Sixth Annual Bobby Watson Memorial Race Event to Feature NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Labonte | Sports


PELLETIER- Carteret County Speedway was the vision of the late Bobby Watson, and this weekend a tribute will be paid to the track’s former owner at the sixth annual Bobby Watson Memorial.

Watson worked tirelessly to make his vision a reality, and his hard work paid off when the 4/10 mile highway opened in 2015.

This Sunday, September 5, the country’s top modified riders will set out to capture the checkered flag of the SMART Modified Tour. Also on the program are Late Models, Super Trucks, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, U-CARs, Bombers, Legends, Champ Karts, Mini Cups and Jr. Mini Cups.

One of the SMART Modified Tour headliners is NASCAR Hall of Famer and last week’s winner at Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina, Bobby Labonte. Labonte is a former NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series champion with an IROC championship under his belt as well and will be a favorite, looking for two in a row this Sunday night.

Also one of the entries for the Smart Chevrolet 99 is Burt Myers, who leads the SMART Modified Tour Championship standings. Myers is a decorated modified veteran with 10 Bowman Gray Stadium Championships under his belt. Myers and Labonte will not only be competing against each other, but alongside all the series regulars on Sunday night.

The SMART Modified Tour has seen a handful of other winners this season, including Ronnie Silk and Doug Coby, and NASCAR star Ryan Preece has also collected his share of checkered flags.

The green flag at the Bobby Watson Memorial is set to drop at 5 p.m. Sunday. Adult tickets are only $15 and children 10 and under are admitted free.

In addition to the excitement on the runway, the All-American Veterans Parachute Team will join the air with a top-flight performance.

On Saturday evening, fans and pilots will gather for a Green Flag Party. Meet the riders and make memories ahead of Sunday’s race.

Carteret County Speedway is located at 501 Whitehouse Fork Road just off Highway 58 near Peletier, just a few miles from the beautiful Emerald Isle beaches.

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