PELETIER, NC : Brenton Irving is hoping he can flip the script with home track advantage and pick up a victory in the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway on Saturday.
Irving, 32, from Leland, North Carolina, has two Legends division championships at Carteret County Speedway, winning the title in 2016 and 2017. He has one win on the 2019 season and will have a contingent of fans cheering him on as he tries to get another victory.
“I expect to perform at the best of my ability,” Irving said. “I’m putting it all on the table. If we do that, we will be happy with the outcome no matter what that is. The only pressure we have is to run good for our fans. That’s what we care about. Winning championships is in the past, we’re focused on this race.”
Throughout the years, Irving has become Carteret County Speedway’s Mr. Excitement. Win, lose, or draw, the energetic racer always puts on a show and thrills a crowd.
“People feed off of energy and, if I lay it all on the line while I’m out there, the crowd will respond,” Irving remarked. “Some love it, some hate it, which is okay, because, at the end of the day, Jesus loves us all.”
While Irving always races for the win, he knows he will be competing against the best Legends races in the world in Friday and Saturday, and he just hopes to be able to contend for a win.
“We’re going to take everything we learned this year, throw away the bad, and keep the good,” Irving explained. “If it results in a win, we will take it and give all the glory to the Lord. To be competitive with the best in the Legends would be an honor for us. We have the utmost respect for every team that competes every single weekend.”
While Irving does have a win this season, his results have otherwise not been on par with his past three seasons. Irving has had multiple DNFs and has only finished in the top-five four times this season – a stark contrast from previous seasons where he has raced for the win each week.
“This year, we haven’t been able to display much because we have just been outmatched, but we will not give up,” Irving commented. “We would love to peak when it matters the most.”
If Irving is able to come away with the victory, he plans to dedicate it to the late Bobby Watson, the visionary and founder of the speedway.
“Special thanks to Bobby Watson, greatest track owner ever!”
Qualifying for the Legends Asphalt Nationals will get underway at 11:15am on Friday, October 18th, followed by heat races. Feature racing will commence on Saturday, October 19th at 1pm.
The 2019 INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals can be streamed live on the LegendsNation TV app or website.