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Race preview: Orange County Speedway

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Garrett Marchant

Race preview: Orange County Speedway

Bradley Carpenter/Garrett Marchant Racing
September 24, 2011


Orange County Speedway has no idea what is about to hit them this weekend. 14 year old Garrett Marchant will be making his first late model start in the Southeast Limited Late Model Series. This has been a dream of Garrett’s all season to make his first Late Model start. This is the next step in progressing his career to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The last couple weeks have been filled with lots of hard work and time spent working on the car in order to get it ready to contend for a win with Garrett behind the wheel.

In 2011 Garrett has split his time between Orange County Speedway and South Boston Speedway. This has been a season of the good, the bad, and the ugly but it has taught Garrett a lot about keeping his head up and pushing on in the season. From sponsorship issues to car malfunctions it seems like Garrett’s sophomore season was in a slump.

Every time Garrett hit a rough patch though there was nothing that could keep him down. When he hit a sponsorship issue he continued to try and he ended up on the winning end of that difficult time, picking up Lone Star Car Transport as the primary sponsor for the 2011 season. Garrett has had an awesome wrap up to the closing part of his season with several great finishes in a row.

In the face of adversity Garrett has pushed past it and grown as a driver and an individual. This weekend will be another chance for Garrett to achieve what he has been dreaming of doing since he was younger, to race in NASCAR. Being his first race in the late model it is going to take a lot of time to learn the new type of race car since he ran in the Pure Stock series this year in the #77 Lone Star Car Transport Nissan at Orange County Speedway and South Boston.

We at BMR Motorsports want to thank all the people and the community that have helped Garrett and BMR Motorsports to race this season and help put together this opportunity for us. It is greatly appreciated to have the community and fan base behind us to help us get to where we are today. Thank you all so much for making this season such a great success for Garrett.

Garrett’s quotes:

“This weekend is going to be very bitter sweet for me. This will most likely be my last race of 2011. Therefore I’d like to go out in style. I think we are going to have a top 10 car I just need to do my end of the deal. We are renting the track one day this week and so I will get a good analysis on the car and hopefully I can learn how to drive this bad boy by Saturday. Huge thanks to Tom Elliott and my Dad for thrashing on this thing and thanks to my Grandma and Grandaddy for letting me drive it. Thanks to Lone Star Car Transportation/ Lscautoshipping.com without them I would have been sitting on the couch most of this year. Also where would I be without my fans? Thank you guys so much. YOU are what motivates me to go out and do what I do every weekend and you guys help me stay upbeat!”



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