The dirt racing world lost a true legend on Monday evening. National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer, Carlton Lamm passed away in a Raleigh, North Carolina hospital at the age of 77 years old.
His passing came after suffering a serious health episode on March 30.
Known affectionately throughout the racing community as “Big C,” Lamm was the patriarch of Dunn, North Carolina-based Dunn-Benson Motorsports. Throughout their tenured history the legendary team has fielded entries for some of Dirt Late Model’s greatest pilots including Rodney Combs, Clint Smith and Earl Pearson Jr. as well as its current driver Bobby Pierce.
Lamm operated Dunn-Benson Motorsports alongside his son Kemp Lamm. The team wreaked havoc from the 1990s to the 2000s before selling out to Bobby Labonte Motorsports at the end of 2006.
However, the legendary team wouldn’t be gone long and would return in 2014 with Pearson Jr. again in the driver’s seat. The Florida driver piloted the team’s familiar red, white, and blue #1 entry until the end of 2017, when Illinois’ racer Bobby Pierce took over the driving duties.
Throughout its storied history the team won four consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championships from 2005-2008 with driver Earl Pearson Jr.
The potent combo also won the 2004 Xtreme DirtCar title as well as the 2006 World 100 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.
Lamm’s generosity toward racing wasn’t limited to his own team as he also sponsored racing series as well as events.
When not at the track, Carlton Lamm owned and operated the Dunn Benson Ford dealership in Dunn, North Carolina.
Dunn-Benson Motorsports public relations manager, Wayne Castleberry perhaps best summed up the legacy that the late Carlton Lamm leaves in his wake.
“My heart is heavy, eyes full of tears and at a loss for words today as we lost a Great Man today, Mr. Carlton Lamm “Big C”. He truly impacted so many lives all across this country and truly loved all people no matter who they were. He was one of the kindest and most generous man I’ve ever known always giving to many causes, charities and to people in need. He truly loved racing and his passion for the sport was contagious. He gave so much to the sport, as a Team Owner, a Sponsor, a Cheerleader and someone who loved the fans and respected all the drivers that raced against his teams.”
R.I.P Big C… your legacy will definitely live on eternally.