November 07,2015

Saturday Nights are Meant for Racing

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Saturday Nights are Meant for Racing


Saturday nights are meant for racing and Carter Stokes was behind the wheel of his Chevy-powered Rocket for some dirt late model racing with the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL. Known as the "World's Fastest Half Mile", you need to bring your 'A Game' when you roll through the gates of VSP.

Stokes laid down a blistering pair of qualifying laps missing the top spot in his group by only 0.049 seconds. His runner-up time earned him a front row starting spot for the heat race. Starting outside of row 1 can be bittersweet. Of course it's a nice view, but because this was the first heat race, the outside groove hadn't come in yet. The first trip through turn 1 was a little sketchy and it cost Stokes a position. The rest of the 10- lap heat was fairly drama-free and Stokes brought the MEDIAMIX365, Stokes Construction Chevy home to a P3 finish.

When the feature lineup set by the heat races, Stokes found himself starting from the 7th position for the night's 50-lap main event. With the green flag in the air, 20 fire -breathing late models sailed off into turn 1. And beileve-it-or-not, 20 made it through. The field ran 14 laps before the first caution which is a testament to the high quality of races who were in attendance. Stokes kept his nose clean and ran in the top 10 all night. The best opportunities for advancdment seemed to come on the restarts and that's where Stokes did his best work. As the field completed lap 33, the skies opened up and washesd out the track in a matter of seconds. The race was cut short and ended what we hoped would be a podium finish for Team33. In the end, Stokes earned a P5 finish in his hot rod Chevy.

Thank you to all of our sponors for making this possible! Stokes Construction, MEDIAMIX365, Atlantis Contractors and Richard Childress Racing.

Make sure you stay up to date on all of the latest news and upcoming races. Lots of racing this month. 50th Annual Governor's Cup Pro Late model race at New Smyrna Speedway this weekend the 14th ! NeSMITH Chevy Crates in Ocala; and Turkey 100 in Swainsboro, GA. and follow Carter on Twitter @carter_stokes