Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Opinions Are Like Buttholes, Here's Mine
by: Leo Johnson
In 2012 Albany Motor Speedway made the change from the traditional NLMS engines to the Crate 604 Nesmith sanction late models for their top class of late models and it was looking to be the start of a trend. After a year, the crates were dropped and things looked to have went back to normal in the traditional NLMS area but five years have passed and things are looking to change again. Remember, as I write this, I'm not looking to bash a track or series, nor am I trying to say one or the other is a better or more cost effective way to race. Its just my opinion, and you know what they say about those.
Crate racing has a great following all over the southeast. For example, I went live on Deep Dixie at the Ground Hog race at EAMS during the Nesmith Crate race. The live feed had over three hundred comments and before it was done it had over one hundred shares and one hundred thousand people had been reached. It was one of our most viewed non- advertised races ever. Crate racing has taken to most of the southeast with the exception of South Georgia and Mid- South Florida. But Crates are moving in.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
For What It's Worth, My 2 Cents
by: Dale Hall
I read a Wall Street Journal article today titled "Nascar, Once A Cultural Icon, Hits the Skids". That article got me to thinking about how, even though I still enjoy Nascar and it's products, racing at the highest level isn't as important to me as it once was. I suspect that many of you are in the same boat. The question is why? After a little bit of introspection, I came up with a few reasons as to why I think Nascar is in the it's current predicament. Before I share my thoughts on this subject, I was wanting to get the thoughts of any of you who may be concerned about the direction Nascar is headed in. Please, in a constructive way, let me know what your concerns are and what you think could and should be done to correct the situation. Please refrain from making derogatory and off-base comments. I will post this on the Deep Dixie Racing Facebook page. Please leave your comments there.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
For What It's Worth, My 2 Cents (Originally written in February 2018)
by: Dale Hall
This is just my opinion and mine only. I see a glaring absence of any organized effort to promote stock car racing and that needs to be rectified for the good of the sport. Too many tracks and racing series do not have dedicated public relations people and, if they do, they most often resort to a hodgepodge of efforts to get information about their track or series out to the public. The most prominent of those efforts rely on social media and even those efforts often have no rhyme or reason. Just think about how many different ways the tracks or series each of you know about disseminate information regarding their upcoming events.
I am not saying that social media doesn't have it's place in this day and age of electronic media. For sure it does. What I am saying is that the way we done things twenty or thirty years ago doesn't necessarily work anymore and we need to adapt with the changing and evolving technology if we want to see stock car racing survive and continue to grow, hopefully, in a coordinated effort.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Submitted by Lamar McClellan
Photo Credits: Eric Gano, EPA-Photography
NESMITH Crate LM:
1 - #23 Corey Hedgcock - from 7th starting spot to the lead by lap 6 - worked the top right to the lead.
2 - #18E Chase Edge - started 4th, fell back to 8th, steadily worked his way back up to 2nd.
3 - #12 Ashton Winger - lead early, fell back to 4th, back up to 2nd, then 3rd.
4 - #55 Montana Dudley - started 6th, ran as high as 2nd, pushed high off 2 and dropped back to 4th.
5 - #101 Forrest Trent - started 3rd, dropped back to 9th early, then steadily moved back into the top 5.
1 - #92 Joseph Brown - this race was over when JB took the green flag, though #5T Thomas Lewis made a good run near the end to make it look good.
2 - #5T Thomas Lewis - started 8th and was up to P2 by lap 6.
3 - #55 Montana Dudley - started 6th, up to 3rd early, then back to 5th, then back to 3rd.
4 - #1D Dalton Cook - started 4th, ran as high as 3rd, as low as 5th, then back up to 4th.
5 - #47 Tyler Crowder - started an uncharacteristic 11th, was in the top 5 by lap 15.
602 LM Sportsman:
1 - #6 Donovan Singer - started 2nd and lead every lap
2 - #25 Wiley McDaniel, Jr. - started 5th, moved up steadily to P2
3 - #23 Ahnna Parkhurst - RCR development driver started 6th, settled into P3 by lap 5
4 - #22 Danny Stroud - started 3rd, fell back to 6th, then moved back up
5 - #17 Kevin Bennett - started 11th, up to P6 by lap 6, with 2 to go had moved into the top 5
1 - #17 Jason Price - dominated this class same as Joseph Brown did his class, though #21 Corey Dunn made it interesting at the end.
2 - #21 Corey Dunn - started 4th and was up to 2nd within 5 laps where he got stronger and stronger as the race went on, actually reaching Price's bumper late in the going
3 - #1 Ben Steele - started 2nd but gave way to Dunn early and ran P3 the rest of the way.
4 - #31 Richie Grantham - started 5th, fell back to 7th, then settled into P4 by lap 7.
5 - #0 Blake Harmon - started 9th, had altercation with #92 on lap 2 and again on lap 6, but settled down and moved into the top 5 with 2 to go.
1 - #07 Steve Pate - started 4th, up to P3 on lap 2, P2 on lap 3, and the lead on lap 7.
2 - #4 Tyler Brown - started 2nd, lead the 1st 6 laps, the P2 the remainder
3 - #3 Larry Faulk - started last after DQ in his heat, broke into the top 5 by lap 6, P4 on lap 10, and P3 on lap 12.
4 - #69 Jason Harrison - started 3rd, took 2nd on the start, back to P3 on lap 5, then P4 on lap 12
5 - #2 Brian Hansford - started 8th, moved up to P5 on lap 13
1 - #999 Chandler Diem - started on the pole, but was involved in a wreck on lap 1 and restarted last, was back up to P5 by lap 4, spun on lap 5 and back to the rear, back to P5 by lap 10, moved to 2nd on lap 12, took the lead on lap 14 and never looked back.
2 - #16 Robert Price - started 2nd, lead from lap 1 to lap 14
3 - #17 Bo Robinson - started 3rd, lead the 1st aborted start, ran 2nd early but fell little by little back to 5th before moving back up to 3rd.
4 - #41 Wesley Burke - started 5th, ran as high as 2nd, as low as 5th
5 - #113 Josh Childers - started 11th, persevered up to top 5 by lap 13
1 - #5J Johnathan Merritt - started outside pole and lead every lap
2 - #5M Terry Merritt - started 6th, P5 on lap 1, P4 on lap 3, P3 on lap 6, and P2 just past half way
3 - #1 Lee Hutchinson - started on the pole, ran P2 until just past half way
4 - #8 Victoria Purcell - started 8th, moved up to P5 by lap 3 and P4 by lap 6.
5 - #2 - Patrick Harrelson - started 9th and moved into the top 5 by lap 6.
That's a wrap on the 3rd Annual Groundhog Classic.