East Carolina: Six Divisions – Seven Races On Opening Night At ECMS – Follow Along On Twitter @theweeklyracer
Robersonville, NC – Yes fans its about that time of the week/year again. Race tracks all over the country are either kicking off their season or just starting to find their rhythm! Tonight marks race number three in our touring series and we are sticking with the “Opening Night” theme, lets call it a little mini series! First the opening race of the CARS Tour, then the 65th opening night of Langley Speedway, now we head down to East Carolina Motor Speedway! After having a year to figure everything out and get their name out the track now enters their sophomore season under the NASCAR banner!
Over the off season track promotor John Vick has really focused on making improvements for the track, its drivers, and fans alike! One that I would like to point out and possibly my personal favorite – their Thursday night radio show on Beach Boogie and Blues! Just another way to get these drivers names and sponsors out to the public! Because without the sponsors it makes it hard for drivers to field cars, no cars no fans, no cars AND no fans… No track.
Vick, along with track owners and officials decided over the off season to merge some rule books and divisions in hopes of creating a larger turn out in its premier division, as well as help the drivers! In 2014 ECMS had two distinct LMSC & LLM divisions… LMSC ran for Div I points where LLM ran for Div II points. No need to sugar coat things here but the LMSC class struggled for cars counts week in and out. This year those divisions have been merged under one rule package and are eligible for Div. I national points. “Its a consistent engine package,” John Vick told The Weekly Racer back when the announcement was made. “Should create full fields and be cost effective for everyone! Not to mention East Carolina could help you with national points.”
Since the merge of the two divisions have left the tier two ranks open track officials have decided to fill that gap with the modifieds. After seeing a twelve or so car field for their Ronnie Barnette Memorial Race this past October, it was clear these types of cars would be a perfect match. One driver who is certainly excited about the edition is 7 time Langley Speedway Modified champion Shawn Balluzzo. Who has already made it clear he will be running ECMS (along with Langley and SoBo) in hunt for a Div. II national title.
There is still plenty of time to pack the car up and head down to Robersonville. Practice gets going at 2:30, gates open at 3 PM, Qualifying at 5:30 PM, Green Flag at 7:00 PM. If you can make the race head on over to our Twitter (@theweeklyracer) we will kick our LIVE coverage off at 5:15 PM for qualifying (Late Models & Mods) and of course have up to the second coverage of the UCAR, Street Stock, Modified, and Late Model races.
Tonights full schedule bellow.