Carolina Pro Late Model Series
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Apr 28, 2022
Carolina Pro Late Model Series championship leader Josh Lowder is hoping to pick up his second win of the season when the tour makes its first appearance at Goodyear All American Speedway on Saturday night.
Lowder picked up a win in the season opener at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina back in March and has led the series points standings ever since. Lowder has finished no worse than third in 2022, and he expects to get back to victory lane on Saturday.
“The goal is always to win, that’s what we come for,” Lowder said. “We’ve never ran here, never seen this place. It looks like a really nice track. I’m looking forward to getting out there. I’ve never ran on this tire. So, I’m going to see what we’ve got.”
Lowder has been racing in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series since the tour’s inception in 2020, competing at eight different venues in a Pro Late Model. This season, he has found his stride and has quickly adjusted to different venues – but Saturday’s trip to Onslow County will be the first time this season he has been to a track he’s never raced at before in the series.
“So far, we’ve managed to finish in the top-three just about everywhere we’ve been for the first time so I’m hoping we can do the same here,” Lowder stated. “We’ve adjusted well to it. This Fury car seems to work everywhere we take it, so we don’t expect any different here.”
The Carolina Pro Late Model Series’ inaugural visit to Jacksonville comes one week after the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour put on an electrifying event. Longtime chassis builder and car owner Jay Hedgecock, who fielded cars driven by Janson Marchbanks and Bradley McCaskill in the CARS Tour race, gave Lowder some advice heading into Saturday.
“Jay Hedgecock helped us out and gave us some pointers,” Lowder commented. “He had some good cars in the CARS Tour race here last weekend. We’ll put into effect what he told me and see what we’ve got.”
Lowder leads the Carolina Pro Late Model Series standings by 17 points over Rick Ware Racing development driver Mason Maggio, who is also entered to compete on Saturday. He won’t be the only Lowder racing either. His father, Dean Lowder, will compete in the Carolina Crate Modified Series feature.
Tickets for Saturday’s Carolina 250, which also features the Atlantic Turfscapes Super Truck Series, Mini Stocks, and Champ Karts, are available at the gate on race day for $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military with ID, $5 for kids ages 6-12, while kids five (5) and under are free. Trackside parking is also available.