Charles City, VA (WWBT)- Many auto racing fans are familiar with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series, and the Camping World Truck series is not far behind in popularity, but fourth circuit is making a charge in the Whelen Modified Series, a tour that a local team is diving into.
Aftershock Motorsports is a team based out of Charles City and was created in 2006. While previous years saw the team run numerous races in smaller amateur circuits, Aftershock is breaking into the professional ranks in 2012 in the Whelen Southern Modified Series. Veteran driver Joe Scarbrough is behind the wheel of his number 37 Atlantic Solar Solutions Chevrolet and brings 32 years of racing experience with him.
Scarbrough has raced in four Southern Modified races so far this season and has his team in 20th place in the standings. He'll race seven more in 2012 in that particular circuit, but will also compete in the MAD Modified Tour as well. This past Saturday, Scarbrough competed in the Caraway 150 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina. His car qualified 22nd and moved up to eleventh in the race, before an electrical problem in the car ended Scarbrough's day.
One key challenge the team faces is that each member has a day job in addition to the countless hours they put in working on the race cars. Scarbrough is a reservist for the U.S. Coast Guard and he has been on active duty for the last seven years.
Aftershock Motorsports has been able to secure several sponsors from the area. They are promoting TheMadeinAmericaMovement.com, which promotes the use of products made in the USA. Hyperion Stud LLC Showjumpers and Breeding have shown support of the team, as has World Wide Racing Fuels and Atlantic Solar Solutions.
Scarbrough and Aftershock Motorsports next Whelen Southern Modified Tour event will be July 6 back at Caraway Speedway for the Firecracker 150. For more information of the team, visit www.aftershockracingteam.com.