North South Shootout




How The North South Shootout Began

Charles Kepley was the epitome of a diehard race fan. His main devotion was shared between open-wheeled asphalt modified racing and virtualy any type of dirt car racing.

Along with his long time friend, David Fritts, Charles attended virtually all of the classic race tracks on the NASCAR Cup circuit, as well as most of the weekly short tracks on the east coast throughout the past 40­+ years. If there were wheels and a start/finish line involved, Charles would find the time and a way to get there…and as anyone that has been to a race with Charles Kepley will testify to, it did not matter if it was 10 degrees and after midnight, he was in the stands until the last race was complete.

C&C Racing

His love of racing inspired him to pursue the racing souvenir business. Charles founded C&C Racing Souvenirs (later rebranded as C&C Racing Promotions) in 1987.
His original intent was to print and sell t-shirts for weekly short track  racers to fund weekend trips to racing events. C&C would eventually grow into a successful retail and wholesale racing souvenir enterprise, and included C&C branded 1/64th scale diecast modified race cars.
The Shootout

In the late 90s, Charles began to envision an unsanctioned modified racing event that was free from the constraints that were imposed by NASCAR rules, and that enable drivers from different sanctioning bodies to compete in a single showcase event. The concept was to pit the northern asphalt modified drivers against southern racers.

As talk of this outlaw racing event generated buzz in the racing world, it started to come together throughout 2002, during which time, Charles and his top notch crew of racing advisors were able to line up major sponsorship. The event was officially announced at Speedweeks 2003, and the North South Shootout was born.

The first event featured the best of the best of the best open-wheeled asphalt modified drivers from the north and south. 63 cars showed up to compete for the inaugural North South Shootout crown, including many former and defending champions from various open-wheeled modified series’.

At the end of the day John Blewett III crossed the finish line first, and the North South Shootout was on its way to becoming the premier unsanctioned open-wheeled asphalt modified racing event.

Sadly, Charles passed away in 2011.  His legacy lives on with the annual running of The North South Shootout.

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