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Philip Morris Sets Track Record for SoBo Pole

South Boston, VA – Eighteen NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late models took to the fresh pavement at South Boston Speedway for the 60th Anniversary of the historic track for twin 100 lap races.

Philip Morris set fast time in the final round of euro qualifying running a 14.731 second lap with a top speed of 100.197 miles per hour to beat the previous record from 2007, a 15.314 second lap. Altogether twelves cars surpassed the previous.

Tyler Matthews, 2016 NC State Champion, makes a trip to Virginia to try his hand at the 4/10th mile banked track. Nick Smith, 2016 Dominion Raceway track champ, is also mixing it up.

Qualifying Order

1.Philip Morris
2. Bobby McCarty
3. Peyton Sellers
4. Lee Pulliam
5. Danny Willis Jr
6. Kelly Kingery
7. Tyler Hughes
8. Brandon Pierce
9. Nick Smith
10. Macy Causey
11. Tyler Matthews
12. Austin Thaxton
13. Jason Barnes
14. Stuart Crews
15. Madeline Crane
16. Raymond Pittman III
17. Trevor Ward
18. Dean Ward

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

Nick Smith Stacks Another Win at Dominion Raceway – Climbs to Fourth in the Nation

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Nick Smith and crew celebrate their twelfth win of the season this past Thursday night at Dominion Raceway. (Shawn Dulin/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Thornburg, VA – After a week of people talking about possible tire issues at Dominion Raceway multiple American Racer officials were on hand for the longest race of the season. Eighteen cars qualified with two others joining the field after having early race day problems. National points leader Matt Bowling ran a 15.375 second lap to sit on top. Before the race started they did an invert putting young Macy Causey up front from fourth position.

A lap after taking the green flag track points leader Nick Smith gets around her while it took a little longer for Bowling to get around Travis Miller. Five laps in and it was Smith, Causey, Bowling, and Miller up front. The Barnes brothers put on a good battle for 6th with Doug getting ahead ten laps in. Macy was able to stay close to Smith for the run. Cliff Daniels ended his night early just 15 laps in with some damage to his car.

Twenty laps in and the top six drivers started to hit lapped traffic, and Bowling would fall back to fifth possibly saving his tires for the long race while Smith and Causey kept pushing hard. A lap later it was very clear that this was not the case as Bowling was almost passed be everyone on the lead lap. The race kept on with no caution while Bowling pitted and they popped the hood off looking over everything. His night would end on a sour note as his front right tire was punctured, possibly from debris from Daniels car. On the track there was a ton of fluid laid down and a caution came out as the crews tried to clean it all up.

There was a little battle or fourth through seventh before the halfway break but it saved anyone from getting passed. Nick Smith pitted leading 74 of the 75 laps and Macy Causey was close to him for most of them.

On the restart Macy tried out the high line but had a bad start causing the drivers behind her to check up. She was able to fall in line behind Smith and Miller and wasted no time getting by Miller to hunt down Smith again. Owen Smith cruised down pit road with 65 laps to go with an ill sounding car. With 60 laps to go Causey started running quicker times than leader, cutting about a tenth off every lap, but Smith just turned up his throttle a little more to keep the gap. David Polenz, Robert Bruce, and Grayson Cullather had a great battle for seventh through ninth. Cullather slipped by Bruce for 8th and Nick Smith started hitting lapped traffic again.

Owen Smith spun out with 36 laps to go as he and Eddie Johnson were about to be lapped. On the restart Macy couldn’t get going again and fell to third behind Miller. A big pile up happened on the back stretch with those three who were battling earlier and an altercation happened between Bruce’s crew and some others on the back stretch area. Bruce and Polenz cars were trashed. Another restart and Macy tried the outside again but falls to fourth with Nick Smith running away from the field. Doug Barnes Jr in third place started to pressure Miller for second with Macy about a car length back.

The race would cruise to the finish with Nick out front by over a second in front of the field. No tire issues came up and the American Racer officials checked over everyone at the halfway break and end of the race. I asked Nick about his winning ways at Dominion while Langley is idle, he commented “It feels good. My hometrack Langley isn’t open I’m not real proud about that, but I am glad I got to come here and run at this track its a really awesome place to race. I have a lot of fun here it fits my driving style, i think it fits a lot of people driving style its really fast, got a lot of room so I think a lot of people like the place”. Smith didn’t know he’d be so dominant either, “I didnt know what was gonna happen. We’ve ran 150 laps in a night but not all at once. We are constantly learning and it ended up working in our favor.”

With Matt Bowling ending up 115 laps down and only a point lead over Keith Rocco and a three point lead over Ty Majeski the team loaded up quick and left after the race to hit up the shop and get to some more races. On Friday he ran twins at Anderson Motor Speedway and on Saturday and Sunday he ran twins at Southern National and East Carolina where he splits wins both days with Tyler Matthews.

Race Results

1. Nick Smith
2. Travis Miller
3. Doug Barnes Jr
4. Macy Causey
5. Trent Barnes
6. Mike Ganoe
7. JJ Pack
8. Eddie Johnson
9. Vincnt Campbell
10. Grayson Cullather
11. Owen Smith
12. Robert Bruce
13. David Polenz
14. Bill Leutz
15. Cameron Burke
16. Richard Storm
17. Matt Bowling
18. Cliff Daniels
19. Patrick Szabo
20. Logan Jones

Rusty Daniels Breaks Out The Broom and Sweeps Southern National

Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Lucama, North Carolina – There are two very important things a driver wants to do when racing twin features; 1) Not tear up your car, 2) Win both races. Rusty Daniels, of Alliance, North Carolina, did just that this weekend out at Southern National Motorsports Park winning both 40-lap features at the high bank 4/10-mile oval.

“He’s [Deac McCaskill] one of the best short track racers in eastern North Carolina,” Daniels said at the end of the night. “We have been working on the car all year and finally got it to a point where I can drive it to my style. We haven’t had the best of finishes this year but the cars have been better. Now we have hit on it and we are in good shape and see what we can do when we come back.”

Daniels showed speed all day long, clocking in first and second in the two of three sessions he went out for. Losing the pole to four time track champion Deac McCaskil, who was subbing for Ronald Renfrow, who was dealing with an emergency with a crew member, by .005 seconds. Brenden Queen, Michael Fose, and Clay Jones were the three reaming drivers who would make up the starting five.

Daniels fell back just a bit at the drop of the green after checking up in turns one and two and losing spots to Clay Jones and Brenden Queen. It did not take long however to get the car back under him and begin his campaign back to the top spot. After following Clay around the #03 machine of Queen – who was also making his first SNMP appearance of 2016 – immediately went to work on the rear bumper of Jones and was able to make it around him as the field worked lap 12.

The first and only caution of the first race came on lap 14 after Savannah Beasley, who was running one of Renfrow’s backup cars, had a slow and lazy spin off turn four and coming to a halt right in the middle of the racing groove. Electing to stay low along with the leader, Daniels took the green flag in the third position right behind McCaskill.

It was at this point you could see that Daniels had the car to beat. Reeling in McCaskill lap after lap before giving the past champ a little tap in the corner and moving him up the hill and taking the lead just past the half way mark.

“I think I got in him a little bit,” Daniels said about the pass. “He was kind of holding me up a little bit. Just one of those things, moved him a little bit but did what we had to do.”

That was jut about it for the first race other than some changing of position deeper in the field. Clay Jones, if he had a few more laps, could have made things interesting as we was in the process of reeling the leaders back in. Brenden Queen, who had fallen as far back to fifth, was able to rally back around the #05 of Alex Flemming to steal a fourth place finish.

A six-car invert was on tap for race number two. Moving the #44 of T.J. Barron to the pole and Rusty Daniels back to sixth. Bradley McCaskil, who seemed to be saving his stuff from race one, would have the honors of starting seventh. Didn’t take long for things to get interesting after Barron had a bit of a slip ad the field sailed off into turn one.

Barron was able to hang onto the top spot for just about a lap when things go extra interesting up front when cars went spinning up the banking to bring out the one and only caution of the race. Did not see what caused the wreck but Tim Allensworth came to a halt near the outside wall, Malik Koonce also had to hit pit road with a flat right front tire.

With the second cone restart of the night coming up, T.J. Barron and Brenden Queen elected to stay down low while Alex Flemming and Rusty Daniels decided to go topside.

Wasting no time getting back to racing, the leaders dove off into turn one three wide. Somehow avoiding wrecking each other. Queen using everything but the apron and Rusty Daniels was pushed way up and almost into the marbles. Still not completely sure how no one wrecked, in fact, they spent the next few laps battling hard for the fourth position. All the while Rusty Daniels targeted the #05 of Flemming and took the lead on lap seven and never looked back.

Bradley McCaskil and Clay Jones both made things interesting clawing there way back up to the front of the field. North Carolina State point’s leader Tyler Matthews was another driver on the move to the front after a mediocre finish in race number one.

Rusty Daniels was just in a league of his own and built a very comfortable lead over Clay Jones. The best battle on the speedway was between Deac McCaskill and Tyler Matthews however. It took the young man a few laps but Matthews was able to get by the 07 of McCaskill who had really started to fall off the pace. Matthews was also able to get around Flemming to take the fourth spot before the checkered flag waved.

Lap traffic almost played the spoiler in the closing segments of race number two. Creating a little more work than I am sure Daniels wanted there at the end however he was able to work his way by each car and secure his second win of the night. The two full field wins, according to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rulebook, sure will help Daniels case in the NWAAS State points race where he sat 18th in the North Carolina standings going into the weekend.

Southern National will be back at it again June 4th as the PASS Late Model Series comes into town for a 100-lap feature event along with a few other support divisions. For more information or ticket prices, check the tracks website out at http://www.snmpark.com

 

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Race #1

P1 #16 Rusty Daniels; 40
P2 #07 Deac McCaskill; 40
P3 #15J Clay Jones; 40
P4 #03 Brenden Queen; 40
P5 #05 Alex Flemming; 40
P6 #44 T.J. Barron; 40
P7 #18 Bradley McCaskill; 40
P8 #38 Ricky Jones III; 40
P9 #63 Tyler Matthews; 40
P10 #29 Melvin Langley; 40
P11 #55 Gerald Benton; 40
P12 #29 Paul Williamson; 39
P13 #77 Malik Koonce; 37
P14 #19 Cameron Bowen; 28
P15 #21 Tim Allensworth; 22
P16 #51B Chris Chapman; 21
P17 #07s Savannah Beasley; 21
P18 #24 Mike Queen; 2
DNS #54 Michael Fose
Race #2

P1 #16 Rusty Daniels; 40
P2 #15J Clay Jones; 40
P3 #18 Bradley McCaskill; 40
P4 #63 Tyler Matthews; 40
P5 #05 Alex Flemming; 40
P6 #07 Deac McCaskill; 40
P7 #03 Brenden Queen; 40
P8 #44 T.J. Barron; 40
P9 #19 Cameron Bowen; 40
P10 #38 Ricky Jones III; 40
P11 #29 Paul Williamson; 39
P12 #55 Gerald Benton; 39
P14 #51B Chris Chapman; 21
P15 #21 Tim Allensworth; 5
P16 #07s Savannah Beasley; 2
P17 #77 Malik Koonce; 2
P18 #24 Mike Queen; 1
DNS #54 Michael Fose

2016 Denny Hamlin Showdown At Langley Speedway Cancelled

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Hampton, VA
– The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series version of the All-Star race held every spring has been cancelled. The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, which puts some of NASCAR’s best up against some of the greatest short track drivers in the region, was cancelled earlier this afternoon due to the uncertainty that Langley Speedway will be open in 2016.

Race coordinator, Buck Reuss, said in an article posted by the local paper here in Hampton that, Denny Hamlin Foundation management informed him Tuesday that the charity race will not be held at Langley or any track this season. “This is due to the situation at Langley Speedway,” Reuss told the Daily Press. “I don’t blame anyone operating the track, because I think Victory Lane Motorsports owner Bill Mullis and Chuck Hall have done more for the track than anyone since Joe Carver. But the drivers needed to set their schedules by Jan. 5 at the latest.”

With negotiations still on going between all of the powers to be on the future of Langley Speedway, Reuss said the Denny Hamlin Foundation management feels it is difficult to organize the race now with the uncertainty that Langley will even open its doors. In addition to the driver commitments, most of the money to put the show on comes from other people associated with drivers, not just Denny Hamlin. Those sponsors needed to know the race specifics by early January to commit their funds. Not to mention the logistics of organizing so late with rules, procedures and even NASCAR licensing.

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