The Weekly Racer Top 10 Races: Touring Series (Pt. 2)
To the top 5 we go! Bellow is the top 5 list of races I am excited to attend this year. I will be honest a lot of my decisions came from a pure fan standpoint. Some races are a given that media coverage is need/wanted, some races on my list just looked good to me. I give you my word that I picked these races with no bias at all. Some people might jump to conclusion when they see Langley is back-to-back-to-back, I can honestly say that wasn’t even brought to my attention until I started to type this up.
Without any more delay here are my top 5 races of 2014;
5) Southern National Motorsport’s Park – Sept 6, 2014
Cars X-1R Pro Cup Series
Coming in at 5th place on my list will be a two-day, short track heaven of a weekend get away. Just an hour and a half, give or take a few minutes depending on traffic, my wife and I will be enjoying yet another night of short track racing. This will be towards the end of racing season, which means my wife as been working at our local track, I will be busy through out the year, so this will be a nice get away we can enjoy the racing together.
I have had some experience with this series in the past. For those who may not know this series used to go by the name CARS Pro Cup Series, some may remember the series as the USAR Pro Cup series. If those do not ring a bell this series used to be known as the USAR Hooters Pro Cup series. While I was still in college an opportunity opened up for me to work at my local race track, just so happened to be when this series came to town. It as been five years since I have seen these cars in action, couple that with a two-day race get-a-way with the wife and you can see why this was an easy top 5 pick!
4) Langley Speedway – August 30, 2014
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour / Mods 50 / Grandstocks T-20 / Trucks 25
This will be the second year in a row attending this particular event. 2013 was the first time seeing the Southern Mods in person, and let me tell you it was amazing. As I said in a previous post these cars are more like a work of art, the engines were like music to my ears. The tour will have two dates this year at Langley Speedway, the first race will the second race in April. I thought to my self about putting both races on my schedule, the potential weather is what made me pick the late race. April is always a big time for late afternoon storms, which is the kryptonite for race tracks.
I have spoken to some sources and new friends of mine who are working on getting me into some of the crews pit stalls, learning what its like to be on the touring series, what its like to drive such a powerful machine. Last years race was great, very fast cars, some exciting passes, and a great battle for the lead towards the end of the race. Get your labor day weekend started the right way with some good ole open wheel short track racing!
You can head over to www.langley-speedway.com for more information on this years schedule.
3) Langley Speedway – June 21, 2014
K&N 150 / Modified 50 / Grandstock 40 / Pro 6 30 / KART 20
The K&N Pro East series will make its return again to Langley Speedway. Looks like the 2014 edition will be shortened by 25 laps from last year. However, I could not confirm on NASCAR’s website if this is in fact true. If you visit the Pro East series page there is no distance posted yet. Either way, 150 laps or 175 laps I really think this will be one of the best stops of the K&N circuit.
What I am really looking forward to is seeing Lee Pulliam (#11 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota) finally making his debut at Langley Speedway! Lets not forget about Ms. Kenzie Ruston (#96 Ben Kennedy Racing Chevy), making her return to Langley, who last year had one hell of a run. I will go on record in saying she is going to be a force to be reckoned with this year. Last year finishing 6th in the final points, becoming the series highest finishing female. She is in new equipment and more experience under her belt. Of course I will be looking for local driver Brandon Gdovic (#46 Aquis Communications Toyota) to hopefully put on a good show being the hometown boy out of Yorktown.
2) Langley Speedway – July 26, 2014
Hampton Heat 200 / Super Street 40 / Legends 25 / Bando 15 / KART 20
I know, I know, it seems a little bias to have all three of my Langley picks in the top three, just being completely honest that’s just how it ended up panning out! These last two picks were the most difficult of them all. Last year I had the privilege of enjoying the race from one of the sky boxes with my father in-law. It was awesome seeing 30 cars taking to the track, drivers from all over the region with one common goal; $10,000!
I had to pick this race over all of the other touring classes or big NASCAR races because this true short track racing. The sights and sounds last year were incredible. I believe part of that was the hospitality of an air conditioned sky box, either way for the most part these are normal, down to earth, “wake up go to work Monday morning” kind of guys and gals racing. There will always be a special place in my heart for late-model racing not matter the track and this is why this race is number two
1) South Boston Speedway – July 3, 2014
NASCAR Late Model 200 / Limited 100 / Pure Stock 50 / FIREWORKS
And here we are folks. The number one race on our schedule. You know I have been trying to get to this race for a few years now, and every time we plan to go something comes up. I do remember requesting to have that night off from work, back when I was a manager at Burger King, some how my request got lost so the other manager that works nights got her night off. That is an entirely different story for an entirely different blog though!
You know, it almost came down to a coin flip with this race and Langley’s version, but the entire journey is what stuck out to me. A race in the middle of the season, kind of in the middle of the week and my wife not obligated to her duties at our local track. We can hurry up and finish up our normal boring day jobs, pack the car up and head out west on route 58 for SoBo! I can only imagine the atmosphere for this race to be similar of the Hampton Heat.
Take a look at the line-up, you get 200 laps of late model stock car racing, then an additional 100 laps from the limiteds, then 50 laps from their pure stock division, and fireworks to cap the evening off. I don’t know about you but 350 laps of hometown, short track racing is one hell of a way to kick off a 4th of July weekend!
I have told my self plenty of times that I am going to this race and something always comes up. But you guys as my witness that will not be the case this year. I am looking forward to covering this race and enjoying a Thursday night full of Nascar Whelen All-American Series Action
So there it is, my top ten races of 2014! I am extremely excited to work on something like this for you guys. I plan on covering as much of the race and providing stories as I can. Have to remember, I still have my rookie stripe on from a media stand point. I will promise you this, I will strive to provide you with great stories to read about my trip, help paint a picture of how the night went for those who could not make it. This will be a challenge for me, this entire website is truly a challenge, but it has been a blast. I will also create a home page that has the schedule on it and update it with links to the posts as they become open. I hope you enjoy your 2014 season as much as I plan on doing so!