New Era For Wake County Speedway

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.

A Look Inside Mini Cups

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…

Charlie Stephenson Wins First of 2011 at Wake County

 

Wake County Speedway has been Alex Fleming’s playground for 2011, having taken half of the pole positions and every winner’s trophy on the season. Charlie Stephenson, Curtis Simpkins and the rest of the Dunn Benson Ford Super Late Models looked to change that.

Point leader Alex Fleming sat on the pole for Friday night’s 50 lap feature event, and through the first 30 laps it seemed as though Fleming would again get the win. Charlie Stephenson had other plans, however, and on Lap 30 light contact between Fleming and Stephenson would send Fleming around, giving Stephenson the lead. Stephenson would pull away on the restart, fighting off late charges from Curtis Simpkins and Joe Heigl to win his first race of 2011. Simpkins scored his best finish of the season with a second place run, while Heigl crossed third.

With his fourth place finish, Alex Fleming continues to lead the Dunn
Benson Ford Super Late Model division, while Charlie Stephenson and Joe Heigl sit second and third.

In a caution-filled Pro Modified race, Justin Jones sat on the pole and led every lap. Behind him, the rest of the field beat and banged their way to eight cautions and one red flag. Every other Mod 4 driver in the field was involved in at least one wreck. The race would be called for time on Lap 25, after an incident involving Dennis Capps, Kenny and Michael Tabler and Todd Langdon brought out the eighth caution flag on the evening. Matthew Denton overcame an earlier wreck to finish second, while Kenny Tabler received credit for third, one lap down.

In Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders, Jesse Duke continued his winning streak, having won every race but the first of the season. Starting from fifth, Duke would work his way quickly through the field, taking the lead on Lap 3. A mid-race caution would reset the field, with Michael Woodard and Jeremy Ottaway surrounding his Ford Mustang. Duke would fight off both drivers, taking another win on the season. Ottaway would finish second, with Michael Woodard crossing third.

In Dirt Cheap Sand Rock & Mulch UCARs, Josh Taylor would pass Bill Pearce on Lap 4, and held off the field for 21 laps to win his first race of 2011, with Wil Smith and UCAR point leader Kristin Gault finishing second and third. Will Bristle would take advantage of a Holden Haddock Lap 7 spin to win in Noles Cabinets Mini Cups, with Haddock rallying back to finish second, with Nick Robinson crossing third. In Harper’s Grafix Limited late Models, Will Roland would hold off Robert Arch.

Racing returns August 12 to Wake County Speedway with a full night of action. Taking to the quarter-mile bullring will be the Dunn Benson Ford Super Late Models, Harper’s Grafix Limited Late Models, Pro Modifieds, Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders, Dirt Cheap Sand Rock & Mulch UCARs, Noles Cabinets Mini Cups and the return of the Southern Ground Pounders. For more information, including ticket information, surf to www.wakecountyspeedway.com.

Contact:

Ken Childs

Wake County Speedway

(919) 641-6122

ken@kenchilds.com

 

 

Alex Fleming Stays Perfect at Wake County Speedway

Alex Fleming has cruised for the better part of this season at Wake County Speedway, leading over half the laps and winning all of the Dunn-Benson Ford Super Late Model races.  Wake’s new “four wins and you’re fifth” rule found Fleming starting fifth, despite setting the fast time in qualifying.

Fleming’s move to fifth put Bradley McCaskill on the pole, with WCS regular Kevin Floars starting on his outside.  McCaskill would find himself fighting off early charges from Floars and Joe Heigl, and then eventually Fleming.  Contact between Fleming and McCaskill would send McCaskill around on Lap 6, and put Fleming to the point.  A steady flow of cautions would shuffle the field behind Fleming, with Floars, Heigl and Charlie Stephenson all taking turns behind Fleming.

Bradley McCaskill would find himself back up toward the front, and once again mixing it up with Alex Fleming. Contact between the two would be enough to shuffle both back through the field, but not enough to bring out a caution flag. Kevin Floars would take advantage on Lap 33, and would find himself leading all the way to Lap 48, where Fleming would slip back by and hang on to win his fifth consecutive race of 2011. Kevin Floars would score a season-best second place finish, while Joe Heigl, Charlie Stephenson and Frankie Dominick Jr. round out the top five.

The same “four and your fifth” rule applied to the Pro Modified division, where Justin Jones has dominated.  Despite setting the fast qualifying time, Jones would have to start from the fifth position, giving Ryan Robinson the pole.  Jones would methodically work his way through traffic, and with five laps to go mounted a charge on Robinson.  Robinson would hold off Jones, however, and take his first Wake County Speedway win.  Jones would finish second, with Dennis Capps finishing third.

The Harper’s Grafix Limited Late Model division has been dominated by Will Roland this season, with Roland winning three of four races.  Division rookie Robert Arch has had a sizeable learning curve, making the jump from UCARs.  Friday night, Roland again showed Arch the way around Raleigh’s quarter-mile track, leading every lap and holding off a late Arch charge to win his fourth race of the season.  Arch would finish second, with Josh Van Winkle finishing third.

In Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders, Jesse Duke once again proved he’s the man to beat, holding off repeated attacks by the division’s only other winner this season, Jeremy Ottaway.  Ottaway would fade late, finishing second, while Michael Woodard survives to finish third.  Bill Pearce found himself dominating a clean and green Dirt Cheap Sand, Rock & Mulch UCAR event, besting Dewayne Godwin and point leader Kristin Gault, and Billy Gomez Jr. stayed perfect in INEX Legends racing.

Wake County Speedway takes this Friday night off, and returns July 29 with a full night of racing. In action will be the Dunn-Benson Ford Super Late Models, Pro Modifieds, Harper’s Grafix Limited Late Models, Citgo Mini-Mart Four Cylinders, Dirt Cheap, Sand Rock & Mulch UCARs and the Noles Cabinets Mini Cups, as well as children’s bike races.  Tickets are just $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-11, with children 5 and under free.  For more information, race to www.wakecountyspeedway.com.

Contact:
Ken Childs
Wake County Speedway
(919) 641-6122
ken@kenchilds.com

Wake County Launches New Website

We’ve been working with the folks at Motorstats.com to put together a new look for the Wake County Speedway website We hope you enjoy it!