Gary Putnam Wins Southern Modified Auto Racing Tour Event At Caraway Speedway

Gary Putnam celebrates victory Saturday in the SMART event at Caraway Speedway (Photo: Brenda Meserve/Brenda Jane Photography)

Gary Putnam scored victory Saturday in the 99-lap Southern Modified Auto Racing Tour event at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C. 

Putnam, a Vernon, CT native, took the lead in the late stages of the event and held off second place finisher Caleb Heady.

Joey Colter was third. 

Putnam is a team owner and part-time driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. 

Putnam has been fielding a car regularly on the Whelen Modified Tour for Max McLaughlin, son of former Whelen Modified Tour champion Mike McLaughlin.


  1. Congratulation’s Gary, It’s been a Long Hard Road, But through it all , YOU WON !!!!!!! as a DRIVER… Great lesson for young and old drivers alike….. Stay in the GAME,, Keep fighting through all the obstacles and walls …. Keep Improving your Skills & Equipment … Then you get that all Important First Win !!!! Great job Gary for hanging in ….. It feels great to see you accomplish your Goal .!!!! Great JOB !!!

  2. Good for Gary, that win is a long time coming…

  3. Congrats to Gary and his team. Great job . Great to see Gary win.

  4. Fast Eddie says

    Despite Mother Nature raining on any possible racing venues around here this weekend it’s great to see a New England modified guy get a long overdue win! Congrats to Gary Putnam and the #77 team!

  5. After seeing that terrific SMART race at Franklin County Speedway hoping they decide to show more of them on Speed51. Would have been nice to see a native son of Connecticut win this one.
    Tire shortage is on everyone’s mind. Thing is mother nature may very well be accomplishing the rationing without having to ruffle too many feathers with actual rationing. Tropical storm coming up the East coast looks to make racing this week dicey at best.
    Say what you want about Northeast weather. Unlike many parts of the country we do not seem to have to worry about water at least for the time being.

  6. girl power says

    perhaps the most popular driver on the tour Melissa Fifleld is next for a victory ?

  7. As the saying goes “to finish first, you first have to finish”.

  8. Apples and Oranges. Minor League and Major Leagues. Need I Say Anymore Melissa In A LFR Car Could Only Win If Everybody Wrecks! Down South Who Knows!!!

  9. David Fisher says

    Minor league maybe, but not just anyone can run in and win. Some pretty good competitors here.

  10. Oh Really! Evans ,Bodine ,Bouchard , “The Reg” Would Go Down And Clean Their Clocks On Their Own HOME TRACKS . PLEASE

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