Well guys and gals, it is about that time of year again. Time to put a cap on 2015, burry it into our time capsule for future generations to look back on. Take a look back ourselves at all the good times that we had. Think to ourselves what the next 365 days are going to be like. Make plans to make this year “our year.” I myself as a person have them same aspirations, The Weekly Racer has those same aspirations as well. We have already posted a few interesting stats from WordPress taking a look back throughout 2015.
Last year, our first full season covering short track racing, we ended the year with a little post highlighting 14 of the best photos from the year that we took (Fourteen of the Best Photos from 2014). Looking to create a little tradition here at The Weekly Racer we are going to kick off our 2015 Year End review with 15 of the best photos – in our opinion of course – that we were able to snap throughout the year. Bellow, in no particular order are the photos we have chosen. We still want to hear from you though. Post a comment bellow the story with who you think had the best looking car from the post. If you think someone should be on the list let us know!
Thank to the fine folks over at WordPress for putting this together for us here at The Weekly Racer. Just a little preview or kick off to a Year End series we are planning to do to go back and look at our Sophomore season around the NWAAS in 2015. In the mean time, take a look at some of these stats you guys helped produce!
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
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From everyone here at The Weekly Racer, we would like to take a moment to wish all of our racing family a very, very Merry Christmas! I would like to thank each of you for the best Christmas present ever – the continued love and support all of you have shown The Weekly Racer. As we work through the holiday season we are working on a year end review, places we have been, tracks we have seen, and some of the races we got to experience from the Whelen All-American Series up to the Cup Series. We will also feature our second annual Top Images of the Year – 15 of the best looking cars, in our opinion, of the 2015 season!
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SOUTH BOSTON, VA – For most drivers last week’s announcement of cost-cutting rule changes at South Boston Speedway was like Santa Claus popping out of the chimney a week early.
“The new rules are a really big deal for us. We haven’t had the money to race competitively in Late Models but with these changes, we will,” said Eric Winslow, who competed in many of South Boston’s Late Model races in 2015, but also raced in the lower-cost Hornet Division.
The biggest change at South Boston for 2016 is a two-tire rule in the Late Model division and a one-tire rule in the Limited division, which simply means teams will be limited to purchasing two tires each event in Late Model and one in Limited. Other changes announced last week included an increase in the Late Model purse, guaranteeing $500 to start each night of racing.
“The tire rule is huge,” said Winslow. “With the new rule we can go and race competitively. I love racing. That’s why I race. But I would always go to the track and think I wouldn’t be as competitive as I like because I couldn’t afford (four) new tires. The way the rules are now I get to race Late Models every race next year and race hard.”
Veteran Late Model drivers Ronald Hill and Bruce Anderson both believe boosting the payout back through the field is a positive move that will pay benefits to teams and fans.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – J2 Performance is proud to announce the organization will expand to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for the 2016 season and beyond. Owned and operated by 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion crew chief Jamie Jones, J2 Performance has spent the last three years mentoring young drivers at local short tracks across the southeast, in addition to building late model chassis and suspension components.
“I’m very excited J2 Performance will be entering the K&N Pro Series East next season,” said Jones, also known as “JJ” in the motorsports community. “I have spent 35 plus years working towards this day and I know my team will be able to provide not only top notch equipment and crew members but also a place for young kids to grow behind the wheel before entering one of the three national series.”
NWSMT sits on pit road at Langley Speedway before the pre-race pit party. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)
NASCAR has finally released the schedule for the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified tour this past week. With the twelfth season on the horizon the Southern Modified’s have an eleven race schedule where they will visit seven different tracks. Like 2015 Caraway and the action packed quarter mile at Charlotte will host the season opener and finale respectively. Caraway Speedway will actually host four races this year, taking the dates from two tracks not on the schedule this year. Winston-Salem’s historic Bowman Grey Stadium will once again host its traditional summer event. Following that race will be the annual North/South combo race so to speak held at Bristol Motor Speedway. Which by the way folks, if you can get out there for that weekend you should. You get the modified combo race, truck race, and the Sprint Cup event.
NASCAR has added a new facility to the list of tracks on the 2016 schedule. East Carolina Motor Speedway, a relatively high banked tricky D-Shaped oval, located in Robersonville, North Carolina will host an event Labor Day weekend. “East Carolina Speedway is proud to have the opportunity to host the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour for the first time,” track owner Wayne Perry said. “We really enjoy being a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and this will be a great opportunity to bring a popular NASCAR Touring Series to our track for the fans. It’s going to be a great show.”
Another new addition to the season is the high banked ti-oval of Concord Speedway. Already an interesting event before we even reach 2016. NASCAR will occupy Concord Speedway the same weekend as the PASS South Series. Though the modifieds will not be running that weekend, we find it pretty interesting that NASCAR is having a combo even with another prominent southern touring series. “We’re very happy to help get a race at Concord Speedway back on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule,” Concord Speedway promoter Darren Hackett said. “We decided to take one of our races that we would have held at Caraway Speedway and move it there, and the competitors are excited to get to go back to an ultra-fast track.”
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. – South Boston Speedway officials announced today sweeping rule changes that will drastically cut the cost for teams while increasing the excitement for the fans.
New tire rules were introduced for the track’s top two divisions, Late Model Stock and Limited Sportsman, and a carburetor and weight change was unveiled for the Limited cars that will make them more versatile for teams.
The purse for Late Model races have also been increased deep into the field with a guaranteed $500 to start each race.
“South Boston Speedway has re-energized its commitment to both help the weekly racer and give the best possible action to SoBo’s loyal fans,” said Nick Igdalsky, senior vice president of South Boston Speedway. “This will be demonstrated not only with this announcement, but with several more announcements leading up to the 2016 racing season.”
Late Model teams will be allowed to purchase only two tires each race date as compared to four in the past. Limited teams will be allowed to purchase just one tire each race date. The two exceptions to the new tire rules will be the March 12thseason-opener and the July 1 race when teams in both divisions will be allowed to purchase four tires.
Limited teams running the 603 engine and with a total weight of 3,000 pounds and 1,325 pounds right side with the same carburetor and spacer as the 604 engine will be allowed to run in the Late Model division. This rule change will give Limited teams the opportunity to race in the Late Model division on nights when the Limited division is idle. Teams cannot run the same car in two divisions on the same night.
“The two-tire rule and $500 to start in the Late Model division is a perfect example of South Boston’s commitment to fans and competitors,” said Igdalsky. “It will drastically cut a team’s expenses by over $320 per race while the $500 guaranteed starting purse will help all teams cover other costs.”
“Fans will love the two-tire rule because it will close the gap of competition between the higher and lower-budget teams and make for some much closer racing at South Boston in 2016.”