Caraway Speedway set for opening weekend

SOPHIA – Facility updates at Caraway Speedway will be evident to many fans when the track opens for the 59th season of racing this weekend.

Part of the venue renovations include aluminum seating on the grandstands on the front stretch, replacing wooden bleachers, track officials said.

The track’s “Warrior Weekend” is slated with events Saturday and Sunday.

Carolina Pro Late Models will be the headline class for Saturday’s racing, while the track’s support divisions also will be in action. Carolina Pro Late Models are Late Models with certain engine restrictions.

Challengers will be on the track for a 35-lap race, while there also will be racing for Mini Stocks, UCARs and Bootleggers. Saturday’s racing begins at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, Caraway Speedway’s top division will hold its season-opening competition with Late Models taking part in a 100-lap feature. There will be a 40-lap race for Modifieds with a $1,000 winning prize. Carolina USAC Midgets, a traveling tour, will hold its season opener at the track as part of Sunday’s card.

Yet the main attraction for Sunday, with racing beginning at 2 p.m., might be the SMART Modified Tour.

A total of at least 25 cars are expected to be entered, including Carson Loftin, who’s coming off Saturday’s victory at Florence (S.C.) Motor Speedway. The 15-year-old won the Peanut Patch 99. He was the 2022 track champion for Modifieds at Caraway Speedway.

The entries also are expected to include former NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman, North-South Shootout champion Matt Hirschman and Winston-Salem brothers Burt Myers and Jason Myers. Burt Myers was runner-up Saturday at Florence.

Future renovations touted by speedway officials will include updated lighting, new asphalt and a new spotters’ stand in addition to completing a VIP booth on the fourth turn.

By Randolph Record