The Denny Hamlin Showdown: Back to It’s Roots
By: Matt May
In a little over a month from now, the Denny Hamlin Showdown will take place at South Boston Speedway. The Showdown is a great charity event for NASCAR. But this is the year that they are finally getting it right…returning back to a local NASCAR Hometracks. I remember my trip out to Richmond International Raceway for last year’s showdown. I bought pit passes for the afternoon practice and qualifying sessions before the race. It was so cool to see big time NASCAR national touring series drivers like Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Darrell Wallace Jr. just to name a few. Then there were the weekly racing series drivers out there as well such as Greg Edwards and C.E. Falk, both from Langley Speedway. It was awesome seeing these drivers interacting with each other. I remember walking through the pits and seeing everyone working on their cars. When I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE. Read more
Newport News, VA – From Late Model Stock Car to the Legends division, all drivers are welcomed with open arms to the office of The Weekly Racer! This week we feature a driver who impressed me with his S.M.A.R.T Goals. This my friends the one things that stuck with me through college and to see this man applying such knowledge towards his racing career was great to see. For those who may not know, a SMART goal is something thought out, planned, something you can measure and accomplish in a timely manner, of course some people have different definitions for the term. Let me take a moment to introduce you to this weeks driver coming to us from Yorktown, Virginia, Mr. Collin Brown.
So I have to admit, I’ve been just a little nervous every time I have tried to write this story. Part of me worries the story will not be a good read, or suck for the lack of better terms, part of me thinks the popularity of the guest has something to do with it. So I decided to do something different. Instead of getting into a comfortable position in my make shift “home office,” I got some temperature appropriate clothes on, woke my dog up, got some of her things together, grabbed my iPad and cell phone and headed out to the park. I realized something the other night about my stories, when I sit down and try real real hard I tend to over think things. I want to focus on the main reason I started this blog, to break away from the “formal” news outlets and write you guys stories.
Okay friends its CONTEST time yet again! Up for grabs this week; (1) Four Pack of Tickets & (1) Pair of tickets to East Carolina Motor Speedway on April 4, 2014. How to win these tickets you ask? Very simple as a matter of fact, Simply head over to our Facebook Page and click Like and your qualified. If have already liked the page simply share the page and you will be qualified. This give away will run from 8am March 26th to 8pm April 2! Winner will be announced as soon as they are confirmed!
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Only four days remain before we kick off our Touring Division! We will pack up early and head southwest towards Southern National Motorsports Park for 290 laps of high banked, short track racing. This will be SNMP first night race of the season, just like with the big boys I expect the lights will have an impact on the nights racing!
Robersonville, NC — Just about every professional sport in today’s age has some sort of full speed, full contact practice before the real battle begins. Major League Baseball has Spring Training, the National Football League has a four game pre-season, NASCAR has open practices and test sessions. For all intents and purposes this was exactly what this weekend was for us at The Weekly Racer, a live time practice night gearing up for the 2014 race season and our inaugural touring season. To my luck I had the entire day off from my day job so what did I do, what just about any other race fan would do, packed up the equipment and headed south!
Friday was what all drivers and race fans wish for, plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. The day saw moderate cloud cover and temps well in the upper 60’s for most of the afternoon and into the evening. Before jumping on the road I had to run a few errands around town and I used it as my test to see if riding with the top down would be a viable option… I decided against it and just went windows down.
Chesapeake, VA — For the second week in a row we have featured a young driver who is working towards their dream of one day racing in the big leagues of motor sports! Brenden Queen aka “Butterbean” is a junior in high school who will be returning to Langley Speedway this year for his sophomore season in the Late Model Stock Car division. Brenden ended up finishing 8th in points, only 123 points back from track champion C. E. Falk. Queen’s 2013 top 10 finish which also helped him earn Rookie of the Year honors. “It felt so great to accomplish our main goal,” Brenden told me about winning Rookie of the Year. ”Running up front was just a plus to everything we could have asked for.”
Though Queen is coming off his rookie season in LMSC, Brenden has been racing since he was seven years old. Going 3 for 3 with back-to-back-to-back championships, and collecting 31 wins running karts on dirt! At such a young age it pretty much seemed like Brenden was supposed to be behind the wheel. Things did not stop there of course, next for Brenden was Arena Racing. For those who may not know what that is, these are for the lack of a longer description go-karts with suspension and a fiberglass body running on a tiny, high banked aluminum track inside an indoor stadium! Read more