Iowa: Matt Carter race report

Matt Carter Leads at Prairie Meadows 250; Remains No. 3 in Standings NEWTON, IA (4-19-08) Pole sitter, Matt Carter driver of the No. 46 Stine Seed Ford Fusion, led the forty one car field down the front stretch to the green flag for the start...

Matt Carter Leads at Prairie Meadows 250; Remains No. 3 in Standings

NEWTON, IA (4-19-08) Pole sitter, Matt Carter driver of the No. 46 Stine Seed Ford Fusion, led the forty one car field down the front stretch to the green flag for the start of the Prairie Meadows 250 in Newton, Iowa. Carter recorded the fastest track lap of 134.51 mph. Outside of battling a tight car, he managed to maintain his pole position for 117 of the 250 lap race, therefore capturing most laps led for the day.

"When the car is tight like that, there is just nothing you can do to make it better" said Carter. When lap 245 came around, the car just tightened up, he slipped back in position over the next couple of laps, and when the No. 46 came across the finish line, he accepted a fourth place finish. "Overall I think everything was good. Everybody from me to [Larry] car owner, the team -just everyone - was disappointed about how we ended up. Our pit stops were good and we had a really strong car; it just wasn't good enough on the long runs", said Carter.

Larry Clement, No. 46 Stine Seed Ford Fusion car owner, was overall pleased with the day. "Matt did a great job today and the crew made good adjustments. We pretty much had good pit stops all day and just came up a little bit short; just a really, really good effort by everybody. Having the guests of Stine Seed, Fort Dodge Animal Health, Nu South Lemonade and Pork here today - along with the hospitality tent - obviously was big for us. Of course we were disappointed with the finish, but just a great, great job by everybody. We'll get 'em again - we don't have to wait too long to get back on the track at Kansas. I think we'll have a really good car there."

First, at Daytona Carter was running strong in the top five all day, but being involved in a mid-race spin up caused him to clench the thirteenth position at the end of the day. Then, at Salem, Carter led sixty laps and suffered some transmission/tire issues, yet managed to secure a top 3 finish. In suit, the race at Iowa ended up bitter-sweet also. "That's kind of what it came down to - we just didn't have enough laps. Salem we needed more; here we needed less", said Carter.

Even though Saturday's race didn't produce a win for Carter, he still maintains the No. 3 position in Driver Points Standings and that is definitely nothing to be humble about. "Any time you are running where we are, you are bound to win some races", said car owner Larry Clement. That is exactly what Carter and the No. 46 team plans to do - win some races and you can rest assured they will be in the spotlight all year long in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX series.

Carter will take the pavement at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas for the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand on Friday, April 25, 2008. The race will air on SPEED Saturday, April 26 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

-credit: mcPR

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