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Burt Myers won a sixth career Bowman Gray Track Championship this season, and he finished off the NASCAR season with a race win, but a return to victory lane in the 11th annual $60,000 John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout on November 9 remains his biggest challenge.

Blewett won the NSS in 2008 and 2009, but he has struggled to find success at the Caraway, North Carolina track, which hosts the North-South Shootout for a third consecutive season next month. Myers set fast time and led 62 laps in the most recent Caraway NWSMT race, but the Walnut Cove, N.C., driver has struggled to find victory lane there.

"It's always a race that we look forward to," Myers said following his pole run last month. "It's kind of a free for all. The best of the north and the best of the south trying to come together. We're looking forward to it.

"We put a lot of effort into testing and trying to get our cars to where they need to be here. For as many tour races as they run down here, and with the North-South Shootout being here, this is a track you definitely have to be good at so I hope we're on the money."

Myers will have to be on his game if he hopes to win a third shootout crown because he will be up against Race of Champions stars Matt Hirschman and Chuck Hossfeld, who have had a couple of seasons to familiarize themselves with Caraway Speedway.

There is also great interest in the race from the Valenti Modified Racing Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams, who just concluded their points seasons on Sunday in Thompson, Conn. The race is 125 green flag laps, with a pit stop for two tires allowed during the race.

"You can't really make a plan," Myers said. "You've just got to kind of take it as it comes. It's just a tricky situation. I've seen it won by staying out and I've seen it won by pitting early. You just don't know. You have to take it one step at a time as it comes to you."

The feature events will be run on Saturday, November 9, allowing for a Sunday rain date if necessary. Practice is allowed on Thursday, November 7, with qualifying on Friday, November 8.

A practice session and pit party will precede the feature events on Saturday, beginning with the PASS South Tour feature around 2:00 PM, followed by the IMCA-type Modified race and then the 11th annual John Blewett North-South Shootout and 125 green flag laps of intense tour-type Modified racing at approximately 4:00 PM.

For more information on the NSS at Caraway Speedway, which is now less than three weeks away, log onto our web site at: www.carawayspeedway.com. You can also find the complete event schedule and more on the NSS history, which is a production of C&C Racing Promotions at: www.northsouthshootout.com.

Source: Kevin Rice / North-South Shootout
Posted: October 22, 2013

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