Dalton drives to victory in Caraway opener

SOPHIA – Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton of Liberty won the 100-lap feature for the Late Models division at Caraway Speedway on Sunday afternoon in the 58th season-opening event.

After past weather-related postponements, the track’s first event of the season was skated to consist of a total of 270 laps of racing.

Dalton survived a skirmish with Blaise Brinkley late in the feature to finish ahead of Jason York and Toby Lane. Eric Wallace finished fourth ahead of Brian Rose and Camden Thomas.

Jaxson Casper captured the victory in the Modifieds feature. Rookie Justice Calabro, who was in his debut with GrayCo Performance Racing, finished second ahead of early race leader Cody Norman. Josh Lowder was the fast qualifier, but he finished in the pits and in 10th place.

In Challengers, Allen Vance started the season on a winning note. The runner-up was Anthony Bennett and third place went to D.J. Dean.

Steven Collins took the victory in UCARs ahead of Daniel Hughes.

In Bootleggers, Jon Morton was the winner and Steven Collins was the runner-up.

In Legends Car, Alex Meggs drove to the victory ahead of Conner Yonchuk.

In the Bandolero class, Bryson Brinkley was first and Alison Johnson took second.

For many drivers, it was the beginning of a hectic stretch near the start of the season.

For instance, Luke Baldwin was entered in the Modifieds that was the beginning of five races across two weeks for the Tommy Baldwin Racing team.

On Saturday night, the SMART Modified tour roars into Caraway Speedway for the Warrior 100. This will be the second 2023 race on the SMART circuit after last weekend’s weather-related postponement of the Lonesome Pine card in Coeburn, Va.

Also on the docket for Saturday is racing for Challengers, UCARs, Modifieds and Mini Stocks.

By Randolph Record