Entering the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Joe Ryan Osborne trailed Spencer Davis by only five points for rookie honors. However, a broken left wrist cost Osborne the opportunity to challenge for the title.
Osborne attended the event on the quarter-mile flat track, but the injury he suffered a week earlier at Caraway Speedway near Asheboro kept the Huntersville resident on the sidelines. The doctor warned Osborne, 19, racing with the injury may cause permanent damage.
“With the modified, because there is so much beating and banging at Charlotte, he said he didn’t want me racing there,” Osborne said.
Osborne lost the rookie title to Davis, a Dawsonville, Ga., driver, but managed to hold on to the runner-up position due to Concord’s Bobby Measmer Jr. having trouble in the 14-race season’s final event. Osborne finished 12th in the tour overall.
Entering the Caraway race, Osborne trailed Davis by one point. He was on track to gain because Davis was several laps down and trailed Osborne in the running order. If Osborne had emerged as the race’s top rookie, he would have entered the season finale one point ahead of Davis. But Osborne crashed, and the complexion of the rookie battle changed.
“There was a wreck right on top of me and I had to clear it to the left,” Osborne said. “Then a car came up from behind and just stuffed me into it. My wrist went into the wheel and wrapped around it. I ended up finishing the 100 laps in that race with my hand on my leg.”
Osborne finished 15th in the event and Davis sixth, giving Davis a five-point advantage heading into the season finale. Measmer trailed Osborne by three points. It appeared Measmer might pass Osborne for second, but he was involved in an accident at Charlotte and that left him 22nd in the 24-car field.
Osborne, who has also suffered broken ribs and a broken nose during his racing career, had a hard cast on his wrist for a week after the accident.
“They have two different braces for it,” the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College student said. “One to stabilize it and then they gave me one to actually race in so it would fit a little bit better on the wheel. It’s like a slight fracture and then a very bad sprain to a muscle near my thumb and my wrist. He (the doctor) said this sprain is worse than a full out break because it’s going to take about five weeks to heal. He said I need to keep exercising, moving my fingers around and icing it all the time.”
Five days after the Southern Modified finale Osborne was preparing his super late model for a PASS race at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont. He also hoped to compete in the modified portion of the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway, but if that ride doesn’t materialize he will compete in the event’s super late model segment.
For 2015, Osborne plans to return full-time to NASCAR’s Whelen Southern Modified Tour and make his debut in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series.
Concord, Hickory on 2015 PASS schedule
Historic Hickory Motor Speedway and the half-mile Concord Speedway, which hasn’t hosted a race since 2012, will have key positions on the 2015 Pro All Stars Series South Super Late Model schedule.
In addition to the traditional Easter Bunny 150 on April 4, Hickory will host the season finale – the Mason Dixon Meltdown – for the first time on Nov. 21.
Concord’s May 23 race will be the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The triangular-shaped, half-mile track has sat dormant since PASS South held the Mason Dixon Meltdown there in 2012. The facility has been staging Legend, Bandolero, Mini Cup and Quarter Midget races on its quarter-mile track.
GoPro Motorplex announces expansion plans
GoPro Motorplex officials said a 6,000-square-foot building will be constructed at the Mooresville facility in 2015. Owner Justin Marks said the new structure will house the racing operations for the facility’s in-house kart shop, KartSport North America and IAME USA East. It also will create more than 2,500 square feet of corporate and group entertainment space. GoPro Motorplex will be in its third year of operation in 2015.
Mooresville Dragway hosts Holcomb Motorsports
The 19th annual Holcomb Motorsports Fall Event is scheduled for Oct. 24-25 at Mooresville Dragway. Formerly known as The Civil Wars, Holcomania will feature Outlaw 275, SSCA Outlaw Pure Street, True Street, Pro Tree Doorslammers, Footbrake and a Combo index race.
East Lincoln slates awards dinner
East Lincoln Speedway officials have scheduled the track’s awards dinner for Nov. 22 at The Pit in Mooresville. The Sports Page will provide a buffet dinner for the event that’s open to all East Lincoln Speedway drivers, crews and their families. Tickets are $20 until Nov. 15 and $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at The Tower or TJ’s Motorsports, 704-489-2015.
Stanley residents claimed three of the track’s seven championships. Jay Sessoms won the late model title, David Lucas won renegade and Brandon White won limited sportsman. Gastonia native Patrick Lyon won the open wheel modified track championship, while Concord’s Jennings Herman won the super stock four.
Travis Case of Denver earned the stock four title and Mooresville’s Mike Adkins claimed the front wheel drive championship.