Denver, NC (11-10-10) Since Matt Carter clinched the ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year Title in 2008, he has been hanging out on the fringes of NASCAR. For the upcoming 2011 season, hopes remain high for Carter and the opportunities are endless.
“We had a really good year in the ARCA series in 2008 – finishing third in points and clinching the Rookie of the Year title. We were looking to move up or at least run a full ARCA season in ’09, but when the economy tanked, our team along with many others, dissolved,” explained Carter. “It’s been slow the past two years but in the meantime we’ve been working on advancing our program and gathering the right resources.”
Last year, Carter ran 15 NASCAR Nationwide series races for Specialty Racing, a low budget team with very limited resources, which gave him seat time and great experience.
“We got two top 15 finishes, which was good considering we were very limited in what we had to work with,” stated Carter. The team decided to part ways with four races left in the season, leaving Carter without the ability to fulfill the remaining 2009 NNS race schedule.
“Since then, I’ve helped a couple of teams out and tried to be involved in the sport whenever and wherever I could,” continued Carter. “I‘ve done some testing, start and parks and even spotted for a team; it’s definitely not where I want to be right now, but we’ve been making advances to work with sponsors to try and get something started. I would like to remain with Travis Carter Motorsports, but if the right opportunity should arise I’ll be considering all options, even going with a new team. My dad and I are still here in NASCAR – we haven’t left.”
Travis Carter Motorsports is headquartered in Statesville, North Carolina, and is owned and operated by legendary Winston Cup Crew Chief, Travis Carter, also father to Matt Carter. They are equipped to run a full season in any series – they just need the right backing and they are confident that their efforts to gain support will pan out. In 2008, Carter competed in one of the most competitive fields yet seen in the ARCA RE/MAX series. Week in and week out, Carter competed for the championship against famed drivers such as Scott Speed, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Justin Algaier and even Nine Time ARCA Series Champion and Triple Crown Award Winner, Frank Kimmel. When running in the late Hooters Pro Cup Series, he earned the name as the “Silent Stalker”. His precision on the track is impeccable and when everything comes together for him, you can bank on the fact that Matt Carter will be a Rookie of the Year contender and the next up and coming name in NASCAR.