February 10, 2015
The countdown to Speedweeks
in Florida continues. This Friday, Feb 13 the Florida flat lands come alive
with the sound of racing engines as Daytona and New Smyrna come alive to
signify the official start of the 2015 racing season.
The World Series of Asphalt racing at New Smyrna begins this coming
Friday, February 13 and will continue every night through Saturday, February
NASCAR has announced that FansChoice.tv powered by Speed51.com will
broadcast eight nights of racing from the 49th Annual World Series of
Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New from Feb. 13-21. The race action is
highlighted by the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Div. I Super
Late Models and will include a mix of live and same-day coverage.
The entry list for the tour type modifieds has swelled to 15. They
include Kirk Totten, JR Bertuccio,
Albert Emmarino, Ryan Preece, Dalton Baldwin, Matt Montineri, Ron Silk, TJ
Zacharias, Chuck Hossfeld,
Brendon Bock, Justin Bonsignore, Eric Goodale, Jimmy Zacharias, Spencer
Davis and Daniel J. Watts.
The live stream will feature a fully-produced race program by
Speed51.com, including all the racing action, pit road reports and pre- and
post-race interviews. The stream will feature six cameras. Veteran
broadcaster Bob Dillner and Matt Kentfield will lead the Speed51.com team,
which will also provide full-day live updates on NASCARHomeTracks.com
through the Race Central Live powered by Speed51.
The coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, on Friday, Feb. 13 with a full
slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action. Live race coverage will
be streamed on Monday, Feb. 16 thru Wednesday, Feb. 18, as well as the final
night of racing, Saturday, Feb. 21. The finale will be highlighted by the
Super Late Model 100.
On three other nights, Saturday, Feb. 14; Thursday, Feb. 19; and Friday,
Feb. 20, the stream will begin immediately following the conclusion of
television coverage of the NASCAR racing at Daytona International Speedway.
In addition, all of each night’s races will be available as ‘video on
demand’ at 8 a.m. the following morning.
The stream will be simulcast on NASCARHomeTracks.com and FansChoice.tv.
NASCARHomeTracks.com is the official home for the NASCAR touring and weekly
series. FansChoice.tv is entering its second year of providing a wide-range
of online streaming of racing action including NASCAR, AMA Pro and IMSA
FansChoice.tv provided excellent coverage of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Series opener at Thompson’s IceBreaker last year.
Hot on the heels of that announcement came word from NASCAR and the NBC
Sports Group that NASCAR’s popular regional touring series would have a
39-race telecast schedule for racing’s premiere grassroots series as their
landmark partnership begins this season.
NBC Sports Net’s slate features all 25 K&N Pro Series races between the
top developmental series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro
Series West. The coming season will also see triple the television exposure
from previous years for the stars and cars of the exciting Whelen Modified
Tours, NASCAR‘s only open-wheeled division, which competes at historic short
tracks from New Hampshire to North Carolina. A total of 14 NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events are included
on this season’s schedule. "This represents a big step forward for all four
of our U.S. tours and reinforces NBC Sports Group’s commitment to these
important NASCAR developmental series," said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice
president for regional and touring series.
NBCSN’s inaugural touring series event is the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
season-opener at famed Florida short-track New Smyrna Speedway. The New
Smyrna 150 will be contested on Feb. 15 and will air four days later on Feb.
19 on NBCSN. All 39 races are scheduled to be presented by NBCSN in one-hour
shows the week following the event.
In the good news department it was good to hear that after many months of
legal haggling the purchase of the Waterford Speedbowl property by Bruce
Bemer has finally happened. Bemer told RACEDAYCT.COM that the formal appeal
of the sale price filed by creditor Ed DeMuzzio on Jan. 26 has been
withdrawn. Bemer also told RACEDAYCT that barring any other appeals filed,
he now has 30 days to close on the property. Terms of the settlement were
not disclosed. Bemer said the intention is to run a traditional weekly
season beginning with races in April.
Bemer has a long row to hoe as Terry Eames leaves a legacy of not paying
his bills and not paying competitors. Since taking over ownership of the
shoreline oval he has literally run the place into the ground. Good luck and
Good Racing to Mr Bemer and the Speedbowl.
The never ending soap opera that has over shadowed the shoreline oval
came to an end last Thursday when Bemer closed on ownership of the property.
Terry Eames is out and Bemer is in, done deal!
Division champions at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will
celebrate in a top shelf atmosphere in 2015. Officials from Thompson
announced that the 2015 Championship Awards Banquet will be held at the
Mohegan Sun on Saturday, December 5, 2015. The change in venue is part of
the facility’s 75 year anniversary celebration.
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park will begin their 75th season of family
operation on Friday, April 10, with the 41st running of the Icebreaker.
On the speedway stock market scene last week two of the three speedway
stocks ended the week on the positive side. The International Speedway
Corporation went up 2.67 to 31.76 and Speedway Motorsports went up 0.61 to
22.90 while Dover Motorsports dropped 0.02 to 2.62. NASCAR Cup sponsor
Sprint went up 0.62 to 4.92 and NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear went up 1.16
to 24.50 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) dropped 1.55 to
59.85. The car builders were all positive for the week. General Motors went
up 3.38 while Ford went up 1.15 to 15.86 and Toyota went up 0.72 to 129.57.
In the home improvement sector, Home Depot went up 4.62 to 109.04 and Lowes
went up 4.14 to 71.90. In the world of big team sponsorship McDonalds went
up1.55 to 93.99. Following suit was Coca Colaup 2.96 to 100.50, Target up
2.75 to 76.36, Aarons Rentals up 0.54 to
32.20 and FedEx, up 4.14 to 173.25.
On the tube this coming week
Wednesday, February 11
5:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1
6:30 PM, NASCAR America, NBC Sports Net
Thursday, February 12
5:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub - Media Day Edition, FS1
5:00 PM, NASCAR America, NBCSN
7:00 PM, NASCAR 2015 - A New Era, FS1
Friday, February 13
5:00 AM, NASCAR 2015 - A New Era, NBCSN
10:30 AM, Cool Tools - NASCAR, DIY
11:00 AM, NASCAR Race Hub - Media Day Edition, FS1
5:00 PM, NSCS Daytona practice, FS1
6:00 PM, NASCAR Race Hub, FS1
6:00 PM, NASCAR America, NBCSN
6:30 PM, NSCS Daytona practice, FS1
8:30 PM, Classic NASCAR - 1979 Daytona 500, FS1
Saturday, February 14
3:00 AM, NSCS Daytona practice re-air, FS1
4:00 AM, NSCS Daytona practice re-air, FS1
10:00 AM, Classic NASCAR - 1979 Daytona 500, FS1
10:30 AM, NSCS Daytona practice, FS1
3:30 PM, NASCAR Race Hub, FS1
6:00 PM, NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
8:00 PM, NSCS Sprint Unlimited, FOX
Sunday, February 15
11:00 AM, NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
1:00 PM, NSCS Daytona 500 qualifying, FOX
That’s about it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly, and
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Phil Smith has been a
columnist for Speedway Scene and various
other publications for over 3 decades.
Smith / Champ Trail