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On November 7-9 the Caraway Speedway will proudly host one of the most prestigious, and best paying Tour-Type Modified events of each season with the running of the 11th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout, with a payoff of more than $60,000 on the line.

The 125-lap green flag laps only event annually brings some of the best drivers from the north to compete against the best southern drivers, and although south drivers are expected to have an advantage since the event was moved to Caraway, north drivers Matt Hirschman and Ryan Preece have earned the two victories at the fast half mile oval.

Among those hoping to change that on November 9 is Andy Seuss, a transplanted northerner who now calls the NASCAR Southern Modified Tour and Salisbury, N.C., home. He has to be considered a favorite as a winner of the last two NWSMT events this season at Caraway.

"I'm real excited for it to be back here this year," Seuss noted following his win on Saturday. "I think it's a good, two groove track. The northern guys have been down here a few times and shown that they're not at any disadvantage.

"The first year they had it here we finished second with the white car. We pretty much ended that year how we're ending this year at Caraway, with two wins. We've got big momentum at this track going into the North-South Shootout."

The weekend activities will also include the PASS South Tour and the IMCA-Type Modifieds. Both will run before the Modifieds to give fans the best views possible for the main event, which pays the winner a minimum of $6,000 and the last place car $1,000.

"Most of the fans come to see the tour Mods so we can get those haulers out so they can see good," explained track owner Darren Hackett. "We did it last year and it worked great, so that's our plan again this year. This is our third year. It's starting to take shape."

The first entry has already been received, coming from Long Island driver J.R. Bertuccio, who finished fourth in Saturday's NWSMT event at Caraway. Many more will follow, to make up the field of Modifieds, with an expected race time of 4:00 PM for the John Blewett III Memorial event.

Teams will be allowed to change two tires at any point during the race, making for what is always a fan friendly race, with teams plotting when to pit.

"I like that it's a change event so you can do your own strategy on when you want to come in," says NWSMT Champion George Brunnhoelzl III. "It will definitely put a little mix into it."

For more information on the 11th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout and a full event schedule, log onto the web at: www.northsouthshootout.com or at www.carawayspeedway.com.

Source: Renee Hackett / Caraway Speedway
Posted: September 30, 2013

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