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Louis White Scores Emotional Victory in East Carolina Motor Speedway’s Season Opener; Jeremy Bohne Dominates Physical Charger Race

Louis White and crew celebrate their first win of 2019 in victory lane at East Carolina Motor Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Robersonville, North Carolina – Thirty years ago East Carolina Motor Speedway opened its doors for racing in the small North Carolina town as a 3/8-mile oval. Louis White was one of the first competitors to make laps here at the speedway in a Super Late Model. Matter of fact, Louis White ended up winning the track championship that year. Fast forward to 2019 and he hasn’t really slowed down.

After struggling so much in 2018 battling a tight race car as well as sending one through the guard rail in turn one, victory lane was just what the doctor ordered to get the 2019 season started.

After qualifying third earlier in the afternoon it didn’t take long for White to take the second position from Wesley Johnson and set his sites on Burbage, who actually set the pole earlier in single-car qualifying with a 15.098 – just one-thousandth of a second quicker than Johnson. White settled into a rhythm knowing that tire management is probably the single most important thing here on this worn out surface. However, White would catch a huge break when a large puff of smoke erupted from the nine-car forcing NASCAR to throw the yellow and for Burbage to come down pit road.

On the ensuing restart, White lined up on the inside of Jeff Shifflett and wasted zero time getting back to the gas once they entered the restart zone. From there it was lights out. Shifflett made an honest attempt and pulled within about three cars of White but you could see the car get visibly tight which caused him to fade. From there, it was lights out. Louis White would cruise to victory while Kenneth Mercer and Wesley Johnson put on a hell of a show for third.

During White’s victory lap, he drove the car right over to the spot he went through just last year as a reminder that he was still victorious.

“After last year this win ranks right there at the top after all we went through last year,” White said in victory lane. “We destroyed a brand new car. I didn’t know if I was going to race again. I said I was done. Then we had a deal with our business where we lost a contract so between that and losing this brand new car I didn’t know what I was going to do.”

Come back and win. That’s what Louis White does. He has been winning races here for thirty years now and still enjoys doing it even at 60.

“I have been fortunate to have good cars and great guys to help me work on,” Louis went on to say. “You can take a bad driver and put him in a good car and he can do good with it, maybe that’s what it is.”

One thing we know at The Weekly Racer is that when it comes to Louis White and East Carolina Motor Speedway, there isn’t anything bad when it comes to his driving.

“After what happened going through the wall I just wanted to go over there and park it to let it know it didn’t win.”

As we concluded we asked Louis if this win means he will compete here full time this season and go for another championship.

“I don’t know. Whatever the crowd wants to do. We have another race track we want to run at some. I have been coming here so long and like to support Mr. Perry because he has put so much money into this track and I am going to do all I can to support him.”

Louis White walks back from the spot he went through the outside guardrail over a year ago. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Late Model Stock Car UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. Louis White; 50
  2. Jeff Shifflett; 50
  3. Wesley Johnson; 50
  4. Kenneth Mercer; 50
  5. Madyson Mulligan; 49
  6. Thomas Burbage; 15

 

Chargers

At the end of the day, it was Jeremy Bohne who landed in victory lane for the 35-lap Charger feature. Though he was not the fastest car during qualifying – that honor went to former Bando driver Ethan Johnson – he was the one to get out front and avoid the mess that went on behind him.

It took Bohne over half the race to actually catch and pass Johnson for the lead and when that happened it seemed like things went south quick for the young guy as Bohne set sail. On a restart following a caution for fluid from the 14 of Ryan Miller things seemed to go downhill for Johnson who was slow to the restart which forced a three-wide situation between him, Roberson, and Langley and let me tell you something, three wide doesn’t work out of turn two.

Johnson’s car got the worst of it with heavy front-end damage, however, it wasn’t over there. Johnson struggling to get the car back under him looked to make contact with Mike Jones who was plowed into by Bill Price putting fluid all over the speedway. As the cars were going through the mess under caution Melvin Langley and Travis Roberson decided to exchange a few words, using their cars.

Once the track was clean and racing resumed Jeremy Bohne jumped back out to the lead and never looked back. Travis Roberson took over second place with Langley behind him. Ethan Johnson was able to make it back up to fourth with Greg Worley rounding out the top five.

Chargers UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. Jeremy Bohne; 35
  2. Travis Roberson; 35
  3. Melvin Langley; 35
  4. Ethan Johnson; 35
  5. Greg Worley; 35
  6. Mike Jones; 23
  7. Daniel Vuncannon; 23
  8. Bill Price; 23
  9. Ryan Miller; 20
  10. Austin Ferrell; 17

In the Legends division, Cameron Murray took home the hardware. Chris Conner won his first ever Street Stock race of his career and Patrick Arch was victorious in the Mini Stock class.

The 602 Tour Puts on a Show at ECMS Along with the Mischa Sell Memorial

Robersonville, NC — The 602 Super Limited Tour made a stop at the tight and technical East Carolina Motor Speedway for their 4th race of the year. Along with the 75 lap 602 Tour race the track also played host to the 6th Annual Mischa Sell Memorial Race.

In group qualifying for the tour race Andrew Durham ran the fastest time of 15.907 to grab on the pole. He went on to roll a two for an invert so Jimmie Brewer would lead the field to the green.

Right off the bat the tricky exit of turn two claimed Blake Shupe before a lap was even completed. Once the race got under way Brewer showed a lot of speed but Durham would never fall back too far. Rock Harris sat in third waiting for something up front to happen for him to capitalize on and move up. Twenty five laps in and the leaders were already up to the fifth place car. While battling through that lapped traffic Durham took the lead on lap-31 after Brewer was slowed down. After putting the fourth place car a lap down on lap-45 the caution came out for Kirk Sheets spinning out of turn-4 and his radiator dumped everything it had on the track.

The damage done to Harris’ ride late in the race.

On the restart Durham and Harris stayed in the low line with Brewer choosing to go high. Coming back to complete the first green flap lap Harris makes it three wide and takes the lead into turn one. Brewer gave Harris a couple shots from his bumper as the leader kept it glued to the bottom of the track. This kept going on along with Brewer pushing Durham to his limits as he tried to take second place back. With under five to go Durham pushed too hard and ended up wrecking Harris giving him a lot of right side damage. Harris was sent to the rear and Durham kept his position but Rock was able to take the cone and start up front. Durham held on to the win with Harris not far behind him in second and the drivers talked it out before the interviews, which is always good to see.

Andrew Durham in Victory Lane at East Carolina Motor Speedway after winning the 4th 602 event of the year.

Mischa Sell Memorial

Nine limited late models entered the 6th Annual Mischa Sell Memorial race. East Carolina regulars Louis White, Wesley Johnson, and Kenneth Mercer decided to take a stab at it along with the great limited driver Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton.

In qualifying White won the pole running a 15.418 second lap, Johnson ran a 15.503 for second, and rounding out the top-3 was Maddy Ryan running a 15.545.

Maddy Ryan didn’t waste much time trying to grab second place from Johnson six laps in but she couldn’t complete the move. A few laps later she tries to keep Dalton behind her but gets bumped and falls back to sixth. With this going on behind them White and Johnson run away pretty quickly and Dylan Ward found himself up to third place.

Forty-one laps in and Dalton got by Ward for third place as White found another gear and started pulling away from Johnson. The field started to get really stretched out at this point but have no fear, some REAL debris was on track and that yellow flag flew in the air. They restarted the race with White and Dalton on the front row but they would be under the caution again for Jac Creed hitting the wall in turn-4.

All the drivers took the same spots for the restart and Dalton again fell into second place for a few laps until Johnson was able to grab the position back. Right behind them Maddy had worked her way up to fourth after passing Kenneth Mercer with 36 laps to go. Five laps later Johnson made it up to White’s bumper and they ran close for the next 11 laps until Johnson grabbed the lead. At this point White looked to have nothing left and Dalton started creeping closer to him but could never fully close the gap.

Wesley Johnson takes the checkers with a huge gap over White to win the 6th annual race.

Wesley Johnson in victory lane for the 6th Annual Mischa Sell Memorial Race.

602 Tour Finishing Order
1. Andrew Durham
2. Rock Harris
3. Robbie Brewer
4. Jac Creed
5. Melvin Langley
6. Richard Trotter
7. Wesley Thompson
8. Kirk Sheets
9. Blake Shupe

MSMR Finishing Order
1. Wesley Johnson
2. Louis White
3. Ross Dalton
4. Maddy Ryan
5. Dylan Ward
6. Kenneth Mercer
7. Wayne Goss
8. Melvin Langley (DNF)
9. Jac Creed (DNF)

2016 Snap Shots and Year End Review

year-end-review-photoWow, yet another year as come and gone and boy what a season it provided. 2016 proved to be a year of ups and downs for both the race teams and us here at The Weekly Racer. However, just like most race teams, with some hard work, long nights, and a lot of faith, we were able to pull off some pretty cool things this year. We set out on a mission to grow our audience again and reach more folks that love short track racing and boy let me tell you what, we meet that goal and surpassed it!

TWR hit the road in 2016 with the hopes of visiting some new race tracks and the staff did just that. Dominion Raceway & Virginia Motor Speedway* in Virginia along with Carteret County Speedway, Boman Gray Stadium, and Dixieland Speedway in North Carolina were all new short track shows we brought you to this year. Granted we put a little asterisk next to Virginia Motor Speedway as every time we attempted the trip we got rained out, there is always 2017 though.

2016 saw the rise of Facebook LIVE streaming which TWR took full advantage of bringing our readers as close to the action as wifi and cell service would allow it. The following and request we got for races from those who were most of the time from a different state were truly amazing. Not to mention seeing some of the highest numbers in viewer traffic means we are doing our job to bring you to some of the best short-track racing in the country!

We look forward to 2017 being yet another record year as Eric Church would say. We are excited to bring you monthly podcasts with guests from all over the circuits. New tracks, new series and hopefully new writers with fresh opinions and stories from the sport we love. Bellow are just a few ‘Snap Shots’ from 2016 that we here at The Weekly Racer would like to highlight in no particular order. Every year around this time we have spotlighted paint schemes or races, this year we want to highlight moments that stuck out to us. What are you 2016 Snap Shots, feel free to leave a comment!

 

Louis White Wins the Battle – Brenden Queen Wins the War

Photo: Casey Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Photo: Casey Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Chevy -vs- Ford, Pearson -vs- Petty, Earnhardt -vs- Gordon are just some of the rivalries we have seen over the years in this crazy sport we love. Some forged from nothing while others were forged from the unspoken respect towards each other. Sometimes you just have a difference of opinion or a different viewpoint on a certain incident. Other times it’s just good ole’ Old School -vs- New School.

2016 witness a birth of a new rivalry on the high banks of East Carolina Motorspeedway, amongst those that have continued for years, between two racers, who in our very humble opinion, are not much different other than the year they were born. Louis White of Plymouth, North Carolina has been racing longer than Brenden Queen of Chesapeake, Virginia has been on this earth but when the two came together, it was a battle like no other.

Yes, these two had plenty of run-ins, both literally and figuratively, on the racing surface throughout 2016 but I’m pretty sure they both had the same mentality; Let’s get this championship and don’t let my guys down. Fans and drivers alike witnessed plenty of vinyl exchange on the weekends and words exchange throughout the week. Particularly when the two, along with several others, were involved in one of the wildest wrecks I have seen in my ten plus years going racing.

Our snapshot that we want to take away from these two this year is exactly what’s pictured above. Two men, putting everything on the line for the sport they love for their friends, family, and sponsors, to come together and show each other respect during the last race of the year. Louis White ended up winning the final race of the season – which was actually his second Ronnie Barnett Memorial win – with Queen finishing second the points spread that was enough for Queen to secure the track championship. Though Louis White won the “battle,” Queen was able to win the “war,” Louis White asked Queen to take a victory lap with him. White sporting the checkers and Queen sporting the American flag just like his favorite NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski – which ironically enough is the boyfriend of Louis Whites daughter and father of his grandchild.

 

 

Thrilling K&N East Finish at Dominion Speedway Debut

If there were awards to give out here at The Weekly Racer for best finishes, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish at Dominion Raceway on Memorial Day weekend would certainly be among the top contenders. Making their debut at the newly opened 4/10-mile, high banked oval, Spencer Davis and eventual champion Justin Haley put on one hell of a show for the fans in attendance on Memorial Day weekend.

Our snapshot was the last half of the last lap where Justin Haley made every attempt possible to steal the victory away from Davis. In one of the closest finish in K&N East history, Davis edged out Haley by just .005 seconds. Just about everyone in the complex were on their feet as the two entered turn three knowing the shot was coming. The two made contact coming down the front stretch and it was a drag race to the finish line. Easily one of the top finishes we witnessed in 2016.

The sight around the track mirrored much like the Xfinity race at Talladega where two drivers were waiting on the front stretch for NASCAR to review the finish and declare a winner. I cannot imagine what it was like for either of the drivers sitting there, facing each other still strapped in their cars waiting. This race will certainly go down as one of the closest races The Weekly Racer was involved in.

 

Bradley McCaskill’s Road to Recovery Leads to Victory Lane

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If you have been following short track racing in the Mid-Atlantic then you know Bradley McCaskill’s journey through 2016 wasn’t the easiest, to say the least. McCaskill was involved in a pretty bad wreck earlier in the summer at East Carolina Motor Speedway that left him with burns all over his body. Spending the rest of summer on the road to recovery it was great news just to hear the McCaskill was able to get back home to his business and more importantly his family. Things didn’t stop there for McCaskill though. With the help from his family, doctors, and some support from the racing community, McCaskill was able to return to what he loved, racing.

Our snapshot is from the Saturday night portion of the Thanksgiving Classic. McCaskill all but dominated the Limited Late Model feature in a car prepared by Louis White and found his way back to victory lane. McCaskill made a very strong statement in his return to Late Model racing, his win came on the heels of not only making it into the prestigious Martinsville race but earning a top twenty finish. To be able to watch McCaskill dominate the way he did and celebrate in victory lane with his family and Louis White should be a reminder to never give up and always keep fighting.

 

Christian Eckes Edges Teammate Josh Berry in Thrilling Last Lap Pass

For the second year in a row, we were able to make the trip down to Myrtle Beach Speedway for the annual Myrtle Beach 400. A “post season” Late Model feature, much like Martinsville and SNMP, bringing some of the best in the business to one track for 200-laps of door-to-door action. We almost picked the entire race as our snapshot with the amount of true racing that was going on throughout the entire field. We figured it would be a good idea to pick just one moment from that weekend for the interest of time.

The last lap battle between JRM teammates Josh Bery and Christian Eckes was one for the record books. If you weren’t there or didn’t see our Tweet after the race we have included the link above for your viewing pleasure. Much like the finish in the K&N series at Dominion, 200-laps of racing came down to just inches as Eckes edged out Berry at the line after the two bounced off of each other. Was truly one of the most thrilling finishes that we have witnessed since being on this side of business.

 

Mike Looney Holds of Late Model Greats to Win Martinsville

Casey Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Casey Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

If you are a Late Model fan and Martinsville as a whole is not one your annual snapshots then you are doing something wrong. Year after year over eighty cars make their way to the famous paper clip half mile speedway located in Ridgeway, Virginia all with different goals in mind; making the feature, finishing top 20, or winning that famous grandfather clock. It is a race like no other in the Mid-Atlantic and anyone in the racing community understands this. To win here in a Late Model is putting your name down in history.

It was a fairy tale story for Mike Looney this past October when he took the Late Model community by storm. Showing impressive speed during the test session a couple weeks prior to running towards the front all day long. Looney locked himself into the 200-lap feature by winning the pole award the day before. Not something out of the ordinary right? A small team doing everything in their power to make sure they make the show, there is no way they will be competitive come race time. Wrong!

Of course in a 200-lap race, you will have your different leaders as some drivers will push harder at different segments. Mike Looney, however, was like that mosquito bite that will just never go away. Keeping his car in one piece, for the most part, all day long and being a factor there at the end. This is like a three-part snapshot if you will for us here at The Weekly Racer. The first coming from the somewhat shock of Looney winning the pole, followed by the run he gave previous race winner Lee Pulliam there at the end when the two made contact, followed by the knee he took next to his car in victory lane

 

 

Nick Smith’s Twelve Win Season Earns Him Dominion Speedways Very First Title

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Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

To win a race in a Late Model Stock Car here in the Mid-Atlantic is one thing, to win twelve of them en route to your first Late Model championship is something else. Nick Smith did just that this year at newly opened Dominion Raceway located in Thornburg, Virginia. Averaging more than eighteen cars on a given weekend it wasn’t always cake and ice cream so to speak for the Hampton, Virginia driver. Racing with the likes of Jeff Oakley, Trent & Doug Barnes, along with a few visits from 2016 NWAAS National Champ Matt Bowling.

Some wins were pure domination, others probably had a lot to do with luck, and a few ended in the tech shed. However, the moment for us that made this a memorable snapshot was the moment pictured above, the moment you figure out you are the champion. See, the final race of the season was an interesting one at Dominion Raceway. It was a total of 150-laps broken down into three segments along with two different inverts – something we haven’t really seen done in Late Model racing before. Even though Nick Smith was unable to win that particular battle that evening and bring his win total to thirteen, he was able to score enough points to secure the very first Dominion Raceway championship.

The moment the announcement was made the champagne went flying and Smith was able to celebrate with his family, friends, and crew.

Louis White Wins Second Ronnie Barnett Memorial at East Carolina Motor Speedway

Louis White celebrates in victory lane after winning the 2016 Ronnie Barnett Memorial. His second in three attempts. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Louis White celebrates in victory lane after winning the 2016 Ronnie Barnett Memorial. His second in three attempts. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Robersonville, NC – The 2016 season once again comes to a close at East Carolina Motor Speedway with the track and drivers honoring one of their very own, in the third running of the Ronnie Barnett Memorial race. A 100-lap feature to decide the closest points battle since East Carolina started running the NASCAR banner. Louis White entered the weekend just eight points behind Queen after a less than mediocre finish last Sunday.

You couldn’t have written it any better after qualifying. Louis posting the second fastest time of the afternoon right behind the man he would be racing for the title. Queen would lay down the fastest time of the afternoon with a 15.330 – just eight one hundredths of a second better than White. Thomas Burbage, Paul Williamson and Tyler Matthews would round out the starting five of the eleven-car field.

When it was time to go racing things played out a lot different than anticipated from the week leading up to the season finale. Though the lead did change early in often the pace of the race certainly was different from weeks prior, mainly because this past weekends feature was 100 laps instead of the typical 40.

White would lead the race early and then handed things over to Burbage for a few laps has the field started to settle in and find a rhythm. Did not take long for White to catch back up to the bumper of Burbage and make the move around him to regain his position atop of the leader board.

“Our car was really good tonight.” White said after the race. “I was just going to follow Burbage for a while and ride but he wasn’t running the pace I wanted to run. I was afraid if the caution came out we would be stuck there on the outside. That’s what happened to us last weekend, a couple restarts and we were on the outside and got turned. I made the decision to pass Burbage back and set the pace myself. I actually wasn’t running the car that hard, just trying has hard as I could not to spin the tires just in case more came down to get those new tires.”

A call that ended up working out for them as the cautions did start to fall with the first coming on lap 71. Ryan Haddock ended up looping his car out of four. Did a great job at keeping it off the wall and off the other drivers. With this giving the field the time to catch back up and with caution laps not counting, they were able to hit pit road for adjustments or, by the rules of the evening, a newer tire.

With East Carolina running a two tire rule, two new and two scuffs, the track gave the teams a third scuff tire, a total of five tires, to do with what ever they wished during the race. Tyler Matthews was the first to take the gamble and hit pit road for a newer right front. As the old saying goes, cautions bread cautions, and just about the entire field came down pit road with the exception of White and Queen all for the same common goal, a newer right rear tire.

“I seen some of them coming in and changing right rear tires,” White explained when asked if that was ever in the play bok for the night. “We actually debated earlier to keep our good tire and do the same but as the race got going and you’re out there leading its really hard to come in.”

With track position being key at a place like East Carolina Louis White decided to stay on track and use his experience to battle through the restarts the multiple restarts there late to land in victory lane one last time before the 2016 season came to a close.

“I won the first Ronnie Barnett race here and now we won this one, I am just tickled to death and congrats to Brenden on the win,” said White. He and Queen had there fair share of time together this season while putting on one heck of a show for the fans along with bringing a lot of attention to the high bank .375-mile oval located in Robersonville.

“Me and him [Queen] have been racing each other hard all year lets just say that,” White told us after the race. “I knew the only chance we had had tonight was to win the race and the 03 have some kind of issue for us to win the championship. With the week we had last week I was just hopping at the end of the day I could win the race and if he won the championship we could celebrate together. For him to win the championship and I win the race, I am good with that.”

With the 2016 regular season coming to an end Louis is going to take the car back to the shop and take a much-needed rest. In the past week alone he and the guys have had to lay a new body on the car, replace the rear end and even drop a new motor. We asked him if he had any plans to travel to some of these bigger races coming up and he let us know they will decide what to do in the coming weeks.

Louis has also told us many times in victory lane this year he wanted to win the championship one final time at East Carolina before hanging up the helmet. With falling just short of that goal this year we asked him if we would see him around next year. The driver gave us a little smile and spoke very honestly when saying he wasn’t sure and time would tell.

 

Official Results

1. #7 Louis White; 100
2. #03 Brenden Queen; 100
3. #63 Tyler Matthews; 100
4. #12s Dean Shiflett; 100
5. #12j Wesley Johnson; 100
6. #33 Ryan Haddock; 100
7. #01 Jeff Shiflett; 100
8. #5 Paul Williamson; 100
9. #25 Kenneth Mercer; 100
10. #9 Thomas Burbage; 100
11. #29 Melvin Langley; 22

Louis White Makes Championship Battle Interesting with a win at East Carolina

📸 Captured Moments Photography by Jennifer Brown

📸 Captured Moments Photography by Jennifer Brown

Robersonvile, NC – With just a handful of races left on the schedule, the margin for error is very thin at East Carolina Motor Speedway. Electing to run twin features the remainder of the year where you finish in the 40-lap dash has major effects on not just your national/state standings but the individual track championships as well. Veteran Late Model driver Luis White made sure he remained in the hunt for what could possibly be his final track championship with a third place finish in race one and a victory in race number two this past weekend at East Carolina Motor Speedway.

Because of the method put in place for qualifying – the drivers fastest lap sets the field for race one while the slowest lap set the field for race two – White would be forced to start the second race from the fifth position with a time of 15.81 seconds. “I just don’t like how they do the qualifying here for these races,” White said in victory lane. “On top of that the clock wasn’t working when we went out and they did them by stopwatches. You go out in the first race and put a straightaway and a half on some of these guys and they put them back in front of you for the second race. Either way I guess it worked out for me in the long run.”

His run from fifth to first was no easy task, having to battle door to door with some of the best drivers in the state of North Carolina. At times even going three wide to make passes around the high-bank 3/8th mile tri-oval that is ECMS. A man on a mission White found a way to to come out ahead of the three way battle setting his sites on the 54 of Michael Fose for position. The two would touch just a little to much through turns three and four sending Fose around to bring out the first caution of the race. Got to give it to Fose for not only keeping it off the wall but avoiding contact with other cars through that very tight portion of race track.

First restart of the race got a little hairy when Louis White saw his opportunity to advance his position and capitalized by taking Justin Carroll and Tyler Matthews three wide going into one. Carroll and Matthews thought better of it as it was still early in the race and rolled off the throttle handing over the third place position. The battle for the lead start to heat up just as we got to the other side of the halfway point in the race. The veteran, Louis White, applying tons of pressure to the the bumper of Queen, sometimes even giving him some shots. Queen, however, took them like a champ and the two raced on. That is until the field was slowed for the second caution period of the race, just after Louis took over the lead on lap twenty-four, this time out of turn two. Rookie Maddy Ryan found herself tangled with the #77 of Wes Burton outside of turn two.

Credit Louis White with a great restart as he was able to hold off Queen who tried to make the top groove work for his Atlantic Plumbing number 03. From there on it was pretty much smooth sailing for Plmouth, North Caolina native, locking up a much needed win to keep the track championship battle within just two points with just four races left on the schedule.

Justin Carroll continues to have good luck during his trips to East Carolina. Scoring two top five finishes on the night as he tries to keep his spot in the top 40 drivers in the nation. A fifth place finish in the first race along with a thrilling third place finish in race number two after doing a great job holding off defending track champion in the Late Models Jeff Shifflet who recorded one of his best finishes of the year. Thomas Burbage, who told us after the race he just made the wrong gamble on the set-up for race two, would finish in the fifth position.

“We had to make right many adjustments on the car for the first race and several for the second race,” White said in victory lane after the race. “Brenden is a good competitor. He’s an 18 year old kid. I’ve got about 40 years of racing on him but as far as I am concerned that was some good clean racing. Rubbing is racing. I am not going to take him out, even though there was a couple laps there we probably could have taken each other out. He’s probably beating on me a little more than I was on him because I was sideways a couple times but its all good, I’m old school.”

Louis will enter this weekends Visit Martin County 150 just two points behind Brenden Queen for the track championship and only nine points behind Queen in the state. Both drivers will have two 40-lap features this weekend, as they will run along with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, to earn as many points as they can. Louis told us the key to winning the championship is to just focus on what they need to do and win races.

For a schedule of this weekends events please check out East Carolina’s Facebook page. For ticket prices and other information on the speedway please visit www.ecspeedway.com.

 

Race #2 Results:

1.#7 Louis White; 40
2. #03 Brenden Queen; 40
3. #91 Justin Carroll; 40
4. #01 Jeff Shiflett; 40
5. #9 Thomas Burbage; 40
6. #63 Tyler Matthews; 40
7. #29 Melvin Langley; 40
8. #33 Ryan Haddock; 40
9. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 39
10. #29 Paul Williamson; 35
11. #12 Wesley Johnson; 27
12. #77 Wes Burton; 25
13. #54 Michael Fose; 9
14. #90 Terry Carroll; 3
15. #55 Gerald Benton; 2
16. #03 Landon Abbott; 2
17. #12 Dean Shiflett; DNF

 

Louis White Find Himself Back in Victory Lane at Southern National Motorsports Park

IMG_8623Lucama, NC“We were sitting around at the shop last night working on the car, changing some stuff to go to East Carolina and practice in the next week or so. About 9:30 we decided we would come over here and race so it was a last minute decision.” Not a bad way to spend your Saturday when you were not really planning on racing to begin with, coming home with a check and some hardware.

It was all but the Louis White show, if it were for not race number one winner Tyler Hughes trying to mix things up early. Making one heck of a cross over move out of two on a early race restart – after Connor Hall went around in turn two – after getting a better jump than the guys in front of him. Hughes would give it all he had on the ensuing second restart but falling just shy of leading a lap and having to fall in line with Louis, where he would spend most of the race.

There was great racing all over the track in the second Late Model feature and final race of the evening with guys like Brenden Queen fighting through the field from around tenth all the way up to third. We also saw a battle pretty much from flag to flag for what seemed to always be the seventh position. Matthews found himself in some heavy racing trying to fight for every point he could earn. Along with the guys like David Polenz and Anthony Alfredo who made real strong runs late in the race.

Had a bit of a scare and what was almost the third caution of the night afterRobert Arch, running the #18 car tonight, went for a ride of his own down the backstretch. The incident happened right behind the tech shed so our vision was obscured. He was able to keep the car rolling, despite the heavy front-end damage and limp the car back to pit road and keep the green flag out on the field.

Even thought Tyler Hughes dominated the first race of the evening he had nothing for the car of Louis White who went on to grab the victory. We caught up with Louis after the race to talk to him.

“The car was pretty good in that second race,” White said in victory lane. “We made some adjustments on the car and changed some tires around and starting up front makes a big difference.”

Coming off of a hard fought sixth place in the first race, White took a good portion of the blame on why the team had to start so far back in the first place.

“We first got here today I was real good,” Louis went on to explain. “When we went out there to qualify the driver screwed up and I had to start in the back. We had to go work our way back up while trying to save some tires for the second race and it worked out pretty good.”

Louis also went on the mention the seven-car invert that put him on the front row was a huge factor in helping him win that second race. Louis has run four races now with friend Bradley McCaskill’s photo on the hood. So far he has won 50% of his races. We asked Louis, as he is on a bit of a hot streak if he will be back here next week for another set of twins, those plans seem to still be up in the air.

“We are not sure just yet where we are going to run,” White told us. “I am going to talk to these guys and see what they want to do. Trying to win that championship down there [East Carolina Motor Speedway] one more time before I call it quits. I would hate to tear the car up and not be able to make that, its up to the guys though.”

 

Late Model Stock Results

P1 #7 Louis White; 40
P2 #8 Tyler Hughes; 40
P3 #03 Brenden Queen; 40
P4 #54 Michael Fose; 40
P5 #44 T.J. Barron; 40
P6 #24 Mason Diaz; 40
P7 #38 Ricky Jones, III; 40
P8 #5 Anthony Alfredo; 40
P9 #33 David Polenz; 40
P10 #63 Tyler Matthews; 40
P11 #15 Omar Jurado; 40
P12 #77 Malik Koonce; 40
P13 #29 Paul Williamson; 39
P14 #18 Robert Arch; 27
P15 #25 Kate Dallenbach; 22
P16 #77b Connor Hall; 14
P17 #07 Adam Murray; 13
P18 #4 Jonathan Findley; 6
P19 #24 Melvin Langley; 1

*results have not been made official*

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

 

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