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Stacy Puryear Captures Emotional Win and Big Paycheck in Race of Champions

Mother Nature tried to damper the green flag but a festive crowd of race fans was in the Christmas Spirit at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway for the Solid Rock Carriers Race of Champions. Santa Claus was there greeting race fans and finding out if they had been naughty or nice. Fans from near and far brought an abundance of toys for our toy drive and settled in to watch history being made right before their very eyes.

The much anticipated event drew drivers from Florida to Maryland, Kentucky to Virginia, and many from our home state of North Carolina. The best of the best were on hand Saturday night at America’s Nicest Short Track and, albeit slightly delayed due to inclement weather the day before, the fans were treated to one of the best nights of racing Carteret County Speedway has ever hosted.

First up, was the $10,000 to win Solid Rock Carriers Race of Champions with the cream of the crop from all over the Southeast racing for big-time Christmas cash. The 125-lapper was won by Stacy Puryear, who led all but just a few laps. He was closely followed by Conner Hall, Conner Jones, Brendon Queen, and Justin Carroll, who rounded out the top five. It was an emotional win for Puryear, who dedicated the night to a fallen friend and teammate.

The youngest competitor in the field, Tristan McKee, set quick time for the field of 18. He opened up the first handful of laps with the lead but was soon passed by Puryear. The race was mostly incident free with the only cautions coming out for a single car spin and the control caution at halfway.

Next up, was the Solid Rock Carries Race of Champions for the Legends. Parker Eatmon grabbed the pole position, but it was Brenton Irving who took the win, capping off a great season at Carteret Speedway. Irving worked on Eatmon for a handful of laps and eventually was able to wrestle the lead away. Another clean race was the story for the Legends with only three cautions, one being the control caution at halfway. Following Irving and rounding out the top five were Parker Eatmon, Jadyn Daniels, Bryce Applegate, and Josh Williams.

To close the exciting evening of action, it was the Junior Mini Cups. Several racers from Florida made the trip to tackle Carteret Speedway. The 20-lapper was won by Alex Faughty. Teagan Briggs ran 2nd, followed by Jerry Franklin, Adam Mattice, and Layla Fuller.

It has been a great season at Bobby Watson’s Carteret Speedway. A big thanks to the entire staff, who made it possible. Keep an eye on the website and all of our social media platforms for information on the 2022 schedule and the latest updates. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2022 from Bobby Watson’s Carteret Speedway.

In addition, CCS would like to thank Solid Rock Carriers and all of our wonderful sponsors for a successful 2021 season.

Late Model Results

1. Stacy Puryear

2. Conner Hall

3. Conner Jones

4. Brendon Queen

5. Justin Carroll

6. Trevor Ward

7. Justin Johnson

8. BooBoo Dalton

9. Daniel VunCannon

10. Tommy Neal

11. Adam Resnick

12. Doug Barnes

13. Kenneth Mercer

14. Eddie Johnson

15. Donnie Apple

16. Tristan McKee

17. Jody Measamer

18. Tyler Matthews

Legends Results

1. Brenton Irving

2. Parker Eatmon

3. Jadyn Daniels

4. Bryce Applegate

5. Josh Williams

6. Joel Smith

7. George Phillips

8. Chase Singletary

9. TJ Decaire

10. Zack Brown

11. Scotty Benford

12. Daniel Adams

13. Joshua Hopkins

14. Roy Combs

15. Tristan Stephenson

16. DJ Murphy

17. Carsyn Gillikin

Jr Mini Cup

1. Alex Foughty

2. Teagan Briggs

3. Jerry Franklin

4. Adam Mattice

5. Lyla Fuller

6. Summer Sullivan

7. Anthony Ventresca

8. Carson Robert

9. Carmen Odum

10. Daisy Fuller

11. Alexis Steffan

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