East Carolina Speedway Gearing Up For 2014 Season Opener
Robersonville, NC — Situated in the small town of Robersonville, North Carolina; East Carolina Motor Speedway is set to join the ranks of the Nascar Whelen All-American Series this year. ECMS is a 3/8 mile D-shape oval with 24 degrees of banking in the turns and 10 degrees of banking on the straights! Located less than a mile outside of town, ECMS will be the only track running in North Carolina to feature its program on Friday nights.
“NASCAR was the major driving force to run Friday nights” track owner Wayne Perry told the The Weekly Racer when asked about the decision on running Friday nights. “Southern National runs on Saturday, so NASCAR would not sanction us for Saturday nights, either Friday night or Sunday Afternoon we had to choose, so Friday night it was.”
Gates will open on race days at 4pm with practice getting underway around 6pm with the drop of the green flag at 8pm.
For the most part East Carolina will feature five divisions each night with the premier division being the Late Model Stock Cars, other supporting classes will include Limited Late Models, Street Stock, Mini Stock, and the popular UCAR division. We can also expect to see a partnership in 2014 between Southern National and East Carolina, “We are friends with Southern National and hope that we can help each other with car count,” Perry expressed. In addition, “We will probably host a few Pro Cup events this year, a few Rolling Thunder Modified events, and we are trying to put some legend races together.”
With that being said, I feel that ECMS will play a pivotal role in crowning this years national champion, being the only programs to host a NASCAR points race on a Friday night. Let me break it down like this, East Carolina sits an average of 119.25 miles away from major tracks like Langley Speedway, Southern National, South Boston, and even Caraway Speedway. Factor in drive time and your looking at an average time on the road from any one of these tracks to be about 2 hours. Now that’s not taking into account those drivers who do not necessarily live right next to their home tracks. The point I am trying to make is I foresee a few teams hungry for a national title making a Friday night visit to East Carolina and turning around running their normal Saturday night venue.
East Carolina is set to open its doors to an exciting and interesting 2014! Members of management are both excited and a bit nervous to see what this season will bring for them with the introduction of NASCAR. Since the purchase of the speedway, Mr. Perry and his staff has had no sanctioning body over the speedway, “I suppose you could say we were an Outlaw Track,” Perry told me over the phone before expressing his excitement for the 2014 season.
Be there when the green flag fly’s at this high bank tri-oval. Tickets are only $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 yo. Gates will open weekly at 4pm, practice starting at 6pm for all divisions and green flag racing at 8! Grab the family and pack the car we are looking forward to seeing you Friday March 21st. For more information please visit the tracks website or Facebook page.