PELETIER – The Cars Response Energy Tour makes its debut at the Carteret County Speedway on June 23 – and Lee Pulliam, a four-time champion in the series, is expected about it as it prepares for his first trip to the speedway.

Pulliam, the defending Whelen champion, has been racing full time on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour, having already won twice.

Next up is the Solid Rock Carriers Crystal Coast 125 presented by Sportsman’s Wholesale - and Pulliam is excited about learning a new track, a flat, 4/10th-of-a-mile layout.

“I always enjoy going to new tracks and taking on new challenges,” Pulliam said in a news release. “We’ve had a top-five car every race we have ran this year and been a threat to win most.

“Me and (Whelen points leader) Bobby (McCarty) have both been switching back and forth on hot streaks but I feel like, right now, he’s the car to beat. Those guys are doing a great job, but I can promise you, no one is working any harder than me and my guys to catch them.”

Carteret County Speedway will be a neutral playing field for the entire field. Of the drivers who have competed in all or most of the races this season, none of them have ever competed in a race at Carteret County Speedway, and the track’s limited practice schedule gives drivers very little opportunity to get laps in before the race.

“I think that’s a big positive for me,” Pulliam said. “I’ve had a lot of success at adapting to new places very quickly and being a threat to win the first time we show up to a place. It’s going to be tough there as there are a lot of talented drivers in this series and it should be a great show for the fans.”

The Crystal Coast 125 begins at 7 p.m. on June 23. Tickets will be available at the gate for $20 for adults, with children 10 and under get in free.