USAR: Hickory: Matt Carter race report

Carter's Strong Run Stopped by Engine Woes Newton, NC-Matt Carter returned to his racing roots on Saturday night when the Hooters Pro Cup Series returned to Hickory Motor Speedway. Carter raced for the first time with his new team at a track he...

Carter's Strong Run Stopped by Engine Woes

Newton, NC-Matt Carter returned to his racing roots on Saturday night when the Hooters Pro Cup Series returned to Hickory Motor Speedway. Carter raced for the first time with his new team at a track he knows better than he knows the back of his own hand.

"We were fast right off the trailer. When we tested earlier in the week at Greenville, it was the same thing. We really didn't change anything all day. The car was just awesome," said Carter.

Carter ranked among the top cars, and if not for what he felt was a mistake on his part in qualifying, Carter would've been THE top car on the starting grid.

"We got the outside pole. I felt pretty good about my laps, but I knew on my second lap that I didn't get back in the gas quick enough off of turn four. I didn't see Clay's lap, but when I heard him get back in the gas so quick, I knew he'd beat me," Carter said.

From the drop of the green flag, Carter was challenging for the lead. Then, he picked his methodical rhythm as the fans of Hickory have seen him thousands of times before and waited for the time to pounce.

Carter took the lead just before pit stops, and was beat out of the pits by Shane Huffman. Not everyone pitted, so Carter and Huffman found themselves buried at the back of the top-five for the restart.

"I'd noticed the car missing early in the race, but it finally just quit. The caution after we pitted, the engine just died. We were all pretty disappointed; HWK Racing hadn't had an engine problem in over a year. Saturday, both me and my teammate [Toby Porter] had engine trouble, but not the same problems," explained Carter.

After the climbing from the car, the driver, though dejected with the failed motor, was obviously comfortable and confident.

"It was great to go home to Hickory. I know that track, it's always fun to race there and it's a blast when you have a car that runs like our No. 03 did tonight. We all had a great time racing tonight, and with what we saw in our test and in our race tonight, all we're worried about is how we're going to pass the time faster to get to the next race!" said Carter with a chuckle and a smile.

Catch the Aaron's 250 on SPEED Channel on Saturday July 16, 10 p.m. and again on Friday July 22, 12 p.m.

-www.MattCarter22.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Shane Huffman