East Carolina Motor Speedway Ready to Drop the Green Flag on 2016

East-Carolina-Motor-Speedway Birds EyeIt has been four long months since cars have hit the track at East Carolina Motor Speedway for official racing but that is all about to change this weekend. With the forecast looking mighty fine (knocks on wood) – partly cloudy during the day with the highs near 70 – crews and fans look to pack the stands of the 3/8 mile high-banked speedway. 2016 looks to be yet another promising year for ECMS, as they will run alternating nights with neighboring track Southern National.

East Carolina Motor Speedway, which opened in 1990, under the ownership of Gerald Whitehurst, Durwood Allen and Lee Harney, was eventually sold to Wayne Perry in 2006, and has been operating under the NASCAR banner for two years now and will do so again in 2016. After being reunited with track promoter John Vick, East Carolina Motor Speedway has opened their gates for drivers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Adding several divisions to their schedule this year, Vick hopes to not only give drivers a place to ‘play’ so to speak but to create a show for the fans.

In addition to Late Models, Street Stocks, U-Cars, and Bando’s, East Carolina will a host a handful of races for the Pro-Six, Super Street, and Grandstock divisions, popular support divisions that usually run at Langley Speedway. With that track not opening for the foreseeable future, Vick has agreed to work them into their schedule that will run from April through the middle part of September. “Couple of the guys called me,” Vick said about the addition to the schedule. “They were looking for a place to race so we made it happen.” The three divisions will alternate race weekends throughout the season.

Jeff Shiflett will be back to not only defend his track championship but also earn his third trip in a row down to Charlotte at the end of the year. Shiflett, from Moyock, North Carolina, has been the only driver to win a track championship since running under the NASCAR banner. This year, however, could be different for the defending champ. Young, local talent Brenden Queen look to throw a wrench in Shiflett’s plan. Queen, who has had solid finishes early this year at South Boston, including one pole, looks to earn some wins this season and possibly be in the hunt for the title. “I love the track,” Queen says. “It’s a drivers track. Both corners are totally different. I think we will be good as long as we can get a solid day of testing in. Obviously if Langley opens, its home, we would probably go home to run races unless we are really in the points at East Carolina.”

Jesse Council, the 2014 Street Stock Champion is also ready to get back behind the wheel. “We have been working tirelessly to make the car the best it can be for opening night,” Council said. “I feel much better about the car. This car needed a much different set up than any other car I’ve ever run and we spent most of last year learning what this car wanted and then adding the spares and inventory necessary to make the changes we need during testing.” Council will also run a few MASS races throughout the season while taking on more at work – Council by the way a certified airline pilot. “We were the fastest car at the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National last year until we broke,” Council said. “We had a great showing at the New Years bash at Dillon. Plus we won the inaugural race at Carteret. To say we are feeling better about how well we’ve learned this car may be an understatement.”

The Weekly Racer, as always will bring you up to the lap coverage from one of our favorite short tracks in the region. We will pick up the action just after 5:00 PM for Late Model Stock qualifying over on our Twitter feed – @theweeklyracer. Gates open at 3:00 PM – General Admission $15, Military & Sr. Citizen $12, Kids (6-12) $5, Kids 5 and under FREE.

For more information and full season schedule, head over to www.ecspeedway.com or follow the track on their Facebook. Race day schedule can be found bellow.

 

 

Practice – 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Driver’s Meeting – 4:50 p.m.

 

Qualifying – 5:15 p.m.

Bandolero – 1 Lap
UCAR – Group
Super Street – 1 Lap
Legends – 1 Lap
Street Stock – 1 Lap
Late Model – 2 Laps

GREEN FLAG AT 7:00 p.m.

BANDOLERO – 15 Laps
UCAR – 25 Laps
SUPER STREET – 30 Laps
LEGENDS – 25 Laps
STREET STOCK – 30 Laps
LATE MODEL – 75 Laps
BOMBER – 10 Laps

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