McCarty Prevails in Thriller at Carteret County Speedway

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SWANSBORO, NC (Jun. 23, 2018) – Bobby McCarty continued his dominance of the CARS Response Energy Tour with a win in Saturday night’s Solid Rock Carriers Crystal Coast 125 presented by Sportsman’s Wholesale at Carteret County Speedway.

McCarty picked up his second consecutive victory and his fourth of the season in the series’ first-ever appearance at the 4/10-mile track in Swansboro, North Carolina. The triumph came in McCarty’s first ever start at the track – however, McCarty needed a little luck on his side to score the win.

McCarty inherited the lead with 25 laps to go when leader Layne Riggs, who had led every single lap of the race up to that point, was involved in an incident with Josh Berry and Sarah Cornett-Ching. While Riggs was able to drive away without incident and hold on to the lead in the process, he was sent to the rear of the field for being involved in the caution per CARS Tour series rules.

“Sometimes you’re good, sometimes you’re lucky,” McCarty said. “The car definitely was not where it needed to be. We were a little too tight at max load and the car wouldn’t cut like I needed it to. I feel like we had a second or third place car. We definitely did not have the winning car. I hate that for the 99 team. I think the world of Layne3, he’s a really good kid and he has a bright future ahead of him. Things didn’t work out for him tonight and I hate that but you’ve got to put yourself in position to come out on deals like that.”

Layne Riggs ended up charging back through the field to finish in second. After the race, he voiced his frustrations with the call by the series.

“I feel like I got done wrong,” Riggs remarked. “I had the fastest car here. Everybody in the stands knows this. We won this race. I got done wrong twice. I drove my wheels off to get back to the front and I would have taken [McCarty] out if I could have gotten to him.”

Berry apologized for his involvement in the incident that ultimately cost Riggs the race.

“I got into Layne,” Berry said. “I didn’t mean to. We were just racing hard. It was time to race here at the end and I got into him, he spun, we got it straight. We were all good and [Sarah Cornett-Ching] spun out on her own and collected us. I hate it. In the end, it was my fault. I started all of it. We’ve got a torn up car but we’ll fix it and be back next time.”

McCarty’s Nelson Motorsports teammate finished third while Tommy Lemons, Jr. finished fourth and Ty Gibbs, grandson of former Washington Redskins head coach and NASCAR Cup Series team owner Joe Gibbs, finished fifth.

With his victory, McCarty extended his lead in the CARS Response Energy Tour championship standings.

 

 

Unofficial Results

CARS Late Model Stock Tour feature

1. Bobby McCarty

2. Layne Riggs

3. Brandon Pierce

4. Tommy Lemons, Jr.

5. Ty Gibbs

6. Lee Pulliam

7. Bradley McCaskill

8. Ronald Hill

9. Josh Berry

10. Sarah Cornett-Ching

11. Deac McCaskill

12. Craig Moore

13. Cody Haskins

14. Sam Mayer

15. Trevor Ward

16. Charlie Watson