Lexi Gay Looking Forward to Carteret Debut on Saturday

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Lexi Gay, pictured at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in 2018. (Photo credit: Kimberly Austin/Race22.com)

PELETIER, NC – Lexi Gay is looking forward to making her first appearance at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway on Saturday afternoon in the $5,000-to-win Limited Late Model race that headlines Opening Day 2019 presented by Solid Rock Carriers.

Gay, 18, from Canton, Georgia, recently teamed up with Empire Racing Group where she will race in Late Models throughout the season as well as in the ARCA Menards Series later this year.  T

his weekend’s race will be her first race with her new team.  She is hoping for a solid run on Saturday as she learns the car, the track and gets acclimated with the team.

“This weekend, being my first race at Carteret, I’m really looking forward to getting to know a new race track,” Gay said.  “This is my first race as well with Empire Racing.  My expectations are to have a clean race, finish all the laps, get to now the car, the track, and the setup.”

Last year, Gay raced for Hawk McCall Motorsports and Toyota Racing Development, scoring several top-five finishes at the historic Greenville-Pickens Speedway, while also making starts in races in California.  Her experience at the flat track in South Carolina, and at flat tracks on the west coast, could be a key to success at Carteret County Speedway, which has only eight degrees (8°) of banking in the corners.

“With Greenville being a flat track, I do think it will help me a little bit more,” Gay stated.  “I also raced at Madera Speedway out in California last year and it’s a small, flat track as well.  With experience at two tracks that seem similar to Carteret, I’m excited to see what this weekend holds.”

Gay got her start racing in Bandoleros when she was 12-year-old after spending weekends at the track watching her older brother, Dawson, race quarter midgets.  She began racing in the Winter Flurry Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway before eventually stepping up and running Late Models.

“I spent years at the Quarter Midget track watching my older brother, Dawson, race,” Gay explained.  “When I was about 12, we were at Atlanta Motor Speedway and saw the Bandoleros racing.  I loved them.  We did a test drive one Saturday and I was hooked.  My dad bought me a car and we started racing that winter series at Atlanta Motor Speedway and have never stopped.”

While Lexi Gay’s 2019 schedule has not been completed yet, she hopes Saturday’s race will not be her only start at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway.  Gay will race alongside teammate Thad Moffitt, grandson of seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Richard Petty.

The 100-lap, $5,000-to-win Late Model race is the headline feature of Saturday’s season-opening event at Carteret County Speedway.  The race will also feature Legends, Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, U-CARs, Mini Cups and Winged Champ Karts.

Tickets are $15 for adults while kids 10 and under are admitted free.  Grandstands open at 12pm, qualifying gets underway at 12:30pm and racing gets underway at 2pm on Saturday afternoon, March 30th.

For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com“like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.

Andy Marquis

Managing Editor: race22.com

Media Relations: Carteret County Speedway

NWAAS Performance Plus Race This weekend! race day schedule

Lexi Gay & Thad Moffitt are running the NWAAS LMSC Performance Plus Race this weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC!
 
#44 Lexi Gay
#46 Thad Moffitt
 
March 16, 2019 Race Schedule “Performance Plus”
SUNRISE 7:24am – 7:23pm
 
7:00 AM 4:30 PM NWMT CREDENTIALS OPEN
7:30 AM NWMT REMAINING HAULERS ENTER
7:45 AM NWMT CREW CHIEF MEETING (SERIES HAULER)
TO FOLLOW NWMT RANDOM DRAW (SERIES HAULER)
8:00 AM NWAAS REGISTRATION OPENS/HAULERS ENTER
8:00 AM NWMT GARAGE OPENS
8:15 AM NWMT INSPECTION BEGINS / TIRE IMPOUND OPENS
8:15 AM NWMT ROOKIE DRIVER / SPOTTERS MEETING (INFIELD BUILDING)
8:30 AM NWMT DRIVER SAFETY/UPDATE VIDEO (INFIELD BUILDING)
TO FOLLOW NWMT DRIVER HEADSHOTS (INFIELD BUILDING)
9:30 AM SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS MEETING (NWMT SERIES HAULER)
10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (INFIELD BUILDING)
10:45 AM 12:00 PM NWAAS PRACTICE (ROTATING)
11:00 AM NWMT DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (INFIELD BUILDING)
TO FOLLOW CHAPEL SERVICE
11:45 AM NWMT DEADLINE TO DESIGNATE TIRE SELECTION
12:10 PM NWMT RELEASE CHANGE TIRES FROM IMPOUND (OPTIONAL)
12:15 PM 1:30 PM NWMT FINAL PRACTICE
1:30 PM NWMT RELEASE QUALIFYING TIRES FROM IMPOUND
1:35 PM NWAAS DRIVERS MEETING
1:40 PM NWMT DEADLINE TO RETURN CHANGE TIRES TO IMPOUND
1:45 PM NWMT QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS GROUPED BY QUALIFYING GROUPS
2:00 PM NWAAS LATE MODEL QUALIFYING (GROUP)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK QUALIFYING (GROUP)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS CHARGER QUALIFING (GROUP)
3:00 PM NWMT QUALIFYING (GROUP) IMPOUND
3:40 PM 4:10 PM NWMT DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION (ON TRACK)
4:20 PM NWMT PRE RACE CEREMONIES
4:30 PM NWAAS LATE MODEL RACE (75 LAPS)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS MINI STOCK RACE (20 LAPS)
5:15 PM NWMT RELEASE CHANGE TIRES FROM IMPOUND
5:30 PM NWMT RACE (150 LAPS / 80.7 MILES)
TO FOLLOW NWAAS CHARGER RACE (30 LAPS)
 

Race Day Schedule for “Spring Fling” out at Myrtle Beach Speedway

March 2, 2019

Race Schedule “Spring Fling Race”

 

 

9:00 am: PIT GATES OPEN / Tire Area Opens
(10 am: Late Model Race Tires / 10:30 am: Charger Race Tires / 11 am: Super Truck Race Tires)
9:00 am – 11:30 am: ALL CARS MAKE AN EFFORT TO COME THROUGH TECH LINE FOR PRE SEASON
INSPECTION
11:30 am: PRACTICE First Round (15 min each group)
– Late Models

 

 

– Chargers
– Super Trucks
12:30 pm: PRACTICE Second Round (15 min each group)
– Late Models
– Chargers
– Super Trucks
1:00 pm: Late Model TECH (1:15 pm deadline time)
1:30 pm: Vintage Cars Practice (15 min)
2:00 pm: MANDATORY Driver’s Meeting
2:30 pm: QUALIFYING

– Late Models (Groups of 4; 4 laps each group)
– Chargers (Groups of 4; 4 laps each group, top 5 to TECH after)
– Super Trucks (Groups of 4; 4 laps each group, top 5 to TECH after)
3:30 pm: Meet and Greet Session (15-20 min; all cars on front stretch)
4:00 pm: RACING
– Pre-Race (Prayer, National Anthem, Command)
o (all divisions other than Late Models return to the pits)
– Late Models Race One (40 laps)
– Vintage (20 laps)
– Chargers (30 laps)
– Super Trucks (50 laps)
-Late Models Race Two (40 laps)

 

 

A Richard Petty Driver Development Team