PELETIER, N.C. (Sept. 12, 2020) – Layne Riggs became the first repeat Late Model Stock Car winner in the 2020 Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour on Saturday night, holding off Corey Heim in a marathon race at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway.
Riggs qualified on the pole and led wire-to-wire as chaos ensued behind him. A race that started with 23 cars finished with just seven running at the end of the race. The race had 11 cautions and was red-flagged four times — twice for cleanup of incidents, and twice for a patch of the track on the back straight that needed filling. By the time the patch had come undone for a third time, the 11 p.m. curfew had been reached, and the race was called after 90 laps of a scheduled 125.
“It was just a wild race with the race track coming apart and people couldn’t even get two laps in the race,” Riggs said. “We ended up prevailing and here we are in Victory Lane. I’m really glad that we qualified on the pole today. We had a lot of speed and now we’re the first two-time winner this year. We’ve had a drought in the CARS Tour and I feel like we’ve got our stuff together and got some luck at the same time.”
With his second consecutive victory, Riggs cut his points deficit to series leader Jared Fryar down to seven and is alive in the battle for the CARS Tour LMSC title.
“The racing is so unpredictable, you never know what’s going to happen,” Riggs said. “We might go and win the next two and everybody else that’s in front of me or near me might have bad luck. We’ve got to go into it with the mindset that we’re going to win every race we go to and keep charging.”
The victory was emotional for Riggs, who won two races at Carteret County in 2018 and was close with former track owner Bobby Watson. Watson passed away just weeks after Riggs’ win in the 2018 Labor Day Classic.
“I hope he’d be proud,” Riggs remarked. “Rest in peace, Bobby. He was a great man who did a lot for this sport and this track. He put his heart and soul into it. I hope that he’s proud of where this track is at and we hope to keep his legacy going.”
Corey Heim finished second after challenging Riggs for the win on multiple restarts. When the race restarted on lap 61, Heim managed to pass Riggs, but the yellow flag came out before Heim completed the lap.
“We struggled a lot in practice yesterday and this morning,” Heim said. “We thought we were a pretty mediocre car but we made some gains. I think we qualified sixth, started on the outside. After that, we put our car on track and got a lot of restarts from the inside. The inside lane is really important at this track. We definitely played our cards right. We were there at the end and avoided all the wrecks, obviously. We had a good race with Layne, but we came home one spot short.”
Jared Fryar finished in third while Connor Mosack and Bobby McCarty completed the top five. Ronald Hill finished sixth while Brandon Pierce finished seventh — the last of the cars running at the end of the race. Jessica Cann scored a career-best eighth-place finish while Nolan Pope and Stacy Puryear rounded out the top 10.
The next race for the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour is the Aaron’s 250 at Florence Motor Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour is broadcast live on CARSTour.TV.
Results: Solid Rock Carriers 125 — Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway — Sept. 12, 2020
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS – 90 LAPS
- Layne Riggs
- Corey Heim
- Jared Fryar
- Connor Mosack
- Bobby McCarty
- Ronald Hill
- Brandon Pierce
- Jessica Cann
- Nolan Pope
- Stacy Puryear
- Brandon Clements
- Mini Tyrell
- Chad McCumbee
- Justin Johnson
- Jonathan Findley
- Jonathan Shafer
- Trevor Ward
- Travis Truett
- Sammy Smith
- Matt Cox
- Camden Gullie
- Tyler Matthews
- Chris Burns
About the CARS Tour
The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour is one of the premier short track series in the United States. Drivers compete in Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models at the best short tracks across the Carolinas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. The CARS Tour can be found on Facebook at “CARS Tour”, on Twitter @CARSTour, and on Instagram as @CARS_Tour. For more information, visit www.carsracingtour.com or call their Mooresville, N.C. offices at 704.662.9212. The Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour is broadcast live on CARSTour.TV.