FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2013
RALEIGH – The New Wake County Speedway is racing into the 2013 season with new leadership, a total facilities overhaul and a mission to become the best Friday night track on the East coast.
The storied speedway, open for half a century, is unveiling its massive makeover at Media Day from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m this Friday, March 29. New ownership will be available for interviews and cars will be on track for photo.
The 2013 season is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 5 with close to 20 weeks of racing scheduled and fanfare anew.
New owner Adam Resnick has leased the 50-year-old facility from the Simpkins family and joined forces with speedway veteran Charlie Hansen to bring big time racing back to the Triangle area.
Resnick, acting as President of Racing Operations, and Hansen, working as Promoter and General Manager, have already received a flood of support from car owners, drivers, fans, sponsors and advertisers on the heels of historic improvements.
The speedway facility has been completely remodeled from the bleachers to the lighting to the track surface, and every space in between. Along with renovations and additions has come a fresh face for the track including, among other things, a mascot, new marketing and a rebirth as “The New Wake County Speedway: America’s Favorite Bullring.”
The New Wake County Speedway is located at 2109 Simpkins Road in Raleigh, right off 401 South heading out of Raleigh. The track is located online at wakecountyspeedway.com.
Media Day is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday, March 29.
For more information contact Adam Resnick at 919-478-0877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raleigh, NC(December 24th, 2012) – After 27 straight successful seasons, The Simpkins Family ,for the second time in the tracks 50 year history has decided to “hang up the helmet”, and lease Wake County Speedway. A multi-year agreement between the Simpkins and Adam Resnick has been inked.
Acting as President of Racing Operation, Resnick is promising to put The “NEW” Wake County Speedway back on top. He has hired as Promoter and General Manager, Charlie Hansen. Hansen will handle the day to day operations of the business. He is no stranger to the local racing scene. Coming off a great year as GM at Southern National Motorsports Park in 2012, he has proven himself as being able to bring Professionalism, Fairness, and Integrity to the track!
Adam is committed to Charlie the resources necessary to make The “NEW Wake County Speedway” the best Friday Night track on the east coast. There will be several new projects going on in the short off season. There are plans for a new Tech Shed, Lighting Improvements, repair and reseal the track surface, sound system improvements, bleacher and sign repair just to name a few.
The 2013 schedule is still being fine tuned, but at this time there are 19 weeks of racing on tap. The 2013 season will kick off Friday April 5, 2013 and conclude Friday September 6, 2013.
The “Featured” division will be the Nascar/ASA type Late Models running scuff tires and 350cfm carburetors. The track will also run the Street Stocks, Mini-Modifies, U-Cars, Modified 4cylinders, and Legends. The track is also looking to add some shows for the Super Late Models, Southern Ground Pounders, Flat Head Fords, Allison Legacy Series, and Bandolero’s.
The “NEW” Wake County Speedway is looking forward to lots of the support from Car Owners, Drivers, Fans, Sponsor’s and Advertisers.
For more information contact Charlie Hansen. Email CharlieHansen13@aol.com. Charlie will be out of town until January 2, 2013. He will return all emails and questions as promptly as possible.
An inside look at MiniCups
By Paul Bommer
Flood Racing – Team Engineer & Part-time Crew Chief
#65 MiniCup Ford F150 & #88 MiniCup Ford Fusion
“So what is a MiniCup anyway? Is it like a Bandolero or a go-kart?” I can’t say how many times I’ve been asked that question over the last four years. I usually respond with this canned answer while demonstrating the features and recounting some facts:
“No, it’s a ½ scale fully adjustable race car, with four corner coilovers, adjustable control arms, panhard bar, rack and pinion steering, and disc brakes powered by a Honda GX390 single cylinder engine mounted in the back. All the same stuff as a Late Model, just without the swaybars, and a lot less power, but it rolls through the corners as fast as the Late Models…yes, a 10 year old drives it…” more…
Alex Fleming has won the bulk of races at Wake County Speedway this season, but they haven’t come easy. Friday night Fleming looked to all but cement his track championship hopes, looking for his sixth win in seven events.
Fleming would put his Dunn-Benson Ford Super Late Model on the pole, with Joe Heigl starting to his outside. Early on it appeared as though Heigl had something for the Raleigh driver, with Heigl making a handful of attempts to get by. Fleming would fight off Heigl lap after lap, and eventually stretch his lead out to .3 seconds.
Behind the leaders, last race’s winner Charlie Stephenson found himself racing hard with a fresh face in Kevin Harvick Inc. driver Gray Gaulding. The 13 year old PASS South driver qualified just ahead of Stephenson, but it was Stephenson’s experience that would prevail, making it by Gaulding and allowing him to set his sights on Heigl and Fleming.
Fleming would pull away late, leaving Heigl to fend for himself against Stephenson. The final 10 laps saw a duel between two veterans, with Stephenson waiting until the final lap to try a bump-and-run move that would come up short. Alex Fleming would take his sixth win of the season, Joe Heigl would fight off Charlie Stephenson for second, while Stephenson, Keith Oliver and Gray Gaulding would round out the Dunn Benson Ford Super Late Model top five.
Justin Jones has dominated the Pro Modified this season, winning all but one event. Dennis Capps looked to end that streak on a night where the Garner driver looked back to his championship form. Jones would take the lead from the start, but Capps would give chase, never letting Jones’s black and yellow machine more than a second out of sight. Late slower traffic would give Capps one last good shot at Jones, but Jones would prove too strong, taking the checkered flag and all but clinching a track championship in the process. Capps would hold onto second, with Todd Langdon holding off Matthew Denton for third.
The Harper’s Grafix Limited Late Model division has been Will Roland’s sandbox all season, and Friday night proved no differently. Roland would place his Chevy on the pole, and while division rookie Robert Arch would give chase, he proved no match for the Limited Late Model veteran. Roland would lead all 25 laps, all but clinching a 2011 track championship. Arch would finish second, with Curtis Simpkins crossing the line third.
Jeremy Ottaway won the season opener in Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders, but since then it’s been the Jesse Duke show. Duke has piloted his Ford to victory lane in every race since the early-season upset. Friday night proved to be no different, with Duke being the class of the competition. Ottaway would hold off Wilbur Duke for second, with the elder Duke finishing third.
In Dirt Cheap Sand Rock & Mulch UCARs, Darrell Haynie continued his late-season domination of the division. Having missed a few early-season races, Haynie is out of the track championship chase, but has put on a solid showing throughout the second half of the season. Haynie would lead wire to wire ahead of Chris Gault and Josh Taylor. Gault’s runner-up finish, coupled with late race trouble for point leader Kristin Gault moves Chris Gault within 18 points of sister Kristin.
Lawson Flood dominated the Noles Cabinets Mini Cup race, holding off a hard-charging Nick Robinson late, while in Southern Ground Pounders action, Rodney Dye made a late-race pass on Cory Agee to win his first of the season.
Racing returns to Raleigh’s bullring in two weeks for the next to last race of the season. In action will be the Dunn Benson Ford Super Late Models, Harper’s Grafix Limited Late Models, Modified 4 Cylinders, Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders, Dirt Cheap Sand Rock & Mulch UCARs and the INEX Legends series. Tickets are just $10 for adults, with kids 6-11 just $5, and children 5 and under free. Surf to www.wakecountyspeedway.com for more information.