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….

SATURDAY NIGHT RACIN’!! Yup that’s right, track management has made the decision to move their program to Saturday nights. I feel this is something done to better accommodate their drivers and their fans. I am going to be honest last year I thought Friday night racing was going to be prime time! I even said it; “Hit ECMS up on a Friday night then go back to your home track Saturday.” Well here is was I learned real quick, it’s hard for those weekend warriors to get off work Fridays in time to get to the track!

Not only will they run a Saturday night program, they have decided to combine the LMSC with the Limited Late Model divisions into one. Now I know someone right off the bat is going to ask, “How can they do that? What are the rules? How is that fair?” I had a moment to speak with track promoter John Vick the other day and he let me know the officials are putting the finishing touches on the SINGLE rule book for the division and that should be released via their website sometime next week.

“The late model stocks and limited late models will be all one division,” John Vick of East Carolina Motor Speedway told The Weekly Racer. “We will have one consistent engine package, while making it cost effective for all that are involved. Now I will be the first to admit I am not a rule junkie but I can only imagine how easy it is to make changes to either car so they may fit into the rule package. I feel this is a smart move from track management as they fought a struggling car count in the LMSC division all last year.

“There will be only one division of Late Models,” Vick explained. “We will run them as Division-I under NASCAR, while the Modifieds will be our Division II.” A move that will help these IMCA modified drivers stake their claim in the national points hunt. Not to mention all the positive feed back we got from a lot of the drivers after both events last year. The IMCA style asphalt modifieds will run somewhat of an alternating schedule with Langley Speedway.

Of course returning next year are action packed Street Stock division, where word has it defending track champion Jesse Council will be making his return to defend his title and even stronger than before. UCARS and Mini Stocks have also been added to the schedule as well. “We are looking to add some more events to the year that’s why we have some blank spaces,” Vick told me in our interview. “Trying to look at adding some Legends & Bandos, maybe even some trucks. We also have some ladies who are interested in starting a Powder Puff division.”

Only 119 more days before the season kicks off. Of course The Weekly Racer will have you covered with all things ECMS in 2015. We are currently working on a schedule but I will say we plan on bringing you plenty of coverage from this fun little short track in 2015. For any further information, ticket options, sponsorship opportunities, driver information visit their website www.ecspeedway.com or call the track at (252)385-0218. Make sure to follow them on Facebook & Twitter sites for announcements throughout the off-season.

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2015 ECMS Schedule

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