FENWICK: Eager Beaver!
It has been a particularly long off-season for us here at the National Speed Sport News office, and while we all enjoyed our vacations and days off, most of us are ready for the racing season to kick into high gear once again.
For myself, the season won’t truly begin until we attend our first race. It appears that honor belongs to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which visits Darlington (S.C.) Raceway March 12.
We had the good fortune of attending and covering the Truck Series event at Darlington last season and it was truly a good time. The Truck Series is a lot more relaxed than the Sprint Cup Series, so it is easier to enjoy oneself when covering a Truck Series event.
There are a number of other events on our 2011 calendar that have us just begging for the season to begin. On April 2 the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour visits Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the first time in several years.
The following week (April 7-9) the Pro All Stars Series late models invade North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway for the big $75,000-to-win event that was announced last year. We’ve been looking forward to this event for some time and simply can’t wait to get there and take in the action under the lights in Wilkes County.
On June 4 the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East invades historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the first time. We are pretty sure tempers will be flaring during what will be the first appearance for the series at the historic quarter-mile bullring. We plan to be there.
The following weekend will be a doubleheader for us as we travel to Gaffney, S.C., to see the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series June 17. The next day we return to North Wilkesboro for a USARacing Pro Cup Series event.
We will return to North Wilkesboro again July 23 for another must-see event featuring the USAC Silver Crown Series and the USAC Mopar National Midget Series. While open-wheel racing isn’t very popular in North Carolina, we are excited as it will be this writer’s first opportunity to see the Silver Crown cars in action.
While we have several trips planned between July and October, the last big weekend is likely to be Nov. 5, and it will create quite a dilemma. We may travel to Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway for a doubleheader featuring USARacing and the UARA-STARS Late Model Series or stay closer to home for the annual North-South Shootout at Concord (N.C.) Speedway. But the World Finals for the World of Outlaws will be at The Dirt Track at Charlotte the same weekend.
That’s a glimpse at our racing schedule for 2011. What’s yours?
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