PELETIER, NC : Will Bristle has had a lot of success at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway and he’s hoping to add one more Carteret trophy to his mantle on Saturday night in the $2,500-to-win Short Track Shootout.
Bristle, 18, from Raleigh, North Carolina has scored multiple victories at Carteret County Speedway – including a victory in a $2,500-to-win race in last year’s Labor Day Classic. Saturday night, however, could be one of the biggest challenges he’s faced as an ultra-competitive field is set to converge upon Carteret County Speedway.
“A win this weekend would definitely be ranked pretty high up there with that strong competition coming in,” Bristle said. “We have been very successful at Carteret in the past. We plan on working on that and keeping the momentum going.”
While the $2,500 check that will go to the winner is incentive enough for many competitors, Saturday night’s event will also be a prime opportunity for racers to get dialed in for the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals, the largest Legends event in North America, which will be held from October 17th through October 19th at Carteret County Speedway.
“The money’s a really big factor that we’re going for,” Bristle remarked. “We’re definitely expecting a lot of tough competition coming own. Preparing for the Nationals as well. It’s what we’re all here doing. We want to find some good speed for the Nationals. We’re expecting upwards of 150 cars that week so we have to be on our game that week, on point. We’re making speed here preparing for May 11th and the Nationals in October.”
Bristle scored three victories at Carteret County Speedway in 2019 driving for the dominant Dillon Spain Motorsports team which has also racked up wins with Spain, Zach Lightfoot, Eric Courtney, and Mason Diaz in the past and been in contention for wins all season with Emily Day. Bristle, who is a former Legends champion at Southern National Motorsports Park, does not race regularly himself and often spends much of his time working with other DSM drivers.
“We have a wonderful group of guys with us,” Bristle stated. “Great drivers we work with. We’ve got Emily. Tucker Jones is rolling. We’ve got Jason Austin. We’ve got some good speed. It should be a really great show. We’re expecting a lot of cars. It should be a blast.”
The Legends race will see a slightly altered format. If there are more than 30 cars attempting to make the field, the top 20 starting positions will be determined in qualifying, which will commence at 5:30pm, and the rest will have an opportunity to race in a B-Main style event with the top eight finishers from that race transferring to the feature race.
The 35-lap, $2,500-to-win Legends feature will be the headline act in the Short Track Shootout on Saturday night, May 11th. The green flag will fly at 7pm and will also feature racing for Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks, U-CARs, Champ Karts, and the Coastal Carolina Mini Cup Series.
Tickets are $15 for adults while kids 10 and under get in free. In honor of Mother’s Day, moms will get $5 off general admission.