Winston-Salem Native Takes Post As GM of Carteret County Speedway
A Winston-Salem native who served 11 years as the colorful public address announcer at one of America’s most successful short tracks has been hired as General Manager of Carteret County Speedway.
Promoter Bobby Watson said a wealth of experience in racing was just one of the reasons he chose Randy Pettitt for the full time position. “Randy is one of the best announcers in the country and is well respected in the racing community,” said Watson, who opened the four-tenths of a mile NASCAR-sanctioned track in 2015. “But that’s just part of it. He has had a successful career in sales and marketing for more than 20 years. All of that experience is really going to help us grow.”
Pettitt is most known for his enthusiasm and colorful outfits worn while announcing the races at historic Bowman Gray Stadium in his hometown. Nicknamed “the Madhouse,” Bowman Gray attracts crowds as large as 18,000 to seasonal racing that begun there in 1949.
“We want to create that kind of excitement and tradition here on the Crystal Coast,” said Pettitt, who was a part of the CCS team the last five races of the 2017 season. “In addition to growing our driver and fan base, we believe Carteret County Speedway gives tourists one more reason to visit the Crystal Coast.”
“I have traveled to more than 100 race tracks during my time in the sport and I just fell in love with Carteret County Speedway,” he said. “We have a beautiful facility, an awesome staff and there are a ton of great fans in the area. There is so much potential here.”
Pettitt’s announcing career includes events at the now idle North Wilkesboro Speedway, where he was also a member of the public relations staff. He was an announcer and television pit reporter for a racing series formerly known as Hooters Pro Cup. In addition, he was the Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Orange County Speedway in North Carolina.
Prior to moving to Carteret County, Pettitt was Director of Sales and Marketing for Strutmasters, LLC.
Carteret Speedway recently announced a 2018 schedule that includes 16 events beginning April 14 and includes visits from the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the Mid Atlantic Street Stock Series among others.
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