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FEBRUARY 27, 2023
SCDRA Touring Series Prepares for First-Ever Visit to Tri-County Race Track on March 24-25

With the short off-season in the rearview mirror the Sport Compact Dirt Racing Series (SCDRA) turns its attention to the March 24 and 25 running of The Little Tarheel at Ray Cook’s Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, North Carolina. Event #2 of 12 of the Jason Waters Championship presented by NewFast Motorsports comes at the ¼ mile facility nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Cherokee. The historic facility, built by the late Jack Wimpey, will provide a picturesque backdrop for the $5000 to win event. (Avery Morris Photo)

The SCDRA features race cars built from sport compact cars such as Honda Accords and Civics, Chevrolet Cavaliers and Cobalts, Nissan Sentras and Maximas, Ford Focuses and Escorts among others. The vehicles are highly modified and have significantly more horsepower than in their factory incarnation. “One of our missions is to keep these cars recognizable. It is our hope that will lead fans, especially the younger ones, to connect with the cars. They may have rode to school in a similar car or they may even drive one themselves. Racing’s heyday was fueled by brand loyalty and rivalry. We have recaptured some of that with our series. We have several different brands competing and their supporters all believe that their choice is the best.” said SCDRA Owner / Director Kelley Carlton. | full story

FEBRUARY 24, 2023
Tri-County Race Track Mourns the Loss of Jack Wimpey

It's with a sad heart this morning that we let everyone know Jack Wimpey passed away early this morning. Jack Wimpey - along with his family - built Tri-County Race Track back in 1968. His love for the racing community and entertainment will never be forgotten. Please keep Jack's family in your prayers during this time. As soon as the arrangements are available we will provide them for everyone.
—Ray Cook and family

JANUARY 13, 2023
Awards Banquet Pushed Back to Saturday, January 14 Due to Possible Icy Conditions

Tonight’s awards banquet for Tri-County Race Track is POSTPONED until tomorrow night - Saturday, January 14 at 7:00pm. This is due to possible icy conditions this evening. Saturday's awards banquet will still be held at the Brasstown Community Center and the drivers/teams who finished inside of the top three in points are invited!

OCTOBER 6, 2022
Dale McDowell Rallies for Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series Tri-County Win!

With a track-record $22,022 on the line as Tri-County Race Track hosted the Castrol® FloRacing Night in America tour for the 17th FK Rod Ends Tar Heel 53 presented by Jacky Jones Automotive Group, both track promoter Ray Cook and series director Ben Shelton expected a bevy of heavy hitters to descend upon the 1/4-mile bullring nestled in the state’s scenic western hills. (Candice McCue Photo)

Both were right, but it was the unlikeliest of national stars — Hall of Famer Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. — who left little Brasstown with the big check. It wasn’t the nation’s top-ranked driver Jonathan Davenport, the superstar from Blairsville, Ga., who grew up racing at Tri-County. Not Chris Madden, the Gray Court, S.C., star who has had arguably the second-best 2022 season of any driver. Not Evans, Ga.’s Brandon Overton, who won the last two Tar Heels. And not Brandon Sheppard, the four-time World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series driver from New Berlin, Ill., who entered Thursday’s race as the Castrol tour’s point leader. | full results

SEPTEMBER 22, 2022
Payton Freeman Holds Off David Payne to Capture Inaugural Russell Thomas Memorial Triumph!!

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
Tri-County Race Track opened its gates for a special event on Thursday, Sept. 22. The main event for the evening was the inaugural Russell Thomas Memorial Super Late Model Race. Thomas was a local racing legend who passed away in Dec. of 2021. Four other divisions were also in action. (Candice McCue Photo)

Georgia driver Kenny Collins set quick time in Super Late Model qualifying. A "quick six" dash for cash saw Collins and the other six fastest qualifiers battle it out for a $500 top prize in a six lap shootout. Collins held off Jason Deal, who was sporting a Russel Thomas pain scheme, to claim the bonus provided by the Thomas family. | full results

Deal and Cochran Win Special Events During Labor Day Championship at Tri-County Race Track!

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
Following a four day postponement, the Labor Day Championship event finally took place Friday, Sept.9 at Tri County Racetrack in Brasstown. The main event for the evening was the C.T. Barnett Memorial Super Late Model race. Another special event on the schedule was the Southeastern Limited Late Model Sportsman Series. Those two races generated a lot of buzz, but racing was great in all divisions. (Candice McCue Photo)

It looked like the C.T. Barnett Memorial race was set for a storybook ending as C.T.'s grandson, Jamie Oliver, turned in the quickest qualifying lap to earn the pole for the event. Oliver shared the front row with Jason Deal who was in a new car for the race. When the green flag dropped, so did Deal, He fell to fourth before the pack made it to turn 1. Oliver however, was on a mission. "The Murphy Bulldog" quickly started pulling away from all challengers, caught the tail of the field and started working his way by slower cars. | full results

AUGUST 26, 2022
Charles Devine, Jr. Takes Win Nine on Fan Appreciation Night at Tri-County Race Track!

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
Tri-County Race Track was in action Friday, August 26 with reduced ticket prices or Fan Appreciation Night. After a meet and greet was held on the track, fans returned to the stands and the cars returned to the pit area to prepare to battle it out. (Candice McCue Photo)

Following time trials and qualifying races, it was time to start with feature racing. First out on the track was the newest division, the Open Wheel Modifieds. Prior to the race, points leader Chuck Southard said he needed to focus and perform in order to grab the championship. Southard followed that up with a strong showing, claiming yet another feature event victory. | full results

AUGUST 12, 2022
A Wild Evening Sees Double Winners at Tri-County Race Track on Back to School Nickel Night

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
Track officials and long-time Tri-County Race Track fans could not remember anytime when the track ran a double feature event. That changed on Friday, Aug.12 when the Brasstown Bullring opened its gates to finish a program that was halted due to rain on July 29. Double the racing meant double the points, winnings and tempers on the clay oval.

All racing fans know a full moon on a race night usually leads to chaos. Although the moon was full later in the night, the sun was still in full force when the first round of features got underway. However, the drivers must have sensed it early as some turned into lead foot werewolves. | full results

JULY 28, 2022
David Payne Wins Rain-Shortened Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Showdown at Tri-County Race Track

David Payne, of Murphy, North Carolina, emerged victorious on Thursday evening in a rain-shortened Schaeffer’s Oil Southern National Series show at Ray Cook’s Tri-County Race Track! David, who has won many special events and track titles in his career at the nearby Brasstown, North Carolina bullring, laid down the second quickest lap in Memory Lane Classic Car Museum qualifying to earn the outside of the front row for the 53-lap feature event. With inclement weather rolling into the area, David jumped out front of the 22-car field on the first circuit and was at the point when heavy rain poured down on the facility during a caution period after only 27 laps. (Rick Neff Photo)

With the deluge, series and track personnel had no choice but to call the race official since it had reached the halfway mark and Payne was declared the winner of the $7,553 first place prize money. Finishing behind his #8 machine was a top five that included runner-up and winner of the last two series races Brandon Overton, fast qualifier and polesitter Payton Freeman, seventh starting Wil Herrington, and Davenport, Iowa invader Spencer Diercks. | full results

JULY 1, 2022
David Payne Holds Off Jamie Oliver for Blue Ridge Outlaw Win at Tri-County Race Track!

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
Tri County Racetrack had a full list of events scheduled for their Friday, July 1 show. The Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Model Series made it's annual visit to the track along with the debut of the American Racer Open Wheel Modified Series. All other divisions were also on the schedule and one of the largest firework shows in the area. Two rain showers pushed the start time back roughly an hour.

The main event of the evening was the $3000 to win Blue Ridge Outlaw race. A pair of Murphy drivers led the field to green. Familiar foes, David Payne and Jamie Oliver brought the field up to full throttle and under the waving green flag. It was clear early on that the duo were the class of the field, with Payne leading the way. Within just a few laps, his No.8 had caught the tail of the field and he started working through the slower traffic. Refusing to let Payne get comfortable, Oliver was right in the leaders' tire tracks, slicing and dicing and keeping in step with the No.8. | full results

JUNE 24, 2022
Rain Delays, but Doesn't Stop the Racing Action Tonight at Tri-County Race Track

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
Just as drivers were preparing for their pre-race meeting with promoter Ray Cook, the skies over Tri County Racetrack darkened and an early-summer shower fell on the quarter mile clay surface. A small pocket of precipitation parked over Brasstown, sending fans running for cover and their cars. Once the rain finally stopped, track prep was needed and Cook made the rare request for drivers to help dry the track. Many answered the call, a move that was appreciated by fans and staff.

With the track declared raceable, hot laps, qualifying and heat races were completed and it was time for feature events.

Daniel Wilson and Drew Deaver made up the front row of the King Ford Limited Late Model main event thanks to stellar qualifying laps. After a false start, the field was lined up again and the green flag flew. Deaver used the momentum he gained on the high side to power to the lead. A flat tire just a few laps into the race sent Wilson to the pit and forced him to the rear of the field for the restart. | full results

JUNE 10, 2022
Jason Deal Takes $2,500 Topless Outlaw Late Model Series Win Tonight at Tri-County Race Track

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
The Topless Outlaw Series made its annual visit to Tri County Racetrack in Brasstown on Friday, June 10. Along with the $2,500 to win main event, five other divisions were in action on the quarter-mile clay oval. (Candice McCue Photo)

In qualifying, Brian Kinnersley's new Limited Late Model track record lap of 12.904 earned him quick time in Group A which put him on the inside of the front row. Group B's fastest time belonged to defending track champion Jason Deal, which put the No. 7 on the outside pole.

Fans rose to their feet as the pair led the field off of turn four to start the 40-lap main event. In the middle of turns one and two, Deal made contact with series regular Chase King which caused a spin. "I thought Brian was going to come up into the high line and I was going to try a crossover move, but I didn't know the No. 44 was that close to me and I clipped his front bumper with my rear fender," Deal said after the race. | full results

MAY 30, 2022
Memorial Day Championship Sees Big Crowd at Tri-County Race Track and Lots of $1,000 Winners!

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but the evening sun in Brasstown made it feel like a mid-summer's evening at Tri County Racetrack on Monday. Seven divisions filled the pit area to wrap up the holiday weekend with each division chasing $1,000 and victory lane.

Consistently the largest class at the track, the Interstate Welding 602 Late Models qualified 25 cars in preparation for their feature. After a long hiatus, Jacob Parris returned the Tri County and put his No.4 on the pole in qualifying. Murphy's Dante Curtis clocked in second quick. The two young guns led the 16-car feature field to the green flag. | full results

MAY 20, 2022
David Payne Dominates at Tri-County Race Track for $2,000 Payday; Beaver Nets First Win!

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
The calendar said May, but the temperature felt more like a mid-summer day in Brasstown on Friday, May 20. Even the hot weather couldn't keep fans from passing through the ticket gate at Tri County Racetrack. A total of seven divisions were in action with the main event belonging to the Super Late Models who competed for $2,000.

In qualifying, Murphy's Jamie Oliver turned in the fastest lap to earn the top spot in the Super Late Model feature. David Payne started on the outside of row number one and the pair shot under the waving green flag and led the field into turn one. As the group of mean machines maneuvered through turns three and four, Levi Hicks almost spun. Directly behind Hicks was Shaun Chastain, who spun trying to avoid Hicks. | full results

APRIL 29, 2022
Jason Deal Captures $1,500 in King Ford Limited/Crate Late Model Clash at Tri-County Race Track!
Local favorite Jason Deal came out on top of the King Ford Limited/Crate Late Model clash tonight at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, North Carolina! Jason beat Kip Cochran, Danny Ledford, Preston Crisp, and Daniel Wilson to the checkers to claim the $1,500 top prize. Other winners on the evening included Dante Curtis (602 Late Model A-Feature), Logan Johnson (602 Late Model B-Feature), Charles Devine, Jr. (Street Stocks), Michael Barnett (Open Wheel Modified), Marty King (Pony), and John Fulford (Front Wheel Drive). The racing action continues at Tri-County next Thursday night, May 5 with a visit by the ground-pounding Super Late Models, who will be vying for a $2,000 paycheck! | full results

APRIL 21, 2022
Garrett Smith Survives Attrition-Filled Tri-County Contest for First Spring Nationals Win
Young upstart driver Garrett Smith, of Eatonton, Georgia, captured his first career Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series victory on Thursday evening in an attrition-filled battle at Tri-County Race Track! Garrett stopped the clock second quickest overall during the FK Rod Ends qualifying session at the Brasstown, North Carolina oval, which locked him into the outside of the front row for the 40-lap headliner. Garrett got the jump at the outset of the race over polesitter Payton Freeman and survived nine caution flags - five coming in the final seven circuits - to bag the $4,053 winner’s check. (Candice McCue Photo)

Freeman, who earlier in the night set a New Track Record in qualifying at the “Tiger Pit” with his quick lap of 12.069 seconds, slipped back to as far as fourth in the running order before making a late charge to a strong runner-up performance. New #SpringNationals point leader Carson Ferguson moved up three spots to finish in the third position to round out the podium. Local favorite Jamie Oliver was steady in advancing past four racecars to nab a fourth place effort, while Kenny Collins debuted a new car to a fifth place showing despite an unfortunate spin on lap 33. | full results

APRIL 1, 2022
No Fools - Bobby Elkins Pockets $1,500 in Season Opening 602 Modified Street Spring Championship!
The 2022 season at Tri-County Race Track officially kicked off earlier tonight with an April Fools Day special dubbed as the 602 Modified Street Spring Championship! A total of twenty-three 602 Late Model competitors piled into the pit area at the Brasstown, North Carolina bullring and local favorite Bobby Elkins emerged victorious to pocket the $1,500 top prize. Finishing behind his #44 machine at the checkers was a top five that consisted of runner-up Booger Brooks, Jason Deal, Seth Wimpey, and Dylan Beaver. The Non-Qualifiers Race for the 602 Modified Street class was won by the #3L car of Mark Ledford. | full results



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