Mother Nature Forces Late Model Stock Car Racing Into December at East Carolina
Mother Nature has not played very nice this season when it comes to racetracks in the Mid-Atlantic region. Plenty of times this season we have had to go without racing one weekend, or push back dates which can really screw up teams, sponsors, tracks, drivers! Either way nine out of ten times we, the racing community, do not let that hold us down, we pick another date, strap into our cars, and get at it just as hard as we originally planned!
This year was no different for this fun little track located in the quite but beautiful town of Robersonville, North Carolina. Just a little side note, if you like jumping in the car and going for a little drive, this track is just as fun to drive to than it is to be at! Opening night and various dates throughout the season really put a damper – pardon the pun – on a season that truly saw increased car counts and fans in the stands. I have to give credit to the officials and track staff for really hanging in there and working to put on a great show.
Last years inaugural Ronnie Barnette Memorial was headlined by another one of my favorite divisions of racing, the IMCA style Modifieds where we saw long time short track racer Joe Joe Scarbrough take home the hardware. This year the Late Model Stock Car division will headline the second running of the Ronnie Barnette Memorial 200. Now these are true LMSC per the NWAAS rulebook. Not the hybrid division created by the track to help cut down cost to race teams while encouraging other competitors from other tracks to make the journey who might be looking for more National Points.
With one of the largest payouts in the tracks history – $6,000 to the winner; $3,000 for second place; and $400 just to start the race – it looks to bring some of the biggest names in Late Model Stock Car racing out of the wood work for just one more time around the track this season. Back in November, when the race was originally suppose to be run, former Limited Late Model track champion Louis White paced the field in Saturday’s final practice posting and unofficial time 15.459. Langley Speedway regular Brenden Queen, making his first appearance and the tricky tri-oval, was not far behind with a 15.461. Tyler Matthews, Brandon Gdovic, and Casey Wyatt all showed speeds as well.
For this weekend we also want to try something new! Its not new to racing nor is it new to social media, however, we here at The Weekly Racer has never really tried to start a “trend” at the speedway. For all things Ronnie Barnette Memorial related (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) start using hash tag #RMB200. We of course will have you covered with lap-by-lap LIVE updates on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer). Head on over and give us a follow! We share all kinds of stories about racing from all over, not just content that we create! Plus there is a chance of winning two tickets to this weekend’s race.
Coverage will kick off this Saturday approximately 12:00 PM EST with Late Model qualifying! See you at the track!
Tickets for this weekends race are $20 for Adults – $10 for Kids 7 to 16 years old – Free to those race fans six years old or younger! For more information please call the track at 252-385-0218.