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.