To say that 2009 was a banner year for young driver C.E. Falk would really be an understatement. Running in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in Late Model Stock competition in Virginia and North Carolina proved a fruitful venture for Falk as in 29 starts he would post a record of 12 wins, 23 top fives, 24 top 10s with an average finish of an impressive 2.5.
Falk's 2009 track list included Langley Speedway, South Boston Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway, Caraway Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.
Falk's keynote accomplishment was winning the track championship at historic Langley Speedway, a track which has been home to his family for many decades and both C.E. and his younger brother Wes call their home track. Falk also was able to end the season seventh in the national NWAAS point standings and second in the Virginia state points behind Philip Morris who also won the national title
In recent weeks Falk has received recognition from multiple short track racing websites being named to NASCAR talent scout David Smith's second team All-American drivers as well as being named the number one most improved and number two best driver of 2009 by Race22.com.
But if you talk to Falk you'll quickly realize that 2009 is behind him and his focus is entirely on 2010 and doing what he needs to do to draw the attention of teams in NASCAR's premier levels.
Falk once again is eyeing racing a mixed bag schedule at tracks such as Langley, South Boston, Caraway, Motor Mile and others but has yet to decide where he plans to run for points as he waits to hear what a certain track is going to do with their tires.
Falk told me that the big plan for the season is to take down the giant in NWAAS competition, that being the man who has won three of the last four national titles Philip Morris. Falk wants to run more races than he did in 2009 in effort to put together the best 18 races possible to be in contention for both the Virginia state and national titles.
But that being said there are three races that Falk has scheduled on his 2010 schedule that he wants more than anything to win. The Hampton Heat 200, Langley's new premier race which Falk came close to winning in 2009 in a battle with former USAR Pro Cup standout Woody Howard. Also the South Boston 300, formerly part of the Mason Dixon 500 weekend in October, has a nice bold circle around it on Falk's schedule.
But without a doubt the biggest and most important event for Falk in 2010 will be a return to Martinsville Speedway for the race until recently known as the Bailey's 300, the biggest and most premier Late Model Stock event in the southeast.
Last season Falk was able to transfer into the race after an impressive victory in his heat race but after being caught up in multiple wrecks he was only able to rough it out for a 12th place finish in one of the toughest Late Model Stock fields of the year.
Obviously the long-term goal for Falk is to make it in one of NASCAR's premier division, but until a sponsor or team comes along to give Falk that opportunity he'll keep putting forth his best effort in the Late Model Stock ranks trying to prove he has the talent to get the job done on any Friday, Saturday or Sunday.