Monthly Archives: June 2016

Louis White Wins Second Race of the Night in Honor of Friend Bradley McCaskill

_White Wins ECMSLouis White had the honors yet again of leading the field down to the green for race number two on the night after both of his laps were faster in time trials earlier in the afternoon. This time however, he was able to hold off the pack for a very special win for he and his team.

White had to deal with the likes of Matt Bowling and Michael Fose for most of the race but was able to hold them off for the advertised 35-lap distance. In a race that saw just two cautions, the first coming from Paul Williamson, had Louis doing a little bit of mirror driving twice as Bowling applied some pressure early but fell a bit off the pace citing some possible issue with the tires after that first caution.

The battle was on for the lead yet again later in the race after the second caution was brought out by the father son duo of Justin Carroll and Terry Carroll again in turns one and two. Terry looked to try and take the position away from Justin and when we looked back up Justin was going for a spin in two. Manage to keep things off the wall but caused Kenneth Mercer and Cameron Bowen to slow up as well.

Fose wasted not time in applying pressure to the rear bumper of Louis as the laps ticked down. “I think if we had a couple more laps to cool the tires down we might have had him,” Fose told us after the race. “The tires just got to hot and ran out of laps. Overall a good night, two solid finishes, kept the fenders on it, take it back to the shop make it better and try to win one.”

Not the greatest of nights for Brenden Queen, who entered tonight as the point’s leader, as well as Thomas Burbage, who was running in a barrowed car. Queen, who suffered a puncture in the left rear tire in race one was forced to start to the rear of the field for the second race and with only 35-laps was only able to battle back to sixth.

Burbage, who finished just outside the top ten in race one, had a bit of a oil leak that race officials made him come down pit road to fix. Spoke with Burbage earlier in the day and he told me the car just wasn’t set up right for his driving style and it didn’t respond to his inputs like he is used to. Eitehr way Burbage was able to earn points to at least keep him in the hunt for the points..

“We made a lot of changes on the car,” White explained in victory lane. “It was either going to make it better or make it worse. It was still a little tight but maybe it was better there than the first race, maybe Matt used his tires up some in the first race. Michael Fose actually had a better car than we did and he raced me clean. If it would have been any longer of a race I don’t know if I would have been able to hold him off or not.”

Just seven days ago Louis was up on top of friend and fellow racer Bradley McCaskill which tore a bunch of stuff up on the race car. We asked White despite what happened last week if this was the same car, we were pleasantly surprised to see his teams hard work paying off in victory lane.

“Im just tickled to death to win this race for Bradley,” White went on to explain. “I know he is tickled to death too. That’s what we wanted to do for him as he is still in the hospital up there in Chapel Hill, the night couldn’t have turned out any better for us unless we won both races. This is the exact same car from last week, its like I picked the car up and left my wallet there.”

Louis went on to talk about his team and his sponsors who helped get the car back together and back on the track.

“I have to thank Cory Smith with Country Mart and Jerry Smith, without him I wouldn’t be able to do none of this. He does all the set up and stuff on the car. Me him will argue back and forth sometimes on what we need to do, most time he makes the right call. With him and my wife for putting up with it and maybe a week from now when she sees that check I wrote she might be hollering but she’s happy right now.”

  

LMSC Race #2

P1 #7 Louis White; 35
P2 #54 Michael Fose; 35
P3 #83 Matt Bowling; 35
P4 #01 Jeff Shiflett; 35
P5 #22 Eric Winslow; 35
P6 #03 Brenden Queen; 35
P7 #90 Terry Carroll; 35
P8 #25 Kenneth Mercer; 35
P9 #19 Thomas Burbage; 35
P10 #91 Justin Carroll; 35
P11 #19 Cameron Bowen; 35
P12 #33 Ryan Haddock; 35
P13 #29 Paul Williamson; 10
P14 #51 Tyler Matthews; 6
P15 #12 Wesley Johnson; 3
P16 #83b Chris Burns; 3

 

Matt Bowling Earns First Career Win at East Carolina

IMG_8591Robersonville, NC – After a wild night of racing the week before that saw eight cars tangled up on the front stretch, sixteen cars rolled into East Carolina Motor Speedway for the I’m Lovin it 220. Five of the top forty NWAAS Late Model Stock Car drivers were in attendance this weekend with one of them being the National Points leader Matt Bowling.

Louis White ended up grabbing the pole in both Late Model features earlier in the afternoon during qualifying after setting the two fastest times. Doing things just a bit different than most tracks that run twin features, the drivers fastest lap set the field for the first feature while the slowest lap set the starting order for the second race.

Louis White was in control of the first of two twins for thirteen laps doing a great job holding off Bowling and Justin Carroll, who for a while had a good looking three car train ticking off laps. Took Matt Bowling fourteen laps to get around Louis White. Didn’t take to long to open up a small gap over the field in route to his first career East Carolina Motor Speedway victory.

Two-time defending track champion Jeff Shiflett bounced back from some unfortunate luck in the previous weeks. Sporting a pretty fast car and climbed his way all the up into the top five where he finished. Shiflett got around the #03 of Brenden Queen, who entered tonight’s race leading points and sitting seventh in the nation, just past the halfway mark. Things started to get even worse for the young driver from Chesapeake as a left rear tire started going down regulating him to a sixth place finish.

We caught up with Matt Bowling in victory lane to chat about his night.

“The car was pretty good,” Bowling said in victory lane after race one. “We had a lot of forward bite off two, I really feel that’s where we had everyone beat but we still have to be a little better through three and four. We put a lot of work into this thing this week practicing yesterday and today just trying to get it right.”

Bowling, who has just one previous trip start here at East Carolina back in December of last year at the Ronnie Barnett Memorial race where he finished third, told us it was great to have a race under his belt before entering tonight’s race to have an idea on where to start. “It was pretty cool to get a win,” said Bowling. “Hopefully it will help us nationally specially seeing’s how we came up two cars shy, got to hate that but overall it was a good win for us.”

Coming up just a little bit short of winning both features, Bowling would have to settle for a third place finish in race number two.

“Yea I don’t know what happened there,” Bowling told us at the end of the night. “We were actually pretty good there at the start of the race. I thought we had something for them just taking our time. After that first restart the car was just free as all get out. It was just one of those things I guess the heat cycle affected it. Good night for us though as far as national points, we will move on to South Boston next week and look for two more.”

 

LMSC Race #1

P1 #83 Matt Bowling; 35
P2 #7 Louis White; 35
P3 #91 Justin Carroll; 35
P4 #54 Michael Fose; 35
P5 #01 Jeff Shiflett; 35
P6 #03 Brenden Queen; 35
P7 #25 Kenneth Mercer; 35
P8 #90 Terry Carroll; 35
P9 #22 Eric Winslow; 35
P10 #29 Paul Williamson; 35
P11 #19 Thomas Burbage; 35
P12 #19b Cameron Bowen; 35
P13 #33 Ryan Haddock; 35
P14 #51 Tyler Matthews; 6
P15 #83b Chris Burns; 3
P16 #12 Wesley Johnson; 2

Rescheduled Truckin Thunder / Northern Neck Chevrolet Scout Night Set for this Saturday June 11th at Virginia Motor Speedway

VMSLogoJamaica, VA – This Saturday June 11th Virginia Motor Speedway will host the rescheduled Truckin Thunder / Northern Neck Chevrolet Scout Night. As part of the night’s festivities the track will also host the 5th Annual Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby that is open to scouts, fans and competitors.

Gates will open at 5pm with registration for the Dirtwood National Pinewood Derby starting at 5:30pm.

After the Dirtwood Nationals all Scouts (Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts) if wearing their uniform, will get free admission to enjoy a night of full sized dirt car racing. During the evenings festivities the Speedway will also help in raising money and awareness for the charity ChildHelp®.

There will be two divisions for the Dirtwood Nationals, Scouts and. A champion will be crowned in each division and then there will be a run-off to see who will be the overall Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby Champion. Standard Scouting pinewood derby rules will govern the races. For anyone wanting to participate but not having a pinewood derby car, a limited quantity will be available for rent for a $10 donation to ChildHelp.

Competitor gates for Saturday June 11th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm for hot laps.

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Lap Pro Late Models (30 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (25 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (20 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 11 – 17 years old $6 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

For more information on the 5th Annual Dirtwood Nationals and Scout Night call the track at (804) 758-1867.

 

About Childhelp®:

Founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp® is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope®, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Several of Childhelp’s programs were firsts, and continue to be studied by professionals worldwide as “models that work.” Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson continue to actively lead the organization and provide its vision, serving as Chairman/CEO and President, respectively.

 

About Virginia Motor Speedway

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

 

For more information about Virginia Motor Speedway or the 2016 events visit www.vamotorspeedway.com or call (804) 758-1867. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Do The Dew 200 pres. by CCC&TI – Tri-County Motor Speedway

CARSTour1MOORESVILLE, NC – After getting rained out on May 21st the CARS Tour and its competitors will turn their attention to the often forgot about Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC. Despite the track just hosting special events throughout the year, it is one of the best races on the 10 race schedule for the CARS Tour. The racing surface easily has three grooves of racing making for two and three wide battles all race long. It doesn’t take long for those battles to develop in a hurry either; at just 100 laps and 40 miles in distance the Do The Dew 200 presented by CCC&TI is the shortest race on the 2016 schedule. With limited track time for drivers and teams to test in preparation for this weekend’s event the door is wide open for a first time winner to breakthrough in a big way, just as Super Late Model winner Quin Houff did a year ago.

 

 

Do The Dew 200 pres. by CCC&TI NOTES & QUOTES

NOTES:
Track/Location: Tri-County Motor Speedway-Hudson, NC
Track Size: .400-mile

Event Name: Do The Dew 200 pres. by CCC&TI

Laps/Distance: 100/40 miles

Event Schedule:

12:30PM-2:45PM Practice 
4:30PM Qualifying 
6:15PM Fan Fest 
7:30PM Green: SLM-LMSC

Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / #DoTheDew200

 

CARS SLM Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #2 Garrett Archer, #6 Brandon Setzer, #7 Tyler Church, #8 Tate Fogleman, #15 Christian Eckes, #15F AJ Frank, #16 Lucas Jones, #17 Quin Houff, #21 Mike Darne, #22 Trevor Noles, #25 Stephen Leicht, #49 Jeff Batten, #54 Matt Craig, #56 Gus Dean, #58 Tyler Ankrum, #66 Steve Wallace, #67 Clay Jones, #88 Garrett Jones, #97 Cole Timm, #99 Raphael Lessard (20 total)

 

CARS LMSC Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #07 Hayden Humphrey, #08 Deac McCaskill, #1 Christian Eckes, #5 Tyler English, #7 Justin Crider, #9 Charles Watson, #12 Ryan Wilson, #12M Austin McDaniel, #16 Jeff Oakley, #16S RD Smith, #27 Tommy Lemons Jr, #28 Chris Hudspeth, #29 Jake Ruggles, #31 Thomas Beane, #41 Chase Purdy, #42 Craig Stallard, #44 Justin Johnson, #54 Michael Fose, #57 Justin Carroll, #74 Ronald Hill, #75 Landon Huffman, #88 Chris Davis, #88B Josh Berry, #88T Robert Tyler, #95 Chad McCumbee, #98 Stefan Parsons, #99 Layne Riggs (27 total)

***Official Entry Deadline: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 4PM***

 

Media Coverage:

-Speed51 (speed51.com) will provide Trackside Now Live Updates
-RACEFEEDX (www.racefeedx.com) – LIVE Pay per View Video Coverage
-CARS Tour Facebook (facebook.com/CARSTour) and Twitter (@CARSTour

 

QUOTES:
Jones Appreciates the Uncertainty of Tri County:

Lucas Jones is on his second full season campaign on the CARS Tour and has developed as a solid contender as of late. He and his family owned team, not working with the budget of some of the bigger operations, always brings a quality piece to the track. One equalizer Jones feels could be to advantage this weekend is the amount of limited track time his competition will have around the 4/10 mile track. The uncertainty of what’s expected at the green track by both Jones and others is something the youngster is looking forward to.

 

“The one thing I really like about Tri-County is the door-to-door racing that happens there, and with the race being only 100 laps you have to be on your game from the start. Last year was the first time I’ve ever raced there, so to be going there this weekend with some experience I think will go a long ways. We’ve got a new LFR car we are working with and we’ve got great support from the folks at LFR at the track. I really feel this weekend could be our best run yet; I’m looking forward to getting back behind the seat after several weeks off.” #16 Lucas Jones – Kenny’s Components Chevy Super Late Model

 

Hometown in Hudson:

Thomas Beane can hear when there is a car at Tri-County Motor Speedway. The Hudson, North Carolina native who recently graduated from UNC-Charlotte has had this date circled on his calendar all season long. After a rough night at the last CARS event in Hickory, Beane and family owned team are all in on his hometown race this weekend. Lots of family, friends, and students from CCC&TI, where Beane was a former student, will be in attendance to see what the hometown kid can do.

 

“We had a rough outing last time out at Hickory, so for our next race to be at my home track of Tri-County, it couldn’t come at a better time. It’s a track with lots of character that you can really race three wide all around the place. We’ve been able to test and I think we’ll have a pretty good piece to work with when we unload on Saturday. It’s pretty cool to see the folks with CCC&TI involved with this race and involved with the CARS Tour. As a former student there, it was the perfect place to adjust to college life, and really decide what I wanted to do with my future before eventually graduating from UNC-Charlotte a few weeks ago.” – #31 Thomas Beane – #31 Price’s Roofing Ford Late Model Stock Car

 

A Technical Relationship in Caldwell County:

The past three years, dating back to the CARS Pro Cup Series days, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has partnered with the series at Tri-County to market the school and what it has to offer students within the community. This season is no different as students will tour the pit area on Friday leading up to the race, and then be active in pre-race and midway activities prior to the green flag.

 

“Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is pleased to once again be working with the CARS Tour for the third year in a row. The CARS Tour always puts on a great racing show for the fans and is a great event for us to be involved in. This year having Thomas Beane in the field, a CCC&TI alumni who just finished up his education at UNCC, is something we are excited about and will be cheering for him to make us proud.” – Roy Jennings – Director of Automotive System Technology-Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

 

For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information about the CARS Tour, featuring both Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model divisions, visit www.carsracingtour.com or contact the tour’s office directly at 704-662-9212. Stay social with the tour by “liking” the CARS Tour Facebook page and following along on Twitter @CARSTour.

Matt Bowling Heads to East Carolina Motor Speedway as National Points Battle Heats Up

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Robersonville, NC – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National points leader Matt Bowling pulled into East Carolina Motor Speedway this weekend as the National point’s battle heats up. With just a one-point lead going into this weekend, Bowling is looking to capitalize on the increased car counts and twin features in the Late Model division that East Carolina Motor Speedway has been boasting this year.

With twelve starts over four different tracks; Bowling enters the weekend with 358 points, just one point over Chase Purdy who is actually scheduled to run the CARS Tour event at Tri-County Motor Speedway and Greenville Pickens Speedway point’s leader. Purdy and Keith Rocco, who finished 12th in Stafford Motor Speedway’s 45-lap SK Modified feature Friday night, enter the weekend tied for second in the national standings.

“Perhaps counting points in June is too soon,” Bowling told Speed51.com powered by JEGS this past week. “We have had a good start, but we need full field wins and we can get that here at South Boston. We did some traveling a few weeks back to chase points, but the weather hurt us this week.”

“It’s a testament to how much East Carolina Motor Speedway has grown over the past three years.” Promoter John Vick told us this morning. “To have the talent that Matt Bowling possesses here at our track is great. We are going to stick with running twin features for the Late Model Division throughout the year specially with so many drivers in the top ten in points looking to race at our facility.”

Practice is set to roll off this afternoon at 3:00 PM with the drivers meeting and qualifying to follow. The Weekly Racer will have you covered this evening starting approx. 6:00 PM with Late Model Stock Car qualifying on our Twitter feed – @theweeklyracer. Todays full schedule can be found bellow.

 

I’m Loving It 220 Schedule:

2:00 PM – Pit Registration
3:00 PM – Grandstands Open
3:00 – 4:45 PM – Controlled Practice
4:50 PM – Drivers Meeting

5:15 PM – Qualifying;

Bando: Last Lap Practice Time
UCAR – 1 Lap
Grand Stock – 1 Lap
Pro Six – 1 Lap
Street Stocks – 1 Lap
Legends – 2 Laps
Late Models – 2 Laps

7:00 PM – Green Flag

Bandos – 15 Laps
UCAR – 20 Laps
LMSC #1 – 35 Laps
Grand Stocks – 25 Laps
Pro Six – 25 Laps
Street Stocks – 25 Laps
Legends – 25 Laps
Late Models – 35 Laps
Bombers – 15 Laps

 

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