Monthly Archives: December 2014

East Carolina Motor Speedway Releases 2015 LMSC Rules

IMG_7474Robersonville, NC – East Carolina officials have finally completed the rules package for the 2015 season which is set to kick of April 18th, 2015 with a 75-lap Late Model Stock feature. Upon release of the 2015 schedule before Christmas we were told the LMSC & LLM classes would be combined and run under the Division I title at East Carolina. Now I will be the first to tell you I am not a rules junky, I have looked over the rules packages for just about any track that has them published. I will also be honest when I say I do not come from a mechanical background so some of the terms and what not do not make all that since to me.

Now I know these are two separate classes but to my understanding it’s almost like a paper-thin line that separates the two. For that reason the staff down at East Carolina Motor Speedway feel that if they combine these two divisions it will create a more cost-effective program for both the track and racers alike. Not to mention the added benefit of a larger field of cars and a better chance at Div. I points under the NASCAR banner.

Once we released the schedule I had promised you guys I would keep you posted on when the rules were officially posted and today is that day. Below you will find a link that should take you directly to a PDF that has all the info you may need. If you have any further question about the LMSC rules or any other division please contact John Vick at johnbvick@gmail.com

2015 ECMS Late Model Stock Car Division.pdf

 

You may also click here to read the about the changes being made as well as the schedule;

2015 ECMS Schedule

East Carolina Motor Speedway Announces Changes for 2015

east carolinaRobersonville, NCEast Carolina Motor Speedway (ECMS) & The Weekly Racer (TWR) had a lot of things in common throughout the2014 racing season. Both were rookies under the ranks of the NASCAR banner, we had our ups where readers and car counts were high and we of course had our downs where we just wanted to pull our hair out. We have crossed paths with countless new faces and made friendships with those faces. Most importantly though, in my opinion, we have both learned a vast amount and are growing!

Of course all of my statements above are strictly of my own view and do not necessarily reflect those of ECMS management, however, it is my honest and brief synopsis of our 2014 journey. That is neither hear nor there because as we look forward, ECMS & THW are thrilled to kick off their sophomore seasons. Bellow you will find a picture of the 2015 ECMS schedule and you should notice something very different, very quick….

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2015 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Releases Schedule

 

Photo Credit: Nascar Hometracks

Photo Credit: NASCAR Hometracks

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! NASCAR has released another set of schedules for one of their touring/developmental series! The Whelen Modified’s as well as the Southern Modified series have learned their new destinations this past week. I have chosen to again focus my attention on the Southern Mods due to the fact that well, most of their races are all within an achievable distance from our home office!

It is no surprise to see Caraway on the schedule as much as they are this year. As they were the popular stop of the tour last year. However, they are down to three events from the five that were scheduled this past season. Nothing against the speedway of course but, its nice to see the series starting to branch out into new markets and letting other fans enjoy the sheer power these machines bring to your city!

Of course both dates have been etched back into the schedule for South Boston along with our hometown track, Langley Speedway. Out of these four dates (SoBo: 4/4 & 9/19 – Langley: 4/11 & 9/5) we will certainly be available to cover one of those dates. Our plan, and that is all based on finances and other schedules to line up, we would like to cover at least one event a piece in our 2015 edition of The Touring Series.

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2015 NASCAR K&N Series East Schedule Unveiled

Photo: MRN.com

Photo: MRN.com

NASCAR has FINALLY released the schedule for their “minor league” – now when I say minor I am more referring to the architecture of baseball – Touring Division that helps feed some of the drivers we see in the top three divisions of the sport. I am sure that Developmental Series is more of an appropriate name for this kind of racing but for me it mimics the structure of the minor league system that the MLB uses.

Yesterday, NASCAR released both East & West schedules for the K&N Pro Series and we find some new destinations for this series as well. Because we are on the east coast and the fact that we have never been out to the west coast, we are going to stay focused here at home!

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Sprint, NASCAR Partnership To End After 2016 Season

NASCAR_Charlotte Turn 4December 16, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Sprint announced on Tuesday that it will not extend its sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beyond 2016. The significant changes within Sprint and the highly competitive business environment it is in led to a decision not to extend its Cup Series entitlement position following the 2016 season.

“We are proud of our association with NASCAR’s top series but have made the decision not to extend our sponsorship beyond the next two years,” Sprint’s vice president-Marketing Steve Gaffney said. “As we look to the future, Sprint is focused on investing in maintaining a competitive edge and providing consumers with the best value in wireless.”

By the end of the extension signed in 2011, Sprint and NASCAR will have enjoyed a 13-year mutually beneficial relationship. The partnership has produced demonstrated results for Sprint and delivered the best racing in the world to millions of passionate fans on a weekly basis.

“Sprint has long benefitted from the unprecedented level of brand integration available in NASCAR, and the passionate fan base that is the most loyal in sports,” Gaffney said. “Without question, the NASCAR sponsorship property has been a valuable investment for us and will be for our successor.”

Sprint’s integration into the sport was a prime example of a sponsor validating its technology in NASCAR. As a leading communications services company dedicated to delivering the best value in wireless, it became an innovative leader in the sport as well.

In 2004, Nextel signed a 10-year agreement, the longest series entitlement partnership in NASCAR history at the time. In 2005, the company introduced a next-generation scanner known as FanView. In 2007, Miss Sprint Cup joined the sport, and the ambassador program now reaches 1.5 million social media followers. While the name changed to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008, the innovations continued that year with the launch of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile application.

“Sprint has been a great partner,” NASCAR Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar said. “They’ve done a lot to help us grow the sport together at a very important time in our history.

“They made it very clear to us that they’re proud to have been a partner with NASCAR, have seen great value in their investment and are very happy to share that with any brand that comes in to replace them.”

As a new partner joins the ranks of nearly one-in-four FORTUNE 500 companies already investing in NASCAR, the sport’s value proposition was recognized in 2014 by two national series entitlement sponsors.

“Camping World announced their seven-year extension, which will take us through 2022 giving us 14 consecutive years together — which is an incredible statistic in its own right,” Dewar said. “Follow it up with Comcast’s XFINITY brand, obviously a big company that saw the value to join us for the next 10 years which matches our longest series entitlement in NASCAR history.

“Combined with the new Chase format and the things we’re doing on the track, we’ve got a great story to tell for some interested parties that are looking for a way to bring their product and brands and connect them with the loyal fan base we have in NASCAR.”

Dewar noted that digital properties and products have extended NASCAR’s 10-month season to “virtually 365 days of the year” that goes beyond the “more than 5 million viewers to the Sprint Cup Series every single weekend that we race.” NASCAR’s viewership numbers and constant content led FOX and NBC to secure media rights for 10 years at a reported $8.2 billion. The new broadcast agreements begin next year and extend through 2024.

“To those brands that are looking to partner with us, we bring a great fan base that’s highly engaged in the sport, and they’re highly engaged with the sponsors that support the sport,” Dewar said.

————–NASCAR Statement from Brett Jewkes, NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, on NASCAR and Sprint Partnership

“NASCAR and Sprint have enjoyed a long and productive partnership that has returned significant value to both parties. We understand significant changes within Sprint and the highly competitive business environment it is in has led to a decision not to extend its Cup Series entitlement position following the 2016 season. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is a very unique, premium sports marketing platform with strong momentum, so we are very confident of moving forward in 2017 with an outstanding new partner. In the meantime, we look forward to Sprint’s partnership on the best racing series in the world for the next two seasons.”

 

Article courtesy of NASCAR.com

INEX: Spencer Saunders Tackles VIR For First Time at World Finals

Photo: Laila Razmyar

Photo: Laila Razmyar

Yes, you read that headline correctly! As most of the racing community converged on Florida in some form or fashion for the 47th running of the Snowball Derby this past weekend, Langley Speedway’s 2013 Legend track champion packed his trailer up and head west down route 58 to a little town by the name of Alton, Virginia. Located here is the historic Virginia International Raceway (VIR) who just so happened to play host to this years INEX Legends World Nationals.

For those who may not know Saunders is a jack of all trades so to speak! Currently he’s taking classes at a local community college pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Saunders is also the tire specialist at Precision Performance Motorsports (PPM), a NASCAR team located in Gloucester fielding teams in the Whelen All-American Series, K&N Series, and working a a car for the Southern Mods. On top of that he is also the steering wheel holder of the #7 Legend at Saunders Motorsports.

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Haley Moody’s Determination Earns Her Our ‘Hard Charger Award’

Haley MoodyLucama, NC – The one thing you never want to do is go into a big race weekend and make a small mistake that takes you out of contention. 2014 track champion Haley Moody came into the weekend as one of the favorites to win this years Thanksgiving All-Star Classic having one of those said small mistakes. Much like our last presentation of this award, I honestly feel if this little mistake had never happened, Moody would have been right up there in contention for the win, top three at the worst.

We were about 20 laps into the 150 lap feature when Moody, who was working around the machine of Corey Walker for position, came out of turn four and made their way down the front-stretch. It was like someone sitting trackside tossed an anchor over the catch fence, wrapped it around her rear bumper, and let it drag around behind her. As Moody went by us in the media booth, it was obvious she was not under her own power, her car was dead in the water!

No caution flag was thrown as Moody slowly tip toed her way into turn one losing steady track positions and eventually her lap. She would eventually get her car back up to speed and rejoin the fun, just with a little more work ahead of her than some of the other guys. A frustrated Moody had to go into the halfway break sitting eleventh on the track one lap down. With a few cautions during the second half, her family and team behind her, and determination from the wheel holder, Moody was able to battle back to a 7th place*  lap finish. With that being said, this is clearly enough to earn her The Weekly Racer Harder Charger Award – don’t worry Haley we are currently in discussion with our financial team to get a plaque or something made up! We were able to catch up with her after the race to get some word from her.

“My switches are really close together,” Moody stated after the race. “When I went to flip my fan on it shut the ignition off. During the halfway work session Moody told us she started running a little hot so she went to hit the fan switch and then boom, nothing more from the power supply. Situations like these are often the catalyst in the downfall of a team, however, this was not the case at Haley Moody Racing.

“We were focused on getting our lap back, and getting through the field avoiding the wrecks,” Moody spoke about her team during halftime. “Which we did, I couldn’t have asked for a better team.” 

I am still a firm believer if she did not have this little mishap so early in the race causing her to use up the car a little more than originally planned, she would have been a strong candidate for nothing less than a podium finish. It just helps prove our case even more on why she deserves this honor. Even when faced with adverse conditions she kept her head up and fighting towards the finish line.

Do you and your team have what it takes to end up on this list, guess we will just have to wait till next season to find out.

 

*Official results still pending full technical inspection of race winner. Second place car has already been disqualified. 

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