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Shawn Balluzzo Hopes for Success at Familiar Track – East Carolina NWSMT Preview

Balluzzo's #70 after Qualifying at Bowman Gray (Shawn Dulin/The Weekly Racer)

Balluzzo’s #70 after Qualifying at Bowman Gray (Shawn Dulin/The Weekly Racer)

Robersonville, NC – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is set to roll into East Carolina Motor Speedway for the first time in the series 12 year history. With four races remaining on the schedule Burt Myers leads Andy Seuss by ten points.

A rookie in this series looks to have an edge though. Long time short track veteran Shawn Balluzzo won three out of the four modified races last season at East Carolina as he went on to take the championship at the high banked oval. At his home track, Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA, he has eight track championships and also was the 2011 Division II National Champion.

He’s had two starts in the Southern Modifieds and finished 7th at Bowman Gray Stadium in the last race, a great finish for his first time at the flat quarter mile track. “Oh man, it was unreal. It was a bullring, it was like the hardest thing I’ve done in racing,” Balluzzo said after the race, “When I did those 365 laps for that girl for that charity, 7 races in one night…this was way harder.” Going into ECMS he said “I feel really good about it, I think we’ll be on home turf I’ll know the track inside and out and now we know a lot about the car and we will see how it goes from there.”

2013 Langley Modified champion Robert Babb will also hop in one of the high powered machines to challenge the NWSMT regulars. The feature race will be for 150 laps  along with the Street Stocks, Bandoleros, and the Late Models will be running twins. The late model series has a great points battle going on between Brenden Queen and Louis White, who are separated by just two points at the track and nine points in the state battle.

The Weekly Racer will have you covered for both 40-lap NWAAS Late Model features as well as the Southern Modified race LIVE on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer) as East Carolina Motor Speedway host its first Sunday afternoon. Make sure to get there early as you will not want to miss the special presentation in honor of the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The complete schedule of the day can also be found bellow.


Fast Facts

The Race: The Visit Martin County 150 will be the eighth of 11 races during the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship season. This will be the tour’s first visit to the high-banked 3/8-mile oval.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through time trials while the remaining five starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (56.25 miles).

The Track: East Carolina Motor Speedway opened in 1990 under the ownership of Gerald Whitehurst, Durwood Allen and Lee Harney. Over the years, others leased and operated the track. By 2005, Whitehurst had bought out his partners and accepted an offer late that year to sell the track to Wayne M. Perry of Elizabeth City, N.C. The sale was completed in early 2006. Among the drivers who have raced at ECMS are Ernie Irvan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Mast. The track is D-shaped and banked 24 degrees in the turns and 10 degrees on the straightaways.

The Records: Inaugural event.


Visit Martin County 150 Early Entry List

#1 Burt Myers
#2 JR Bertuccio
#4 Jason Myers
#5 Kyle Ebersole
#11 Andy Suess
#14 Trey Hutchens III
#15 Jeremy Grestner
#22 Kyle Bonsignore
#28 George Brunnhoelzl III
#33 Austin Pickens*
#40 Danny Bohn
#70 Shawn Balluzzo*
#74 Bobby Measmer Jr
#77 Gary Putnam
#79 Robert Babb
#97 Bryan Dauzat

*Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender


Visit Martin County 150 Postponed due to Tropical Storm Hermine Forecast

Robersonville, NC – With Tropical Storm Hermine making landfall earlier this morning down in Florida and making its 18 m.p.h track up the eastern seaboard, NASCAR Officials and East Carolina management have been forced to pull the plug on this weekends inaugural NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event was scheduled.

Due to the forecast of high winds and heavy rain fall slated to hit the town of Robersonville, North Carolina this evening and into the afternoon tomorrow, the powers to be have rescheduled the race for Sunday, September 11th. All support classes, Late Models, Street Stocks, Super Streets and Bando’s will be rescheduled for that day as well.

“With the forecast looking the way it does and the amount of rainfall we have already received and expected to get, it just wanst feasible to run the show this weekend,” ECMS Promoter John Vick told The Weekly Racer. “We thought about running the event this Sunday but feel the track and our infield may not be dry enough.” No official word has been made from track officials if any of the divisions or race length will be changed for next Sundays race but we will be sure to let you know here or our Facebook page if anything changes.


Whelen Southern Mod News & Notes: South Boston

img_0174DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to South Boston Speedway this Saturday for the South Boston 150. One driver that’s looking forward to coming back to the historic track is Andy Seuss.

The two-time defending champion enters the race as the only driver with multiple wins at the tight .4-mile track. Seuss won the inaugural Whelen Southern Modified Tour event in 2009 and backed that up with wins in 2014 and last September.

Seuss currently sits nine points out of the championship lead behind Burt Myers (90) and George Brunnhoelzl III (84), who have split the first two race wins this season. Myers won the opener at Caraway Speedway and Brunnhoelzl last Saturday at Concord Speedway.

Kyle Ebersole, the South Boston fall 2014 victor, joins Seuss and Brunnhoelzl as the only previous race winners entered at South Boston. He’ll look to rebound after motor issues ended his night early last week at Concord.

Seuss, Brunnhoelzl and Jason Myers are the only drivers in the field who have started all previous nine southern modified races held at the track since 2009.

RACE: South Boston 150
PLACE: South Boston (Va.) Speedway
DATE: Saturday, April 9
TIME: 2:30 p.m. ET (approx.)
TRACK LAYOUT: .4-mile asphalt oval
2015 WINNER: Ryan Preece
2015 POLESITTER: Ryan Preece
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 11:15-12:20 p.m.; Two-Lap Qualifying 1 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Cathy Rice, 434-572-4947, info@southbostonspeedway.com
TRACK TWITTER: @SoBoSpeedway57
EVENT HASHTAG: #SouthBoston150
NASCAR CONTACT: Tim Southers, 386-235-3634; tsouthers@nascar.com, Twitter: @tsouth1968

Fast Facts
The Race: The South Boston 150 will be the third of 11 races during the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship season. This is the tour’s 10th all-time visit to the historic oval, and the first of two slated for this year.

The Procedure:
 The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining three starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (68.25 miles) and teams have an opportunity to pit and change one tire during the event.

The Track:
 South Boston is a .4-mile high-banked asphalt oval located in South Boston, Virginia. The facility features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, headlined by the late model division. Some alumni of the track who have or are competing in one of NASCAR’s three national series include: Jeff and Ward Burton, Elliott and Hermie Sadler, Timothy Peters and Jeb Burton.
The Records: L.W. Miller holds the NWSMT track qualifying record at 14.466 seconds and 99.544 mph, set on April 14, 2012.

South Boston 150 Notes
Burt Myers Seeks South Boston Breakthrough: Although he’s recorded top 10s in all eight of his previous starts at South Boston, points leader Burt Myers feels he must finish better this weekend if he wants to leave Virginia with the championship lead. His best career finish at South Boston is third in both 2009 and this race last year. His worst finish there was eighth in 2010.
Bohn Returns With New Team: Danny Bohn has already captured two poles at South Boston and finished fifth in this race last year. He returns Saturday driving for Fleming Family Racing looking to get his first win driving for the new team.

Gerstner Looks for Another Strong Finish at South Boston: 
Jeremy Gerstner was one of the most consistent drivers behind Andy Seuss and George Brunnhoelzl III during the second half of last season, highlighted by a strong fifth-place showing in the fall race at the Virginia track. Gerstner will attempt to score his seventh top-10 finish in his last eight starts this weekend.

Home Tracks: Bowling Off to Hot Start at South Boston
After winning a pair of 100-lap features to open the season followed a second-place showing last time out, Matt Bowling has shown everyone he’s quickly becoming the driver to beat this season in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition at South Boston Speedway. Bowling holds a 128-102 lead in the track standings over Austin Thaxton, who won the most recent late model race at the historic track. Bowling will look to add to his lead this weekend as the track will host twin 75-lap features along with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

NASCAR: 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Schedule


NWSMT sits on pit road at Langley Speedway before the pre-race pit party. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

NASCAR has finally released the schedule for the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified tour this past week. With the twelfth season on the horizon the Southern Modified’s have an eleven race schedule where they will visit seven different tracks. Like 2015 Caraway and the action packed quarter mile at Charlotte will host the season opener and finale respectively. Caraway Speedway will actually host four races this year, taking the dates from two tracks not on the schedule this year. Winston-Salem’s historic Bowman Grey Stadium will once again host its traditional summer event. Following that race will be the annual North/South combo race so to speak held at Bristol Motor Speedway. Which by the way folks, if you can get out there for that weekend you should. You get the modified combo race, truck race, and the Sprint Cup event.

NASCAR has added a new facility to the list of tracks on the 2016 schedule. East Carolina Motor Speedway, a relatively high banked tricky D-Shaped oval, located in Robersonville, North Carolina will host an event Labor Day weekend. “East Carolina Speedway is proud to have the opportunity to host the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour for the first time,” track owner Wayne Perry said. “We really enjoy being a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and this will be a great opportunity to bring a popular NASCAR Touring Series to our track for the fans. It’s going to be a great show.” 

Another new addition to the season is the high banked ti-oval of Concord Speedway. Already an interesting event before we even reach 2016. NASCAR will occupy Concord Speedway the same weekend as the PASS South Series. Though the modifieds will not be running that weekend, we find it pretty interesting that NASCAR is having a combo even with another prominent southern touring series. “We’re very happy to help get a race at Concord Speedway back on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule,” Concord Speedway promoter Darren Hackett said. “We decided to take one of our races that we would have held at Caraway Speedway and move it there, and the competitors are excited to get to go back to an ultra-fast track.”

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