Russell Harrison Hackett, age 76, of Randleman died Friday, February 23, 2018, at Randolph Hospice House in Asheboro.
Born January 13, 1942, and grew up as a tobacco and dairy farmer. At the age of 16, he began working in restaurants which eventually led to him owning his own. Dixie Dew Drive-In and Robinhood Restaurant.
He began going to Caraway Speedway in Sophia, NC as a spectator then became a championship winning car owner.
by Langley Austin Press Release February 15, 2018 race22.com
The first green flag of the 2018 season will fly at Caraway Speedway on Sunday, March 4th at 2pm with the Money Madness event. The event will kick off the first of three big Late Model Stock Car races.
by Langley Austin Press Release February 04, 2018 race22.com
Caraway Speedway is revamping their racing program with an eye toward offering drivers, teams and fans exactly what they've been asking for.
BRANDON WARD NOTCHES SOUTHERN MODIFIED RACING SERIES WIN
Richard Trotter, Ryan Robertson, Michael Adams, Allen Vance and Johnny Baker Score Wins in “Keller Williams Realty Family Night” at Caraway Speedway
(Sophia, NC): Brandon Ward from Winston-Salem, drove his #19, “Tour Type” Modified to victory at Caraway Speedway Saturday night for his third win in five starts in the Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS). Ward was the quickest qualifier for the 75 lap feature with a lap at 16.803 seconds edging current SMRS points leader, Jeremy Gerstner, from Wesley’s Chapel, FL for the top spot. But the win did not come easy for Ward. The top six qualifiers re-draw for starting spots under SMRS rules and that put Ward in the fifth starting spot behind Tim Brown, Mike Norman, Gerstner and Trey Hutchens for the start. Brown quickly moved to the point dragging Gerstner and Ward with him. Hutchens, Norman and Doug Jackson in Phil Stefanelli”s #17 followed. Brown stayed at the point with Gerstner under his rear bumper until a mid-race caution closed the field. Brown chose to make a pit stop at that point for adjustments handing the lead over to Gerstner. Gerstner led until another caution on lap 60 closed the field again. On the restart, Gerstner spun his tires allowing Ward to escape with the lead and eventually the win. Gerstner finished second. Brown managed to get back to third spot in the finishing order after another stop during the lap 60 slow-down. Hutchens kept the leaders close and nailed down fourth spot at the finish followed by Norman and Jackson. Gerstner maintained his slim lead over Brown in season standings followed by Hutchens, Norman and Ward.
Location: Sophia, North Carolina
Owner: Russell Hackett
Operator: Darren and Renee Hackett
Length: .455 mi (.732 km)
Race Lap Record: 15.648 sec. (George Brunnhoelzl III, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified)
ALLRED, NEAL, ROBBINS, FLEMING, BAKER AND BRALLEY
CLAIM WINS IN CARAWAY LABOR DAY CLASSIC
(Sophia, NC): A steamy Labor Day at Caraway Speedway saw a full slate of racing at the .456 mile oval. Even an early afternoon rain shower couldn’t slow things down.
In qualifying, Buddy Allred set fast time in the Limited Late Models. Amber Lynn was quickest in the Bowman Gray Sportsman division with Brad Robbins in the 602 Tour Modifieds, Chuck Wall in Mini Stock, Alex Fleming in the Chargers and Zach Bralley in the UCAR’s rounding out the pole winners for the day.
The UCAR’s kicked off the racing action with fast qualifier, Zach Bralley taking home the win after the #56 was DQ’ed in post-race inspection. Gary Dillard, Steven Collins, Guy Bralley and Austin Vance rounded out the top five.
The Bowman Gray Sportsman division was up next and the top six invert put birthday boy, Casey Kepley on the point for the start of their 40 lapper. Kepley led the first lap before Tommy Neal blew out the candles on Kepleys cake and took over the top spot with Amber Lynn in tow. Lynn followed Neal but by lap 12 she was inside the #21 of Neal. They raced side-by-side thru lap 17 when Lynn’s car slipped allowing Neal to pull ahead until Lynn made the pass for the lead bringing Justin Taylor along for the ride. The caution flew on lap 22 for Kepley and Neal and Kepley pitted. On the restart Lynn pulled away from the field with Taylor in tow with Neal charging back after his stop for a new right rear tire. Neal managed to squeeze by Lynn bringing Taylor along. Another quick caution on lap 35 saw Lynn in the pits for a new right front setting the stage for the final five laps. Neal held on for the win while Taylor edged Lynn for second by half a hood. Kepley finished fourth with Tim Talley rounded out the top five.
Fastest Mini Stock qualifier, Chuck Wall gave it everything he had while trying to chase down Johnny Baker but it was to no avail as Baker held off Wall on a lap 13 restart to take the win. Michael Tucker finished third ahead of Tyler Bush and Barry Wilson. Andy Spears, Michael Lowery, Mark Baker, D.J. Dean and Jeremy Seeley completed the top ten.
It took Buddy Allred just two laps to move from his sixth starting spot to the front of the Limited Late Model pack. Allred survived two double file “cone restarts” to hold off a charging Coy Beard for the win. Eddie Cox finished third with Michael Caudill and Amber Lynn completing the top five.
The “602 Modified Tour” saw quick qualifier, Brad Robins move from the back to the front finally besting his team car with Robbie Brewer at the keyboard with only three laps to go. Robbins got by Brewer on lap 32 of their 35 lapper to claim the win over Brewer, Brandon Ward and Richard Trotter.
Alex Fleming wrapped up the nights action claiming the win over a fading Austin Harris whose brakes gave out with only a handful of laps remaining. Harris hung on for second ahead of Christian Joyce, Gerald Robertson, Jr. and Austin Taylor.
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