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ECM Speedway 9/3/17

 

Pat Moon and myself went to our very first website dirt track race review. The race was held at the ECM Speedway in Bremen, AL. That night they ran several divisions including the limited late model championship. The ECM Speedway opened their gates in 2000 and today they have a solid fan base. The night air was cool and dense and the smell of racing fuel was intense.

There is a ton of track prep that goes on prior to each race. This event was held on a Sunday and they started preparing the track on Thursday. Robert Bradford is one of the race announcers and he told me “getting ready for a race is literally like farming”. They have this track side pond that the water truck backs up to refill before it sprays the track.

     Before each race all cars must weigh in on the scales. If the numbers do not match up, that car will be disqualified.

This monster creation is owned by Mr. Tom Campbell. This is a lifted up 1956 Chevrolet Panel Truck. It sits on a K5 Blazer frame and has 38″ Super Swamper TSL’s. This beast is powered by a built Chevy 350ci engine. Tom served three tours in Vietnam and uses this truck to help promote veterans events. Tom’s truck is driven around the track during the National Anthem and firework shows. Tom told me he plans on lifting it up more and putting some 44″ tires underneath it.

Sam Norman is the driver of this race car. Sam is 19 years old and this car previously belonged to his father. Currently Sam is the points leader in the limited late model division. This is a Master Built car out of Pennsylvania and it’s currently running a 358ci engine.

Joey Wray drives this Buzz Divison 1998 Acura Integra. Joey is running a B18 Honda VTEC engine with an LS Honda 5 speed manual transmission. I watched this car run during a heat race and it sure knew how to boogie. It was hands down the best sounding car during that race. Joey came from behind and won aggressively.

Jamie Louden of Fayetteville, TN drives this limited late model car. Jamie is running a 362ci Dart engine backed by a 2 speed transmission. With it’s current tune on 110 octane it has 650-700hp.

Here are all the different divisions that ran in this race.

  • NeSmith Dirt Late Model
  • NeSmith Late Model Sportsman
  • ThunderCar
  • NeSmith Street Stock
  • Pure Street
  • Super Pony
  • Buzz Car
  • Limited Late Model (Championship)

 

What I enjoyed most about the ECM Speedway is that the action is non stop. The racing kept going on well after midnight. This style racing is intense and fast. The ECM Speedway has officially made me a dirt car fan.

A crazy pile up that happened in front of my section. No one was hurt.

Driver Greg Wilhite

Driver Brandon Brown receiving his giant check.

Driver Sam Hughes winner of the Nesmith Street Stock.

 

***Special thanks to the announcers Robert Bradford and Eddie Davis. We also want to thank the rest of the friendly track staff that accommodated us. We had an absolute great time!!!

 

 

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