Caraway set to begin with Dogwood 250

SOPHIA – Caraway Speedway opens its 58th season of stock-car racing Sunday with the running of the Dogwood 250.

The Dogwood 250 will feature 100-lap features for the SMART Modified Tour and the speedway’s regular Late Models plus a 50-lapper for the 602 Modifieds. Legend cars and Bandoleros also are on the card. Racing is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

The speedway used the Dogwood 250 name to honor the early spring events once held at Martinsville Speedway in the heyday of Modified and Late Model sportsman racing, according to information from the speedway.

Many of the SMART Modified Tour regulars will be on hand to compete for their season title. Tim Brown returns to Caraway Speedway in the Team 25 Racing seat vacated by Bobby Labonte’s move to Stanley-Sadler Racing.

2022 SMART champion Caleb Heady returns to defend his title. 2021 SMART champion Burt Myers and his brother Jason Myers should be entered. Matt Hirschman is expected to enter along with past Caraway winner Gary Putnam plus Spencer Davis, Michael Ritch and others.

2022 Caraway 602 Modified champion Carson Loftin is expected to be in action.

The speedway’s official 2023 season begins March 19 with racing in the track’s regular divisions – Late Models, Challengers, Modifieds, Stock 4s, UCARs, Bootleggers, Legends and Bandoleros. That also has a 2:30 p.m. start time.

Saturday night racing begins March 25.

By Randolph Record