As the days steadily click off and the countdown shortens for the largest late model race of the region, we wanted to put together a little list of names we think in our opinion would be a good idea to watch out for. Now remember these are just our opinions that we formulated from looking at the 2013 edition, the 2014 regular race season, as well as the performance in the open test session two weeks ago. Take a look at some of our picks and compare them with yours. Have someone else in your top ten? Don’t agree with our picks in the least bit?
Well speak up, leave a comment (remember keep it clean, no need to degrade someone or put them down) with who would be your top ten picks going into this weekend!
Chad Finchum – Finchum, won the division title this year at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA, boasting 10 wins at the track and only finishing outside of the podium just five times in eighteen races. Though Finchum has proven his might, it’s hard to really say what he will do as he missed the open test session and it is still just a rumor right now he will even be running now that the carb rule for the Ford engines have been altered slightly.
Timothy Peters – Timothy Peters is always a threat to win when he gets behind the wheel of a Late Model Stock Car and proving so with his top five finish at South Boston in the first legit the VA Triple Crown. With Peters experience in the truck series at Martinsville and a previous win in this event (2005), Peters will surely look to redeem himself from last years 25th place finish.
C.E. Faulk – Now if this was C.E. Faulk circa 2010-2013 he would easily be in my top five. Since winning his most recent Langley Speedway track championship in 2013 (as well as ’09-11), Faulk has put the steering wheel more so on the back burner to help out in the shop of Hillman Racing. Faulk posted a twelfth place lead lap finish at South Boston this year, and was able to win the Hampton Heat for a third time in his career, but lets be real how many laps does he have at that place. Not ruling him out but I believe Faulks lack of seat time in 2014 may be what keeps him out of the the top ten come Sunday.
Tyler Ankrum – Tyler who? Is probably what you were thinking when you saw this. A 14 yo kid from the west coast making his Late Model debut this season under the banner of David Gilliland Racing has certainly turned some heads in this region. We first saw this kid race at South Boston where he ran into, no literally ran into another car that took him out, some bad luck. The fighter he is never gave up and ended up getting his first win out at Caraway Speedway and came damn close to snatching two wins away from Langley Speedway standouts.
Brenden Queen – Another young gun looking to make a name for himself. Most race fans probably never heard the kids name till last year when he snuck in a seventh place finish on you. This year has been a little bit of a different story. Queen has enlisted the help of not just a previous winner of this prestigious event, but a seven time Langley Speedway LMSC track champion has his crew chief, the great Phil Warren. Queen expanded his tour this year running a few races out of town to gain valuable experience, if he and the “Flying Monkeys” can keep the fenders on good ole ‘Snake Bite’ I would look for him up towards at least the top 12 Sunday afternoon.