Speed51.com's "The Big 10"
Our Take on the Week(s) That Was in Short Track Racing
by Speed51.com Staff
"THE CHASE ELLIOTT RULE"
NASCAR dropped the minimum age to 15 a few weeks ago for what we like to call “The Chase Elliott Clause.”  A couple years back, some 16-year-old “Sliced Bread,” who was breaking all the records in Pro Cup, came along and NASCAR didn’t want to lose him for another year, so they lowered the age from 18 to 16 for one Joey Logano.  So good news, all you 13 and 14-year-olds who think you’re the next big thing…you may be the next to have a NASCAR age rule changed in your honor!


THOSE NOT IN DIRTY SOUTH HOUSES, SHOULDN'T THROW STONES
We’ve heard some chuckles from the Northern Modified loyalists about how poorly Southern Mod drivers Burt and Jason Myers ran during Smyrna Speedweeks.  While anyone off the year that Burt had last year would expect to run for victories more than he and his teammate brother with their “Dirty South” cars did during the World Series, the number of Northern Tour’s drivers that many consider “the best” were no-shows outside of TC, Silk, Hossfeld and Civali, so we’d rather applaud drivers for showing up and running not-up-to-standards than not showing up at all.


BLACK FLAG TO CHECKERED FLAG
During the Pro Truck division’s finale of Smyrna Speedweeks, a thrilling finish saw Keith Lilley take the race win and Ricky Moxley the division’s championship despite getting spun out of second place on the final lap by 12-year-old Spencer Davis.  Davis was penalized to the last Truck on the lead lap, seventh, at the unofficial finish.  Then, in tech, the top-six finishers, including Lilley and Moxley who just a couple hours before had their pictures taken as racer winner and champion, were disqualified, handing the win to Davis of all people.  Scott Reeves was then declared the champion.


BIG MONEY, BIG COUNTS
Eighty to 90 cars.  That’s what race organizers are now expecting for the $75,000-to-win “THE RACE” PASS South event at North Wilkesboro (NC).  Judging by the early car count, we wouldn’t expect anything less.  What’s even more refreshing than those kinds of numbers on paper is that (finally) racers seem to be supporting a promoter who is going out on a limb to ensure a giant payday for a big race.  Too many times we hear of car counts not meeting expectations in big-money shows in the short track world, so here’s a chance to celebrate one that is living up to the hype.


LISTEN UP
We’ve heard it time and time again, “Our NASCAR Touring series don’t get enough live race coverage.”  Well, NASCARHomeTracks.com has stepped up to offer live broadcasts of 32 races this year, with the Speed 51 Radio gang producing each event.  That’s a ton of races from all four of NASCAR’s regional series, so hopefully everyone sees this as a positive and tunes in if they’re not able to get to the track.


VERBAL JABS
Early favorite for “Quote of the Year” has to be Ron Silk’s retort to the Jimmy and TJ Zacharias’ complaints about Silk’s roughing them up on the track and out-spending the in the pits during Smyrna Speedweeks.  When asked what his response to the Zacharias’ issues were, Silk’s quote to Speed 51 Video? “They’re inbreds.”


PONY-ING UP IN UARA
When the Sunoco National Tour dissolved at the end of last season, the good folks at ARBodies in Tennesee, who had spent countless hours developing their new Mustang and Camaro “Pony Cars” for that series, were left without anywhere for their new style of racecars to run.  Kudos to the UARA-Stars Tour for opening up their rules to include those styles of bodies in 2011, and to the Don Satterfield/Julia Dawson team for being the first one to try it out.


SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE
Yes, car counts were down, especially for the Modifieds, during Smyrna Speedweeks.  Many have asked why.  Economy? Maybe.  Frustrations with the Modified tech and organization those in charge of that division?  We’ve heard that too.  No matter what, something has to change to bring Modified racing during Smyrna Speedweeks back to what it once was.  Our conversations with track brass seem to be leaning in that direction, as well.


OVER THE HILL, OVER THE COMPETITION
The old saying he's too old to race is going right out the window in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West ranks.  43 year-old Greg Pursley has four career wins and three of them have come in his last four starts. The 43-year-old is already out of the gates with huge momentum after his win at Phoenix.  So if you're a teenager,  a 20 something, or a 30 something line up because the old man is about to kick his foot right up your, well you know.


HATE TO SAY WE TOLD YA SO...
In a September 29th, 2010 edition of Speed51.com's "The Big 10," we proclaimed that it might not have been such a smart move for Michael Waltrip Racing to push Trevor Bayne aside from their Nationwide program.  We could have said the same thing when DEI went through all kinds of turmoil a few years back and eliminated their development program, which Bayne was a stud in.  We'll let this year's Daytona 500 pretty much speak for itself on this subject.