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Tyler Matthews Takes the Checkers in Physical Late Model Feature

Robersonville, NC  ̶̶  Eight NWAAS late models came to the high banked 3/8 mile oval in Southeastern North Carolina for a 50 lap feature. Thomas Burbage set the fast time in qualifying with a 15.088 second lap and defending NC and ECMS champ Tyler Matthews qualified second with a 15.207 second lap.

Burbage would lead until eleven laps in when Matthews passes Burbage up as he seemed to struggle and was falling backwards. Wesley Johnson wound up in second place but couldn’t gain any ground on Matthews. At lap-25 a competition caution was thrown and Burbage would set up behind Matthews for the restart.

Burbage runs Matthews hard into the corner shoving him up high and causing mayhem behind him coming out of two. Louis White ended up rear end first in the turn-3 wall after already wrecking in almost the same spot earlier in the day and Wesley Johnson had a flat tire and stopped on the front straight to not damage the track or car.

After a brief red flag period to get the cars off the track safely the race restarted with Burbage out front, Matthews in second, and Jeff Shifflett trying to get by Tyler. Farther back Johnson was coming through the small field quickly after getting a new tire mounted on his machine. On lap-42 Ryan Haddock spun out and set up a restart that most could have predicted would be crazy.

Matthews falls in behind Burbage and dumps him going into turn-1, payback for earlier in the race. Burbage turns it around and starts going BACKWARDS on the race track in an attempt to wreck Matthews on the front stretch after the caution is out. He gets sent to the end of the longest line and Matthews keeps his position. Burbage made quick work of everyone in front of him and finished second behind Matthews, and then he tried wrecking him again after the race was finished. Matthews took the longest Kuliwicki victory lap I’ve ever personally seen and ended up nose first towards Burbage. In victory lane Burbage was visibly upset but track promoter John Vick was able to calm him down eventually. Wesley Johnson was able to finish third after having his tire go flat and starting at the rear.

Street Stocks

Mike Cooper qualified on the pole with a 16.534 second lap. As the green flag flew Travis Roberson made quick work of Cooper passing him on the outside and jumping out to a second and a half lead. James Horner gets by Scott Lawrence on lap-10 for fourth position and by lap-15 the field was stretched thin. Lawrence came down pit road to end his race on lap-22 and two laps later Horner also has some problems that ended his day. Roberson cruised the rest of the way to take the checkers.

USAC Speed2 Eastern Midgets

Nine USAC midgets came together for a very fast and entertaining 35 lap feature. Brandley Riethmeyer ran a quick 15.067 second lap to grab the pole over two time 2017 winner George Kurtz. Riethmeyer led until lap-19 when Chris Lamb worked his way from starting fourth to take the lead passing Kurtz and Jessica Bean in the process. Lamb would cruise to the win with Kurtz and Bean finishing second and third.
Late Model Results

1. Tyler Matthews
2. Thomas Burbage
3. Wesley Johnson
4. Jeff Shifflett
5. Ryan Haddock
6. Travis Roberson
7. Chris Perry
8. Louis White

Matthews Wins Pole, Burbage Capitalizes on Start – Jesse Council Back in Victory Lane at East Carolina.


Thomas Burbage celebrates in victory lane this past weekend at East Carolina. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Robersonville, NC – For the second weekend in a row we were down south visiting the high-banked, 3/8th mile, D-Shape oval that is East Carolina Motor Speedway. Eleven other Late Model Stock Cars joined us for what was looking to be a nice sunny day. Newcomer Brenden Queen was looking to make it two in a row after getting his first career Late Model win in the previous week. However, some of the regulars had something different to say.

A little bit of a monkey wrench was thrown into the mix this weekend as a small rain shower came through the area just as cars hit the speedway for their second round of controlled practice. Dumping water on the track for about forty-five minutes washing away any rubber that was laid down during the morning test and the first round on practice. Tyler Matthews, who mind you is riding one hot streak so far this season, went out and set the fast time early once qualifying came around. A time of 15.440 (87.435 MPH) was all Matthews needed to secure his spot at the top of the speed charts.

Tyler may have had a quicker lap during qualifying but it was very clear Burbage had the better reaction come drop of the green flag. By the time the field made their way down the front stretch the #9 of Thomas Burbage had cleared the field by turn one looking for the advantage down the backstretch. Matthews was able to stay strong early, gives a little bump to the leader as they exit two but Burbage was able to keep the car under him and in front of Matthews.

The nights only caution came early as Tyler Horne, who recently made the move to Late Models had issues with his car and coasted down the backstretch and ultimately came to a stop in turn three. After the race we learned it was a rear end that took Horne out of competition. “This was the first time we have had power to the car,” Horne told us post race. “We will get it fixed and come back.”

Burbage, the control car on the ensuing restart, wasted no time getting back to the gas in the restart box – clearing the field once again in turn one. Brenden Queen also with a good enough jump to get around Matthews into the second position. It looked like the triplet of Burbage, Queen and Matthews were going to be the class of the field as they all opened up a pretty large lead over the rest of the field.

It took about twenty-five laps for the handling to go away under Queen’s car. Allowing both Matthews and Louis White to make up some major ground all while Burbage slowly opened up his lead lap-by-lap. The battle for the second position was really the highlight of the night. Queen, who actually looked to be holding the field up, was only able to hang on to second till just past half way before surrendering the spot to Matthews, who left the door open for Louis White

Field stayed pretty strung out as Burbage worked on putting some of the slower cars a lap down. We didn’t see out next real “battle” so to speak till lap 52 when Louis took a look under Matthews out of four and completed the pass out of two as the field was working lap 53. That was about all she wrote, with the exception of Mercer catching and passing Queen to take the fourth position on the racing surface. No one had anything to offer Burbage this past weekend as tire selection and rain seemed to help the nine car out. Will point out this was the second week your winner lead the race wire to wire.

East Carolina will take two weeks off and return to action May 14th with Late Models, Street Stocks, UCAR, Super Street, and INEX Bando’s. Registration will open at 2:00 PM, Grandstands and practice starting at 3:00 PM, Green flag approx. 7:00 PM



P1. #9 Thomas Burbage; 75
P2. #7 Louis White; 75
P3. #63 Tyler Matthews; 75
P4. #25 Kenneth Mercer; 75
P5. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
P6. #16 Rusty Daniels; 75
P7. #12 Wesley Johnson; 75
P8. #01 Jeff Shiflett; 74
P9. #77 Malik Koonce; 74
P10. #6 Evan Horne; 20
P11. #28 Tyler Horne; 2


Street Stocks



Though the full moon was the night before, Jesse Council came into the weekend looking for redemption from setting on the pole and coming up second the week before. There must have been some residual effects in the air or some magical Full Moon dust floating around the track. Mix in another class of cars, a competition caution at lap ten, and another yellow to get safety personal from inside the track to outside the track, it seemed as if the deck was stacked against Council this past weekend.

Council set the fast time earlier in the afternoon in their one lap qualifying session with a time of 16.499. One thing was sure this past weekend; Council was not playing around from the moment the team rolled the car out of the hauler. However, things were not made easy for Council, not only having to worry about Travis Roberson in his rear view mirror but some very strange odds and ends during the race.

Dodging cars both on fire and slower off corner exit, Council and Roberson had their hands full the first ten laps before the Bomber class – a lower class with just three cars making the trip – was taken off the speedway. Once the track was clear and the Street Stocks were able to get back to work, the race started to heat up good between Roberson and Council – who for the second week in a row were in a league of their own. Not to mention some good racing between Scotty Lawrence and Kevin Benton for third.

On the final restart of the night Council was able to clear the field through one and started working to put some distance on last weeks race winner. Trying to close the gap was last week’s winner, Travis Roberson. However, a little bit of a slip off turn two with about five laps to go was the final nail in the coffin for the #3 car. After building a brand new car and struggling with the notebook all last year, it was a very emotional win for Council. Letting the fans know that he was extremely proud of his team and very thankful of his family who have been behind him.



P1. #00 Jesse Council; 30
P2. #3 Travis Roberson; 30
P3. #83 Scotty Lawrence; 30
P4. #55 Kevin Benton; 30
P5. #99 Kenneth Willis; 18
P6 #10 Frank Riegal

Looking Back: 2015 Ronnie Barnette Memorial 200 A Success


How does one actually measure success in the business of short track racing? Is it the amount of cars that pull into the pits? Is it the amount of fans in the stands? What about the quality of racing? For me East Carolina Motor Speedway meet all of these so-called requirements for the 2nd Annual Ronnie Barnette Memorial 200. Headlined by the true NWAAS Late Model Stock cars running 200 laps battling for a $6,000 payday heading into the off-season and the Christmas season. Let me personally say, it was a great Christmas present for us to be racing in December!

After getting rained out a month ago, eighteen Late Model Stock Car teams converged on Robersonville, North Carolina. A field stacked with talent from top to bottom; Previous Late Model champions from across Virginia and the Carolinas (Jeff Shiflettm Deac McCaskill, Matt Bowling, Louis White) – 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series Gallardo World Champion and North American AM Champion & NASCAR Xfinity driver Brandon Gdovic – along with young, up and coming drivers like Brenden Queen and Connor Hall.

Jeff Oakley & Justin Johnson earned the right to sit on the front row for the 200-lap feature. The two looked like they were the class of the field early. Jumping in front of the field early on the initial start and continuing to set a fast pace after the initial restart. Oakley led from the drop of the green flag to – what a pretty good coincidence – lap 44 when Johnson was able to mount a run turn four to take the lead. Johnson, fending off multiple cautions, a red flag period, and the lap 125 break, was able to hold off the field till lap 172 when Deac McCaskill took the lead. McCaskill surviving restarts and a GWC restart with a very hard charging Brandon Gdovic. At the end of the day a few cars rolled in the trailer beaten and battered, others happy to finish the race, and one driver $6,000 richer.

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Four Winners Crowned in Opening Night of the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic

Sun setting over SNMP as the Chargers open up the 15th Thanksgiving All-Star Classic. Photo: Andy Marquis/SNMP)

Sun setting over SNMP as the Chargers open up the 15th Thanksgiving All-Star Classic. Photo: Andy Marquis/SNMP)

Now that everyone has had time to digest the pounds of food that we all ate the day before, it was time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful night at Southern National Motor Speedway. Continuing their time honored tradition of hosting its annual “turkey race” – better known as the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic. A three-day, ten-race event to kinda put it all on the table and prove whom the best is. The opening night hosted four division’s – Bandos, Street Stock, Chargers, and Mods – for a total of 145 laps of racing.


Blaise Brinkley lead wire to wire in the 15-lap INEX Bandolaro division after sitting on the pole. Picking up in similar fashion at the Classic as he has in the past at Southern National, this win however, did not come as easy as those in the past. Cole Bruce, a regular competitor in the Bando division at Langley Speedway, made sure that Brinkley did not get to far ahead of him for the entirety of the race. Only falling back as much as five car lengths at any given time. Lap traffic did almost play in the favor of Bruce as it allowed him to close on the rear nerf bar of Brinkley as the laps wined down. Was a little bit to late though, Brinkley cruised to the victory and the pay day; winning all the money on the table – Pole Award, Halfway Award, as well as the winners purse.

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Recording Setting Crowd on Hand for Opening Night: Round 2 in Robersonville


Robersonville, NC – A record setting number of fans piled into the wooden bleachers this past weekend down in Robersonville, North Carolina to watch a second attempt at an Opening Night. The fans were not the only ones trying to cram their way into the high banked 3/8-mile D-shape oval, haulers were lined up from the sign in window down to the highway. Finding a spot to park your rig and unload the car at one point was turning into a team effort. Wondering where your going to park the next racecar… a problem no track wouldn’t mind having.

Late Models were not the only divisions to get things “popping” in Robersonville USA – Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, UCAR, Bando’s, and the very elegant Southern Ground Pounders (SGP) were all chomping at the bit to get things kicked off for the 2015 season – SGP are a separate racing club governed by their own rules and schedule.


Southern Ground Pounders


Speaking of the SGP guys, if you are a old school, vintage car nut, then you need to track these guys down and visit one of their races! They had everything from a primer color Chevrolet Bel Air down to a Ford Pinto racing. No not some old car taken off the street, these are big engine, purpose built racecars! Ten cars were able to make the green flag, though not all ten were there at the end.

Pole sitter Rodney Dye not able to make it two laps before his motor expired and sending him into the inside retraining wall. Beat the car up pretty bad but driver was able to walk away with no issues. Once the field was allowed to go back to green flag racing is was all the Jimmy Rice show – with the exception of almost going three wide in turn two & a car with no practice almost running the leader down – Rice would go on to take the victory.

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