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Big Catch for Five Winners at Mountain Creek

Photo Credit: Allison Campbell, Kara C’s Photography

Payton Johnson, Carson McKee, Jackson Darnell Carson Kvapil and Karter Beattie scored big in Sunday’s second annual Ed Watkins Marine Weekend of Speed at Mountain Creek Speedway. The race also marked the halfway point of the season for the speedway by the creek. As temperatures were starting to rise, so was the action on the track.

Carson McKee started fourth at the drop of the green in the Cadet A-main and survived a few caution flags to take down his second win of the season over Delaney Gray, Brylon Earnhardt, Caden Outz and Hunter Morgan. Jackson Darnell, son of former NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series driver, Erik Darnell had a flawless day being the fastest qualifier, winning his heat and dominating the Beginner Box stock A-main for his very first win at Mountain Creek. Darnell was followed across the line by Will Spencer and Stetson Swink. Tanner Tucker, who took the Back Row Challenge to win an additional $300 rose as high as second until fading. He finished fourth with Nolan Fohr, fifth.

Payton Johnson made the momentum work at exactly the right moment to win the Box Stock A-main. Race leader, Gavin Marlin and Jayden Cordell made contact fighting for the lead with a lap and a half to go breaking their momentum allowing Johnson to go from third to first. Cordell was second with Marlin, third. Zoey Smith and Chase DeMarco rounded out the top five. Karter Beattie was the winner in the Intermediate division over Owin Halpain.

Carson Kvapil started on the outside pole and ran the high side for twenty laps to win the Yamaha 450 Outlaw A-main. Fast qualifier, Michael Hubert chipped away at Kvapil’s but not even a late race caution could keep Kvapil from victory lane. Hubert was second with Dylan Beard, third. Tyler Conover and Sam Miller completed the top five.

The next race for outlaw karts will be July, 10th. When the track isn’t racing, it’s busy Monday through Friday with testing and practice sessions for everything from flat karts to national midgets. The track will also be available for testing and practice days throughout the year. Those wishing to reserve rental or testing days can contact Jason Queen at (828)413-6890 for details and availability.

Back Row Challenge Coming to Mountain Creek

Mountain Creek Speedway owners and promoters, Adam and Rebecca Stewart in conjunction with race weekend sponsor, Ed Watkins Marine are putting up additional money for a back row challenge in both the Beginner Box Stock and Box Stock divisions this weekend, June 12th for the second annual Ed Watkins Marine Weekend of Speed. The pole sitter can elect to start at the rear for a chance to win additional $100 on top of $200 if the driver can win the race. If the driver refuses, second will get the the option up to fifth starting spot.

“I’m really excited to be apart of the Front Row Challenge format for the second annual Ed Watkins Marine Weekend of Speed! It’s puts the spot light on the kids and makes it exciting for them with some added bonus money,” an excited Ed Watkins explained. “It’s going to make for a wild two days of racing action. Everyone wants to see the fast guys go to the back and try to drive up through the field. It’s something the fans love to see. We wanted to give that opportunity to a young driver and additionally throwing in some extra money only adds to the excitement.”

“It’s funny how it all happened.” said Adam Stewart. “Someone suggested it on a social media and Ed called me to ask if that would add to the weekend. I thought it was a great idea so we just ran with it.” Ed Watkins Marine is located at 3333 NC-16 Business in Denver, NC. The Watkins family competes at Mountain Creek Speedway with son, Rhylen Watkins in the Box Stock division.

Gates will open for the second annual Ed Watkins Marine Weekend of Speed Saturday, June, 11th for flat kart racers at 3pm with practice beginning at 5pm. Sunday outlaw kart competition will see gates open at 12:30pm with practice beginning at 3pm Those who can’t attend can tune in live on mountaincreekspeedway.tv When the track isn’t racing, it’s busy Monday through Friday with testing and practice sessions for everything from flat karts to national midgets. The track will also be available for testing and practice days throughout the year. Those wishing to reserve rental or testing days can contact Jason Queen at (828)413-6890 for details and availability.

2nd Annual Ed Watkins Marine Weekend of Speed

June 11th and 12th will be the long anticipated, Ed Watkins Marine Weekend of Speed at Mountain Creek Speedway. Coming off the success of last years event, track sponsors Ed and Vonda Watkins of Ed Watkins Marine are hoping to make this event an annual staple at the speedway by the creek. The weekend will begin with Flat Karts competing on Saturday night with over a dozen divisions of racing and will conclude Sunday afternoon for winged outlaw karts.

“We had so much fun last year that we are so honored and blessed to be back for the second annual Ed Watkins Marine Weekend of Speed at Mountain Creek Speedway.” stated Vonda Duke Watkins, Co-owner of Ed Watkins Marine. “We know the heart and soul that goes into the speedway by Adam and Rebecca and we are so honored to be a part of that positive energy. Mountain Creek always exudes affordable wholesome family fun, a strong moral and ethical foundation for competitors, and a community driven atmosphere. As always, we look forward to seeing top notch racing at all levels, and pray for the safety of all competitors, racetrack personnel and spectators.”

“Big Ed”, as he’s affectionately known started his racing career coming out of a stint playing college football, then going to work for Hendrick Motorsports as NASCAR Hall of Famer, Jeff Gordon’s jackman. Over the years Ed Watkins worked for numerous drivers at teams, eventually winning three Daytona 500’s as a crewman and three NASCAR Cup Series Championships. Today the Watkins family competes at Mountain Creek Speedway with son, Rhylen Watkins in the Box Stock division.

“We’re very excited to have Ed Watkins Marine come back on board again this year.” said track owner and promoter Adam Stewart. “Last years event was a lot of fun which turned into one of our most popular races. We’re proud to have them back again and keep growing this race to keep it on the calendar year after year.” Last year’s event saw a beautiful weekend of racing with the track decorated with fishing and luxury boats as well as a new line of UTV/side-by-sides from Ed Watkins Marine. Ed Watkins Marine is located at 3333 NC-16 Business in Denver, NC.

Gates will open Saturday June 11th for flat kart racers at 3pm with practice beginning at 5pm. Sunday outlaw kart competition will see gates open at 12:30pm with practice beginning at 3pm Those who can’t attend can tune in live on mountaincreekspeedway.tv When the track isn’t racing, it’s busy Monday through Friday with testing and practice sessions for everything from flat karts to national midgets. The track will also be available for testing and practice days throughout the year. Those wishing to reserve rental or testing days can contact Jason Queen at (828)413-6890 for details and availability.