Points Contender Matt Carter Makes Dirt Track Debut at Illinois State Fairgrounds Statesville, NC (08-13-08) SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender, Matt Carter, will make a first time dirt track career debut this Sunday to compete in the ARCA ...
Points Contender Matt Carter Makes Dirt Track Debut at Illinois State Fairgrounds
Statesville, NC (08-13-08) SunTrust Rookie of the Year contender, Matt Carter, will make a first time dirt track career debut this Sunday to compete in the ARCA RE/MAX series' Allan Crowe 100 at Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. The 100 lap/100 mile event will serve as a nice mid-season break away from the pressures that come with racing at some of the speedways visited by the ARCA RE/MAX series this season like Daytona, Talladega, Michigan and Kansas to name a few. However for Matt Carter, pilot of the No. 46 Fort Dodge Animal Health/Stine Seed Ford Fusion, pressures in racing are evident no matter where the rubber meets the road.
"For me this race isn't really any different than all the other races," said Carter. "There are pressures at every race track we go to - some more than others, but they are all fun. Sunday will definitely be a good experience, and if nothing goes wrong it should be a good time." Carters' racing history on short tracks displays that "good times" are exactly what he's had, so mixing a little clay into this one mile oval might be just the right combination for Carter to earn a second season victory, even though this is his first ever career run on a dirt track.
"I'm not real sure what to expect," said Carter. "People have said that I can expect it to be like racing on a slick asphalt track so if that's the case we should be fine. I'm just going into this weekend with the mind set to finish the race, and not do anything dumb." Carter and the No. 46 crew have displayed everything opposite of "dumb" on the race track. This is his first season running in the ARCA RE/MAX series and heading into Illinois this weekend Carter sits second in series point standings and second in rookie point standings.
"I honestly don't think about the points going into a race," said Carter. "The only pressure I have is the pressure I put on myself to win races." Carter has done a phenomenal job steering the No. 46 machine to victory lane once already this season along with scoring five top five finishes and eight top ten finishes.
The nine time championship team of Larry Clement definitely knows exactly what they are doing on and off the track. This weekend the Clement racing stable will be hauling an older car to the track - one that has not been raced before. The No. 46 crew has spent a lot of hours in the shop fabricating a new body and making some adjustments to the car. It is the piece of equipment they have specifically set aside to tame the Illinois clay.
The Carter crew will be looking to score a second season victory on Sunday afternoon as they head into this weekends' Allan Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. The weekends' schedule of events will get underway Sunday, August 17th with ARCA RE/MAX series practice set to begin at 9 a.m., followed by SIM Factory Pole Qualifying slated for 11 a.m. (All positions/1 lap). The green flag for Sundays' Allan Crowe 100 is set to drop at 1 p.m. Central, for 100 laps/100 miles of dirt track racing action. MavTV will broadcast Sundays' main event on August 22, at 8 p.m. Eastern. ARCA RE/MAX series LIVE Timing and Scoring can be viewed via internet by logging onto www.arcaracing.com. MavTV will host several scheduled rebroadcasts of this weekends' Allan Crowe 100. For a complete list of dates and times please visit www.arcaracing.com/arcaontheair.cfm .
The laps that Carter will make on Sunday behind the wheel of the No. 46 Fort Dodge Animal Health/Stine Seed Ford Fusion will most definitely be for points and position. Like any other driver that lays rubber down every weekend, winning comes first and fun comes second Although for ARCA RE/MAX series driver Matt Carter, turning left has the same implication no matter where he's at or what surface he's racing on - turn left, make no mistakes and win.
"This race isn't really any different than all the other races," said Carter. "There are pressures at every race we go to - some more than others, but they are all fun. Sunday will definitely be a good experience, and if nothing goes wrong it should be a good time."