GEORGETOWN, Del. — Following his rookie campaign in big block Modifieds at each Delaware dirt tracks, developing racer Carson Wright has been all smiles, recording various top five results during his first season and a ninth place finish in the NAPA Big Block Modified points standings at Delaware Int’l Speedway.
Wright, a former Crate 602 Sportsman standout in The First State, took his transition from the crate engines to the higher horse-powered big blocks in remarkable fashion, competing for wins on a weekly basis while competing against Delaware veterans like H.J. Bunting, Scott VanGorder and Dave Dissinger.
Despite not finding victory lane during his rookie season in the No. 91 J&M Roofing & Builders machine, Wright impressed onlookers across the board, keeping his machine clean for the most part and gaining respect from fans and drivers, alike.
“It was a really good first season,” Wright said. “We had some impressive top five finishes. Our No. 91 J&N Roofing & Builders machine was quick every weekend. But it is just difficult to be constantly competive in that class, especially when you have little experience. But it was a really good season for us, all in all.”
“You really have to drive these big blocks different then anything I have ever driven before, even the Crate 602 Sportsmans. Crate modifieds have a lot less horsepower then these big blocks. I really had to learn to be smooth and hit my marks.”
Wright’s season was hindered after a motor failure in the final weeks before the season finale, which ultimately cost him a top five finish in the points race and a chance at Rookie of the Year honors.
However, amid the unfortunate circumstances, the 16-year-old views the season as a learning curve and something positive he looks to build upon, as he sets his sights on a championship at Delaware International and select appearances in the Short Track Super Series Velocita South Region.
“I really am looking forward to the new season,” Wright said. “I would like to and am looking to run select races in the Short Track Super Series, if everything shakes out how I expect. But we will probably also be running at Delaware each week, competing for a championship. I really would like to finish a lot higher in the points and attempt to win a few races.”
“I plan to run Georgetown some more, too. Brett Deyo has done a [marvelous] job with that track and hosts some really big races there, as well. I would love to contend for some wins at those events.”
While the 2017 Delaware racing season is still a few weeks from the opening event, the expectations are high and pushing forward for Wright following a breakthrough rookie campaign.
For more information on Wright, visit his Facebook page.
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Marshall Gabell is the Mid-Atlantic Correspondent for Race Chaser Online, and handles public relations needs in multiple outlets of motorsports, including for tracks and drivers. Gabell is currently attending Stephen Decatur High School in Ocean City, Maryland, completing his junior year. He is just 16 years old.
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