Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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Engines will roar today at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is back in town for the All Star Race this weekend and the Coca Cola 600 next weekend.
Add to that all the other races, concerts, and special events associated with the track, and the area should see hundreds of thousands of fans.
The May events are also a huge boost for the local economy with an impact of more than $230 million.
The area around the speedway also takes on a new look at hundreds of vendors set up in the fields outside the track.
They sell everything from tee shirts and caps to clocks, sheet metal, and a few things you may not expect to see in such a venue.
Some of the vendors represent charitable causes and they too hope to take advantage a wide open marketplace filled with fans.
Another sign of the way the sport affects the local economy can be found in the garage area for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
It doesn't cost as much to sponsor a truck series team, the crowds and TV ratings are in the same league with the Sprint Cup, but it's an important series that is popular with fans and is a good breeding ground for drivers.
Sean Corr is from upstate New York, but he moved to Mooresville to run his truck series team. He usually drives, but tonight 23 year old Jake Crum will be behind the wheel of the 82.
Corr says having this team is a lot of work, a lot of expense, but also a lot of fun.
"Absolutely," Corr told WBTV. "You have a lot of drivers from the small teams like us to a lot of the big teams, it's nice to be able to compete in this series, dip your toe in with some of the big NASCAR teams."
This is a big chance for Jake Crum, racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the #82 Chevy for Corr's Empire Racing Team. It's important too, not just for the team, or for Jake, but for a new sponsor.
Tonight the truck carries the colors of an e-cigarette company called "My Freedom Smokes."
And in this series, and this race especially, some of NASCAR's biggest names will be competing, so Jake will be wheel to wheel with drivers like Kyle Busch.
"I look at it as a challenge," Crum told WBTV. "He's one of the best, is the best, to go out there to maybe be able to beat him that would mean a lot to myself and to my sponsors as well, you know, it's not really a scare, it's just all in your mind so you've just got to look over it and look at it as challenge."
And, as you may expect, Crum hopes to take a strong run in the trucks and use that to get noticed and possibly move up the ladder.
"Eventually I'd like to be out there, out there with the Cup guys, the goals are to go out, finish the race, ,come home in one piece, hopefully get us a top ten finish, make our sponsors happy, this is the first time they've actually came on board with us and their first experience in NASCAR and hopefully we'll make them proud," Crum added.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>