(Ashton Whitener, pictured at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this summer / LN Photo)
PELETIER, NC : Ashton Whitener is one of many competitors who is making an hours-long trip to Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway and she’s eager to figure her way around the track in Sunday night’s Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood Labor Day Classic.
Whitener, 15, from Monticello, Georgia, is the latest in a long list of drivers to travel to Carteret County Speedway to prepare for the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals in October. The teenager from Georgia, who has had success in Legends racing this season, is making her second career start at Carteret County and her first of the 2019 season.
“Carteret is a tough track for me,” Whitener said. “Not only is it a 4/10th-mile track, but it is flat. It has been one of the hardest tracks for me to figure out. I find it can be tough to pass on. I raced it a year ago and I struggled to find my groove.”
Whitener competed in the Legends feature in last year’s Labor Day Classic, finishing 16th in the 23-car field. This year, she hopes to improve on that.
“My expectations for this weekend are to get a good feel for the track and get faster each time on the track,” Whitener commented. “We want to work on dialing-in our setup for the Asphalt Nationals. My preparations for the Nationals are to try to race this track multiple times before the race in October.”
The INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals, which take place from October 17th through October 19th, is one of the biggest Legends events of the year and the biggest race in Carteret County Speedway history. Legends racers across the United States, and from other nations, will travel to Carteret County to compete in the Nationals.
Whitener, who has been racing for four years, collects points in the Young Lions division and will compete amongst that division in the Asphalt Nationals in October.
“This is my fourth year racing in the INEX Series,” Whitener explained. “I raced Bandoleros for two years before moving up to Legends cars. This is my second year racing in the Young Lions class. I had no experience before my dad decided to take me for a test drive years ago. After a few months, I realized that I loved the sport.”
Whitener has scored five Legends victories in Cordele, Georgia this season and has multiple podium finishes in races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway quarter-mile track.
Along with an all-star Legends field, Sunday’s Labor Day Classic will also feature racing for Limited Late Models, Champ Karts, Mini-Stocks, U-CARs, and Street Stocks. Tickets are $15 per person while kids 10 and under get in free.
For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.
Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway press release