There is one thing I can promise you, we are not done just yet this year! The other thing I can promise you is I have been itching to get back to the track! If you have that same itch you may get your fill this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park for the Halloween Spooktacular 150, head over to their website www.snmpark.com, for more information.
I would like to take a moment to thank all the drivers who were apart of the driver series this season. It got a lot of great attention, publicity, and the drivers had fun! I had a great time learning everything about different drivers from all over. If you have not already noticed we wrapped up season one and are already working on getting drivers on the grid for next season. Please, during the off-season shoot me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org – to get a time set up for yourself, or if you know someone who would be interested. It’s a great way to get your name and your sponsors names out there!
Robersonville, NC – “Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.” Louis White showed plenty of both this year at East Carolina winning a very impressive twelve times. This past Saturday marked the final event on the 2014 calendar and Louis White had all intentions on going out with a bang. White proved his dominance once again at ECMS by picking up his 12th win and doing so by leading every lap.
Now a lot of people think when they read stuff like wire to wire, dominated the field, flag to flag, that it was super easy for the driver. White wouldn’t call this weekend super easy by a long shot because the team broke a transmission in a Friday evening test session. The crew had to pull the transmission out of White’s dedicated Late Model and head right back to the track Saturday. I would say the car and driver missed a beat because when it came time to qualify we saw Louis White on the top of the speed charts yet again with a 15.49 (87.153 mph) second lap time.
Limited Late Model Starting Five;
1. #7 Louis White 15.49
2. #3 Shelton McNair 15.64
3. #21 Tim Allensworth 15.79
4. #55 Gerald Benton 15.81
5. #12 Wesley Johnson 15.84
Robersonville, NC – For the second time in 2014 the high banks of East Carolina Motor Speedway was the play ground for the open wheel modifieds. 75 laps were on the card for this division as they were the second to last division to highlight the Ronnie Barnett Memorial 200. Teams were able to get to the track earlier than normal this time and spend a good portion of the day testing and figuring out the line. A few teams struggled early trying to find a good set up and a good line on a track that many drivers have told me is tricky, aggravating but insanely fun all at the same time.
Previous race winner, and seven-time Langley Speedway champion, was one of the cars in attendance after working weeks on end to get the motor back in his machine. Balluzzo was looking to be the man to beat all day in practice, then he pilots his machine to a time of 15.76 seconds in qualifying to capture the pole. Alan Marshall, Mike Rudy, Robbie Babb and Joe Scarbrough would fill out the rest of the starting five positions.
Robersonville, NC – Another weekend has come and gone, cars damaged, and winners crowned. This past weekend we were back at the amazing East Carolina Motor Speedway for SATURDAY night racing. Yes that’s right, for the first time this season ECMS held an event on Saturday. The Ronnie Barnette Memorial race in honor of long time tech guy and engine builder at the speedway brought a lot of emotions out of a lot of different people. Track owner Wayne Perry having nothing but incredible words to say and giving a little clue on maybe making this a yearly event. Due to our involvement down there this season, as well as the importance this race was to plenty of officials and drivers we are going to split the recaps up. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to read and give credit to all the drivers who made the trip.
A total of four divisions ran this past weekend on the high banks of East Carolina (UCAR, Street Stocks, Modifieds, Limited Late Models), on the first Saturday event of the year. With the “regular” short track season completed East Carolina wanted to put on a year-end event in honor of Ronnie Barnette, and that they did. Gates opened Saturday early which allowed teams to get to the track, get set up, and have plenty of time to practice and learn the fast line around the speedway. Also allowed other teams that have never been to the speedway to travel for the race.
Follow along on our Twitter account (@theweeklyracer) for LIVE up to the minute coverage of the Ronnie Barnette Memorial 200. We are officially on the air! We will have an entry list for you, race schedule, as well as both qualifying time for the Limited Late Model & IMCA Modified divisions.
We will also bring you LIVE lap by lap coverage of all four races this evening. Don’t forget we love to hear from you! Tweet us a pic of your seats, of your crew, of your favorite driver and any gear you may have. Give us your thoughts on the race, who you think is going to win.
UCAR – 1 Lap
Street Stock – 1
Modified – 2 Laps
Limited Late Models – 2 Lap
UCAR – 20 Laps
Street Stock – 30 Laps
Modifieds- 75 Laps
Limited Late Models – 75 Laps
We will be using the hashtag #ECMS & #RB200 for the event so make sure you add those to your tweets.
Robersonville, NC – We are live here at the beautiful East Carolina Motor Speedway for today’s Ronnie Barnette Memorial 200. Qualifying is set to get underway here at the track at 5:00 PM with the green flag to follow at 7:00 PM. There is still plenty of time to make it to the track. The weather is looking to be great here in the afternoon with a high of 64℉ in the afternoon, make sure to bring a jacket or something because it is suppose to drop down into the low 40’s when the sun goes down.
Limited Late Models – 75 Laps
IMCA Modifieds – 75 Laps
Street Stock – 25 Laps
UCAR – 25 Laps
9:30 AM – Pit gates open
12:00 – 3:00 PM – Practice
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Qualifying
7:00 PM – Green Flag
If you cannot make it tonight we will have you covered starting at 4:00 PM (EDT) on our Twitter page (@theweeklyracer)
We continue our little mini series with another special guest, who when he saw his teammates interview, he just had to have his own feature as well. Ryan Ellis, driver of the No. 46 Nationwide car for The Motorsports Group, will join us for a special one-on-one interview. Pull out your iPhone, or tablet, or even join us from your Smart TV, either way you prefer you are not going to want to miss this opportunity to get to know one of the drivers in NASCAR’s top three divisions.
The Weekly Racer: Well first off Ryan, let me start off by thanking you for reaching out and showing interest in this style of an interview! If these go anything like the past we should have a good time strolling down memory lane, and allowing the fans to get to know a new side of Ryan Ellis. Before we get to involved why don’t you tell those reading who have maybe not read your Wikapedia page a little bit about who you are!
Ryan Ellis: Well I was born out in California, I am 24 years old now, have been racing for 20 years now. I grew up racing quarter midgets and karts in the Virginia area. Well Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia area till I was about twelve. Racing guys like Reed Sorenson and Justin Allgaier for national championships. Then I moved into Legends cars and raced with them a little and some new drivers as well. Did that until I was about sixteen then did some Late Model racing until that team fell apart.
TWR: What did you end up doing after that deal fell apart?
RE: I started looking for anyway to drive a race car that next year and some how wound up in road racing. We ran that for about five or six years and then the next thing I knew I was offered a start and park gig in the Nationwide series. Now I am a full-time Nationwide driver. You know I don’t even know how I got here, I even say that every day I don’t know how I got here but I am going to fight to stay in the series.
TWR: What made you even want to get into racing in the first place?
RE: I somehow knew before I was even born that I wanted to be a race car driver. My father was a racer and so was his father, so I was pretty much born into the sport. I don’t even know how I would have found it if I wasn’t born into. I mean I was sitting in race cars when I was only weeks old. When I was kid even I would sleep with like toy motorcycles instead of the typical stuffed animals so I would always wake up with this motorcycle imprinted on the side of my face. It’s all that I have ever wanted to do.