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SEPTEMBER 25, 2023
Topless Outlaw Dirt Late Model Series Set to Invade Tri-County this Friday, September 29 for $2,500 to win!

The Topless Outlaw Dirt Late Model Series presented by Stanley Best Heating & Air will embark on a double-header weekend at two ultra-competitive short tracks this weekend with over $28,000 in total prize money up for grabs.

The weekend kicks off at Ray Cook’s Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC, affectionately known as the Tiger Pit, with a $2,500 to win, $300 to start main event feature. It will mark the series 4th overall visit to the tight red clay bullring situated in western North Carolina. Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN won in 2020 and 2021 with Jason Deal of Copper Hill, TN taking the checkers last June. A full slate of local racing is also on the schedule Friday night, September 29!

SEPTEMBER 22, 2023
Colton Berrong Wins Delayed 602 Late Model Spring Championship Event at Tri-County Race Track!

On Friday, September 22, Brasstown once again become the center for speed in Clay County as Tri County Racetrack held its 602 Late Model Spring Championship race. As the name suggests, the race was originally scheduled in the spring but fell victim to a rainout. The second attempt for the event was also a victim to excessive moisture. On Friday, however, the weather could not have been better. (Mark Carter Photo)

In the main event of the evening, youngster Colton Berrong and veteran C.B. McKinnon made up the front row and brought the Interstate Welding 602 Late Models up to full song. As the pair came off of turn two, Berrong, not quite clear of McKinnon , went from the bottom line to the top, making contact with McKinnon's No. 73. Despite the contact, Berrong was able to claim the top spot. McKinnon stayed in Berrong's dust trail, waiting on an opportunity to go for the lead. | full results

Jamie Oliver Scores Dream Win At Tri-County Race Track; Pockets $10,034.37 in C.T. Barnett Memorial!

Racing fans ended their holiday weekend by making the journey to Brasstown for the annual C.T. Barnette Memorial super late model race at Tri-County Racetrack. This year's version of the event was sanctioned by the Southern All-Star Series and was the first visit to the track for the historic series. (Deango Motorsports Photography)

After turning the fastest lap in qualifying, the "Murphy Bulldog" Jamie Oliver lined up beside fellow Murphy resident David Payne to lead the field to green in pursuit of the $10,034.37 prize. Oliver wasted no time in gaining control of the race as he used the high side momentum to put his No. 38 Longhorn chassis out front. | full results

AUGUST 11, 2023
Monk Gulledge Beats Southern Vintage Racing Competitors at Tri-County on Fan Appreciation Night!

Monk Gulledge bested a strong field of Southern Vintage Racing competitors on Friday night at Tri-County Race Track! During the popular Fan Appreciation Night, which also served as Back to School Nickel Night this year, Monk beat Jeffrey Wood, Johnny Starkey, Berry Powell, and Lloyd Roberts to the checkered flag at the Brasstown, North Carolina venue. Other winners on the evening included Danny Ledford (Limited/Crate Late Model), Colton Berrong (Interstate Welding 602 Late Model), Daniel Helton (602 Late Model B-Feature), Keith Baker (Open Wheel Modified), Roger Beaver (Street Stock), Jim Exum (Front Wheel Drive), and Steven Beaver (Pony). | full results

JULY 27, 2023
Jimmy Owens Stretches Southern Nationals Series Point Lead with Tri-County Race Track Win

Jimmy Owens, of Newport, Tennessee, extended his current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series point lead on Thursday night with a victory at Tri-County Race Track, but not by much, as the top four drivers in the tight series point battle occupied the first four spots in the final rundown of the 40-lap main event. Jimmy started off his evening by laying down the third quickest time in Group A during the qualifying session, which locked him into the inside of the third row for the start of the A-Main. The popular driver known as the “Newport Nightmare” then quickly moved up to the second position and hounded early race leader Donald McIntosh for the point. (Trevor Gonzalez Photo)

Jimmy was then able to finally make the pass for the lead on lap seventeen and held off a hard charging Ricky Weiss to capture his second triumph of the year on the miniseries, along with the $7,553 first place prize money. Weiss, who earned Fast Time honors in qualifying and led the field to green from the pole position, made a late race charge to finish a mere 0.553 seconds behind Owens’ #20 ride. Donald McIntosh rounded out the podium in third after leading the first sixteen circuits of the contest. Carson Ferguson passed two competitors to land in the fourth finishing position, while Hall of Famer Dale McDowell occupied the final spot inside of the top five after starting eighth. | full results

JULY 12, 2023
Thursday's Event at Tri-County Canceled Due to Equipment Issues and Possible Rain...

Tri-County Race Track is unfortunately forced to cancel this Thursday night’s race (July 13) due to equipment failures in the concession stand and involving the motor grader. These equipment issues have delayed track preparation and with a chance of rain as well, we feel it's best to take the night off and get everything ready for our next event. The Interstate Welding 602 Late Model Championship will now be held on Friday, September 22. The next event at Tri-County Race Track will be THURSDAY, JULY 27. Make plans to join us for the $7,553 to win Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals extravaganza!

Thanks again for your support! --- Ray Cook

JULY 4, 2023
Danny Ledford Dominates; David Payne Wows During Independence Day Championship!

The heat was on in Brasstown, NC on Tuesday, July 4th, but that didn't keep folks away from Tri County Racetrack. The stands were filled with red, white and blue clad racing fans who were ready to celebrate freedom with American horsepower. (Deango Motorsports Photography)

A 25-lap Super Late Model feature was the main event on the card and event though the field was light, the race was spectacular. Murphy's Jamie Oliver claimed the lead from his outside pole position as the field exited turn two and led the first lap. For the first portion of the race, Oliver was able to pull away from second place David Payne. However, as the laps ticked by, "The Coach" started tracking down the leader. With just a handful of circuits left, Oliver found himself under serious attack from Payne. The pair crossed under the white flag side-by-side and the crowd stood as one to watch the veterans fight it out. Payne managed to clear Oliver and steal the win. Oliver was second and Daniel Wilson crossed the line in third. | full results

JUNE 23, 2023
Brianna Lawson Claims Second Career Carolina Sprint Tour Win Tonight at Tri-County Race Track!

The first win of the night at Tri-County Racetrack on Friday, June 23, came when the sun flooded Brasstown instead of the rain showers in the area. To the surprise of many, the racing event went off without a hitch.

For the first time ever, the Carolina Sprint Car Series visited the quarter-mile clay oval and the winged machines had the crowd hanging on every lap. Thanks to her performances in the two heat races, 14 year old Brianna Lawson found herself bringing the field up to speed as the pole sitter. Lawson got a great jump on the initial start and established a lead by the time the pack made it around to complete lap one. | full results

JUNE 9, 2023
Clayton Miller Roars to $2,000 Payday in Cumberland Plateau Open Wheel Racing Series Visit to Tri-County!

Clayton Miller swept the evening at Tri-County Race Track, as he earned Fast Time honors in Cumberland Plateau Open Wheel Racing Series qualifying before securing the $2,000 top prize tonight in the feature! Clayton beat a top five that consisted of Brandon Kinzer, J.T. Ayers, Matthew Hopper, and Billy Palmer. Other winners on the night at the Brasstown, North Carolina oval included Danny Ledford (Limited/Crate Late Model), Ricky Smith (Interstate Welding 602 Late Model), C.B. McKinnon (602 Late Model B-Feature), Matt Whitener (Street Stock), Zac Cox (Pony), and Josh Deese (Front Wheel Drive). | full results

MAY 29, 2023
David Payne Pockets $2,000 in Memorial Day Super Late Model Special at Tri-County Race Track!

Our annual Memorial Day Championship was on tap on Monday, May 29 at Tri-County Race Track and a strong field of cars showed up and showed out at the Brasstown, North Carolina oval. David Payne pocketed the $2,000 top prize in the Super Late Model division over a top five that included runner-up Gavin Cowan, Shawn Chastain, Jamie Oliver, and Dillon Daves. Other winners on Memorial Day included Jason Deal (King Ford Limited/Crate Late Models), Charles Devine (Interstate Welding 602 Late Models), C.B. McKinnon (602 Late Model B-Feature), Troy Turner (Street Stocks), Josh Thurmond (Open Wheel Modifieds), Ryan Crawford (Pony), and Shannon Jones (Front Wheel Drive). | full results

MAY 19, 2023
Jason Deal Capitalizes to Win King Ford Limited Late Model Spring Championship at Tri-County!

The weather was picture-perfect on Friday, May 19 when race fans made their way to Brasstown for the Spring Championships for three of the weekly divisions. Along with the trio of special events, all other weekly divisions were also in action. The King Ford Limited/Crate Late Model main event saw competitors sling sideways chasing $1,500. Warne's Danny Ledford got off to a strong start with momentum from his outside pole starting spot. However, while leading, Ledford's No.4 slowed as mechanical issues ended the night for the "Dynamite Kid." (Candice McCue Photo)

On the restart, fastest qualifier Jason Deal snagged the lead and tried to set sail. Hayesville's very own Brett Shook had his No. 17 hooked up and in the tire tracks of the leader. While Shook was close enough to capitalize on a mistake, the veteran Deal never made one. Deal took the win, Shook settled for second and Drew Benfield finished third. | full results

MAY 5, 2023
Carson Ferguson Fantastic in $7,553 Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Win at Tri-County Race Track

Carson Ferguson, of Lincolnton, North Carolina, stretched out his current Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series point lead with a victory on Friday at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, North Carolina! Carson topped the 27 car field during the qualifying session to earn Fast Time honors and the pole position for the 40-lap feature. After narrowly edging past early race leader Will Roland to lead lap five, Carson grabbed the point for good on lap thirteen. The defending Spring Nationals Champion beat his nearest competition by 0.707 seconds to reach victory lane at the “Tiger Pit” and bag the $7,553 first place prize. (Josh Carpenter Photo)

The all-time winningest driver in series history - Dale McDowell - advanced from his fourth starting spot to finish in the runner-up position. Kenny Collins, who currently sits third in the latest series point standings, started third and finished third to round out the podium. Tenth starting Benji Hicks streaked to a strong fourth place effort, while outside polesitter Will Roland - who led on two different occasions for a total of eleven circuits - held on to finish fifth. | full results

APRIL 21, 2023
Chip Brindle Scores First Career American All-Stars Series Victory in Vol-Heel Spring Shootout!

After challenging race-long leader Brandon Williams for several laps, Chip Brindle, of Chatsworth, Georgia, took the lead of the 'Vol-Heel Spring Shootout' on lap 36 with an inside move in turn one and led the final five circuits at Tri-County Race Track tonight to capture the $2,500 first place prize money! Brindle earned his first career American All-Stars Series victory over a top five that included runner-up and ninth-starting Booger Brooks, Jason Deal, Brandon Williams, and Tucker Anderson. (Candice McCue Photo)

1. 17-Chip Brindle[2]; 2. 148-Booger Brooks[9]; 3. 85-Jason Deal[7]; 4. 95-Brandon Williams[1]; 5. 22-Tucker Anderson[4]; 6. 9-Josh Dietz[3]; 7. 73-Trevor Sise[14]; 8. 9Z-Zach Sise[8]; 9. 27-Joe Denby[13]; 10. 14S-Sylvan Schuette[10]; 11. 5J-Jesse Lowe[5]; 12. 20M-Willie McElhiney[19]; 13. 727-Baillie Lowe[11]; 14. 24-Seth Wimpey[12]; 15. 1-Junior Whitener[17]; 16. 32-Cody Gloyne[22]; 17. 32B-William Blankenship[16]; 18. 22T-Matt Thompson[21]; 19. 14W-Logan Walls[6]; 20. 14-Adam Smith[15]; 21. 31G-Stephen Pedulla[18]; 22. 77-Gabe Wilson[20] | full results

MARCH 25, 2023
Brandon Dalton Gets First SCDRA Victory in Little Tarheel at Tri-County Race Track

The Sport Compact Dirt Racing Association (SCDRA) made its first-ever visit to Tri-County Race Track and Bowling Green, Ky., driver Brandon Dalton emerged from an eye-popping 52-car field Saturday night to earn his first-career victory on the Kelley Carlton-founded touring circuit. (Brian McLeod / Dirt Scenes Photo)

The 40-lapper for compact-type machines was aptly-titled the Little Tar Heel, since it was held at a location that has served as the longtime home of the Tar Heel 50 for Super Late Model-type cars. The track has gained a reputation for solid racing action during Cook’s near decade-long tenure at the helm of the quarter-mile facility, and this one was no disappointment for what appeared to be mostly a locally-based crowd that turned out for a good first look at the highly-competitive touring series. | full results

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




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