Saturday, May 25, 2013

Caraway Curse Bites Godfather Again

Caraway Speedway has never been kind to the Godfather Motorsports Super Late Model team, and Friday night, the trend continued. After destroying the front end of their No. 30 Chevrolet at the Sophia, NC, oval in a practice crash one year ago, the team suffered through a case of “déjà vu all over again” Friday, getting punted into the Turn Four wall in the early going of the “Krazy Kevin Powell 150” and suffering heavy front-end damage en route to a disappointing, 19th-place finish. 

“It was pretty unbelievable,” said driver Jerick Johnson of the crash, which left his KOMA Unwind-sponsored entry with severe damage to the front chassis, radiator and body. “We were just riding, waiting for the first caution to pit and make a minor adjustment. I didn’t plan on being the first caution, but apparently, Jake Cole had another idea.” 

Contact from behind by Cole sent Johnson hard into the inside wall and ended the team’s night, just 51 laps into the 150-lap main event. “I’m not real sure what he was thinking,” said Johnson afterward. “We were racing for 15th place, less than a third of the way into the race. It was way too early to jack someone up in the corner and put them in the fence.” 

The team will now attempt to regroup in time for their next outing on Saturday night, June 8 at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Va. “I’ll take a closer look at things tomorrow, but I’m pretty sure the front clip is toast,” said KOMA Unwind crew chief Jim Gallison, Jr. “I’m guessing we’ll cut it off at the firewall and start over.” 

Official Results: “Krazy Kevin Powell 150” –
1. 31 – Kyle Grissom - 150 Laps
2. 2 – Jay Fogleman - 150
3. 28 – Jared Irvan - 150
4. 48 – John Batten - 150
5. 1 – Justin Allison - 150
6. 104 – Kevin Powell - 149
7. 51 – Bobby Measmer, Jr. - 149
8. 97 – Brandon Lynn - 149
9. 29 – Kyle Moon - 149
10. 09 – Randy Gentry - 149
Caraway (NC) Speedway
11. 8f – Tate Fogleman - 145
12. 129 – Spencer Davis - 126
13. 8 – Joseph Mursuli - 119
14. 19 – Zak Hausler - 103
15. 62 – Brandon Ward - 91
16. 50 – Karl Weber - 77
17. 57 – Cole Timm - 57
18. 36 – Jake Cole - 53
19. 30 – Jerick Johnson - 51
20. 18 – Bill Catania - 26

About Godfather Motorsports – Godfather Motorsports is owned by Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio personality Dave Moody and enjoys major sponsorship from Bebida Beverage Company’s KOMA Unwind "Liquid Relaxation" drink. The team also boasts a comprehensive list of technological and marketing partners that includes Eibach Springs, ASM Graphics, Race 101, CV Products, ARBodies and Phantom Racing Gear. For additional information on the team and marketing opportunities with Godfather Motorsports, contact Dave Moody -- Visit the Godfather Motorsports website at

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About POW*MIA Awareness – Godfather Motorsports is proud to support the POW*MIA Awareness Campaign. Driver Jerick Johnson has long been an advocate for veterans’ rights and the United States military. He is a five-time Distinguished Guest of the American Legion National Convention and has earned numerous awards from other veterans’ organizations. Promoting and increasing public awareness of the POW*MIA issue has become his main goal. `Prisoner Of War: Missing in Action’ refers to any soldier taken prisoner by the opposing side during an action of war. It is not always known whether that solider is alive or dead, only that they are missing. Our goal is to remind our fellow Americans that the greatest tragedy of all is to be forgotten, and honor those who have given so much. Jerick thanks Godfather Motorsports for the opportunity to help increase awareness of this issue by carrying the POW*MIA logo on the No. 30 KOMA Unwind Chevrolet.



  1. Anonymous10:41 PM

    tough break guys, glad you are supporting your local short tracks.

  2. Anonymous8:35 AM

    ya no dave you should drive your car that way when it gets crashed you might not feel as bad i no just how you feel there were tracks that did not agree with us eaither better luck next time

  3. Anonymous8:18 AM

    I really wish that some of these drivers would start in the PLM ranks and develop a little bit before making the jump into the big pool woith the SLM cars, would make for better entertainment for everybody, IMO.
    Sorry for your car and hope tp see you backin action at SoBo.
    Like the first poster said, thanks for supporting local short track racing Mr Moody.