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Robert Hill Jr.
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Robert Hill Jr.
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The car 98 Camaro was owned by Carl Smith and Mack Ray Ritch from the community of Cypress Creek in Garland, N.C. It started life as a 6 cylinder and Mack won the first race when he drove it in the 6 cylinder division. Carl and Mack Ray bought Mack Hyatt's 1980 Nova and took the V8 engine out and put it in the Camaro. The Camaro was a fiberglass body mounted on a Warhorse 2x3 tube Chassis. The chassis had coil springs all the way around and was built by a guy that used to work for Howe racing. The front end geometry had new trick suspension that had never been tried before. The engine was a destroked 400 built by Jerry McClamb of Durabilt engines from Coates, N.C. Later the Camaro body was removed and a wedge body was fabricated. Mack Ray was in the logging business and Carl was a farmer who would work in the fields until dark during the week. Many times the car wouldn't arrive at the track until after qualifying was over forcing Mack to try and win the race after starting from the back of the pack. The car was not kept in a fancy shop like most teams have today. It was kept in an open on both ends building. Several plastic nose pieces were ordered for the car and Mack was told to be careful and not tear up the nose when they got down to their last one. Pretty amazing story for this little white Camaro that was competitive with the likes of Jimmy Edwards and Tom Usry in their fancy wedge late models especially on this April 1983 Sunday afternoon at Pender County Speedway.