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Travis Miller Wins U-CAR Clash at Carteret County Speedway
Jul 8, 2018 - updated Jul 8th, 2018 5:59am
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SWANSBORO, NC – Travis Miller dominated in the U-CAR portion of the Solid Rock Carriers Firecracker Clash at Carteret County Speedway on Wednesday night to score the victory while James Horner, Lee Ottaway and Jonathan Kornegay also scored wins.
Travis Miller, who hails from Jacksonville, won in his respective heat race and started on the pole. In the early laps, he began his dominant performance while Adam Resnick, Robert Arch and Steve Sullivan battled for second. Resnick would eventually take the runner-up spot but would not be able to reel in Miller.
“The good lord has blessed me with the fastest, best handling car I’ve ever had at this racetrack,” Miller said. “I don’t know if it was track conditions or what. Unbelievable. I felt like I had more speed in my car. That was an awesome run. I want to thank the fans who showed up. We put on a show. You could be watching fireworks but you’re die-hard race fans and we’re going to dedicate this to you. And my wife, our anniversary is Saturday night so I want to dedicate this to her. Bringing home $1,000 home is going to ease the pain when we come back Saturday night.”
Miller leads in the Mini-Stock division standings and said this could be his last U-CAR race of the season.
“We’ve been mixing it up, switching back and forth,” Miller remarked. “The next time you see it, it is going to be a Mini Stock. I’ve been keeping it in U-CAR setup for this $1,000 race. I’ve been racing 18 years. You don’t get that kind of purses for this beginner division so kudos to Bobby Watson.”
With his second place finish, Resnick was able to extend his points lead.
Jesse Council crossed the line first in the Street Stock race but the win would go to Swansboro’s James Horner after technical inspection. On track, Horner led several laps before Council got around him and ended up battling Ricky Locklair, Jr. for what would eventually be the race for the win. In turn one, both drivers got together and fell to the rear, but both we able to race their way back to the front.
“It seems like no matter what happens, there’s always someone mad,” Horner said after the race. “Apparently I drive like an idiot but oh well. I mean, if that’s what they want to say, that’s fine. I don’t care. We can do it all year.”
Horner was referring to comments made by Ricky Locklair, Jr., who said the incident in turn one was triggered by a defensive block from Horner.
“We were junk the first part of the race,” Locklair stated. “We came down and worked on it and I got a whole lot better. I don’t know. You just come down here and race with an idiot every weekend. He chopped me off last week. Same thing again this week. We’ll be back next time.”
Greg Barnette finished third in the feature.
Not straying at all from the norm, the Champ Kart feature was a thrilling duel which came down to the last lap. Holly Ridge driver Lee Ottaway spent much of the race battling for the win with BJ Thompson and Matt Bell. The three drivers swapped positions often, though Ottaway would be tough to pass. In the end, it was Ottaway scoring the victory.
“It felt like a good one to me,” Ottaway said in victory lane. “Those boys were beating my bumper off about the whole race. The competition’s coming to me. I feel pretty good. Way to go fellows.”
Thompson finished in second while Bell came in third.
Jonathan Kornegay, who is the reining champion in the Charger division at Southern National Motorsports Park, scored the victory in the Charger feature over Michael O’Brien and Jonny Szeuczuk.
“It’s a shame nobody else showed up,” Kornegay said after the race, addressing the car count. “Everyone missed out because this was one nice place. I was glad we were able to get some laps turned around here. It’s a shame nobody else showed up but we’ll take them any way we can get them. We might decide to just come on out here Saturday and give it a real run.”
Saturday night will feature the $15,000-to-win Solid Rock Carriers 150, the world’s richest Limited Late Model race. Mini-Stocks, Mini Cups and Legends will also be in action. Tickets will be available at the gate for $20 for adults while kids get in free. Fans who attended Wednesday night’s race and held on to their general admission armbands will get a $5 discount at the gate. The race will also be broadcast on PitRow.TV’s streaming pay-per-view service.
For more information about Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.
Results – July 4, 2018
1. Travis Miller
2. Adam Resnick
3. Robert Arch
4. Steve Sullivan
5. Andrew Jackson
6. Abby Jolly
7. Curtis Lanier
8. Zac Reimer
9. Jonathan Kluge – DNS
1. James Horner
2. Ricky Locklair, Jr.
3. Greg Barnette
4. Dennis Woehrle
5. Roy Combs
6. Jesse Council – DQ
1. Lee Ottaway
2. BJ Thompson
3. Matt Bell
4. Sean Wales
5. Cody DiMauro
6. Daemyn Ottaway
7. JR Taylor
8. Caleb Day
9. Dopug Luper
10. Gaston Davis
11. KT Burkhard
12. Scott Benford – DNS
13. Kevin Phillips – DNS
1. Jonathan Kornegay
2. Michael O’Brien
3. Jonny Szezczuk
4. Merl Brock
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