Speed51.com's "The Big 10"
Our Take on the Week(s) That Was in Short Track Racing
by Speed51.com Staff
1)  WILKESBORO WARNING
Racing at North Wilesboro again?  Sounds awesome!  Racing there with a promoter who's promising the world and not really backing it up just yet?  Eh, now we're not so sure.  All the plans were in place, but there was never much behind those plans to race the last weekend of May, just a bunch of unanswered questions.  With some TLC and a reputable promoter, maybe ol' Wilkesboro can be race-able again, but until that happens, we'll just enjoy the memories of that place.


2)  DOUBLE-FILE DOPE
So NASCAR driver Kyle Petty recently said that the Cup guys could handle double-file restarts on tracks over a mile, but there's no way they could do it on short tracks.  Well, Kyle, with all due respect, you're a dope.  If any Cup guys agree with Kyle that they can't handle double-file on short tracks, get out of the way and let some of today's short trackers show y'all how it's done.


3)  WHERE ARE THE MODS?
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is off until their New Hampshire Motor Speedway race later this month and the Southern Mod Tour is parked until July. Meanwhile, there are a total of eight True Value Modified Racing Series, RoC Modified and ASA Modified races scheduled in the next three weeks. We’ve heard that NASCAR isn’t happy about their Tour teams dipping into other series, but to combat that, maybe they should think about realigning their own schedule to avoid an in-season off-season.


4)  STOPPING THE SHOWSTOPPA
All-Star Speedway (NH) promoter Bobby McArthur is well known for his trackside wardrobe of a pink sweatshirt and black combat boots. Lately, he accessorized that outfit with a pair of handcuffs. McArthur made the police blotter when he was arrested for passing a bad check to an unnamed Maine business – thought to be the Pro All Stars Series.  One of MacArthur's catchphrases is, "I'm the Showstoppa and you're not!"  In this case, that's a good thing.


5)  LET'S GET ROWDY
Love him or hate him, it's hard to not respect Kyle Busch for his passion for racing - whether it's in the NASCAR ranks or on the short tracks.  That's why it's cool to see "Rowdy" put his name to a CRA Super Late Model event at Berlin Raceway next week, the Rowdy Busch 125.  Busch won't just sign a few autographs or wave a green flag, the dude will be racing in that race as well as the June 16th Redbud 300 CRA race at Anderson Speedway in Indiana.  Come out to cheer him on.  Hell, go to boo him.  Either way, respect the man for what he does for short track racing.


6)  A GOOD BREAK
Steven Bergh, Jr. finished second in three straight Pro Challenge national events and then he broke his foot. But Bergh came back and won this past weekend and won his first PC feature at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC). Now Meghan Dillner has finished second in the last two PC National events and is looking to win her first race. Could there be a pattern (minus the broken bones) developing here?


7)  SO HAPPY TOGETHERRRRR
CRA (Champion Racing Association) South made the call last week to move their scheduled race at Monroe Motor Speedway (LA) from this weekend to a later date in July.  This came after they didn’t want their core Super Late Model drivers from the Gulf Coast Championship Series to have to piggyback three races in an eight day span. The Gulf Coast Championship Series is a combination of the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway (FL) and the Miller Lite Series at Mobile International Speedway (AL).  They also use the same officials in both series. 


8)  TIME MARCHES ON
Frank Kimmel and Bobby Gerhart have so many career laps around Pocono Raceway that they could probably drive it blindfolded. This week’s ARCA RE/MAX Series stop at the Pennsylvania triangle will be Kimmel’s 33rd and Gerhart’s 40th start there.  Dang, they're old!


9)  FELT LIKE WE NEVER KNEW YA...
When veteran racer and promoter Vince Whitmire was ousted from the Georgia Asphalt Series and started his own tour, the Southern Pro Late Model Series, many industry insiders questioned whether it would make sense to have another Pro Late Model tour based in Georgia - making it three based there, with other series scheduling a bunch of races in the Peach State.  Well, after only four races, the SPLMS is gone, leaving us to wonder if this was the first domino to fall in the PLM wars over Georgia.


10)  ROUND MOUND OF...RUNNING?
Jimmy "Showtime" Blewett has challenged Speed51.com's own Bob Dillner to a foot race on the frontsretch of Concord Speedway (NC) the week of the North-South Shootout in November, with the loser donating money to charity.  So Showtime's, um, not slender, and Dillner's tall and lanky.  Who's going to win?  Every Modified person in attendance is going to win by being able to witness that.  We say it's a tossup - Dillner's gotta be quicker, but Showtime certainly could wreck him at the start.