bringing a different tire compound to the
North-South Shootout than the southern teams run during their regular season
“These Northern teams are smart,” added Seuss. “If they come with a good
baseline set-up, they will be able to pick it up quickly.”
There is no such “decided advantage” for one Northern competitor. Ted
Christopher has a number of Modified wins at Caraway Speedway including the
Southern Whelen Modified Tour event at the speedway on April 23, 2011.
In year’s past, the North-South Shootout has been all about horsepower. This
year driver ability, set-ups, and strategy will play a big role.
“I believe that the move to Caraway is actually going to make things more
exciting for the fans,” said Seuss. “There will be more potential winners
At press time, Brunnhoelzl has captured a win at Caraway this season while
his teammate Seuss is a two-time winner. Brunnhoelzl and Seuss currently sit
one-and-two respectively in the SWMT point standings.
Whether the Southern teams shine in light of the change or the Northern
teams adapt quickly to continue their dominance of the event, there are a
number of competitors, both North and South, who welcome the move.
“I think it’s good that [C&C Racing Promotions] is changing venues,” said
current Northern Modified Tour point leader, Ronnie Silk. “I think it was
time for a change to be made. It’ll be cool to try and get [the Shootout] at
At press time, Silk has not formally filed an entry for this year’s
“I’d go to [Caraway], “said Ted Christopher, “I’ve won a bunch of races
there. It’s closer, I can get a direct flight to Raleigh-Durham and I know
where the hotels are there. It could be good for me.”
Although Christopher has not formally filed an entry to the North South
Shootout at this time; during his post-race interview in victory lane at
Stafford Motor Speedway he referenced his participation in the event.
Caraway should be good for fans too. Northern followers will get to
experience a new venue, while Southern fans will get a taste of something
different at the Shootout at Caraway.
“This should be a pretty good show for the fans,” added Brunnhoelzl. “We
have never had a race on the Tour where we could change tires. Now that we
can, the cars will be racier. We will be able to dice it up some more.”
Seuss had some advice for the fans-new and old.
“One thing fans do not want to do is leave Caraway Speedway early,” said
Seuss, “with different strategies used by different teams the last laps
usually decide the winner. The North-South Shootout will likely go down to
To take in every lap of action, contact Caraway Speedway at 336-629-5803 to
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. A star-studded field of Late Model
competitors is expected for the 100-lap CRA Super Late Model main event.
SK-Type Modifieds, USA Modifieds and Sportsman will also be part of the
Regular updates and complete information on the upcoming North-South
Shootout can be found on
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