Robersonville, NC – Another weekend has come and gone, cars damaged, and winners crowned. This past weekend we were back at the amazing East Carolina Motor Speedway for SATURDAY night racing. Yes that’s right, for the first time this season ECMS held an event on Saturday. The Ronnie Barnette Memorial race in honor of long time tech guy and engine builder at the speedway brought a lot of emotions out of a lot of different people. Track owner Wayne Perry having nothing but incredible words to say and giving a little clue on maybe making this a yearly event. Due to our involvement down there this season, as well as the importance this race was to plenty of officials and drivers we are going to split the recaps up. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to read and give credit to all the drivers who made the trip.
A total of four divisions ran this past weekend on the high banks of East Carolina (UCAR, Street Stocks, Modifieds, Limited Late Models), on the first Saturday event of the year. With the “regular” short track season completed East Carolina wanted to put on a year-end event in honor of Ronnie Barnette, and that they did. Gates opened Saturday early which allowed teams to get to the track, get set up, and have plenty of time to practice and learn the fast line around the speedway. Also allowed other teams that have never been to the speedway to travel for the race.