DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After having his points lead slimmed to just 10 points following the annual combination race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Burt Myers hopes to change his luck Saturday at East Carolina Speedway.
The .375-mile high-banked oval in Robersonville, North Carolina will host the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour for the first time in the Visit Martin County 150.
The track stepped up to host the event in the spring and while it will be new to every competitor, Myers hopes racing in eastern North Carolina will bring the same results the last time he was in this part of the Tar Heel State when he won at Southern National Motorsports Park in 2014.
Chasing Myers is two-time defending tour champion Andy Seuss. Seuss finished second among southern competitors at Bristol and won earlier this season at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina, in July.
Four-time tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III is third, 28 points behind Myers.
Myers leads all drivers with three wins and will attempt to equal his career-best with four wins in a season that he set in 2014.
Rookie of the year contender Kyle Bonsignore continues his search for his first tour win and is coming off his first career Coors Light Pole after qualifying the highest out of all southern tour teams at Bristol.
RACE: Visit Martin County 150
PLACE: East Carolina Speedway, Robersonville, N.C.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 3
TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET (Approx.)
TRACK LAYOUT: .375-mile high-banked oval
2015 WINNER: Inaugural Event
2015 POLESITTER: Inaugural Event
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday: Practice 3 – 4 p.m.; Qualifying 5:45 p.m.; Driver Autograph Session 6:30 p.m.; Visit Martin County 150 8:30 p.m.
TRACK TWITTER: @ECSpeedway
EVENT HASHTAG: #VisitMartinCounty150
The Race: The Visit Martin County 150 will be the eighth of 11 races during the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship season. This will be the tour’s first visit to the high-banked 3/8-mile oval.
The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will qualify through time trials while the remaining five starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (56.25 miles).
The Track: East Carolina Motor Speedway opened in 1990 under the ownership of Gerald Whitehurst, Durwood Allen and Lee Harney. Over the years, others leased and operated the track. By 2005, Whitehurst had bought out his partners and accepted an offer late that year to sell the track to Wayne M. Perry of Elizabeth City, N.C. The sale was completed in early 2006. Among the drivers who have raced at ECMS are Ernie Irvan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Mast. The track is D-shaped and banked 24 degrees in the turns and 10 degrees on the straightaways.
The Records: Inaugural event.
Visit Martin County 150 Notes
Balluzo Familiar With Track: Rookie driver Shawn Balluzo started competing in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at South Boston in April and will once again start the No. 70 modified in the tour race. Balluzo, who has won numerous track modified championships at Langley Speedway in Virginia, also leads the track modified standings at East Carolina.
Bohn Still Looking for Win: Danny Bohn is the only southern tour regular who won in 2015 but has yet to visit Victory Lane this season. Bohn has won a pair of Coors Light Pole Awards driving for Frank and Chris Fleming and was challenging for the win at Bowman Gray before being collected in an on-track incident.
Hometracks Update: Shiflett Continues Lead in Late Model Standings
Two-time defending East Carolina Speedway track champion Jeff Shiflett once again leads the standings in the late model division at the track. Although he has yet to win a feature event, Shiflett has scored 13 top-10 finishes in as many starts and leads Louis White by eight points (818-810).
-NASCAR Home Tracks Press Release
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