Brian Obiedzenski, pictured at Southern National Motorsports Park during an open practice in 2017. (Andy Marquis/ photo)

Southern National Motorsports Park fan favorite and Charger division heavyweight Brian Obiedzenski will be making the move up to the Late Model Stock division when the Lucama, North Carolina short track opens its doors March 3rd for the Dogwood 225.

Along with the move up to Late Model Stock, Obiedzenski will focus on the Limited Late Model division at Southern National Motorsports Park and will run for Rookie of the Year honors in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II.

“We are going to take Late Model Stock Car one race at a time,” Obiedzenski told  “They run on different weekends at Southern National now, so there is a possibility that we can pull off running full-time in two divisions. The money adds up crazy fast for tires and fuel in Late Model Stocks so I have to be realistic about running it, but I’m excited to give it a go.”

Obiedzenski, also known to fans as “Obie”, has been a force to be reckoned with in Southern National’s Charger division. In his debut season in 2016, he picked up Rookie of the Year honors at Southern National. The following year, he returned to the track and finished just five points shy of Jonathan Kornegay in the track standings, winning the season opening race and only finishing outside of the top three twice during the division’s seven-race slate.

Prior to racing at Southern National, Obie captured the Rookie of the Year award at New York’s Riverhead Raceway in the Grand Enduro division.

Obie also has experience at Ace Speedway, where he won the Rookie of the Year award in 2013, and the track title in their UCAR division in 2015. During his time at Ace, Obie also ran a Late Model Stock Car on occasion for fellow Eastern North Carolina competitor Eric Winslow.

“I don’t know if it will help or not, it was only a handful of starts and everything is so different with setups and how it changes from year to year, whether its camber or what guys are doing with shocks, the way I set my stuff up vs what I used to is the key, but I’m sort of going in blind.”

Despite all of Obie’s success in Chargers, he still has set modest goals for his maiden season in LMSC, just wanting to “run strong, finish in the top ten and keep the car together.”