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Ep. 02 NASCAR Top Touring Series – Whelen Mods and K&N East/West

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Ep. 02: NASCAR Top Touring Series – Whelen Mods and K&N East/West

1) Introduction

Things we learned from the first episode. How to get in touch with us via Twitter (@shorttrackrpt)


2) Topics: Touring Series Schedules – Whelen Mods & KN East

  1. Modifieds 

South series was dissolved, NASCAR running a unified tour

19 total races, 17 championship race across 7 states. Kicks off March 18th @ MBSpeedway wraps up Oct 15th @ Thompson.

Two “non-points” events through the year. New Hampshire & Charlotte

More year-end payout w/ combined series. $500k points money at year end. $230k in owner plan

2. K&N East 

Each tour will host 14 points paying races at 13 tracks

Kicks off Feb 19 @ New Smyrna during World Series of Asphalt racing and concludes Sept 29 @ Dover

Each series will have twin events on the same day. East: SoBo T100 & West: Irwindale T100

The tour tours will meet again in Iowa (combined points – Gilliland)

3 Next Up:

  • Christmas
  • New Year
  • Williamston Indoor Nationals in Carolina
  • Rolex

Schedule Unveiled for 2017 Season at Carteret County Speedway

Late Model racing at Carteret County Speedway's 2016 finale.  (Andy Marquis/Race22.com photo)

Late Model racing at Carteret County Speedway’s 2016 finale. (Andy Marquis/Race22.com photo)

SWANSBORO, NC – Carteret County Speedway is gearing up for its second full season of racing with 16 scheduled events set to take place in 2017.

The 2017 season will get underway on Sunday, March 12th with a drifting event while the “regular season” will kick off on Sunday, April 2nd. The season will continue with events planned each month through the end of October – with few scheduling conflicts with neighboring tracks in Lucama, North Carolina and Robersonville, North Carolina.

“We’re very excited about the 2017 season,” track owner Bobby Watson said. “We aren’t racing against Southern National Motorsports Park and East Carolina Motor Speedway every week which is good for our racers. We’ve also got a lot more races planned this year.”

After the regular season opens on April 2nd, racing will again pick up on Sunday, April 16th. Saturday, May 20th will play host to the first Saturday night race of the 2016 season and then racing will resume on Sunday night, May 28th.

Entering the summer months, races will be held on June 10th, June 24th, July 5th (a Wednesday night race), July 8th, July 19th (another Wednesday night event), August 12th, August 26th, September 23rd, October 14th and October 28th. In addition to those races, drifting action will again take place on Saturday, October 21st.

The race on Saturday, October 28th will be headlined by an exhibition event for the 602 Super Limited Series. The Limited Late Model tour, headed up by David Sell, is entering its second season after a successful inaugural tour.

A handful of other tours will visit Carteret County Speedway during the 2017 season, which will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Rules and purses will also be announced in the upcoming weeks.

For more information about Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook (www.facebook.com/carteretcoswy) or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter (www.twitter.com/carteretcoswy).

2017 Schedule

Sunday, March 12th

Sunday, April 2nd

Sunday, April 16th

Saturday, May 20th

Sunday, May 28th

Saturday, June 10th

Saturday, June 24th

Wednesday, July 5th

Saturday, July 8th

Wednesday, July 19th

Saturday, August 12th

Saturday, August 26th

Saturday, September 23rd

Saturday, October 14th

Saturday, October 21st

Saturday, October 28th

(Subject to change)

 

East Carolina Motor Speedway Looking Forward to Growth in 2017

 

east carolinaComing off one of the best seasons of racing under the NASCAR banner, if not one of the best seasons in the track’s history, East Carolina Motor Speedway (ECMS) is looking to carry that momentum into the 2017 season. With one of the largest schedules we have seen, ECMS ran from April through September on alternating nights for the most part with neighboring 4/10th-mile oval, Southern National. With an impressive ten division schedule, East Carolina crowned first-time champions in seven of those ten divisions. Brenden Queen, 19-year old driver out of Chesapeake, Virginia, not only won his first race in a Late Model at East Carolina but also dethroned veteran Jeff Shiflett to grab his first ever Late Model Stock track title. ECMS also crowned a new champ

ECMS also crowned a new champion in the INEX Legend division with Dillion Spain, Sammy Gaita in the Super Streets, Chris Flowers in the Grandstocks, Trevor Battoia in the Super Trucks, Justin Fuller in the Pro Six, and Richard Quinn for the ever popular Bomber division. A few drivers found their way back to the top of the points standing when the season came to capture another track championship. Blaise Brinkly put on a clinic once again to take the ECMS championship along with Duane Walker in the UCAR division. Jesse Council had a trying year and overcome a ton to grab another Street Stock title.

East Carolina will look to retain all but one division – INEX Legends – when racing continues in 2017. Including those divisions who were displaced when Hampton, Virginia’s Langley Speedway closed its doors in 2015. It is too early to tell but ECMS schedule is built to host a few special events if they were to come up during the winter months. There as also been talks throughout a few social media groups that the Wing Champ karts are looking to make their debut at East Carolina along with three other tracks in the southeast.

The green flag is set to fly Saturday, April 1st – nope that’s not a joke – with a packed night for fans to enjoy. It has also been confirmed via the schedule the track released on their website that every event will be twins for the NASCAR Late Models. In addition, the date for the annual Ronnie Barnett Memorial has not been set just yet, I will tell you this, you may want to stay tuned to The Weekly Racer to learn what night that will be run. Speaking with track owner Mr. Perry and his son Chris Perry at this year’s awards banquet they are looking to make this a show for those to remember.

A full list can be found below with dates and divisions. Lap counts for each class have yet to be announced and as always, this schedule is subject to change at any time.

 

 

April 01: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Super Streets, Trucks, Bombers

April 15: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Trucks, Pro Six, Bombers

May 06: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Super Street, Trucks, Bombers

May 20: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Trucks, Pro Six, Bombers

June 03: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Super Streets, Trucks, Bombers

June 17: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Trucks, Pro Six, Bombers

July 01: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Super Streets, Trucks, Bombers

July 15: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Trucks, Pro Six, Bombers

August 05: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Super Streets, Trucks, Bombers

August 19: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Trucks, Pro Six, Bombers

September 02: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Super Streets, Trucks, Bombers

September 16: LMSC, Street Stock, UCAR, Bando, Trucks, Pro Six, Bombers

NASCAR Unveils New Brand Identity, Premier Series Name and Mark

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2016)
 –- NASCAR today unveiled a new official brand identity which will replace the bar mark used by the sanctioning body since 1976. The announcement was made in conjunction with the news that Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ will be the new name of the sport’s premier series beginning January 1, 2017.

The new brand mark and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series mark, which prominently features the iconic Monster Energy logo, together represent a new era in NASCAR and were first shared today across NASCAR social and digital media channels.

The NASCAR brand identity has been in development since early 2016 as part of a broader effort to refresh the NASCAR brand. It was designed to pay tribute to the storied history of NASCAR, incorporating elements of all four previous marks since the company’s inaugural season of 1948.“Our new NASCAR mark is modern, timeless, and embraces the heritage of our sport,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president, and chief marketing officer. “It was important for us to recognize our history and implement a piece of each previous mark in the new design. Our goal was to evolve the sport’s visual identity to make it concise, relevant and functional while respecting and maintaining the unique qualities of the original mark.”

“Our new NASCAR mark is modern, timeless, and embraces the heritage of our sport,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president, and chief marketing officer. “It was important for us to recognize our history and implement a piece of each previous mark in the new design. Our goal was to evolve the sport’s visual identity to make it concise, relevant and functional while respecting and maintaining the unique qualities of the original mark.”

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The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points race will be the 59th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 26 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Tickets are available atNASCAR.com/tickets.

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook,TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

 

Contact:
David Higdon
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6096
dhigdon@nascar.com

Two Virginia Tracks Prepare for Exciting 2017 Season with New Events

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Two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series short tracks located just 150-miles apart from each other go into 2017 with almost identical schedules and look to continue the success each had the previous year! While Dominion is looking to get their second year under their belt, South Boston Speedway is looking to open its doors for their 60th season. After going through some major renovations towards the end of 2016 and through the off-season, SoBo will great its fans in 2017 with upgraded bleachers along with a brand new racing surface.

With just fourteen dates on the calendar in 2017, South Boston Speedway officials plan to pack each of those weekends with as much racing action as you can handle with the NASCAR Late Model Stocks running plenty of Twin features along with a good mix of long distance races. Returning the first weekend of July is the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200-lap Late Model feature that will surely draw some of the biggest names in LMSC racing as they all fight for the big check. Lee Pulliam has been the man to beat for the past five years and we bet he will be back to defend his crown.

The NASCAR K&N East series will be making a stop at Virginia historic 4/10th mile oval in 2017. A pair of Twin-100 lap race, yes we typed that correctly, two points paying races will be held on the same track on the same day for the K&N series when they make their trip to South Boston, Virginia May 6th. In addition to the K&N series, South Boston will play host to the CARS Tour for the first time in the series three-year history under the new system. The race in September is scheduled to be the season finale for the CARS Tour. Returning to SoBo during the summer will be the PASS South series for their 150-lap feature.

After a vastly successful rookie season, Dominion Raceway enters 2017 with one of the most compact schedules in Virginia running multiple divisions just about every weekend of the season. Officially kicking their 2017 campaign off on March 25th with the CARS Tour coming to town, Dominion Raceway looks to highlight over twenty-three weekends of racing from March all the way to October this upcoming year.

Mirroring a schedule very similar to South Boston, Dominion Raceway will look to continue to draw the large car counts they saw in 2016 as Nick Smith will look to continue his dominance on the high bank 4/10th mile oval. Car counts help play a major role in last years State and National points races and with so many races scheduled in 2017, we have a feeling the track may have the same effect on drivers and the NWAAS points battle becomes clearer.

In addition to the NASCAR Late Model Stocks, returning to Dominion are you Dominion Stocks, Modifieds, UCAR, INEX Legend & Bandos. Special events will also be held on select weekends for both the Mini Mods (a division very similar to if not the same as Mini Stocks in North Carolina) as well as the mini cup cars. The USAC Midgets are also on the schedule to return to Dominion Raceway twice during 2017.

A complete schedule for both tracks can be found below or on their websites. Of course, all events are subject to change at the tracks discretion.

 

 

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March 25: Danville Toyota NASCAR Whelen Late Model T-100
Limited 50 | Pure Stock 30 | Hornets 15

April 08: NASCAR Late Model T-75
Limited 50 | Pure Stock 30 | Hornets 15

April 22: NASCAR Late Model 100
Limited T-25 | Pure Stock T-15 | Hornets 15

May 06: NASCAR K&N Tour T-100
Hornets 20 | Southern Ground Pounder 25

May 20: NASCAR Late Model T-75
Limited 50 | Pure Stock 30 | Hornets 15

June 03: NASCAR Late Model 100
Limited T-25 | Pure Stock T-25 | Hornets 15

June 17: NASCAR Late Model T-75
Limited 50 | Pure Stock 30 | Hornets 15

July 01: Thunder Road Harley-Davidson NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200
Limited 100 | Pure Stock 50 | Hornets 20 & Fireworks

July 15: NASCAR Late Model T-75
Limited T-25 | Pure Stock 30 | Hornets 15

July 29: NASCAR Late Model 100
Limited T-25 | Pure Stock 30 | Hornets 15

August 12: PASS Super Late Model 150
NASCAR Late Model T-75

August 26: NASCAR Late Model T-60
Limited 60 | Pure Stock 30 | Hornets 15 | Southern Ground Pounders 25

September 16: NASCAR Late Model 100
Limited 50 | Pure Stock 30 | Hornets

September 30: CARS Tour
SLM & LMSC

 

 

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March 25: CARS Tour
SLM 125 | LMSC 125

April 08: NASCAR Late Model 75
Mods 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Bando 15

April 15: NASCAR Late Model T-50
Dominion Stock 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Mini Mod 25

April 22: NASCAR Late Model 75
Mods 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Bando 15

May 06: NASCAR Late Model 75
Dominion Stock 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Mini Mod 25

May 13: NASCAR Late Model T-50
Mods 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Bando 15

May 20: NASCAR Late Model 75
Dominion Stock T-20 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Mini Cup 20

June 03: NASCAR Late Model 75
Mods 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Bando 15

June 10: NASCAR Late Model 100
Dominion Stock 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25

June 17: NASCAR Late Model 75
USAC 25 | Mods T-20 | UCAR 25 |Mini Mod 25 | Mini Cup 25

June 24: NASCAR Late Model T-50
Dominion Stock T-20 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Bando 15

July 08: NASCAR Late Model 75
Mods 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Mini Mod 25

July 15: NASCAR Late Model 75
Dominion Stock 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Bando 15

July 29: NASCAR Late Model 75 & 50
Mods 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Mini Cup T-15

August 05: NASCAR Late Model 75
Dominion Stock T-20 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Bando 15

August 12: NASCAR Modifieds T-25
Dominion Stock 35 | Dominion Racer 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Bando 15

August 19: NASCAR Late Model T-50
Mods 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Mini Mod 25

August 26: NASCAR Late Model 75
Dominion Stock T-20 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Bando 15

September 07: NASCAR Late Model 150
Dominion Stock 35 | UCAR 25

September 16: NASCAR Late Model T-50
Dominion Stock 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Bando 15

September 23: NASCAR Late Model 150
Mods 35 | UCAR 25 | Legend 25 | Bando 15 | Mini Mod 25

October 14: Underdog Race
Open to those who have yet to win a race at Dominion Raceway | Dominion Racer 35

October 21: Vintage Stock Car 25
Mods 35 | USAC 25 | Legend 25

CARS Tour Ready for Spectacular Junior Season in 2017

Cars Pro SeriesCARS Tour officials released just a couple months ago their 2017 season schedule which The Weekly Racer talked about in our very first episode of our all new Podcast, The Short Track Report. If you missed any part of that Podcast you can click this link >> Ep. 01 Welcome to The Short Track Report and listen here or you can find us on iTunes or the Samsung Podcast app. Hit the subscribe button and you will be able to keep up with all the episodes throughout the summer.

Going into what will be their third season under the new Super Late and Late Model banner, the CARS Tour is looking to increase their presence is the short track racing world in 2017 by not only coming to the state of Virginia but adding three new tracks, kicking of their season a month sooner and revamping the pay out structures for both series from first to last.

“We wanted to get a little earlier start in the season than we have had in the past,“ explained series owner Jack McNelly in a statement released by series officials back in October. “Starting in March lets us get a few races in before the racing season gets too hectic around here. We’ll host those races in March during the afternoon so our fans can still enjoy the show in the most pleasurable weather as possible. It should be a great way to start the year.”  The series will get underway March 11 at the high banks of Concord Speedway beating out last year’s start date by almost a month.

The CARS Tour series will visit the facilities of Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia, which just completed its first season of competition. The tour will also make stops at the historic Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina for the first time before heading out to South Boston Speedway to wrap things up for the year on the freshly paved racing surface.

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“We’ve heard from a lot of tracks this Fall about hosting a CARS Tour race, and while we’d love to be able to go to most all of them, we felt we have to keep the number of races manageable for our competitors. 2017 will be our third season and as we continue to learn and listen on how to make this series better, we personally feel ourselves that this schedule is our best one yet,” noted Series Director, Chris Ragle. “Getting back to the state of Virginia, adding a premier facility that the competitors would love to race at, and working with tracks that want to be a part of the CARS Tour schedule were all priorities of ours when we put this schedule together. With today’s unveiling, I’d say we accomplished all that.”

As the series continues to grow throughout the region so will the Super Late Model and Late Model Stock purses. In a press release from CARS Tour officials both series will see an increase in payouts from top to bottom, along with a total restructuring of the winnings that will affect drivers from top to bottom.

Both divisions will now race for nearly $31,000 in prize money for a full thirty-car field next season. Race winners will celebrate with a minimum of $5,000 to win, while start money will increase to $600. Competitors will also see additional money awarded for finishes inside the top ten. As an example, the tenth place finisher will now take home $1,000 compared to the $875 awarded the previous two seasons.

In addition to the new schedule and restructuring of the payouts, the CARS Tour is offering a new and more cost effective registration for the 2017 season. The tour will continue to use the annual CARS Tour Hard Card system as well as offering drivers and owners to register for single events throughout the season. For pricing and more information The Weekly Racer would recommend checking out their website at www.carsracingtour.com or contacting someone from the tour.

 

2017 CARS Tour Schedule:

March 11: Concord Speedway – Concord, NC
March 25: Dominion Raceway – Thornburg, VA
April 22: Orange County Speedway – Rougemont, NC
May 06: Hickory Motor Speedway – Hickory, NC
June 10: Anderson Motor Speedway – Anderson, SC
June 24: Tri-County Motor Speedway – Hudson, NC
July 22: Orange County Speedway – Rougemont, NC
August 05: Hickory Motor Speedway -Hickory, NC
August 26: Concord Speedway – Concord, NC
September 16: Myrtle Beach Speedway – Myrtle Beach, SC
September 30: South Boston Speedway – South Boston, VA

Southside Speedway Releases 2017 Season Schedule – Opening Night April 7th

southside-speedwaySouthside Speedway, which has been coined the “Toughest Short Track in the South,” will open its gates to competitors and race fans for the 58th season the second weekend of April 2017. The family-owned track located in Chesterfield, Virginia will continue to operate on Friday nights hosting twelve events over the summer from April through August. Two dates are still up in the air for Southside Speedway during the month of June, however, it has been confirmed the track will only run one of those nights, not both.

Speaking with co-race director Chris Stefi, it appears there will be no major changes to the divisions or rules packages going into 2017. “I don’t expect any major rule changes,” Stefi told The Weekly Racer once the schedule was released. “We are still trying to work on a few details and some things to come in 2017.” Late Models will continue to be the tracks “premier” division so to speak as they will continue to run as an outlaw facility – in other words not under the NASCAR banner. A point, that some will argue, would actually hurt local short track running in the Mid-Atlantic region. We on the other hand here at The Weekly Racer can prove that to be a myth as Southside had some of the better car counts throughout the region running on Friday nights.

The open wheel modifieds should also be making their return to Southside Speedway in 2017 where there will be room for a new champion. The Weekly Racer confirmed with 2016 Modified champion Mason Mailey that he will, in fact, be making his return to Southside next year, however, just not in the modified division. “We will be returning to Southside Speedway next year for sure,” Bailey said. “We are building a new car and will be out there all season to make Chris Dodson defend his track championship.”

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Preview of Bailey’s 2017 Late Model courtesy of Mason Bailey

Of course, your other support divisions like the Grandstocks, UCAR, Legends and Bando’s are all expected to return to the Friday night schedule. Grandstands look to open at 6:00 PM, just as qualifying is set to get underway, during the 2017 campaign with the green flag set to wave on the first feature at 7:30 PM. Track management has built in three rain dates throughout the season just in case, those dates will be April 14, July 17 and August 11. For more details on tickets or how to register to race please visit the track’s website at http://www.southsidespeedway.net

 

2017 Season Schedule

April 07
April 21
May 12
May 19
June 02 or 09 – TBD
June 23
June 30: Driver Meet & Greet
July 14
July 28
August 04
August 18: Driver Meet & Greet
August 25: Championship Night

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