Monthly Archives: June 2015

Driver Series: S02E11 LMSC Driver Thomas Burbage Invites Us Into His Life

ProfileThomas Burbage
Washington, NC
Hometrack East Carolina Motor Speedway
D.O.B: June 21, 1978
Education: Associates Degree in Engineering
Occupation: Oakridge Metal Works

Sponsors: Oak Ridge Metal Works, Grafix Unlimited, Barry’s Alignment, Waters Tire Service

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Well to start off with an easy one, do you have any nicknames?

Everyone calls me Burbage…

Just the last name?

Well that’s one of the nicer ones!

Okay so I cant stay away from racing all the way so if NASCAR came up to you with an unlimited budget and an unlimited amount of resources and asked you to build them a new track to be put on the circuit in 2016, what would you build?

Ummm, I would probably say a mixture of Bristol and East Carolina, I think it would be pretty cool!

Favorite type of food?

Oh man, I have plenty of those! Probably Lasagna, spaghetti – I love spaghetti! I like chinese but Mexican foods good!

Your favorite style of music?

Oh man it changes just about every month! I like country music, R&B, I like rock as well.


Got a favorite band? Like number one all time favorite band!

Sound Garden from back in the day!

Best memory from High School?

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Berry Grabs Victory For JR Motorsports & Danny Edwards Jr. Returns To Victory Lane At Langley Speedway

Berry Win Race 1Hampton, VA – While the Hampton Heat 200 is still six weeks away, the on-track action at Langley Speedway can’t get much hotter — and the drivers proved it again on Saturday night.

Preparations for the $10,000 to win Late Model Stock race brought talent from as far as California to the four-tenths mile bullring, all with hopes to get dialed in for the big race at the end of July. JR Motorsports drivers Josh Berry and William Byron made debuts at Langley along with Rev Racing’s Natalie Decker and Collin Cabre, as well as Lee Pulliam Performance pilot Dalton Sargeant.

Tyler Hughes grabbed the pole after leading the way in one of the practice sessions. With track temperatures reaching 130 degrees, the track was tough to grasp during practice and qualifying. On top of that, isolated downpours washed out the rubber on the track, meaning that as the sun went down, tempers quickly began to flare.

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Louis White Bounces Back And Dominates At East Carolina

Louis White Win

Robersonville, NC – Louis White found himself back in victory lane this past Saturday night at East Carolina Motor Speedway! Matter of fact, we meet with Louis on two occasions, as he was the victor in both of the 50-lap features. White would officially lead wire to wire through both races that were filled with controversy throughout the entire pack!

Everything got rolling, so to speak, earlier in the afternoon with time trial qualifying to get the starting grid for the first of two 50-lap main events. A little side note, Bradley McCaskill was a full member of both afternoon practice sessions, however, was not able to get the car right after last week’s wreck. He and the crew had been up to the early hours of that morning working on the car. Was told to avoid damaging anything else on the car or even causing a wreck, he was just going to take her back to the shop. Shelton McNair would show up in the nick of time to keep the field at ten, not to mention his championship hopes alive.

Posting the fastest time in qualifying with a 15.599 (86.544 MPH), Louis White (2014 Limited Late Model Champ) would have the honor of starting race number one from the point. A luxury that would prove to be very useful as things got a little hairy in the middle of the pack. Jeff Shiflett, your 2014 LMSC track champion would cross the line .001 second behind Louis to earn the second starting position. Kind of ironic that these two would start side by side don’t you think? Greg Edwards (2014 Langley Speedway track champ – so it was a mini race of champions?), making his first start at the track since the mid 90’s was able to pilot the Jackson Motorsports ride to a third on the starting grid. Rusty Daniels and Thomas Burbage able to grab the reaming to spots in the top five.

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Car Counts On The Rise At East Carolina – Robbie Allison & Greg Edwards to make ECMS Debut LIVE on Twitter (@theweeklyracer)

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Robersonville, NC – The deeper we get into the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule, the deeper the car counts get at the high banked 3/8 mile oval they call East Carolina Motor Speedway. Nineteen Late Models took the green flag last week as the track hosted twin 50-lap features. Jeff Shiflett & Dylan Ward found them selves in victory lane after what I am told was a very interesting night!

LMSC were not the only division boasting good numbers, with May 30th being the first race in the UCAR Triple Crown series between ECMS and SNMP, seventeen UCARS took to the track where again we saw two separate winners – Lynn Waller & Ronnie Jones.

Well, its that time of the week again folks, and yes East Carolina Motor Speedway is opening its gates up once again to the drivers and fans! Gates will open for fans and drivers right around 2:00 PM EDT – for ticket prices head over to for more details. Couple big names making their debut this weekend. Robbie Allison, son of late NASCAR driver Davey Allison, will make his first laps around the track in a UCAR. Allison was the guest of honor this week on ECMS weekly radio program, talking everything from family history to his future in motorsports!

Greg Edwards… Yes you have read that right! 2014 Langley Speedway track champion has teamed up with car owner/driver J.T. Jackson to field the #67 LMSC this weekend at ECMS. With Edwards sitting 10th in national points it only makes sense for Edwards to try is luck on the road. After Jackson spent a couple weeks shaking the car down and having another veteran driver Woody Howard perform as well as he did last week at Langley, Jackson has decided to play the role of “car owner” just a bit more.

Make sure to join us on Twitter later this evening – starting at about 4:30 PM EDT – for LIVE up to the minute coverage! We will work to bring you both time laps from the LMSC division as well as work on getting you the five fastest cars in the support divisions as well.

Edwards Bounces Back And Goes Two For Two At Langley Speedway

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Edwards captures win number four at Langley Speedway. (Justin Kern/


Hampton, VA – Winning at Langley Speedway this year, has not been something that has come easy for anyone this season! In the seven LMSC starts this season we have had the pleasure of crowning five different winners – only one of those drivers is able to call himself a repeat winner and that is the man pictured above, Greg Edwards. Piloting his 97.3 The Eagle machine to back-to-back victories with yet again a stack house so to speak.

Matt Waltz – taking the weekend off from the exclusive CARS Tour to mix it up again in his back yard with some of the greats – would actually qualify his Waltz Engineered Sales Chevy on the pole with a blistering time of 15.957 (90.243 MPH). I honestly didn’t expect to see times even down in the 15s because of how hot it was but he was able to find the speed and make it work. Danny Edwards, Jr and Matt Bowling, yup that’s right Matt Bowling was back in town, were the only other cars to crack the sub 16 second lap time during qualifying posting the second and third fastest times respectfully. Brenden Queen, and believe it or not, Greg Edwards finished out the starting five.


Rhonnda Claiborne Starting 5;
P1 #2 Matt Waltz 15.957
P2 #26 Danny Edwards 15.977
P3 #83 Matt Bowling 15.989
P4 #03 Brenden Queen 16.024
P5 #97 Greg Edwards 16.025

The first race of the double header was the second race of the evening’s program and like in the past since daylight savings time, the first was in the daylight. Well, okay it was more like dusk, either way it was still pretty warm so I am sure the track was going to be slick. Slick or not it did not faze Matt Waltz and that #2 car at the start of the race.

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