The Big 10
Speed51.com's Take On the 10 Biggest Stories From the Week That Was In Short Track Racing
1)  GAS CRISIS WAGES ON
Gas prices at the pump might be starting to fall below two bucks a gallon, but GAS in Georgia apparently costs $30,000.  That’s what the group at Lanier Speedway paid for the Georgia Asphalt Series last week, unbeknownst to the old promoter Vince Whitmire.  Whitmire was left to create his own tour, making the third Pro Late Model series to call Georgia home recently.  Three tours in one state going for the same pool of cars.  Something’s gonna have to give.


2.  ACT-ING UP AT THE MAGIC MILE
Races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway have been considered the marquee events for short track series such as the NASCAR Modified Tour and Camping World East Series ever since the track opened in 1990.  Now, another series gets to hold its premier event at “The Magic Mile,” - the ACT Late Models.  It’s a bold move by series president Tom Curley, but it’s one that every New England Late Model fan is pumped up about.


3.  KING CARLSON
No one will ever confuse Steve Carlson for Elvis, especially wearing that goofy crown and cloak like Carlson did in victory lane at Memphis Motorsports Park, but Carlson has earned his own nickname, “The King,” as the uncontested winner of the King’s Ransom ASA Late Model event last weekend. 


4.  SAVE OUR CARS
Unless you’ve been living under some ARMCO Barriers, you’ve probably heard that American auto manufacturers are in dire trouble.  The Big 3 auto makers, GM, Ford and Chrysler, are all in trouble of going under, leaving millions of people unemployed or otherwise affected.  Write to your Senators and Congressmen to support American cars and the people who work on them so that we can keep seeing Impalas, Monte Carlos, Fusions and Intrepids on the short tracks for years to come.


5.  SOUTHERN SLAMMIN’
We want to throw a “shout out” to R.J. Scott and Glenn Luckett of the CRA Super Series as a thank you for creating some big late- and early-season, big-money events like this weekend’s Southern Slam and January’s SpeedFest at South Georgia Motorsports Park.  This weekend’s event should be a doozy, but one has to wonder if it’s the right event at the wrong time, just two weeks before the Snowball Derby and the same weekend as the Governor’s Cup SLM race at New Smyrna (FL).  The good news is the SpeedFest race in January should be huge.


6.  OLD SCHOOL = OUCH
Texas Legends Car Driver Buddy Goudy is recovering nicely after a horrific wreck in which he flipped 12 times at Texas Motor Speedway.  Dude is old-school and was wearing an open-faced helmet, which wasn’t smart – his swelling from hitting his face on a roll bar can attest to that.  But, Goudy has 20/20 vision back and is healing up nicely, but let this be a lesson to all – take every safety precaution you can inside a car.


7.  SOCKETS IN POCKETS?
So last year, Kyle Busch didn’t make the Snowball Derby.  What to do this year?  Go to the Sprint Cup banquet and put a couple really talented kids behind the wheel of some cars under the Kyle Busch Motorsports banner.  Brian Ickler and Alex Haase should make for some fun moments on the track, but hopefully not in tech like their car owner Busch nor Busch’s teammate last year, Steven “Sockets in my Pockets’ Wallace.


8.  BANG-UP CLEAN-UP JOB
Del Richards and his staff at Southern National Speedway in Kenly, NC did everything they could to have the racing surface ready to go for practice last week for the big Thanksgiving Classic event on November 30th.  That’s quite a feat considering tornados did more than a million bucks’ worth of damage to the property over the weekend, leveling several buildings and damaging the track’s suites, sound system and more.  Richards is positive the track will be ready to go for the big race, which is an awesome thing.


9.  ROCK THE VOTE
Dude, did you know that there’s a new President?  Seems like since the election a couple weeks ago, politics and voting haven’t been quite the hot issue like they were earlier.  That’s okay, voting’s still on our minds here at 51…voting for the Aluminum Racing Products Super Late Model Most Popular Driver, that is.  There are still a few weeks remaining in that balloting.


10.  FACES FOR RADIO
Did you hear what the guys from 51 said on the Speed51 Radio show Tuesday night?  Shame on you if you didn’t.  That’s okay, we’ll be back next Tuesday night with another show.  We’ll make you laugh, hopefully not make you cry, but hopefully we’ll raise some eyebrows and probably piss some people off.  But, we’ll do it all in the way you’ve come to expect from us at 51.  Give us a try next Tuesday at 9pm on RaceTalkRadio.com