|Eddie Carrier Jr. enjoyed a strong start to his 2015 campaign on Thursday night with a $7,000 triumph in the opening round of the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway Park (Brunswick, Georgia). Rick Schwallie Photo
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event drew a field of thirty-three entries, and via time trials Carrier Jr. locked into the pole position for his heat race. He went on to win his heat race, earning him the third starting spot for the 30 lap feature. Carrier Jr. would lead the opening lap before Brandon Sheppard took control on the second circuit, shuffling Carrier Jr. back to third.
Eddie continued to battle at the front of the pack throughout the duration of the event and looked to be on his way to a solid runner-up performance. However, Sheppard's misfortune struck on the last lap as the right front of his nosepiece dug into the track causing him to nearly lose control of his car. As he entered turn three, Sheppard's car rode the cushion as Carrier Jr. slipped by underneath of him to take the win. Stormy Scott, Sheppard, Steve Francis and Scott Bloomquist rounded out the top five finishers.
"We worked all winter on our race program. Our last race of 2014 was the Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth. To come down here and win the first night out, it's just a tremendous honor to race against these guys; they are the best in the business!" said Carrier Jr.
Friday night saw the winner's check increasing to $10,000-to-win as thirty-three entries returned for action. Unfortunately, Carrier's luck would not be as good as the previous night. The team battled mechanical issues on their primary car and would ultimately have to switch to a backup care prior to heat race action. Eddie would only manage a seventh place finish in his heat race, which pinned him deep in a b-main where he failed to reach a transfer position. Carrier Jr. utilized a series provisional to lock into the 24th starting spot on the feature grid. During the course of the 50 lap finale Eddie advanced to an eighteenth place finish in the final rundown.
The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night with the $10,000-to-win finale for the LOLMDS Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing. Thirty-two entries converged on the 3/8 mile oval and Eddie finished third in his heat race with locked him into ninth starting spot for the 50 lap feature. Carrier Jr. battled in the top ten for much of the event before settling to an eleventh place finish at the checkered flag.
Full results from the events are available at www.LucasDirt.com