Matt Carter Appreciative Of Opportunity In Atlanta; Optimistic About Future
Topics: Matt Carter, Great Clips 300, Go Green Racing
DENVER, North Carolina (September 7, 2011) - Former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Rookie of the Year Matt Carter competed in his 29th career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event Saturday night in the Great Clips 300 driving for Go Green Racing (GGR) in the No. 39 CarportEmpire.com / Bennett Steel Structures Ford Mustang.
Guaranteed to make his 10th start of the 2011 season, Carter practiced the GGR entry well before qualifying a respectable 23rd before climbing up through the leader board at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway to finish a noteworthy 17th, his fourth top-20 effort of his career.
Knowing the opportunity driving the No. 39 CarportEmpire.com / Bennett Steel Structures Ford Mustang was a one-race deal, the son of NASCAR legend Travis Carter is hoping he opened some eyes.
“Our goal was to finish inside the top-20 on Saturday night and we accomplished that,” offered Carter. “I appreciate the opportunity that Go Green Racing, Archie (St. Hilaire), Fain (Skinner) and the folks at CarportEmpire.com and Bennett Steel Structures for the opportunity to represent them.”
He added, “I had a lot of fun out there. Overall, our No. 39 CarportEmpire.com / Bennett Steel Structures Ford Mustang was pretty good. Having the opportunity to work with crew chief Clinton Cram and the GGR couldn’t have gone any better. With a couple more adjustments and laps, I feel a top-15 finish wouldn’t have been out of the picture. I also want to thank the guys from OTW (Over the Wall) who performed flawlessly on pit road all race long.”
With Atlanta now in the rear-view mirror, reality has sunk back in for Carter knowing that he’ll be going to Richmond (Va.) International Raceway this week in a start-and-park role for Rick Ware Racing.
“I’m just trying to keep my name out there,” Carter explained. “I don’t like doing the start and parks just like the teams and fans don’t. But, it’s what I am doing to be at the track. Maybe, just maybe our run at Atlanta caught someone’s attention and we’ll get a shot at racing to the checkered flag a couple more times before the year ends.”
The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (250 laps / 187.5 miles) is the 27th of 35 races on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour. Practice beings Friday, September 9, with a one-hour and 15 minute session planned from 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. A final practice session has been etched in from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day set to launch at 4:05 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN2, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the contest lifts off at 7:00 p.m. also on ESPN2.
For more on Matt Carter including marketing partnership opportunities, please visit mattcarterracing.com.
NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management
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