The season finale was finally upon us this past Monday evening as the driver from the NASTRACK & More league took to the banks of Daytona International to settle the “ole score.” Nothing about this night of racing said “let’s go out there and conserve. Both the team and driver championships were up for grabs, oh and its Daytona so anyone could come from tenth to first in the final lap to steal the win.
Time to break some scenarios down for you; More went into the race leading the team points, NASTRACK would need to sweep the top ten to be able to steal the title. Steven Burnett & Kieth Maiato were tied for the driver points and with each position on the track being one point it came down much like how the 2014 Sprint Cup title did, finish ahead of the other guy and the championship is yours.
The garage opened for practice promptly at 6:45 EDT and drivers from both teams wasted no time putting laps into the books. Things were shaping up to be a barn burner too with the top ten split dead even in times during practice. Back for just his second race of the season, #92 Guy Driggers Red Six Camaro set the fastest time of the entire night with a 45.825 (196.4 MPH).
Moving ahead to qualifying it was the #40 car of Andrew Burton capturing the pole for NASTRACK. Posting a time of 48.770 seconds, which comes out to about 184 mph, which is pretty sporty for the Xfinity style cars here on iRacing. What made things really fun was the fact the top 22 cars were only separated by a tenth of a second! The remainder of your starting five were, #27 Chris Simard (48.775), #92 Guy Driggers (48.776), #37 Parker Traves (48.779), #30 Steven Burnett (48.781). On the flip side to that, there were a few cars who either missed qualifying or decided not to lay a lap down, those drivers were Keith Maiato, Bruce Boyer, Jesse Call, Gary Maiato, Kevin Cornelius, Laurie Meson and Michael Almand.
With the field set and the cars finally on track we were all but ready to get things underway for the fifth and “final” round of the NASTRACK –vs- More Challenge. However, the electronic world thought other wise as the #07 of Billy Howard just takes a hard right into the wall just past the start finish line and jolts back down the track causing a train reaction of carnage. “I don’t know what happened,” Howard said on his way back to the garage. “It’s the second week where when we get the restart it feels like as if I have a flat tire.” He was able to drive his car around to the attention of his crew and use is one and only free reset of the evening and rejoin the field.
SOUTH BOSTON, VA…….Due to the forecast changing overnight and persistent rain showers throughout today South Boston Speedway officials have canceled today’s scheduled season opening Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Twin 100’s racing program.
South Boston Speedway builds enough races in their racing schedule to compensate for rain. Once the track has met their minimum number of races they will then look at rescheduling rain canceled events.
South Boston Speedway will now open its 2015 season on Saturday, March 21, with the NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program, which will have an afternoon starting time of 2 p.m.
All five of South Boston Speedway’s racing divisions will be featured in the March 21 event, which will be headlined by a 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division.
The six-event program will include twin races for the Limited Sportsman Division as well as races for the track’s Budweiser Pure Stock Division, Hornets Division and Modified Division.
Registration and pit gates will open at 9 a.m. with practice going from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Grandstand gates will open at noon and qualifying time trials will get underway at 12:30 p.m. The first of the day’s six races will get the green flag at 2 p.m.
Adult admission is $10 with kids ages six and under admitted free.
For additional information about the NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.
MIDLOTHIAN, VA – Southside Speedway will return from this winter’s nap on Friday, April 3, 2015. Sue Clements has announced next season’s schedule for the “Toughest Short Track in the South!” The engines will come to life with all six divisions running a full season, just like in 2014.
The schedule will run every other Friday night from April 3 through August 28. Please see the attached race calendar. The rain dates will be May 8, June 19, July 31, and August 14. The track will hold an Open Practice on March 21 for all divisions with a rain date of March 28. The Driver Meet & Greet dates are May 1 and August 21.
The Late Models and Modifieds will be on the schedule for 30 laps, the Grand Stocks, U-Cars and Legends will run 25 laps and the Street Stocks will battle for 20 laps. NEW IN 2015 will be a Bandolero division. It will be made up of both boys and girls, ranging in age from 8-14 years old. Their first night on the schedule will be April 17, followed by May 15, and then they will join the regular schedule in June for the remainder of the season.
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — March has roared in and that means its time for some of the best NASCAR short track racing action in the country at South Boston Speedway.
The 2015 NASCAR Whelen All American Series season at South Boston Speedway is just over one week away. The 2015 campaign will get underway with an afternoon start.
Two 100-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division will highlight the first event of the season on March 14. The season opener will also feature action for the Limited Sportsman Division, the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and the Hornets Division.
Season tickets to see every event scheduled in 2015 are still on sale and can be purchased for only $150.
Season ticket holders will not only gain entry into every event during the 2015 campaign, they will also be invited to a special preseason event this weekend on Saturday, March 7.
South Boston Speedway will host its annual Media Day on Saturday. Season ticket holders will be able to take part in a picnic and meet and greet session with the competitors who will be on hand this weekend for the final preseason practice before the new season begins one week later.
NASTRACK -vs- More Challenge coming to the green flag for Round #4 at Michigan.
After a week away from the simulators the stars and cars of the NASTRACK & More Sim Racing leagues packed up their haulers, don’t worry all cars and motors were accounted for, and headed towards the Midwest track that is Michigan International Speedway. On deck The Kirsten’s Dream 150, a 75-lap feature placing some of the best sim racers on the very rough, very quick, 2-mile D-shape oval. A very special event as we hit the track not only to crown a winner but in my mind to pay tribute and raise awareness for childhood cancer. Fellow sim racer Randy Hughes lost his daughter to the courageous battle with cancer. We hit the track in her honor and I suggest everyone hit the Facebook page created in her honor Kirsten’s Dream Foundation.
Right out of the gate familiar names from both leagues found their names nestled at the top of the leaderboard. Keith Maiato would top the charts as the only car to post a time in the mid two’s (40.257), the rest of the field found themselves running three’s & four’s. You know you are going to have a barn burner when the top sixteen of twenty-eight cars that took time were only separated by two tenths of a second.
Though Maiato was fastest in practice he was not able to duplicate those results in qualifying, posting a time only tenth fastest on the field. Don’t worry though I will just go ahead right now and let you know not to count him out just yet! Travis Wall, sporting a new color scheme again this week, posted the fast time of the session with a 40.337 (178.5 mph) to grab the pole. Todd Marcotte, Shawn Pierce, Steven Burnett, and Chris Simard would round out the top five all posting times within a tenth of a second of the top spot!
Gloucester, VA – What happens when you give a young man who has been racing his entire life the chance to race something different, something new, something fast? If that wasn’t one of the easiest questions you have ever answered I would be willing to hear what that question was in the comments bellow. News broke from earlier last week that local NASCAR driver Brandon Gdovic (Precision Performance Motorsports – PPM) of Gloucester, Virginia has teamed up with Mitchum Motorsports to bring the driver into a whole new spectrum of racing.
For those who do not know, Mitchum Motorsports located in Virginia Beach, Virginia was found in 2001 and have been running Grand-Am/IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series with their Chevy Camaro & BMW. They will also field cars in the Super Trofeo North America series, a 6 track, 12 race series where all the drivers will wheel the same Lamborghini Cup in each race.
Gdovic has had the itch to run more road racing for a while now, it was just a matter of finding the right match. “[I wanted to for] probably about a year now,” Gdovic told The Weekly Racer. “It was kind of just talk at first and near the end of the season last year  I was pretty serious about wanting to do it. We sat down and really talked about it and decided to try to put something together.”
Richmond, VA – A program that was started over 10 years ago in the Hampton Roads area and since moved to Richmond is a way for driver young and old to “learn” the ropes or hone their skills during the off season. Arena Racing, established in 2002 by Ricky Dennis is racing done in doors usually during the off-season of NASCAR and other local short track programs.
If you have never been to one of these events I highly recommend you taking the trip to Richmond and witness a race. These are half scale; rear engine cup style cars that run full roll cages along with racing slicks and coil over suspension. Races are run in a “heat style” format on a high-banked hockey rink sized aluminum track.
Due to a series of events we found ourselves in the Richmond area on the second night of a double-header event at the Richmond Coliseum for the Movement Mortgage 200.
Qualifying for the mains were held earlier in the afternoon where Cody Carlton found himself in yet another A-Main and looking to continue his winning streak to five. Because this is a points based racing series where drivers are competing for a $10,000 championship trophy here is how the points work. 30 points are given to the winner of the A, 27 points for the winner of the B, 25 for the C and 23 points if there is a D Main. The winner of the Top Dog race will receive 5 bonus points toward the championship.