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2007 Memorex Southern Racing Tour

Discussion in 'Showroom' started by nj9703, May 29, 2019.

  1. nj9703

    nj9703 Very Stable Genius

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    As I have previously stated, the fictional racing league that I have created, SESCA, has had a rough past. Splits have caused the tour to come and go many times, although for much of the 70s and 80s, it remained unified. By the time the 90s and especially the 2000s came, different ideas and the growth of the league sent away some teams that didn't agree with management, scheduling, or the growing costs. If you'd like to see it all a little more in depth, the entire history is roughly laid out here. In 2007, the Southern Racing Tour (now SESCA), returned with a hopeful outlook. Memorex had come on board with a two year contract and many of the usual SRT teams were on board. Sponsorship was packed too, with not a single team being unsponsored. But as fate would have it, the league would once again split by the end of the year. Turns out a league full of short track stars, built by short track stars, doesn't take too kindly to running a ton of speedways every other week.


    Bill Cook Racing has been around since 1990, when Kodiak joined with Bill Cook in order to have a presence as both the title sponsor and the primary sponsor of a car in the series. The team has become a mainstay in the league over the years, enjoying mild success. They've won 6 officially sanctioned SRT races since their inception, and a handful more in other leagues during splits. Kevin Porter, of Lenox, Georgia, has driven for BCR since 2004, the last official SRT season to be ran before 2007, accounting for 2 of those aforementioned wins. He's not the fastest, but consistent, fitting for the team and owner that match, or matched, that description in their respective days on track. Aaron's will cover the 29 year old's entire season.
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    23 year old Bobby Henderson, coming from Goldsboro, NC, is the son of Ron Henderson, who has owned Ron Henderson Inc. since 2004. Bobby has never made an official SRT start going into 2007, however he has run in other smaller leagues that count for SRT records, so he does not count as a rookie. Bobby has shown speed at a few local dirt tracks, but its unknown how he'll match up to his competitors on the high banks of Darlington, Texas, etc. Bojangles' will adorn the #5 for all 12 races in 2007.
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    Team Davis is a brand new team to the Southern Racing Tour, owned by Benjamin Davis, a wealthy businessman from Seagrove, NC. He has scouted the promising young rookie Reed Conley, 20, from Summerfield, NC to pilot his #7 Toyota. Toyota is a major partner with Team Davis, giving them plenty of factory support as they enter the Southern Racing Tour for the first time in 2007. They will share primary sponsorship roles with Red Bull, who Davis landed as a sponsor through his business ties.
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    Well, that's all for now. Right now, I can't render anything, hence the in game shots. Special thanks to Matt Muir for the 2007 templates and for inspiring me to add another layer of history to SESCA. Other credit goes to BER, Alan Harkleroad, Steven Merzlak, dafont, XuticX, Masgrafx, myself, SNG, and Google.
     
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    Brooks Miller enters his sophomore SRT season in 2007 driving for a new team, FR2 Motorsports. FR2 is owned by Fred and Francis Robinson, a newlywed couple with big aspirations of fulfilling their dream to own a competitive race team. 360 OTC has made many investments in racing lately, and the Southern Racing Tour is no exception. The brand has made a partnership with the Robinson family to help take the next step towards their dream. Brooks Miller ran the 2004 season for Collins Racing, driving the #23 Visteon Dodge, and put up decent results, with 2 top 5s and 4 top 10s. Miller will run seven races in the 360 OTC Hangover Relief Chevrolet in 2007, with his newly acquired personal sponsor, NAPA Auto Parts, covering the other five.
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  3. JeffJordan

    JeffJordan My name is no longer Jeff Jordan

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    Love them. All the paints are solid and really give a not-too-long-ago feel.
     
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    Here we finally find a team old enough to have a museum. An incredibly historic team, Copeland Racing Ventures has been around since the very beginning, in 1972, when Andrew Copeland bought a foreclosed car dealership and all that came with it. It was a Ford dealership, and he decided to convert one section of the auto repair garage and a few of the cars laying around to stock cars, and go racing. Copeland dominated the superspeedways, and made a charge for the title seemingly every season from 1975 to the end of his career in 1982. Afterwards, his iconic #20 was piloted by his childhood friend, Sean Morrow. However, following the Chevrolet exclusivity contract of 1990, when CRV did not race due to its ties with Ford, Morrow did not return and neither did the #20. The second car, equally as historic, was the #10. The car was numbered as such because, as Copeland said in his classic joking tone, "Anyone in it will only be half the driver I am." The #10 car saw Christopher Hawkins win his first and only championship in 1983, ironically one year after Copeland retired. In 2007, Norm Stephens will pilot the #10. Stephens ran his first full season in 1993, and also ran 2004 in the #10 Ford. Stephens will be sponsored by Northern Tools + Equipment, alongside a major associate partnership from Doosan Group, for all 12 races in 2007.
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    An aggressive, up and coming racer, Justin Foster is the son of 1990 SRT champion, Wayne Foster. The 19 year old Georgian enters 2007 for his sophomore SRT season, the same as many racers are. In 2004, he won the Rookie of the Year title, scoring 3 top 5s and 7 top 10s over the course of the 12 race schedule. The Foster's ties to Superchips will see the brand as the sponsor of the #12 Ford for Wayne Foster Racing, for all 12 races. Lowe's, who was with Wayne's #6 team for a majority of his career, including his championship run, also makes an appearance as a small associate partner.
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    Young Brothers Racing was formed in 2002, competing in some low level ARCA events and also making one offs at short tracks across their home state of Pennsylvania. The brothers, Jason and Nick, first went full time in 2004 in the Southern Racing Tour, combining for 9 top 5s and 16 top 10s. Their success has seen reward, as they now have full season sponsorship on both cars. Jason Young will pilot the #15 Lester Buildings Ford in all 12 races this season.
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    Nick, the oldest of the two, who had six of those top 5s for himself, will be behind the wheel of the #86 Ford, sponsored by FedEx for all 12 races. Each paint scheme will hit the track three times each.
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    BrendonH12 Lover of Jesus! #CarolinaStrong Moderator

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    Nice job, Noah! Love those FedEx cars!
     
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    If you keep up with SESCA, for whatever reason, you may remember this team as it finally reentered in 2018. In 2007, Winston-Johnson Racing was in its infancy, in a way. Winston Racing and Johnson Motorsports merged going into 2007, as both of the Myrtle Beach area small business owners were both in need of a new race shop, and going in together was more financially feasible. This team is a powerhouse, with an alliance with Team Davis, however the higher ups aren't completely settled together, and poor management has been a concern entering the season. The #20 was the primary car at Winston Racing, and rookie Alexander Hickman will pilot it this season with full backing from Z-Line Designs.
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    Aaron Schneider enters his sophomore season returning in the #30, which he drove for Johnson Motorsports in 2004. Schneider is a fantastic racer that many expect to be a title contender. Schneider finished his rookie campaign three years ago with 2 top 5s and 7 top 10s. Dish Network will sponsor the #30 in all races, as they continue to grow across the south.
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    Stephanie Wilkinson started out as a fitness model that wound her way into a late model, as a joke, by way of her ex-boyfriend. Turns out, she's a natural born talent. So, sorta like Natalie Decker, but actually good. Wilkinson will enter her rookie SRT season in 2007, and ironically, Domino's Pizza has partnered with WJR to cover the #32 in all races this season. The 21 year old will face a learning curve, but many have faith in her abilities.
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    Took a trip to DC and a small break, so now let's jump back into it.

    Technically the defending champion, albeit from 3 years ago, Robby Hutchens enters 2007 driving for a brand new team, one of the most successful to hit the track. Jeff Love Motorsports entered the Southern Stock Car Tour in 1978, with Jeff Love at the reigns of his own unsponsored Chevrolet. He won rookie of the year, and went on to be the first African-American SSCT champion in 1982, and the first back-to-back and first three-time champion in 1988-1989. McDonald's joined the team in 1981. Love retired following the 1991 season at the top of the charts in championships, wins, and top 10s, and remains at the top. Robby Hutchens moves over from FiRST Racing, which shut down after The Home Depot removed itself from the Southern Racing Tour before the 2005 season (which never ran, as The Home Depot was the title sponsor), and will pilot the iconic #24 McDonald's Chevrolet.
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    If you remember Marcus and Brandon Phillips from the 2018 SESCA set, here is their father, Steve Phillips. Steve ran his first full time season in 1987 for Thomas Brothers Racing, so you may also remember him driving the #3 Mountain Dew Chevrolet in 1990. Phillips joined Warren Racing in 2004, when it was still a two car operation, and remained in the #28 following the consolidation of the team going into the 2007 season, primarily due to sponsors pushing for him, even though his teammate performed far better. Most say he's washed up, and you know, they're probably right, but Steve Phillips is confident going forward into the coming season. Winn Dixie and NTN Bearings will split the season with six races each.
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    As we continue the theme of connections to historic teams, here is one, with Leroy Ward Racing. Leroy was another original having his first start all the way back in the inaugural season of 1972. His iconic #31 Taco Bell Mercury, and later Chevrolet, is one that you'll still see metal signs of, rusting away outside old gas stations. Leroy never won a championship, but his connection to the fans was almost palpable at the track. Of course, as things work out, Charlie Norman won the 1987 championship in the #31, the first season that SRT returned following Leroy's retirement in 1983. Norman moved to yet another famous team in 2004, allowing Leroy's grandson, Nick, to take the wheel of the #31. Taco Bell has left the sport nowadays, but the struggling Midwest Airlines has agreed to join the team for the full 2007 season, hoping to better its reputation and brand awareness.
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    Where did you get the toyota template? Thanks, these cars look unbelievable!!!
     
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    DaleTona75 The Punslinger

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    They came from someone in the digital designs facebook.
     
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    In 1992, the Southern Racing Tour crowned its first ever female champion, Wendy Vaughan. Making her debut in 1987, she ran for a family friend in an unsponsored Pontiac, quickly making a name for herself. By 1990, Vaughan was in the seat of one of the #33 Coca Cola Chevrolet for Cecil Marks, Inc., the longest standing number/sponsor/owner combo in the league, going all the way back to the beginning. The team is now known as Marks Performance Engineering, but the iconic #33 Coca Cola Chevrolet remains a threat every weekend.
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    Since 1987, Cecil Marks has fielded at least two cars, due to increased support from Coca Cola. Ken Miller will pilot the #66 Powerade Chevrolet in 2007, coincidentally making the Marks lineup consist of both the 1992 series champion and 1992 rookie of the year. Miller's previous team, Vision Racing, shut down following the announcement of the SRT split before the 2005 season, and when the vacant seat at Marks was offered to him entering 2007, it wasn't even a question whether he'd accept the deal. Miller has never been a driver who wins a lot, but he is known for bringing the car home clean at the end of the day.
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    Up next is the rookie Henry Vargas, the son of a small businessman from Boca Raton, Florida. Bonds Enterprises will field the #35 Ford for Vargas this season, being hauled to the track by a dually and a trailer and built in a small metal garage in a suburban Floridian neighborhood, the 20 year old will have his work cut out for him to perform well this season. Concrete Products of the Palm Beaches will adorn the #35 for every race this season, as part of a B2B deal with Vargas' father's business.
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    Yet another driver entering their second season in 2007, Hank Kallam joins Evans Racing to race the #44 XM Satellite Radio Toyota. Kallam had a string of top 10 finishes running for a midpack team in 2004 that turned heads, with many seeing him filling the second Marks seat or another historically strong team. However, to the shock of many, he signed with the brand new Evans Racing, a team with a state of the art headquarters and an even more impressive TRD alliance. The team and driver combo have high hopes for this season, but many are wary of their ambitious start and goals.
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    Still working. As Rick Allen would say, "ONE MORE CAR TO GO, PRESENTED BY CREDIT ONE BANK."
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    ...with cameos of not yet seen cars, or something.
     
  13. InsideLine

    InsideLine Hey Man! Careful there's a beverage here!

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    Nice group of cars! Looking forward to this set! ;)
     
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    Carl Parks is our final rookie in the field, running the #52 Dollar General Dodge for Montgomery Motorsports. Alex Montgomery was formerly a competition director at Ivenetti Racing (which you’ll learn more about below), but following a merger with Fowler Motorsports, he was let go. Rather than searching for another job, he made his own, and used his former connections and skills to land Dollar General for a full season sponsorship of his own car. Carl Parks was a driver that Ivenetti Racing had been watching come through the ranks, and Montgomery had no problem stealing him away from the future plans of Fowler-Ivenetti Motorsports. Parks, who started in late models, has made a few Busch Series starts, and showed promise in underfunded equipment there. While this is a new team, many have high hopes for the rookie pairing.
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    Don Wincup, oh you poor soul. Wincup was shoved out the Ron Henderson #5 for Ron’s son, Bobby, but has returned in 2007 with his own... well, shitboxes. But Don doesn’t really care, he’s 48 and having the time of his life anyway. He’ll take what he can get these days. HD Supply will be onboard the #55 in every race this season.
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    Blake Keller returns to the #59 AutoZone Dodge in 2007 for his second season of SRT competition. Things are a little different this time around though, as Derek Fowler and Fowler Motorsports merged with Ivenetti Racing going into this season. Blake had a decent showing back in 2004, but believes he could’ve done better. He’ll be using that, and the combined effort, to push himself harder this season.
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    Owner-driver Marc Ivenetti was originally born in Florence, Italy, moving to America at the age of 9. In an effort to find something he could relate with to his new schoolmates, he fell in love with stock car racing. Marc became a stock broker, which he was satisfied with, but always kept his dream of one day racing. He bought himself a touring car and raced locally, turning out to be very good. He later created Ivenetti Racing and turned to ovals for the first time, which he has shown plenty of promise in, but hasn’t quite adapted to just yet. His team is quickly growing, with one of, if not the most respected management teams in the SRT. freecreditreport.com will be onboard the #74 Dodge for the entire season.
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    Well, that’s all folks. I’ll work on getting ratings finalized and the set uploaded as soon as I can. After that well, I’m not quite sure. The plan was to start the 2019 SESCA Premier set after this one, but I also didn’t plan to take an about a month long break either. I also start my first year of college next week, so carsets won’t be a priority for now.
     
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    Thank you for showing these great looking cars! I look forward to your future projects, good luck in school!
     
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