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Year End Review: Best Races of 2015

  1. Langley PANO“The Majors” – NWAAS Style

Hampton Heat – Langley | SoBo 200 – South Boston | VSCU 300 – Martinsville | All-Star Classic – SNMP

Yup, just like with the PGA our sport has what some of us in the media here in the Mid-Atlantic like to call The Majors. A term not coined by our staff or myself but it seemed to fit – for the most part. The PGA has four very large and very prestigious events on their “tour” or “circuit” that are sought after by just about everyone in the sport.

My sport I like to think we have five events and for the sake of the name, as well as the fifth event being a whole new item on my bucket list, I felt okay with separating them. Most will argue the Late Model Stock “Majors” consist of; The Hampton Heat, the South Boston 200, the annual Martinsville 300, the All-Star Classic at Southern National and The Battle at the Beach down in Myrtle Beach. First question – What are you “Majors” in the Late Model Stock community?

This year these races made my list of top five races mainly because of their prestige and the cars they attract. The second reason is because of the car counts! You put more than a couple grand on the line and you will have the ladies and gentleman clawing at the chance to cash the big check. Finally the quality of racing you get to witness as a fan and cover as a member of the media.

Langley’s Hampton Heat saw a brand new winner this year in Lee Pulliam – which actually kick started the campaign to almost sweep the VA Triple Crown Series. Just about thirty Late Models piled into Langleys small and flat .375-mile facility. Drivers from all over like Tommy Lemons Jr. coming out and mixing it up with locals like Greg Edwards and Brenden Queen. All working in the heat of summer fighting for the chance to say they won the Hampton Heat.

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Year End Review: A Year on the Road – New Tracks to be Seen

Travel
Well one thing is for sure this year, we spent plenty of time in the car and on the road! One of the necessary evils that comes along while working in this business. We have someone of an advantage having one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier NASCAR short tracks – Langley Speedway – in our back yard but to witness some of the best racing you have to go abroad. So as the season, weather, budget, and the weekly job permitted we would occasionally travel out of town to see what some of these other tracks had in store.

Not every track we visited this year were NASCAR sanctioned, not every event was your average weekly program. We got to witness races this year where the top five in points were so close a six place finish was just as bad as a DNF. We saw races where drivers were in the middle of settling old scores from last month. This year we got to cover some some of the biggest races anyone one Late Model driver would compete in. Seven tracks we made it to this year, two of them it was our first time stepping foot on the complex.

Virginia: Langley, South Boston, Martinsville, Southside Speedway
North Carolina: East Carolina, Southern National
South Carolina: Myrtle Beach

2015 brought great racing all over the region, I just hate I didnt have a time machine or something to be able to attend every race. Kind of hard for one person to be at two different tracks on the same day though. It also brought along new destinations, new drivers, and a few different divisions. We were able to make it up to Southside Speedway for the first time in not only my career covering short track racing, but my time as a racing fan. There is no doubt why the track advertises itself as one of the toughest short tracks. Its all but flat, narrow, and incredibly tight turns.

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