IRWINDALE, Calif. (October 21, 2014)- Having not been behind the wheel of a Super Late Model in over five years, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong exercised remarkable patience to take sixth place during Saturday’s round of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California.
“It was great to get back behind the wheel, and I’m pretty happy with the result,” stated Wong. “I haven’t driven a proper race at Irwindale in a long time, and it’s great to see the facility back in action. This is some of the best racing out there, and I really appreciate the efforts of everyone at World Stage Racing to make this happen.”
Wong most recently made headlines with a second-place finish in the ARCA Racing Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the series’ lone visit to a road course. Having not taken to the wheel of a Super Late Model since 2009, the first Chinese-American to score a podium in ARCA competition has focused his career efforts in recent years in both stock cars and endurance sports car racing. In addition to his ARCA success, Wong has also taken podium finishes in such noted sports car races as the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as well as Petit Le Mans.
With World Stage Racing having recently fielded their team of Super Late Model vehicles for NASCAR star David Gilliland and his family, the revitalized organization saw fit to put Wong back in the seat for Saturday’s event.
The National Football League (NFL), easily the highest rated form of sport in the U.S., has always been an interesting source of discussion among motorsports decision makers when outlining their season plans.
Inevitably, as a racing season enters the Fall, where championship stakes are at their highest, television ratings typically begin to decline. The easiest attributable reason? Football season.
It’s a tough nut to crack, and with the NFL’s continual growth, all of the major U.S. forms of motorsport have taken different approaches to counter this.
NASCAR’s answer to the NFL began in 2004 with the creation of “The Chase” playoff format, in which the top-10 drivers (and then 12 several years later ) would be locked in to their own form of a playoff for the final 10 races, conveniently when football season began. This year, NASCAR has gone even further with this strategy, creating an elimination-based top-16 playoff, in which four drivers are removed from contention every three races, with four drivers battling it out for the finale in Homestead, Florida.