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Meet the Candidates – 2019

Voting for the NCR Board of Directors is again being done online this year. A complete description of the voting procedure and the link to the voting site are at the bottom of this page.

Each year, four offices are open for election. This year, the offices are Regional Executive, Secretary and 2 Member-at-Large seats. The candidates for each office are:

Regional Executive

I am a second-generation SCCA member. I became more active in SCCA when VIR reopened in 2000. Since then, I have served as T&S Chief for NCR and T&S Divisional Administrator for the Northern area of the SE Division. In January 2017, I was appointed to the position of Assistant RE at the recommendation of the Board. I have enjoyed working with the Competition Board and NCR Board of Directors to try and streamline the creation process of the Supplemental Regulations, which are required for each of our racing events, while also continuing to meet the needs of our competitors, workers and members.

In 2019, we made it through the challenge of being the Region whose track is hosting the Runoffs and we did our best to make it enjoyable for all.

Going forward, we will need to look for ways to monitor costs for our competitors while continuing to be able to support the Region and our goals. I look forward to working with everyone to try new things and bring some exciting new opportunities to have #funwithcars.


Hi, I’m James Shanks and I’m running for Secretary of North Carolina Region for a third term. It’s a job I enjoy doing and I want to continue doing it for another term. I think I’ve been doing well at it so far, attending meetings, taking minutes, and getting them published in a timely fashion.

For those who don’t know me, here are a few highlights of my 36 years as a member of the SCCA.

  • Member of SCCA since 1981. I started in Indianapolis as a member of Indy Region before moving to North Carolina.
  • Member NCR since 1992.
  • Driver’s School 1985. Raced Showroom Stock in my own car from 1986 to 1988
  • Raced a few times in Formula Vee in a borrowed car in 1988 and 1989.
  • Flagger from 1981-2013 and travelled to many pro and amateur events, until arthritis in my knees and ankles has caused me to retire.
  • I still flag our time trial events.
  • Most recently, I became Chief of Hospitality and Driver Information at our races, after RE Sam Fouse and I inaugurated the Region’s Hospitality tent at VIR to provide better service to all participants.
  • I was Triangle Chapter Coordinator, off and on, since 1998, before Al Heatwole took over.
  • I chaired the Bylaws Committee for the rewrite in 2003 and 2018.
  • NCR’s Membership Chair since 2006. This is a volunteer position which entails e-mailing new members, helping members with renewal problems, and handling information requests from prospective members.

I want to continue to serve North Carolina Region as its Secretary during the 2020-2021 term.  I hope you will vote for me.



As a Member-at-Large for the NCR Board of Directors I’ve assisted in the operations of the Region from planning to carrying out/reviewing events. I’ve learned that while there’s always a risk that any changes may not produce a positive outcome, the only way to figure out what will work for our Region, and what won’t, is to try…and then make additional changes as needed. I’ve assisted in making said changes to our events and overall operations that have increased our efficiency and effectiveness, while continuing to provide the excellent hospitality our Region is known for. I’ve been part of our Region as we’ve progressed from owning fire bottles, radios, coffee makers, and an ATV to now having our own Pace Car and a place for it to live. I have witnessed that in an organization grappling with how to attract and retain “young people,” the participation and interest of the “young” members of our Region has increased.

Over the past 4 years in the position of Member-at-Large, as well as being a very visible tutu-wearing Flag Chief for the Region, I have come to know many more of you outside of the Flagger circle. This allows me to bring even more of your concerns and ideas for improvement to the Board. As a Member-at-Large, I will continue to listen to you and present ideas and concerns to the Board; I will continue to bring ideas from other Regions, tracks, and events to the table that would assist in improving our events and operations; and I will assist the “younger” folks in their journey to actively participate in the Region’s operations so as to keep our beloved Club going strong into the future. There are names you may be seeing for the first time also running for this position who are up and comers who will also serve you, the membership, very well and bring yet another, fresh perspective to the operations of the Region.


I am a 2nd generation SCCA Member who has been active in the Club since learning to help in Timing and Scoring when I was but a child. Once I was old enough to drive I started competing in Autocross and quickly moved into Road Racing sharing various cars between my brother and dad (Blair & Rex Deffenbaugh). For the past several years I’ve been serving as one of the Race Chairs for NCR Road Racing and a member of the Competition committee to help the club deliver awesome events.  Recently I’ve been starting to participate in the Time Trial Program and supporting other National Experiential events such as Track Night in America, and using my years of experience growing up at the track to help these programs operate smoothly and grow within NCR. Going forward I’d like to take a more active stance in blending our communities so that the TT program can benefit from our years of Road Racing and Road Racing can benefit from the growth of new members at the track.


After attending my first event at 16 I joined the SCCA and have been hooked ever since.  Through experiencing a mixture of many different motorsports and a family like club I’ve been drawn to help grow the SCCA family by growing our events. For years now I’ve been focused on removing the barriers of entry for others so that we can get more people racing. The past 6 years I’ve been running an “arrive & drive” Junior Kart program for both NCR & SCR Regions. For the past 2 years I’ve been focused on expanding the TT programs for NCR & SCR while supporting national events, and this past year I served on the SCR board as a Member-at-Large. Going forward I intend to:

  • Continue developing the Junior Kart program for the next 5 years with the goal of making it sustainable within the club as other members and families join
  • Continue to develop/expand the NCR Time Trial program while supporting the national TT Program
  • Learn with the Road Racing program to help remove barriers to entry to help grow our community

Ultimately, my goal to join the NCR BoD is to play a direct role in making it easier than ever for someone to experience the #funwithcars that has hooked us all!


Hello everyone, this is William J. (Joedy) Pennington. I am running for the position of Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the NCR Region 55. I have been a member of SCCA since 1998. I am a Corner Worker, Divisional Tech Inspector, Starter, Pace Car Driver and a Race car Driver (Mazda RX7, IT7).  I have served on the Board twice before as a Member-at-Large. While on the Board, I served  on the Business and Finance Committee and basically did whatever the Board asked me to do. My most recent accomplishment was to participate in the 2019 Runoffs as a Safety/ Pace Car Drive.

As a Member-at-Large, I will always have the best interest of the club as my number one priority. I thank you for voting for me.

Voting procedure explained

Voting is only allowed by members of the North Carolina Region and will be done on (MSR). All votes will be anonymous and MSR will verify that each voter has a valid, active SCCA membership and that they are a member of the North Carolina Region. In order to do this, each voter will need to have an account on MSR. If you don’t already have one, it’s easy and free to get one. Just go to and click on Create Free Account at the top right of the page. Each voting member must have an individual account on MSR.

Each member of SCCA has a unique membership number. That number and the name of the member must be the same on both your SCCA and MSR accounts. For instance, if you used your full legal name when joining SCCA, but then used a nickname when setting up your MSR account, you’ll need to go in and edit your MSR account to match exactly what SCCA has on file for you. If you joined SCCA as William Robert, but your MSR account says Billy Bob, you won’t be allowed to vote without changing it on MSR.

Also, for those of you who have the old-style SCCA family memberships, using the format of 123456_1, your membership number in MSR will have to match exactly. None of the following will work: 123456 1, 123456-1, 12345601 or 123456. So, please make sure that your membership number is entered accurately in MSR and that your membership has not expired.

If you have any issues when trying to vote, contact Bruce Dover, NCR Office Mgr & Registrar, at or you can call or text 919-423-6015. If you are a NC Region member, but NCR is not your Region of Record with SCCA, you’ll need to contact Bruce for a link to vote.


Autocross News

The NCR Solo Program will be having its own small awards banquet on November 24th in Wilmington. We do this separate because it allows us to give out the large number of autocross season awards, which there just simply isn’t time for at the Annual Awards Banquet in January. We will still have our Driver(s) and Worker of the Year awards to present at the Annual Awards Banquet and we encourage everyone to attend both events.

The Solo Banquet will be on November 24th from 11am – 3pm at the Front Street Brewery Beam Room in Wilmington. The price for the banquet is $15 per person, $7 per child. You can register on MotorsportReg and there is a Facebook group. There will be brunch food and a cash bar. Parking is available either on the street around the restaurant or in one of the Downtown Wilmington parking decks. The event Facebook group and the registration site both have the full menu listed. Registration will be open until November 17th. Please register by then, so we can give our numbers to the restaurant for food.

2019 Tire Rack Solo Nationals

The 47th running of the Tire Rack Solo Nationals took place in Lincoln, Nebraska in September. Twenty four drivers from NCR competed and Jennifer Bedel of Hillsborough came away with her 4th National Championship. She won the Solo Spec Coupe Ladies category with a margin of victory of 0.832 seconds! Finishing second in their classes were Stephanie Humphries in C Street Prepared Ladies, Chris Peterson in Solo Spec Coupe Ladies and Trisha Feeney in F Modified Ladies. Congratulations Ladies! Click on the links to see a breakdown of all the winners in the First Set and Second Set results.

NCR’s Anthony Seaber is the new Formula Mazda National Champion

In a rain-soaked race at VIR for the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, NCR’s own Anthony Seaber of Hillsboro, North Carolina, narrowly defeated NCR’s other well-known Formula Mazda driver, Robert Noell of Kure Beach for the win, and became the Formula Mazda National Champion for 2019.

Read more here:

NCR’s Broderick Bauguess is the new Touring 3 National Champion

At his first-ever appearance at the Runoffs, Broderick Bauguess swapped the lead 6 times with the defending National Champion  Marshall Mast, and set a new track record before claiming his title!

Read more here

Heather Clark Awarded National F&C Worker of the Year at VIR Runoffs

Heather Clark, NCR Co-Flag Chief, and BoD Member-at-Large has been awarded the National Flagging & Communication Worker of the Year at the VIR Runoffs.

The SCCA press release stated, “The Flagging and Communications Worker of the Year is North Carolina Region’s Heather Clark. During her service to the SCCA Clark has served on the Region board, been Flag Chief and Assistant Chief for the last three years, and her experience and attitude has earned her the respect of fellow workers and drivers as she took on the role of a teacher and leader.”

Congratulations Heather! A well-deserved award!

Tara Arnette Wins a Wendi Allen Scholarship!

The SCCA recently announced that North Carolina Region’s Tara Arnette is the recipient of a Wendi Allen Scholarship. These scholarships, funded by grants to the SCCA Foundation, particularly by Mazda Motor Corporation, are awarded to outstanding performers in Solo. They feature a gift of $1500 to pay travel expenses as well as free entries to any SCCA National Solo competition.

Tara is no stranger to awards for her driving ability. Most recently, she was awarded first place overall in 2018’s Ladies classes by the Region. When asked about her new award, she replied,

I am super excited and honored to be chosen for the Wendi Allen Scholarship.  Many amazing women have had this honor in the past and made great improvements with their racing.  I look forward to an amazing year of travel and racing! 

I am at Charlotte this weekend, then will be doing Bristol and Nationals along with both NCR and SCR events.

Congratulations, Tara!

Welcome to the 2019 Racing Season!

Notes from the desk of RE, Sam Fouse

The 2019 racing season is upon us and it will be busy!

Registration is already open for our March into Spring SARRC and multi-Enduro event at VIR next weekend, March 9th and 10th.

The first item of business to address is the changes we have to made to the Volunteer Incentive Program, popularly known as worker credits. After serious discussions with our accountant on the tax implications, and polling other regions in SEDIV, we have decided to adopt the same kind of system that other Regions in SEDIV use. No more keeping track of your days worked and sending in receipts at the end of the season. In 2019 and beyond, you will be reimbursed directly at the track that same weekend if you so choose, to the extent possible. Depending on when you register, in some cases your check may have to get mailed on the Monday following, so register early.

The next few items to address are the changes we have to make to our entry fees and schedules due to changes in the VIR contract and the ECR series. VIR has raised our track rental by a few percent points, as to be expected. Also, the 2019 ECR rules passed last fall were expected to discourage more than one ECR per weekend, so when we drew up the March and May schedules, that was the assumption we operated under. That has since been rescinded. For March and May, we are continuing to offer one 45-minute ECR on Saturday together with twin 45-minute Tarheel Cup Series races (one each day), under the umbrella label “Enduro”, for one price. We will also still offer the Atlantic Pro Cup option both days for an add-on prize fund contribution. The Enduro will still require one two-minute pit stop to meet all of the series’ requirements.

However, we’re also adding a new twist, specifically targeted at potential Runoffs drivers. If a driver would like to run in the 45-minute Enduro, and is willing to forego any series points and trophies, they may waive all series participation. This would exempt them from any required pit stop and they can go non-stop.

Yes, SARRC entry fees have gone up $5, but that doesn’t even cover the increase in track rental which is up 6% over last year. And though the initial entry fee has gone up, we have expanded the multi-race discount available for drivers who enter four races.  It’s now possible for drivers in most classes to get as much or more seat time at one of our regional events as they could get at a Majors. And we will have the same pricing in May as we do in March, even though the summer track rental rates go up substantially over the March off-season rate.

By now everyone knows that the SCCA Runoffs will be at VIR in October, and we will lose our traditional Goblins Go event date. But our friends in Washington DC Region still want to partner with us, so they have agreed to host two joint SARRC events at Summit Point, the first being the MARRS/SARRC duel in mid-June, and the second (for 2019 only), will be officially known as Goblin’s Go North and occur on Labor Day weekend.

Our Spring Sprints Super Tour will roll around again in April and under the heading of “careful what you wish for”, we have been told to expect 500 cars or more. That was the result of a drivers’ survey taken by Topeka and presented to us at the National Convention. What that means is that paddock space will be impossibly TIGHT.  There will be parking restrictions even for the participants of VIR’s test day on Thursday before the Super Tour. Spaces will have to be assigned during a Load-In period, ala the Runoffs, and we may have more than a hundred in the infield grass. Drivers who have them, may have to park their RV in a different spot than their race car. Load-In will be a huge challenge, so bring an extra load of patience. It will be a Runoffs atmosphere, complete with traffic headaches, etc. And because getting all these cars in overnight will be such a special challenge, we will be looking for many more volunteers to help us. We’ll have a special workday to help with Load-In beginning on Wednesday, April 10th, and yes, you will be reimbursed just as you would be for a volunteer effort on a race day. Details will be available over the coming weeks.

Then in May, we’re right back with our SARRC/MARRS duel with WDC Region drivers, which should result in another full house, and then some, as drivers visit to get seat time in preparation for the Runoffs. Expect overflow again.

And finally, we will be having a 2-day test day event at VIR August 3rd and 4th. This will be aimed primarily at Runoffs-bound drivers who want a simple shakedown event to test their cars, and improve their lap times, without worrying about points and series finishes.

I hope to see you all at the track. Now, let’s go racing!

Sam Fouse

Looking Back On 2018

January 1, 2019

One of the unofficial tasks of an RE is to communicate to the membership from time to time on the state of the Region. I’m not particularly good at this sort of thing, so maybe it’s just as well that I started this report on the last day of 2018, and am finishing it on the first day of 2019.

I’m not knowledgeable enough to report on much about the Solo program other than I know we have outstanding members, mostly in Cape Fear, doing a terrific job. Unfortunately, the RE job consumes disproportionate amounts of time with board meetings, conventions, VIR, etc. I rarely have time to race myself and I don’t have a proper car for Solo. We did however find a way to come together for one event in 2018. More on that later.

2018 in Review

In hindsight, 2018 was a mixed bag of positives, ending with some significant lows. As always, the circus began early in January with our Annual Banquet, and then was followed quickly in succession by the National Convention, the SEDIV Convention, and then three races in three months. It all goes by in a blur and before you know it, it’s mid-May. It’s a torrid pace that no other region in SEDIV attempts to do… probably for good reason.

The big item at the National Convention for us was that the Runoffs were coming to VIR in 2019. Everyone knew it, but the Region contingency was asked not to tell anyone. We tried to honor the request, then Topeka released the news shortly after the convention without giving us a heads up. Can’t say that we were particularly happy about that.

There was also a discussion with SCCA Club Racing at the Convention about using Virtual Safety Car at the Runoffs at VIR. We spoke vehemently against it and followed it with a letter outlining why it was a bad idea, since we are the only place that’s used it, without any definitive way to implement it, nor enforce it. Weeks later, Topeka came around to our way of thinking. Until such time as there exists a uniform national rule and a device to communicate with drivers in-car, there will be no VSC at the Runoffs, nor at any of our events.

About two weeks after the National Convention, we made our way to the SEDIV Convention. One of the more significant items to come out of that was something that occurred at the Sunday RE breakfast. Heyward Wagner discussed a possible new-format Time Trial event, possibly to be held at CMP and asked if any regions might be interested in co-sponsoring it. I didn’t have a clue about anything called ‘Time Trial’, but I figured if it was new and Heyward was involved, NCR needed to be in on it, so I raised my hand. For a few weeks it was just NCR and SCR. Atlanta eventually joined in and the event was held Memorial Day weekend with a lot of help from our Solo leadership and a contingent of our own workers. The event turned out to be a huge success and I believe we actually got a check for about $500 as our share of the surplus. NC Region has a long history of being a leader, and we want that to continue. We’ll be back in 2019.

In March we held our usual ‘thumb our noses at Mother Nature’ March Into Spring. Despite the intentionally misleading name, it’s actually held in the winter in the second wettest month of the year in Danville. Although the event almost never breaks even, in 2018, it actually broke even … I think… I hope. We did have a special race group for Spec MX-5 cars, a new semi-pro series partially sponsored by Mazda. They put on a good show and they returned with us again in May.

Less than a month later was our Spring Sprints Super Tour Majors. Folks, hands down, this is our biggest, most financially important event of the year, every year. It pays the bills for so much of our annual expenses, that without it, we’d have a hard time breaking even on everything for the year. The only activity from which we can produce income is racing, and this event provides significantly more funding than all of our other racing events combined. We have averaged over 300 cars (the equivalent of 600+ regional entries) each of the past three years, but 2018 was off slightly as were most Majors on the east coast due to the Runoffs being at Sonoma. Expect that to explode in a significant way in 2019.

In May we raced again with our friends from WDC Region and the event was another success. WDC region has always been one of our closest partners in SCCA, and they are the source for much of our own origins as a Region. Little did we know at the time that SARRC/MARRS would be the last race we would hold in 2018.

Unfortunately, since the summer break, we have had several setbacks, but none has been more devastating nor harder to absorb than the loss of Buddy Matthews. His untimely loss was a shock that we will not recover from for quite a while, if ever. Buddy was involved in so much of the Region’s operations from past RE, Chapter Coordinator, Board member, Chief of Tech, co-founder of and ECR committee member, and the list goes on. He was the force behind our building a scales facility at VIR and that was his primary domain. He always attended Board meetings, and was usually one of the first to get there. It was awkward not seeing him at December’s Board meeting.

He was viewed by some who didn’t know him as a bit abrupt at times in Tech or in the Scales Room. More than once I had to smooth some ruffled feathers of a driver in impound, but I knew that it was just Buddy’s nature to be direct and no-nonsense in that environment. One on one he was soft-spoken and polite, with a sense of humor. He was always thinking ahead and was already planning for the Runoffs. His knowledge base went back decades, including as a driver and car owner. We all knew that eventually he would have to retire from the front lines, but were content to let it be on his terms, and not like this. He will be sincerely missed.

By now, everyone knows that we had to cancel our Goblins GO event, not just once, but twice due to the most inclement weather imaginable. I was at VIR on Thursday night in October when the hurricane deprived VIR of power, and I was there on Friday morning when they pulled the plug due to inevitable rising of the Dan River, which eventually flooded portions of the track. It was the right call. The hurricane flooded Highway 58 into Danville. Parts of Danville and Roxboro were without power for most of the weekend, which would have made travel and lodging for most of our participants uncomfortable if not impossible. Kerrigan Smith, the CEO of VIR, was kind enough to offer us a make-up date in early December, the first weekend that VIR was not already rented. He gave us the most favorable rental terms imaginable and agreed we could cancel up to the weekend before without penalty.  This turned out to be unfortunate in the extreme, because the worst winter storm of the season hit the weekend of our make-up race and we would not have been able to use the facility at all on Sunday. Our heartfelt thanks go to VIR for their understanding and generosity on this occasion.

In the meantime, we used paper ballots to vote for the last time. A record number of respondents voted to update our Bylaws to permit electronic voting, and we held the first-ever electronic vote to elect our officers for 2019. And then it was on to the Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, in Wilmington this year, to put the cap on 2018 and kick off 2019 with a bang. Many thanks to the Cape Fear Chapter for hosting that event, and to Elizabeth Severt for chairing it for us.

Look for future updates from me on the 2019 season. It will be dynamite, with exciting racing, awesome solos, and perhaps even a time trial event of our own.

— Sam Fouse