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Jonathan McKennedy Awarded “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” at Northeast Motorsports Expo

Augusta, Maine – At this past weekend’s 29th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo, open wheel Modified standout Jonathan McKennedy was awarded the “Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year”.

Sponsored by Mainely Motorsports Television, ( and its popular Host Steve Perry, the honor is a tell-tale of top-Series driver results from the past season.

Host Steve Perry explained, “The Premier Touring Series Driver of the Year” is a comparison of best season to best season of all our top New England drivers from ACT, MRS, NASCAR, and PASS competition.

“During the 2016 season,” continued Perry, “this driver stood out above all the rest.

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Myers Wants Bragging Rights in “The Big One” at Concord

Southern Modified Driver Looking for Third North South Shootout Win

(Concord, North Carolina) – For 12 years now, the North-South Shootout has been the race that brings together the best in Modified racing from the two hotbeds of ground-pounding action. Only two of those 12 years has the winner of the race been a resident from the south, and both of those times the winner’s name was Burt Myers.

With the return of the race to Concord Speedway (NC), Myers is hoping to put the south back on top for the first time in five years when the checkered flag waves for the 13th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout for the Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds on November 7.

“I was really excited to hear about it getting moved back to Concord,” said Myers. “Not only is that one of the best race tracks that Modifieds have ever been on, it’s a fun race track. I think it’s more exciting for the fans, it’s a unique race and of course we run well there so there’s a lot of positives going into it. Earlier this year we won the KOMA race there, too. So yeah, I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Bobby Santos to Drive for Rob Fuller Motorsports in North-South Shootout

Santos Returning to LFR Chassis Modified For Second Time This Year

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 29, 2015) – Rob Fuller Motorsports will have an experienced racing veteran behind the wheel of its No. 15 modified during the upcoming North-South Shootout event at Concord Speedway on November 6-7, as Bobby Santos is slated to make his return to an LFR Chassis machine. Santos, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, previously competed in an LFR Chassis modified at Oswego Speedway back in April.

“I’m looking forward to working with Bobby again at Concord Speedway,” said Rob Fuller, team owner. “Oswego Speedway was a last minute deal at a track I’d never been to on a tire we had never run before, and we still wound up second in practice there, so to go to a track we are both familiar with should be fun. It’s a great weekend of modified racing with both north and south teams competing. We should have four LFR Chassis cars in the field, which is double what it normally is, so I’m looking forward to watching everyone work together and see how we stack up at the end of the day.”

Santos’ first run in an LFR Chassis at Oswego Speedway did not go as planned, as he got swept up in an accident during a heat-race early on in the racing weekend. The North-South Shootout entry now provides him with a chance at redemption.
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Recently Crowned NWMT Champ Heading South for a Shootout

Three-time Champion Coby Looking for North-South Shootout Win

Concord, North Carolina — It’s been nearly six years since Doug Coby has taken a shot at winning the North-South Shootout. The last time the Milford, Connecticut driver made the trip south to North Carolina for the end-of-year event was in 2009 when he finished third at Concord Speedway.

A lot of things have changed since Coby’s last visit to the North-South Shootout. The race itself was moved to Sophia, North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway in 2011. He won his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in 2012. Then he won another in 2014. Now, Coby is now fresh off clinching his third NWMT title last weekend, the race is moving back to Concord and Coby is making the trip south once again to compete for the $10,000 payday in the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Modified event November 6-7.

“I’m very excited to get down there,” Coby said. “It’s my absolute favorite track to race on, and it’s my favorite end of year race. I’m very glad that we’re going with the 2 car. We’re taking the car that we just won Thompson with.”

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Lia to Enter Tri-Track, North-South Shootout

Donny Lia of Jericho, NY will look to keep his recent consistency going. He has scored the second-most points (200 to Doug Coby’s 208) since the last visit to Thompson. For the fifth time in his career, he has five consecutive top tens with a 4.4 average finish. Lia has 3 wins, 12 top fives, and 17 top tens in 37 Thompson starts.

The two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion is in his first season driving the No. 8 Sypher Construction / Bardahl LFR for Mark Sypher.Lia is eighth in points with 6 top fives and 8 top tens in 14 starts entering the season finale, the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson. It is his best standing since sixth after the Spring Sizzler at Stafford.

According to Crew Chief Danny Laferriere, Lia will enter the Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series October 25 at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl and the 13th Annual John Blewett, III Memorial North-South Shootout at Concord (NC) Speedway November 7.

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Brunnhoelzl Returning to Concord Seeking North-South Shootout Win

Four-Time NASCAR Southern Modified Champion Eager for Concord Return

Concord, North Carolina — The last time George Brunnhoelzl, III raced at North Carolina’s daunting Concord Speedway tri-oval was the last time the North-South Shootout was held there in 2010. He finished third that day and now he’s looking to go a couple spots better when he heads back to Concord for the 13th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout Tour-Type Modified event on November 7.

After the 2010 season, the North-South Shootout was moved to Sophia, North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway. Now that the race is back to its original home of Concord in 2015, Brunnhoelzl has his eyes solely focused on the $10,000 winner’s prize.

“I love Concord,” said Brunnhoelzl. “That’s my favorite track and the fact that they moved the race there is the reason we are going to run it. There’s no race track like it. It’s fast, it’s different, it’s fun, there’s multiple grooves and you can pass. It’s just an all-around awesome track.”
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It’s “Showtime” for “Ole Blue” at the North-South Shootout

Concord, North Carolina — When the green flag falls to start this year’s John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway, the Boehler Racing Enterprises team will be able to tell their driver, “It’s Showtime.”

Jimmy “Showtime” Blewett and Michael Boehler are partnering together to have Blewett drive the famous “Ole Blue” No. 3 machine in this year’s $10,000-to-win Tour-Type Modified main event on November 7.

The North-South Shootout is Blewett’s first event planned in his return to asphalt racing. Blewett had been running dirt Modifieds in the Northeast for the last two years after a successful pavement career that included a North-South Shootout SK Modified victory in 2007.

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Preece Victorious in North-South Shootout at Caraway

SOPHIA, NC — A small but competitive field of Modifieds ran for the $6,000 payday at the Caraway Speedway and at the end of the 125 lap grind, Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT sat in victory lane in the Ed Partridge owned number six. Preece said “I feel like I just won the lottery, this dedicated team turned this car around in five days to come here. This win is for John Blewett.” When asked about having five time North South shootout winner Matt Hirschman behind him for the last 25 laps, Preece said “All I could think about was keeping the number 60 (Hirschman) behind me. To beat Matt means a lot.”

Hirschman of Northampton PA, who started from the pole after setting fast time of 15.699 at 104.3 mph, was out raced by Preece on lap one, but used a lap 82 restart to take over the top spot. It looked like Hirschman was on his way to victory number six in the N-S shootout until Preece took command on a lap 99 restart.

Preece and Hirschman ran bumper to bumper with Hirschman using the chrome horn a number of times, but couldn’t pull off the pass for the lead and had to settle for second place. “I came up a little bit short, I cost us the win, I had all good restart up until the last one. For a lot of the laps Ryan and I were pretty equal. I’m disappointed we couldn’t get the win, I did tap him a couple of times but I wasn’t going to spin him,” Hirschman said.

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Ryan Preece Enters North-South Shootout with His New Team

2012 Shootout Winner to Make Debut with TS Haulers Team at Caraway

Sophia, North Carolina — Fresh off of two straight wins to close out the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, 2013 NWMT champion Ryan Preece is the latest name to be added to the 12th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout entry list.

Preece, of Berlin, Connecticut, will go for a second North-South Shootout victory at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway on November 1 behind the wheel of the No. 6 TS Haulers machine owned by Ed Partridge. Preece will drive the No. 6 car full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2015, but first he will be aiming for a second North-South Shootout victory.

“I’m excited,” said Preece. “It’s a head start on what’s going to be going on in 2015 with the No. 6 team. It’s going to be a new chapter with them and there would be no better way to kick things off than with a North-South Shootout win.”

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Watch All the North-South Shootout Action Live on 51 TV

Live Pay-Per-View Video Broadcast of Modifieds & More from Caraway

Sophia, North Carolina — The North-South Shootout is a destination event for fans of Modifieds, Super Late Model s and more. The November 1 event at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway features cars, drivers, crews and fans from all over the map and has since its inception in 2003.

Now, as the event celebrates its 12th annual edition, more fans than ever will have the opportunity to witness the prestigious North-South Shootout.

51 TV, the live video broadcasting network from, will broadcast all of the racing action from the North-South Shootout on Saturday, November 1 for the passionate short track fans unable to make the trip to Sophia, North Carolina. The pay-per-view broadcast will bring the 12th Annual John Blewett II Memorial North-South Shootout Modified feature, the PASS South Super Late Models and more to a worldwide audience on 51 TV.

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Difilippo Campains for SK Lights at North South Shootout

Gino Difilippo, Jr. of Riverside, NJ has taken an active role in the SK Light Modifieds this season. The RH2Way President is spearheading the effort to get an SK Light Modified race at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC.

Josh Nichols won the 50-lap Modified Lite race last year, but the division was not included in this year’s schedule.

“It was my idea,” Difilippo said. “I’m a first year SK Light car owner and long time fan of the shootout. I wanted a showcase event for our division, a super bowl.”

Without any extensive promotion, six teams have expressed interest. Caraway Speedway has requested at least 12 cars.

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Rowe Survives to End Drought with North-South Shootout Win at Caraway

SOHPIA, NC — Ben Rowe weaved his way through a multi-car accident with four laps to go while running sixth and led the remaining laps to win Saturday afternoon’s Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway. Rowe’s 8th career PASS South Super Late Model victory ended a winless streak dating back to September, 2012 when he won the PASS 400 at Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.

“It was kind of our strategy to back off, but the leaders got out front and we couldn’t run with them,” said Rowe, the All-Time winningest driver in PASS Super Late Model competition. “I knew all hell was going to break loose with 10 or 15 laps to go and we just wanted to be in the right position. I’d rather be lucky than good any day and lo and behold we got through the wreck and were leading with just a few laps to go.”

In Friday night’s qualifying session, veteran Lee Tissot turned the quick time around the .455 mile speedway with a lap of 99.969 miles per hour. Following the customary PASS South redraw for the top 10 qualifiers, Tissot would line up fifth for the 150 lap feature while Justin Allison and Rowe would move up front to pace the field. But all eyes would be on the back of the field where Kyle Grissom and Daniel Hemric would start 21st and 22nd respectively. Grissom struggled with an engine issue in qualifying, while Hemric had to start at the rear after missing qualifying due to his racing in Phoenix Friday night in the Truck Series event.

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Hirschman & Rowe Bring North-South Shootout Trophies North

SOPHIA, NC- Matt Hirschman from Northampton, Pa., made a brilliant crossover move to pass George Brunnhoelzl III on lap 74 and win the 11th annual John Blewett North-South Shootout at Caraway (N.C.) Speedway on Saturday, while Ben Rowe from Turner, Maine became an unlikely winner in the PASS 150 after the top five cars all crashed on lap 146.

The win was a record fifth NSS win for Hirschman. He led the first 52 laps before pitting for tires along with Brunnhoelzl and several others. Slowed on the restart, Hirschman found himself back in seventh place, but that did little to keep him from the front.

Hirschman passed Gary Putnam to run second before lap 70, setting up the winning pass after the field was slowed for a spin by Tony Black. Four laps later, Hirschman made his move, going from the outside lane to the inside of Brunnhoelzl off turn two and into the lead.

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Lee Tissot Takes PASS 150 Pole at Caraway-Modified Heat Results

SOPHIA, NC — Lee Tissot bested the field of 23 PASS Super Late Model teams during Friday qualifying for their portion of the John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout event, which begins at 2:00 PM with the PASS 150 on Saturday at the Caraway, N.C. Speedway.

Tissot turned the half-mile oval in central North Carolina at 16.385 seconds. Maine native and second generation driver Ryan Moore will start alongside Tissot on Saturday afternoon after he timed in at 16.403 seconds.

Daniel Hemric missed qualifying to compete in the NASCAR Truck Series event on Friday night at Phoenix, Az. He will start scratch in the PASS event on Saturday.

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Matt Hirschman Takes John Blewett North-South Shootout Pole Friday

SOPHIA, NC— Four-time John Blewett North-South Shootout winner Matt Hirschman, from Northhampton, Pa., served notice that he will be the one to beat in Saturday’s 125-lap tour-type Modified Open, as he turned a lap at 15.595 seconds at the half-mile Caraway Speedway on Friday evening.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion George Brunnhoelzl III will start on the outside of the front row. He turned a lap at 15.692 seconds. Brian Loftin, Andy Seuss and Tommy Barrett rounded out the top five.

Burt Myers, Chris Pasteryak, Jason Myers, Chuck Hossfeld, Gary Putnam, Tommy Cloce and Ron Silk rounded out the top 12, who will not have to run a qualifying heat race tonight.

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PASS South Points Leaders Come to North-South Shootout with Different Objectives

CHARLOTTE, NC — Heading into this weekend’s 11th Annual North-South Shootout, Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model points leaders Jay Fogleman and Kyle Grissom both come to Caraway Speedway with lots of optimism, but differing goals. Fogleman’s win in last year’s North-South Shootout helped propel him to the 2012 PASS National Championship and Grissom has two wins in his last three PASS South starts at Caraway.

This year has seen the PASS South championship fight once again come down to Fogleman and Grissom with two races left, but unlike last year, Grissom is the one pursuing Fogleman. After a strong start to the season that saw Grissom win at Myrtle Beach Speedway and Caraway, the defending PASS South Super Late Model champion has struggled and has fallen 76 points behind Fogleman. He’s finished no higher than 9th in the last three races. And, Grissom failed to finish at Southern National in August due to a mechanical problem and most recently at Orange County due to a crash while racing for the lead with less than 15 laps to go. With more PASS South wins at Caraway Speedway than any other driver, Grissom knows any chance to repeat as champion relies on nothing less than a win in the North-South Shootout.

“We’ve taken the whole car apart to try and figure out what’s going on and haven’t found anything major yet, so hopefully we can get it figured out for Caraway,” said Grissom. “Caraway is a track that you’ve really got to hit your marks every lap and be consistent. It fits my driving style and we’re looking forward to hopefully getting things turned around there.”

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North-South Shootout Favorites Hirschman & Barrett Ready for the Challenge

SOPHIA, NC — The 11th annual John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout 125 for tour-type Modifieds this upcoming weekend, November 7-9 at the Caraway (N.C.) Speedway will finish off the 2013 auto racing season for many. Prerace favorites Matt Hirschman and Tommy Barrett hope to turn opportunity into a $6,000 plus winners payday.

Both drivers are very familiar with winning races, having won multiple events on the Race of Champions and Valenti Modified Racing Series they compete with. One thing that separates Hirschman (Northampton, Pa.) from college freshman Barrett (Millis, Ma.) is open show success. Hirschman has won numerous events just this year, while Barrett is still searching for his first victory lane experience in an open show.

This one is 125 laps of all out green flag racing. Both drivers are as good as anyone at conserving tire wear for the end of tour events, but this is a different kind of race, and Hirschman knows that all too well, as a four time winner of the event, although three came at Concord (N.C.) and he doesn’t consider himself to be a favorite in this race.

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PASS SLM 150 A Big Part of Next Weekend’s North-South Shootout

SOPHIA, NC — When race fans think of the 11th annual John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout, it’s the tour-type Modifieds that come to mind first. However, with the PASS South Super Late Model Tour also at NC’s Caraway Speedway for the November 7-9 event, racing enthusiasts will be treated to a second major event next Saturday afternoon.

The PASS event will be 150 laps, and with close to 30 race teams expected to compete, this event will be every bit as competitive as the headlining Modified race. PASS National Champion Jay Fogelman (Durham, NC) is on the verge of a first career PASS South Championship, and obviously the veteran of three decades of success will be among the favorites.

Though not yet confirmed, north driver Ben Rowe is expected to travel from Maine to compete, as he did last season. Rowe, along with northern natives Rodney Brooks and Bill Catania bring a northern presence to this event for the PASS event at well. Midwest native Ross Kenseth (Mooresville, NC) is another potential entrant as well.

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2011 NASCAR Champion Ron Silk Enters North-South Shootout

SOPHIA, NC — Ron Silk from Norwalk, Conn., is among the newest entries into the 11th annual John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout scheduled to go green for 125 intense laps at Caraway (N.C.) Speedway on the weekend of November 7-9, which is now less than two weeks away.

The early entry list includes 17 drivers, with many more teams expected to add their name to the prestigious $60,000 event before the gates swing open on November 7. Final practice and qualifying takes place on Friday, November 8, with the Tour-Type Modifieds, PASS South Super Late Model Tour, and IMCA Type Modifieds running feature events on Saturday afternoon, November 9th.

“This will be our first time going to the Shootout at Caraway,” Silk noted. “We ran it when it was at Concord (N.C. Speedway) the last two years for (car owner) Eddie (Partridge). We’re looking forward to getting down there and racing. While Silk has not raced at the fast half mile of Caraway with his current TS Haulers Race Team, he did compete several times at Caraway when he drove for the late Roger Hill and co-owner Sandra Hill.

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NASCAR Champion Brunnhoelzl is Ready for North-South Shootout

ASHEBORO, NC — Among the list of favorites for the $60,000 plus, 125-lap, 11th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout is transplanted Long Island driver George Brunnhoelzl III.

The reigning NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion will clinch another title Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway before preparing for the Shootout, which pays a minimum of $6,000 to win on November 9th at Caraway (N.C.) Speedway.

“We look forward to it,” Brunnhoelzl said. “It’s a real big event. It should be a good race for the fans. I hope we get a good car turnout. It pays real well. It’s all around a good race so hopefully we will get a lot of fans to come out.

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Ryan Preece Wins North-South Shootout

SOPHIA, N.C. – Ryan Preece saw an opportunity he simply couldn't pass up.

Preece, of Berlin, Conn., was in the right spot when the leaders wrecked ahead of him with four laps remaining Saturday night at Caraway Speedway, inheriting the lead he would not relinquish on the ensuing restart to win the 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG. Preece held off Chuck Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman to win the 125-lap Tour-Type Modified feature event.

Preece was making his debut in the No. 7ny owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and previously piloted by Ryan Newman to wins at Bristol Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

“I'm still in shock right now,” Preece said. “I don't even know what to say. That was just the most up-and-down race. I can't thank my Dad enough, 'Bono,' and everybody who gave me this opportunity. Holy crap!”

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Burt Myers Wins North-South Shootout Pole

SOPHIA, N.C. – Burt Myers knows as well as anyone how to get around Caraway Speedway, and he let everyone know how it's done on Friday afternoon.

Myers, of Walnut Cove, N.C., turned a fast lap of 15.743 seconds (104.046 mph) around the .455-mile oval to win the pole for the 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG. Myers, the second-to-last car to go out in the 30-car field in time trials, just nipped Matt Hirschman to earn his third career North-South Shootout pole for the 125-lap Tour Modified main event on Saturday afternoon.

“We're happy. We love running this event,” said Myers, whose brother, Jason Myers, qualified third. “We love these money-type races where you run like crazy, come in and put on tires, and then go back out and run like crazy again. Little brother's third, my son, Slate, is going to run his first pedal car race tomorrow, so it's a pretty good start to the weekend so far.”

George Brunnhoelzl III, the reigning NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, qualified fourth, while Kyle Ebersole rounded out the Top-5 in time trials. Ryan Preece, Erick Rudolph, Tommy Barrett, Patrick Emerling and Danny Bohn qualified sixth through 10th, respectively.

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Burt Myers Ready To Add Another NSS Title

SOPHIA, N.C. – Burt Myers is one of three multi-time North-South Shootout champions, and the Walnut Cove, N.C., driver isn't shy about wanting to win a third Tour Modified title to his resume next weekend.

“Winning the North-South Shootout, it's like winning a heavyweight prize fight,” Myers said. “It's the best Southern cars against some of the best Northern cars. Not only do I want to win the Shootout again, but I want to win one at Caraway Speedway, too, because I haven't won there in a while.”

The 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG is scheduled for next week – November 8-10 – at the historic Caraway Speedway. Already, nearly 30 Tour Modifieds have entered the 125-lap, $6,000-to-win main event.

Myers was the 2008 and 2009 North-South Shootout winner, breaking up a run of dominance by Pennsylvania driver Matt Hirschman – who has one four of the last six North-South Shootouts in the Tour Modified ranks. As added incentive for Myers and the No. 1 Citrusafe/Adams Towing/Trantham Moorefield Enterprises Ford, Phoenix Pre-Owned Motors is offering a $1,000 bonus to the highest finishing NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour-based driver in the event.

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North-South Shootout Supporting Red Cross


SOPHIA, N.C. – The 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout will donate a portion of its proceeds to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Caraway Speedway promoters Darren and Renee Hackett announced Thursday morning that they will use the North-South Shootout to help in the recovery of Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states after Hurricane Sandy produced billions of dollars in damages earlier this week. In addition to donating a portion of the event's proceeds to the American Red Cross, drivers will also collect donations during the North-South Shootout autograph session at Caraway.

The 10th annaul Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout takes place next weekend, November 8-10, at Caraway Speedway.

“A number of our teams, drivers, fans and officials have been affected by Sandy in one way or another,” Renee Hackett said. “When people are trying to get their lives back to some semblance of normalcy in the wake of an event like the hurricane, we know that every little bit helps.”

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North-South Shootout Just Two Weeks Away

SOPHIA, N.C. – The 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG is just two weeks away, and preparations at the historic Caraway Speedway are in full swing for the season-ending event which already has 28 Tour Modifieds entered for the main event.

North-South Shootout officials announced this week a number of of ticket options, including a VIP Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG package that includes premium seating around the .455-mile banked oval and pit access during both Friday and Saturday events.

Tickets begin at just $10 for kids, and camping is free for the weekend at the speedway.

“We're pleased to be able to offer tickets at a variety of price levels for our fans,” said Caraway Speedway's Renee Hackett. “With the economy being what it is, especially at the end of a long season of racing, we want to make it as affordable as possible for everybody.”

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Blewett Proud To Have Family Name Carried On

SOPHIA, N.C. – Jimmy Blewett believes that his late brother stood for something important in short-track racing, and he's glad that the 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG continues to honor that spirit.

John Blewett III was the prototypical “racer's racer,” and his name continues to carry the banner for the North-South Shootout as it heads to Caraway Speedway for the second consecutive year this November 8-10. The Howell, N.J., driver lost his life in a crash during a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Thompson International Speedway in 2007.

“For this race to continue, it just says what type of person he was and what type of impact he had on the racing community,” said Jimmy Blewett, John Blewett's younger brother. “It just goes to show you what type of person my brother was. Not everybody got to meet my brother personally, but at the same time a lot of people did. He's the type of guy, you go to Bristol, Tenn., or Charlotte, N.C., and you see a bumper sticker on a car with his name. No matter where you're at, you always see some sign of him.

“Besides being such a good, stand-up race car driver, he was a do-it-all guy. He'd set it up and drive it himself, but he was also one of the best people you'd ever cross paths with in this sport and everybody knew it.”

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Hirschman Looks To Add Another NSS Title

SOPHIA, N.C. – Matt Hirschman seeks a record fifth Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG title, and he's hoping plenty of other drivers will step up and make the road to Victory Lane as tough as ever.

A four-time winner in the Tour Modified division at the North-South Shootout, the Northampton, Pa., native Hirschman will enter both the Tour Modified and SK Modified races when the 10th annual version of the event rolls into the historic Caraway Speedway on November 8-10.

“I've always liked the open shows. When you get a chance to compete against the best from all over the place, you want to do that,” said Hirschman, who has won the last two North-South Shootouts, including last year's inaugural showing at Caraway. “There aren't too many unsanctioned races left where promoters will take a risk and pay money out of their own pocket for a big event like this.

“There's so few of them left, I'd hate to see any of them go. I hope everybody feels the same way.”

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Caraway Gears Up For North-South Shootout

SOPHIA, N.C. – The 10th annual Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG promises to be among the best events in the history of the annual showdown between the best Modified and Super Late Model drivers from across the Eastern United States.

Caraway Speedway will host the event for the second consecutive year, and track operators Darren and Renee Hackett are excited to put their best foot forward in 2012. The Colors Edge John Blewett III North-South Shootout presented by PPG will take place November 8-10 on the historic half-mile oval.

“Last year was our first year with the North-South Shootout, and it all came together very quickly,” Renee Hackett said. “Now that we've had a chance to plan for it for an entire year, we're really excited to have the best short-track drivers in the country heading to Caraway to put an exclamation point on the 2012 season.”

In addition to the North-South Shootout staple Tour Modifieds and SK Modifieds, the Super Late Models of the Pro All Stars Series will make their first appearance at the North-South Shootout for a 150-lap event as part of their national championship series.

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Charles Kepley Memorial Trophy to be Awarded at UNOH North/South Showdown at Thompson Speedway this Weekend

Thompson, CT: The friends of the late Charles Kepley, Indocil Art & Design and Thompson Speedway have joined forces to present the first annual Charles Kepley Memorial Trophy in conjunction with this weekend’s UNOH North/South Showdown for the Northern and Southern Whelen Modified Tours.

As the founder of the original John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout, Charles Kepley’s insight brought the Modified racing community an amazing independently run event that featured the best drivers both north and south of the Mason-Dixon to battle head-to-head. It was a throwback to the golden age of Modified racing, one that tests the metal of a great gathering of racing talents. This season the North-South Shootout will celebrate its tenth year.

Charles Kepley unexpectedly passed away in May of last year; leaving the racing community an incredible legacy.

The UNOH Showdown is a three-race combination that will spotlight the Whelen Southern Modified Tour in a 75-lap point race followed by the Whelen Modified Tour in a 75-lap point race of their own. Upon completion of the two individual Tour’s races, the best of both series will be combined for the 50-lap UNOH Showdown. The winning driver in the non-point combination event will win $15,000 and a custom-painted helmet by Indocil Art & Design presented in memory of Charles Kepley.

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