Monthly Archives: June 2015

East Carolina: Action Packed Night of Racing in Robersonville This Friday

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Robersonville, NC – This Friday East Carolina Motor Speedway takes a step back to its roots of Friday night racing. Not to mention a fire works display the entire family will enjoy. The track will have bounce houses for the kids, free freeze pops, and more watermelon than you will know what to do with.

Six divisions on tap for a total of seven races will make up the Bojangles 205. The Late Model’s set for twin 50’s where Thomas Burbage looking for back to back victories and close the gap between himself and points leader Jeff Shiflett. Travis Roberson will also look to extend his lead in the Street Stock division over second place Kevin Benton while Jesse Council still working out the kinks on the new car.

INEX will also be in the house this weekend hosting a national qualifier for both the Legends and Bandos! With both divisions making their return to the tricky tri-oval this year they are more than happy to host their first national qualifying event as well. For more rules or details on the event or rules head over to http://www.uslegendcars.com.

The pits will open for drivers at 2:00 PM EDT with the general admission grandstands set to open at 3:00 PM EDT. General admission tickets for adults just $15; Seniors & Military $12, with little race fans ages 6-12 just five bucks!

**Fireworks scheduled between races, approx. 9:15 PM EDT. Schedule subject to change**

South Boston: Big races, big names, big money, big fireworks show

Photo: South Boston Speedway Facebook

Photo: South Boston Speedway Facebook

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — Friday, July 3 is a date short track racing fans in the area have been anticipating since the start of the 2015 racing season. At 7 p.m. on Friday, July 3, the green flag will wave for the start of the Dr. & Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology presents the Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 racing program.

The Dr. & Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology presents the Thunder Road Harley Davidson NASCAR 200 racing program will feature three big money races, the biggest names in the region in short track racing and a fireworks extravaganza at the close of the night. The featured attraction of the night will be a 200-lap shootout for the competitors in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division.

Former South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division champion Matt Bowling has jumped to the top of the 2015 standings. Bowling is a one-time winner at America’s Hometown Track this season. Two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam, a four-time winner this season at South Boston Speedway, sits second in the standings. He trails Bowling by 17 points.

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Langley Speedway: Officials Make The Right Call, Racing Tonight Cancelled

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Hampton, VA – With the National Weather Service issuing a “hazardous weather outlook” in the area for Saturday evening Langley Speedway officials made the right call to pull the plug on the nights events. No promotor really wants to cancel the night so early but with “thunderstorms in the forecast could produce large hail, damaging winds and localized flooding…” it shows that the speedway is looking out for the best interest of its fans and racers.

With forecast models showing a slight rise in temps through out the day and the chance of rain at the drop of a hat, things get a little more worrisome as the afternoon chugs on. 4:00 PM EDT seems to be the time of the most activity as some pretty serious looking cells start to roll in from the west as well as the south. Make sure everyone stays safe, if you don’t have to be out on the roads don’t!

Racing will continue at the short track next Friday for Budweiser Night and their Independence Day Extravaganza. Five divisions are set to take the track along with a spectacular firework show!

Driver Series: S02E13 Kendahl Erb Looking To Take It To The Boys In 2015 Opens Up For An Exclusive Look Into Her Life

ProfileKendahl “LIL DIVA ” ERB
Norfolk, VA
D.O.B: May 23, 2006
Hometown: Norfolk, VA
Hometrack: Albermarle Speedway
Education: Rising 4th Grader

Sponsors: Dirt Divas Racing, Jungle golf of VB, Xtreme Mechanical, North End Pizza of VB, B&S enterprises, Albemarle Power Equipment, Larry Davenport Racing, Jungle Golf.

 

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Kendahl Erb… or “Lil Diva” as she is known around the racetrack is a nine year old up and coming fourth grader who loves to play in the dirt. If you thought that was interesting then you’re going to love just how she likes playing in the dirt. Kendahl spend her weekend racing go-karts at local dirt tracks practically all over the region. She hoped in her first kart at the age of 5, nothing to serious at the time, just a few laps in a friend’s kart… it was a wrap after that! Erb instantly fell in love with the sport and would end up getting her own kart – with the help of parents of course – and finishing in the top three in two races at the end of 2012.

2013 would be Kendahl’s first full year in karts where she found improvement and more speed week in and week out. Grabbing plenty of second place finishes. 2014 however was the year Erb really shined! Not only did she win seven of the eight races in her class at her home track with several poles thrown in the mix she was able to make a successful jump up in class and make a name for herself in the state races winning four straight races and two second place finishes and being crowned the 2014 VA State Jr Stars Champion. She would also receive an honorable invite to the Maxxis Nationals – taking the 2nd place award there.

Kendahl and her team are looking to hit 2015 even harder than in the past. She will be making the move to the JR Sportsman (Lite & Heavy) class at her home track Albermarle Speedway. In addition she will be participating in the Virgina Dirt Kart Association series as well as the Maxxis Mid Atlantic Series! Thanks to the help of her sponsors her team has purchased a brand new kart so they can focus on dialing in each kart to each track. As the season has progressed we had a moment to sit down with Kendahl and get to know her a little bit more outside of the track.

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#KNEast: Gray Gaulding Earns “Hard Charger Award” at Langley Speedway

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#12 Gray Gaulding during practice for the Visit Hampton Va 175 (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – No driver really wants to be forced to start shotgun on the field and have to worry about bringing a fast car through the entire pack. Bet you money any driver will tell you they want to start up front and stay up front. Well, this past weekend at Langley Speedway that opportunity was taken away from Gray Gaulding, driver of the #12 PPM Motorsports/Krispy Kreme Toyota, after an issue with the teams’ communications regulated him to the back.

Cars were moved from the garage area to the front stretch for driver intros. Drivers would then strap into their machines from there and get down to business. Well, once the engines came to life on the front stretch, we couldn’t say the same for Gray’s radio! Crew members tried to make a quick fix right there on the front stretch but did not succeed. NASCAR officials even gave the team till the caution car got back to the front stretch to make the switch, and allow Gaulding to regain his position. They were unable to do so forcing the 12 car to make a pit stop before the green flag was even thrown.

Because the team had to make that stop Gaulding was forced to give up his top five starting position and head to the back. 175 laps however is plenty of time to regroup, and come up with another plan of attack, which the team did admirably in my opinion. With just three cautions on the night Gaulding had to make up most of his position the old fashion way so to speak – picking off one car at a time and not burning your stuff up in the process. At the end of the night Gaulding would earn a very hard fought fourth place finish AND our coveted The Weekly Racer Hard Charger Award. This is an award we give out to one driver who not only gains the most positions but refuses to give up and fights for more! It was all but an easy pick for our staff this week!

“I really wanted to do well in this race,” Gaulding told us during post-race tech. “I know we came home with a great finish but I really think we could have won this race. I can’t think everyone enough at PPM, Krispy Kreme, Toyota, my crew chief Charles, all my family and friends. At the end of the day we passed a ton of cars and gave it 110% and something wild like that happens you just got to keep on keeping on.

Knowing you have a good car and taking the steps to make the best of things, just another reason why this award was so easy this week. We also asked Gray if he was worried at all about having to get by so many cars on such a small track. “I really wasn’t worried you know,” said Gaulding. “I feel like I don’t have to qualify good to race good, I feel like I can start anywhere and work my way through traffic and have a shot to win. We had a shot to win just didn’t have a caution to get everyone bunched up. I tell you what, getting back there with some of them hoodlums is a task. We did what we needed to do, kept the nose on it, we had to move a couple people along the way but when you got to go, you gotta go!”

Gaulding currently sits fifth in the points standing, holding onto a three point advantage over Dalton Sargeant. Gaulding will return to Columbus Motor Speedway looking to better his 15th place finish back in 2014. The NAPA 150 will be run in two weeks as the series returns as we celebrate July 4th!

KNEast: William Byron Grabs Win No. 3 With Force at Langley Speedway

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William Byron celebrating in victory lane at Langley Speedway (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – He came, he saw, he conquered! William Byron came into Langley Speedway as the points leader of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division and he left with an even bigger lead! Those kinds of things happen when you lead 174 of the advertised 175 laps. Byron started the race in the second position after teammate Rico Abreu won not only his first pole at Langley Speedway, but his first Coors Light Pole Award of his K&N Career – posting a time of 15.96 seconds, just a bit over 89 MPH.

It didn’t take long for Byron to get by Abreu, on the outside mind you to take the lead and hold onto it for just about the entire night! Dalton Sargeant was the only driver to ruin the “perfect game,” if you may, for Byron by leading just one lap through the entire event. Sargeant would eventually have to settle for a third place finish after a very strong late race push from Kyle Benjamin! Not a bad deal when you stop and think about it, top three finishers all from the same camp!

The win did not come all that easy for Byron, who had come to Langley Speedway the week prior along with JR Motorsports teammate Josh Berry to get some seat time at the all but flat short track, has he had his work cut out for him navigating through some of the slower traffic. When you pile 25 of these machines on a 4/10th mile flat track its much like the cup cars at Bristol, does not take long for the leaders to catch the back of the back. It was no “easy” task by any means, a few harder to get around than others but Byron was able to work around them while holding onto a steady lead!

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Driver Series: S02E012 Mattisen Morrill Turning Heads In The Wing Champ Karts At Langley Speedway

ProfileMattisen Morrill
Chesapeake, VA
Birthday: August 10, 1997
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Hometrack: Langley Speedway
Education: High School
Occupation: Driver

Sponsors: Miles of Seamless Gutters & Courthouse Imports

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My racing career started a little rough you could say. At 8 years old my crew chief Eric asked if I wanted to drive an arena car outdoors, I said yes. We went to practice in an empty parking lot behind a building; it had a pretty big ditch behind it to. I got in and made a few laps but was only going about half throttle. So after I was a bit more comfortable with the car I went full throttle. I think I got into it at the wrong time because it sent my over a curb and into the big ditch! We had to use the truck to pull it out and I didn’t want to get back in. I guess it scared me a little bit. Not even 2 years later though I asked to try again. This time he put me in a flat kart. The racing addiction began there.

After Three years of running the flat karts I started getting bored. I had 2 wins and won the cone award. Hank Courtney took some amazing and funny shots of me hitting the cones. During the last year a friend of mine had a team that ran wing champs (these karts are somewhat similar to your Sprint dirt cars) said he was not going to be running one race. I asked to run the race he wasn’t going to be there and he said yes. After one race in those things I just had to have one! They were so much fun! I got one the next year, and boy was it really hard that first year. No one wanted to work with me, (the wing karts are very dependent on the draft) so I would never get anywhere in the field. This year I am doing a lot better and it’s even more fun! I have had some really good finishes this season and sitting third in the points standing.

 

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