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Caraway moves holiday event to late January

Caraway moves holiday event to late January

SOPHIA – The 36th edition of Caraway Speedway’s Thanksgiving Classic has been postponed for about two months. Last Sunday’s version of the event was called off because of expected rainy weather. So Russell Hackett’s Original Thanksgiving Classic has been moved to Jan. 29. Afternoon races will be scheduled for UCARs, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Late Models, Challengers, Bootleggers and Enduros. “We are dealing with a special event with this race,” track owner Darren Hackett said. “Russell Hackett’s Thanksgiving Classic has been a staple of the Caraway Speedway schedule for 35 years and we don’t want to break the season-ending tradition…
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Hirschman wins again in North-South Shootout

Hirschman wins again in North-South Shootout

Matt Hirschman, right, celebrates another victory in the North-South Shootout. (Courtesy photo) SOPHIA – Matt Hirschman added to his championship haul in the North-South Shootout. Hirschman, a driver from Pennsylvania, became an eight-time winner of the 20-year event with Saturday’s victory at Caraway Speedway. Burt Myers of Winston-Salem placed second, while fast qualifier Patrick Emerling, a New Yorker, was third. Emerling’s qualifying team was 15.919 seconds, edging Hirschman, Kyle Scisco, Caleb Heady and Brian Loftin. Jimmy Blewett briefly led the 125-lap feature, while Myers held the front spot for 43 laps. Following a caution that ended the race for Jeremy…
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Beard, Loftin, Crigger among Caraway Speedway champions

Beard, Loftin, Crigger among Caraway Speedway champions

SOPHIA – Track champions were determined Saturday night in the regular-season finale at Caraway Speedway. Only one of the season-long champions actually won the last race in his respective division. Here’s a look at how it unfolded: In Late Models, Coy Beard secured his second track championship in three seasons after driving Donnie Apple’s No. 8 car to a second-place finish. Jeff Sparks won Saturday’s race, with Cade Brown in third. Tony Black was the runner-up points and Apple ended up third with Daniel Schadt fourth and Jeffrey Wood fifth. In Modifieds, Carson Loftin placed seventh in the last race…
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Final points races set for Caraway season

Final points races set for Caraway season

SOPHIA – Championship night has nearly arrived at Caraway Speedway. Track champions will be determined Saturday night at the speedway. After some weather-related cancelations involving scheduled race nights at the track, this should be a busy regular-season finale. Races are set for Late Models (60 laps), Modifieds (35), Challengers (35), Mini Stocks (20), UCARs (15), Legacy (25), Bootleggers (10) and Enduro (10). Some classes haven’t raced since August at the track. Meanwhile, the build-up is continuing in advance of the 20th edition of the North-South Shootout, which is scheduled for Nov. 4-5 at the speedway. Modified competitors will be chasing…
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Area sports briefs: Charlotte teen wins Asheboro tourney; Caraway card wiped out

Area sports briefs: Charlotte teen wins Asheboro tourney; Caraway card wiped out

ASHEBORO – Neel Ladde of Charlotte won the Junior Amateur golf tournament during the weekend at Asheboro Municipal Golf Course. Ladde posted a total of 107 for 27 holes in the tournament that was reduced because of weather interfering. He had rounds of 36 and 71. Second place went to Lexington’s Steele Fischer (38-78) with 116 and third place went to Eastern Randolph rising senior Connor Carter (41-76) with 117. The 13-18-year-old age group had seven entrants, marking it the largest group in the tournament. Some golfers completed 12 holes before storms suspended play Saturday, so only the first nine…
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Black snags two victories at Caraway

Black snags two victories at Caraway

SOPHIA – Tony Black won twice in the Late Models division in feature races Saturday night at Caraway Speedway. Black finished ahead of runner-up Donnie Apple in both races. It was a racing card stocked with twin features. In 602 Modifieds, Carson Loftin won the first race and Cody Norman ended up second. The order among the top two spots was flipped in the second race, with Norman prevailing and Loftin taking second. In Mini Stocks, Jimmy Crigger was the winner of the first race. In the other race in the division, Rudy Hartley won at the track for the…
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Sanders shows stuff in Caraway return

Sanders shows stuff in Caraway return

Josh Waldron and team members celebrate a weekend victory in the Challenger series at Caraway Speedway. (Courtsey photo) SOPHIA – A.J. Sanders, past standout as a Caraway Speedway regular, was the winner in Saturday night’s Mini Stocks race at the track. Sanders topped points leader Jimmy Crigger, who was second in the 40-lap event. Tommy Raino placed third. Josh Waldron, a fill-in driver, claimed the race in the Challenger series. Waldron was a substitute for Archie Adams Sr. as part of the “Caraway Strong” program. Toby Lane placed second, followed by Raino. Crigger and Raino had busy nights because they…
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Postrace inspections alter Caraway Speedway results

Postrace inspections alter Caraway Speedway results

SOPHIA – Twice the first driver across the finish line didn’t end up the winner during Caraway Speedway’s slate of racing Saturday night. In the Challenger division, Fletcher Whaley was the first-race winner after Nathan Bess, who was first to cross the line, was disqualified via a postrace inspection. In the UCAR class, Josh Phillips prevailed courtesy of front runners Josh Williams and Troy Ring disqualified in postrace inspections. Other races had more conventional outcomes during the double-points racing that included select classes. Gary Ledbetter Jr. captured the first place in the 50-lap Mid-Atlantic Street Stocks feature. Jeff Sparks was…
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Apple pulls off Caraway surprise

Apple pulls off Caraway surprise

Donnie Apple claimed the checkered flag by winning a feature Saturday night at Caraway Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Caraway Speedway) SOPHIA – Donnie Apple turned back the clock and won a Late Models feature Saturday night at Caraway Speedway. Apple, 60, tied in qualifying with points leader Coy Beard. Apple won a coin toss for the coveted top starting spot and went on to win the 35-lap race. Beard placed second. Ross Dalton, who was third in the first race, captured the second feature while holding off Tony Black. Beard was third in that race. There was a familiar tone…
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Causey comes from back to capture Caraway victory

Causey comes from back to capture Caraway victory

Heath Causey, left, celebrates his Late Models victory Saturday night at Caraway Speedway. (Courtesy photo) SOPHIA – Heath Causey emerged at the front at the right time to win Saturday’s Late Models feature at Caraway Speedway. Causey was at the back of the 15-car field before making his moves. Garrett Campbell, Coy Beard and Justin Hicks all held the lead at some point during the 75 laps. Beard ended up second and Chase Murphy turned in his best finish at the track in third place, followed by Tristian McKee and Ronnie Riggs. In the Mini Stocks race, Rudy Hartley roared…
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