Hampton, VA – In one of the most competitive seasons in recent history, Gloucester, Virginia native Matt Carter took it down to the wire in 2022 en route to his second consecutive Larry King Law Modified division championship. In addition, Carter would wrap up the season with the most wins throughout the regular season with eight.
“It’s a huge deal for this team to have won eight races and back-to-back championships,” Carter said. “We work so hard each year and seem to exceed our expectations year after year. Going into this year we weren’t really focused on the championship. We wanted to explore some new things like running at Dominion and getting our feet wet in a Late Model. I would say mid-season is when we started looking at the championship. From the beginning, we just try to go out and win every race. There is a lot of stress and anxiety that comes with focusing on championships too early. There are guys like Brad [Adam] and Rick [Gdovic] that are getting stronger and stronger each week. This year was definitely a lot harder than the previous year.”
The strength of the field of this year’s Modified class was truly second to none and proved to be a handful for Carter. Even with his eight victories on the season, he had to rely on strong finishes up until the very last race of the season as he and Brad Adams entered the season finale tied in points. Leaving it to who would finish ahead of who.
“Being successful in racing takes a lot of hard work and determination from not only the driver, but the crew and car owner,” Carter expressed. “I’m very blessed to have the crew, car owner, and family behind me and supporting me each year. I couldn’t ask for better guys and girls that have my back. None of this would even slightly be possible without Mr. Sears and all my other supporting sponsors.”
A track championship was not the only thing Carter and his team accomplished during the 2022 season. His eight wins, fourteen total top five, and fifteen total top tens were enough to land him twenty-first in the final national standings.
“It’s a great accomplishment for the team,” Carter echoed once more. “We were one race shy of reaching maximum points this year. I believe last year we finished thirteenth in the nation and third in the region. It’s very hard to run against guys that race at tracks with huge car counts when it comes to national and regional titles.”
Matt Carter and the rest of the Langley Speedway champions will be on hand next Friday at the Hampton Roads Convention Center to celebrate their accomplishments of 2022. Tickets are on sale and going fast. To reserve your spot at one of the tables and celebrate with your favorite driver call the front office Monday through Friday at (757) 865-7223 to reserve your tickets now. Cocktail hour will begin at 6:30 PM Friday, January 13, 2023, with dinner and awards following at 7:00 PM.