Early Point Runners
The early season honor roll shows us some of the faces that will be factors all season long for the NASAR Whelen All-American Series Championship. Dillon Bassett is a winner at Hickory, had a pair of fourths at Southern National and was second at Caraway. Those are some early season numbers that have him a contender.
Peyton Sellers captured two wins at South Boston to bring his career wins at SoBo to 20. He had not planned to run for a championship there, but he told Speed51.com this week that could change if he keeps running well.
Tommy Lemons, Jr. is making the rounds and was fifth and seventh last week after winning at Southern National and taking a fifth at Hickory and a third at Caraway. These numbers against full fields is good early on, but more wins will need to come.
Lee Pulliam did score a win at Southern National, but will be in his K&N East ride this weekend at Greenville. He'll continue to chase wins on the NWAAS Late Model scene whenever the K&N schedule does not interfere.
Josh Berry took a win to back up his fourth in the season-opening 100-lapper at Hickory. William Byron has a pair of seconds at Hickory in two starts.
Yellow Walls at Florence
Florence Motor Speedway (SC) has gone to yellow outside retaining walls for the 2014 season. Milligan’s Painting Company has done the work and action will start at the track on April 5th. Before the racing starts they will have test and tune day on March 22-23 and March 29-30 from 12-6 pm each day.
A Worthy Rookie Class
After two races the top Sunoco Rookie of Year candidate for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is Joe Ryan Osborne. The 2013 Semi Pro Summer Shootout champion has been inside the top 10 in each of his first two races on the Tour. Although he is the early leader, there are several other rookies battling him each week. Bobby Measmer Jr., and Spencer Davis both come over from the PASS South ranks to run in the NASCAR open-wheeled division. Between these three rookies, none have raced Modifieds before.
Almost No Repeats in South Carolina
Are we due for some domination in South Carolina? Looking at the weekly tracks we have not seen a driver take back-to-back crowns in many years. Five years and five different champions at Myrtle Beach Speedway, seven years and seven different faces at Greenville Pickens Speedway, three years and no repeats at Anderson Motor Speedway. Dillon Motor Speedway has also avoided the same driver as a champion in recent history.
The only track that doesn't fail in this statistic is that of Florence Motor Speedway. Averitt Lucas won 10 times in 2013 to win his third track title since 2010. In that time he has 32 wins and an average of 9.6 in years in which he wins the championship.
A Worthy Rookie Class 2.0
You think the NASCAR Southern Modified Rookie class is going to be tight? Don't forget about all of those fighting for the top rookie honors in K&N Pro Series East. Lee Pulliam, Ben Rhodes, Nick Drake, Kaz Grala, Patrick Staropoli, Austin Hill, Dave Garbo, Jr., Brodie Kostecki, Jay Beasley, Ronnie Bassett, Jr. - it's almost like the list never ends. Rhodes has been the top rookie twice already this season.
Pro Cup Time
The 2014 X-1R Pro Cup Series will get its 2014 season underway this weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC). Lee Pulliam, Caleb Holman and Clay Rogers won races at Southern National last season. Overall the track has hosted 13 races and produced 11 different winners. Holman will be in the field looking to become only the third repeat winner in the series at Southern National. Qualifying is at 6pm with a 30 minute autograph session to take place after time trials. Racing will start at 7pm for the X-1R Lubricants 200. The race is the shortest event schedule for the season as the series will return for a 250-lapper in September.
Speaking of Southern National.... they are the only track with two Pro Cup dates, two southern Modified tour dates and two PASS South dates. They may also have a KOMA Unwind Modified race coming to the schedule as well. The simple fact is you will see some good racing when you go to Southern National.
Other Tracks Join the 2014 Party This Weekend
East Carolina will host their first race of the 2014 season this coming Friday. The first night of action will see Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks and U-Cars making laps. East Carolina joined the NASCAR Home Tracks program this year and will run Friday nights. Once the NASCAR Whelen All American Series points start coming you never know if someone will use this track to capture some points. Wesley Johnson is the defending track champion for the Late Model division.
Any Way You Can
The finish at Southern National last weekend for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified tour race was close for the win, but it was even better for the 11th as Jason Myers and Danny Bohn got together off the final turn and ended up parked against the wall. After both cars got back going they drag raced to the line with Bohn doing so in reverse and Myers in first gear. Myers got the spot and the one extra point that came with it. Racers care about every spot even if they can't win.
Dates Set for 21st Summer Shootout
This summer Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC) will host the Summer Shootout for 21st consecutive year. The Shootout will feature double headers the first weekend covering rounds one and two and then the final week covering rounds nine and 10.
June 9th & 10th
July 28th & 29th
Tracks racing this weekend include:
Anderson (SC) (Regular Program) - Friday
Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) - (K&N Pro Series East)
South Boston Speedway (VA) (Regular Program - 100 lap LMSC race)
Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) - (Pro Cup)
Caraway Speedway (NC) - (Regular Program - 100 lap LMSC race)
Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) - (KOMA Modifieds)