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Eight Nights of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Racing Airing Live

January 25th, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- Race fans around the world got to watch last year as 14-year-old Harrison Burton became the youngest Division I winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history and rising dirt racing star Christopher Bell scored his first NASCAR win. That was possible thanks to the coverage from New Smyrna Speedway on FansChoice.tv.

This year, fans will once again be able to catch all the action of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing at the 50th World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing (Twitter hashtag: #NewSmyrnaWS) on FansChoice.tv.

The web platform, which features free live streaming of NASCAR, AMA Pro and IMSA racing, as well as assorted motorsports events from across the globe, will provide comprehensive coverage of one of the premier short-track events in NASCAR.

“At a time when the spotlight is on the Daytona area, this is a tremendous opportunity to showcase some of the best short-track racers as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series gets started in a big way,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of touring and weekly series. “FansChoice.tv will allow fans to check out the coverage in a variety of ways: Supplementing what they’re enjoying from the stands at New Smyrna, as a second screen as they take in all the action at ‘The World Center of Racing,’ Daytona International Speedway, or on their computers, tablets and phones wherever they are in the world.”

Streaming will begin each night at 7:30 p.m. ET.

In addition, NASCARHomeTracks.com will again team up with Speed51.com to provide live updates, results and photos throughout the entire event – including practice and qualifying – through its popular Race Central Live feature.

Racing will get underway Friday, Feb. 12, headlined by the first of seven Super Late Model races. Coverage will continue Saturday, Feb. 13 and resume on Monday, Feb. 15 as the Modifieds take the track for a 50-lap feature.

The Modifieds will run five nights, culminating with the Richie Evans Memorial 100-lap race Friday, Feb. 19. The Super Late Model 100-lap finale will wrap up the week on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will kick off its season on Sunday, Feb. 14, at New Smyrna with the Jet Tools 150. That race will air on a date to be announced on NBCSN as part of the network’s coverage of NASCAR’s top developmental series.

Last year, Bell outran Burton to capture the Bruce Gowland Memorial 100 on the final night of Super Late Model racing. Wisconsin’s Zane Smith, 15, won the World Series for the Super Late Model division, while Burton, the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, set the NASCAR mark for youngest winner at 14 years old with his feature win earlier in the week. In addition, 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece won the Evans Memorial to capture his first week-long Modified championship on the half-mile.

In addition to the live coverage, all of the night’s action will be available as on-demand replays on FansChoice.tv.

Decker Eyes Success at First Career Florida Governors Cup

November 16th, 2015

CONCORD, N.C.– Super Late Model racing has been kind to Natalie Decker in 2015. After a successful year so far, which includes a handful of wins in the Midwest, the 18-year-old Wisconsin native travels to New Smyrna Speedway (FL) this weekend to make her first ever Florida Governors Cup 200 start.

“When our team was racing Oktoberfest in La Crosse, we were talking about how we would like to race the Governor’s Cup,” said Decker, “The next day a race fan that has been following me since I was 12 years old, wrote a check to our team so we could afford to go. Jed Bauer is the fan who is making a difference in my life and I am very thankful.”

While this weekend marks Decker’s first time competing in the prestigious Governor’s Cup event, she is no stranger to the New Smyrna Speedway half-mile. Decker has traveled to Florida the past two seasons for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, competing 14 times and picking up four top-10 finishes, all in 2014. “I have a lot of laps at New Smyrna from racing Speedweeks the last two years,” said Decker. “My car chief, Tom Ress, and I learned that track together which is a big advantage because we both will be starting where we left off and will continue to keep improving.”

Decker hopes her experience at New Smyrna pays off as this year’s field for the 50th Governor’s Cup is stacked with talent.

“The competition will be tough and there will be some home track racers that know the track really well,” said Decker. “I am confident Tom Ress will have a great car set up. During the race I need to stay out of trouble and maintain my smooth driving to save the tires so I can be in position towards the end of the race to get the checkered flag.”

Practice gets underway Friday for the 50th running of the Governor’s Cup with qualifying on Saturday and the 200-lap event taking place on Sunday afternoon. For more information on Natalie Decker, follow her on Twitter at @ndecker04 and like her page on Facebook by searching “Natalie Decker.”

Davis Kicks Off 2015 With Zack Donatti Memorial Win

January 8th, 2015

Spencer Davis kicked off his busy 2015 racing schedule in style this past weekend by winning his first race of the season at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). After setting fast time in qualifying and starting third on the grid following an invert, the 16-year-old rising star from Dawsonville, Georgia took over the lead on lap 8 of the Zack Donatti Memorial and never looked back on his way to carrying his first checkered flag of 2015.

“We left 2014 on a little bit of a sour note by not running well at the Snowball Derby, but we started off 2015 right with the first Late Model win of the year at New Smyrna and my first win of the year,” said an excited Davis. “We were just good all weekend and very fortunate to get the Pro Late Model win. I just can’t wait to also start the year with Hillbilly Racing in the Modified and do some more Late Model races as well.”

Despite having 50 laps to get to the front, Davis had extra motivation to get to the lead early. Lap 9 of the race was dedicated to Zack Donatti, a former New Smyrna Speedway Late Model champion. Davis really wanted to lead that lap in honor of Donatti and got up on the wheel in order to do so.

“I got turned sideways a little bit on the initial restart, which set us back a little bit more than I would have liked, but our main goal was to lead lap nine in memory of Zack,” said Davis, the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Rookie of the Year. “It meant a lot to lead that. That was my whole drive to get up there was to lead that lap for him.”

From the time he took the lead until the checkered flag was in the air, Davis turned in a dominant performance. At times he managed to build up a straightaway lead over the rest of the competition and when he crossed the stripe for the final time he had no pressure from behind.

“We had a dominant performance and a great car all weekend long,” Davis said. “I can’t thank the guys enough for putting a great car underneath me. You don’t have those races very often where you just have a perfect car and I just wanted to make the most of it.”

Like he has done so often in the past, Davis didn’t have a lot of time to celebrate on Saturday night as he had to quickly strap into his Super Late Model to compete in the Red-Eye 100. Starting from the eighth positions, he quickly began his march towards the front during the early stages of the race. He was able to make his way to third position before handling issues halted his progress.

Davis would be able to hold onto the third spot until a late race caution that forced him to restart in the unpopular inside groove of the race track. Despite the tough luck and an ill-handling racecar, Davis crossed the finish line with a strong fifth-place effort.

“We were good at the beginning of the race,” said Davis. “We came from eighth all the way up to third and the car just got real tight in the center of the corner about midway through the race, which prevented us from gaining any more positions.”

After two strong showings at New Smyrna Speedway this past weekend, Davis will return to the track on January 24 for the Pete Orr Memorial, a 100-lap Super Late Model feature.

For more on 16-year-old Spencer Davis, visit www.spencer-davis.net, follow him on Twitter, @SpencerDavis_29, and “Like” Spencer Davis Motorsports on Facebook.

Bubba Pollard and his crew celebrate his first victory of 2015.

January 7th, 2015

SENOIA, Ga. — Bubba Pollard wanted to get his 2014 season started by doing something he hadn’t yet accomplished in his illustrious career. He wanted to score his first career win at the prestigious New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The Senoia, Georgia driver checked the feat off of his list this past Saturday night by winning the Red-Eye 100 Super Late Model event.

Pollard took the lead from Bobby Good with 17 laps to go and became the second non-Florida resident to win the race in the event’s 30 year history.

“It’s awesome; this gives us a lot of momentum. I feel like we had a lot of racecars capable of winning and we proved that tonight,” Pollard said in victory lane. “I really wanted to get the season started early and get going ahead of the other guys and learn. The more you race, the more you learn. Hopefully, more wins will come.”

Pollard was fast all weekend as he was on the top of the chart during the final practice session earlier in the day. Even a spinout in turn two during practice didn’t ruin his confidence leading up to the green flag.

In qualifying, he missed getting fast time by .001 seconds over Daniel Keene Jr.

Pollard started seventh after the eight-car invert and it didn’t take long for him to get in a podium position, where he challenged Derek Griffith for the runner-up spot.

Getting by Griffith was the toughest challenge in the race for Pollard, but the veteran driver kept his patience until it was time to make a move.

“I tried to race him (Griffith) in a respectable manner. It was early in the race and we had a much better car then they did,” Pollard said. “I tried to keep it clean and respect those guys, but when you are getting down to the closing laps you have to go and when we did, it didn’t take long to catch Good and the caution helped.”

That caution flew on lap 77 after a single-car incident in turn one. Pollard would start on the inside of Good on the restart and would take over the lead on lap 83 where he was uncontested to the checkered flag.

The Red Eye 100 win was his 80th 100-lap or more Late Model victory in his career. But maybe more important than anything else, the veteran racer is happy that he can now say he won a race at New Smyrna Speedway.

“We started coming here two years ago. We hit or miss here and we felt that we always had good race cars to win here,” Pollard said. “We could never put the whole program together and make it happen. I felt very confident after practice today that we had a good racecar capable of winning. We got a good start early and that helped out a lot.”

Pollard’s next event will be Speedfest 2015 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia.

For more information about Bubba Pollard, please visit [www.bubbapollard.net] and follow him on Twitter, @BubbaPollard26.

New Smyrna Speedway Extends Partnership with VP Racing Fuels

November 12th, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, TX — Officials at New Smyrna Speedway today announced a 2-year agreement extending VP Racing Fuels as the track’s Official Fuel Supplier through 2016. Under the agreement, VP will be the track’s exclusive supplier of race fuels with VP110 and C12 available on site and fuel service to be provided by VP-Southeast, VP’s Ft. Lauderdale-based distributor for the state of Florida.

“We are very excited to be extending our partnership with VP Racing Fuels,” said Kim Brown, General Manager of New Smyrna Speedway. “This means we will continue to provide top quality and high performance racing fuels to our competitors.”

“We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with New Smyrna Speedway and are pleased to extend it through 2016,” said Robert Rodgers, VP’s Regional Manager-South. “We enjoy working with Kim Brown and her team and we anticipate consistent, high quality products and fuel service will continue to be provided in exemplary fashion by Mark Klein and his team in Ft. Lauderdale.”

New Smyrna Speedway is a 1/2 mile asphalt track located near New Smyrna Beach, FL. It hosts the annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing each February, as well as the annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200 in November. As a NASCAR Hometrack the track races stock cars every Saturday night, as well as Quarter midgets that race on Friday nights on a smaller track in the infield, known as “Little New Smyrna Speedway.”

VP Racing Fuels is the World Leader in Race Fuel Technology™, fueling champions in virtually every form of motorsport on land, sea and air since 1975. VP is the Official Racing Fuel of Tudor United SportsCar Championship, AMA Supercross, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, TORC-The Off-Road Championship, Pirelli World Challenge, NHRA Championship Drag Racing, and Rally America, among more than 60 VP-sponsored series and sanctioning bodies.

As part of a retail branding program, gas stations/convenience stores across the U.S. are being branded as VP Racing Fuels, with each providing distribution for VP’s other product lines including ethanol-free VP Small Engine Fuels, formulated for 2- and 4-cycle outdoor power equipment; VP Madditive™ performance chemicals; and VP/PowerMaster® hobby fuels for R/C Racing. More information is available online at VPRacingFuels.com, VP-SEF.com or PowermasterFuels.com.

Devil’s Bowl champion grabs another title at New Smyrna Speedway

February 20th, 2014

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – Todd Stone is bringing another piece of hardware home to Vermont. The Middlebury stock car driver survived a rough race Wednesday night to clinch the Florida Modified division championship at the prestigious World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. The title backs up his 2013 Devil’s Bowl Speedway track championship and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Vermont State title.

The week-long World Series event saw Stone compete in four events over six nights. He opened the series on Valentine’s Day with a runner-up finish, won on Saturday, finished fourth on Monday, and inherited a second victory after a heart-stopping run in the 75-lap finale on Wednesday.

Stone was racing for the lead with Fort Myers, FL veteran Doug Moff in the finale when they made contact and spun into the backstretch wall with 19 laps remaining. Neither suffered serious damage and were able to avoid two more accidents to make their way back to the front of the field. Stone led laps before Moff was able to scoot past and cross the finish line first. Moff was later stripped of the victory in post-race inspection for an unapproved cross member, handing the win to Stone.

The consistent finishes were enough for Stone to hold off Florida favorites Jerry Symons and Kevyn Terry for the championship, making him the first Vermonter to win a title in any division in the 48-year history of the World Series.

“It’s awesome,” Stone said. “My team and my dad and I came down to have some fun, and it was a lot of fun. To run against the regulars here and be competitive and win the championship, that’s a huge accomplishment for us. My team worked really hard all week and we’re all really enjoying this a lot.”

Upon returning home, Stone will begin preparing for defense of his home track championship at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division. He’ll face top runners Jessey Mueller, Vince Quenneville, Jr., Ron Proctor, Hunter Bates, and Leon Gonyo as the season opens on Sunday, May 4 with the historic Spring Green event. The race also includes NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season openers for the Renegade and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions as well as the American-Canadian Tour Late Models.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, or to order discount season passes, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at Facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed.

Sportsman $1k to Win

June 29th, 2013

The SPORTSMAN cars take to the high-banked half-mile this Saturday (6/29) night for 50 Laps and $1,000.00 to Win. The race, which was postponed back on June 1st will headline the night’s action and is scheduled to roll onto the Speedway just after Intermission.

Among those Drivers expected are two-time feature winner John Emerson in his Bucked-up T-shirts #09. Emerson finished outside the top five this past Saturday for the first-time this season and will be looking to bounce back. Six time track champion Donny Williams #111 in the Harris Oil & A/C car will be back. Williams has had an up and down season but is in good shape after five points races with 5 starts, 4 top-5′s and a win. Two of those top 5′s are runner-up finishes to start the points season. Williams also has a runner-up finish in the non-points race back in January.

Phillip Besette #17 has been in action only twice prior in 2013 bringing home two top three finishes. Bessette held off Williams to take a runner-up finish this past Saturday and will be looking to break into Victory Lane on Saturday.

Denica Hetznecker #17 took over the ride that her brother Blaize had a lot of success with in 2012. Both drivers made their transitions from dirt to asphalt in the same car. In 2013, Denica has two starts, both top 5 finishes including a runner-up on May 18th.

Joining the above named drivers is expected to be a full field of competitors including Chuck Hill, Phil Luizzo, Todd Allen, rookie Daniel Conlin, most recent winner Marty Pierce, Richard Goodrich and more.

Time Trials for the Sportsman is scheduled for 6:30pm with the 50 Lap main event tentatively scheduled to be the third race out, immediately following Intermission.   CLICK HERE for the complete tentative Schedule of Events for Saturday June 29th.

NOTES: Through 5 Points Races and 1 non-Points Race in 2013, 5 different drivers have been to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Victory Lane with John Emerson #09 the only two-time winner on the year (3/30 & 4/13).

MID-WEEK CLASSIC! CLYDE HART MEMORIAL 125 – 7/3 BRIGHT HOUSE RACE #3 Mark Keeler – New Smyrna Speedway Media For the 15th time, Racers and Fans alike will gather on Wednesday night July 3rd to pay tribute to the late Clyde Hart with the 15th running of the Clyde Hart Memorial 125 for the Bright House Challenge Series Super Late Models. Hart was the founder of the New Smyrna Speedway back in the 60′s and for more than 4 decades the high-banked half-mile has remained in the Hart Family.

For the past three years the Bright House Challenge Series has been a battle between two drivers, David Rogers and Rich Clouser, with Rogers prevailing and taking the championships. Both drivers will be in action on Wednesday and both with their share of history in the Clyde Hart Memorial race.

Inaugural CHM winner (1999) David Rogers #11 out of Orlando is gunning for an unprecedented 5th straight Bright House Challenge Series Championship. For Rogers the season has started much the same as the previous two. In 2011 and 2012 it took Rogers four races to find his way to Victory Lane for the series. Wednesday will be race #3 and Rogers has managed just a 7th and 5th place finish in the first two starts.

Defending CHM winner (2012) Rich Clouser #9 will also be in action. Clouser has a great appreciation for what this race means. “If it wasn’t for Clyde Hart and the Hart family we wouldn’t be able to come out here and race. He is the reason we are all here.” exclaimed Clouser, “I’ve been racing around here since I was 13 and started in Bombers so to be able to go back-to-back in that race would truly be incredible.” he added. Clouser to this point has bettered Rogers in the ’13 series with two 3rd place finishes in the first two races.

The only previous winner in ’13 that will be in action Wednesday is Travis Cope #26 who won the most recent BHCS race on April 12th in Orlando. Cope is running the full Bright House Challenge Series for the first time since it’s inception back in 2006, and comes in to Wednesday atop the Championship standings with a 4 point edge over Clouser and 10 points over Rogers.

NOTES:
Wildwood’s Wayne Anderson has more Clyde Hart Memorial trophies than any other driver. Anderson has collected the hardware 5 times (2000, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011). Two drivers are next with 2 wins each, Tim Russell (2006, 2009), who has expressed a lot of interest in this year’s event but has not yet committed to racing, and Mike Fritts (2001, 2003). Other winners of the event were Travis Kittleson (2002), Sam Watts (2007) and Jeff Choquette (2010).

GOVERNOR’S CUP LAPS ON SALE JULY 3rd Beginning on Wednesday July 3rd, Fans and Business’ can begin purchasing Laps for the 48th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200 to be held on October 24th-26th. Laps are $100.00 ea with the money going to the Lap Leader on that lap. If all 200 laps are sold, $20,000.00 in Lap Leader funds will be paid out on the 26th.

Each Lap Sponsor will receive (2) Two Complimentary Tickets to the 200 lap race on October 26th. Sponsors will also be listed on signage throughout the facility from July through October. There will be Lap Sponsor listings on the Website and in the Official Souvenir Program. In addition, all Lap Sponsors will receive P/A mentions throughout the event.

To purchase your laps, please contact Kim Brown at 386-427-4129 ext. 0 or cell phone 386-547-2879 (9-5 Only). Laps may also be purchased at the Track Office Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or in the Pit Office on Race Day. Accepting Cash, Check, MasterCard, Visa & American Express.

NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY SPOTLIGHT: CENTRAL FLORIDA RACEWAY MINISTRIES Central Florida Raceway Ministries is in their second full year of supporting the events here at the New Smyrna Speedway. Throughout the season Kids are entertained with a multitude of events including Scavenger Hunts, Arts & Crafts, the Pinewood Derby, the Bounce House and More and it is all provided absolutely free from CFRM. We’d like to thank Gray Scofield, Danny Schearer and all the folks at Cental Florida Raceway Ministries for their continued support!

We’ll See You… Saturday Night… At The Races!

Super Late Models in Action at New Smyrma

June 20th, 2013

New Smyrna Speedway Media The weekly series SUPER LATE MODELS were in action for 35 laps Saturday night in what would be their final tune-up before the upcoming Clyde Hart Memorial 125, and it would be two former winners of that event bringing the field to the checkered flag.

Deland’s Rich Clouser #9 took the lead from his pole starting position over second place starter Anthony Sergi #20. Also up front was Brandon Booth #127 with David Rogers #11 quickly moving up from his sixth starting spot to make it a four car battler for the lead early. Clouser would be challenged throughout but would never give up to the top spot and would prevail over Rogers. Sergi recovered nicely after dropping back to fourth on a lap 14 restart to retake third on lap 25 and rounded out the podium finishers. Rounding the top five were two drivers making their Super Late Model debuts on Saturday night. Matt Montineri #10, long time Pro Late Model and former Modified driver had his first run in a brand new SLM and finished 4th after starting back in ninth. And Tim Sozio #16 was making an even bigger jump all the way up from Pro-Trucks in a car recently purchased and picked up three spots to finish 5th while having a very competitive battle with Montineri late in the race.

NOTES: The 15th Annual Clyde Hart Memorial 125 will be the next race in the 2013 Bright House Challenge Series on Wednesday July 3rd. Rich Clouser is the defending winner of the event (2012), while David Rogers was the winner of the inaugural Clyde Hart Memorial (1999) for his only win to date in the prestegious race. Both drivers along with Anthony Sergi have committed to be here to participate in the mid-week event.

Dylan Martin/Garrett Hill Take SS/PT 25 Mark Keeler – New Smyrna Speedway Media The SUPER STOCKS and PRO-TRUCKS ran a combined event to start the program on Saturday night. Truck drivers Matthew Green #44 and Dylan Martin #7 started in front of the field of Super Stocks. Green, 14 years old, is the defending Orlando Speedworld Champion and would leave Saturday with the Points Lead at NSS for 2013. While 15 year old Martin was making his first ever appearance at the half-mile, but used the experience of Crew Chief Chad Pierce to help him utilize the outside groove from the drop of the green to take and hold onto the lead from the start.

The Super Stocks had the majority of the action in the 25 lap event with the faster trucks out front setting their own race, it was two-time winner Garrett Hill #95, former Strictly Stock Champ, who took the lead shortly into the event and never looked back. Behind Hill, Shannon Kelly #23, former Orlando Champion, started back in 7th and picked his way through traffic to take home 2nd. Gino Tumminello #60 was making a rare start on the year. The two-time winner from 2012 rounded out the top three.

NOTES: Perhaps the biggest battle of the race was between Mike Amato #2x and JT Tippins #31. The New Smyrna Beach drivers battled each other hard with each taking their turn at showing their displeasure for the other. Tumminello even got caught up in the battle at one-point before getting to third. Both cars finished the event, but not without controversy. Amato 4th, Tippins 5th.

Mark Broat Gets Popular Mini-Stock ‘W’ Mark Keeler – New Smyrna Speedway Media The MINI-STOCKS have brought the biggest fields throughout 2013 and Saturday night finishing out front was former Champ Mark Broat #6. The ever colorful Broat, who possibly had more fun on the Mic with the crowd after the event, took the lead on lap 7 from Reid Christensen #30. Christensen kept up the fight before dropping back a bit in the closing laps. Levi Hammond had a great run rewarded with 3rd after lap one leader Brad Blanton #14, who was in the top three mix for twenty four and a third laps of the 25 lapper, had his best run to date negated when he spun exiting turn two on the final lap. The crowd delighted though as Blanton eventually got the car restarted and crossed the finish line all by himself, well behind the rest of the field.

NOTES: Points leader David Russell #31 suffered engine problems in practice. Russell limped the car around at the back of the pack the opening few laps before retiring, finishing 5th. Former Champ and Winner Todd Haught #09 took the hardest hit of the night after drifting up the track at the start/finish line on lap one and clipping Broat. The Haught car turned almost head on into the front stretch wall before coming to rest in turn one. The driver was okay.

Beckner Claims Shortened EMod Feature Mark Keeler – New Smyrna Speedway Media The E-MODIFIEDS were scheduled for 25 laps but were able to manage just 21 before the race had to be called declaring Earl Beckner #111 the winner. Mike Dahm #21, in his second of three races on the night had mechanical issues and dropped out first, early on. First time visitor Jason Swilley #101 was the next car to leave the race on lap 10 when something broke in the rear-end causing the driveshaft to consequently break sending him spinning, and littering the track with debris and gear oil. That left Jarrett Korpi #112, leader of the opening 10 laps, to try and get back around Beckner.

Although both drivers gave the ‘thumbs up’ that the track was clean enough for racing, Korpi seemed to slip and lose control of his car from the drop of the green on lap 11. Korpi had all he could do to keep his car out of the wall in turn four. Korpi stayed with it and tried to run back down Beckner. Unfortunately Korpi slipped a second time on lap 21 sending his Joe Harris prepared car backing hard into the turn four wall. Korpi could not continue and Beckner was declared the winner showing the crowd his elation with a post-race burnout that conclude with the #111 backing into the inside wall. Thankfully there was no damage to Beckner’s car.

NOTES: This was Beckner’s first ‘Points’ win of 2013. He previously took the win in a non-Points race on January 19th.

Mathers Delights Strictly Stock Faithful! Mark Keeler – New Smyrna Speedway Media From the start of the ’13 Points season, the story has been Shyanne Mathers #22. Mathers had been successful in the past but was making her first run at a full season and a championship. She started the year with 3 wins in a row before and incident in race 4 all but destroyed the front of her car and she finished 6th. Next race back ended with a DQ in Tech, but she bounced back to win on May 25th and this past Saturday she would not be denied grabbing win number 5 in front of a good throng of fans that hung in there to see the final event.

Mathers grabbed the lead early on lap 3 to the delight of the crowd. A restart later turned the lead over to Jimmy Barron #81. Mathers stayed with him and following an incident on lap 7 when Mike Dahm #21 spun in turn one, Mathers retook the lead for good.

The lap 7 incident saw Mark Shukwit #88 and Maureen Dahm #21 get together entering turn one behind brother Mike Dahm. Both of those cars continued you on while Mike Dahm seemed to just lose it on his own. After getting his car righted, Dahm expressed his displeasure for the way he felt Maureen had been treated by the other driver. No further incidents followed once they got back to green though, just some good hard racing to finish out the night!

NOTES: Points Leader Mark Shukwit took home third place keeping within distance of Mathers. Although she did gain a few points, she remains in third, 38 points out of the top spot. Rick Gaither, who sported a new car Saturday currently sits second in the standings, 23 points behind Shukwit.

Come See Anthony Sergi’s MJS Concrete Late Model on Thursday June 20th! New Smyrna Speedway will once again have a booth and display at the 25th Annual Seaside Fiesta Block Party on Flagler Ave in New Smyrna Beach on Thursday June 20th from 5-9pm. Super Late and Pro Late Model driver Anthony Sergi will join us this Year to meet and greet fans. Fans can also get a close up look at Anthony’s #20 MJS Concrete Late Model on display.

Visit: www.PartyOnFlagler.com for more Event info and we’ll see you there!

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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series KICK OFF FATHERS DAY WEEKEND – DADS FREE!

June 15th, 2013

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SCHEDULE UPDATE REMINDER

The SPORTSMAN 50 that was rained out on 6/1 has been re-scheduled for Saturday June 29th. The MODIFIED 50 that was rained out on 6/8 has been re-scheduled for Saturday July 27th. The PRO-TRUCK 50 initially scheduled for July 27th has been reduced to a standard 25 Lap Feature.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series PRO LATE MODELS 100 & All Moms FREE

May 11th, 2013

The PRO LATE MODELS will be in action for their second 100 lapper of the Weekly Racing series on Saturday Night. In round one it was Brad May who bested Daniel Keene Jr to take the Checkers, while both held off a very strong Brandon Johnson.
All three are expected to be in action Saturday night.

Although May and Johnson are the odds on favorites to take the Checkers, as the drivers with the most success thus far in 2013, don’t count out Keene, 2-time feature Winner Larry Blount or Zack Jarrell, as all have had successful runs in the early going of this young season.

In honor of Mother’s Day, all Moms are getting Free General Admission Saturday night with the first 100 Moms taking home a special little gift. As always Kids 11 & under are Free and Dads can get their own discount Saturday Night as well. To find out how Dads can save $5.00 Off General Admission. In addition to the action on the track, we will also be hosting a special truck show with the SSR Fanatics, while Central Florida Raceway Ministries will be having a Scavenger Hunt for all the little ones. It’s a big night this Saturday Night at the high-banked half-mile so don’t miss any of the action. Grandstands open at 5pm. Autograph Session at 6:45pm. Racing starts at 7:30pm.
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for Saturday May 11, 2013.

SCHEDULE UPDATE REMINDER

The $1,000.00 to Win E-MODIFIEDS 50 that was cancelled on 4/20 has been rescheduled for Saturday May 18th.

The MINI-STOCKS have been Removed from Saturday June 1st and Added to Saturday June 8th.

The SUPER STOCKS have been added to Saturday June 8th.

Spencer Davis Turns Heads at New Smyrna’s World Series 14-Year-Old Racer Nearly Wins Three Different Titles

February 25th, 2013

DAWSONVILLE, GA – Spencer Davis travelled to the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway looking to gain some momentum for his 2013 season. Davis and his team not only have momentum leaving the World Series, but the 14-year-old driver was left with an even higher will to win.

After notching numerous top five runs in both Pro and Super Late Model competition all week, Davis entered the final night of the World Series with a mathematical shot of winning three different titles. The young Georgia driver started on the rear of the Super Late Model World Series 100 and was coming through the field when a mechanical issue ended his title hopes of the World Series Super Late Model and Florida Triple Crown titles.

“We had to start on the tail end of the Super race because of the rear end broke about two feet in to qualifying,” said Davis. “We were coming up through the field right behind David Rogers. I was trying to set him for a pass because I knew he was a guy I had to beat him for the points. Right when I got by him, the left rear tire blew, causing the drive shaft to hit the track and snap in half. That ended our title run right there.”

Davis also started the final 35-lap Pro Late Model race of this year’s World Series with a mathematical shot at that division’s title, but his fifth-place finish wasn’t quite enough to overtake Brandon Johnson for the title.

Although Davis left New Smyrna without a championship, he and the Spencer Davis Motorsports team gained valuable experience and developed new chemistry that will help them during a run in the Southern Super Series and major Super Late Model races throughout the country in 2013. “We had a really, really good week,” said Davis. “We had numerous top fives,
and a couple top threes and twos. We are close to a win and I feel it will come soon. We had a shot to win three titles down here, the Super, the Pro and the Triple Crown. It stinks to end like this, but it is the days like today that make me want to drive harder next time.

“It feels to run good. To mix it up with Kyle Benjamin and Stephen Nasse all week shows what we can do. It is a great way to jumpstart our season and get things rolling. It is easier to go to bed every night knowing that you are running good and fast.”

Davis was helped along by a new crew chief during the World Series. Former World Crown 300 champion Micky Cain came aboard earlier in the 2013 season and Davis has already seen a benefit to Cain’s addition.

“I grew up watching him race with and against my dad,” said Davis. “It is really cool to have him because he is a legend in our part of the world. He came with us to Auburndale earlier and we ran very well. He was with us here and we ran well. We were going to end it on a high note if not for the trouble.”

Davis will compete full time in the Southern Super Series in 2013, as well as making a handful of PASS starts and unsanctioned events.

“We are going to do some testing coming up, and see what happens,” said Davis. “We are excited about our season and where we are headed.

For more information on Spencer Davis, visit www.spencer-davis.net or contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports, matt@51sports.net. Follow Spencer Davis on Twitter, @SpencerDavis_29 and like his Facebook page by searching Spencer Davis Racing.

First Win, Four Top-Fives Highlight Cody Coughlin’s Smyrna Speedweeks Coughlin and Team JEGS Wrap Up Six-Night Florida Run With Podium in 100-Lapper

February 23rd, 2013

DELAWARE, OH – Through the course of six Pro Late Model feature events during the 47th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway, 17-year-old Cody Coughlin proved that he is a force to be reckoned with throughout the 2013 season.

Coughlin scored his first Late Model win on opening night of the six-night run at the half-mile New Smyrna Speedway and followed it up with three more podium finishes. That made Coughlin one of the most consistent finishers in the division and the driver with the most momentum heading into the crux of the 2013 racing schedule.

“We had a really solid Speedweeks and I need to thank the team for all of their hard work,” said Coughlin. “They did a great job all week. We, as a team, made a lot of progress from the time we first unloaded through our last race down here. We’ve had some highs and lows, but to come out of New Smyrna with a win and four top-three finishes really says a lot about what we can do all season long.”

Coughlin and Team JEGS entered the 47th Annual World Series with a notebook filled with speed secrets from past strong runs at New Smyrna. Those past successes led Coughlin to be quick right from the opening green flag on Friday, February 15. That night, Coughlin scored his first-ever Pro Late Model win and set the stage for a strong six-night run. Those six races were important to the entire Team JEGS operation to build up momentum for an extensive schedule of Pro and Super Late Model racing throughout the country.

“It was a great effort. Kevin (Hamlin, team manager), Chad (Wood, crew chief), Freddie (Query, team consultant), Scott (Wimmer, spotter) and all the guys on my team worked hard and I think we built a strong foundation for the year this week. I am blessed to have them on my side as well as my family and faith. Even Linda Vaughn stopped by to support the team and it was great to have her. We’re done racing at New Smyrna for the year, but I’m already looking forward to coming back soon.

“I wanted my win to come a lot earlier than it did, but still it is exciting to get it, especially down here. It feels great and I just want to get some more of them this year. My main goal when we get to the next race, and every race after that; is to take this JEGS.com No. 1 to the front.”

Coughlin finished up the 2013 World Series at New Smyrna with a third-place finish in the Pro Late Model division’s 100-lap feature event. Coughlin battled with the top three cars throughout the race and was in contention for the win in the final laps.

“I think if we had a few more laps we may have had a shot at the win, but it was still a great day. The 41 (Brandon Johnson, winner) was great all day and congratulations to him and his team on the win. It was tough on the bottom lane on restarts, so we couldn’t quite get to where we needed to be, but it was still a strong effort.”

With his Smyrna Speedweeks coming to a close, Coughlin and Team JEGS will now focus on preparing their fleet of cars ready for the 2012 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance season. Coughlin, the 2011 Howie Lettow Memorial Rookie of the Year on the tour, will compete for the championship in 2013 and will mix in several Super Late Model events as well.

But before he gets back to his Ohio shop to start work on his racecars, Coughlin will stay in Florida to be a part of Daytona 500 weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

“I’m looking forward to watching the Daytona 500 and talking and learning from drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area,” added Coughlin. “I was blessed to have my family, from my dad (John), mom (Di) and sister (Kennedi), to all my cousins, aunts, uncles and my grandpa that came out to watch me this week at New Smyrna. We race as a family and that means a lot. It will be a lot of fun spending the rest of the Daytona 500 weekend with them.”

The 2013 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance season kicks off Sunday, April 28 at Springport Motor Speedway in Michigan.

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit  www.teamjegs.com. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS and “Like” JEGS Performance on Facebook.

NASCAR Sanctions New Smyrna Speedway, Orlando Speedworld Marquee Florida Speedways Join Whelen All-American Series

January 19th, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Florida is the birthplace of NASCAR and Friday afternoon, two marquee tracks in the state joined the NASCAR family.

NASCAR and track officials announced New Smyrna Speedway and Orlando Speedway will be sanctioned tracks in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2013.

New Smyrna is a half-mile banked paved oval near New Smyrna Beach, Fla. – 25 minutes south of Daytona – and Orlando is a .375-mile banked paved oval east of the city.

Super Late Models will be NASCAR Division I at both facilities. Speedworld operates on Friday nights and New Smyrna operates on Saturdays.

Representing NASCAR at the Friday announcement at New Smyrna Speedway were Jim France, NASCAR vice chairman and executive vice president; George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series; and Bob Duvall, NASCAR senior director, business development. They were joined by New Smyrna general manager Terry Roberts, Orlando track promoter Ozzy Moya, and Robert Hart, who owns both tracks.

“Sanctioning New Smyrna Speedway and Orlando Speedworld is important to our NASCAR Home Tracks program,” Duvall said. “Partnering with two well-established race tracks in central Florida is energizing the local racing community.

“These tracks are known for entertaining competition among top-notch drivers,” Duvall said. “With NASCAR, they have a new platform for recognition on local, state and national levels. Track owner Robert Hart created mainstays for weekly racing in Florida. We look forward to working with him and officials at both tracks.”

Hart represents the second generation of his family’s ownership of the facilities.

“We’ve enjoyed longtime friendships with folks at NASCAR,” Hart said. “My dad (the late) Clyde Hart was thinking about this 15 years ago. Now is the time to do it, and I have a feeling our new relationships are going to work out really well.”

Moya operates Orlando Speedworld via lease from the Hart family. The two tracks will work together under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banner.

“We spent the past year reviving and improving Lakeland (Fla.) Dragstrip, and we’re proud of what we’ve done there in a short period of time,” Moya said. “We plan to do the same with Orlando Speedworld and renew its status as one of Florida’s premier short tracks. This is a great opportunity and it’s generating a lot of excitement.”

“My parents came to America from Cuba. They came here and worked hard for success,”
Moya said. “I’m following their path. Part of our promotions will be aimed at
creating new race fans in central Florida’s Hispanic community.”

David Rogers of Orlando, Fla., won the 1994 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship at a former central Florida paved track. His undefeated season of 22 wins in 22 starts is legendary in NASCAR short-track racing. The 40-year racing veteran is excited about returning to NASCAR racing.

“Obviously I like it,” Rogers said of the new era. “This is good for our tracks and for NASCAR. The racers will benefit from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. They’re going to find out how important weekly racing is to NASCAR. This will work out good.”

With their Division I designation, NASCAR-licensed Super Late Model drivers are eligible to compete for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championships at the track, state and national level.

The track operators will designate support classes as NASCAR Divisions II-V and each will compete for points in the NASCAR Finalist program. The program brings added recognition to support division drivers.

Entering its 32nd season, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. More than 50 tracks throughout the United States and Canada participate. Asphalt Late Model driver Lee Pulliam, 24, of Semora, N.C., won the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

The track websites are http://newsmyrnaspeedway.org and
http://orlandospeedworld.org. More information on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is available at http://hometracks.nascar.com.

Kyle Benjamin Hoping to Wrap Up Strong 2012 Season with Snowball Derby Victories

November 22nd, 2012

EASLEY, SC – Fifteen-year-old Kyle Benjamin started his 2012 season with victories and a championship during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway back in February.

The wins kept coming as the season went along. He won on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, the ARCA/CRA Super Series and in the Miller Lite Super Late Model Series at Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway.

Now 10 months after his breakout Late Model season began, the 15-year-old South Carolinian will look to wrap up his 2012 season with a statement victory in the two most prestigious races, the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 on December 1 and the 45th Annual Snowball Derby on December 2 at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway. Benjamin will battle in both events with the colors and logos of McDonald’s on his No. 71 Pro and Super Late Models.

“The Snowball Derby weekend means a lot to me,” said Benjamin. “There’s a lot of great drivers there every year. It’s our biggest race of the year. It’s our Daytona 500. It’s a very prestigious race and the best of the best are on its win
list. Making the race even more special for us this year is having McDonald’s on board. They’ve been a great partner this season and we’re looking forward to taking the ‘Golden Arches’ to a couple strong runs in Pensacola next week.”

Benjamin shook down both 71 machines at the Pensacola half mile recently, giving the young driver confidence heading into the Snowball Derby weekend.

“We had a good test last week. I think we hit on a few things that are really going to help the Super (Late Model) car in the Derby. We had been falling short in those Blizzard Series races this year, but I think we found something in our test that will keep the car going strong on the short runs and the long runs that you get in the 300-lap race.

“We made a bunch of long, 100-lap runs to see how much the car falls off. We made a bunch of changes to make it so that we didn’t lose too much speed as the run went along. We started off good, but the car would tighten up as we went along. We kept making adjustments and found things to help with that and I think we’ll have a pretty good car next week.”

While the Snowball Derby is the biggest Super Late Model race in the country, the Pro Late Model Snowflake 100 on December 1 is a prestigious preliminary event chock full of the top short track talents in the country. Pulling double-duty in high-profile events during Snowball Derby weekend is a challenge that Benjamin is ready to tackle.

“The Snowflake race is just as hard to win the Snowflake as it is the Snowball. I want to win both of them. The Snowflake is definitely just as big of a deal as the Snowball. We’ve always had a good Pro car down there, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Benjamin has proven that he can master short 100-lap features to extra-distance endurance races in 2012. The 300-lap Super Late Model Snowball Derby on December 2 is all about patience for Benjamin.

“I have a certain mindset for big races like the Snowball Derby. You have to focus on who you’re racing and what you can do. Strategy-wise, it’s a different mindset on these longer races. You have to hang in there and try to survive just to have a chance to win at the end. You can’t get up when things don’t go your way early on. You can spin or have damage and still win the race. Just being there at the end is the biggest thing in these longer races.”

Benjamin will start his 45th Annual Snowball Derby weekend by appearing on the Speed51.com Snowball Derby Kickoff Party and Radio Show on Tuesday, November 27th in Pensacola, Florida.

On-track Snowball Derby Weekend action begins on Thursday, November 29th with practice, followed by more practice and Super Late Model qualifying on Friday, November 30th. The Snowflake 100 will go green on Saturday, December 1, with the 300-lap Snowball Derby firing up at 2pm CT on Sunday, December 2.

For more information on Kyle Benjamin, contact Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net. Be sure to “like” Kyle Benjamin on Facebook by searching Kyle Benjamin #71, follow him on Twitter via @KyleBenjamin71 and visit KyleBenjamin.com.

14-Year-Old, Jake Griffin Impressive in Governor’s Cup Debut

November 22nd, 2012

Quincy, Illinois – Not only did 14-year-old Jake Griffin’s celebrate a birthday last week, but he also enjoyed a successful debut in the 47th Annual Governor’s Cup, which is one of the toughest, short track races of the year.

The team made the long tow over the weekend to New Smyrna Speedway (New Smyrna, Florida) for the 47th Annual Governor’s Cup at the paved oval. In the American Auto Tire & Service Pro Late Model division with twenty-two entries on hand Jake qualified tenth fastest to earn the tenth starting spot for Friday’s feature. For much of the first half of the event Jake ran just outside the top ten before beginning his march forward. By lap 43 he was up to the tenth position. Over the next several laps he kept working his way forward as he dodged multiple cautions . Late in the race he had one of the
fastest cars on the track as he began to reel in the front runners. When the checkered flag dropped on the 100 lap race Jake was credited with an impressive third place finish behind race winner, Brandon Johnson, and Rich Clouser.

In the Super Late Model division, an extremely talented field of thirty entries took to the speedway. Due to Jake’s limited amount of seat time in the car, the team decided to stay in race trim after practice, and as a result he qualified on tires with 75 laps on them versus his competitors, who had new tires. Despite being at a disadvantage with older tires in qualifications Jake still registered the twenty-second fastest time to earn the twenty-second starting spot for the 200 lap race, which marked the longest event of his young career and his 150th start of the 2012 campaign.
Early in the feature he raced his way to as high as the twelfth position. At the mandatory lap 100 break Griffin set in the sixteenth position. Unfortunately Jake was collected in a five car incident in lap 19 of the second segment, which ended his night in the 18th position.

Overall it was a great weekend for Jake and the team as they took on some of the best competitors in the nation. Griffin is excited to run more pavement events in the near future as he continues to get more seat time.

For full results from the 47th Annual Governor’s Cup please visit www.NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org .

The 47th Annual Governor’s Cup wrapped up the 2012 campaign for Jake Griffin Racing. The team now looks ahead to Florida Speedweeks 2013, which will be held in February. Jake will enter a variation of dirt and pavement events during the racing extravaganza. Stay tuned to www.JakeGriffin.net for the latest information as well as a soon to be redesigned website.

Jake Griffin Racing would to like to thank all of their sponsors including Fierge Auto Parts, McPike’s Pawn Shop, Crawdad’s Classics Gourmet Hot Sauce, Triple R Machine Shop, Microtel Inns & Suites, Bob Pierce Race Cars, Johnny Spaw Race Cars Kelly’s Restaurant, Powder Coat Plus, Wilco Fast Breaks, Green Smart Builders, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, and Outdoor Power Inc.

For more information on Jake Griffin Racing, please visit www.JakeGriffin.net

13-Year-Old, Jake Griffin Prepares for 47th Annual Governor’s Cup

November 10th, 2012

Quincy, Illinois -It originally appeared that 13-year-old, Jake Griffin’s 2012 schedule had come to an end. However, with the aid of several great sponsors the team will now travel to New Smyrna Speedway (New Smyrna, Florida) for the 47th Annual Governor’s Cup.

Jake Griffin racing has several exciting announcements. At Hawkeye Downs Speedway (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Jake finished third in points in the Asphalt Modified and Asphalt Late Model divisions. He also finished second in the Hard Charger standings in the Asphalt Modified division.

The final United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) standings for the 2012 season have been released for all divisions, and Jake finished in the top 50 in both the UMP Open Wheel Modified and UMP Super Late Model divisions. He was the only driver to accomplish this feat.

Even more exciting for Jake is that sponsorship has come into place, which will allow him to take part in the 47th Annual Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway (New Smyrna, Florida) on November 15th-17th. He will go into war in both the PRO Late Model and Super Late Model divisions.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be competing in the Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna. I have to thank Fierge Auto Parts, McPike’s Pawn Shop, and Advanced Racing Components for making this possible. Without all of their support there is no way that I would be able to tackle this event. Hopefully I can make some big noise down there,” notes Griffin.

For more information on the 47th Annual Governor’s Cup please visit www.NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org.

Jake Griffin Racing would to like to thank all of their sponsors including Fierge Auto Parts, McPike’s Pawn Shop, Crawdad’s Classics Gourmet Hot Sauce, Triple R Machine Shop, Microtel Inns & Suites, Advanced Racing Components, Bob Pierce Race Cars, Johnny Spaw Race Cars Kelly’s Restaurant, Powder Coat Plus, Wilco Fast Breaks, Green Smart Builders, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, and Outdoor Power Inc.

For more information on Jake Griffin Racing, please visit www.JakeGriffin.net http://www.jakegriffin.net/.

Tim Russell Wins Pro Late Model Finale at New Smyrna Speedway

October 30th, 2012

LAKE MARY, FL – 2012 has been a different type of season for Tim Russell. The Lake Mary, Florida driver has basically won everything under the Florida sun in a Super Late Model in years past, but this season Russell has been focusing on his Tim Russell Inc. Driver Development program.

Saturday night at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway, however, Russell got to witness the best of both worlds. He took the victory in a the New Smyrna Pro Late Model season finale, driving a car and engine package that he has never competed with before, while his TRI teammate Devin McLeod won the overall series championship.

“It was really nice to get back into victory lane,” said Russell. “We have run less than a dozen races this year as a driver and this is only our second win. It’s not that we don’t want to race, but we have had some great opportunities to run with Devin McLeod, Kyle Larson and some others.”

McLeod won four of the five Pro Late Model races coming into the season finale and was looking to add another victory. However, with Russell having a second car out there and the championship on ice, the McLeod effort resulted in some practice laps and a few in the future to lock up the championship and start looking forward to 2013.

“It was by deign so we can focus on SpeedWeeks with Devin come February,” added Russell, who qualified third, but re-drew the pole starting position for the 100-lap feature. “It would have been nice to have two Russell cars battling for the win. It was tough even without him in the field as I had my hands full with Rich Clouser. We put on a real good battle up front for the win.”

The victory pushes the Russell team total to eight this season. That includes wins with Tim Russell Driver Development with Kyle Larson and McLeod.

Now, Russell will turn his attention to the November 17th Florida Governor’s Cup 200 Super Late Model race at New Smyrna. Russell has run the Governor’s Cup 200 six times prior to this season and he has posted four-straight podium finishes with runner-up results sandwiching his 2009 victory.

For more information on Tim Russell, contact Elgin Traylor by emailing him at Elgin@51sports.net or you can visit Tim’s website, timrussellonline.com

Championship On the Line plus Final Test & Tune for Super Late Models this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway

October 12th, 2012

This Saturdays Bright House Challenge Series Championship Race will hold more at stake than just the 2012 Championship and Champions Provisional for the upcoming Governor’s Cup 200. For many teams, Saturday’s race will serve as the final ‘Test-and-Tune’ before the November 17th Super Late Model finale.

Although most eyes will be on three-time defending series champion David Rogers and 4-time race winner Rich Clouser as they battle for the title, many will be looking to perennial favorites who, to this point, have been absent from Victory Lane.

Former Governor’s Cup and Bright House Challenge Series Champion Tim Rusell has taken on a different role in 2012 serving as car owner and coach to young Devin McLeod in the Pro Late Model series and has seen immediate sucess with McLeod winning 4 out of 5 starts in the TRI car, but Russell himself has not tasted Victory Lane at New Smyrna Speedway since 2011 and has managed four 4th place finishes in his 5 BHCS starts to date. For Rusell, a good showing Saturday night could be just what he needs if he is to win his second Governor’s Cup Title in November.

Travis Cope will be one to watch Saturday after starting off 2012 with back-to-back BHCS wins, Copes best finish since his 4/14 win was a 6th place back on 9/22.

Among other drivers to keep your eye on Saturday night as they gear up for the ‘Gov Cup’ will be Cocoa’s Dusty Cornelius, who after almost a full year off from competition came out with a brand new racecar on 9/1 and drove to a solid 2nd place finish. And the car Cornelius was piloting is no stranger to Governor’s Cup competition, as it’s the same car that Ohio’s Jimmy Weller used to capture the Pole for the 2010 race.

So as the Bright House Challenge Series draws to a close on Saturday night, the story lines as just starting to heat up just weeks away from the 47th running of Florida’s most historic race the Governor’s Cup 200.

This years event will once again be a two-day affair with the Pro Late Models 100 and FASCAR Pro-Trucks Florida State Championship 75 headlining Friday 11/16 along with feature races for weekly series divisions then the Super Late Models will take the green for the 200 lap Governor’s Cup presented by Bright House Networks followed by a special Open Wheel Modified 100 featuring $5,000.00 to win put up by race sponsor HTI – Heat Treating, Inc. on Saturday night.

For complete Governor’s Cup information, visit www.NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org.

Fan can purchase discounted pre-ale ticket beginning on October 26th at all central Florida Walgreens Stores. (Save $5.00 over Gate Price).

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August 25th, 2012

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August 5th, 2012

Due to the Tropical Rains that have already fallen at the Speedway, and that are forecast to last thru Sunday, tonight’s racing has been postponed. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, LLC will now be the presenting sponsor for the Sept 1st, 14th Annual Clyde Hart Memorial – Bright House Challenge Series – Super Late Model 100.

We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your continued support of New Smyrna Speedway and FASCAR.

We’ll see everyone next Saturday, August 11th for the return of the Weekly Racing Series – Super Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mini-Stocks and Strictly Stocks. Racing starts at 7:30pm!

Tim Russell Welcomes Barn Light Electric for Bright House Challenge 100 Saturday at New Smyrna

August 2nd, 2012

LAKE MARY, FL – When the lights come on at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway Saturday night, they will splash down on the sides and roof of the Tim Russell, Inc. (TRI) No. 36 Super Late Model. On that car, the decals of Barn Light Electric will be seen for the first time in the Bright House Challenge 100. The Titusville, Florida based light fixture company has had works featured on network TV with ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and cable TV with Discovery Channel’s Construction Intervention.

Now, Barn Light Electric will be taking part in supporting Russell, a multiple-time winner and champion at New Smyrna.

“We had a meeting and showed Bryan and Donna Scott everything at the shop and we had a discussion about them coming on board with us,” said Russell. “So it all came together and they are going to be on the car for the August 4th race at New Smyrna. We know we can get a strong finish, but we want to bring them home a victory.”

Russell has spent most of the 2012 season in or around race cars and he has already tasted victory this season, but his off-the-track efforts have kept him busy with family and his driver development program.

“It’s been a while since I got to race, but it’s all been for good reasons,” added Russell. “My wife and I had another baby and our Driver Development program has really taken off this year, so I have taken some time out from being in the car. That just makes you more excited to climb back in.”

Russell and his wife An’Marie celebrated the birth of their second child, Dylan John last month, who joined his older brother Tanner in the Russell home. While keeping up with his growing family, Russell has been overseeing the TRI Driver Development program, which has logged three wins with Devin McLeod and a pair more with rising superstar Kyle Larson, who got his Late Model win with Russell back in February.

Russell will show off the Barn Light Electric decals on the number 36 machine this weekend in the Bright House Challenge 100 lap Super Late Model event at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). He’s a former champion in the series and is looking to log another win. Russell also has tons of success at the New Smyrna track having won the Governor’s Cup 200, The Clyde Hart Memorial, The Pete Orr Memorial and other wins along the way. Russell also won the 2011 New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing title.

About Barn Light Electric Company: Barn Light Electric is the essence of the American Dream. A passion for a part-time hobby turned into a full-time successful business for Bryan and Donna Scott, co-owners and Florida natives. With a passion for antique light fixtures, Bryan launched the business in his backyard barn in 2001 by restoring vintage lights he found in antique stores, estate sales, abandoned buildings, and garage sales. When those became harder to find, Bryan decided to create his own. He wanted his new lights to be manufactured the old-fashioned way with quality, commercial grade materials right here in America representing original barn lighting styles.

Bryan and his wife Donna left their professional careers in 2008 to manage the business full time. In the last four years, they have added more than 50 employees, built a new retail showroom, and created their own line of porcelain enamel lighting. Barn Light Electric has worked with multiple television networks such as ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, DIY Network’s Garage Mahal and Kitchen Crashers, and Discovery Channel’s Construction Intervention. They have also worked with a number of local projects within their own community.

For more information on Tim Russell, contact Elgin Traylor at Elgin@51sports.net or you can visit his website, timrussellonline.com

CGW&C To Sponsor Bright House 100

July 28th, 2012

New Smyrna Beach, Florida –The New Smyrna Speedway is pleased to welcome Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, LLC-”The Florida Firm” aboard as the presenting sponsor for the August 4th Bright House Challenge Series – Super Late Model 100. The firm’s partners have over 80 years of combined experience specializing in Personal Injury & Workers’ Compensation.

This will be CGW&C’s first venture into the world of Motorsports Sponsorship and we are excited to welcome them to our industry as our latest marketing partner. Kicking things off with a 100 lap event for Florida’s longest running Super Late
Model series.

“When someone the caliber of CGW&C chooses to support the Bright House Challenge Series event and the Speedway, it truly means a lot not just to the Speedway, but to the fans and competitors as well.” stated FASCAR General Manager Terry Roberts “Without the support of our marketing partners we wouldn’t be able to continue to grow our sport not just here at New Smyrna Speedway but throughout the state of Florida.”

The event will be the 7th of the 10 race series. To date, three different drivers have multiple wins each heading into the homestretch to crown the 2012 Series Champion. The Series Champion will also be guaranteed a provisional starting spot in the 47th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200 to be held on Saturday November 17th.

Qualifying for the 100 lap feature race is scheduled for 6:00pm followed by an on-track Autograph Session allowing fans to mingle with the BHCS drivers and see the cars up close. The first green flag will fly at 7:30pm to start the night’s racing action. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, LLC has offices in Orlando and Ocala. Visit them online at www.TheFloridaFirm.com  or call at 407-712-7300 for more information.

Bright House Challenge Series information can be found at www.BrightHouseChallengeSeries.com .

New Smyrna Speedway Cancels for Saturday

June 23rd, 2012

New Smyrna Beach, Florida –Due to the National Weather Service forecast for rain on Saturday, including the expected formation of Tropical Storm Debby and the impact that is expected, New Smyrna Speedway has canceled racing for Saturday June 23rd.

Join us for our next race, 100 laps for the Pro Late Models on Saturday June 30th.

All June Birthdays will be added to the July Birthday night on Saturday July 28th.

FASCAR Tracks Roar Back To Life 6/15-6/16

June 19th, 2012

New Smyrna Beach, Florida –It was a great weekend at the FASCAR sister-tracks that started off with Orlando Speedworld re-opening with a 50 lap special event for the Super Stocks and 35 lap purse-paying special event for the Strictly Stocks.

A good field of Strictly Stocks opened up the night’s action with former Mini-Stock regular and current TBARA Sprint Car Rookie-of-the-Year contender Rex Hollinger #85 out of Titusville setting fast-time in qualifying. With the invert, Hollinger would start back in the 7th spot. Wes Railing Jr #51 came into the race with 5 wins in 6 starts on the year and would lead 8 laps before Hollinger worked his way through the field to take the lead on lap 13. Despite some late race pressure from Shane Sutorus #3, Hollinger held on for the Victory. The race to the checkers was for the 3rd spot however as Megan Matheny #4 passed Jimmy Barron #81 by inches at the line to take the podium finish.

For the Super Stocks 50 lap event, 15 cars signed in and took time with Orlando’s Danny Frye #13 fastest in qualifying. Frye would start 5th and from the drop of the green began working towards the front. Early leader Donny Funk #29 had a mirror full of Frye for several laps before Frye gave him a nudge in turn one on lap 16 to take the lead. Further back, Shannon Kelly #112, former track-champion and already a two-time winner in 2012 worked past Funk for second and overtook Frye with just 14 laps to go to take his third win of the season. The win extended Kelly’s points lead to 29 over Funk as he looks for his second track championship in just three years.

In other racing action, defending Track Champion Josh Todd #0 took his 3rd Modified win of the season. While Becca Monopoli #59x topped the Legends main for her 3rd win of 2012.

On Saturday night the action moved up I-95 to the New Smyrna Speedway where the Bright House Challenge Series – Super Late Models were ready to dual for 100 laps in the 5th race of the 2012 series. Seventeen Super Late Models signed in with Sarasota’s Anthony Campi #81 setting last-time in his first BHCS run of 2012. The top four cars were inverted putting
Ft Pierce’s David Green #12 on the pole alongside three-time defending Series Champion and race #4 winner, Orlando’s, David Rogers #11.

From the drop of the green, Rogers jumped out to the point and never looked back, leading all 100 laps. Although Rogers led every lap, the action behind the defending champ was nothing short of intense.

A total of 6 cautions and 2 red-flag periods slowed the race and set up a wild and memorable finish to the race. Fast-qualifier Campi brought out the second caution of the event and first red-flag as something broke under the hood littering the half-mile with fluids. Campi was running second at the time. Restarts would help quite a few competitors including Orlando’s Brad May #10 who started back in the 10th spot but worked through traffic on consecutive restarts to find himself in 2nd just 25 laps in. It would be May’s #10 car that would set up the first attempt at green-white-checkered, following a caution on lap 98 for a simple spin by Green in turn four, May’s car virtually shut off coming to the green. That sent cars scattering down the front stretch and into turn one bringing out the second red-flag of the
race and setting up the final green-white-checker finish.

Caught up in the wreck in turn one were Ridgefield, Connecticut’s Scott Heckert #72 who had a great top-five run going in the BJ McLeod Motorsports car and Deland’s Rich Clouser #9 who despite bringing out a caution just two laps prior, was working his Sanford Auto Dealers machine back in to contention.

The final restart, and ensuing two laps would be ones that the fans will not soon forget. Battling behind Rogers were Bluffton, South Carolina’s Gus Dean #56 who started 9th and had worked his way up to 3rd before the caution. Also in the mix were two-time series champion Tim Russell #36 and Ocala’s Ray Black Jr #19 who was looking for his first podium finish in a Super Late Model.

Black got a great jump on the restart and pulled up to second before the white flag. The #19 car slid up the track in turn one on the final lap opening the door for Dean who took advantage pulling into the runner-up spot down the backstretch. Rogers cruised to the win with Dean taking home second and Black hanging on for third in front of Russell in a wild final two laps.

In other feature race action, Sanford Auto Dealers Exchange occupied the entire podium in the Super Stocks 25 lap main event as Bobby Holley #56 took his 4th win in the 2012 points season with Ernie Tumminello #60 taking runner-up honors in his long awaited return to action and brother Gino Tumminello #60T rounded out the top three.

Zach Curtis #23 and Jarrett Korpi #112 each captured their second wins in a row on Saturday night with defending track champion Korpi taking the E-Modifieds win and Curtis holding off Jonathan Murphy #10 for a hard fought Strictly Stocks win.

Big FASCAR Weekend for OSW & NS

June 16th, 2012

New Smyrna Beach, Florida–A big weekend of racing at the FASCAR Tracks kicks off Friday June 15th with Fan Appreciation Night at Orlando Speedworld with $5.00 Adult General Admission to see the Super Stocks go for 50 laps, along with a special 35 lap race for the Strictly Stocks. Plus Heats and Feature races for the Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Legends and Bandoleros. Racing starts Friday 6/15 at 8:00pm.

Then on Saturday night the action shifts to the New Smyrna Speedway for the return of the Bright House Challenge Series Super Late Models for 100 green flag laps in the 5th race of the 2012 series. The E-Modifieds, Super Stocks and Strictly Stocks are also on the Saturday night schedule as all of the Week #12 racing action is presented by Bully Dog. General Admission for Adults is $20.00 and racing action starts at 7:30pm.

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Click Here for the Complete Schedule for Orlando Speedworld – Friday 6/15

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New Smyrna Speedway Racing Canceled for 6/9/12

June 11th, 2012

New Smyrna Beach, Florida–Due to the National Weather Service forecast of a 70% chance of Thunderstorms and Severe Weather throughout this afternoon and evening, tonight’s racing at New Smyrna Speedway has been CANCELED.

Officials have tried to make this decision early enough to save any unnecessary expense to the fans and race teams.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday night for the return of the Bright House Challenge Series – Super Late Models presented by Bully Dog.

Gary Yeomans Fan Appreciation Night!

May 12th, 2012

New Smyrna Beach, Florida –This Saturday night it’s all about the fans as New Smyrna Speedway presents Fan Appreciation Night presented by Gary Yeomans Ford featuring $5.00 General Admission to see the Pro-Trucks 50, SPECTATOR RACES, Kids Bike Races (Must Have Helmet), Kids Tire Races, a Free Bounce House presented by Raceway Ministries plus feature races
for the Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Strictly Stocks.

Plus we’ll have Free Racing Stickers for all the Kids at the Front Gate and Cappy the Clown will be on hand with Free Face Painting! It’s our first Fan Appreciation Night of 2012 and you don’t want to miss it!

Kids Bike racers must have helmet. Spectator racers must be at least 18 years old. Must have helmet. No motorcycles.

For more info, visit: NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org or call 386-427-4129.

Bright House Challenge Series Back at NSS!

May 6th, 2012

New Smyrna Beach, Florida — The Bright House Challenge Series – Super Late Models return to their birthplace this Saturday night for the 4th race of the 2012 series. With three races complete it’s no surprise that Orlando’s David Rogers #11 is atop the Point Standings. The three-time defending series Champion is win-less after three races with two runner-up finishes and a third place. Compare that to 2011 when it took until race #4 before Rogers captured his only win enroute to his third straight championship.

Just two drivers have taken wins this year with Travis Cope #26 taking the series opener on 2/25 before the series visited Orlando Speedworld on 3/30 with Rich Clouser #9 taking the win. The series then returned back to New Smyrna on 4/14 for the 5th Annual Billie Harvey Memorial where Cope led the final 54 circuits to take down his second win.

A reminder that there is NO TIRE IMPOUND for the Bright House Challenge Series race. There will be a Car Impound following qualifying. General Admission will be $20.00 Adults with Kids 11 & under Free. For Series information, visit BrightHouseChallengeSeries.com.

For Speedway information, visit: NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org.

New Smyrna Speedway will have their first Fan Appreciation Night coming up on Saturday May 12th featuring $5.00 Adult General Admission to see the Pro-Trucks 50 along with the Modifieds, Super Stocks and Strictly Stocks. SPECTATOR RACES will also highlight the schedule on the 12th along with Kids Bike Races, Kids Race Tire Races and Free Racing Stickers. Visit the website for more details.

Anthony Sergi Takes Third in Pro Late Model at New Smyrna Speedway’s World Series

March 1st, 2012

OVEIDO, FL – Anthony Sergi’s main goal for the 46th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing was to complete laps and get experience. Night-by-night at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway, he accomplished this goal.

Sergi racked up top-five and top-10 finishes and was in line for a shot at the Pro Late Model Smyrna Speedweeks Championship. During the final event on February 25th, Sergi saw his title hopes vanish on a restart tangle-up that left the No. 20 MJS Concrete machine in the wall. Sergi would end up third in the final points after an eighth-place run.

“We had a good car for the 50 lap finale,” said Sergi. “We got all the way up to third before halfway. The 25 (Cole Powell) got jacked up on a restart and we had nowhere to go. I guess it’s racing.”

Sergi had worked his way to the leaders in the final event and at one point in the race he would have been the champion if the event had ended. Despite the damage, Sergi and his Anthony Sergi Racing team learned a bunch for the season.

“We might have been a little down on horsepower as these guys can really get up off the corner and down the straight-aways,” explained Sergi. “Thursday’s rain was a big deal for us because we got things figured out with the Pro Late Model and we were much better the final few nights.”

Sergi also ran all the Super Late Model events and got lots of seat time in preparation for a more aggressive Super Late Model schedule. The Super Late Model was a struggle at first as the team had to keep the car running after mechanical problems.

“We broke the trailing arm brackets and had some other mechanical problems,” said Sergi. “We had a spin and when you have these problems it’s hard to gain on the car when you are fixing it.”

Between the two divisions Sergi logged nine top-10 finishes, three in the top five.

“We want to be up front more, but it is what it is and I am getting more seat time. That’s why we are here this week to get laps and prepare for this season. All the top 10′s and top five’s are just an added bonus right now.”

Next week Anthony Sergi will be back in action when the Florida United Promoters Late Model Series kicks off their 2012 season at Desoto Super Speedway (FL). The 100-lap race, commonly known as the Icebreaker 100, will be Sergi’s first start away from New Smyrna in 2012.

For more information on Anthony Sergi contact Elgin Traylor by email at Elgin@51sports.net and be sure to check out the all-new AnthonySergiRacing.com when it is officially launched in the coming weeks.

Canadian Cole Powell Nearly Brings Speedweeks Title Back Across the Border From New Smyrna

February 29th, 2012

CONCORD, NC – It does not always take a victory to shake a string of bad luck in short track racing. Shaking the proverbial monkey off a driver’s back is accomplished by overcoming the rough patches with some solid results, even if there isn’t a trip to victory lane in the cards.

Canadian Pro Late Model driver Cole Powell was able to get past some recent bad luck during the 46th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. After what has been an anything but pleasant stretch in the last few months of racing the short tracks around Canada and the United States, Powell racked up six top 10 finishes during the World Series at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway. He contended for the week-long Pro Late Model championship, which was not decided until the checkered flag flew. Powell ended up third on the final in the race results and second in the points after several misfortunes on the track.

“I can’t be disappointed about the final night or the whole week,” said Powell after the final night. “I hit the wall about three times tonight, a couple times not of my own making, and bounced off a few cars to get this far tonight so it satisfying to get a strong finish. I learned I drive better when I am a little mad and that made those back-to-the-front runs easier.”

Powell twice had altercations where he found himself going for a wild ride. One came at-speed and another came when he was spun out of second on a late restart. Each time Powell managed to stay focused and return to race with the leaders.

“I have to thank my crew for all their work,” added Powell. “My dad, Rusty, Ryan, Rob, Fred, they all worked hard to make it easy for me. Without my dad working on the car everyday though it would not have gone this smoothly.”

The goals of the week were met by the team’s Pro Late Model efforts as they did everything but go to victory lane. Powell equaled or finished better than his starting spot during every Pro Late Model race during the New Smyrna Speedweeks.

“We started off the week just wanting to be consistent and get top five’s and top 10′s,” recapped Powell “We have to work on the car in qualifying as it’s not the best in two laps, but it does come to me in the longer runs.”

Confidence will be high once again after shaking off the rust and bad-luck bug that left them out of the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 in December at Five Flags Speedway (FL) and again a spectator at SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA) after mechanical problems.

“We had some bad luck in 2011 and we have put that behind us now with these last few races. This has been a lot of fun and the whole crew is joking and having fun this week and that just makes the outcome better when we are all having fun when we work on the cars.”

For more information on Cole Powell contact Elgin Traylor by email at Elgin@51sports.net and be sure to check out his website www.ColePowellRacing.com

Kyle Benjamin Becomes Youngest Smyrna Speedweeks Super Late Model Champion

February 28th, 2012

EASLEY, SC – Many breakout performances have been the storylines during Florida Speedweeks in February over the years. Whether it was 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne scoring the upset NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win or an unknown rookie like John King winning the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway, February in Florida has proven magical for several young drivers.

While his accomplishments occurred on the half-mile New Smyrna Speedway, about 20 minutes away from Daytona, Kyle Benjamin’s performance during the 46th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing has been another highlight on the list of Speedweeks breakouts.

With only one Super Late Model start to his credit before the nine-night World Series, Benjamin turned his experience-building effort at New Smyrna into a championship. He scored three straight wins during Smyrna Speedweeks and never finished lower than sixth in his six races in eight nights to become the youngest Super Late Model Champion in the 46-year history of the New Smyrna World Series.

“We came down here for seat time for the Super Late Model to get ready for the Rattler (March 4th at South Alabama Speedway), but we ended up getting a lot more than seat time,” said Benjamin. “It was a great coming down here. It was a great choice by us to make the trip.

“Three wins and a championship. That’s a pretty good way to start the season.”

Benjamin’s team planned to skip the first few nights of Smyrna Speedweeks and just race the final events to gain experience. Mother Nature aided the title run the first night with a rainout. Then, with Benjamin’s team in New Smyrna, the 14-year-old went out on the track on the second scheduled night of action just to shake the car down. That shake-down effort resulted in a surprising sixth-place effort, spurring the run to the championship.

“We weren’t even supposed to run for points, but I’m glad we made it for that first race. It worked out well. This is definitely my new favorite track. We were pretty fortunate to unload with a good car. We didn’t have to do too much to it.”

To secure the title, Benjamin had to finish ahead of his closest championship rival, Kyle Larson, in the final 100-lap event on Saturday, February 25th. An ill-handling car made it tough, but Benjamin was able to hang on to the No. 71 machine for a sixth-place finish and the title.

“We didn’t have the best car, but we did what we had to do to get the title,” said Benjamin, whose crew later found that three of the four bolts that hold the rear-end of the car together were broken. “It was a great effort all week. The night before, I got taken out by a lapped car and from there I was just trying to get back up there. I knew that in just 30 laps, I wasn’t going to get all the way back up to the front. I just wanted to get back by Larson to get the point lead and have something good come out of the night. That’s what I did and it worked out great.”

Benjamin will have just a few short days to cherish his title. His 2012 season will continue at “The Rattler,” March 2nd through 4th at South Alabama Speedway. Benjamin will be pulling double-duty in the prestigious event with both his No. 71 Super Late Model and Pro Late Model.

For more information on Kyle Benjamin, contact Matt Kentfield at matt@51sports.net. Be sure to “like” Kyle Benjamin on Facebook by searching Kyle Benjamin #71, follow him on Twitter via @KyleBenjamin71 and visit KyleBenjamin.com.

Hampstead, New Hampshire Native Will Go South for Final Nights of Action at New Smyrna

February 20th, 2012

CONCORD, NC – After a long off-season without any racing action behind the wheel of his ground-pounding Modified since early November, Andy Seuss is more than ready to get an early start on the 2012 season. His first on-track action will come with a few nights of action during the famed World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna Speedway next week.

“The deal came about because of boredom, basically,” explained Seuss. “The winter months are long and everybody wants to go racing. We thought we’d pull our old No. 70 out and go back down there. It’s the only place racing this time of year and it’s a lot of fun. There’s warmer weather and you get to go racing a few nights in a row. To get up day after day and get to go racing down there is like a racer’s dream. It was real nice when we used to go down and run for the whole points deal, but this time we’ll just go down for the last few nights and try to win the Richie Evans Memorial 100.”

Seuss is no rookie of the nine-night extravaganza; he’s a former champion of the event. The 2007 title was a catalyst for Seuss’ subsequent success.

“Not only was it a highlight to win a championship there, but when you look at all the names that have won there and the success that goes with it, that championship really sprung my career forward. That’s what did it for me. It got me noticed by some owners and probably got me to where I am today, first with Riggs Racing and now with Ideal Racing.”

It’s often said that racing is a family sport, and the Seuss family is the epitome of that idea. With the blue and white colors of his family business emblazoned upon the side of his No. 70 ride, Seuss will try to take his family to victory lane again at New Smyrna Speedway, but only after getting a little work in first.

“We’ll all be going down there,” said Seuss. “Our family is pretty tight-knit. We’ve got to do some work before we leave. We have to get our family business, Rockingham Boat, ready for the Boston Boat Show. That’s the main reason why we don’t go down there for the points anymore. We’ll take care of family business first, then we’ll all hop into the hauler and head down to New Smyrna.”

But not only will it be his family team making the trip to central Florida with him, Seuss has assembled a crew from all walks of his racing life including his NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour car owners.

“We’re going down there with a little bit of everybody, from people who help on my dirt Sprint Car to guys from Ideal Racing like (owners) Eddie and Howard Harvey. We’re looking forward to just getting along with everybody and having a good time.”

Beyond the upcoming World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna, Seuss is already focused on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 2012 schedule.

“We’re really looking forward to that,” said Seuss. “We’ve got a brand-new car in our stable for the bigger tracks, the red car that we won a few races with and the Riggs car that we love – our Caraway car. We’ve got a really, really good combination for this year.”

Andy Seuss will take on the final four nights of New Smyrna Speedway Speedweeks action next week, ending with the Richie Evans Memorial 100. Follow the progress of the Lee Vinal Excavating, Phoenix Pre-Owned and Triad Auto No. 70 live on Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage as well as throughout the week on the live Speed 51 Radio broadcasts at Speed51.com.

For more on Andy Seuss, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports at Matt@51sports.net, or visit his website at www.andyseuss.net.

A.J. Frank Stalled In New Smyrna

March 24th, 2011

NEW SMYRNA, Florida – - USARacing Pro Cup Series veteran A.J. Frank had high hopes for New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in the 2011 season-opener. Unfortunately, an engine failure in the final practice prevented Frank and his Odle Motorsports team from competing in the USARacing Pro Cup 250 presented by Kangaroo Express. Leading up to the final practice, Frank showed that he had a car to contend with and likely could have been the man to beat in his first tango at New Smyrna. The team now only wonders what if.

“It’s a real blow to our team,” said Frank, who had hopes of making his 79th career USARacing start. “We had a good car. We didn’t even put new tires on it and it was still fast. Unfortunately, she just grenaded in final practice without any serious warning.

I want to thank Chip Lofton and the entire Matt Lofton Motorsports team for attempting to allow our team to borrow a motor. We tried everything we could; we just couldn’t get it to fit into the car. I also want to thank Speedco and Lucas Oil for their continued faith in me and my career. We’ll bounce back and not let this obstacle stand in our way.” Currently, Frank and his group are exploring their options for a new motor in their No. 56 Speedco / Lucas Oil Chevrolet Impala. “We’re working a lot of different angles. Hopefully we’ll be able to have a solution here soon and we’ll make sure we let everyone know what’s transpired.”

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Bryan Silas Rockets To Top-Five At New Smyrna In USAR Competition

March 23rd, 2011

NEW SYMRNA BEACH, Florida- – Stuart, Florida native Bryan Silas wowed the crowd in the USARacing Pro Cup Series season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway last Saturday night after he drove his Bryan Silas Racing (BSR) machine to a stout fifth place finish in the USARacing Pro Cup 250 presented by Kangaroo Express.

The finish was a career-best effort for the 23-year old in 21 career USAR starts. Before Saturday night’s contest, Silas’s best finish came in his USARacing Pro Cup Series debut in 2009 at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway where he placed his No. 11 Rockingham Speedway / Palm Beach Grading Ford Fusion eighth after starting 23rd. “We kind of flew under the radar this past weekend,” said Silas. “We didn’t make a big deal about coming out here because we wanted to show up and just race. Dave (McClure, crew chief) did a fabulous job all day long. The car was really solid and I had a great time.”

It was not even during the intense 250-lap event that losing a lap on pit road during a caution would stall Silas’s drive. His determination to cautiously thread the needle and tackle an extremely tight handling Ford Fusion would pay dividends. Obtaining the lucky dog during a late race caution allowed the prime opportunity for Silas to strut his stuff. He would surge his blue oval from the back of the pack and masterfully deliver his first USAR top-five.

“The adrenaline can get you going,” Silas said. “We had a mishap in the pits. It’s just one of those racing things. I knew that even though our car was tight we still had something we could race with. Thankfully, everything played out and we were able to show what our BSR team is really capable of.”

New Smyrna also marked the return of Bryan Silas Racing (BSR) led by his ARCA crew chief Dave McClure. “It was a total team effort,” he said. “Dave and the rest of the team wanted to run good right out of the box to show that our foundation is solid. The finish wasn’t easy, but results don’t come without hard work.”

Undoubtedly, the finish also rejuvenates the driver’s confidence just about in time for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards to resume their schedule with an approaching event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 15.

“Anytime you run good, it makes you feel good,” Silas admitted. “The USARacing Pro Cup Series is full of some of short track racing’s finest. We’ll take this momentum from New Smyrna; see what’s next on our plate in USAR while we focus ahead on Talladega in ARCA.” For more on Bryan Silas please visit, http://www.bryansilasracing.com/.

Speedweeks At New Smyrna Speedway A Huge Success For Gus Dean

February 27th, 2011

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida – In just his second outing in Late Model competition in his young racing career, Gus Dean delivered one top-five and four top 10’s in five nights of racing in the World Series of Asphalt Stockcar racing Crate Model division at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

Dean, 16 from Bluffton, South Carolina entered Speedweeks with the mind set of gaining speed, experience and respect of his fellow competitors. When the No.56 Whirlpool Cooling and Heating / Cornerstone Grill / Modoc Research Chevrolet Impala was unloaded, he immediately did just that! Having only one chance to qualify for the whole week of racing, Dean had
to get up to speed very quickly. In qualifying, he would post the eighth quickest time out of 24 cars that participated in that session. He would continue to gain more respect by going on to finish eighth that first night, racing like a veteran and bringing the car home without a scratch! Gus continued to gain confidence and speed everyday, while the team led by short track ace AJ Frank, was obviously building on what seems to be great chemistry. They would go on to have strong finishes every night never finishing outside the top-10.

On the fifth night of action hopes were high when Dean posted the fourth fastest speed in final practice that day. Unfortunately, while running solidly inside the top-five, two of the lead cars got together spinning in front of the whole field. Dean having no place to go would get collected receiving significant damage on the No. 56 car. The wreck would prevent the team from competing in the last two nights of competition, but had gained enough points to still finish in the top 10 in
the seven-race series. Even with the disappointment, the team is satisfied with what they accomplished and looking forward to a successful 2011 campaign.

“I want to thank Whirlpool Cooling and Heating, Cornerstone Grill, and Modoc Research for their continued devotion and belief in myself and our team.” He continued “Speedweeks was a great experience for me, and I feel a lot more comfortable in the bigger cars, I am very excited for the next race” Dean’s next event will be the 150 lap PASS Super Late Model series opener
at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, March 12th, 2011. In addition to Late Model competition at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Dean and Co. will run in the PASS South Series and other Super Late Model (SLM) events across the Southeast all year long. For more on Gus Dean, please visit http://www.gusdean.com/

Gus Dean Leaning On Veteran Support For New Smyrna Battle

February 12th, 2011

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida  – - Gus Dean may not be a familiar face when racing begins this Friday night at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway for the 45th Annual World Series. However, Dean will be surrounded by plenty of experience and knowledge, which should accelerate his learning curve and put him in contention in some of the tightest short track racing in the world over a period of nine days.

Dean, a promising driver from Bluffton, South Carolina will be guided by USARacing Series Pro Cup veteran A.J. Frank, who for the last six months or so has managed the role as team manager at the shop and crew chief and driver coach at the race track. While Dean hasn’t competed in Annual World Series before, the rookie is taking his lack of experience in stride knowing that he has the comfort in one of the most respected short track racers in the Southeast.

“I’m very blessed to have A.J. not only as my crew chief and driver coach but as my friend,” said Dean, who first started racing at the tender age of six. “He is such a joy to be around and really has made me become aware of my surroundings inside and outside of a race car. I feel very comfortablegoing to New Smyrna this week knowing that he’s on my side.” Indeed, comfortable is a word that the former Allison Legacy Series (ALS) pilot can grasp. With nine tenacious nights ahead of him in all forms of short track racing, Dean plans to earn his respect while not forgetting the real reason that his Gus Dean Racing (GDR) team made the trip to the Sunshine State.

“We are going to New Smyrna with the intentions that we can run strong and (hopefully) be a factor,” added Dean, who in 2007 earned American Kart Racing Association’s Junior II National Points Series championship. “We’re sticking to our guns of knowing that if we can keep our nose clean and stay out of trouble, we should be able to improve over the course of the next week or so and let everyone know that we were there at least.” Frank praised his young driver’s ambition to get the job done behind the wheel. “Gus is a very smart and dedicated young man,” sounded Frank, who plans to return to racing himself in the USARacing Pro Cup Series in 2011. “ He has that “want” when it comes to being a race car driver. Patience will probably be the most annoying word he will hear at New Smyrna, but there is a method to that madness. Keeping our car together will allow us to race more; thus giving Gus the seat time he needs.”

Frank, the Bluffton, South Carolina added, “Realistically, I think we can go run in the top-10 every night and surely you would like to think you can get a top-five or two and maybe even sneak in a win. These races won’t be a piece of cake though. They are short and very demanding races. Gus will learn a lot that will not only help him for the rest of his trip at New Smyrna but for the rest of the racing season as well.”

In his lone short track venture at Concord (N.C.) Speedway last year, Dean entered the garage showing he meant business. Quickly gaining speed and comfort with the treacherous short track, Dean qualified his machine an impressive eighth and was running in the top six before the engine seized, yielding a disappointing finish. In the loosest sense of the word, Dean is hoping to make up for that lost momentum at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

“I know I would not be racing without the help of support of our sponsors,” the youngster said. “Whirlpool Cooling and Heating, MODOC Research Group and The CornerStone Grill have been huge supporters of this team and have allowed us the opportunity to go to New Smyrna and try and turn some heads. My goal is to try and bring them home a finish (no matter where that may be) that they will be satisfied with.”

Ironically, Dean will be carrying the No. 56, the same signage for Frank in the USARacing Pro Cup Series. “The 56 was available and I respect A.J. a lot, so I’m running the number in his honor,” insisted Dean. “He has been a part of our family for a long time now. My family helped support his dirt racing career in the late 1990s and now he’s giving back by helping me. The circle in a racing family doesn’t get any better than this!”

In addition to Late Model competition at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Dean and Co. will run in the PASS South Series and other Super Late Model (SLM) events across the Southeast all year long. For more on Gus Dean, please visit http://www.gusdean.com
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USARacing: USARacing Pro Cup Series Opens at New Smyrna Speedway with TBARA

January 5th, 2011

CONCORD, N.C.—The countdown is on for the USARacing Pro Cup Series 2011 season kickoff. Just 74 days remain between now and the Pro Cup opener at New Smyrna [Fla.] Speedway on March 19.

 

“The Pro Cup Series is proud to kickoff the 2011 season at a track that hosts some of the best short-track racing in the Southeast,” said USARacing Series Director, Jimmy Wilson.

 

Pro Cup veterans like Clay Rogers, Caleb Holman, Jeff Agnew and J.P. Morgan are slated to appear in the 250-lap event at the half-mile asphalt oval. Stephen Nasse is also expected to make an appearance at what is considered his home track on the Pro Cup Circuit.

 

Joining the Pro Cup series for the first time is the Tampa Bay Area Racing Association (TBARA) winged sprint cars. According to TBARA, it is , “the premier pavement series in the State (of Florida) offering the largest car counts, busiest schedule and thrilling races with winged sprint cars.”

 

“The addition of the high speed, open-wheel winged sprint cars on the high banks of New Smyrna Speedway will add to the excitement of the weekend for fans,” said Wilson. “We want to give everyone the most racing for their money.”

 

The sprint cars are sure to put on a show as they team up with the Pro Cup Series for their season opener. TBARA regulars such as Dave Steele, Troy DeCaire, Dude Teate and Bo Hartley are expected for the 30-lap shootout scheduled to run before the Pro Cup event.

 

For information about tickets for the event at New Smyrna Speedway please visit www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org or call 386.427.4129 for more information.

 

The USAR Pro Cup Series, formerly Hooters Pro Cup, is owned by Interstate Investment Group (IIG) and is based in Concord, N.C. For more information on USARacing, visit www.usarprocup.com.

Format Change, Purse Increase & Unobstructed View for 45th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200

October 31st, 2010

(New Smyrna Speedway) FASCAR Officials & New Smyrna Speedway Management are excited to announce that the purse for the 45th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup presented by Bright House Networks has been increased from $275.00 to start to $600.00 to start thanks to the Lap Money that has already been collected.

Laps are still being sold for the November 20th race for $100.00ea., with 100% of the lap money collected being distributed throughout the field.

The Purse as of the date of this press release will pay $5,000.00 to the winner and the entire purse will be increased as additional laps are sold.

Lap Sponsors will receive mentions over the PA throughout the two-day event as well as listing in the Official Souvenir Program and on the Lap Sponsor Sign located at the main entrance to the Speedway.

In addition to the Purse increase, Officials also announced a Format Change that is intended to help reduce some of the costs associated with a 200 lap race. Instead of live Pit Stops requiring full pit crews, this year’s event will feature a half-way break to allow teams to change tires, add fuel, and make any adjustments they need to their cars.

Fans will also enjoy a first-ever unobstructed view of the racing surface for Saturday night’s events as all race cars will be pitted outside of the infield for the first time ever, utilizing the turn four and backstretch pit areas. The infield will be used as a last resort for overflow for open trailers only, allowing fans in almost any seat to view the entire high-banked half-mile surface.

This year’s Florida Governor’s Cup Weekend will once again feature a two-day format with the 50 Lap Limited Late Model race presented by Discount Propane and 25 lap features for the Mini-Stocks, Super Stocks and E-Modifieds on Friday night November 19th with practice rounds for the Super Late Models throughout the night. Then on Saturday November 20th the 45th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200 for the Super Late Models presented by Bright House Networks along with 25 lap features for the
Sportsman, Pro-Trucks and Strictly Stocks.

For more information regarding the event including Pre-Entries, Schedules, Past History, Lap Sponsors and more, please visit www.NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org/governorscup. If you would like to purchase laps, please contact Kim Brown at 386-427-4129 or cell phone 386-547-2879. Payment options are Cash, Check, Money Order, MasterCard or Visa.

This Saturday Night Triple Threat…Sportsman, Supers and Spectators at New Smyrna

September 10th, 2010

This Saturday will be the September edition of Fan Appreciation Night at New Smyrna Speedway featuring $5.00 General Admission, $1.00 Hot Dogs, 2 Big 50 Lap Races and Spectator Racing… The Sportsman and Super Stocks go for 50 laps each this Saturday night. SPORTSMAN DRIVERS… As before, bring your track rules, 50lbs of lead (just in case) and YOUR Track Tires… EVERYONE is welcome to be a part of this Saturday’s 50 lapper. The race will pay $600.00 to Win / $60.00 to Start and there is NO Entry Fee.

The Super Stocks 50 will pay $500.00 to Win / $60.00 to Start and there is NO Entry Fee.

Strictly Stocks will go for 25 Laps this Saturday as well and will pay $100.00 to Win / $20.00 to Start and there is NO Entry Fee.

The E-Modifieds will be on-hand as well this Saturday for a standard 25 Lap Feature, and don’t forget at intermission time it will be Spectator Racing! Spectators can take their very own cars straight from the parking lot and race for $100.00 heads-up and $100.00 in the 5-lap Dash for Cash! SPECTATOR RACERS… No convertibles or motorcycles. MUST be 18 years old or older. NO racecar drivers allowed – STRICTLY Spectators!

Grandstands will Open at 6:00pm – Racing starts at 7:30pm.

For additional information including complete Purse/Payout information for all races, please visit www.NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org.

TBARA Results from New Smyrna Speedway

June 10th, 2010

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Troy DeCaire, fresh off a sixth place finish in the Little 500, paced all 30 laps to win the TBARA winged sprint car feature event Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway.

DeCaire hustled into the lead from his outside front row starting spot but things went all wrong as the 15 car field worked lap one. Dude Teate’s mount suddenly lost power and he was tagged by Joey Augilar with Ben Fritz also involved. A red flag was needed to clean up the mess with the cars of Teate and Aguilar both finished for the evening. Fritz’s mount only suffered
minor damage and was able to continue.

When the green flag waved again it was all DeCaire aboard George Rudolph’s No. 68 as he expertly worked the paper clip shaped half mile with precision. A yellow flag on lap 23 for a blown engine in Bo Hartley’s mount regrouped the field but there was no stopping DeCaire this night as he motored away at the drop of the green to record his third TBARA main event victory of the season.

Veteran Sonny Hartley drove a steady race to collect runner-up honors over Larry Brazil, Brian Gingras and Tommy Nichols while heat race wins went to D.J. Hoelzle and DeCaire.

The tour next heads to DeSoto Super Speedway on June 19.

Stephen Nasse Ready to Jump Start Season at Hometown Track of New Smyrna Speedway 14-Year-Old Pro Cup Upstart Ready for Another First at Florida Half-Mile

April 16th, 2010

CONCORD, NC – We are only one race into the 2010 USARacing Pro Cup Season, but there are already several eyes focused on Stephen Nasse. The tough and talented rookie from Pinellas Park, Florida has already turned some heads by nearly taking the pole in the first race of the season at Gresham Motorsports Park. Now the youngster heads to his hometown track of New Smyrna Speedway for the April 17th New Smyrna 250.

“We’re really ready to go racing,” said Nasse. “I have got a lot of laps on that racetrack so we are really confident that we can run well. I won my first Late Model race at New Smyrna and I think there is a good chance we could get our first Pro Cup win at New Smyrna.”

Nasse won a pair of Late Model races at New Smyrna during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing just two months back. Those 25-lap sprint races are nothing like the task he will face this weekend, but he’s ready for the challenge.

“I am not really worried about the number of laps,” added Nasse. “I know how to pace myself at New Smyrna. Our plan is just to get up front or start up front and we can keep it up there. I am not too worried about the endurance of keeping the car up there.”

This will be Nasse’s first race back in the driver’s seat since the Pro Cup season opener at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA), where his night ended with a hard hit into the outside wall after contact from another car. Many fans were concerned about Nasse’s well being as he had to take a ride to the local hospital to get checked out.

“My knee healed up fine,” said Nasse of the injury. “It wasn’t bad at all it was just a bit bruised and I was back walking fine in a couple of days. We really want to use that as motivation to have a strong run at New Smyrna to show what we can do.”

Nasse has stayed busy after logging test laps at Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina. The 14-year-old will run his first race there next month on the same day as his 15th birthday.

“We went to the Rockingham test and did really well,” said Nasse. “The session itself was intense and it took me a few laps to get used to the speed of that place. I have never had to race on a track where you have to use that much gas to keep the car at full speed.”

Nasse will on track at New Smyrna on April 17th for practice at 11:30am, Qualifying is slated for 4:30 with an autograph session at 5:45pm.

For more information on Stephen Nasse contact Elgin Traylor at elgin@51sports.net. Also, check out his website at www.stephennasse.com

USARacing Pro Cup Series Returns To New Smyrna Speedway After 6-Year Absence

April 14th, 2010

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla – After a six-year absence, the USARacing Pro Cup Series returns to New Smyrna Speedway Saturday for the Florida 250 presented by Crane Cams with Clay Rogers already in the driver’s seat to claim his second consecutive championship and fourth overall.

Rogers, from Mooresville, N.C., grabbed the early season point lead with a victory in the USAR Pro Cup Series season opener at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga., last month. Entering the season’s second race at the half-mile New Smyrna Speedway, Rogers possesses a 25-point advantage over DuBois, Pa.-native Benny Gordon, who owns two Pro Cup Series titles. Neither driver has visited victory lane at the high-banked asphalt oval. However, Rogers has competed in a Pro Cup Series car at the track.

“There is a little bit of track knowledge involved, but the Pro Cup Series has not run there since it was paved,” Rogers said when asked if he believed he would have an advantage over his fellow competitors. “A couple of (Pro Cup) rookies have run there since it was paved in Super Late Models and won. We may be chasing them.” Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contenders Logan Ruffin, from Memphis, Tenn., and Stephen Nasse, of Pinellas Park, Fla., have raced Late Models at New Smyrna. Florida natives Bryan Silas and Billy Bigley Jr. also have competed at the challenging track.

“There is a lot of history there. A lot of great drivers have come up racing there,” Rogers noted. “They have speed weeks at New Smyrna every year and, of course, it’s in the shadow of Daytona. It’s an important part of Florida racing history.” Rogers said he and his USG Sheetrock Products team planned to attack New Smyrna Speedway in the same fashion as Gresham Motorsports Park. “We think our setups will be similar,” Rogers continued. “Both tracks have a good amount of banking, they’re similar in size and they were paved recently. Hopefully, the car will be better when we unload than it was at Gresham.” Saturday’s 250-lap race marks the return of the series to a track that’s special to USAR Pro Cup Series Vice President and Series Director Jimmy Wilson.

“I am originally from Orlando and I got my start at New Smyrna, so it is special for me to go back and put on a show there,” Wilson explained. “New Smyrna Speedway is a great track that has been around for a long time. It often is overlooked for its historical value within motorsports, for some of the great races and drivers that have competed there over the years.”

The Pro Cup Series raced at New Smyrna Speedway 2002-04 with Bobby Gill of Dalton, Ga., winning the first two races and Shane Huffman, from Hickory, N.C., claiming the third. The Pro Cup Series didn’t return to the track in 2005 because of numerous races at Lakeland, Fla.’s USA International Speedway, which was owned by series founder Bob Brooks. “Lakeland was only 1 ½ hours away and back in 2004 hosting four races,” Wilson said. “It was hard to travel our teams to Florida for a fifth race in basically the same market. Now, with Lakeland gone, New Smyrna has become the perfect place for our series to have a presence in the Central Florida market. The race fans there are great!”

Wilson noted track promoter Robert Hart and his staff had been “great to work with” leading up to Saturday’s event. “I strongly urge all race fans in Central Florida to come out and see this race,” Wilson said. “It will be a great show with the style of racing the USARacing Pro Cup Series provides every where we go, compounded with the unique aspects that makes New Smyrna not only a driver’s track, but a track that challenges equipment as well.” Practice begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday with qualifying set for 4:30 p.m. There will be an autograph session with the drivers at 5:45 p.m. before the green flag waves at 7:30 p.m.

The USARacing Pro Cup Series, formerly Hooters Pro Cup, is owned by Interstate Investment Group and is based in Concord, N.C. IIG is comprised of Jack McNelly, Gary Kale, Carl Hubbard, Chip Lofton and Larry Camp, who serves as the managing partner. For more information on the USARacing Pro Cup Series, go to www.usarprocup.com.

Big Events Highlishgt Opening Weekend – NSS & OSW

March 11th, 2010

New Smyrna Beach, FL- The 2010 Regular Season campaign kicks-off this weekend at FASCAR sister tracks Orlando Speedworld and New Smyrna Speedway with the Super Late Models taking center stage at both.

Friday night Orlando Speedworld will open up with the annual running of the Orange Blossom 100 for the Super Late Models along with the new E-Modifieds, Super Stocks, Strictly Stocks, Legends and the Bandoleros. Racing action will begin at 8:00pm with
the Bandoleros running early at 7:00pm.

General Admission at Orlando Speedworld for this Premium Event will be $20.00 Adults- Kids 11 & under FREE.

All Active Military with valid I.D. will get $5.00 off General Admission.

On Saturday night the spotlight shifts to New Smyrna Speedway as the high-banked half-mile will kick off the season with the first Bright House Challenge Series 50 lapper for the Super Late Models.

Joining the Super Late Models will be the Pro-Trucks, Sportsman, Mini-Stocks, Super Stocks and Strictly Stocks. Racing action will begin at the normal start time of 7:30pm.

General Admission at New Smyrna Speedway will be $15.00 with a $5.00 discount for all Active Military with valid I.D. As always Kids 11 & under will be admitted into the grandstands FREE.

For more information on Orlando Speedworld or New Smyrna Speedway, please visit the websites…www.OrlandoSpeedworld.org
www.NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org

TBARA Results from New Smyrna Speedway

February 11th, 2010

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Troy DeCaire was a man on a mission Monday night at New Smyrna Speedway as he worked the high banked oval to perfection to capture the 30 lap Tampa Bay Area Racing Assn. winged sprint car feature.

 

Brian Gingras and Sunday night winner Bo Hartley brought the 17 car field to the green but it was a short lived night for Hartley as his car lost power on lap three to bring out the first caution. Once back underway it was Gingras on the point and looking strong, but DeCaire had George Rudolph’s No. 68 wound up and flying as he sliced through the field as if they were lapped cars.

 

By lap 15 DeCaire was the new leader and leaving the field in his wake when a yellow flew on lap 19 for debris. The field quickly reformed and it was good night Irene as DeCaire stormed to his second victory in three nights of TBARA action to kick off the 2010 tour. Gingras gave it his best shot for runner-up money over Joey Aguilar and Shane Butler with Ryan Litt rounding out the top five to the stripe.

 

Bo Hartley and Gingras topped the pair of heat races.

Stephen Nasse Enters World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna Speedway

February 7th, 2010

PINELLAS PARK, FL – 14-year-old Stephen Nasse is once again heading back to the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). It’s an event where he found himself in victory lane twice last year. The Pinellas Park, Florida, driver is now looking to park his McGunegill powered Crate Late Model at the front of the field as many times as possible during the six nights of racing for the ASA-type Crate Late Models.

 

Nasse will have Jerrad Warren back for a second year as the crew chief of his #51 Port City Racecars chassis for the 2010 season. Warren came on board to lead the team in their run at the 2009 ASA Late Model Series title.

 

Nasse made his first Super Late Model start this past weekend at New Smyrna Speedway in his All American Concrete #51.

 

“Running the Super this past weekend was great,” said Nasse. “It will definitely be helpful if we decide to run it at Speedweeks but mostly just the seat time is crucial. We’re mostly just planning to run the crate car at New Smyrna, which is what I’m most comfortable in, but the extra time on the track never hurts to try and stay on top of things.”

 

Although the Super Late Models and the Crate Late Models might look similar from the stands, they are two very different machines.

 

“You have to get in the gas a little quicker in the crates,” said Nasse. “And they don’t have as much power but it shouldn’t be a problem going from the Super car back to the crate and I’m sure we’ll be good.”

 

Stephen Nasse is making his way to Speedweeks 2010 in New Smyrna, Florida, to pick up right where he left off in Speedweeks 2009.

 

“Hopefully we can build on all of the success we had last year,” explained Nasse. “I won on the last night last year so we ended Speedweeks last year on top and we’re going to try and keep it that way this year and start it back up with a win.”

 

Watch for Stephen Nasse and the All American Concrete #51 taking on New Smyrna Speedweeks 2010 Friday, February 5th.

 

For more information on Stephen Nasse, please contact Jason Buckley at (704) 788-2134, and be on the lookout for the brand new Stephen Nasse website, coming soon.

Rich Clouser Rings in New Year Winning Red Eye 100 at New Smyrna Speedway

January 3rd, 2010

Samsula, FL (Jan. 2, 2010) As the moon got higher in the sky, the night air seemed to get colder. But that did not bother the brave souls who ventured out on January 2nd to New Smyrna Speedway for the first race of the new year – The Red Eye 100.

With twenty five cars in the field, fans were sure to see one good but cold race. Rich Clouser topped the timing charts with a 17.36 followed by Tim Russell, David Rogers, Justin Larson and Chad Akins. Clouser pulled the number 5 pill inverting the field with Chad Akins on the pole.

As the green flag waved, it was Justin Larson who jumped to the early lead followed by Chad Akins, Tim Russell, David Rogers and Mario Gosselin. Russell wasted no time passing Akins for second with Gosselin right on his heels for third as Akins settled into fourth and Joe Boyd took over fifth. Boyd puts the heat on Akins and takes over fourth as Akins finds his hands full of a very hard charging Clouser battling for fifth.

Clouser makes his move and takes over fifth as Larson continues to lead the way over Russell, Gosselin, and Boyd. In sixth is David Rogers who is definitely keeping Boyd on his toes as Clouser has passed Boyd for fourth. Boyd does a great job of protecting his position and holds Rogers in sixth.

The first caution comes out for Kevin Dicks and John Coffman who have gotten together in turn 4 on lap 14. Both cars go into the pits, done for the night. On the restart, Larson once again takes the point followed by Russell, Gosselin, Clouser, and Boyd. Gosselin goes high in turn 4 and dusts the frontstretch wall as Clouser sees an advantage and takes over third. Clouser then looks on Russell for second but Russell quickly shuts the door. Rogers looks on Boyd for fourth but Boyd shuts the door.

As the top three pull away from the field having their own race, Gosselin, Boyd and Rogers are fighting hard for position. Rogers looks again on Boyd but once again, Boyd shuts the door. As Larson, Russell and Clouser pull away from the field, they seems to have about a ten car length spread between each of them.

Rogers once again looks on Boyd for fourth and this time makes his move and makes it work taking over fourth. Rogers then looks on Gosselin in third and takes over third as Gosselin settles into fourth and Boyd fifth. The second caution comes out on lap 42 for Bobby Good who has spun on the backstretch.

Lap 46 sees the restart as Larson once again leads the way over Russell, Clouser, Rogers and Gosselin. Russell challenges Larson but Larson shuts the door. Russell and Larson go side by side but Russell gets loose and must let off some as Clouser sees his advantage point and takes over second as Russell settles into third. It is now Larson, Clouser, Russell, Rogers, and Gosselin leading the way over the rest of the field.

Clouser continues his hunt for the point and finally makes his move, makes it stick and takes over as Larson settles into second followed by Russell, Rogers, and Gosselin. Once Clouser has the point, he begins to pull away from the field.

Russell now finds his hands full of a very determined Rogers who has gone side by side with Russell for third. Rogers makes his move and takes over third as Russell is forced to settle into fourth followed by Gosselin in fifth. Rogers next challenges Larson for second but Larson is able to hold on and keep his position.

By now, Clouser has built a twenty car lead over Larson. Just as it looks like clear sailing for Clouser the caution comes out on lap 63 for Austin Pickens who has hit the turn 4 wall as he and Joe Boyd were racing hard for position. Pickens is fine but done for the night.

Lap 68 sees the restart as Clouser leads the way over Rogers, Larson, Russell and Gosselin. But it is a very short restart as the red flag comes out for Bobby Good and Chet Morrison. Good spun on the frontstretch and with no place to go at all, Morrison hits Good hard on the frontstretch. Both drivers were fine but their cars were done for the night. Not how either driver intended to end their first race of the year.

With no more cautions, Clouser leads the way on the restart followed by Rogers, Russell, Gosselin, and Larson. Clouser puts the pedal to the metal and begins to build a ten car lead over Rogers. However Rogers, who is second, has a good twenty car lead over third place Russell. However Russell finds his mirror full of Mario Gosselin who challenges Russell and takes over third. It is now Clouser, Rogers, Gosselin, Russell and Larson.

With only 19 laps left to go, the heat is on for position. Anthony Campi puts the heat on Boyd for sixth but Boyd closes that door fast keeping Campi in seventh.

Clouser continues to lead the way and takes the checkered for his first win in 2010 followed by David Rogers, Mario Gosselin, Tim Russell, and Justin Larson.

In Victory Circle Clouser told the cold but happy crowd that it was an awesome night for him and his team. The car was great and he thanked his sponsor Sanford Auto Dealers for coming on board with him and car owner Bobby Sears for the year.

“It was our night from the get-go” said Clouser and obviously he was right.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

RED EYE 100 – NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

JANUARY 2, 2010

1. #9 Rich Clouser

2. #11 David Rogers

3. #61 Mario Gosselin

4. #36 Tim Russell

5. #88 Justin Larson

6. #5 Joe Boyd

7. #81 Anthony Campi

8. #22 Dusty Cornelius

9. #07x Steven Simpson

10. #29 Mallory Harvey

11. #75 Don Keithley

12. #60 Chad Akins

13. #05X David Lebeau

14. #32 Joe Rankin

15. #27 Bobby Good

16. #86 Chet Morrison

17. #63 Austin Pickens

18. #78 B.J. McLeod

19. #5 Shane Snipes

20. #7 Vince Keeler

21. #38 Kevin Dicks

22. #58 John Coffman

23. #13 Bob Greene

24. #47 Davey Gibbs DNS

25. #34 Shaughn McCormick DNS

26. #21 James Carter DNS

New Smyrna Speedway Opens 2010 Season with Red Eye 100 January 2nd

December 25th, 2009

Samsula, FL- New Smyrna Speedway will open their 2010 season on January 2, 2010 with the Red Eye 100. This will be l00 laps of Super Late Model action along with the Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.

 

“We are very excited about the Red Eye 100,” said Operations Manager Kim Brown. “It is a perfect way to start off our 2010 season and get alittle extra practice in before the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing kicks off on February 5th.”

 

For more information on the Red Eye 100 and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing go to http://www.fascar.org.

Tim Russell to Have Corporate Backing in 44th Annual Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway

November 14th, 2009

CONCORD, NC – Tim Russell and his #36 Super Late Model team are looking strong going into the third leg of the Triple Crown, having won the previous two events of the series, but they also have another weapon in their arsenal.

They now have the support of new sponsors Tempaco Control Systems and Noritz Tankless Water Heaters and are in negotiations for sponsorship for the 2010 season.

“It’s good for the team to get these resources going,” said Russell. “We’ve pretty much raced most of the year without a sponsor, so it’s definitely a help to have some money coming in. Hopefully we can put on a good show and possibly pull off the
win to get the three-peat in the Triple Crown by winning the third race of the Triple Crown this year. So, I’m looking forward to it and, like I said, hopefully we can pull off a good showing for the new sponsor.”

With continued success at New Smyrna Speedway this year, Russell also has the support of four wins at the track behind him going into the November 21st event.

“I think we’ve got a pretty good baseline there for the Governor’s Cup,” explained Russell. “We finished second the last two years there so hopefully we can go out there and pull off the win this time. We should have all our ducks in a row and
that with the sponsor backing, it just gives us the extra confidence to know that we can race hard while doing our best to represent their companies.”

Tempaco, Inc., your single source for control systems and supplies for natural gas, LP-gas and commercial/industrial applications, is an employee-owned controls wholesaler based in Orlando, Florida, with eight locations throughout Florida,
having served the Southeast since 1946.

Proudly providing and pioneering high-quality products for oil and gas applications and industrial control systems for customers across the Southeast, Tempaco, Inc. has evolved into the company they are today: a premier value-added distributor specializing in control systems and accessories for natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas applications in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors.

Noritz tankless gas water heaters are designed and manufactured for high efficiency -something we stress at Noritz. Using advanced technology allows for 83-93% efficiency in our products. Noritz tankless gas water heaters provide an endless
supply of hot water on demand; only heating the hot water that is needed. This performance cuts water heating costs up to 50%.

Tim Russell will debut his Tempaco Control Systems and Noritz Tankless Water Heaters Chevrolet November 20th – 21st at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) for the 44th Annual Governor’s Cup.

For more on Tim Russell, please contact Matthew Dillner at 51 Sports at (704) 788-2134, or visit his website at www.timrussellonline.com.

FINAL WEEK to Purchase Governor’s Cup Laps…

November 7th, 2009

This is the final week to purchase your Governor’s Cup Laps as we close in on the 44th Annual running of this prestigous race. Laps are $100.00ea. and all the money raised goes directly towards increasing the Driver’s Purse.

Lap Sponsors will receive PA mentions as well as a listing in the Official Souvenir Program and on the webstie. They will also be listed on signage that is being displayed throughout the facility. Laps must be paid in full be Friday November 6th so that we may release the final Purse Structure.

If you are interested in purchasing laps, please contact Kim Brown at 386.547.2879 or email mkeeler@fascar.org.

We’d like to thank all those who have already purchased laps for your support of this great race.

Rich Clouser wins Boggy Creek Bright House Challenge SLM 50 at New Smyrna Speedway

September 27th, 2009

Samsula, FL (September 26, 2009) Seventeen Super Late Models made their way to New Smyrna Speedway for the Bright House Challenge Super Late Model 50 lap race. Rich Clouser topped the speed charts followed by David Rogers, Corey Freed, Daniel Webster and B.J. McLeod. Clouser pulled a 5 for the inversion putting McLeod on the pole for the 50 lap event.

Although I missed the first few laps and the first caution that took out four cars right in the beginning. Out for the night were Bob Greene, Davey Gibbs, Mike Finn and Shaughn McCormick.

Going alittle over the posted speed limit, I made it to New Smyrna to see David Rogers leading the race over B.J. McLeod, Daniel Webster, Corey Freed and Rich Clouser. By lap 20, McLeod was looking to pass Rogers for the point but Rogers quickly shut the door on McLeod.

McLeod would pull right up to the tail of Rogers but Rogers, who knows New Smyrna Speedway by the back of his hand, shut the door quickly. Rogers, who ran the night before at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola in the Blizzard race, finished ninth out of twenty seven cars in the field. Five Flags is a good eight hour drive or more from New Smyrna so Rogers did a very quick turnaround to make it back for the Bright House race.

The yellow comes out on lap 21 for a spin in turn #2. The field is realigned for the restart with Rogers on the inside and McLeod on the outside. As racing goes, Rogers and McLeod are side-by-side when they touch slightly sending Rogers into a spin coming off turn 2. Rogers rejoins the field in the rear for the restart with McLeod on the inside pole and Daniel Webster on the outside pole.

But once again it is a short green as Corey Kaiser brings out the yellow for a spin in turn 2. Kaiser retires to the pits and the field goes back to green with McLeod on the inside pole, Webster on the outside pole.

McLeod quickly jumps to the point followed by Webster, Clouser, Freed, and Billy Mowery. Rogers, who is quickly coming up from the rear, passes Jared Allison and takes over seventh putting Allison in eighth. At halfway, it is McLeod, Webster, Clouser, Freed, Mowery, Kevin Dicks, Rogers, Allison, Zack Donatti, Don Keithley, Vince Keeler, and Russ Shaw.

Clouser begins to put the heat on Webster looking for second but Webster quickly shuts the door. Rogers passes Mowery and takes over fifth. Clouser once again challenges Webster and takes over second as Webster settles into third. The caution comes out for Russ Shaw who spun at the bottom of turn 4 but is able to continue racing.

With McLeod on the inside pole and Clouser on the outside pole, Clouser comes out on top and is the new leader followed by McLeod, Freed, Webster and Mowery. Rogers is once again hot on the heels of Mowery and takes over fifth as Clouser continues to lead the way over McLeod, Freed, Webster, and Rogers.

Rogers is definitely on the move to the front and looks on Webster but Webster closes the door. But by lap 39, Webster can no longer hold off the hard charging Rogers as Rogers takes over fourth and Webster goes to fifth. Running order is Clouser, McLeod, Freed, Rogers, Webster, Mowery, Dicks, Allison, Donatti, Keithley and Keeler.

Clouser begins to build a ten car lead over McLeod and is sailing towards his first win in the Bright House Challenge Super Late Model Series. Clouser crosses the checkered for the win followed by B.J. McLeod, Corey Freed, David Rogers, and Daniel Webster.

The next race for the Boggy Creek Bright House Challenge Super Late Model Series will be October 10th. For more information on the Bright House Challenge Series and New Smyrna Speedway, go to www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

SEPTEMBER 26, 2009

BRIGHT HOUSE CHALLENGE SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES

1. #9 Rich Clouser, Palm Bay

2. #78 B.J. McLeod, Wachulla

3. #12 Corey Freed, Orlando

4. #11 David Rogers, Orlando

5. #33 Daniel Webster, Brooksville

6. #55 Billy Mowery, Clearwater

7. #38 Kevin Dicks, Lake City

8. #18 Jared Allison, Cocoa

9. #9z Zack Donatti, Edgewater

10. #75 Don Keithley, St. Cloud

11. #7 Vince Keeler, Sebastian

12. #68 Russ Shaw, Lakeland

13. #48 Corey Kaiser

14. #13 Bob Greene, Port St. John

15. #47 Davey Gibbs, Deltona

16. #06 Mike Finn, Jupiter

17. #34 Shaughn McCormick, Oviedo

 

 

 

Tim Russell Wins Clyde Hart Memorial 125 at New Smyrna

July 8th, 2009

CONCORD,NC – All the stars and the planets seem to be lining up for Tim Russell this season in the Triple Crown Championship Series. The historic three-race series has always been an epic battle of the best Super Late Model drivers in Florida. Back in January, Russell won the first leg of the Triple Crown from the pole position at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). The second leg, which featured the Clyde Hart Memorial race, was held on Thursday night during the Fourth of July weekend, and it had a familiar
result. Once again, Russell was victorious at New Smyrna Speedway.

“We just had a really awesome car,” said Russell. “I knew we were going to be strong in the race and we were. We had a little slip up in qualifying, but the draw helped us out and we got to start closer to the front. It feels really good to be back in victory lane. I can’t thank all the guys on the team enough. We have had a strong enough car to win several time in the last few weeks, this time we got the job done.”

Russell started on the front row and jumped out to the lead over the first 20 laps. After a quick caution, he pulled away on a restart and built a sizable lead in the middle part of the race.

“We did get out to a good lead in the middle part of the race,” said Russell. “That worked out well for us as I was able to save some my tires a bit for the last part of the race in case we had some cautions. We never got those cautions and the race went green all the way to the finish.”

This is the second career win for Tim Russell in the Clyde Hart Memorial 125. He also won the Red Eye 125 in January – giving him victories in both legs of the Triple Crown. Russell is a former Triple Crown Champion, but there is still one race that he is eyeing.

“We have won the Clyde Hart Memorial twice now,” said Russell. “We won the Red Eye earlier this year, we also won the Billie Harvey Memorial. Those races all mean a lot, but we want to win the Governor’s Cup here at New Smyrna. We have come close before, but we think we’ll have the momentum going into that race later on this year.”

Tim Russell’s next scheduled race will be on July 10th at Orlando Speedworld (FL) for another Super Late Model event – this time as part of the Brighthouse Challenge Series. At Orlando, Russell will be looking to notch another victory in the win column.

For more information on Tim Russell contact Matt Dillner at (704) 788-2134 x 9. Be sure to check out the his web site at www.timrussellonline.com

Tank Tucker Wins Modified 50 at New Smyrna Speedway

May 21st, 2009

Samsula, FL – It was a warm springtime night at New Smyrna Speedway, as fans, drivers and staff said goodbye to Ms. Peggy Kincaid. “MsPeggy”, as she was fondly known, was one of the original staff of Clyde Hart and worked in the tower as a scorer for forty something years. She was the tower “bulldog” as she kept people orderly and did her job. She was the first to say “hello” to a stranger and welcome them to the tower and her beloved racetrack.

Ms. Peggy died suddenly this week at home with her beloved cats and will be missed by many. She had a heart of gold and was always bringing treats for the tower personnel and keeping order so the tower did not get too loud. She now watches over us with her beloved husband Dan and you can be sure that a lot of us have one special guardian angel in heaven. Rest in peace Ms. Peggy and know there are many who will never forget your smiling face.

Fourteen Modifieds made their way to New Smyrna Speedway for the 50 lap feature. “Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson set fast time followed by Tank Tucker, Alan Bruns, Jerry Symons, and Skip Honaker. Jefferson pulled the 11 pill putting the #51 of Earl Beckner on the pole.

As the green flag waved, Beckner pulled out to the lead followed by Joe Yarborough, Mav McDonald, Tank Tucker, and Jerry Symons. But it was a very short lead indeed as the caution came out on lap 2 for Yarborough and Dave Riley.

The race goes back green as Jerry Symons leads the way over Tucker, Bruns, Jefferson and McDonald. Tucker passes Symons taking the point as the yellow comes out again for John Zidek and Yarborough in turn 4. The cars are realigned and go back to green as Tucker leads the way over Bruns, Jefferson, Symons, and Robert Deal. Bruns passes Tucker and takes the lead when yet another caution is thrown for Dave Riley and John Zidek who have gotten together on the backstretch. Both drivers are fine but done for the night.

The restart sees Tucker take back the point followed by Bruns, Jefferson, Symons, and Deal. Bruns looks to pass Tucker but Tucker quickly shuts the door. Held looks to pass Deal but Deal shuts the door. Beckner takes his car to the pits, done for the night. As Tucker and Bruns leaves the field having their own two car race, it is Jefferson in third with Symons far behind and Deal far behind Symons. Held gives it another try on Deal for fifth but Deal once again shuts the door. It is Tucker, Bruns, Jefferson, Symons, Deal, Held, Skip Honaker, Mav McDonald, Don Keithley, and Bobby Baldwin.

Tucker begins to build a huge lead over Bruns with the only two car racing going on is between Deal and Held. Jefferson, who suffered some damage in an early caution, starts to reel in Bruns and takes over second as Bruns goes to third. Symons then sees that Bruns is not running quite right and takes advantage as he takes over third and Bruns goes to fourth. It is now
Tucker, Jefferson, Symons, Bruns and Deal.

Tucker laps Baldwin and Keithley and puts them both a lap down as Baldwin passes Keithly for ninth. Ten cars are left as Tucker leads the way over Jefferson, Symons, Bruns, Deal, Held, Honaker, McDonald, Baldwin and Keithley. It is now evident that Bruns has some issued with his car as he slows and slides backwards. Tucker takes the checkered winning the 50 lapper followed by Wayne “Rocketman” Jefferson, Jerry Symons, Robert Deal, and Shain Held.

In other action at New Smyrna, there were twelve Late Models in the field for their 30 lap feature with Zack Donatti on the pole. Donatti quickly took the point on the green followed by Davey Gibbs, Kevin Henry, Alan Bruns, and Bobby Joe Woodley.

But before the race could even really get started, the yellow comes out for a mast pile-up in turns 1 and 2 involving Randy Dye, Todd Allen, Kevin Henry, Bobbby Joe Woodley, Chad Akins, Greg Skyta and Jessica Murphy. Todd Allen and Bobby Joe Woodley got together causing the mass pile-up. All drivers were fine but Dye, Allen, Henry and Woodley were done for the night.

Henry later went to the hospital for x-rays as his chest was hurting from the hard impact. But this was definitely not the way these drivers wanted their night to end and start.

The pile-up is cleared, the track is cleaned and the green goes back out as Alan Bruns leads the way over Davey Gibbs, Brad May, Brett Woodley and Chad Akins. Akins puts the heat on Woodley and takes over fourth as Woodley goes to fifth. Then Jessica Murphy puts the pressure on Woodley and takes over fifth as Woodley goes slightly sideways and ends up in seventh.

The caution comes out again for Brad May and Davey Gibbs as they get together in turn 1. Both go on pit road for some crew attention and rejoin the field in the rear for the restart. Bruns once again takes the point on the green followed by Akins, Donatti, Murphy and May. May passes Murphy for fourth as Davey Gibbs takes his machine to the pits, done for the night.

Akins puts the heat on Bruns and takes over the point putting Bruns second followed by Donatti, May and Murphy. Akins takes the checkered followed by Alan Bruns, Zack Donatti, Brad May, and Jessica Murphy.

Butch Herdegen held the point for most of the Super Stock feature but in the end it was Scott Smith taking the checkered. Ernest Stickle had the pole for the feature but it was Herdegen who quickly took the point on the green followed by Stickle, Richard Goodrich, Mark Tracey, and David Russell.

Lap 19 saw Herdegen and Goodrich racing hard as they get together with Herdegen spinning. Both had to rejoin the field in the rear as Scott Smith, who started dead last, took the point on the restart followed by Russell, Tracey, Bob Trombley, and Geno Smith. Scott Smith took his sixth win of the season over David Russell, Mark Tracey, Bob Trombley, and Butch Hergegen.

Only seven Sportsman were in the field for their 25 lap feature with Matt Montineri on the pole. But it was Paul Colgan who took the point followed by Mike Pletka, Donny Williams, Timmy Todd, and Montineri. Glenn Carceau passes Montineri for fifth as Montineri slides to sixth followed by Eddie Furtak in seventh.

Pletka passes Colgan and takes over the point as Williams follows behind Pletka for second and Colgan settles into third. Furtak passes Montineri for sixth as Montineri settles into seventh. Williams tries but cannot run down Pletka as Pletka takes his first win of the 2009 season over Donny Williams, Timmy Todd, Jr., Paul Colgan, and Glenn Garceau.

William Hindman took the checkered in the Strictly Stock race over Corey Trombley, Jerry Spears, Dean Sarver, and Teresa Trombley.

Tank Tucker Wins Modified 50 at New Smyrna Speedway

May 17th, 2009

Samsula, FL (May 16, 2009) It was a warm springtime night at New Smyrna Speedway, as fans, drivers and staff said goodbye to Ms.  Peggy Kincaid.  “Ms Peggy”, as she was fondly known, was one of the original staff of Clyde Hart and worked in the tower as a scorer for forty something years.  She was the tower “bulldog” as she kept people orderly and did her job.  She was the first to say “hello” to a stranger and welcome them to the tower and her beloved racetrack.

Ms.  Peggy died suddenly this week at home with her beloved cats and will be missed by many.  She had a heart of gold and was always bringing treats for the tower personnel and keeping order so the tower did not get too loud.  She now watches over us with her beloved husband Dan and you can be sure that alot of us have one special guardian angel in heaven.  Rest in peace Ms.  Peggy and know there are many who will never forget your smiling face.

Fourteen Modifieds made their way to New Smyrna Speedway for the 50 lap feature.  “Rocketman” Wayne Jefferson set fast time followed by Tank Tucker, Alan Bruns, Jerry Symons, and Skip Honaker.  Jefferson pulled the 11 pill putting the #51 of Earl Beckner on the pole.

As the green flag waved, Beckner pulled out to the lead followed by Joe Yarborough, Mav McDonald, Tank Tucker, and Jerry Symons.  But it was a very short lead indeed as the caution came out on lap 2 for Yarborough and Dave Riley. 

The race goes back green as Jerry Symons leads the way over Tucker, Bruns, Jefferson and McDonald.  Tucker passes Symons taking the point as the yellow comes out again for John Zidek and Yarborough in turn 4.  The cars are realigned and go back to green as Tucker leads the way over Bruns, Jefferson, Symons, and Robert Deal.  Bruns passes Tucker and takes the lead when yet another caution is thrown for Dave Riley and John Zidek who have gotten together on the backstretch.  Both drivers are fine but done for the night.

The restart sees Tucker take back the point followed by Bruns, Jefferson, Symons, and Deal.  Bruns looks to pass Tucker but Tucker quickly shuts the door.  Held looks to pass Deal but Deal shuts the door.  Beckner takes his car to the pits, done for the night.  As Tucker and Bruns leaves the field having their own two car race, it is Jefferson in third with Symons far behind and Deal far behind Symons.  Held gives it another try on Deal for fifth but Deal once again shuts the door.  It is Tucker, Bruns, Jefferson, Symons, Deal, Held, Skip Honaker, Mav McDonald, Don Keithley, and Bobby Baldwin.

Tucker begins to build a huge lead over Bruns with the only two car racing going on is between Deal and Held.  Jefferson, who suffered some damage in an early caution, starts to reel in Bruns and takes over second as Bruns goes to third.  Symons then sees that Bruns is not running quite right and takes advantage as he takes over third and Bruns goes to fourth.  It is now Tucker, Jefferson, Symons, Bruns and Deal.

Tucker laps Baldwin and Keithley and puts them both a lap down as Baldwin passes Keithly for ninth.  Ten cars are left as Tucker leads the way over Jefferson, Symons, Bruns, Deal, Held, Honaker, McDonald, Baldwin and Keithley.  It is now evident that Bruns has some issued with his car as he slows and slides backwards.  Tucker takes the checkered winning the 50 lapper followed by Wayne “Rocketman” Jefferson, Jerry Symons, Robert Deal, and Shain Held.

In other action at New Smyrna, there were twelve Late Models in the field for their 30 lap feature with Zack Donatti on the pole.  Donatti quickly took the point on the green followed by Davey Gibbs, Kevin Henry, Alan Bruns, and Bobby Joe Woodley. 

But before the race could even really get started, the yellow comes out for a mast pile-up in turns 1 and 2 involving Randy Dye, Todd Allen, Kevin Henry, Bobbby Joe Woodley, Chad Akins, Greg Skyta and Jessica Murphy.  Todd Allen and Bobby Joe Woodley got together causing the mass pile-up.  All drivers were fine but Dye, Allen, Henry and Woodley were done for the night. 

Henry later went to the hospital for x-rays as his chest was hurting from the hard impact.  But this was definitely not the way these drivers wanted their night to end and start.

The pile-up is cleared, the track is cleaned and the green goes back out as Alan Bruns leads the way over Davey Gibbs, Brad May, Brett Woodley and Chad Akins.  Akins puts the heat on Woodley and takes over fourth as Woodley goes to fifth.  Then Jessica Murphy puts the pressure on Woodley and takes over fifth as Woodley goes slightly sideways and ends up in seventh.

The caution comes out again for Brad May and Davey Gibbs as they get together in turn 1.  Both go on pit road for some crew attention and rejoin the field in the rear for the restart.  Bruns once again takes the point on the green followed by Akins, Donatti, Murphy and May.  May passes Murphy for fourth as Davey Gibbs takes his machine to the pits, done for the night.

Akins puts the heat on Bruns and takes over the point putting Bruns second followed by Donatti, May and Murphy.  Akins takes the checkered followed by Alan Bruns, Zack Donatti, Brad May, and Jessica Murphy.

Butch Herdegen held the point for most of the Super Stock feature but in the end it was Scott Smith taking the checkered.  Ernest Stickle had the pole for the feature but it was Herdegen who quickly took the point on the green followed by Stickle, Richard Goodrich, Mark Tracey, and David Russell. 

Lap 19 saw Herdegen and Goodrich racing hard as they get together with Herdegen spinning.  Both had to rejoin the field in the rear as Scott Smith, who started dead last, took the point on the restart followed by Russell, Tracey, Bob Trombley, and Geno Smith.  Scott Smith took his sixth win of the season over David Russell, Mark Tracey, Bob Trombley, and Butch Hergegen.

Only seven Sportsman were in the field for their 25 lap feature with Matt Montineri on the pole.  But it was Paul Colgan who took the point followed by Mike Pletka, Donny Williams, Timmy Todd, and Montineri.  Glenn Carceau passes Montineri for fifth as Montineri slides to sixth followed by Eddie Furtak in seventh. 

Pletka passes Colgan and takes over the point as Williams follows behind Pletka for second and Colgan settles into third.  Furtak passes Montineri for sixth as Montineri settles into seventh.  Williams tries but cannot run down Pletka as Pletka takes his first win of the 2009 season over Donny Williams, Timmy Todd, Jr., Paul Colgan, and Glenn Garceau.

William Hindman took the checkered in the Strictly Stock race over Corey Trombley, Jerry Spears, Dean Sarver, and Teresa Trombley.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY
MAY 16, 2009

OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED 50
1. #15  Tank Tucker 
2.   #1  Wayne Jefferson 
3.   #66  Jerry Symons 
4.   #15x  Robert Deal 
5.   #55  Shain Held 
6.   #4B  Alan Bruns 
7.   #2  Skip Honaker 
8.   #86  Mav McDonald 
9.   #4  Bobby Baldwin 
10.   #330  Don Keithley 
11.   #51  Earl Beckner 
12.   #29x  Dave Riley 
13.   #112  John Zidek 
14.   #29  Joe Yarborough  

LATE MODEL
1.   #51  Chad Akins 
2.   #4B  Alan Bruns 
3.   #9z  Zack Donatti 
4.   #10x  Brad May 
5.   #26  Jessica Murphy 
6.   #73  Greg Skyta 
7.   #47  Davey Gibbs 
8.   #99w  Brett Woodley 
9.   #98  Bobby Joe Wodley 
10.   #99  Kevin Henry 
11.   #55  Todd Allen 
12.   #43  Randy Dye  

SPORTSMAN
1.   #23  Mike Pletka 
2.   #111  Donny Williams 
3.   #25  Timmy Todd Jr 
4.   #31  Paul Colgan 
5.   #95  Glenn Garceau 
6.   #57  Eddie Furtak 
7.   #10  Matt Montineri  

DAYTONA DODGE SUPER STOCKS
1.   #01  Scott Smith 
2.   #16  David Russell 
3.   #42  Mark Tracey 
4.   #00  Bob Trombley 
5.   #51  Butch Herdegen 
6.   #25  Geno Smith 
7.   #86  Richard Goodrich 
8.   #11x  Ernest Stickle 
9.   #21D  Mike Dahm 
10.  #54x Bobby Holley
DNS  #61  David Russell Sr  

PUB 44 STRICTLY STOCK
1.   #89x  William Hindman 
2.   #14  Corey Trombley 
3.   #18  Jerry Spears 
4.   #45  Dean Sarver 
5.   #8  Teresa Trombley 
6.   #21M  Maureen Dahm  
 

Tim Russell Wins Billie Harvey Memorial 100 at New Smyrna

May 2nd, 2009

Multi-Time Super Late Model Champion Gets Back on Track with Second Win of 2009

CONCORD, NC – Staying on top for the racing world might be harder than getting there. Tim Russell totally understands that, as he has already captured two Sunbelt Super Late Model Series titles in a row and looks to add to his win total each week. He could be called the “White Rabbit,” as his white Insurance Office of America number 36 Chevy has been one of the hardest cars to beat at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) over the course of the last few seasons. Recently Russell found himself in a little slump,but last Saturday’s Billie Harvey Memorial 100 was the turning factor, as Russell took the pole and the feature for a clean sweep at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).

“I really have to thank all the guys for making this victory possible,” said Russell. “We have worked hard to get our car back to where it is now. We barely ran any practice, because we tested earlier in the week and we were pretty good. We found some new stuff that we are working with. It makes the weekend a whole lot easier when we’re good right off the trailer.”

Russell knew he could take it easy on his equipment after winning the pole position. The redraw had him lined up in the fifth spot. It took only a handful of laps before he was up to second, where he stalked leader Wayne Anderson until the latter stages of the race.

“Wayne was really pushing his stuff early on,” said Russell. “I just tried to keep pace with him and not burn up my stuff. We were able to get by him at lap 70 and hang on for the win. I am really proud of all my guys. They have been working hard to get us back to victory lane, and it feels good to win again. Hopefully this keeps the momentum going and we can knock down a
few more wins in the coming weeks.”

Russell has struggled in between his first win back on January 3rd and this victory. Russell and his entire team spent weeks preparing for Speedweeks, which turned out to be a sub-par performance for Russell. Since then, the team has gotten back up on its horse and really found their way back to the top.

“When we won the Red Eye race in January, we thought we could have knocked out a bunch of wins early on,” said Russell. “We struggled a little bit during Speedweeks. We were trying some new stuff that just didn’t work. The competition has been getting strong all across the country. People are getting faster and faster everywhere you go. You just have to try and stay ahead of everybody. We had to do some homework to get back to where we were just a few months back.”

Tim Russell’s next scheduled event will be on May 23rd at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) for another Super Late Model event. Russell will be going for his third-straight pole and his second-straight win.

For more information on Tim Russell, please contact Matt Dillner at (704) 788-2134 x 9, and be sure to check out his web site at
www.timrussellonline.com

Rogers Closes Out the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway by Winning Pete Orr Memorial 100

February 17th, 2009

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – The 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) has concluded with the ninth night of racing closing the series out on Saturday night.

The night was highlighted by a near-flawless performance by Orlando’s David Rogers in the Pete Orr Memorial 100 Super Late Model race. Rogers, who entered the night tied with Jeff Choquette in the World Series SLM point standings, started in the sixth position, but was leading by the time that the race was only five laps old. He withstood pressure from several challengers and won over Tim Russell, Jack Landis, Wayne Anderson and Johanna Long.

With the victory, Rogers locked up the World Series Super Late Model championship

Ted Christopher also clinched a World Series championship in style. The Connecticut driver won his fourth Tour-type Modified race of the World Series. Christopher faced heavy pressure from new Hampshire’s Andy Seuss throughout the race, but Seuss had a tire go flat late in the race. Eric Goodale nipped Seuss at the finish line for second place while Jon McKennedy and Matt Hirschman rounded out the top five finishers.

Jimmy Blewett won the SK Modified feature race and wrapped up a perfect week in that division during the 2009 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. He swept that division’s eight races of the series.

In other racing action at New Smyrna, Jessica Murphy won the Limited Late Model feature event and Austin Pickens won the FASCAR Pro Truck main event.

For all of the news, recaps and happenings from this year’s Smyrna Speedweeks, be sure to check out Speed51.com and NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org. For more information on Speed51.com, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports
by calling (704) 788-2134.

Christopher Leads The Winners on Night Eight of the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway

February 15th, 2009

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – Some of best short track racing anywhere took place with the running of the Richie Evans Memorial 100 for the Tour-type Modifieds as part of Night Eight of the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Friday night.

Ted Christopher and Ronnie Silk exchanged the lead several times in the closing laps of the race, with Christopher taking the victory by a thin margin. It was the fourth time in his career that Christopher won the prestigious event and the third Tour-type Modified race that he has won at New Smyrna during the 2009 running of the series.

Finishing behind Christopher and Silk in the Richie Evans Memorial 100 were Bobby Grigas, Matt Hirschman and Kevin Goodale.

Wayne Anderson won Friday night’s 30-lap Super Late Model feature over David Rogers, Jack Landis, Jeff Choquette and Jeremy Colangelo. Unofficially, this will tie the Super Late Model point standings between Jeff Choquette and David Rogers with only one night of racing left.

The Crate Late Models ran their final event of this year’s World Series with Stephen Nasse winning the extended distance 50-lap event. David Wagner finished second and is the 2008 New Smyrna World Series of Short Track Racing Crate Late Model champion.

Jimmy Blewett won the SK Modified feature race and remains defeated in that division during the 2009 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. His current win streak is set at seven.

In other racing action at New Smyrna, Travis Hanson won the Limited Late Model feature event and Austin Pickens won the FASCAR Pro Truck main event.

The ninth and final night of Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway will take place Saturday, February 14th. The Tour-Type Modifieds, SK Modifieds, Crate Late Models and Late Model Trucks will all see action. The night will be highlighted though by the running of the Pete Orr Memorial 100 for the Super Late Model division.

The green flag for the first feature event is scheduled for 7:30pm ET.

For all the latest news and happenings throughout Smyrna Speedweeks, be sure to check out Speed51.com and NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org. For more information on Speed51.com, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports by calling (704)
788-2134.

Plenty of Action at New Smyrna Speedway

February 15th, 2009

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL -There was plenty of action and six faces in victory lane on Night Seven of the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Thursday night.

The Super Late Models were the headlining division on Thursday night with a 50 lap feature on tap. Ohio driver Jack Landis visited victory lane at New Smyrna for the first time this year after early contenders Jeff Choquette and Jeff Scofield tangled on the racetrack before the halfway point. Landis inherited the land at that point and then cruised to victory lane. David Rodgers, Tim Russell, Choquette and Wayne Anderson rounded out the top five finishers.

Connecticut’s Ted Christopher was victorious in the Tour-type Modified feature after fighting a sprited battle with Ronnie Silk for the lead. Christopher came out on top when the dust settled. Bobby Grigas finished second and the top five finishers were rounded out by Silk, Matt Hirschman and Chuck Hossfeld.

Jimmy Blewett won the SK Modified feature race and remains defeated in that division during the 2009 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. His current win streak is set at six.

In other racing action at New Smyrna, Drew Brannon won the Limited Late Model feature event, David Wagner won the Crate Late Model feature and Austin Pickens won the FASCAR Pro Truck main event.

The eighth night of Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway will take place Friday, February 13th. The Tour-Type Modifieds, Super Late Models, Late Models, Crate Late Models and Late Model Trucks will all see action. The night will be highlighted by the Richie Evans Memorial 100 for the Tour-type Modifieds. 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman, who won in
Modified action at New Smyrna earlier in the week, is expected to enter the race. The green flag for the first feature event is scheduled for 7:30pm ET.

For all the latest news and happenings throughout Smyrna Speedweeks, be sure to check out Speed51.com and NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org. For more information on Speed51.com, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports by calling (704)
788-2134.

Ronnie Silk Leads the Way With a Victory in John Blewett, III Memorial 50 Race

February 14th, 2009

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL -There were six winners on Wednesday night after 200 laps of green flag racing on Night Six of the 43rd
Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).

The Tour-type Modifieds took part in the John Blewett, III Memorial 50 feature event and it was Ronnie Silk who dominated on his way to the win. At one point, Silk enjoyed a lead off over one full straightaway over the field. Point leader Ted Christopher finished second and was top five was rounded out by Matt Hirschman, Jimmy Blewett and Kevin Goodale.

The Florida Modifieds also ran a 50-lap extended distance feature race. Wayne Jefferson dominated that event and emerged as its victor. Jefferson was followed to the finish line by Larry Collins, Nick Diano and Jerry Symons.

Choquette won his fourth Super Late Model feature event so far of Speedweeks 2009. With the victory, he further extended his point lead in the division. The top five finishers in the Super Late Models on Wednesday night were rounded out by Tim Russell, David Rodgers, Jeff Schofield and Johanna Long.

For the third night in a row, Canadian racer Patrick Laperle won the Crate Late Model feature. Laperle and David Wagner battled hard for the lead before Laperle was able to pull away in the closing laps and take the victory.

Jimmy Blewett won the SK Modified feature race and remains defeated in that division during the 2009 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

A.J. Curelli won the Limited Late Models feature event.

The seventh night of Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway will take place Thursday, February 12th. The Tour-Type Modifieds, Super Late Models, Late Models, Crate Late Models and Late Model Trucks will all see action. Special 50-lap events will be on tap for the Super Late Models and the Limited Late Models. Green flag for the first feature event is scheduled for 7:30pm ET.

For all the latest news and happenings throughout Smyrna Speedweeks, be sure to check out Speed51.com and NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org. For more information on Speed51.com, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports by calling (704)
788-2134.

Multiple Winners Celebrate Victories at New Smyrna Speedway

February 14th, 2009

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL -There were some familiar faces in victory lane on Night Five of the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Six divisions raced throughout Tuesday evening with six different drivers taking home victories.

In the Tour-type Modified feature, Connecticut’s Ted Christopher held off Jimmy Blewett to win his first Speedweeks race of the 2009 season. Those two were followed to the finish by Chuck Hossfeld, Ronnie Silk and Jon McKennedy.

Meanwhile, Jeff Choquette won his third Super Late Model feature event so far of Speedweeks 2009. With the victory, he extended his point lead in the division. The top five finishers in the Super Late Models on Tuesday night were rounded out by David Rodgers, Wayne Anderson, Johanna Long and Jack Landis

For the second night in a row, Canadian racer Patrick Laperle won the Crate Late Model feature. Early leader Landon Cassill was spun out of the race on lap 15. David Wagner finished in the second position with Joey Gase, Kyle Maynard and Eric Chase rounded out the top five finishers.

Other winners were Ryan Preece in the Florida Modifieds and Drew Brannon in the Limited Late Models.

The sixth night of Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway will take place Wednesday, February 11th. The Tour-Type Modifieds, Super Late Models, Late Models, Crate Late Models and Florida Modifieds will all see action. Special 50-lap events will be on tap for the Florida Modifieds and the Tour-type Modifieds, who will run the Second Annual John Blewett, III Memorial 50. Green flag for the first feature event is scheduled for 7:30pm ET.

For all the latest news and happenings throughout Smyrna Speedweeks, be sure to check out Speed51.com and NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org. For more information on Speed51.com, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports by calling (704)
788-2134.

Ryan Newman Leads the Way on Night Four of the 43rd Annual

February 12th, 2009

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – A strong crowd was on hand Monday evening for Night Four of the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Six divisions raced throughout the evening with six different drivers taking home victories.

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and defending Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman showed the way in the 25-lap Tour-type Modified feature. Newman and 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher exchanged the lead several times in the closing laps, with Newman taking the victory. Christopher maintained second place at the finish line. Eric Goodale, John Jensen and Jon McKennedy rounded out the top five finishers in that feature event.

Canadian racer Patrick Laperle won a wild Crate Late Model event that was shortened to 11 laps after several early wrecks and caution periods. 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year Landon Cassill finished second. David Wagner, David Rigin and Joseph Gase rounded out the top five finishers.

Jimmy Blewett won his third straight SK Modified feature of the week. He remains unbeaten so far in that division at New Smyrna during Speedweeks 2009.

Other winners were Dave Steele in the winged Sprint Cars, Buddy Griffin in the Vintage Racecars and Jerry Symons in the Florida Modifieds.

The fifth night of Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway will take place Tuesday, February 10th. The Tour-Type Modifieds, Super Late Models, Late Models, Crate Late Models and Florida Modifieds will all see action. Green flag for the first feature event is scheduled for 7:30pm ET.

For all the latest news and happenings throughout Smyrna Speedweeks, be sure to check out Speed51.com and NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org. For more information on Speed51.com, please contact Matt Kentfield at 51 Sports by calling (704)
788-2134.

Speed51 Radio and RaceTalkRadio.com Present Live Coverage of Richie Evans and Pete Orr Memorials at New Smyrna Speedway

February 12th, 2009

CONCORD, NC – Some of the biggest short track races of Speedweeks can be heard by thousands of fans even if they are not in Florida this February. 51Sports and RaceTalkRadio.com announced today that they have partnered to provide live, flag-to-flag coverage of the Richie Evans Memorial “Tour-Type” Modified event and the Pete Orr Memorial Super Late Model finale from New Smyrna Speedway as part of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

NASCAR on SPEED broadcaster Bob Dillner and a special guest from Speed51 Radio will provide live coverage of the Richie Evans Memorial, 100-lap event on Friday the 13th, while even more special guests will call the Pete Orr Memorial, 100-lap race on Saturday the 14th. Fans not able to make it to New Smyrna will be able to listen live on RaceTalkRadio.com for all the action by clicking on the “Listen Live” button on the upper right portion of the website.

“As a fan growing up in the Northeast, the racing at New Smyrna during Speedweeks was always a huge deal for my family and I as fans,” said Dillner. “I wish they had the magic of the Internet back then because I would have to wait a week until I got my racing paper to find out who did what on the track. During the past seven years we have brought fans even closer to the action in February with our Trackside Now coverage on Speed51.com and fans will be able to hear the race as well. I’m proud that we at Speed51 Radio and Dennis Michelsen and his group at RaceTalkRadio.com will be able to present these two races to the fans that can’t make it to New Smyrna this year.”

Speed51 Radio will also be providing daily updates, tentatively scheduled for a Wednesday debut, on all the action from the nine-night World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway on RaceTalkRadio.com. Every morning, fans will be able to check out audio highlights of the previous nights’ action from the staff of Speed51.com, the web’s leading asphalt
short track website.

“Once again, the dynamic duo of Speed51.com and RaceTalkRadio.com will give short track racing fans their ultimate fix this weekend,” said RTR co-owner Dennis Michelsen. “Those bad boy Mods and the Super Late Models from New Smyrna will be a one-two punch sure to thaw out racing fans from coast and coast and get them ready for a great season.”

The live coverage from New Smyrna will also bring a worldwide audience to the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

“Having the live coverage allows all the fans that weren’t able to come to New Smyrna this year to tune into their computers and know what’s going on here for our two biggest races of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing,” said Joe Lewandoski, Marketing Manager of New Smyrna Speedway. “Hopefully, the folks that are tuning into this year’s races and enjoying the action on their computers will come down to New Smyrna next year. It’s a great opportunity to showcase these two events to listeners around the country and beyond.”

Speed51.com is the premiere short track racing website and the official news site of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Join host Bob Dillner, Duke, Stix and Twist and the rest of the gang as they provide all the news from the track, both on Speed51.com’s Trackside Now and “Speed51 Radio” on RaceTalkRadio.com. Stay tuned to both websites for information
regarding each night’s pre-race show times.

RaceTalkRadio.com ownership combines NASCAR writers Dennis Michelsen and Mike Harper with the creative talents of digital media artist Lori Munro. This unique blend has produced some of the most cutting-edge programming in the racing industry. Producers of the official radio shows for the ARCA RE/MAX and ASA Late Model Series, RaceTalkRadio has grown from a single show years ago to four nights a week of race talk entertainment.

51 Sports is the parent company of two of the largest short track racing news websites, Speed51.com and LegendsNation.com. Since 2001, Speed51.com has been the home for short track news and behind-the-scenes stories from series all around the country, from ARCA and NASCAR’s Touring Divisions, to the Super Late Model and Modified series from all across the country and
much more. Speed51.com also received a graphical overhaul in February 2009, as the site enters its ninth season of covering the short tracks from coast-to-coast and Canada. Launched in 2006, LegendsNation.com is the only authority on Legends Car and Bandolero racing news, rumors and more.

For more information on Speed51.com and Speed51 Radio, contact 51 Sports at (704) 788-2134 and be sure to check out RaceTalkRadio.

Jeremy Colangelo Set for Nine Nights of Racing at World Series

February 5th, 2009

CONCORD, NC – It’s one whole season of racing rolled into a week of action. Drivers like Jeremy Colangelo can’t be more excited for the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Drivers from all around the United States, and even Canada, come to take part in the nine-night series that offers drivers in multiple divisions a chance to race as many as eight times over a nine-day period. This will be Colangelo’s first attempt at a Speedweeks’ Championship. The Deland, Florida, Super Late Model driver will hope to score some victories in his RE/MAX Mark Martin Performance Chevrolet.

“We are gunning for winning races, and we want to win the title. We’ll have to see how we stack up that week.” said Colangelo. “I have never run the World Series before. Physically, mentally I think we are ready to race, but when you’re talking about racing eight out of nine nights, then you never know what to expect.”

With NASCAR team owners and drivers being stationed at Daytona International Speedway up the road, chances are that they will head south to watch the short track racers strut there stuff. That gives some drivers extra momentum to circle the track each night. Colangelo enjoys the thought of being watched by the best in the business. He’s got pretty good practice being a Mark Martin development driver.

“There will be guys coming over from the big track in Daytona to watch us race around the half mile,” said Colangelo. “I think Mark (Martin) has been impressed with our finishes, and it would be cool to win one. Maybe he’ll be there to root us on some of those nights.”

Colangelo won a pair of Super Late Model races last season, both of which were at New Smyrna Speedway. He hopes to build off of those wins and become a serious contender for the weeklong Super Late Model championship.

“We’re really looking forward to getting back to New Smyrna,” said Colangelo. “The World Series is always exciting. It ranks right up there with the Governor’s Cup title and winning a Super Late Model championship. It’s pretty exciting to have other drivers come from all over the country to come race with us.”

Preparation will be key to winning the overall title. One bad night could spell disaster for any driver in any class. Super Late Model teams are at more of an advantage because they will have backup cars in their hauler ready to go if the primary car has problems.

“We’ll have all of our spare parts in order, and we’ll have a backup car ready to go if we have issues,” added Colangelo. “We also are only a few minutes down the road from the track, so if we have to do a lengthy repair, we have that to our advantage.”

Action will begin on Friday, February 6th, and run until Saturday, February 14th. The final night of racing will feature the Super Late Models in their 100-lap Pete Orr Memorial event.

For more information on Jeremy Colangelo, please contact Elgin Traylor at (704) 788-2134 x 4, and be sure to check out his website at www.jeremycolangelo.net/.

In Just 7 Days, the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Begins at New Smyrna Speedway

February 5th, 2009

Orlando, FL In just a few days, the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing will begin for nine straight nights at New Smyrna Speedway. Over the years, many stars of NASCAR have traveled the one-half mile asphalt during those nine nights in either Super Late Models or NASCAR Tour Type Modifieds.

Many years ago, it was the Wisconsin drivers who went home victorious over the nine nights. Included in those Wisconsin drivers were two brothers, Scott and Chris Wimmer. Scott, being the older brother, did a lot more racing than his younger brother Chris. But each wanted the same goal, a win at the World Series. Scott did win a few races and was always gracious to the crowds. Then, about a month after the World Series was over, you could go to Lakeland’s USA International and see Scott again as he ran the Hooter’s Pro Cup Series.

Steve Park was a fan favorite as he ran with the NASCAR Tour Type Modifieds for three years. Once at Daytona in the pit area, I asked Steve what running there meant to him. He answered my question with a big smile on his face and said “it was alot of fun and he enjoyed every minute of it. The fans were great and I always felt so welcome when I was there.”

Then when Park left, there was a young man named Tony Stewart in one of the NASCAR Tour Type Modifieds. He did not have an enjoyable time since he never did win one of the races but in the crowd were a number of Number 18 Interstate Battery/Bobby Labonte jackets. It was none other than Joe Gibbs and his team watching Tony Stewart for a possible teammate to Bobby. Little did we know then that he and Bobby would team together for a few years.

Many years ago, a very young Shelby Howard came from Indiana to try his luck at not only New Smyrna Speedway but also Orlando SpeedWorld in his modified. Shebly and his family were extremely nice. When Shelby finally won his first and only modified win at Orlando SpeedWorld, one of the older modified drivers was not so happy and protested Shelby. But it did not bother Shelby and he did return in a Super Late Model after that and for a few surprise visits at the World Series.

Cale Gale was also seen at the World Series in his Georgia Pro Truck. Gale, who had gone to Speedfest at USA International, came to the World Series and showed once again that Georgia boys can race. Of course the hometown boys were not happy when an outsider beat them and Gale never came back after that. But he also has tried his luck at the World Series.

Another Wisconsin driver, Ryan Matthews, gave the crowd a thrill one year when his car went upside down right at the start/finish line flying thru the air. Luckily and thankfully, Ryan was fine but the car was done and he ended his nine nights way too soon.

Over the years, drivers who have entertained the usually cold crowd since February can be cold in Florida were Junior Hanley, Kevin Cywinski, Dexter Bean, Eddie Van Halen, Landon Cassill, Joey Miller, Eddie Hoffman, Donald Long, Clay Rogers, Ted Christopher to just name a few drivers. They came to try their luck. Some went home happy, others went home way too early.

As our economy has gotten beyond some of our means, so has traveling for some drivers. But on February 6th, the action will once again begin for the 43rd year of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. To check the pre-entries for this year, go to www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.

43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Right Around the Corner

February 3rd, 2009

Samsula, Fla. In just a few days at New Smyrna Speedway, the asphalt will heat up for the 43rd running of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. For nine (yes 9) straight nights, the BEST OF THE BEST Super Late Models, Late Models, ASA Crate Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type Modifieds, SK Modifieds, FL/IMCA Modifieds, Sprint Cars, and Pro Trucks will entertain fans with the best short track racing on asphalt in the state.

“Entries have been pouring in,” said Operations Manager Kim Brown. “This looks to be one of the best years ever for the World Series and we are very excited about the nine nights. We have twenty two Super Lates already pre-entered and more coming in. They are coming from Florida, Ohio, California, Ontario, New York, and North Carolina. What a great field fans will see.”

“We have had a large response from the ASA Crate Type Late Models with 31 already pre-entered. For that field, they are coming from all over the country it seems. Drivers are coming from states that we have not normally had for the World Series like Vermont, Kentucky, Iowa and Idaho. This truly is going to be great.”

The 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing will begin on Friday, February 6th and continue until Saturday, February 14th. Racing will begin each night at 7:30 pm. Grandstands are $25.00 and $30.00 for reserved seating. Children 11 and under are free. To get reserve seating, call 386-427-4127. Pit gate is $30.00 per person.

On Friday, February 13th, the annual Richie Evans Memorial will run showcasing the NASCAR Tour Type Modifieds for 100 laps of modified action. On Saturday, for the Super Late Model fans, the Pete Orr Memorial 100 will run showcasing some of the BEST Super Late Model drivers in the country. Plus during the week, there will be various 50 lap races for other divisions and Winged
Sprints on Sunday, February 8th and Monday, February 9th.

The FL/IMCA Modified will run thru Wednesday, February 11th and will be replaced on Thursday, February 12th with the FASCAR Pro Trucks. The FL/IMCA Modifieds will run a 50 lap race on Wednesday as their final race of the World Series.

On Thursday, February 12th, fans will see two 50 lap races with the Super Late Models and Late Models. On Friday, February 13th, along with the Richie Evans Memorial, the ASA Crate Late Models will also run for 50 laps.

Then on Saturday, February 14 and the final night, it is the Pete Orr Memorial 100 plus the SK Modified 50 lapper and the FASCAR Pro Truck 50 lapper. A great way to end nine nights of racing action.

For more information on the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, to (www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.

Tim Russell Is Red Hot Heading into World Series at New Smyrna

February 2nd, 2009

CONCORD, NC – Tim Russell has done just about everything you can possibly do in a Super Late Model in the state of Florida. The two-time FASCAR Sunbelt Champion and two-time Bright House Champion has had an impressive run during the last few seasons. One goal that still awaits Russell is the Super Late Model Championship from the World Series at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). The nine-night series is a true test of driving ability and stamina.

“It would be really cool to go there and win a championship and the Pete Orr 100,” said Russell. “We are on a pretty good streak, having just won the pole and the race at the Red Eye last month. My dad won the World Series title a few times back in the early 90s, so it’s only fitting that I add my name to the list of winners.”

Russell watched his dad, David Russell, win the week-long season championship back in 1996. Perhaps winning the week-long finale Pete Orr Memorial 100 would be just as special, as Orr served as a driver for the elder Russell many years back.

“We can’t think about the last race yet,” added Russell. “We have to go there and try to get as many wins as we can and let the points fall where they may and then worry about the championship. I would love to win the Pete Orr Memorial 100, but it’s a long week of racing and that’s why we’ll have two cars ready for the week of racing.”

When you add up the laps for each class, it translates to a full season of racing in only a week’s time. For the true racer like Russell, there’s nothing better.

“It’s one year of racing all in one night,” explained Russell. “You have to be careful each night, but at the same time you have to race hard every night. Some of the races are only 30 laps, and that’s not a lot of time to get the job done.”

One of the toughest challenges about the World Series is the change in the track from night to night. Last year, with little rain during Speedweeks, the track became a handful for all of the drivers.

“Last year the track change a ton,” added Russell. “The more rubber all the cars put on the track also made it very tight. We almost needed that typical Florida rainstorm to come and help us wash off the track, but it never came. We had a strong showing last year; hopefully we can improve and keep our hot streak going.”

The nine nights of the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing begins on February 6th and runs through February 14th. Seven divisions of racing from Super Late Models to Modifieds to Pro Trucks will be on the track during the week. The week ends with the crowning of the champions and the seventh annual Pete Orr Memorial 100.

For more information on Tim Russell, please contact Matt Dillner at (704) 788-2134 x 9, and be sure to check out the website at
www.timrussellonline.com

Tim Russell Wins the Red Eye 125 at New Smyrna Speedway

January 10th, 2009

CONCORD, NC –  Some people might ask what does Tim Russell have left to prove to people that he’s a legit racecar driver?  He’s won countless races and just wrapped up his second-consecutive Sunbelt Super Late Model Series Championship.  Even champions can find something to race for, as Russell knew that Wayne Anderson had his number at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) in 2008; but this was a new year.  Throw in the mix Mike Skinner, a former Camping World Truck Series Champion, and Russell had all the reason he needed to step up his game.  When the dust settled, Anderson and Skinner could only watch as the checkered flag went to Russell.   

“It was an awesome win for us,” said Russell.  “We knew we had to beat Wayne (Anderson).  He’s won a lot of races here in the last few months.  Beating a NASCAR driver like Mike Skinner for the win just makes it all the more special.  It feels really good to come out on top.”

Russell started outside the top 10 and picked his way to the front.  When he got to third, he took advantage of race leader Skinner’s bobble that stacked up Anderson in the second spot.  Russell dove to the bottom and grabbed the runner-up spot.  Only a few laps later, Russell made the pass for the lead and held on over the final 45 laps.  

“We had a really good car right from the get-go.  We were fast in practice, and we won the pole in qualifying,” said Russell.  “They put 15 numbers in the pill draw and we drew 11th and started working our way to the front from there.  We got around Wayne Anderson and then by leader Mike Skinner.  I knew after that all I had to do was hit my marks.”

As most of the country is covered with snow or foul weather, seems to have the shortest off-season of any of the states that run Super Late Models.  It was in the final weeks of November that the last race was run on the east cost of Florida, and only five weeks later cars were back at the track ready to go in 2009.  Russell said it was like it had only been a few days.

“It was like I never got out of the seat,” added Russell.  “The track was a little slower with the lack of rubber on it.  We changed a few things before the race and made it a lot more drivable.  I’m happy to get the win, but now we are right back in the shop getting things ready for Speedweeks.” 

Tim Russell is already gearing for Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway.  The nine nights of racing has the Super Late Model teams racing eight times including the Annual Pete Orr Memorial 100.  Russell will be looking to win his first-ever Speedweeks title.

For more information on Tim Russell, please contact Matt Dillner at (704) 788-2134 x 9, and be sure to check out his website at www.timrussellonline.com.   

Tim Russell tops Red Eye 125 at New Smyrna Speedway

January 9th, 2009

Samsula, FL The Red Eye 125 returned to New Smyrna Speedway last night with a huge bang drawing 31 Super Late Models for the first leg of the FASCAR Triple Crown and even included one NASCAR Craftsman Truck driver in the field.  Mike Skinner of Port Orange has not raced a Super Late Model in many years but last night had a ball in his son’s No.  5 Super Late.

Only twenty eight of the Super Lates qualified as two were working on their cars due to incidents that happened during practice.  But it was Tim Russell who set fast time followed by Preston Peltier, the only out-of-state driver in the field and very fast, Wayne Anderson, Joe Winchell and David Rogers.  Russell pulled the 11 pill which put non other than Mike Skinner of the pole for the 125 lap feature.

After driver introductions and a few photos of the thirty drivers, it was time to go racing as Katlyn Clouser gave the demand, “Daddy and Gentlemen, START YOUR ENGINES.” Katlyn is the five year old daughter of the No.  9 Super Late Model driver Rich Clouser and has become quite the MC for starting big races.

Skinner quickly took his place on the point as the green waved followed by Chad Akins, David Pletcher, Jeremy Colangelo, and Daniel Webster.  Colangelo wasted little time taking over fourth as Webster went to fifth followed by Matt Bowers, Winchell, Peliter, Michael Williams and David Rogers.

Peltier and Williams do some hard side-by-side racing as they touch but both did a great job of maintaining their cars.  Just as it is getting hot and heavy, the first caution of the night comes out on lap 15 for James Carter, Jr.  who spun high in turns 3 and 4.  Carter is fine and the race goes back green on lap 20 as Skinner leads the way over Akins, Colangelo, Pletcher, Webster, Bowers, Russell, Anderson, Winchell, Rogers, Williams, Peltier, Brian Finney, Fain Skinner and Corey Freed. 

Anderson puts the heat on as he passes Bowers and takes over fifth with Russell following Anderson as he takes over sixth and Bowers settles into seventh.  Skinner continues to lead the pack as Anderson puts heat on Pletcher and takes over fourth followed by Russell in fifth and Pletcher sixth.  Pletcher goes high in turn 4 but keeps the car off the wall as Fain Skinner ends his night on lap 31 and is behind pit wall.  By lap 32, it is Mike Skinner, Chad Akins, Wayne Anderson, Jeremy Colangelo, and Tim Russell leading the way.

The caution comes out for Morgan Hoover who has hit the inside frontstretch wall.  Hoover is fine but is done for the night.  The race goes back green on lap 37 as Skinner is hard on the restart and basically jumps it but the yellow does not come out.  Anderson wastes no time as he passes Akins for second and is now ready to hunt down Skinner for first.  Once again as the racing is getting hot and heavy, the caution comes out for John Coffman who has hit the turns 3-4 wall in the rear.  Coffman is not hurt and quickly takes his car to pit road for some crew attention.  Also on pit road is Rich Clouser who sees his night come to an end with brake issues.  Both Clouser and Coffman are done for the night.

Lap 46 sees the restart as Mike Skinner leads the way over Wayne Anderson, Jeremy Colangelo, Tim Russell, Matt Bowers, Chad Akins, Daniel Webster, David Rogers, David Pletcher, Joe Winchell, Preston Peltier, Michael Williams, Brian Finney, Corey Freed, Eddie Gainey and Justin Larson.  Larson passes Gainey for 15th as Gainey slides to 16th.  Anderson is now putting the heat on Skinner for first as he pulls right on his rear-end but Skinner holds.  Russell passes Colangelo and takes over third.  Justin Larson, who started in the rear due to problems and not being able to qualify, is on the move as he passes Freed for 14th.  On lap 58, Eddie Gainey retires his ride to the pits for the night as Skinner continues to lead the way as Anderson is on the hunt for Skinner.

The halfway mark sees Mike Skinner, Wayne Anderson, Tim Russell, Jeremy Colangelo, Matt Bowers, David Rogers, Chad Akins, Daniel Webster, David Pletcher, and Joe Winchell as the top ten.  On lap 64, Brian Finney, the 2008 Triple Crown Champion, retires his Merritt Island Air and Heat/Bob Steele Chevrolet to the pits as his engine has let go.

As the top three are now hot and heavy on each other, Skinner slides sideways, Anderson has to check up to avoid hitting Skinner and Russell takes the advantage and passes both taking over the lead followed by Anderson and Skinner.  David Rogers is also on the move as he passes Matt Bowers for fifth and looks on Colangelo to take over fourth.  Rogers makes the move work and takes over fourth followed by Colangelo, Bowers, Akins, Peltier, Pletcher, Webster, Larson and Winchell.

After qualifying in the top five and having a very good run, Joe Winchell takes his ride to the pits on lap 77.  A big disappointment for both Joe and car owner Jim McCoy.  On lap 80 it is Russell, Anderson, Mike Skinner, David Rogers, Jeremy Colangelo, Matt Bowers, Preston Peltier, Daniel Webster, Justin Larson and David Pletcher in the top ten.  Russ Shaw brings out the caution as he spins on the backstretch.  But it is a very quick restart as the caution comes out again for Akins and Bowers who have spun coming off turn 4.  Also involved is Corey Freed who has major front-end damage and is done for the night. 

On the restart, the caution comes out again as fast as the green was thrown as Ronnie Roach hits the inside frontstretch wall.  Roach is fine but also done for the night.  On the restart on lap 94, we see 17 cars left out of the original 30 car field.  Russell leads the way over Anderson, Skinner, Rogers, Colangelo, Bowers, Peltier, Webster, Larson and Pletcher. 

Lap 104 sees the caution come out for Randy Anderson, Wayne Anderson’s oldest son, as he hits the inside frontstretch wall.  After having a very good run for his first Super Late Model race at New Smyrna Speedway and a 125 lapper, young Anderson is done for the night but is fine.

Lap 110 sees the restart with 14 cars left in the field as Russell leads the way over Anderson, Skinner, Rogers, and Colangelo.  Rogers does look to pass Skinner for third but Skinner will have nothing to do with it and holds his position.  With five laps to go, it is Tim Russell leading the way over Anderson, Skinner, Rogers, and Bowers.  Russell takes the checkered flag for his first win in 2009 and the first leg of the FASCAR Triple Crown.  The second leg of the FASCAR Triple Crown will run on July 2nd at the Clyde Hart Memorial.

Tim Russell tops Red Eye 125 at New Smyrna Speedway

January 7th, 2009

Samsula, FL (January 3, 2008) The Red Eye 125 returned to New Smyrna Speedway last night with a huge bang drawing 31 Super Late Models for the first leg of the FASCAR Triple Crown and even included one NASCAR Craftsman Truck driver in the field. Mike Skinner of Port Orange has not raced a Super Late Model in many years but last night had a ball in his son’s No. 5 Super Late.

Only twenty eight of the Super Lates qualified as two were working on their cars due to incidents that happened during practice. But it was Tim Russell who set fast time followed by Preston Peltier, the only out-of-state driver in the field and very fast, Wayne Anderson, Joe Winchell and David Rogers. Russell pulled the 11 pill which put non other than Mike Skinner of the pole for the 125 lap feature.

After driver introductions and a few photos of the thirty drivers, it was time to go racing as Katlyn Clouser gave the demand, “Daddy and Gentlemen, START YOUR ENGINES.” Katlyn is the five year old daughter of the No. 9 Super Late Model driver Rich Clouser and has become quite the MC for starting big races.

Skinner quickly took his place on the point as the green waved followed by Chad Akins, David Pletcher, Jeremy Colangelo, and Daniel Webster. Colangelo wasted little time taking over fourth as Webster went to fifth followed by Matt Bowers, Winchell, Peliter, Michael Williams and David Rogers.

Peltier and Williams do some hard side-by-side racing as they touch but both did a great job of maintaining their cars. Just as it is getting hot and heavy, the first caution of the night comes out on lap 15 for James Carter, Jr. who spun high in turns 3 and 4. Carter is fine and the race goes back green on lap 20 as Skinner leads the way over Akins, Colangelo, Pletcher, Webster, Bowers, Russell, Anderson, Winchell, Rogers, Williams, Peltier, Brian Finney, Fain Skinner and Corey Freed.

Anderson puts the heat on as he passes Bowers and takes over fifth with Russell following Anderson as he takes over sixth and Bowers settles into seventh. Skinner continues to lead the pack as Anderson puts heat on Pletcher and takes over fourth followed by Russell in fifth and Pletcher sixth. Pletcher goes high in turn 4 but keeps the car off the wall as Fain Skinner ends his night on lap 31 and is behind pit wall. By lap 32, it is Mike Skinner, Chad Akins, Wayne Anderson, Jeremy Colangelo, and Tim Russell leading the way.

The caution comes out for Morgan Hoover who has hit the inside frontstretch wall. Hoover is fine but is done for the night. The race goes back green on lap 37 as Skinner is hard on the restart and basically jumps it but the yellow does not come out. Anderson wastes no time as he passes Akins for second and is now ready to hunt down Skinner for first. Once again as the racing is getting hot and heavy, the caution comes out for John Coffman who has hit the turns 3-4 wall in the rear. Coffman is not hurt and quickly takes his car to pit road for some crew attention. Also on pit road is Rich Clouser who sees his night come to an end with brake issues. Both Clouser and Coffman are done for the night.

Lap 46 sees the restart as Mike Skinner leads the way over Wayne Anderson, Jeremy Colangelo, Tim Russell, Matt Bowers, Chad Akins, Daniel Webster, David Rogers, David Pletcher, Joe Winchell, Preston Peltier, Michael Williams, Brian Finney, Corey Freed, Eddie Gainey and Justin Larson. Larson passes Gainey for 15th as Gainey slides to 16th. Anderson is now putting the heat on
Skinner for first as he pulls right on his rear-end but Skinner holds. Russell passes Colangelo and takes over third. Justin Larson, who started in the rear due to problems and not being able to qualify, is on the move as he passes Freed for 14th. On lap 58, Eddie Gainey retires his ride to the pits for the night as Skinner continues to lead the way as Anderson is on the hunt for
Skinner.

The halfway mark sees Mike Skinner, Wayne Anderson, Tim Russell, Jeremy Colangelo, Matt Bowers, David Rogers, Chad Akins, Daniel Webster, David Pletcher, and Joe Winchell as the top ten. On lap 64, Brian Finney, the 2008 Triple Crown Champion, retires his Merritt Island Air and Heat/Bob Steele Chevrolet to the pits as his engine has let go.

As the top three are now hot and heavy on each other, Skinner slides sideways, Anderson has to check up to avoid hitting Skinner and Russell takes the advantage and passes both taking over the lead followed by Anderson and Skinner. David Rogers is also on the move as he passes Matt Bowers for fifth and looks on Colangelo to take over fourth. Rogers makes the move work and takes over fourth followed by Colangelo, Bowers, Akins, Peltier, Pletcher, Webster, Larson and Winchell.

After qualifying in the top five and having a very good run, Joe Winchell takes his ride to the pits on lap 77. A big disappointment for both Joe and car owner Jim McCoy. On lap 80 it is Russell, Anderson, Mike Skinner, David Rogers, Jeremy Colangelo, Matt Bowers, Preston Peltier, Daniel Webster, Justin Larson and David Pletcher in the top ten. Russ Shaw brings out the caution
as he spins on the backstretch. But it is a very quick restart as the caution comes out again for Akins and Bowers who have spun coming off turn 4. Also involved is Corey Freed who has major front-end damage and is done for the night.

On the restart, the caution comes out again as fast as the green was thrown as Ronnie Roach hits the inside frontstretch wall. Roach is fine but also done for the night. On the restart on lap 94, we see 17 cars left out of the original 30 car field. Russell leads the way over Anderson, Skinner, Rogers, Colangelo, Bowers, Peltier, Webster, Larson and Pletcher.

Lap 104 sees the caution come out for Randy Anderson, Wayne Anderson’s oldest son, as he hits the inside frontstretch wall. After having a very good run for his first Super Late Model race at New Smyrna Speedway and a 125 lapper, young Anderson is done for the night but is fine.

Lap 110 sees the restart with 14 cars left in the field as Russell leads the way over Anderson, Skinner, Rogers, and Colangelo. Rogers does look to pass Skinner for third but Skinner will have nothing to do with it and holds his position. With five laps to go, it is Tim Russell leading the way over Anderson, Skinner, Rogers, and Bowers. Russell takes the checkered flag for his
first win in 2009 and the first leg of the FASCAR Triple Crown. The second leg of the FASCAR Triple Crown will run on July 2nd at the Clyde Hart Memorial.

Pre-Entries for Red Eye 125 Announced plus Open Practice on Friday, January 2

January 2nd, 2009

Samuala, FL (December 31, 2008) New Smyrna Speedway will hold an open practice on Friday night 01.02.09 from 6-10pm for Super Late Models, Pro-Trucks and Super Stocks. Pit gate will open at 5:00pm with practice starting at 6 pm. Cost will be $10.00 per person.

Anyone wishing to leave their rigs overnight can make arrangements at practice to do so.

Below are the pre-entries received as of December 31 for the Red Eye 125 and first leg of the FASCAR Triple Crown. These are just the pre-entries and more drivers are expected on Saturday for the race.

#1 Fain Skinner – Live Oak, FL – Stapleton Contracting / EBR Racecars
#05 Jeremy Colangelo – Deland, FL – RE/Max / Mark Martin Performance
#5 Mike Skinner – Port Orange, FL
#06 Mike Finn – Jupiter, FL
#12 Corey Freed – Orlando, FL – RK Edwards / Orange Lake Building Materials
#26 Preston Peltier – Concord, NC
#36 Tim Russell – Longwood, FL – Insurance Office of America
#39 Morgan Hoover – New Smyrna Beach, FL – DG Meyer A/C – Heat & Electric
#58 John Coffman – Live Oak, FL – US Marines / Worldwide Industries
#58x Nevin Gainey – Ft White, FL – US Marines / Worldwide Industries
#80 Brian Finney – Merritt Island, FL – Finney Racing Enterprises / Bob Steele Chevrolet
#84 Wayne Anderson – Wildwood, FL – Airframe International / Port City Racecars
#88 Justin Larson – Safety Harbor, FL – Larry Larson Topsoil
#92 Matt Bowers – Mt Dora, FL – Skybolt / C-Tech Cabinets

Get Ready for the Red Eye 125 and the first leg of the FASCAR Triple Crown this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway

December 31st, 2008

Samsula, FL (December 29, 2008) In just a few short days, the first leg of the FASCAR Triple Crown will run at New Smyrna Speedway as the Red Eye125 returns on January 3, 2009. Along with the Red Eye 125 which is Super Late Models, fans will see the Pro Truck 35, Super Stock 25 and Strictly Stock 20.

“We are very excited about bringing back the Red Eye,” said Operations Manager Kim Brown. “Then we thought about it and decided to make it the first leg of the FASCAR Triple Crown bringing ever more excitement to the night. The second leg will run on July 2nd with the annual Clyde Hart Memorial and end up on November 21st at the Florida’s Governor Cup 200.”

The race will pay $3,000 to win, $250.00 to start with early entry $125.00 until December 29th and $150.00 day of race. The race will run on Hoosier F45 tires.

“This year we decided to do the lap sponsorship different,” said Brown. “For $150.00, you can sponsor all three races with the following payout for the top four finishers:

Leader – $5.00
2nd – $10.00
3rd – $15.00
4th – $20.00

Lap Sponsors will receive Two (2) General Admission Tickets, Listing in the Souvenir Race Program and Listing on the Lap Sponsorship Board to be displayed in the concourse area before each race. Additional Laps for the Governor’s Cup 200 are available for $50.00 per additional lap.”

If you would like to purchase lap sponsorship, please call Joe Lewandoski at 386-427-4129 ext. 306 or 386-547-6030.

Entry forms and lap sponsorship forms are available on-line at newsmyrnaspeedway.org. Racing starts at 7:30.

Bobby Grigas III Teams Up With Crew Chief Kevin Crowley Goal is Victory Lane on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

December 24th, 2008

CONCORD, NC (December 23, 2008) – Bobby Grigas III keeps coming close to getting to victory lane on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The young driver has the talent to win and the equipment to lead him to the front, but the Tour is one of the most competitive forms of racing out there, and to win you need to have every piece of the puzzle fitting just correctly.

Now, as he heads into the 2009 season, Grigas feels that he has put together that final piece that can turn him into a Tour winner in crew chief Kevin Crowley. The veteran Modified wrench will join Grigas’ #09 team immediately. Crowley comes to the
team along with a number of experienced and dedicated crew members as one big package.

“Last year, I had a few ups and downs,” said Grigas. “Our problem was that we didn’t have a guy who could make the calls to win. I think now this will be the final piece to the puzzle for at least a victory. We have a whole team together now. I now have a crew who can change tires as fast as anyone on the Tour. I’m excited and now I can finally show people what I can do.”

The Grigas/Crowley pairing will make their competitive debut together during February’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).

“We’re going down to New Smyrna to get acquainted with each other,” said Grigas. “I’ll learn how he sets up the cars and he’ll learn how I drive them. It should be a good experience down there.”

And good experiences are exactly what Grigas is looking for in 2009.

“Hopefully, I’ll get one victory next season.if not more.”

For more information on Bobby Grigas, contact Mike Twist at (207) 590-1786 and be sure to check BobbyGrigasRacing.com.

Alexis Fenton Gets First Late Model Win at New Smyrna Speedway

December 2nd, 2008

Samsula, FL (November 30, 2008) It was the last night of racing at New Smyrna Speedway for 2008. All cars were called to the frontstretch for an on-track autograph session with the fans who braved the night chill. No heat races were run and the feature races were longer, something the drivers had asked for. Plus it was double file restarts, no more single file which made it an interesting night.

First up were the Open Wheel Modifieds where George Murphy had the pole for the 35 lap race. But it was Alan Bruns who jumped to the point on the start followed by George Murphy, Art Kunzeman, Matt Wheeler and Dick Laszlo. With no cautions in the 35 lap feature, it was Alan Bruns taking the checkered over Art Kunzeman, George Murphy, Dick Laszlo, and Bruce Packer, Jr.

Next up were the ever favorite Super Stocks with Mike Amato on the pole. Amato took the point on the start but not for long as John Hodge took his #00 to the lead followed by Amato, Bruce McGonigal, Butch Herdegen, and Justin Reynolds. Reynolds spent little time making his way to teh front and right on the rear-end of Hodge. Both Hodge and Reynolds put on quite a show doing some great side-by-side racing for the lead with each having it at one time or another. Finally it was Hodge who took the point for the checkered flag followed closely by Justin Reynolds, Bobby Holley, Brent Tyler, John Cummins, and Ernest Stickle.

Strictly Stocks saw Brent Bruner on the pole but it was Glenn Rhodes from Orlando SpeedWorld who ended up in Victory Lane for his first win at New Smyrna Speedway. Following Rhodes to the checkered was Brent Bruner, George Dahm, Robert Pence, and Terry Chartrand.

Mini Stocks saw Jeff Pittsley on the pole for their feature race but it was Coty Blair who quickly made his way to the point and never looked back. Even after several cautions and restarts, Blair held the point and took the checkered over Ted Vulipus, Chace Miller, Jeff Pittsley, and Randy Blakeslee. Pittsley did a great save job on the white flag lap when he came off turn 4
very, very sideways and was able to keep the car from hitting anyone or anything.

Intermission came and with intermission came Mr. and Mrs. Claus and an elf to visit with the children on both the grandstand and pit side. Children were able to come down to the frontstretch and tell Santa their secret desires, get a candy cane, and have their picture made with the three. There were even some grown-ups who enjoyed seeing Santa and having their picture taken with him and his Mrs. But all good things must end and it was time to get back to racing.

Up next were the Pro Trucks with the 18 of Zachary Jarrell on the pole. In the field was a brand new truck with young Bobby Kennedy behind the wheel. Kennedy is a graduate from the Quarter Midget track and found himself in new terrority and at one point, a sandwitch between Marty Wolf and Zachary Donatti.

It did not take Cody Blair long to take the point in the truck race followed by Jarrell, Ben Kennedy, Jim Campbell, and Marty Wolf. Even with a few restarts, Ben Kennedy could not put enough pressure on Blair to throw him off his obvious course for the win. Blair took the checkered followed by Ben Kennedy, Jim Campbell, Marty Wolf and Zachary Donatti.

Just when you think the night is going perfect and you will actually get home at a decent hour, something always happens and it did in the Late Model feature. Alexis Fenton had the pole but before a lap was even down, David Gibbs got into the back of Zachary Donatti jacking his rear-end up and Donatti ended up against the frontstretch wall collecting Alan Bruns and Earl Beckner who hit hard at the end of the pit road exit. It was only Donatti second start in a Late Model and basically his car was toast along with Beckner’s and Bruns’s. The race was red flapped and the remaining Late Models stopped on the frontstretch as the wreckers went to work.

After four restarts, the race was on as Alexis Fenton led the way over Chuck Abell, David Gibbs, and Donny Williams who was running his ASA Late Model. Gibbs finally got around Abell and took over second as Fenton took the checkered for her very first win in a Late Model. Following Fenton to the checkered was David Gibbs, Chuck Abell, and Donny Williams, the only remaining Late Models in the field.

The Sportsman race did not go any better as Steven Farris had the pole but before a lap was down, the caution came out for Jeff Cole who was out of the race before it even began. On the second restart, the caution came out again for Farris, Robert Glover, and Steve Redditt on the backstretch. Glover was able to return to the field along with Redditt but Farris was done. At this time Jason Foster found he had problems with his Sportsman taking it to the infield for some crew attention but evidentally it did not help as Foster had to retire his machine to the pits.

Finally after several restarts, a single file restart was in order as Philip Luizzo took the point over Brennan Palmiter, John Nusbaum, Donny Williams, and Steve Redditt. Suddenly Palmiter slows and he is out of the race. Williams takes over the point followed by Nusbaum, Luizzo, and Redditt but Luizzo has problems with his machine and he is off the track leaving three Sportsman to race to the checkered. With Williams having a huge lead over Nusbaum and Redditt, Williams takes the checkered followed by John Nusbaum and Steve Redditt, the only Sportsman running.

New Smyrna Speedway will return to racing January 3rd, 2009 with the Red Eye 100.

Tim Russell Claims Second-Consecutive Sunbelt Series Championship

November 29th, 2008

LAKE MARY, FL (November 24, 2008) – One week after winning the Brighthouse Challenge Super Late Model championship at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) for the second-straight year, Tim Russell headed back to the Pensacola, Florida, track for the final Sunbelt Series Super Late Model event of the year, the Governor’s Cup 200, as the defending champion. While he didn’t get the victory he wanted in the final series race of 2008, Russell claimed the title, becoming the Sunbelt Series champion for the second
straight year.

After not seeing victory lane since May, Russell was hungry for a win. He was one of the favorites entering the race and ran up in the front couple spots during the whole event, including leading multiple laps early, but a transmission issue kept
him from taking the day’s top spot on the track at the conclusion of the race.

“When we got out front, we were a little bit loose out there,” said Russell. “It was a heck of a race we were putting on there. We were finding all sorts of different grooves out here.

“I thought we were pretty good after the pit stops. On that last restart we got the transmission stuck in high gear, so it took me a couple laps to get wound up and get going. I finally found my marks I had been hitting earlier and the groove that
worked. I was just trying too hard at the end there and busted it sideways. Hats off to them (Wayne Anderson and his team). He was able to open it up a little bit more.”

Despite losing the battle, Russell won the war. His second-place finish earned him the 2008 Sunbelt Series title.

“My guys did an awesome job this weekend,” explained Russell. “I can’t be more proud of them. I just wish we could have been in victory lane tonight, but second is a good spot, so we will take it. We wrapped up another Sunbelt Championship, so
hats off to them too.”

Not many drivers can say they claimed two series titles in a single season. Russell not only gets to say that after winning both the Brighthouse Challenge Series and Sunbelt Series titles, but by winning both series championships in 2007 and 2008,
his accomplishments puts him on the map as one of the best Florida racers over the last few years.

“That is pretty cool that we were able to go back to back on the Brighthouse and Sunbelt deals. It was a heck of a year. Everyone worked hard at the shop and hard at the track all year. I want to thank all of my guys for their support, my family
and everyone. Insurance Office of America also came in and helped us out big time this year. Without them and everyone, we can’t do this.”

For more information on Tim Russell, contact Matt Dillner at (704) 788-2134 or you can visit his website, timrussellonline.com

Southern Sportsman Shootout 75 Gearing Up for Saturday, November 22nd, at New Smyrna Speedway

November 22nd, 2008

Samsula, FL. (November 18, 2008) The Southern Sportsman Shootout 75 on November 22nd is gearing up to be one of the best Sportsman races of the year. The Shootout will follow the 43rd Annual Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna Speedway and will be run in three segments this year.

Segment 1 will see 40 green flag laps. The caution will be thrown at lap 40. The first car one lap down will earn a free pass onto the lead lap for the next segment. You may fuel your car, make any adjustments you like except you may NOT change tires. After scoring completes their finish, one fan will draw a pill from the number of cars on the lead lap for the inversion. Lap
cars will line up after lead lap cars for the second segment.

Segment 2 will be 25 green flag laps. Double file restart with two (2) Delaware restarts. At the completion of segment 2, the procedures will be the same as for segment 1. First car one lap down will get a free pass back on the lead lap with one fan drawing for the inversion.

Segment 3 will be 10 green flag laps. Lead lap cars ONLY will complete in the final segment. All other cars will be scored how they crossed the line after segment 2. Double file restarts and any subsequent restarts.

The race will pay $1200.00 to win.

“We really wanted to put some excitement back into Sportsman racing,” said Race Director Scott Jackman. “I got the okay to do this and I think the fans will love it and it will make for a great, exciting race. Registration fee for this race will be $75.00 non Southern Sportsman drivers and $50.00 for Southern Sportsman members. We will be paying $100.00 to start along with
bonuses for Fast Time Qualifier and Hard Luck driver of the race.”

Tires for the Southern Sportsman Shootout must be 8 inch tires – Goodyear Treaded Tire, FASCAR Hoosier Tire or the American Racer EC85.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about this race,” concluded Jackman. “This is something the fans will remember for a long time. We are inviting all Sportsman and we are expecting one really good turnout.”

Jackman announced today a few more particulars needed for the race for the Sportsman cars.

Each driver should have his/her engine size on the hood.

Each driver needs to mark on the upper right corner of the windshield their track affiliation, i.e. – A-Auburndale, CCMP – Charlotte County, C-Citrus , D – Desoto Super Speedway, CMP – Columbia Motorsports Park, B – Bronson Motor Speedway, S-Southern Sportsman, F-Fascar.

At this time here is where we need everyone to be.Auburndale/CCMP 3100lbs. 56% left Citrus Co. 3100lbs. 56% left
Fascar sportsman 3000lbs./55% left SSS -50lbs. 56% left. 100lb weight break for crate motor. All lead painted white with car#.

Friday night practice at New Smyrna Speedway will be from 6 to 9 pm with pit gate opening at 8 am on Saturday, November 22nd. Practice on Friday night will be $10.00 per person. We look forward to seeing a lot of Sportsman this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway.

South Tried but it was the North Who Took Home the Big Bucks at New Smyrna Speedway

November 21st, 2008

Samsula, FL (November 17, 2008) The South did not rise but they sure gave it a try Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway. All in all, twenty six cars came to try their luck to win the Manheim Auto Auctions Super Stock 50 but it was Jarrett Korpi who took home the big bucks.

To make the race even more fun, pills numbers 17, 19, and 21 were put in for the inversion which basically inverted the whole field where the faster cars started in the rear and the slower cars started up front making the race even more interesting and fun. John Cummins ended up the lucky dog who got to sit on the pole for the 50 lap race.

Rusty Marcus, General Manager of Orlando SpeedWorld; Butch Pierce, Race Coordinator; and Robert Hart, owner of both tracks, added an extra $100.00 if Bobby Holley and Bobby Riley would start from the rear of the 26 car field. Holley, who is the New Smyrna 2008 Super Stock Champion, and Riley, who is the Orlando SpeedWorld 2008 Champion, both agreed and went to the rear for the start. However, it was not their night and neither took home the $100 bonus.

After fifty laps, a few cautions and red flags, it was Jarrett Korpi who topped the field followed by Bobby Holley (NSS), Mark Tracey (NSS), Justin Reynolds (OSW) and David Russell (NSS).
by Jane Smith

Wayne Anderson wins Marion Edwards Memorial 75 at New Smyrna Speedway

November 19th, 2008

Samsula, Fl (November 16, 2008) Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway started out somewhat warm and nice but by the end of the night, the blankets, hats, jackets and hot chocolate was coming out in full force as the cold front slowly made it’s way into the track. Those who came in shorts and short sleeve shirts were looking for jackets and long pants.

Nineteen Super Late Models came for the Marion Edwards Memorial/Bright House/Noritz/Tempaco/Orlando Dodge Super Late Model 75 with six previous winners of the race in the pits. Speedy Reeves, Billy Barnwell, Jim McCoy, Joe Winchell, Dick Anderson and Wayne Anderson along with most all of the Edwards family and a lot of Hialeah drivers. Jim McCoy, who had built a Super Late Model just for the race, was disappointed as his driver Joe Winchell was when their car was not able to run but they stayed and enjoyed the night’s events and will come back next weekend for the Governor’s Cup.

After fans enjoyed an on-track autograph session and meeting the six previous winners and the family, it was time to go racing. Daniel Webster had the pole for the 75 lap event but it was David Rogers who quickly jumped to the lead over Daniel Webster, Matt Bowers in the 92, Jeremy Colangelo and David Pletcher. Wayne Anderson passes Pletcher for fifth as Tim Russell puts the heat on Anderson but Anderson holds.

The first caution of the night comes out for Daniel Webster who spun in the bottom of turn 4. At this time Justin Larson goes to pit road along with Webster. Webster rejoins the field in the rear for the restart along with Larson.

On the restart Anderson puts the heat on everyone and quickly takes over the lead followed by Matt Bowers, David Rogers, Dustin Skinner and Tim Russell. Webster must once again takes his car to pit road as Anderson continues to lead the way over Bowers, Skinner, Russell and Pletcher.

Suddenly David Rogers slows and begins slipping backwards to tenth. Anderson continues to lead the way over Bowers, Skinner, Russell, Pletcher, Anthony Campi, Jeremy Colangelo and Brian Finney. Russell begins to put the heat on Skinner but Skinner will have nothing to do with it and holds his position. Running order is Anderson, Bowers, Skinner, Russell, Pletcher, Campi, Colangelo, Finney, Rogers and Corey Freed. Russell once again tries Skinner this time going on the outside and finally takes the position as he settles into third and Skinner fourth. Campi tries to put pressure on Dave Pletcher but Pletcher has nothing to do with the challenge and holds on to fifth. Freed passes Finney for eighth as Finney goes to ninth.

Lap 41 sees the caution come out for Skinner as Larson and Rogers take a trip to pit road for some crew attention. Both cars go back out but Rogers must do a few more ins and outs before he is happier with his car. It is a short restart as Jeremy Colangelo has hit the wall and must come in with a badly damaged frontend.

On the restart it is Anderson, Bowers, Russell, Pletcher, Campi, Freed, Finney, Larson and Rogers. The caution comes out a few more times especially when Campi and Rogers get together coming down the frontstretch and end up at the bottom of pit road.

Anderson continues to lead the way and takes the checkered followed by Tim Russell, Matt Bowers, Brian Finney and Dave Pletcher. The drivers will now move on to the 43rd Annual Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna Speedway on November
22, 2008.
by Jane Smith

Joie Alexander Named Grand Marshall for 43rd Annual Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna Speedway

November 18th, 2008

Samsula, FL (November 15, 2008) With the 43rd Annual Governor’s Cup 200 right around the corner on Novembe 22nd, New Smyrna Speedway has announced that Volusia County Commissioner Joie Alexander has been named the 2008 Grand
Marshall.

Alexander is no stranger to New Smyrna Speedway or racing as she has visited the track quite a few times. From 1978 to 1999 she was employed by the School District of Volusia County where she served as Principal of Samsula Elementary School, Director of Personnel, Staff Development Specialist and Department Chair/Teacher at Deland High School.

In 1999, Ms. Alexander was named Elementary Principal of the Year by the Florida Art Education Association of the State of Florida.

Ms. Alexander has had a wide variety of Government experience from Board member and treasurer for the Florida Assocation of Counties Foundation to past board member of the Central Florida MPO Alliance. Community Service has been a big part of Ms. Alexander’s life and she has served on many boards including Vice President of Government Affairs, Crime Stoppers of NE Florida and Vice President of Government Affairs for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

At Georgia Southern University, Ms. Alexander received a bachelor’s degree in Business Education and a Master’s Degree in Business. She also received a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University.

In 1977, Ms. Alexander moved to Volusia County making DeLand, New Smyrna Beach and the Port Orange area home. She has one daughter Andrea and four beautiful grandchildren.

“We are extremely happy and excited that Joie Alexander will be the 2008 Grand Marshall for the Governor’s Cup this year,” said Track Owner Robert Hart. “She has shown all of us true community service and has been a friend not only to myself and my family but also New Smyrna Speedway. She is the perfect Grand Marshall this year.”

The 43rd Annual Governor’s Cup 200 will run November 22nd at New Smyrna Speedway. For more information on New Smyrna Speedway go to www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.

43rd Annual Governor’s Cup Right Around the Corner at New Smyrna Speedway

November 16th, 2008

Samsula, FL (November 13, 2008) In just 8 days, the 43th running of the Florida Governor’s Cup will take place at New Smyrna Speedway. Besides the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, the Governor’s Cup has been one of Florida’s most prestigious events each year. This year it will also include the third leg of the Triple Crown and fans will not only see the crowning of the Governor’s Cup winner but also the 2008 Noritz/Tempaco Sunbelt Super Late Model Champion and the 2008 Triple Crown Champion.

This year the Southern Sportsman Shootout 75 will support the Governor’s Cup with an exciting format for next Saturday. The 75 lap race will be broken down into three segments. Segment 1 will see 40 green flag laps. The caution will be thrown at lap 40. The first car one lap down will earn a free pass onto the lead lap for the next segment. You may fuel your car, make any
adjustments you like except you may NOT change tires. After scoring completes their finish, one fan will draw a pill from the number of cars on the lead lap for the inversion. Lap cars will line up after lead lap cars for the second segment.

Segment 2 will be 25 green flag laps. Double file restart with two (2) Delaware restarts. At the completion of segment 2, the procedures will be the same as for segment 1. First car one lap down will get a free pass back on the lead lap with one fan drawing for the inversion.

Segment 3 will be 10 green flag laps. Lead lap cars ONLY will complete in the final segment. All other cars will be scored how they crossed the line after segment 2. Double file restarts and any subsequent restarts.

The race will pay $1200.00 to win.

“We really wanted to put some excitement back into Sportsman racing,” said Race Director Scott Jackman. “I got the okay to do this and I think the fans will love it and it will make for a great, exciting race. Registration fee for this race will be $75.00 non Southern Sportsman drivers and $50.00 for Southern Sportsman members. We will be paying $100.00 to start along with
bonuses for Fast Time Qualifier and Hard Luck driver of the race.”

Tires for the Southern Sportsman Shootout must be 8 inch tires – Goodyear Treaded Tire, FASCAR Hoosier Tire or the American Racer EC85.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about this race,” concluded Jackman. “This is something the fans will remember for a long time. We are inviting all Sportsman and we are expecting one really good turnout.”

With the closing of USA International in Lakeland, the third leg of the Triple Crown will run along with the 43th Annual Governor’s Cup. Leading the points for the Triple Crown is Jeremy Colangelo but only one point behind him is the winner of the first leg of the Triple Crown Brian Finney. Matt Bowers, Billy Mowery, and Corey Freed round out the top five. David Rogers, Wayne
Anderson, Dwayne Dempsey, Daniel Webster and Dusty Cornelius complete the top ten. Most of these drivers are expected on Saturday.

Going into the last race for the Noritz/Tempaco Sunbelt Super Late Model Series is Jeremy Colangelo leading the points only by 43 over the 2007 Champion Tim Russell. Matt Bowers, Brian Finney, and Wayne Anderson complete the top five. David Rogers, Corey Freed, Daniel Webster, Dusty Cornelius and Travis Towell complete the top ten.

Thirty three cars were at New Smyrna Speedway for the 42nd Annual Governor’s Cup in 2007 where Jeff Choquette topped the field followed by Travis Cope, Tim Russell, Wayne Anderson, and Dwayne Dempsey. Choquette, who was in the No. 92 Super Late Model owned by Dick Anderson, proved that night what a great team they made. In Victory Lane, Choquette had this to say, “He knows what its like to win this race, he’s done it twice and I just feel honored to tie him and to do it in his car is an honor.”

The Florida Governor’s Cup was commissioned by then Governor Haydon Burns and was first awarded to Wayne Reutimann in 1965. The Cup was created to pay tribute to Al Keller, long time promoter of Florida stock car tracks. The Cup continues to be the premier race of the season through all these years in spite of set backs and the immense changes our state has gone through.

The race was originally run at Golden Gate Speedway in Tampa until environmental issues forced the temporary closing of the track in 1979. Sunshine Speedway hosted the race in 1979, with the race moving back to Golden Gate for the next three years, under the direction of Don Nerone. The DeSoto Speedway hosted the race until 1987, though the Cup was not officially competed for.

It was at that time that Clyde Hart, the builder and owner of New Smyrna Speedway stepped forward and revived both the race and it’s history. The race has been run at New Smyrna’s half-mile ever since. In 1998 the Governor’s Cup was promoted for television by Terry Wall and Jack Smith, and was shown for the first time to fans all through the South via FOX and Sunshine Networks.

In 2001 Governor Jeb Bush was the Grand Marshall and in the wake of the September 11 attacks his appearance was both inspiring for the fans and gave a much needed lift for all in attendance. In 2002, Patrick D. Smith, who was personally asked by Governor Bush to stand in for him as the Grand Marshall gave the fans quite a treat being the most beloved writer in Floirda. Since then, the list has grown to Florida dignitaries who have come each year to be Grand Marshall for this very special race.

This year’s Governor’s Cup promises to be yet again one of the most prestigious races of the year in Florida. For more information on New Smyrna Speedway, go to www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org. For information on the Noritz/Tempaco Sunbelt Super Late Model Series and Southern Sportsman Series go to http://www.fascartours.com.

North vs. South this Saturday Night at New Smyrna Speedway in Super Stock Action

November 12th, 2008

Orlando, FL (November 11, 2008) The South is going to rise this Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway when the Manheim Auto Auctions Super Stock 50 takes to the speedway for 50 laps. The North vs the South Super Stocks will showcase the “best of the best” from New Smyrna Speedway (The North) and Orlando SpeedWorld (The South).

“With points ending Friday night at Orlando SpeedWorld, this lets the gates open for our Super Stocks to go to New Smyrna Speedway and show them just how it is done Southern Style,” said Orlando SpeedWorld General Manager Rusty Marcus. “I am hoping that a good number of our guys will make the trip to New Smyrna Saturday night and show just how we do it at Orlando SpeedWorld.”

“With the economy this year, very few of our guys and New Smyrna’s guys have been able to go to each other tracks but points are over Friday night and this is a great opportunity to get all the Super Stocks together for one BIG 50 LAP race. The North vs. the South and hopefully the South will rise this Saturday night.”

Hopefully all the fans will see not only a great Super Late Model race for 75 laps but one of the BEST Super Stocks race of the year. The ball is now in the court of the Orlando drivers to see just how many can or will try their luck at New Smyrna Speedway.

“I know the guys will make me proud,” said Marcus. “New Smyrna has some great Super Stock drivers but so do we at Orlando. I just want the fans toget the best race possible and see just how great these guys are at racing. And maybe, just maybe, the South will rise for us.”

Racing starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 15 at New Smyrna Speedway. Along with the Manheim Auto Auctions Super Stock 50 will be the Marion Edwards Memorial/Nortiz/Tempaco/Bright House Challenge SLM 75, Pro Trucks, Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.

There will be an open practice on Thursday, November 13, from 6 to 10 pm. Pit gate will open at 5 pm with practice starting at 6 pm. Cost is $20.00 per car plus 3, $5.00 each additional person.

General admission is $15.00, $10.00 students and seniors (62 and older), children 11 and under FREE on Saturday, November 15.
by Jane Smith

Marion Edwards Memorial/Nortiz/Tempaco/Bright House Challenge Super Late Model 75 this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway

November 11th, 2008

Samsula, FL (November 10, 2008) Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway will mark the second try to run the Marion Edwards Memorial/Noritz/Tempaco/Bright House Challenge Super Late Model 75. Originally the race was to run at Orlando SpeedWorld on October 25th but Mother Nature had other plans that day and rained the race out. With close to twenty Super Lates in the pits before the gates had even opened that day, Saturday’s race should be just as exciting.

The Hialeah Reunion will also take place for all Hialeah drivers. All drivers are welcome to bring their memories of Hialeah and share them with their fellow drivers and the fans.

“I grew up going to Palm Beach Fairgrounds on Sunday and Hialeah,” said Rusty Marcus, General Manager at Orlando SpeedWorld. “It was a Sunday tradition in my family to go to the races and when Palm Beach Fairgrounds changed their
races from Sunday to Friday, we would then go to races at Hialeah on Sunday. It was then when I got to go to my first Marion Edwards Memoril. I never saw him race but I knew there had to be a lot of history there for a memorial race.”

So Marcus called Marty Little and Marty Little called other Hialeah drivers and they all decided it was a great idea to bring back the Marion Edwards Memorial. Only problem was that Mother Nature did not so the race had to be moved to New Smyrna Speedway on November 15th.

Background on Marion Edwards, Jr. aka “Little Marion.” He was a second generation driver with his dad also named Marion. He was virtually raised at Hialeah Speedway as his dad was an active part of the Greater Miami Racing Association (GMRA) which ran the speedway from its inception in 1954 until the mid 90s.

As a youngster young Marion helped his father on his race cars and aspired to race one day. That one day came in the late 60s when he fielded his own Chevelle late model.

On July 5, 1969 (a Sunday) Marion and several others from South Florida towed to New Smyrna Speedway for a 100 lap late model special event. In those days fuels cells were not yet mandatory in short track cars nor were drivers
required to wear fire suits for protection.

Edwards’ car had a leaking fuel tank and despite his and others best efforts they could not completely stop the leak. In the feature Edwards’ car made contact with the wall and the leaking fuel ignited and the car was ablaze. The bigger problem was that Edwards was using a seat belt and shoulder harness setup with a different locking mechanism and it would not release.

Despite the efforts of Edwards and some other drivers and crewmen, they could not release Edwards’ belts and he perished in the fire.

The inaugural Marion Edwards Memorial 200 was held at Hialeah in October 1969 with Bobby Brack the winner and it continued each year (except 1995) through 2004.

Hialeah Speedway closed in August 2005 but no race was held that year. Of all the big special events held yearly at Hialeah the Marion Edwards was easily the most popular and carried the most prestige over time.

New Smyrna Speedway will hold an Open Practice on Thursday, November 13th. Pit gate will open at 5 pm with practice from 6 to 10 pm. Cost is $10.00 per person.

Pit gates will open on November 15th at 2 pm. Also on the program for Saturday will be the Manheim Auto Auctions Super Stock 50, Late Models, Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and Strictly Stocks. This will be DOUBLE POINTS all divisions and last night of points.

General admission will be $15.00, students and seniors (62 and older) $10.00, children 11 and under FREE.
by Jane Smith

Alan McCafferty tops Ed Meridith Memorial 100 at New Smyrna Speedway

November 7th, 2008

Samsula, Fla. (November 1, 2008) Eighteen Modifieds came to New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday in hopes of winning the $1800.00 top prize. Alan Bruns qualified fastest but it was Alan McCafferty who took home the big money after winning the 100 lap Ed Meridith Memorial 100.

Several leaders had the point at one time or another including Alan Bruns but it was McCafferty’s first win in his modified at New Smyrna Speedway. Completing the top five were Jerry Symons, Kurt Jett, Shain Held and Ryan Preece.

Twelve Sportsman took the field for the 50 lap Sportsman feature but it was Donny Williams in the No. 111 who took home the bread. Williams was followed by Timmy Todd, Jr., Phil Luizzo, Patrick Thomas and Dale Clouser.

Cody Blair had a really good night winning both the Mini Stock feature and the Pro Truck feature.

Winning the Super Stock feature was Scott Smith who also drove Jon Compagnone’s Modified for the Ed Meridith Memoiral. Alan Bruns took the Late Model feature win over Todd Allen, Rusty Ebersole, Austin Pickens and Gregory Skyta. Steve Pierce took the Strictly Stock feature win.

FASCAR Late Model Challenge 100 heads to New Smyrna Speedway October 25th

October 21st, 2008
Samsula, FL (October 20, 2008) The FASCAR Late Model Challenge heads to New
Smyrna Speedway this Saturday night for 100 laps of hot Late Model  action.
This will be the next to last race so every lap counts until  the Championship
race on November 7th at Orlando SpeedWorld.

Leading the points for the FASCAR Late Model Challenge is Daniel Keene,  Jr.
followed by Jeremy Colangelo, Alan Bruns, Jessica Murphy and Darren  Brown.
Joe Winchell stands sixth followed by Greg Kaouk, Rich Closuer,  Chuck Abell
and Travis Hanson.

Along with the FASCAR Late Model Challenge 100 will be the Pro Trucks,
Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.

Pit gate will open at 2 pm with practice ALONE for the FASCAR Late Model
Challenge from 3 to 4 pm.  Division practice will follow with the Late  Models
included in that also.

Grandstands open at 6 pm with general admission $15.00, students and  seniors
(62 and older) $10.00, children 11 and under FREE.

For more information on the FASCAR Late Model Challenge go to
_www.fascartours.com_ (http://www.fascartours.com)  or for information on  New Smyrna
Speedway go to _www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org_ (http://www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org) .

Noritz/Tempaco Sunbelt Super Late Model Drivers head to New Smyrna Speedway this Saturday for Bright House Challenge 75

October 10th, 2008
Samsula, FL (October 8, 2008) On Saturday, October 11, the Noritz/Tempaco
Sunbelt Super Late Model drivers will head to New Smyrna Speedway for a 75 lap
Bright House Challenge Super Late Model race under Sunbelt rules.  

"With all the rainouts for the Noritz/Tempaco Sunbelt series," said Don
Nerone, "we have added two 75 lap races to our schedule for the drivers for the
year.  The first will be this Saturday and the second one on November  15th.
We will be paying $2,000 to win for the 75 lappers using the FASCAR  Late Model
Challenge purse."

Leading the points for the Bright House Challenge Super Late Model series  is
Tim Russell followed by Jeremy Colangelo, Dustin Skinner, B.J.  McLeod,  an
David Rogers.  Patrick Conrad stands sixth followed by Rich Clouser,  Brian
Finney, Jeff Scofield and Wayne Anderson.

Also on the program Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway will be the
Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.  Also the  Central
Floirda Buick Grand National Car Club will be there for added  excitement.

Please call New Smyrna Speedway (386-427-4129) for pit time opening and
admission prices.  

For more information on the Noritz/Tempaco Sunbelt Super Late Model Series
go to _www.fascartours.com_ (http://www.fascartours.com) .

Bright House Challenge SLM 50 this Saturday Night at New Smyrna Speedway

September 19th, 2008
New Smyrna Speedway, FL (September 20, 2008) The Bright House Challenge
returns to New Smyrna Speedway this Saturday night for 50 laps of HOT Super Late
Model action.  Along with the Bright House Challenge SLM 50 will be the Pro
Trucks, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock, and Strictly Stock.

With only a few Bright House races left it is Tim Russell leading the  points
this year over Jeremy Colangelo, Dustin Skinner, B.J.  McLeod and  Patrick
Conrad.

Pit gate will open at 3 pm with qualifying for the Bright House  Challenge
SLM 50 at 6:45 pm.  

Grandstands open at 6 pm with General Admission $15.00, students and  seniors
(62 and older) $10.00, children 11 and under FREE.

Racing starts at 7:30 pm.

Keene Takes Win Number 5 in FASCAR Late Model Challenge

September 14th, 2008

Samsula, FL – Daniel Keene, Jr.  set fast time at New  Smyrna
Speedway for the FASCAR Late Model Challenge, pulled the 5 pill putting  the
2007 Champion on the pole, and still managed to go home with the win for the
fifth time this year.

Keene set fast time with 18.048 followed by Rich Clouser, Jessica  Murphy,
Joe Winchell, and Doug Moff.

Keene, who leads the points, has had an outstanding year thus  far.  With
only two races left in the 2008 season, it looks like he has a  sure road to the
2008 Championship.

The next race for the FASCAR Late Model Challenge Series will be at New
Smyrna Speedway on October 25th.  For more information on the FASCAR Late  Model
Challenge go to www.fascartours.com

Good News for Noritz/Tempaco Sunbelt Drivers for New Smyrna

September 11th, 2008

New Smyrna Beach, FL (September 11, 2008) It was announced today that the 
Bright House Challenge 50 lap races at New Smyrna Speedway on October 11th and 
November 15th have been officially changed to the Noritz/Tempaco Sunbelt 75 
presented by Bright House.
 
“Since we have had so many rainouts, it was decided to make these two races 
75 lap races with $2,000.00 to win,” said New Smyrna Speedway owner Robert
Hart  “This should bring in far more cars for the races and also help make-up
some of  the points from all the rainouts.”
 
“We will use the purse structure for the FASCAR Late Model Challenge Series 
which pays $2,000 to win,” said Series Director Don Nerone.  “This will add 
25 more laps and more money which should make the drivers happy and the  fans.”
 
The two races will be run under the Noritz/Tempaco Sunbelt rules which can 
be found at http://www.farcartours.com

10th Annual Clyde Hart Memorial set for July 3rd at New Smyrna Speedway

July 3rd, 2008

Clyde Hart was a man of many different hats. He was a husband, a father, a
cattle owner, a land owner and the owner of New Smyrna Speedway and Orlando
SpeedWorld. Clyde loved racing and racing loved Clyde. Clyde could be found
many a race night at the payout window, paying his racers and thanking them
for coming. Clyde loved to do that and he loved making his fans and racers
happy.

To Clyde Hart it did not matter the number of cars in the pits but that there just be two cars and that to him was a good race. It was a race. Of course in today’s economy, a track would be closed with only two cars but not to Clyde back then.

Each year before the old Pepsi 400, now the Coke Zero 400, fans and drivers
honored Clyde with the Clyde Hart Memorial race. In 2000, New Smyrna
actually held twin 125′s in Clyde’s honor with the Sunbelt Super Late Models and Goodyear Challenge Late Models. But each year Clyde is honored with a 125 lap Super Late Model race.

Fans have seen a number of winners during those ten years – Mike Fritts,
Travis Kittleson, Wayne Anderson, Tim Russell and in 2007 Sam Watts. 2007 saw the annual race held in September due to bad weather in July. The following is parts from that race story.

Twenty three Super Lates made the field up but it was Jeff Choquette in Dick
Anderson’s famous 92 that set fast time followed by Patrick Conrad, Sam Watts, Ricky Carmichael, and Wayne Anderson. Choquette pulled the 5 pill for the inversion putting Wayne Anderson on the pole with Ricky Carmichael on the
outside.

The autograph session was skipped due to the weather but a driver introduction was done with Robert and Andrew Hart meeting the drivers introducing each
one to the fans who stayed thru the rain for this 125 lap event. It was now
time to strap in and go racing.

Anderson quickly jumped to the point on the start followed by Carmichael,
Watts, Choquette, and Conrad. But it was a very short green as Carmichael went high into turns 1 and 2 hitting the wall. Carmichael was fine but done
before the night even began.

On the second restart after the caution, Anderson once again jumped to the
point but it was another yellow with David Rogers, Kurt Jett, Dustin Skinner
and Corey Freed. Freed got loose hitting Skinner with Rogers getting tagged
hard and frontend damage on Jett. Rogers car was destroyed along with Skinner who could not return to the field. The race was red flagged due to Rogers’s fuel tank leaking. Both Rogers and Skinner were fine with Jett and Freed returning to the race.

Once again Anderson takes the point on the restart followed by Choquette,
Watts, Conrad, and B.J. McLeod. But caution came once again on lap 11 when
John Coffman spun in turns 3 and 4. The race goes back green but on lap 15 the yellow is shown again for Jeff Choquette who has hit the end of turn 4 wall hard. Track officials see the rear hub is broken ending Choquette’s night after being fast qualifier. Choquette is fine but the same cannot be said about the 92.

Anderson leads the way on lap 25 followed by Watts, Conrad, McLeod and
Russell. Lap 33 sees second in points Brian Finney retire to the pits with an engine problem. Conrad looks high, low to pass Anderson but Anderson holds the point keeping Conrad second. McLeod is now looking to pass Watts. Watts holds but on lap 63, McLeod finally makes the move and takes over third.

The caution comes out again for Chad Pierce who has no brakes and has dusted
the turns 3 – 4 wall. Pierce is fine but out. Also out is McLeod who has
gotten frontend damage to his car as Anderson slowed for the caution and he
and Conrad slightly touch with McLeod having no where to go. McLeod is fine
but has enough damage that he does not want his car destroyed ending his good
run. McLeod had a very fast car for the night.

Lap 72 sees the restart as Anderson leads the way over Conrad, Watts,
Russell, and Blake Lehr. The top five are glued together as each wants that point. But on lap 83, the yellow comes out again as Eddie Gainey and John Coffman have gotten together and spun in turns 1 and 2. Gainey and Coffman go to the rear for the restart. Anderson continues to lead the way as Conrad looks high, low for the pass. Each time Conrad looks, Anderson shuts the door. Anderson and Conrad do some great side-by-side action but on lap 107 coming off 4, Conrad gets alittle loose and taps Anderson sending him hard into the frontstretch wall. Anderson is not happy but it was just hard racing between the two. Anderson’s car is towed off the track with Anderson going to the hospital eventually with a possible broken shoulder. Anderson was dq’d for hitting a FASCAR official as they tried to keep him from going after Conrad. Just a heated moment in a racer’s life.

The race was red flagged again for track cleanup.

With only green laps left after the restart, it was Sam Watts leading the
way followed by Conrad, Russell, Lehr, and Brock Burns. Russell passes Conrad for second but cannot catch Watts for the lead. Watts takes the checkered for the win followed by Tim Russell, Patrick Conrad, Blake Lehr, and Brock Burns.

This was Watts’s second start in a Super Late Model and he only came to
shake down the car and have some fun. What a surprise for Watts to go home with the win, one happy 16 year old for sure. As you can see, the Clyde Hart Memorial is full of surprises and racing action. Be sure to be at New Smyrna Speedway on July 3rd for the 10th annual event.

Racing action starts at 7:30. For more information on New Smyrna Speedway,
go to www.newsmyranspeedway.org.

New Smyrna Speedway Rained Out June 21

June 25th, 2008

We apologize, but the rain has been relentless with no break in sight.

The TENTATIVE make-up date is Saturday September 27, 2008.

Don’t forget next Saturday night it’s the Bright House Challenge Series
returning to the high-banked half mile with 50 laps of Super Late Model Racing.

Racing starts at 7:30pm.

Billy Harvey Memorial Sunoco Sunbelt 125 this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway

April 24th, 2008

A lot of the Sunbelt drivers were on hand last Saturday for the Bright House
Challenge SLM 50 fine tuning their cars for this Saturday night. Tim Russell came home the winner Saturday night followed by Patrick Conrad, Justin Drawdy, Brian Finney and Kurt Jett, all Sunbelt racers.

The first race was rained out at Orlando SpeedWorld but on April 4th fans
got to see a great race as Tim Russell topped the field. The points for the
Sunbelt Super Late Model Series are as follows:

Along with the Sunoco Sunbelt Super Late Model 125 will be the Modifieds,
Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.

Pit gate will open at 2 pm with practice ALONE for the Sunbelt Super Late
Model drivers from 3 to 4 pm. Division practice to follow with the Sunbelt
drivers mixed into that practice. Qualifying for the Billy Harvey Memorial
Sunoco Sunbelt 125 will begin at 6:30 pm.

Racing starts at 7:30 pm with general admission $20.00, students and seniors
(62 and older) $15.00, children 11 and under FREE.

RELAY FOR LIFE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS PRO TRUCK 100 THIS SATURDAY AT NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

April 11th, 2008

Going into race three for the Advance Auto Parts Pro Truck 2008 schedule, it
is George Gorham, Jr. leading the points over Kevin Henry, Ricky Moxley,
Mark Evans and Scott Reeves, the 2007 Champion.

With two wins under his belt, George Gorham, Jr. is definitely on a roll
for 2008. Can someone else cross the checkered first, be there to find out.

Below is the schedule for April 12 at New Smyrna Speedway:

Pit Gate Open 1 pm
Truck Practice 3 – 4 pm
Division Practice 4 – 5 pm
Qualifying 6:15 pm
Racing 7:30 pm

FEATURES ONLY
Super Stock 20 laps
Modified 20 laps
INTERMISSION AUTOGRAPH SESSION TRUCKS
Trucks 100 laps
Mini Stock 20 laps
Late Model 20 laps
Strictly Stock 20 laps

Tentative Schedule – Subject to Change without Notice

For more information on the Advance Auto Parts Truck Series, go to
www.fascartours.com. For more information on New Smyrna Speedway, go to www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org

Tank Tucker wins Tommy Patterson Memorial Modified 50 at New Smyrna Speedway

March 31st, 2008

The next race for the Extreme Modifieds will be April 18 at Orlando
SpeedWorld. For more information on the Extreme Modified Series go to
www.fascartours.com.

Tommy Patterson Memorial Modified 50 this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway

March 27th, 2008

In 2007, Tank Tucker topped the Tommy Patterson Memorial Modified 50 followed by Jerry Symons, Alan Bruns, Jimmy Winks and Skip Honaker. Seventeen modifieds took the field for the 50 lap feature.

2006 saw Mike Fritts on top followed by Corey Freed, Jeremy Fitch, Blake
Lehr, and Art Kunzeman. Who will win in 2008?? You need to be there to find
out.

Pit gate will open at 2 pm with practice for the Exteme Modifeds alone from
3 to 4pm. Division practice to follow with the modifieds mixed in.
Qualiyfing for the Tommy Patterson Memorial Modified 50 will be at 6:30 pm.

Grandstands open at 6 pm. General admission is $15.00, students and seniors
(62 and older) and children 11 and under FREE.

Tim Russell Starts Brighthouse Off Right at New Smyrna Speedway

March 25th, 2008

“It was a really good race for us,” said Russell. “We had a really strong car all weekend long. It was good all through practice, and after the second practice we knew that it was good, so we decided to park it and save it.

“We just didn’t quite get the car adjusted to where we needed to with different
tires for qualifying, and we were just really loose when we got out on the track and we qualified second. They inverted the top three in the field, so luckily we ended up starting right where we qualified. We were able to take the lead on the first lap, and we never looked back.”

From the outside looking in, Russell’s win may have looked easy. But easy is never the case in the competitive world of Florida Super Late Model racing. One has to always be on their toes and up on the wheel, on the lookout for those who want to try and get by at any given moment.

“The field was pretty competitive, and we were able to work out a pretty comfortable lead. Wayne Anderson was second behind us, and that is always a challenging situation to have. Once we were able to get out front, I knew I would have to save my stuff in case we got a caution and would have to fight him on the restart, but the race ended up going green the whole way, so once we were out front it was clear sailing from there.”

While this was the continuation of something Russell started at Speedfest earlier this year, he along with his team, haven’t decided yet which direction or which Championships they will specifically be going for this year.

“We have a lot of stuff that we are working on, so we haven’t decided what
championship that we are going to go for yet, but this was a great way to start off the season. It’s nice to pick up right where we left off. We are going to take it race by race and see how it goes.

“We just have to keep the momentum rolling,” added Russell. “Our car is better than it was when we were down at Speedweeks, so that was a big advantage going out there this past weekend. Right off the bat I knew that our car was better than it was at Speedweeks, and we were pretty happy with the result. Our cars are driving great right now and it makes my job a lot easier, and I can’t wait to get back on the track at our next race at Orlando.”

Tim will be back in racing action on Friday, April 4th, when the Sunbelt Series
returns to Orlando SpeedWorld.

For more information on Tim Russell, contact Amy Hayes at (770) 855-1461 and be sure to check out Tim’s website at www.timrussellonline.com

Rich Clouser to Run Bright House Challenge in 2008

March 21st, 2008

Rich will run for Rookie-of-the-Year in the Bright House Challenge and will
only miss one race in June when the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series runs
the same night at Columbia Motorsports Park.

“We are very excited about this new challenge and having a Super Late
Model,” said Bobby Sears, owner of the car. “Rich has done a fantastic job in the
Late Model and I know he will in the Super Late.”

Watch for Rich this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway when the Bright House
Challenge runs it’s first race of the 2008 season. Watch the No. 9 as he
moves to the front.

AJ Curreli tops Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 at New Smyrna Speedway

March 18th, 2008

The fans were able to get up close to the drivers during the on-track
autograph session but then it was time to race.

Curreli lead the way on the start but on lap 6, Chad Akins and Charles
Kopach made contact bringing out the first caution of the night. On the restart, Rookie-of-the-Year for 2007 Darren Brown was turned by Daniel Keene
collecting George Morales who hit the inside retaining wall. Morales was unable to return to the field as Brown and Keene are sent to the rear for the restart.

As all first races go for the year, there are always mechanical problems that come unexpectively. Both Brian Palmiter and Jerry Symons saw that when on lap 24 both drivers were forced out of the with mechanical problems.

Lap 29 once again sees the caution come out for Dewayne Barrus who has spun.
Joe Winchell heads to pit road as his car is having problems. The green comes back out once again on lap 32 as Curreli leads the way. Chad Akins, one of the new rookies of the 2008 season, has problems on lap 36 and must go to pit road for seven laps.

Caution comes out on lap 45 for Dewayne Barrus as he spins. At this time,
Jeremy Colangelo goes to pit road and is unable to rejoin the field when the
green comes back out on lap 48. Colangleo ends up going five laps down before his return to the field.

Charles Kopach makes contact with the backstretch wall on lap 48 and takes
his car in for the night. No caution is needed as the field continues on.
Joe Winchell also tries to once again join the field on lap 49 but immediately heads back to pit road. Joe gives it one more try but calls it a night on lap 52.

Lap 55 brings out the caution once again as Darren Brown and David Gibbs
make contact going into turn one. At the same time as Brown and Gibbs make
contact, Ray Black, Jr. makes contact with the backstretch wall coming to a halt in turn three. Black retires for the night along with Earl Beckner who has mechanical problems with his car. The race is then red flagged for track
cleanup as the EMTs check on Gibbs. Gibbs is fine and racing returns on lap 59.

Daniel Keene, who was sent to the rear of the field earlier in the race, has
now worked his way back into the top five with Darren Brown also working his
way back up the field. Alan Bruns, who has fought all night with his handling problems, now finds himself two laps down as the field goes by him.

Lap 79 sees Brad May leave the field with a broken rear end. On lap 90, Barrus brings out his third caution of the night after spinning between turns one and two and is sent in to the pits. Curreli, who has lead all 100 laps, takes the checkered followed by Daniel Keene, Jr., Jessica Murphy, Rich Clouser and Warren Brown.

Alexis Fenton, under the coaching of Tim Russell, did a great job for her
first time at the track. Jessica Murphy did a good job of racing also after
suffering heavy contact on the backstretch wall during the race. Chuck Abell
had a great showing starting fourth and maintaining thru the race to finish
sixth. Rich Clouser did a great job of sportsmanship as he and Jessica Murphy raced for third. Clouser would get under her but would back out so as not to take her out as they battled for third. Greg Kaouk was unable to make the show due to clutch problems.

The next race for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series will be at
Columbia Motorsports Park on April 5th. Drivers towing to Columbia for the race will receive 50 extra points for Columbia.

For more information on the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series go to
www.fascartours.com.

Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series set for new year this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway

March 14th, 2008

Series Direction Scott Jackman is expecting a good number of Late Models for
the first race among them Doug Moff, Rich Closuer, A.J. Curreli, Darren Brown, Greg Kaouk, Charles Kopach, Jeremy Colangelo just to name a few.

“I know some of our drivers have moved up and on,” said Jackman, “but I am
sure we will see a lot of new faces also. We are expecting a few good year
for the Challenge and no matter who does run, it will be a great show.”

The Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series runs Late Models and for rules and
schedule, go to www.fascartours.com for more information on the series. Last year fans saw some great racing by Doug Moff and Rich Clouser who ran first and second in points. Then there was third place and Rookie of the Year Darren Brown who fought off Joe Winchell for third as Winchell finsihed fourth in points. Each race these guys put on one heck of a show for the fans.

Racing will start at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 15, at New Smyrna Speedway.
Live updates on the race, if available, can be found at karnac.com on the
message board. General admission on Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway will be
$20.00, students and seniors (62 and older) $15.00, children 11 and under FREE.

Goodyear Challenge Late Models open 2008 Season this Saturday 3/15 at New Smyrna Speedway

March 11th, 2008

Along with with Goodyear Challenge Late Models will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock. Pit gates will open at 2 pm on Saturday, March 15, with practice for the Goodyear Challenge Late Models alone from 3 to 4 pm. Division practice will follow with the Goodyear Challenge Late Models included. Grandstands open at 6 pm with racing action at 7:30 pm. General admission is $20.00, students and seniors (over 62) $15.00, children 11 and under free. A good number of Late Models are expected for Saturday’s race and this being the first race of the year for the Goodyear Challenge, opening night will be exciting.

The Goodyear Challenge will see new driver pages added to their web-site
along with live action on the internet when available for their races. This
means you will be able to put faces and cars together on the site and those who cannot attend, will be able to keep up on the web with racing action when
possible. For more information on the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series, go to www.fascartours.com.

Night 5 has been Washed out at New Smyrna’s World Series

February 13th, 2008

Join New Smyrna Speedway tomorrow night for the Super Lates Models, Crate
Late Models, Late Models, FL/IMCA Modifieds, NASCAR Tour Modifieds, SK
Modifieds, and the White Lightning National Antique Car Show and race.

Also tomorrow night, Feb. 13, will be the 50 lap John Blewitt III Memorial
for the Tour Modifieds.

Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information go to www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org

Zach Stroupe Scores Third-Straight New Smyrna Pro Challenge Feature

February 12th, 2008

Then, on Sunday, Stroupe picked up right where he left off and made it three
straight. Stroupe took over the wheel of the #51 car from his 12-year-old
brother Nick, who won the first Winternationals event of the season on
Friday night at Orlando Speedworld, but is not yet old enough to compete at
New Smyrna. Stroupe quickly grabbed the lead from polesitter and 2007 Pro
Challenge Sunshine Region Champion J.L. Snowden and led all 25 laps of the
first of two Pro Challenge Winternationals event at New Smyrna.

Snowden put the Pro Challenge competitors on notice that he was out to end
Stroupe’s stranglehold on New Smyrna’s victory lane by scoring the pole
Sunday afternoon in qualifying. At the drop of the green flag, Stroupe
blasted by Snowden on the outside groove and never looked back. Snowden
caught Stroupe mid-race, but the 2006 Pro Challenge Rookie of the Year
proved too strong down the stretch.

Behind Stroupe, a battle between Snowden, Jason Burchard and Terry Horak
brewed late in the race. Snowden followed Stroupe to the line, holding off
Burchard, who overcame an early spin. Horak followed in fourth with Trevor
Cauble rounding out the top-five.

Stroupe became the third different winner in the three 2008 Winternationals
events. Nick Stroupe and Jason Burchard scored victories in the first two
nights of Winternationals at Orlando Speedworld. The overall
Winternationals Champion will be decided in Monday night’s Winternationals
finale at New Smyrna Speedway.

For more media information on the Pro Challenge oval track and road course
series and racecars, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 788-2134 x 5 and visit
www.prochallengeseries.com.

Ocean Properties Provides a “Home Away From Home” During Speedweeks In New Smyrna

January 22nd, 2008

As any tried and true racer can attest, the rigors of a short track racing schedule can mean for plenty of time away from home. That is why, when the 2008 racing season marks its unofficial beginning during Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway this February, Ocean Properties will be there ready to make any race team and fan feel at home at one of there many luxurious accommodations throughout the Daytona Beach and New Smyrna areas.

Ocean Properties and the nation’s leading short track racing news website,
Speed51.com, have teamed up for a fourth-straight season, as Ocean
Properties will once again be the Official Accommodations for the 51 staff
and the site’s founder, SPEED broadcaster Bob Dillner, during the 2008
Speedweeks.

”Ocean Properties will find you a nice place to stay during Speedweeks when
a lot of other people cannot,” said Dillner, who will be covering the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway in February for SPEED.
“They have a lot of nice properties, and if you compare their prices to a
lot of hotels in the area, you’ll always win with Ocean Properties. Plus,
staying in a condo or house is so much nicer.

Ocean Properties is a vacation rental management company that represents
nearly 400 properties throughout the Daytona Beach and New Smyrna areas.
The properties consist of condominiums, as well as private, single-family
homes that are available for rental year-round. Ocean Properties has been
in business since 1987 and is proud to be the largest family-owned
independent real estate firm in the area. Ocean Properties is also
recognized as the leading company, ranking number one in real estate sales,
when it comes to property management and vacation rentals in New Smyrna
Beach, FL.

But for the racer or fan headed to New Smyrna Speedway this Speedweeks, the
properties offer much more than can be found in a typical hotel room. The
New Smyrna Beach area condominiums and HYPERLINK
“http://www.oceanprops.com/property/index.cfm?udcat=5″beach homes are fully
furnished with appliances, linens, towels, dishes and color televisions.
Some have washers and dryers or laundry facilities, making staying in an
Ocean Properties accommodation this Speedweeks the perfect way to enjoy home
while kicking off the racing season.

“Our properties are vacation rental properties. There’s a difference
between a vacation rental property and your standard, typical hotel,” said
Kelley DeSoto of Ocean Properties. “They are fully furnished,
self-sufficient, self-contained properties, either privately or
individually-owned condominiums or single-family homes. When you have the
luxuries of home when you’re on vacation attending these special events, it
makes your vacation and your trip to the area that much more enjoyable. You
can relax, even cook your own meal if you don’t want to go out every night,
you can do that quite comfortably.

Like in recent seasons, Ocean Properties will be the Official Accommodations
of Speed51.com and its staff. When the 51 crew is not busy hitting the New
Smyrna Speedway pit area as the Official News Site of Smyrna Speedweeks,
they will be relaxing in the luxurious comfort of an Ocean Properties
location.

“When I do get to relax a little during Speedweeks, I really want to prop my
feet up and just enjoy a little peace and quiet,” said Dillner. “Ocean
Properties has provided us with nice quiet and convenient locations, both on
the beach and other beautiful locations and that’s just what you need away
from the track.”

Continuing a tradition now in its fourth season, Ocean Properties will be a
featured sponsor of the Speedweeks coverage on Speed51.com, the nation’s
leading asphalt news website. Speed51.com will be in New Smyrna throughout
the nine nights of action with its live “Trackside Now” feature, bringing
the action home for those fans who are not able to make it to Florida to
enjoy the fun in the sun during Speedweeks.

But of course, those fans who are planning on heading down to New Smyrna and
Daytona this February, should act quick as Ocean Properties’ locations are
quickly filling up with race fans.

“The economic impact of Speedweeks for our business is tremendous,” added
DeSoto. “With Speedweeks in Daytona as well as the Speedweeks in New
Smyrna, our business increases more than 85-percent. It’s that important to
us. We are race fans ourselves and that’s why we embrace the race fans. We
love the sport. We’re just excited to be a part of the racing action and to
be a part of the community that supports the sport.

“We try to make as many FASCAR and other races at New Smyrna Speedway as
often as we can because we’re race fans. We enjoy the sport so much. It’s
become a part of our lives. We’ve got the best of all the vacation worlds
right here. We’ve got the sun, the beach, the fishing, the golf and of
course the racing. What more can you ask for?”

Rental properties for the 2008 Speedweeks are still available, but are going
fast. Check out Ocean Properties at www.oceanprops.com for detailed
descriptions of all of the luxurious locations available for this year’s
events. For more information on Ocean Properties, check them out on the web
or call 800-521-9657.

Since 2001, Speed51.com has been the home for short track news and
behind-the-scenes stories from series all around the country. From ARCA and
NASCAR’s Touring Divisions, to the USAR Pro Cup Series and Super Late Models
from all across the country and much more. For the second-straight season,
Speed51.com will be covering the events during Speedweeks live via the
“Trackside Now” feature.

For all the latest throughout Smyrna Speedweeks, be sure to check out
Speed51.com. For more information on Speed51.com, contact Matt Kentfield at
51 Sports by calling (704) 788-2134.

2007 FASCAR Champions Honored Janaury 19th in Daytona Beach

January 20th, 2008

People gathered together to honor the top ten in all FASCAR racing divisions and the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series, Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series, Advance Auto Parts Pro Truck Series, Florida Mini Stock Challenge Series, Southern Sportsman Series, Gulfcoast Modified Series and the EXTREME Modified Series.

The full house dined on chicken and beef while Rusty Marcus, General Manager
at Orlando SpeedWorld, and Mark Keeler gave out trophys and prizes. Jim
Jones, the track photographer for 30 years, was honored with a special plague
and a jacket along with the Hart Award going to Butch and Barbara Pierce for
their many years of service to FASCAR.

There were a few double champions in the group, Tim Russell who won the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series championship and the Bright House Challenge
Championship. Russell was already crowned the Triple Crown Champion. Russell presented special trophys to members of his team who helped him throughout the year.

Robbie Cooper won double championships in not only the Gulfcoast Modified
Series but also the EXTREME Modified Series. Cooper had an outstanding year in his open wheel modified.

New Smyrna Speedway will now prepare for the 42nd Annual World Series of
Asphalt Stock Car Racing from Feb. 8th thru Feb. 16th while Orlando SpeedWorld prepares for their Winternationals.

For more information on the tracks go to www.fascar.org or for information on the FASCAR tours go to www.fascartours.com.

CHAMPIONS THAT WERE HONORED FROM ORLANDO SPEEDWORLD
SUPER LATE MODEL – Jared Allison
MODIFIED – Shain Held
SPORTSMAN – Timmy Todd, Jr.
SUPER STOCK – Lee Wagner
MINI STOCK – Pedie Allison
STRICTLY STOCK – Rob Reynolds
HURRICANES – Rob Reynolds
CLASSIC – Derrick Wood
OUTLAW STRICTLY STOCK – Joe Arnold

NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY
BRIGHT HOUSE CHALLENGE – Tim Russell
LATE MODEL – David Gibbs
MODIFIED – Matt Wheeler
PRO TRUCK – Jessica Murphy
SPORTSMAN – Phil Luizzo
SUPER STOCK – Michael Wofford
MINI STOCK – Ted Vulpius
STRICTLY STOCK – Brent Bruner

FASCAR TOUR CHAMPIONS
SUNBELT SUPER LATE MODEL – Tim Russell
GOODYEAR CHALLENGE LATE MODEL – Doug Moff
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS PRO TRUCK – Scott Reeves
FLORIDA MINI STOCK CHALLENGE – Robbie Storer
SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN – Richard Elkins, Jr.
GULFCOAST MODIFIED – Robbie Cooper
EXTREME MODIFIED – Robbie Cooper

FASCAR TOUR Banquet Changed to January 19, 2008

January 9th, 2008

Tickets for the banquet are $38.00 per person if you RSVP and purchase your
tickets prior to January 11, 2008. After January 11, 2008 tickets will be
$50.00 per person. Call New Smyrna Speedway (386-427-4129) to RSVP for the
FASCAR Banquet or Sandy Nerone (386-547-5153) for the FASCAR TOUR banquet.

Please note on the RSVP your choice of Bronzed Chicken Breast or Braised
Short Ribs for each member of your party.

On January 19, we will have a cocktail hour beginning at 6:00 pm with a cash
bar. Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. Dress for the banquet will be
business casual.

For room reservations or information on The Shores Resort and Spa call (386)
767-7350 or visit _www.shoresresort.com_ (http://www.shoresresort.com) When
making a reservation, please let the resort know you are there for the
banquet.

Excitement Builds as 42nd Annual World Series Gets Closer

January 7th, 2008

For a complete schedule of events, go to www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org for World Series news and updates.

Early entries for this year’s event include:

Super Late Models
#36 Tim Russell
#70 Jeff Choquette
#12 Steve Weaver
#11 David Rogers
#39 Ryan Sieg
#77 Jerry Symons
#10 Jack Landis

Late Models
#96 George Morales
#21 Derrick Kelley
#38 Kirk Hooker
#54 Kevin Ingram
#39 CJ Faison
#82 Danny Maddox
#119 JR McMicheal
#119x Allen Seymour
#73 Greg Skyta
#60 Chad Akins

Crate Late Models
#91 Tyler Brown
#12 Tyler Townsend
#24 David Rigan
#88 Robert Petrus, Jr.
#23 James Thomas Weller III
#97 Joey Polewarczyk
#35 Joseph Gase
#9 William Thomas III Trucks
#73 Jim Campbell
#5 Harold Crooms II

SK Mod
#34 Anthony Burr

Florida Modifieds
#2x Rayon Preece
#89 Lee Collins
#66 Jerry Symons
#7 Gordon Moodie
#98 Bobby Joe Woodley
#15 Tank Tucker

All Northern Modifieds will be added once the entries are received.

Racing action starts each night at 7:30 p.m. but you will want to get there
early for qualifying and practice. Call 386-427-4129 for advance reserved
seating.

Bordeau wins race, Reeves crowned 2007 Advance Auto Parts Pro Truck Champion at New Smyrna Speedway

November 27th, 2007

Points leader Kevin Henry set fast time and also pulled the 0 pill starting
the field straight up. Scott Reeves, sitting only six points behind Henry,
started alittle further back and would definitely have to work his way up to
the front and finish at least three spots ahead of Henry for the Championship.

After an on-track autograph session and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus,
Chad Akins, the 2006 Pro Truck Champion, gave the command to start your
engines and we were off to the races.

Henry quickly took the point on the green over Logan Bordeau, Scott Bishop,
Dalton Zehr, and Travis Hanson. As they fought for position, the caution
came out on lap 5 for Phil Luizzo, Jarred Cawley, and Michael Pilla. All were fine but rejoined the field in the rear for the restart.

The race goes back green on lap 9 as Henry continues to lead the way over
Bordeau, Bishop, Zehr, Hanson, Austin Howell, Jessica Murphy, Scott Reeves, and George Gorham, Jr.

Jessica Murphy puts the heat on Howell for sixth as Reeves follows Murphy
for seventh putting Howell in eighth. Just as racing is heating up, Jen
Crossman brings out the yellow as she spins rejoining the field in the rear. Henry once again holds the point followed by Bordeau, Bishop, Zehr, Hanson,
Murphy, Reeves, Gorham and Howell.

Gorham is looking high and low to pass Reeves but each time Reeves shuts the
door and holds his position. But on lap 20, Jen Crossman spins again in
turn 2 bringing out the yellow once more.

Lap 22 sees the green as Henry leads the way over Bordeau, Bishop, Zehr, and
Hanson. Henry begins to build his lead seeing that Championship right
before him but 78 laps are left and there are no guarantees in racing. Gorham once again puts the heat on Reeves but Reeves quickly shuts the door.

Suddenly on lap 28 Gorham spins in turns 1 and 2 due to lap traffic. Gorham
is giving back his spot and the race goes back green. As the racers chase
Henry, the caution comes out again for Jim Campbell who has spun low in turns
1 and 2. At this time Gorham quickly goes down pit road for a few
adjustments on his truck.

On the restart, Bordeau begins to put alot of heat on Henry for the point
but Henry holds him off while Hanson finds himself going side-by-side with
Jessica Murphy for fifth. Murphy is running the outside with Hanson on the
inside. Just as Hanson really feels the heat, A.J. Factor spins at the bottom of turn 2 bringing out the yellow.

Bordeau once again looks on the restart to pass Henry but Henry will have
nothing to do with it. Murphy, who has taken over fifth, goes high giving
Reeves the opportunity to slip by and take over fifth as Murphy settles into
seventh.

On lap 49, midway, Bordeau takes advantage of Henry’s slip and passes Henry
for first. Henry quickly gathers the truck back up for second followed by
Bishop, Zehr, Hanson and Reeves. Murphy goes high and Reeves goes low for
sixth but Reeves holds his position as Murphy settles back into seventh.

But Murphy is not done and tries once again taking over sixth as Reeves goes
seventh. In the meantime, Bordeau sets sail on the field with a half lap
lead over everyone. Jim Campbell brings out the caution as he spins in turn 2 which somehow Bordeau does a great job of avoiding the spinning car.
Campbell is fine and rejoins the field in the rear of the lead lap.

On the restart, Zehr puts heat on Bishop for third but Bishop holds strong.
Bordeau continues his lead over Henry, Bishop, Hanson and Zehr. Zehr and
Hanson give the crowd a great show as they go side-by-side for fourth. But Zehr proves he is the stronger truck and holds his position in fourth as Hanson must settle for fifth.

Bishop now puts the heat on Henry for second but Henry is too strong and holds him off. Bishop runs low, Henry high as Henry slides just alittle allowing Zehr and Hanson to move pass him for third and fourth and Henry in fifth. Now the top two in points are right behind each other – Henry in fifth and Reeves in sixth.

Lap 90 sees the yellow for Jessica Murphy who has spun on the backstretch.
Since the last 10 laps must be under green, the race restarts on lap 90 as
Bordeau leads the way over Bishop, Zehr, Reeves, Hanson, Henry and Gorham.

Then the heartbreaking moment arrives when Henry suddenly slows and is forced on pit road. Thinking he might be out of gas, it is sadly discovered that he has lost his MSD Box and is out of the race and no longer in the lead for the Championship.

With only a handful of laps to go, Bordeau crosses the checkered followed by
Scott Bishop, Dalton Zehr, Scott Reeves, and Travis Hanson. Both Bordeau and Reeves celebrate in Victory Circle as Reeves is the new 2007 Advance Auto
Parts Pro Truck Champion.

Jeff Choquette and Dick Anderson team up for Governors Cup success.

November 21st, 2007

Dick Anderson added his name on Florida prestigious Governors Cup in both 1988 and 1989. This night nobody was any happier than Anderson as he celebrated his first time as car owner winning the Cup race. The duo spoke last week on “Inside Florida Racing” with confidence going into the race, confidence in each other and confidence in the number 92 super late model. Confidence it turns out was not misplaced.

The Governors Cup field surprised more than a few observers this year. A field of 33 cars came to run in the 200 lap annual event, with 31 able to take the green flag. Chris Staggs of Clermont, Fl blew a motor on Friday and Dustin Skinner whacked the wall hard in turn four on his qualifying run, both unable to start.

FASCAR’s Sunoco Sunbelt Series 2007 Champion Tim Russell set fast time and sat on the pole with Travis Cope on the outside. B.J. McLeod and Sam Watts made up the second row with Jeff Choquette and last years winner Jeff Scofield in the third. Wayne Anderson, with an uncharacteristic eight place qualifying effort started next to Fain Skinner.

Tim Russell Sends Off 2007 With Another Championship: Young Hot Shoe Claims Sunbelt Series Championship at New Smyrna Speedway

November 20th, 2007

There, Russell added another Championship to his 2007 list of accomplishments (which includes 3 other championships), as he closed out the season with a third-place finish and the 2007 Sunbelt Series Championship.

“It’s pretty cool. It’s our fourth championship of the year,” said Russell.
“We had a heck of a season, and all the guys worked hard all year. It’s
just real cool to bring home four championships in one year. It’s our 20th
top-five finish in 28 starts, so we’re real proud of that. It really says a
lot about this team and what all they can do.”

Russell and his Rinnai Race team headed to New Smyrna Speedway with a fast
car and a talented driver. The team wanted to end their championship chase
on a high note with a win at New Smyrna Speedway, and it started out looking
good for them. The weekend started out fast, as they were able to put
Russell’s Rinnai Chevrolet up front in practice and then take the pole in
qualifying.

“The whole weekend went pretty good for us,” said Russell. “We were able to
go out there and put the Rinnai Chevrolet on the pole again, and put in a
good solid effort for all of our sponsors.”

Russell’s car was tight throughout the race, and while he may have had
aspirations to end the season with a victory at New Smyrna, settling for
just a championship isn’t too bad.

“I wish we could’ve won the race. I had a real good car in the beginning,
but the stagger closed up with that first set of tires and it just started
getting tight. After we put the second set on, we came all the way up
through there to second and we just tightened up again there toward the end
and were able to hold onto third. That was about it; that’s all we had, and
it was good enough to bring home the Sunbelt Series Championship. Third’s a
good job, and I’d really like to thank Mike Garvey for helping us this week,
and thanks to Rinnai, Tempaco, Fisher, and Reno Water Heaters; everybody did
a good job.”

With the Sunbelt Series now under his belt, Russell ends the 2007 season
with a pretty impressive record of four championships and 20 top-five
finishes. In every series he competed in full time, he won the
Championship. What more could a driver ask for in a given year?

“It’s such a cool deal to be able to perform like we did this season,” added
Russell. “I am really excited about it; we had such a strong year. I would
have liked to have won some more races, but we will take it how it comes and
use the momentum for this year to hopefully build up for another awesome
season in 2008.”

Please stay tuned for more information on Tim Russell’s 2008 racing plans.
For more information on Tim Russell, contact Amy Hayes at (770) 855-1461.

Jeff Choquette wins 42nd Annual Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna peedway

November 18th, 2007

As the temperature dropped, the track got colder and colder which did cause one car to hit the wall in practice after putting on new tires and being to cold when it came up to speed.

Chris Staggs brought his brand new car for the Governor’s Cup but after
hitting the wall in turns 3 and 4 found it had too much left side damge to be
fixed overnight. Staggs pulled out to go home and was back early Saturday
morning with his old car. Thinking he had problems with his battery, Staggs
chose not to qualify but after more inspection, it was found that he had a
problem with the motor forcing him to withdraw from the race.

Dustin Skinner, who was definitely fast, hit the wall during qualifying and
was seen up on the upper deck working away trying to fix the 5 Super Late. But there was just too much damage for a quick repair and he was forced to also withdraw from the race leaving a field of 32 cars for the annual event.

With no inversion for a 200 lap event, it was fast qualifier Tim Russell on
the pole with Travis Cope on outside pole. Second row was third fastest
qualifier B.J. McLeod with Sam Watts on the outside followed by fifth fastest qualifier Jeff Choquette.

After an on-track autograph session and opening ceremonies, it was time for
the command for “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines” and the 42nd Annual Governor’s
Cup was green.

Travis Cope quickly jumped to the point over Russell, Watts, McLeod, and
Jeff Scofield. McLeod passed Watts taking third as Scofield challenges Watts
for fourth, takes it with Choqu ette passing Watts for fifth. Action is hot
until lap 6 when the yellow comes out for Martin Pierce, visiting New Smyrna
Speedway from Huntsville, Alabama, Dwayne Dempsey, Kurt Jett and B.J. McLeod
all make quick visits to pit road during the yellow for crew attention.

The race goes back green on lap 11 as Cope leads the way over Russell, Choquette, Wayne Anderson, and Sam Watts. Suddenly Scofield slows on lap 12 with obvious mechanical problems and goes in the back entrance to the pits for crew attention. Not how he wanted his race to go nor bring out the yellow for his limping car. Both Scofield and McLeod ended their nights with mechanical problems.

Once again the green is thrown as Cope leads the way over Russell, Choquette, Anderson, Watts, Patrick Conrad, Justin Larson, Ricky Carmichael, Joe Winchell and David Rogers in the top ten. But it is another short green as John Coffman and Blake Lehr get together in turn 1 bringing out the yellow. Once
again it is another short green as Travis Towell and Dusty Cornelius bring out
the yellow on lap 34 as they spin in turn 4.

The race once again goes green as Cope leads the wya but it is another short
run as the yellow is thrown for Richard Douglas and Dusty Cornelius on lap
44. Cope leads the way on the green followed by Russell, Choquette, Anderson
and Conrad. On lap 49 the TM Ranch 11 of David Rogers is seen on pit road
ending his night with mechanical problems. The cold night air has taken it’s
toll on the cars.

Choquette begins putting the heat on Russell for second but Russell shuts the door. The caution comes out on lap 72 for Jerry Artuso when he spins in turn 2. Artuso, who was a regular last year in the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series, is making his first and only start this year in the Sunbelt Series
after racing up North most of the year. During this caution, a number of cars pit taking on fuel and tires.

As the green comes back out, it is Russell, Conrad, Larson, Watts, Winchell,
Carmichael, Fain Skinner, Dwayne Dempsey and Robert Yoho in the top ten.
Conrad begins his hunt for the lead as he looks high and low on Russell.
Russell shuts the door and continues on the point. Jimmy Cope puts pressure on Yoho for tenth as they go side-by-side with Cope taking over tenth.

Lap 93 sees the 73 of Watts bring out the caution as he spins on the
frontstretch. At this time it is noted that Artuso has a possible miss in the motor retiring our Canadian friend from the race. As the race goes back green, leader Russell finds a very hard charging Conrad right on his tail once again. Each time Conrad looks, Russell shuts the door but it is not over yet for Conrad’s hunt. Newly married Jay Middleton, who is running sixth, finds his hands full with Choquette who is giving him some great side-by-side action. Middleton slides up as Choquette takes over sixth and Middleton settles into ninth.

The yellow comes out for Robert Yoho who is in the wall between turns 1 and
2. Yoho has problems with the right front suspension and finds his night
done also after a very nice run. With the caution, a number of cars go on pit road for their pit stops for fuel and tires.

When the race goes back green, we have a new leader Patrick Conrad followed
by Choquette, Cope, Anderson, Middleton, Watts, Dempsey, Carmichael, Larson
and Russell. Watts challenges Middleton for fifth and takes it as Middleton
goes to sixth. Racing is hot and heavy as the caution comes out on lap 135
for debris on the track.

As the race goes green once again, it is Choquette as the new leader
followed by Cope, Anderson, Watts, and Russell. On lap 156 the yellow is once again shown as Brock Burns spins his 40 right at the entrance to pit road. Sixteen cars are left out of the 32 car field.

Choquette continues to lead the pack in the 92 of Dick Anderson over Cope,
Russell, Anderson, and Watts. By lap 165 it is Choquette, Cope, Russell,
Watts, Dempsey, Larson, Carmichael, Freed, Winchell, Conrad, Finney, Burns,
Cornelius, Middleton and Coffman. Fifteen laps to go as the yellow comes out on lap 187 for Dusty Cornelius, the 2006 Super Late Model Champion at Orlando
SpeedWorld. Cornelius has hit the turn 2 wall hard but is fine and done for the night.

On the restart, Sam Watts slows as if out of fuel and the caution comes out
once again to push the 73 into the pits. Not how Watts wanted to end his
good run for the night. Choquette holds the point on the restart and with no
more yellows, sails to the checkered for his second win in the Governor’s Cup
followed by Travis Cope, Tim Russell, Wayne Anderson and Dwayne Dempsey.

Choquette and Dick Anderson celebrate in Victory Circle for their win as the
fans are introduced to the 2007 Sunoco Sunbelt Super Late Model Champion Tim
Russell of Longwood and Rookie-of-the-Year Corey Freed of Orlando as the fans
see the end of the 2007 Sunoco Sunbelt Super Late Model season. What a day
and what a night for all.

42nd Annual Governor’s Cup 200 this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway

November 13th, 2007

Governor Hayden Burns commissioned the Governor’s Cup in 1965 to pay tribute
to Al Keller, long time promoter of Florida stock car tracks. Wayne
Reutimann won the first race at Sunshine Speedway where the Cup was run until
enviromental issues temporarily closed the track in 1979.

Sunshine Speedway hosted the race in 1979, with the race moving back to Golden Gate for the next three years, under the direction of Don Nerone. The DeSoto Speedway hosted the race until 1987, though the Cup was not officially competed for. It was at that time that Clyde Hart, the builder and owner of
New Smyrna Speedway stepped forward and revived both the race and it’s history.

The race has been run at New Smyrna’s half-mile ever since. In 1998 the
Governor’s Cup was promoted for television by Terry Wall and Jack Smith, and was shown for the first time to fans all through the South via FOX and Sunshine Network

In 2001, the Governor’s Cup was very special as then Governor Jeb Bush gave
the command “Gentlemen Start Your Engines.” It was only a few months after
9/11 and the Governor had already agreed to be the Grand Marshall. In spite of
his staff’s objections, Governor Bush came to the race to show the people of
racing that we would continue and get over 9/11.

In 2002, Governor Bush asked Florida’s most famous writer Patrick D. Smith to stand in his shoes as the Grand Marshall. In spite of a few health issues, Smith was there and autographing books before the opening ceremonies. Since 2002, we have seen many of Florida’s finest be the Grand Marshall.

In 2005, we saw Jeff Scofield win the Governor’s Cup 200 but previous winners have included James Powell, Mike Fritts, Dick Anderson, Wayne Anderson, Jeff Choquette, Jimmy Cope, David Rogers, Dumont Smith, Gary Balough, Dick Trickle, Jack Arnold, Billy Bigley Jr. just among some of those lucky enough to win the 200 lap event.

Besides the Snowball Derby held at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, this is the race every Super Late Model driver wants to win. They come from far and near to compete on this one night for the honor of having their names added to the Golden Cup that is treasued by short track racers.

This year’s Governor Cup is no exception to the rule. Expected are Wayne
Anderson, Tim Russell, Jeff Choquette, Brian Finney, Ricky Carmichael, Chad
Pierce, Dusty Cornelius, Blake Lehr, Sam Watts, Scotty Crockett, David Rogers,
B.J. McLeod, and many more.

The “best of the best” will be in the field for the 42nd running, each wanting the win but only one going home as the winner.

The schedule for this weekend is as follows:

Friday-November 16, 2007
2:00 Pit gate opens
6:00-9:00 Practice (Sunbelt and Mini Stock Challenge)

Saturday-November 17, 2007
9:00 Registration and Pit Sign In Pit Gate Opens Hauler Parking
11:00 Mandatory Drivers and Spotters Meeting
1:00 Grandstands open
1:00-2:30 Practice (Sunbelt and Mini Stock Challenge)
3:00 Qualifying Sunbelt Super Late Models Florida Mini Stock Challenge
5:00 Qualifying Ends
6:00 Autograph Session on Track
7:00 Pre Race Ceremonies
7:10 Driver Introductions
7:30 42nd Annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200 Florida Mini Stock Challenge 100

For more information on New Smyrna Speedway go to _www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org_
(http://www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org) or call 386-427-4129.

Double Points and Bright House Challenge 50 this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway

November 5th, 2007

ALSO it is Home Depot Kids Night with lots of exciting fun and play projects
for the kids. So come early to join in all the fun.

Pit gate will open at 3 pm with qualifying for the Bright House Challenge
Super Late Model 50 at 6:30 pm. Racing starts at 7:30 pm.

General Admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

REMEMBER IT IS ALSO HOME DEPOT KIDS NIGHT SO COME EARLY!!!!

Logan Bordeau wins Advance Auto Parts Pro Truck 50 at New Smyrna Speedway

November 5th, 2007

Logan Bordeau took the point over Chad Pierce on the green but it did not
take George Gorham, Jr. long before he was on the point followed by Bordeau,
Pierce, Hanson, and Henry. As Gorham builds a huge lead over the field, Henry passes Hanson for fourth. But on lap 7, the cautions begin as Jennifer
Crossman and Jim Campbell get together in turns 3 and 4. Both are fine and
rejoin the field in the rear for the restart.

With a number of restarts for spins here and there, lap 10 sees the worse
caution as the leader blows an engine coming around 3 and 4 with Chad Pierce
hitting the wall hard after getting in the oil and Kevin Henry getting damage
also. The race is red flagged. Pierce is fine but the truck is totalled.
Henry gets crew attention on the 99 and is able to rejoin the field after the
race goes back yellow and the track has been cleaned. At this point, caution
laps are now counted as they were not in the beginning with the last 10 laps
green.

Lap 11 sees the restart as Bordeau leads the way over Hanson, Jessica
Murphy, Scott Reevse, and Austin Howell. Jennifer Crossman brings out the yellow on lap 15 when she spins joining the field in the rear for the restart. Bordeau holds the point on the restart followed by Hanson, Murphy, Reeves, and Howell.

The yellow comes out again on lap 22 when something seems to break on the 97
of Clinton Clark. Micheal Pilla takes his truck down pit road for some crew
attention and rejoins the field for the green as Bordeau leads the way. At
this points Howell and Reeves are putting on a great show for the fans as
they do some heavy side-by-side racing. Howell takes over fourth as Reeves
settles into fifth. Kevin Henry, our fast time qualifier, has made his way back from the rear after suffering damage in lap 10, and passes Ricky Moxley for sixth as Moxley settles into seventh.

Henry is now right on Scott Reeves but Reevse shuts the door. With only
once more caution on lap 47 for another blown engine, Bordeau continues to lead the way. Henry makes the pass and takes over fifth as Bordeau takes the win for the Advance Auto Parts Pro Truck 50. Following Bordeau across the
checkered was Travis Hanson, Jessica Murphy, Austin Howell, and Kevin Henry.

The next event for the Advance Auto Parts Pro Trucks will be November 24 at
New Smyrna Speedway when the trucks will go 100 laps for the Championship.

Symons wins Race, Cooper Wins Champiionship in Ed Meridith Memorial 100 at New Smyrna Speedway

November 5th, 2007

Cooper, who went into the race leading the Extreanme points also became their first champion at the end of the race with his second place finish. But it was Jerry Symons from New Smyrna, who worked all night on his car to race Saturday, that lead from green to checkered.

When the green waved, Symons quickly took the point over Cooper. Lap 6 see
the first caution for Alan Bruns who spun in turns 3 and 4 after having slight contact with Tank Tucker. Both were fine and both rejoined the field in the rear. On lap 10, we sadly see Alan McCafferty leave the race and go down pit road and taking that hard left that no one wants to do before the end of the race.

Symons takes the point as the race goes back green over Cooper, Lee Collins,
Gary Fountain and Jason Garver. But it is a fast green as the yellow comes
out once again for Garver and Fountain, Jr. as they get together and go to
the rear for the restart. Symons once again takes the point over Cooper,
Collins, Gary Fountain, Sr., and Chad Pierce who is driving Fountain’s back-up
car.

The top three, Symons, Cooper and Collins pull away from the field as Foutain, Pierce, Tank Tucker, Bobby Joe Woodley and Skip Honaker fight for position. Tucker, who has come from the rear due to the early incident with Bruns,
passes Pierce for fifth and is looking now for fourth. Just as Tucker is
putting the heat on Fountain, the yellow comes out for Kevyn Terry and J.F.
McClelland who have gotten together on the backstretch. Terry goes in for crew
attention as McClelland is sadly towed off the track.

Symons once again he has the power for the point as he leads the way over Coo
per, Collins, Tucker, Fountain, Sr., Woodley, Honaker, Pierce and Alan Bruns. The caution once again comes out for track conditiions as Bruns has a wild
ride down the frontstretch sideways. Bruns is fine and is given back his
position since the yellow was for track conditions before his wild ride.

Woodley, who is having a great run, must go down pit road with a flat tire
and rejoins the field in the rear for the restart. Woodley, after running
Hooter’s ProCup, has come back home, and loves racing his modified.

Lap 49 sees the restart as once again Symons has the point over Cooper,
Collins, Tucker, and Fountain, Sr. Only three laps later the yellow is shown
again as Art Kunzeman has spun high in turns 1 and 2 and rejoins the field in
the rear. On the restart it is Symons, Cooper, Collins, Tucker, Fountain, Sr.,
Honaker, Pierce, Bruns, Garver and Wheeler leading the way.

Jared Allison, who is wheeling Yankee Chuck’s famous 00, brings out the
caution on lap 62 when he is tapped by Kunzeman and almost hits the wall but
manages to keep it off. Allison retires the 00 to the pits as Kunzeman is pushed into the pits. The race geos back green on lap 65 as Symons shows he is the king. However, it is another short green as Shain Held brings out the
yellow as he hits the turns 3 and 4 wall. Held, who is leading the points for the Orlando SpeedWorld Modified class, retires to the pits.

Lap 70 sees the restart as Symons leads over Cooper, Collins, Tucker and
Fountain, Sr. Cooper, who has had enough of Symons leading the way, begins to
look high and low to pass Symons but Symons is not having it. But Honaker does pass Fountain, Sr., and takes over fifth as Fountains goes to sixth. It is now Symons, Cooper, Collins, Tucker and Honaker.

With no more cautions, it is a dog fight to the end. With two laps to go,
Cooper does give it his all to pass Symons but Symons does not budge. Symons
takes the checkered followed by Robbie Cooper, Lee Collins, Tank Tucker and
Skip Honaker.

Symons celebrates in Victory Lane as Cooper is proclaimed the 2007 Extreme
Modified Champion.

TWO BIG RACES, ONE NIGHT, NOVEMBER 3RD, AT NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

October 30th, 2007

With only a few short weeks left to the 2007 season, racing will be hot as
Championships are on the line.

Pit gate will open at 2 pm with practice for the Modifieds and Pro Trucks
ALONE from 3 to 4 pm with division practice to follow.

Qualiyfing for the Ed Meridith Memorial Modified 100 and Advance Auto Parts
Pro Truck 50 will begin at 6 pm with racing action at 7:30 pm.

General Admission is $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

Camshafts Inspected and Found Good for Advance Auto Parts Pro Trucks at New Smyrna Speedway

October 25th, 2007

1. George Gorham, Jr. #10
2. Kevin Henry #99
3. Logan Bordeau #33B

Three (3) camshafts one Ford and two Chevy crate motor cams were removed in
a Post race inspection. The cams were sent to Crane Cams to be profiled.
All three (3) cams passed the factory specifications and F. A. S. C. A. R.
Advance Auto Parts Pro Truck rules.

Congratulations and thanks to all three (3) teams and their crews for their
cooperation and patience. Thanks to Crane Cams and Thanks to Butch Pierce
and Team FASCAR.

Winn Dixie Reward Card Sunoco Sunbelt 125 this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway

October 23rd, 2007

It will also be Kids Halloween Costume Contest Night presented by Volusia
County Fair. Big kids and little kids are welcome to dress your scariest an
acd TRICK OR TREAT New Smyrna Speedway.

Also on the Saturday night program are the Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Super
Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stocks.

Pit gate will open at 2 pm with practice for the Sunococ Sunbelt Super Late
Models ALONE from 3 to 4 pm. Division practice to follow. Qualifying for
the 125 lap race will begin at 6:15 pm with racing action at 7:30 pm.

General Admission is $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Goodyear Challenge and Southern Sportsman head to NSS Saturday, October 20th

October 16th, 2007

The Goodyear Challenge Late Models will go for 100 laps of fast Late Model
action with the always popular Southern Sportsman going for 50 laps.

Plus if that is not plenty, the STRICTLY STOCKS will race 25 laps. Also on
the program will be the Super Stocks and Mini Stocks.

Pit gate will open at 2 pm with practice alone for the Goodyear Challenge
Late Models and Southern Sportsman from 3 to 4 pm. Division practice will
follow.

Qualifying for the Goodyear Challenge Late Models and Southern Sportsman
will begin at 6 pm with racing action at 7:30 pm.

General admission is $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

Twin 50′s this Saturday Night at New Smyrna Speedway

October 10th, 2007

Pit gate will open at 2 pm with qualifying for the Advance Auto Parts Pro
Truck 50 and the Open Wheel Modified 50 at 6 pm. Racing starts at 7:30 pm.

General Admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

Sam Watts wins Clyde Hart Memorial at New Smyrna Speedway

October 2nd, 2007

Twenty three Super Lates made the field up but it was Jeff Choquette in Dick
Anderson’s famous 92 that set fast time followed by Patrick Conrad, Sam
Watts, Ricky Carmichael, and Wayne Anderson. Choquette pulled the 5 pill for the inversion putting Wayne Anderson on the pole with Ricky Carmichael on the
outside.

The autograph session was skipped due to the weather but a driver introduction was done with Robert and Andrew Hart meeting the drivers introducing each
one to the fans who stayed thru the rain for this 125 lap event. It was now
time to strap in and go racing.

Anderson quickly jumped to the point on the start followed by Carmichael,
Watts, Choquette, and Conrad. But it was a very short green as Carmichael went high into turns 1 and 2 hitting the wall. Carmichael was fine but done before the night even began.

On the second restart after the caution, Anderson once again jumped to the
point but it was another yellow with David Rogers, Kurt Jett, Dustin Skinner
and Corey Freed. Freed got loose hitting Skinner with Rogers getting tagged
hard and frontend damage on Jett. Rogers car was destroyed along with Skinner
who could not return to the field. The race was red flagged due to Rogers’s
fuel tank leaking. Both Rogers and Skinner were fine with Jett and Freed
returning to the race.

Once again Anderson takes the point on the restart followed by Choquette,
Watts, Conrad, and B.J. McLeod. But caution came once again on lap 11 when
John Coffman spun in turns 3 and 4. The race goes back green but on lap 15 the yellow is shown again for Jeff Choquette who has hit the end of turn 4 wall hard. Track officials see the rear hub is broken ending Choquette’s night after being fast qualifier. Choquette is fine but the same cannot be said about the 92.

Anderson leads the way on lap 25 followed by Watts, Conrad, McLeod and
Russell. Lap 33 sees second in points Brian Finney retire to the pits with an engine problem. Conrad looks high, low to pass Anderson but Anderson holds the point keeping Conrad second. McLeod is now looking to pass Watts. Watts holds but on lap 63, McLeod finally makes the move and takes over third.

The caution comes out again for Chad Pierce who has no brakes and has dusted
the turns 3-4 wall. Pierce is fine but out. Also out is McLeod who has
gotten frontend damage to his car as Anderson slowed for the caution and he
and Conrad slightly touch with McLeod having no where to go. McLeod is fine
but has enough damage that he does not want his car destroyed ending his good
run. McLeod had a very fast car for the night.

Lap 72 sees the restart as Anderson leads the way over Conrad, Watts, Russell, and Blake Lehr. The top five are glued together as each wants that point. But on lap 83, the yellow comes out again as Eddie Gainey and John Coffman have gotten together and spun in turns 1 and 2. Gainey and Coffman go to the rear for the restart.

Anderson continues to lead the way as Conrad looks high, low for the pass.
Each time Conrad looks, Anderson shuts the door. Anderson and Conrad do some
great side-by-side action but on lap 107 coming off 4, Conrad gets alittle
loose and taps Anderson sending him hard into the frontstretch wall. Anderson is not happy but it was just hard racing between the two. Anderson’s car is towed off the track with Anderson going to the hospital eventually with a
possible broken shoulder. Anderson was dq’d for hitting a FASCAR official as
they tried to keep him from going after Conrad. Just a heated moment in a
racer’s life.

The race was red flagged again for track cleanup.

With only green laps left after the restart, it was Sam Watts leading the
way followed by Conrad, Russell, Lehr, and Brock Burns. Russell passes Conrad
for second but cannot catch Watts for the lead. Watts takes the checkered
for the win followed by Tim Russell, Patrick Conrad, Blake Lehr, and Brock
Burns.

This was Watts’s second start in a Super Late Model and he only came to
shake down the car and have some fun. What a surprise for Watts to go home with the win, one happy 16 year old for sure.

The next event for the Sunbelt Super Late Models will be October 27 at New
Smyrna Speedway. For more information on the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series go to www.fascartours.com.

FASCAR Tours Have Big Weekend September 28 and 29

September 26th, 2007

Going into Friday night’s Extreme Modified 50, it is Robbie Cooper leading
the points for this fast moving modified tour. Cooper, who recently won the
title of 2007 Gulf Coast Modified Champion, has proven to be quite the
modified driver in 2007. Right behind Cooper is Clermont’s Alan McClelland who always loves the high banks of SpeedWorld. Rounding out the top ten in points for the Extreme Modified Tour is Jason Garver, 2005 and 2006 Columbia
Motorsports Park Modified Champion, Jerry Symons, Chris Escott, Lee Collins, Jimmy Wagner, Kurt Jett, Dustin Beckelheimer, and Danny Partelo.

Along with the Exteme Modified 50 will be the Quick Kids 25 with Randy
Anderson leading the points for the younger FASCAR Tour. These kids are
determined and learning each and every race. They are all stars shining in the future and have had a lot of fun this year racing. Following Anderson in the points is Austin Stamper, Jason Pyros, Tyler Laing, Donnie Gray Jr., Matt Cohen, Colby Clements, Thomas Warnick, Barry Bartlett, who has moved to the Pro division, and Harley Zimmerman.

Qualifying for the Extreme Modified 50 and Quick Kids 25 will start at 7 pm
Friday night at SpeedWorld with racing action at 8 pm.

On Saturday, September 29, it is the rescheduled Clyde Hart Memorial Sunoco
Sunbelt Super Late Model 125 and Southern Sportsman 50 at New Smyrna
Speedway. The “best of the best” Super Late Models will be on hand to honor the founder of FASCAR, Clyde Hart.

Once a year New Smyrna Speedway brings down the ole green truck, parked next
to the flag at New Smyrna Speedway, from it’s perched view of the speedway
to honor Clyde Hart. Clyde was one of racing’s biggest fans and will
definitely being watching from above over the race.

Leading the points for the Sunoco Sunbelt Super Late Model Series is Tim
Russell who has had a great year in the series. Russell recently won the
Florida State Late Model Championship and the Triple Crown. Can he win the Clyde Hart Memorial, be there to see!!!!

Completing the top ten in points for the Sunoco Sunbelt Super Late Model
Series is Brian Finney, Chad Pierce, Jeff Scofield, Corey Freed, Blake Lehr,
Kurt Jett, Travis Cope, David Rogers and Dusty Cornelius.

Running with the Clyde Hart Memorial will be the Southern Sportsman 50 where
Richard Elkiins, Jr. leads the point for this fast moving Sportsman Series.
Following Elkins is Joey Catterrli, Ron Heard, Jr., Steve Gainey, Mark
Peterson, Authur Conquest, Craig Cuzzone, Bart Weatherford, and Roger Welch.
These Sportsman drivers come from all corners of the state and always put on a great show for the fans.

Qualifying for the Clyde Hart Memorial Sunoco Sunbelt 125 and Southern
Sportsman 50 will begin at 6 pm with racing action at 7:30 pm.

For more informartion on the FASCAR Tours go to _www.fascartours.com. For information on Orlando SpeedWorld go to www.orlandospeedworld.org and for New Smyrna peedway go to www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org

Advance Auto Parts Pro Truck 75 this Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway

September 18th, 2007

Pit gate will open at 2 pm with qualifying for the ADVANCE AUTO PARTS PRO
TRUCK 75 at 6:00 pm. Racing action starts at 7:30 pm.

General Admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

Join us for one fun night and plenty of racing action!!!!

Bright House Challenge Headlines Saturday Show at New Smyrna Speedway

September 12th, 2007

Pit gate will open at 3 pm with qualifying for the BRIGHT HOUSE CHALLENGE 50
at 6:30 pm. Racing starts at 7:30 pm.

General Admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

JOIN US FOR SOME GREAT SUPER LATE MODEL ACTION THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!!!!!

Open Practice this Thursday night, September 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost is
$20.00 per car plus 3 crew. Each additional person $5.00.

A.J. CURRELI BRINGS IT HOME IN GOODYEAR CHALLENGE LATE MODEL 100

August 21st, 2007

Qualifying at 6 p.m., it was A.J. Curreli who topped the timing charts with
his 18.383 lap. A.J. recently won at Desoto Super Speedway and was still
high from that win. Second fastest was Chuck Burkhalter followed by Doug
Moff, the points leader in the Goodyear Challenge, Rich Clouser, who runs second in points, and Darren Brown.

Our newest member to the world of stockcar racing, Ricky Carmichael, was sixth fastest followed by Earl Beckner, who was running his ASA car and just returned from the ASA race at Orange County Speedway in North Caroline. Chad
Akins, John Ripley and Joe Winchell completed the top ten.

All five cars passed tech with Curreli pulling the nine pill for the inversion. But Earl Beckner decided not to run in his qualifying position and dropped to the rear putting Joe Winchell on the pole with John Ripley on the outside. Fans gathered around the Late Models for their on-track autograph session and to get up close to the cars and drivers. Then it was time to go with Ms. Katlyn Clouser, daughter of Rich Clouser, giving the command “daddy and drivers, START YOUR ENGINES.”

Joe Winchell quickly jumped to the point but before a lap was down, there
was a massive pile-up in turns 3 and 4 involving Chuck Abell, Greg Kaouk, Jeremy Goddard, Brandon Thomson, J.R. McMickel, Daniel Keene, Jr., and Richard Douglas. Abell, Keene, and Douglas had major damage and were out of the race. Kaouk had sheet metal damage and was able to return.

Since no lap was down, a complete restart was in order as Winchell took the
point followed by Ripley, Chad Akins, Ricky Carmichael, and Darren Brown.
But another short run as Chuck Burkhalter and Ricky Carmichel get together with Burkhalter spining in turns 3 and 4 breaking a control arm and finds himself out of the race. Carmichael is sent to the rear for the restart.

Winchell takes the point once again on lap 5 followed by Akins, Ripley,
Brown and Curreli. Curreli wastes no time as he passes both Ripley and Akins and takes over third. Brown finds a mirror full of Moff who passes Brown and
takes over fourth when the caution comes out once again for Earl Beckner who
finds himself against the turn 1-2 wall. Beckner is fine but also done for the night.

On the restart Curreli takes over the lead from Winchell but once again the
caution comes out one lap later for Greg Kaouk who spins in turns 1 and 2.
Winchell is put back in the lead for the restart on lap 21 followed by Curreli, Akins, Moff, and Justin Larson. But once again as the racing gets hot, the caution comes out on lap 29 for Drew Brannon who has spun in turns 3 and 4.

On the restart Curreli proves he does have the fastest car as he passes
Winchell for the lead followed by Winchell, Moff, Akins and Larson. Completing the top ten are Brown, Clouser, Thomson, Ripley and Steve Gill.

Dustin Deschamps brings out the next caution on lap 42 when he goes hard
into the turn 2 wall. Deschamps is fine but done for the night. Twenty one of the twenty nine cars are left for the restart as Curreli leads the way over Winchell, Moff, Larson and Akins.

Brown, who is the top rookie in points in the Goodyear Challenge Series, now
puts pressure on Akins for fifth but Akins holds. Moff looks high and low
on Winchell for second but Winchell holds. Jeremy Colangelo retires his car on lap 68 as the crowd watches his crew slowly push the 05 back into the pits. Running order is Curreli, Winchell, Moff, Larson, and Brown.

Winchell, Moff, and Larson are running nose to tail as Curreli set sails in
the front on lap 72. Moff goes to the outside, Winchell on the inside as
Moff takes over second on lap 77. Suddenly the caution comes out for Larson as Drew Brannon goes into the pits. Brannon has gotten over-heated and finds he must exit the car before he passes out. Brannon was fine but need water and cooling off.

With Larson out of the top five, Curreli takes the point on the restart
followed by Moff, Winchell, Clouser and Brown. With no further cautions, Curreli leads the way and takes the checkered followed by Doug Moff, Joe Winchell, Rich Clouser and Darren Brown.

The next event for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series will be at USA
International in Lakeland on September 1. For more information on the
Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series go to www.fascartours.com.

GOODYEAR CHALLENGE LATE MODEL SERIES HEADS TO NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY AUGUST 18

August 16th, 2007

Last Saturday, August 11, saw a seventeen car field of Late Models at New
Smyrna with a number of the Goodyear Challenge Late Model drivers in the mix to test and fine tune their machines for this Saturday. The winner was Rich
Clouser of Palm Bay who currently runs second in points in the Goodyear
Challenge Late Model Series.

The last time the Goodyear Challenge Series saw racing action was July 20th
at Ocala Speedway which was the very first time for the series to run there.
It was a challenge for most of the drivers since few were familiar with the
dog-eared track but it was Rich Clouser who came out on top followed by Joe
Winchell, Darren Brown, Drew Brannon and points leader Doug Moff.

Last Saturday was Clouser’s third straight win at New Smyrna and Clouser and
car owner Bobby Sears are hoping for another win this Saturday. “The car
was really good last Saturday and it was great seeing all those Late Models at the track,” said Clouser. “We are definitely looking forward to this
Saturday night and racing at our home track.”

But also in the field this Saturday night will be the 2006 Late Model
Champion at New Smyrna Speedway, Darren Brown. Brown currently runs fourth in points and it the top leading Rookie for the series and definitely knows his way around New Smyrna Speedway.

Pit gate will open at 2 p.m. this Saturday with practice for the Goodyear
Challenge Late Models alone from 3 to 4 p.m. Qualifying for the 100 lap race
will be at 6:15 with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

Fans will also be able to get up close to the cars and drivers with an
on-track autograph session.

General admission is $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and
under free.

For more information on the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series go to
www.fascartours.com. For more information on New Smyrna Speedway, go to www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org

Twin 50′s this Saturday Night at New Smyrna Speedway

August 8th, 2007

Pit gate will open at 3 p.m. with qualifying for the Sportsman 50 and
Florida Modified 50 at 6:30 with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

General admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

REMEMBER – TWO 50 LAP RACES THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

Twin 50 Lappers this Weekend at New Smyrna Speedway

July 26th, 2007

Also on the program will be the Late Models, Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Super
Stock and the always exciting Strictly Stocks.

Pit gate will open at 3 p.m. with qualifying for the Florida Modifieds and
New Smyrna Mini Stocks at 6 p.m.

Grandstands open at 6 p.m. with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

General Admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

REMEMBER IT IS A DOUBLE 50 LAPPER THIS SATURDAY AT NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY!!!!!!

COCA COLA LATE MODEL 50 PLUS DOUBLE POINTS NIGHT SATURDAY AT NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

July 10th, 2007

Along with the Coca Cola Late Model 50 will be the Pro Trucks, Sportsman,
Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock. The Modifieds have the night off to attend the Extreme Modified race at Columbia Motorsports Park. Their Double Points Night will be July 21 when they go for 50 laps of racing action.

Pit gate will open at 3 p.m. Qualifying for the Coca Cola Late Model 50 will be at 6 p.m. with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

General Admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

BE THERE FOR A GREAT NIGHT OF SHORT TRACK RACING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CHOQUETTE SHINES IN BRIGHT HOUSE CHALLENGE SLM 50

July 2nd, 2007

Jeff Choquette put the No. 92 owned by Dick Anderson on the pole for the event with a 17.390 followed by Tim Russell with a 17.416, Patrick Conrad with a 17.442, Justin Drawdy with a 17.508 and Corey Freed with a 17.711. Choquette pulled a 0 starting the field straight up.

When the green flagged waved, Russell jumped to the point followed by Choquette, Drawdy, Conrad and David Rogers. But Choquette was not to stay in that second position as he passed Russell for the lead with Drawdy following thru for second. Russell settled into third. But the action got even hotter as Conrad passed Russell for third and Russell found himself in fourth followed by Rogers.

The yellow came out for Dusty Cornelius who spun at the bottom of turns 1 and 2. Cornelius was fine and rejoined the field for the restart. On the restart, Choquette showed the way but somehow Rogers got into the back of one of the cars and received heavy damage to the right front of his car having to pit for a few laps for repairs. In the meantime, it is Choquette, Drawdy, Russell, Conrad, Freed, Dustin Skinner, Dusty Cornelius, Blake Lehr, Chad Pierce, and Kurt Jett leading the way.

Lap 19 Chad Pierce and Dustin Skinner spin at the bottom of turn 1. The
caution is blamed on a lap car and both are given back their spots for the
restart. Choquette once again leads the way followed by Drawdy, Russell, Conrad, and Freed. The battle is on between Russell and Conrad and Freed and Skinner as they do some tight side-by-side action. But Russell holds his position in third as Freed holds his position in fifth.

Lap 35 sees the yellow for Dusty Cornelius who has spun in turn 4. The cars are quickly realigned as Choquette leads the way over Drawdy, Russell, Conrad, and Freed. Sixth place Pierce is now on the hunt to move up as he looks
high and low on Freed. Freed holds at first but in the end, Pierce takes the
spot as Freed settles into sixth.

The big caution of the night comes on lap 43 when Vince Keeler spins in turn
1 with Conrad spinning to avoid hitting Keeler. With no place to go, Lehr
gets the worse end of the deal as he spins avoiding Keeler and Conrad. Lehr
is fine but the car is done for the night.

Choquette leads the way on the restart as Conrad and Russell battle for third with Russell high and Conrad low. Drawdy, who had a bad restart, finds himself back to fourth with a hard charging Chad Pierce on his tail. Pierce in on the inside, Drawdy on the outside on the last lap coming down the
backstretch when somehow Drawdy hits the backstretch wall. The car is unable to continue but with the checkered waving, Choquette takes the win followed by Tim Russell, Patrick Conrad, Chad Pierce and Corey Freed.

In other action, Richard Goodrich took his first feature win in the Strictly
Stock division after leading the entire race. Battles went on throughout
the field but it was Doug Wolf finishing second followed by Jody Roberts, Sonny Pond, and Skip Wager. Brent Bruner and Jody Roberts won the heat races.

Mini Stocks saw Benjamin Zell on the pole but it was fast wheelin Ted
Vulpius who took the checkered. Wayne Wells had a great run as he challenged for the lead and actually took it for a few laps but Vulpius was just too strong to hold off. Vulpius took the checkered followed by Wayne Wells, Jeff
Pitsley, Mark Broat, and Rex Christensen. Wayne Wells took the heat win.

Gary Fountain Jr. had the pole for the Modified feature but it was Alan Bruns who took the point on the green followed by Gary Fountain Sr., Lee
Collins, Art Kunzeman and Matt Wheeler. It takes Collins little time to take over second when the caution comes out for Gary Fountain Jr. who spun on the
frontstretch.

The field is realigned for the restart with Bruns leading the way over
Collins, Fountain Sr., Kunzeman, and Wheeler. Collins goes to the outside passing Bruns for the lead and sails to the checkered followed by Bruns, Fountain Sr., Kunzeman, and Wheeler. But it was not Lee Collins night as he was dq’d in tech giving the win to Bruns. Top five then were Bruns, Fountain Sr., Kunzeman, Wheeler and Gary Fountain Jr. Lee Collins won the heat race.

Super Stocks saw Scott Smith on the pole and taking the point on the green
but it was Bobby Holley taking the most important flag, the checkered. In
spite of a few cautions during the feature, Holley held on to his position to
take the win followed by Jeff Colburn, Mike Wofford, JT Tippins, and Mike
Amato. Scott Smith took the heat win.

Brandon Johnson holds off Jeff Choquette and Jason Boyd and leads all 100 laps to win the Florida 100 Presented by FLF Racecars

June 26th, 2007

The home of the “World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing”, served as gracious hosts for the ASALMS Southern Division on a very hot and humid evening in Eastern Florida and when the checkered flag waved, Longwood, Florida Rookie, Brandon Johnson emerged as the winner after a thrilling battle with New Smyrna favorites, Jeff Choquette and ARP Bodies/Aluminum Racing Products Fast Qualifier, Jason Boyd.

Johnson, who started on the outside of the front row, took the lead from
pole-sitter, Travis Cope and the 22-year-old Sunshine State driver in his
unsponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo withstood heavy pressure from a slew of different drivers and would go on to score his first career ASALMS Southern Division Feature Win in just his third ever start!

Travis Cope and Brandon Johnson led the star studded 28-car field to Chief Starter, Gary Montique’s green flag to begin the Florida 100 Presented by FLF Racecars in front of a stellar crowd at New Smyrna Speedway. Johnson beat a slow starting Cope to Turn One to take over the top spot. After a couple of quick cautions for spins, the field settled down with Johnson continuing to lead over fellow Rookie, Jeff Choquette.

One of the most serious incidents of the 2007 season occurred on Lap Six when Tommy King veered off the track and slammed the inside front stretch wall! He then careened up the banking in Turn One and directly into the path of 16-year-old Kyle Eastham and 17-year-old Devan Hall resulting in all three drivers slamming the outside Turn One wall! All three drivers were shaken but otherwise ok and done for the evening.

On the restart, Johnson continued to pace the field while Choquette followed
Johnson’s tire tracks around the 0.500 Mile High-Banked Paved Oval. Several more cautions, mostly for spins kept the field bunched together and each time, Johnson and Choquette would try and take off from the remainder of the field.

As the duo clicked off laps around the Samsula, Florida speed plant, ARP
Bodies/Aluminum Racing Products Fast Qualifier, Jason Boyd was charging through the pack and made it up to as high as third before a Flat Tire forced him to pit. Boyd was saved by a caution and stayed on the lead lap and again charged to the front.

As the laps continued to click off, Boyd was a man on a mission and got up to the last ASALMS Southern Division Feature Winner, Beau Slocumb and the two battled. Contact between them on Lap 61 sent Boyd spinning in Turn Four. ASALMS Officials sent Slocumb to the rear of the field for aggressive driving and Boyd returned to his position.

Boyd soon got up to third and followed Johnson and Choquette in an effort to get around the leading duo. The nights’ final caution of 12 total, flew on Lap 86 when 17-year-old Wood Brothers JTG Development Driver, John Wes Townley and David Odell, making his first career ASALMS Southern Division start, collided in Turn One and slammed the outside retaining wall before coming to rest in Turn Two. Both drivers were ok but done for the evening.

On the final restart, Johnson, Choquette, and Boyd pulled away from the rest of the field to settle the Third Race of the 2007 Season in the ASALMS Southern Division. Johnson pulled out to a slight advantage while Choquette and Boyd battled hard for the second position with the crowd on their feet.

As Choquette and Boyd continued to dice for position, Johnson would pull away from the rest of the field and despite a last ditch effort from both Choquette and Boyd to challenge for the lead, Johnson wasn’t to be denied as the Rookie of the Year contender from near-by Longwood, Florida would go on to lead all 100 laps to score his first career ASALMS Southern Division Feature Win!

Choquette held of Boyd for second while 16-year-old Brian Blum finished a career high fourth after holding off Current ASALMS Southern Division Overall and Rookie of the Year Points Leader, Sean Bass, who would round out the Top Five and extend his points lead in both title chases!

ASALMS Northern Division invader, Jason Taghikhani, who made the haul from Hales Corners, Wisconsin made his trip worthwhile with an ASALMS career high sixth place finish over Wayne Morris, Beau Slocumb from the rear of the field, pole-sitter Travis Cope, and Chris Fontaine completed the Top 10.

Earlier in the evening in ARP Bodies/Aluminum Racing Products Qualifying, Jason Boyd took his first career ARP Bodies Fast Qualifier Award in his first career ASALMS appearance. Boyd turned a fast 18147 which measures out to 99.190 MPH.

Also earlier in the night, Daytona Beach, Florida Teenager, 14-year-old Chad Akins started on the pole and led all 25 laps to score his first career ASALMS win in the GM Performance Parts Shootout Earl Beckner finished second and also transferred. Akins would later earn the Main Events’ Hard-Charger Award for his 27th to 13th place run!

The next event for the ASALMS Southern Division will be Race Number Four on the 2007 Schedule. The Crimson 125 is set for Saturday July 14, 2007 at the famed 0.625 Mile Semi-Banked Paved Oval of the Birmingham (AL) International Raceway in Birmingham, Alabama.

This will be the first of two appearances at the historic Alabama speed plant. The second show will be the 2007 ASALMS Southern Division Season Championships on Saturday October 27, 2007.

Joining the ASALMS Southern Division in Mid-July will be the tracks weekly divisions of BIR Super Modifieds, Sportsmen, Mini Modifieds, Street Stocks, Renegades, and Buzz Cars. The Entry Form for the Crimson 125 will be available beginning on Thursday June 28, 2007.

The next event overall for the ASALMS and to complete the month of June, the ASALMS Challenge Division returns to action as Race Number Seven of the Fifth Anniversary 2007 Season is set for Friday and Saturday June 29-30, 2007 as the ASALMS Challenge Division will make history with the series’ first ever appearance outside the United States.

The famed 0.625 Mile Semi-Banked Paved Oval of the Cayuga (ON) Speedway Park,
located Southeast of Brantford in Hagersville, Ontario (Canada) for running of the Canada 200. Joining the ASALMS Challenge Division in the series first ever
appearance North of the Border will be the Ontario Stock Car Association of Asphalt Racers (OSCAAR) Super Late Model Series in the running of the Don Biederman Memorial 75-lap Feature.

The ASA Late Model Series Home Offices in Lexington, Michigan are closed in order to travel to and from Samsula, Florida for the ASALMS Southern Divisions Third Race of the 2007 Season; The Florida 100 Presented by FLF Racecars. The ASALMS offices will reopen for normal business hours on Monday June 25, 2007 at 9:00am (EST). If needed, please call Ron and/or Sandy Varney at: 1 (810) 650-6617.

ASA LATE MODEL FLORIDA 100 IS ON THIS WEEKEND, JUNE 23, AT NEW Smyrna Speedway

June 20th, 2007

Pit Gate Entry will be $20.00 FASCAR Member, $30.00 Non-FASCAR Member. General Admission is $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and under FREE.

There will be NO Friday night practice for the event nor can ASA members
practice during the week at New Smyrna Speedway per their rules.

SCHEDULE FOR JUNE 23

FLORIDA 100
ASA SOUTH LATE MODELS SERIES – 100 LAPS
FLORIDA MINI-STOCK CHALLENGE – 50
SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN SERIES – 50
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY – NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLORIDA
JUNE 23, 2007

SATURDAY – JUNE 23, 2007
10:00 A.M. ASA STAFF/OFFICIALS REPORT TO TRACK
10:30 A.M. ASA OFFICIALS’ MEETING
11:00 A.M. REGISTRATION OPENS
11:30 A.M. RIG PARKING BEGINS
12:00 NOON PIT GATE/ASA TECH LINE OPEN
12:30 P.M. ASA DRIVERS’ MEETING
1:00—2:30 P.M. ASA OPEN PRACTICE
2:30—4:00 P.M. FLORIDA MINI STOCK CHALLENGE
SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN SERIES
3:00 P.M. ASA QUALIFYING TECH LINE OPEN
4:00 P.M. GRANDSTANDS OPEN
4:30 P.M. QUALIFYING
ASA LATE MODELS
FLORIDA MINI STOCK CHALLENGE
SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN
6:00 P.M. QUALIFYING ENDS
6:30 P.M. ON TRACK AUTOGRAPH SESSION (ALL)
7:20 P.M. INVOCATION
NATIONAL ATHEM
7:30 P.M. GM PERFORMANCE SHOOTOUT (25 LAPS) IF NEEDED
FLORIDA MINI STOCK CHALLENGE 50
ASA FLORIDA 100
ON TRACK DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN SERIES 50

NO PERSONAL VECHILES WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE INFIELD PIT AREA. NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS WITHOUT NOTICE.

GOOD CROWD, HAPPY FANS, AND HOT RACING AT NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

June 18th, 2007

The main event for the night was the Super Stock 50 where local driver Bobby
Holley qualified fastest. But after the pill draw it was James Frisbie on
the pole for the 50 lap event. As Frisbie and Roger Benton fought for the
point position sneaking up from the rear of the field was Ron McCreary.
McCreary qualified second fastest but chose to go to the rear for the start since he says it makes the race more fun for him. Frisbie continues to lead followed by Holley and Benton who find McCreary knocking on their back door.

By lap 10 McCreary is second followed by Holley, Benton and Boggs. McCreary
now sets his eyes on Frisbie and begins his march closing in on the leader.
By lap 16, McCreary holds the point followed by Frisbie, Holley, Benton and
Boggs. By the halfway point on lap 25, McCreary has built up quite a space
between him and second place Frisbie and looks like he has clear sailing to
the checkered when the caution comes out on lap 30 for Mike Dahm who has spun
in turn 2.

McCreary holds the point on the restart followed by Frisbie, Holley, Benton
and Boggs. Lap 27 Boggs puts the heat on Benton and takes over fourth as
Benton goes to fifth. Boggs ever-so-slightly kisses the turn 4 wall coming off 4 but is fine and is able to continue on.

Suddenly the second place car of Frisbie slows and is off the pace. Frisbie, after having a very good run and too much bad luck, sees his luck once again go away as he limps his car into the pits for the night. Holley takes over
second with Frisbie off the track followed by Benton, Boggs, and Mike Wofford now in fifth.

As the laps are dwindling down, Wofford challenges Benton for fourth and takes it although on the last lap, Benton retakes fourth right before the checkered. McCreary takes the checkered followed by Bobby Holley, Billy Boggs, Roger Benton and Mike Wofford.

In tech McCreary was disqualified giving the win to Bobby Holley. The new
finish was Bobby Holley, Billy Bogs, Roger Benton, Mike Wofford and Steve
Green.

Wayne Wells had the pole for the Mini Stock feature but it was Mark Broat
who took the point on the green followed by Jamie Dixson, Ted Vulpius, Wells,
and Kenny Padgett.

But it does not take points leader Ted Vulpius long to put the heat on both
Broat and Dixson and s over the point as Dixson follows Vulpius for second.
Wells brings out the caution as he spins in turn 4 but is fine. Wells
restarts in the rear as Vulpius leads the way. Vulpius takes the checkered
followed by James Dixson, Kenny Padgett, Wayne Wells, and Jeff Pittsley. Jamie Dixson won the heat race.

The Modified field was alittle short after last week’s 50 lapper but it was
Gary Fountain, Sr. driving Alan Bruns’s modified who lead from green to
checkered followed by Art Kunzeman, Matt Wheeler and Russ Antonucci. Gary
Fountain, Sr. won the heat race.

It took two restarts before the Late Model field saw the green. The first
start saw Matt Bowers and Sam Watts side-by-side for the point when they got
together right before turn 1 in a wild crash. Both cars were severely damaged and done for the night.

On the second restart, the yellow came out for a bad start which caused four
cars to spin in turns 1 and 2 with Tommy Elliott not being able to continue
out of the four.

They say, the third time is the charm as the race went green with Richard
Douglas on the point followed by David Gibbs, Drew Brannon, Darren Brown, and
Alan Bruns.

It did not take young Brannon long to take the point followed by his fellow
competitor in the Goodyear Challenge Series Darren Brown, David Gibbs, Alan
Bruns and Chad Akins. With no cautions Brannon takes the checkered followed
by Darren Brown, David Gibbs, Alan Bruns (dirivng Gary Fountain, Sr.’s Late
Model), and Jason Boyd. Matt Bowers and Sam Watts won the heat races.

John Nusbaum had the pole for the Sportsman feature but it was Dale Howard
who jumped to the lead followed by Nusbaum, Phil Luizzo, Paul Kitner, and Donny Williams. Luizzo passes Nusbaum for second as Williams takes third, Earl Beckner fourth and Nusbaum fifth. It is a battle for the lead when the
caution comes out for Kitner who has spun in turn 4.

Howard holds the point on the restart followed by Luizzo, Williams, Beckner,
and Jack Lenzen. Timmy Todd, Jr. puts the heat on Lenzen and passes for
fifth as Luizzo takes over first from Howard. Luizzo takes the checkered
followed by Earl Beckner, Donny Williams, Dale Howard, and Timmy Todd, Jr. Mike Pletka and Earl Beckner took the heat wins.

Steve Thomson had the point for the Pro Trucks but it was Jessica Murphy who
lead from green to checkered. Dalton Zehr gave it his best but could not
pass Murphy. With only one caution during the feature for Jim Campbell, Murphy sailed to the checkered followed by Dalton Zehr, Logan Bordeau, Tim Gertsch, and Mark Mesito. Tim Gertsch won the heat race.

Strictly Stocks were out in numbers for their feature with Dustin Higdon on
the pole. Three wide racing was the norm as they fought for position But it
was Todd McCreary who held the point and crossed the checkered first followed
by Doug Wolf, Eddie Rush, Jody Roberts, and Kenneth Walker. Eric Wolf and
Eddie Rush took the heat wins.

Next week at New Smyrna Speedway, the ASA Late Model 100 with the Southern
Sportsman and Florida Mini Stock Challenge will headline the Saturday night
show.

Dads Night Out presented by Home Depot this Saturday at New Smyrna

June 14th, 2007

Come see the Super Stock 50, Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Sportsman,
Mini Stock and Strictly Stock. Plenty of action for your special day.

Pit gate will open at 4 p.m. with qualifying for the 50 lap Super Stock
feature at 6:30 p.m. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

General Admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

Join us as New Smyrna Speedway celebrates the DADS in our racing family.

NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY CANCELS JUNE 2 PROGRAM DUE TO TROPICAL STORM

June 4th, 2007

“We just can’t take the chance of putting any fans or racers in harm’s way,”
said General Manager Terry Roberts. “With 70% chance of rain, we decided it
was best to call the races and keep drivers from starting this way only to
have to go home again.”

See you next weekend for the Modified 50 with the Late Models, Pro Trucks,
Sportsman Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.

TBARA OUTLAW WINGED SPRINTS ROCK THE HOUSE THIS SATURDAY AT NEW

May 29th, 2007

Pit gate will open at 4 p.m. with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

General admission is $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and under FREE.

If you like feeling the earth move under your feet, BE THERE for the TBARA
OUTLAW WINGED SPRINTS.

Late Model 50 headlines Saturday Night Show at New Smyrna Speedway

May 23rd, 2007

Pit gate will open at 4 p.m. with qualifying for the Late Model 50 at 6:30
p.m. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

There will be open practice on Thrusday night, May 24th, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Cost is $20.00 per car plus 3. Each additional person is $5.00.

General admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

Please remember it is Memorial Day Weekend, please drive safely.

ENDURO THIS WEEKEND, MAY 19, AT NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

May 16th, 2007

The cars are 4 or 6 cylinder not 8 cylinder. Any 8 cylinder cars that would
like to run can run with the Strictly Stock division but the enduro itself
is ONLY 4 and 6 cylinder cars.

For those who have built 8 cylinder cars, you can enter the enduro at
Orlando SpeedWorld on June 1.

For more information on New Smyrna Speedway, go to _www.fascar.org_
(http://www.fascar.org) .

Choquette wins in Anderson’s 92 at New Smyrna Speedway

April 30th, 2007

B.J. McLeod of Wachula had a bad week blowing one motor after another and
was in Jeff Scofield’s 07. McLeod had the car working as he qualified second
fastest followed by Tim Russell, new comer Ricky Carmichael in fourth and
young David Wilson in fifth. All top five passed tech with Choquette pulling
the number 5 pill putting David Wilson on the pole with Ricky Carmichael on
outside pole.

Fans lined up at the frontgate for the on-track autograph session as the
drivers were overwhelmed with signing autograph card, programs and shirts.
Everyone loves to get up close to the drivers and this is one of their favorite times at the race track. Fans were asked to leave the track as the drivers got ready for their introduction. Now, it is time to buckle up and get to what everyone wants to see, racing.

The green was waved and the cars were off with David Wilson taking the front
followed by Tim Russell, B.J. McLeod, Jeff Choquette, and Wayne Jefferson.
The front four quickly formed their own pack as they ran nose to tail. Lap
3 saw Mario Maresca of Ft. Lauderdale go into the pits followed by Patrick
Conrad of Clermont on lap 9 with motor problems. Rich Carmochael brought out
the first caution on lap 10 when his motor blew and he had to be pushed into
the pits, done before he could even get started.

Wilson held the point on the restart on lap 15 followed by Russell,
Choquette, McLeod, and Chad Pierce. By lap 21, David Rogers is on the move as he passes Brian Finney for eighth. Jefferson goes onto pit road for some crew attention on lap 21 and is unable to return to the race. Meanwhile back at the ranch, Choquette is changelling Russell for second and takes it only for Russell to come back and retake second. Choquette again challenges Russell on lap 30 and once again takes over second putting Russell third. Top ten are Wilson, Choquette, Russell, McLeod, Pierce, Bischoff, Freed, Rogers, Finney and Perry Brown.

On lap 33 we see Dusty Cornelius go in with mechanical problems ending his
night. Meanwhile Choquette is looking to pass Wilson but Wilson wants none of that. As Wilson, Choquette, and Russell are nose to tail fighting for the
same position, number one. Choquette and Russell are side-by-side with Wilson in the front. Russell makes a great move and takes the lead putting Wilson second and Choquette back to third.

The caution comes out on lap 44 for Joe Boyd, Brock Burns, and Blake Lehr
who are all up in turn 2. Getting caught up in the mess is the leader Tim
Russell who hits oil and then the wall damaging his car. As the crews go to work on the cars that might be able to return, Blake Lehr is towed into the pits. Burns is done for the night along with Russell.

Lap 52 sees the restart with Choquette on the point followed by Wilson,
McLeod, Freed, and Rogers. Wilson finds his hands full as McLeod challenges for second and takes it. Pierce, who is running ninth, passes Perry Brown and takes eighth. The caution comes out on lap 68 for Jack Arnold, III as he spins on the backstretch. Choquette holds the point on the restart followed by McLeod, Wilson, Bischoff, and Freed. David Rogers is now looking to move up and looks on Freed but Freed holds. Brian Finney passes Rogers for sixth as Rogers settles into seventh.

Suddenly on lap 92, fifth place car Corey Freed is off the track and done
for the night after a really good run. New running order is Choquette, McLeod, Wilson, Bischoff, Finney, Pierce, Brown, Rogers, Martin and Joe Boyd. Now it is Wilson who has problems on lap 107 as he slows and goes into the pits, done for the night. Just when you think there can be no more problems, second place B.J. McLeod has yet another motor to blow. So close but not close enough to the finish.

The last ten laps remain green as drivers fight for their finishing
positions. But there was no way to beat Choquette as he took the checkered over Brad Bischoff, Chad Pierce, Brian Finney, and Perry Brown.

The Sunoco Sunbelt Super Late Models return to action on May 26, 2007 at
Columbia Motorsports Park. For more information on the tour, go to
_www.fascar.org_ (http://www.fascar.org) .

Sunoco Sunbelt Super Late Model 100 heads to New Smyrna Speedway April 28

April 22nd, 2007

These guys are good, race hard and all want the same thing, THE WIN at New Smyrna Speedway.

Also on the program are the Pro Trucks, Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock
and Strictly Stock.

There will be an open practice on Thursday night, April 26, from 6 to 10
p.m. Time to fine-tune that car for the big Saturday night show.

Qualifying for the Sunoco Sunbelt Super Late Model 100 is at 6 p.m. with
racing action at 7:30 p.m.

General admission is $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and
under FREE.

McBor Industries Proud Sponsor of Action Gator Tire Strictly Stock

April 10th, 2007

McBor Blades provides premium trowel blades at the best price which is very important to any concrete finishing work. McBor maintains the best quality in their blades made of high quality US Spring Steel. Each blade is laser welded by robotic welders and conveniently packaged in boxes of four blades. Matt McAdams, head of McBor Blades, says “we give each run a vigorous inspection and any blade not meeting quality standards and workmanship are replaced free of charge.” A very good guarantee for any worker.

McBor Blades is the proud sponsor of the Number 80 Strictly Stock of Steven Streight and went to General Manager Rusty Marcus with their idea of sponsoring a Strictly Stock race.

“We are always open to anyone who would like to sponsor a special race,” said Marcus. “We are very happy to have McBor on board with their sponsorship and I am sure that this race will see a good number of Strictly Stocks in the field. It will definitely be a good race.”

“McBor has asked us to wave the normal entry fee for a special race and we have,” concluded Marcus.

The McBor Industries sponsored Action Gator Tire Strictly Stock 25 will run Friday, April 20th at Orlando SpeedWorld. Running with the Strictly Stock 25 special will be the Super Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock, and Junior Stocks.

For more information on Orlando SpeedWorld, go to www.orlandospeedworld.org.

Mini Stock 50 This Saturday at New Smyrna Speedway

April 6th, 2007

Pit gate will open at 4 p.m. with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

Grandstands open at 6 p.m. with general admission $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and under FREE.

Come and join us as we celebrate Easter and all our gifts of life.

Happy Easter to all our fans, drivers, crews and friends of New Smyrna Speedway.

George Gorham, Jr. Takes First Advanced Auto Pro Truck 50 of the Season at New Smyrna Speedway

April 2nd, 2007

Other winners of the night were Jason Boyd in Late Model, Donny Williams in Sportsman, Bobby Holley in Super Stock, Ted Vulpius in Mini Stock and Doug Wolf in Strictly Stock.

This weekend at New Smyrna Speedway will be the Mini Stock 50 plus Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock and Strictly Stock.

For more informaiton on New Smyrna Speedway or the Advance Auto Pro Trucks please go to www.fascar.org.

FASCAR Tours Have Big Weekend Ahead of Them

March 28th, 2007

At New Smyrna Speedway, the FASCAR Pro Trucks will run for 50 laps of exciting truck racing. A nice field is expected for this race including Nevin Gainey and Mike Marcellino of Lake City and Chad Pierce of Orlando driving the Rick Bristol owned Toyota truck. Both old and new faces are expected. Along with the Pro Truck 50 will be the Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stocks.

New Race Director Butch Pierce is very excited about this race and expects the fans won’t be disappointed. Pierce was named the new Race Director at the beginning of the year.

Pit gate will open at 2 p.m. with racing action at 8 p.m. Qualifying for the Pro Truck 50 will be at 6 p.m.

At Columbia Motorsports Park, the new Super Modfieids will debut with a 75 lap race. This is a new division of the Gulfcoast Modified Series. “We are looking forward to Saturday and hope the fans like our new division,” said Rick Hall, director of the Gulfcoast Modified Series and the Super Modifieds.

“To help the drivers we will have open practice at Columbia on Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m.”, said Hall. “Hopefully this will help the drivers get a feel for the half mile track.”

Qualifiying for the Super Modified 75 will be at 6:30 p.m. with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the FASCAR Tours, go to www.fascar.org. For information on New Smyrna Speedway go to www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org and for Columbia Motorsports Park go to www.columbiamotorsportspark.com.

FASCAR Pro Truck 50 Heads to New Smyrna Speedway March 31 for Season Opener

March 27th, 2007

Along with the Pro Truck 50 will be the Late Models, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.

Pit gate will open at 2 p.m. with qualifying for the FASCAR Pro Truck 50 at 6 p.m. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

General Admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and under FREE.

Tommy Patterson Memorial Modified 50 This Weekend at New Smyrna Speedway

March 22nd, 2007

Along with the 50 lap modified memorial will be the Late Models, Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Super Stock, and Striclty Stock.

Grandstands will open at 6 p.m. with racing action at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and under FREE.

Justin Larson Puts On a Show for Fourth at New Smyrna

March 19th, 2007

Larson had a fast racecar throughout the race day, including setting quick time in qualifying and contending for the lead early on. Still in position to capitalize and take the victory late in the race, Larson was forced to work his way through the field after spinning to avoid further disaster. Undeterred, Larson fought back from deep in the field to finish fourth in the series’ second event of the 2007 season.

With such a strong car that allowed him to run up front and then battle back up to the head of the field after the late-race bad luck, Larson put on a show of his own from the first time he hit the track in practice Saturday until the fall of the checkered flag during the feature at New Smyrna.

“The car was good all day long,” said Larson. “In qualifying, the car was fast and we got the pole. I think there was even still a little left in the car in qualifying. I drew the “three” pill, so we started third after the invert. I was just riding in second for a while. I was just letting the leader burn up his stuff and let him come back to me.

“He started doing it, but we just never got a long-enough green flag run. Too many cautions kind of hurt me. My car was definitely better on the long runs than it was on the short runs. I never really pressured the car too much, but a couple times I would try to push the car on the restarts, and I definitely had something for him.”

Larson was in position to compete for the win throughout the race, but he knew that pacing himself was going to be the key in the 100-lap feature. Even when he got shuffled back late in the race, Larson was fully aware that a careful mix of cautiousness and aggressiveness would get him back in contention.

“I got jacked up on one of the restarts, so I was running third for a couple of laps. I went to the outside to get second place back, but the guy went higher than he had gone all night. I had to check up and lock the brakes up. When I did, I just ended up in the slick stuff, so to avoid hitting the wall I just spun it out.

“I had to go to the back of the pack, 16th, and I was a little upset with myself and for the team, so I just drove my butt off back to the front. I made it all the way up to fourth from 16th, passing guys any way I could. Even then, 80 laps into the race, the car was still awesome.”

Some of the slick moves that Larson was able to make in New Smyrna were founded on some of the experiences he gained while testing a Ford Focus Midget as part of the All-American Driver Challenge in recent weeks. Larson was one of 10 finalists selected for the test at Hickory Motor Speedway after competing in several preliminary rounds against stiff competition from throughout the country. While Larson did not earn the full-time ride in the Midget for the rest of the year, he was able to leave the Challenge having learned many new lessons given from some of the brightest minds in the sport of auto racing.

“It was a great opportunity to get my name out there,” said Larson. “I was able to do a lot of things that I wouldn’t have been able to do without this opportunity. I was able to put laps down at Hickory, which was a real honor to be able to run there. I got to work with some great people like Bob East, Tracy Trotter and Gary Huffman. I was honored to have the opportunity, and I look forward to being able to take the things I learned with me throughout my career.”

Larson will continue his season in the Goodyear Challenge Series on April 7th at Bronson Motor Speedway in Bronson, FL.

For more information on Justin Larson, contact Matt Kentfield at (704) 455-2051 and be sure to check out JustinLarsonRacing.com. For marketing information with Justin Larson Racing, contact Brian Faircloth at (850) 838-5407.

New Smyrna Speedway Opens 2007 Season This Saturday

March 14th, 2007

Coming off his first win of the year is Travis Cope he now leads the points in the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series. Twenty four Late Models were at USA International on Saturday, March 10 as Daniel Keene Jr. set fast time. Forty five laps were run under green before the first caution flag waved, hopefully the same for this weekend at New Smyrna.

2005 and 2006 Goodyear Champion Rich Clouser was second at Lakeland. “We had a really good car,” said Rich in Victory. Lane. “Bobby always gives me a good car to run. Second at Lakeland is great and we are very pleased with the start of our 2007 season. Now it is on to New Smyrna next Saturday.”

Pit gate will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. The Goodyear Challenge Late Models will have a one hour practice session alone from 3 to 4 p.m. with division practice to follow. Qualifying for the 100 lap event will be at 6:30 p.m. with racing action starting at 7:30 p.m. Grandstands will open at 6 p.m. with general admission $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and under free.

“We always look forward to the new year and old and new faces,” said General Manager Terry Roberts. “Alot of the racers have not been on the new asphalt yet and this will also be a quick learning time for them. But we have a great group of racers and we are very proud of them. Plus we have some pretty great fans also.”

Goodyear Challenge Heads to New Smyrna Speedway This Saturday, March 17

March 14th, 2007

Coming off his win last weekend at USA International and points leader is Travis Cope of Bronson. “We had a really good car last weekend at Lakeland,” 2 said Travis. “Everyone on our team worked hard and it showed with a win but there are plenty more races and the season is young.”

Defending his Championship of the last two years is Rich Clouser of Palm Bay who is second in points. “New Smyrna is one of my favorite tracks and basically where I cut my teeth so to speak in racing,” said Rich. “Bobby says the car is ready so it is ready and we are ready. And with the new asphalt, it should be a fun race for sure.”

Pit gate will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday with practice for the Goodyear drivers ALONE from 3 to 4 p.m. Divison practice will follow with the Goodyear also mixed in from 4 to 6 p.m. Qualifying for the 100 lap Goodyear Challenge Late Model race will be at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 6 p.m. with general admission $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and under FREE.

For more information on the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series or New Smyrna Speedway go to www.fascar.org.

Even When It Looks For Sure, Don’t Bet on it

March 11th, 2007

Daniel Keene, Jr. of Weeki Wachee set fast time with a 21.225 lap around the famous USA. Second fastest was Travis Cope of Bronson, Brad May of Oviedo, A.J. Curreli of Daytona Beach, and Rich Clouser of Palm Bay. Keene pulled a five for the inversion putting Rich Clouser on the pole for the 100 lap event.

May, who knows USA well and has a number of wins in the Goodyear Challenge at USA, was weary as well as his crew after spending most of the night getting the car ready. “We did not even have numbers on the car yet,” said May. “We were still putting the finishing touches on the car going into the race. We had a few problems and the car is still not up to par but we did finish tenth and she is in one piece and that is good.”

For forty five laps, the green flag stayed out for the Goodyear Challenge Early lap leader A.J. Curreli looked very strong until around lap 17 when Travis Cope took over the lead putting Curreli second. Curreli’s car stas rted out very strong but developed mechanical problems sending him into the pits on lap 31. Joining him in the pits only 11 laps later was Jason Boyd who hadu struggled for most of the first part of the race and had to finally give up and park it.

Lap 45 saw the first caution of the race when Justin Larson spun ending up in the turn 4 wall. Larson thankfully was not hurt but his car was done for the night. The track was cleared and cleaned as the green is flown once again on lap 57 wrtith leader Travis Cope, Rich Clouser, Daniel Keene, Doug Moff and Joe Winchell in the top five.

Coming up from the rear and making little notice of himself was Derrick Kelley of Auburndale. Kelley, who did not qualify since he also ran the USAR Hooter’s Pro Cup race, sta therted scratch and in Kelley style, was working his way to th carse front.

It was a short green this time with the yellow out again on lap 62 for Greg Kaouk and Alan Bruns who have gottent ogether. Both cars and drivers are fine as they rejoin the field in the rear of the pack.

Cope once again takes the lead on lap 66 with Clouser, Keene, Moff and Winchell in the top five.

.Keene is looking and waiting as he challenges Clouser for second. Clouser is not one to slip up but realizes he is overpowered as Keene takes over second and Clouser settles into the third.

Keene is now setting his goal on first and Cope just as the caution comes out for Gary Padula In his No. 36 machine going down the frontstetch as Padula loses power. A caution that Cope was not wanting.

The field is drawn in together for the restart as Cope feels the heat from Keene. Keene is looking and Cope knows it but Cope holds his position up until lap 93 when the pair go three wide with a lap car coming down the frontstretch. The crowd is holding it’s breath as the three pass with Keene pulling ahead of Cope and the lap car.

A lap car helped Keene to get the lead and a lap car also took away Keene’s hope of winning on lap 96. A disappointed Keene retired to the pits on lap 96 with a flat tire after one heck of a good run. Cope crosses the checkered for his first win at USA International followed by Rich Clouser, JR McMichael, Joe Winchell, and Darren Brown.

The next event for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series will be Saturday, March 17, at New Smyrna Speedway. For more information on the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series, go to www.fascar.org.

New Smyrna Speedway Revving Up For Radio Disney Family Day!

March 10th, 2007

The activities get underway at one o’clock and will end at four in the afternoon. Kids of all ages will get a chance to see their favorite race car drivers, get autographs in addition to all the other fun activities planned for the afternoon.

“The kids can see race cars on the track, see them practicing, meet the drivers, the whole event is geared toward the kids”, said New Smyrna General Manager Terry Roberts.

The popular Quarter Midget race car drivers, who range from ages five to sixteen, will also be on hand for pictures and autographs and several race cars will be on display. Families can watch cars race around the track during test sessions.

Radio Disney and Sunny K will be there to entertain kids with music, contests and prizes. The popular Bounce House, Rock Climb and other games are guaranteed to please the kids. If your family has been looking for wholesome entertainment, this is the event you won’t want to miss.

Among the giveaways and prizes is a day long visit to any Disney Park for four, in addition to four tickets to Orlando’s own Arabian Nights Dinner Show and family passes to Speed Park Motorsports located in Daytona.
For more information on the Radio Disney Family Fun Day and other activities at the speedway, phone 386-427-4129 or visit the www.newsmyrnaspeedway.com.

Justin Larson Turns Heads With Speedweeks Performances

February 20th, 2007

Larson ran solidly within the top five in all of his Limited Late Model events during Speedweeks, but mechanical gremlins kept him from always finishing there, or collecting a victory during the nine nights of racing in New Smyrna. Still, Larson was able to finish Speedweeks third in Limited Late Model points.

“I feel like I did the best I could all week,” said Larson. “The crew worked real hard, the car was good all week and so was the motor. Mechanical issues you can’t really help. Luck just didn’t fall our way some nights, but overall I’m glad we came here. The nights we ran and actually finished, we ran good and finished good. We came out of here with the car in one piece, and it was a good learning experience.”

Larson also knows that his team was consistently quick enough that if they had been able to finish every race where they could have, they would have been contending even more for the Speedweeks championship.

“Our goal was to run up front all week, and we did that. I think I would’ve had a chance for the championship if I didn’t have the couple of nights with bad luck, but that’s racing sometimes. You live by it, and you go on to try to do better the next day or the next race. That’s kind of what’s nice about Speedweeks… if something goes wrong one night, you’re right back out there the next night trying to do better.”

Speedweeks was a tune-up for Larson’s regular season in the Goodyear Challenge Series, and the lessons learned at New Smyrna should lay a good groundwork for the rest of the season.

“Some of the issues we had here, we may have had them in the Goodyear Challenge Series,” said Larson. “So it was good to come out here and get things shaken down so we hopefully won’t have to deal with them during the season. We’ll go back and get the cars ready for the season’s first race at Lakeland.”

Larson kicks off his Goodyear Challenge Series season on March 10th at USA International Speedway (FL).

Tim Russell Goes Long on Results During Short Speedweeks

February 20th, 2007

Due to commitments to his ARCA RE/MAX Series team, Russell only rolled his Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters Super Late Model out for four events during the nine-day series of New Smyrna races. In those four races, he finished second twice and never worse than sixth-place – against Super Late Model teams from all over the country.

Russell capped off the week by finishing third in Saturday night’s Pete Orr Memorial 100.

“I’m pumped up for this whole Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters team,” said Russell. “They worked their butts off all week. Third tonight is not too bad considering all the tough competition that was out there. Plus we had to start seventh, so that made it a little tougher with all the good cars up front. We’ll take a third and we’ll move on, but I know we’ll be a lot better when we come back here.”

Because of his limited schedule, Russell was not in contention for the Florida Speedweeks championship this week. However, his record would have easily made him a favorite for the crown if he had run the entire schedule.

“If we could’ve been brave and had run the whole deal, then we could’ve won the points I think,” said Russell. “But it’s just too much to go back and forth from both tracks [New Smyrna to Daytona]. I wanted to give my full attention to the ARCA team and the guys at Hagans Racing for the first part of the week. I wanted to be focused only on the ARCA stuff when I was in Daytona and be focused only on the Super Late Model stuff when in New Smyrna.”

Russell turned 24 years old during Speedweeks, and running as many races as possible is giving him plenty of experience despite his young age.

“It helps to run as much as you can. I just feel like I’ve gained a lot of experience this week. I’ve worked hard all off-season, and hopefully it will pay off this year. We had some strong runs in both places, and hopefully we’ll keep it up all season long.”

Russell’s next scheduled event will be next Saturday, February 24th, in the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series event at Citrus County Speedway (FL).

New Smyrna Speedway to Host “Supermoto Madness” March 5th

February 20th, 2007

The March 5th AMA sanctioned Pro/Am race, featuring a $10,000 pro purse, will showcase three classes, including the premier Open Pro class, Pro Lites (250) and a Pro ATV class. The AMA Supermoto Madness event will mark the first time ever that this new form of motorcycle racing, combining motocross, dirt track and road racing, will be held during Daytona Beach’s Bike Week festivities. The newly established Pro/Am event and will likely draw several top pro’s as they attempt to keep their skills sharp in the off-season of the AMA Supermoto Championship, slated to get under way in early summer.

“We’re confident the legions of motorcycle enthusiasts that attend Bike Week will put their bike allegiances aside and join in the fun of this first-time event in Daytona,” said Joel Grover, director of supermoto for the AMA. “From the fun-loving big, bearded Harley guys and tattooed chopper aces, to Japanese and European road bike riders, AMA Supermoto clears the gap between road and dirt racing and makes for a great afternoon/evening of entertainment for everybody.”

Beginning with the Florida State Supermoto Amateur Championships on Monday (March 5th) morning, New Smyrna Speedway will be abuzz with action from sun up through sundown on the popular ½ mile asphalt oval. Track officials will then flick on the lights and the pros will take to the track, beginning at 7 p.m., for a battle under the stars that’ll take racers at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on the 23 degree high-banks, then have them diving precariously into the dirt infield where a host of jumps, whoops and berms will try to rattle them off their game!

“This is certainly a new event for us and we’re really looking forward to the hybrid concept of motocross, dirt track and road racing,” said the Speedway’s Terry Roberts. “I think AMA Supermoto is just out there enough that it might peak the curiosity of even our most core car racing enthusiasts.”

WHO: possible Top pro and amateur AMA Supermoto racers, including motocross legend Doug Henry of the Graves Motorsports Yamaha team, KTM’s top prospect, dirt tracker turned Supermoto pro, Johnny Lewis, as well as international MX star and KTM Team Boss, Kurt Nicoll!

WHAT: AMA Supermoto Madness (combination motocross, dirt track and road racing)

WHEN: Monday, March 5th

WHERE: New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

TIME: Sign up is at 8 a.m., practice begins at 10 a.m., amateur racing all afternoon and the pros hit the track at 7 p.m.

PURSE: $5,000 for the premier Open Pro class, $2,000 to win!

DIRECTIONS: www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org

BONUS: On Sunday, March 4th, the track will be open for an open practice session for all levels. The cost is $60.

Pitts are Filling Up Fast At New Smyrna Speedway and Orlando Speedworld

February 9th, 2007

New Smyrna Speedway will highlight Super Late Models, Late Models, Crate/ASA Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Modifieds, and FL/IMCA Modifieds. Drivers from all over the country and Canada will be on hand to try their driving skills against some of the best Florida drivers in the state. Racing will start nightly at New Smyrna Speedway at 7:30.

Sunday and Monday nights will showcase the TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints which are always a fan favorite to see.

At Orlando SpeedWorld, Friday and Saturday, February 9th and 10th, fans will see Pro Challenge, Mini Cups, Open Wheel Lites, Modified Lites, and Classic Cars. Drivers from all over the country and Canada will be on hand to try their luck at the fast little “bullring” called Orlando SpeedWorld. Racing will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 9th and 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 10th.

SpeedWorld will take off Sunday and get ready for the Legends, Bandoleros, and Thunder Roadsters who will race Tuesday thru Saturday. This year the Winternationals will start at 1:00 p.m. racing in an effort to let drivers and fans see other races at night.

Get in FREE

February 9th, 2007

“We just wanted to try something different this year so racers could see more racing action at other tracks,” said Rusty Marcus, General Manager of Orlando SpeedWorld. “Most people come to SpeedWeeks at Daytona to see lots of different racing action. Since Orlando will run during the day, fans from New Smyrna’s night show can come to our show and get in free with their ticket stubs. We are hoping this will help people fulfill their need for speed and racing action.”

The 2007 Winternationals featuring the Legends, Bandoleros, and Thunder Roadsters will run from February 12th thru the 17th. General admission is $10.00, students and seniors $5.00, children 11 and under FREE and if you have a ticket stub from New Smyrna Speedway and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, you will get in FREE.

New Smyrna Speedway Is A Go After Tornados

February 2nd, 2007

“We have had a lot of phone calls since the news broke on the tornados,” said General Manager Terry Roberts. “We just want everyone to know that New Smyrna Speedway is fine and we are right on track for the World Series.”

New Smyrna Speedway opens it’s 41st Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing on February 9th and ends February 17th.

Pro Challenge Winternationals Giving Young Drivers Head Start on Season

February 2nd, 2007

The 2007 edition of Pro Challenge Series Winter Nationals takes place February 9th through 12th at two of the most historic short tracks in the warm Florida sunshine, Orlando SpeedWorld and New Smyrna Speedway. The young stars of the ¾-scale stock cars and trucks, as well as the seasoned veterans, will converge as part of Florida Speedweeks for four nights, two each at Orlando and New Smyrna, to kick off the new season before the regional schedules get into full swing this spring.

For a couple nights this month, the books get pushed aside for some good, hard racing in the Sunshine State for the “young guns” of Pro Challenge racing. Fourteen-year-old Floridian Ryan Rust and 18-year-old Virginia native, Jason Treschl, now studying at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, have worked diligently in the classroom all winter long and hope their hard work affords them success on the track during Winternationals.

“I’m pretty lucky, because I don’t have classes on Thursdays and Fridays,” said Treschl, who is studying Mechanical Engineering with a focus in motorsports at UNCC. “I’m looking forward to going down to Florida and get back to racing again. We got the car pretty much finished and ready to go; it went to get painted the other day, and after that we’ll be ready.”

Treschl competed in Winternationals last season and ran well each night at Orlando SpeedWorld with a best finish of fourth in the first night of Winternationals 2006. He came into last Pro Challenge season as a driver just hoping for the best and gaining experience. Now, with a full season full season of Pro Challenge racing under his belt, in which he finished sixth in Pro Challenge National Points, Treschl hopes to turn experience into success this year.

“I think I’d say I have a lot more experience than I had last year. I went out last year and won my heat race in Orlando and was running second in the feature race, but I burnt up my tires at the beginning of the race trying to pass the leader. I think that if I had the experience I have now, I wouldn’t have done that and been in a better position at the end.”

Fourteen-year-old Ryan Rust heads into this year’s Winternationals on a high note. He ran the best he has run to date in Pro Challenge Florida competition at the end of the 2006 season, and he hopes to continue that success into 2007, beginning with Winternationals.

“I think it’s cool to be able to race with other people from all over the world,” said Rust, referring to the over 20 pre-registered drivers from all Pro Challenge regions, including several drivers from Canada. “You get to see how they drive the track compared to how you do, and maybe you can even learn a little bit from them and the other way around. There’s a wide range of drivers racing down here, so it will be fun to race with everyone.

“Of course, it will be very important to get the season off with a good start. It’s more important to just do my best and whatever happens, happens. My main goal is to hopefully finish somewhere around the top-five in all four races.”

Rust, a Port St. Lucie, FL native, competed in the Carolinas region for a few events in 2006, but focused his efforts in the Florida region in the latter part of last season. Now, he is excited about welcoming Pro Challenge drivers from across the continent into his backyard, where he hopes to have a bit of a home field advantage.

“I think it’s really cool that the Pro Challenge drivers from everywhere else are coming down to race against us on my home tracks here in Florida. I’ve always gone up there to race with some pretty good competition, but this time they’re coming down to my place.

“I may have a little bit of a home-track advantage at Orlando, because I have a lot more experience than some of the other guys at that track, just like they have on the tracks up there when I go race in North Carolina and places like that. But I really don’t think it’s going to be that much of an advantage, because everyone down here is going to be really tough to beat.”

Rust may have an advantage at Orlando for the first two nights of Winternationals, February 9th and 10th, but when it comes to New Smyrna Speedway, February 11th and 12th, it’s a whole new ballgame for him and everyone else competing at the historic half-mile. This will be Pro Challenge’s first race at New Smyrna in years, plus there’s a new coat of fresh asphalt that was recently poured on the surface, so the last two nights at New Smyrna will be tough on competitors both young an old.

“I’ve never raced at New Smyrna before, but I’ve heard a lot about the track,” said Treschl. “I actually have two uncles that run Mini-Stocks down at Orlando and New Smyrna and they both love the tracks, but they’ve never been on New Smyrna with the new asphalt, so it will be fun to see how the track is.

“I can’t wait to get to New Smyrna, because it’s going to be really fast. I had a blast down at Peachstate (GA) and at Valdosta (GA), and those are both half-miles. These cars are absolutely perfect for those fast racetracks and they should be really quick at New Smyrna, too.”

Pro Challenge Winternationals kicks off February 9th and 10th at Orlando SpeedWorld in Florida. The series switches to New Smyrna February 11th and 12th to conclude Winternationals.

The 2007 season also figures to be a big season on the oval track side of Pro Challenge, with the debut of the “Pro Challenge Playoff” to determine the 2007 Pro Challenge National Champion. Drivers of all ages in five regional series in the United States and Canada will race all season long for a chance at the national title at year’s end.

Change In Schedule For Orlando Speedworld Pro Challange Winter Nationals

January 22nd, 2007

Cars are welcome to come in on Thursday February 8th for their Winternationals but open practice will not start until 6 p.m.

Orlando SpeedWorld looks forward to the Winternationals and seeing alot of new and old faces.

Excitement Builds At New Smyrna Speedway

January 21st, 2007

Yes, I said REPAVED. New Smyrna Speedway will have new asphalt for the World Series which will make for some very FAST racing. Not only will the drivers go faster but also see less dust in the pits with new asphalt there also.

As the entries grow for Super Late Models, Late Models, Crate Late Models, NASCAR Tour/SK Mods, and Florida/IMCA Mods, excitement fills the air.

“This new surface will make the track even faster so better hold on to your hats this year,” said an excited fan. “We have been here every year and would not miss a second of the World Series. We can’t wait.”

Along with the Super Late Models, Late Models, Crate Late Models, NASCAR Tour/SK Mods and Florida/IMCA Mods, the fans will see plenty of action as the Tampa Bay Area Racing Association Outlaw Winged Sprints run for Sunday and Monday nights, February 10th and 11th. Joining in the fun on Thursday night, February 15th, will be the Pro Trucks and there will be plenty of them.

The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing has seen many NASCAR stars begin their careers trying to win the Championship of this nine night series. Steve Parker, Tony Steward, Scott Wimmer were just a few who wet their feet at New Smyrna Speedway with some of the “best of the best.” This year’s entries promise to be just as exciting as entries come in every day.

Entry list as of Janaury 18, 2007

Tour Mods:

Butch Perry, Ashaway, RI
Tyler Haydt, Kunkletown, PA
J. Wesley Swartout, Stroudsburg, PA
Donny Lia, Jericho, NY
Jim Storace, Kingston, NH
Bobby Grigos III, Marshfield, MA
Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, NY
Ryan Preece, Kensington, CT
Earl Paules, Kunkletown, PA
John McKennedy, Chelmsford, MA
Tim Arre, Tom’s River, NJ
Bobby Holmes, Lockport, NY
Teddy Christopher, Plainfield, CT
Chuck Hossfeld, Ransonville, NY

SK Mods:

John White, Baiting Hollow, NY
Brad Vanhouten, Wading River, NY
Shelly Perry, Ashaway, RI
Eric Goodale, Riverhead, NY
Darin Renihan, Woodbury, CT
Jimmy Blewett, Claverton, NY
Super Late Models:
David Rogers, Orlando, FL
Jarrad Landers, Batesville, AR
Jack Landis, Edgerton, OH
Geo Prentice, Jr., Bredenton, FL
Eddie VanMeter, Indianapolis, IN
Louie Mechalides, Tyngsboro, MA
Justin Drawdy, Fort Pierce, FL
Steve Weaver, Plantation, FL
B.J. McLeod, Wauchula, FL
Ted Christopher, Plainfield, CT
Tim Russell, Longwood, FL
Michael Annett, Des Moines, IA
Jerry Artuso, Sault Saint Marie, ON
Art Cross, Tampa, FL
Brian Scott, Mooresville, NC
Doc McKinney, Fort Pierce, FL
Jeff Scofield, Plant City, FL
JR McMickle, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Limited Late Models:
Chuck Burkhalter, Christmas, FL
Kirk Hooker, Chatham, Ontario
Justin Larson, Safety Harbor, FL
Tyler Monroe, Star, ID
Ernest Worley, III, Stuart, FL
Brennan Palmiter, Ormond Beach, FL
A.J. Curreli, Port Orange, FL
Steve Desmarais, Westport, MA
Drew Brannon, Miami, FL
Timmy Todd, Kissimmee, FL
Tate Pierce, Wesley Chapel, FL
Jason Cochran, Marion, NC
Jamie Skinner, Port Orange, FL
Allen Seymour, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Chad Akins, Daytona Beach, FL

Crate & ASA Type Late Models:

Will Thomas, Sharpsville, PA
Keaton Feller, Altus, OK
Spencer Taylor, Longwood, FL
Nick Glaze, Cabot, AR
Thor Anderson, Bondurant, IA
Kyle Eastham, Oviedo, FL
Chase Austin, Mooresville, NC
Rusty Ebersole, Apopka, FL
Cole Pearn, Mount Brydges, Ontario
Dustin Skinner, Port Orange, FL
Dalton Zehr, Daytona Beach, FL

Florida/IMCA “E” Modifieds:

Jim Winks, Oak Hill, FL
Shain Held, Orlando, FL
Alan Bruns, Clermont, FL
Thomas Stinson, Chester, VA
Matt Wheeler, New Smyrna, FL
Jerry Symons, New Smyrna, FL
Lee Collins, Felda, FL
David Hite, Sorrento, FL
A.J. Winstead, Richmond, VA
Denis Pierce, E Hartford, CT
Doc McKinney, Fort Pierce, FL
Denis Pierce, East Hartford, CT
John Zidek, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL
Tank Tucker, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Pro Challenge To Kick Off Season at Orlando and New Smyrna

December 21st, 2006

In 2007, Pro Challenge drivers from all over the United States and Canada will make a similar trek to Florida for the “Winternationals.” For the second year in a row, Pro Challenge drivers will kick off their season with two events at Orlando Speedworld on February 9th and 10th. Then, on February 11th and 12th, the series will return to historic New Smyrna Speedway to participate in the annual “Speedweeks” events alongside some of the best short track drivers around.

“We are extremely excited about kicking off the Pro Challenge season again in the state of Florida with races in Orlando and New Smyrna for the Winternationals,” said John Litzinger, Owner and President of Pro Challenge. “We started our season at Orlando last season, and things went extremely well with both races being National Points races. This year, we’re going with a different points format (with each regional race counting towards National Points during the 2007 season, with a four-race ‘Pro Challenge Playoff’ to determine the National Champion at year’s end), but the races will still mean a lot in the national standings and Florida regional points. I think that because they are regional races, these races will help bolster the regional racing program, as well.”

Orlando Speedworld will host the opening events during Winternationals weekend, Friday, February 9th, and Saturday, February 10th. Both Orlando events will be 50 laps in distance, with time trials determining the starting lineup. The top-six qualifiers will then redraw for their starting spots prior to the feature event. Thirty cars are slated to start each event. The Orlando races will be open to all Pro Challenge-approved racers as set by series rules. A practice day on Thursday, February 8th, will help racers dial in their machines.

Then on Sunday, February 11th, and Monday, February 12th, Pro Challenge competitors will head to New Smyrna Speedway to compete in two 35-lap feature events to round out the “Winternationals” program. The qualifying procedures will be the same as in Orlando. Due to New Smyrna Speedway regulations, only Pro Challenge competitors 14-years old and over will be allowed to compete in the New Smyrna events.

2006 was, by far, the biggest year in Pro Challenge history, as many new drivers found their way into victory lane and to Regional Championships, as well as providing some of the most memorable moments both on the track and off. Now the 2007 season has its chance to be even bigger starting with the Winternationals events.

“The great part about these races in Florida being at this time of year is that we’ll get drivers from all of the Pro Challenge regions,” said Litzinger. “Last year, several of our Canada-region drivers made the trip to Orlando, and I think that because we’re having a four-race series, we’ll get even more Canadians trying to escape the wintertime. We’re expecting drivers from all of the regions trying to come in and take victories, but the guys in the Florida region will not want to give it up easily.”

An added bonus to Pro Challenge competitors headed to Florida for Winternationals this season is the ability to race again on the half-mile at New Smyrna. Top Super Late Model and Modified drivers have made New Smyrna’s Speedweeks events one of the biggest short track events in the country, and now Pro Challenge competitors have the chance to take part in the festivities as well. And it will all take place in the shadows of the Daytona International Speedway, which is located just minutes down the road from New Smyrna Speedway.

“The fact that we get to go to New Smyrna during the first weekend of Speedweeks is a great honor for Pro Challenge racing. It will provide more exposure for our competitors and to the series. A lot of the guys from the NASCAR garage go to New Smyrna after the day’s activities in Daytona are finished up, so that is a great place for our young drivers to start off their seasons in front of them.”

Pro Challenge Winternationals entry forms can be found at the online home for the Pro Challenge Series, www.prochallengeseries.com. Early registration is only open until February 1st before a $50 late registration penalty is incurred.

Staropoli Takes Win

November 27th, 2006

Michael Pilla set fast time and was on the pole for the 100 lap event with no inversion to the field since there is no pill draw for a 100 lap feature. As the green was thrown, Pilla jumped to the lead followed by Dustin Skinner and Scott Reeves, returning from a very bad accident in Lakeland earlier this year, spun in turns 3 and 4 causing a total restart. Billy Bishop retires his truck at this time from overheating. On the second restart, it is Pilla, Reeves, Skinner, Patrick Staropoli and Ricky Moxley in the top five.

Reeves challenges Pilla for the lead but Pilla is having nothing to do with it. They go side-by-side putting on a great show for the fans. Reeves then finds himself being challenged by Staropoli for second as Staropoli proves to have the stronger truck taking second and putting Reeves third. Now it is Moxley who is challenged by Scott Bishop who takes over fifth as Moxley goes back to sixth.

Just as the action is hot and heavy, the caution comes out for Chad Akins and Tim Gersch. Gertsch is able to continue but Akins is done for the night. The green comes back out as Staropoli leads the way over Pilla, Skinner, Reeves, and Bishop. Lap 24 sees T.J. Chambers bring out the yellow as he spins on the backstretch. The field is realigned for the restart as Staropoli leads the way. Pilla finds his hands full as he goes side-by-side with Skinner for second. Skinner takes over second followed by Reeves, Bishop and Kevin Henry.

Staropoli and Skinner put on one heck of a show as they take turns taking the lead with each fighting back until lap 59 when the caution comes out for a spin in turns 1 and 2. Suddenly the truck of Phil Luizzo comes in full of smoke as he is done for the night. The green comes back out on lap 69 with Skinner on the point followed by Starpoli, Bishop, Reeves, and Pilla. Suddenly the truck of Kevin Henry stalls on the frontstretch with a broken trailing arm ending his good run.

Skinner holds the point on the restart with Staropoli after the lead also. Staropoli retakes the point but Skinner is charging hard, just alittle too hard, as he spins out Staropoli on lap 75. Caught up in the mess in turn 4 was the points leader George Morales but he is able to pit and fix his truck enough to continue. Staropoli is given back his spot as Skinner goes to the rear of the trucks on the lead lap.

On the restart it is Staropoli, Bishop, Reeves, Pilla, and Brandon Johnson. Pilla passes Reeves and takes over third as Reeves goes to fourth. Racing is now hot and heavy as the end is in sight but on lap 92, the yellow comes out again for a mass spin coming off turn 4 involving Jessica Murphy, Dwayne Barrus, and Caesar Bacerella. All are okay and the race goes back green but Bacerella slows on the backstretch and brings out the caution again. Barcella looks to be out of gas but has a bent fuel tube from the earlier spin causing his truck not to get fuel. So close to the end but not close enough as Barcella is pushed to his pit done for the night.

With only eight laps to go, Staropoli leads the way over Scott Bishop, Michael Pilla, Scott Reeves, and Brandon Johnson. Staropoli takes the win as George Morales takes the 2006 Pro Truck Championship.

In other action at New Smyrna, Dale Clouser shows the way for the Sportsman feature. Phil Luizzo had the pole but it was Dale Howard who took the point on the green followed by Mike Pletka, Dale Clouser, Luizzo, and John Nusbaum. Clouser works his way to the point and takes over followed by Howard, Nusbaum, Pletka, and Luizzo. Suddenly Pletka and Nusbaum get together with Nusbaum going into the turns 1 and 2 wall hard. Nusbaum is okay but done for the night.

On the restart, it is Clouser, Howard, Luizzo, Derrick Wood and Pletka. Luizzo passes Howard for second as Howard settles into thrd. Lap 15 sees the caution for Derrick Wood who has spun high in turns 3 and 4 but saved his car from hitting the wall A really good job indeed. Clouser continues to lead the way and takes the checkered over Phil Luizzo, Dale Howard, Mike Pletka, and the 2006 Orlando SpeedWorld Sportsman Champion Richard Hight.

Ron Dubeau had the pole for the Open Wheel Modified feature but it was the 2005 and 2006 Columbia Motorsports Park Modified Champion Jason Garver who showed the way on the green. Alan Bruns definitely gave it his best to pass Garver but Garver was having nothing to do with it. With no cautions, it was Jason Garver taking the checkered followed by Alan Bruns, Jeremy Fitch, Art Kunzeman, and Ron Dubeau.

It was Bobby Holley who took the last Super Stock win in the 2006 season at New Smyrna. Ed Barber had the early lead followed by Holley, Mike Amato, George Spears, and James Frisbie. Spears passes Amato for third as Frisbie follows Spears for fourth and Sean Bass takes over fifth as Amato slides back. Amato brings out the caution as he spins going down the frontstretch.

On the restart, it is Holley, Spears, Frisbie, Barber and Bass leading the way. Frisbie and Spears put on a show as they pass each other for second but in the end, Spears holds second. Frisbie gets real loose coming off 4 and looks to be on his way to the hard walls of New Smyrna but does a great job of saving the car. Holley takes the checkered followed by George Spears, James Frisbie, Ed Barber, and Sean Bass.

Young Drew Brannon had the pole for the Late Model feature and took the point on the lead followed by Charlie Vest, Alan Bruns, Brandon Evans, and Brian Bellaw. But on lap 1, Michael Weaver brings out the caution as he spins on the backstretch. The field is realigned as Branon shows the way over Vest, Bruns, Jamie Skinner, and Evnas.

Bruns passes Vest for second as Skinner follows thru for third and Vest settles into fourth. Going down the backstretch, Vest gets alittle too close to the wall dusting it and ending his night. Brannon holds the point on the restart followed by Skinner, Bruns, Brennan Palmiter, and Bellaw.

Skinner charges for the lead and takes it right at the start/finish line. Skinner goes to Victory Lane only to be told that he was penalized one spot for jumping the restart giving back the victory to Brannon.

Mini Stocks saw Pedie Allison and Steven Simpson give one of the best shows of the night as they went side-by-side for laps, never touching, and putting on a heck of a battle. In the end it was Simpson who took the checkered over Pedie Allison, Rex Christensen, Richie Laszlo, and Pug Puglisi.

Doug Wolf took the checkered in the Strictly Stock feature over Brent Bruner, Jody Roberts, Richard Barrenechea, and Skip Wager.

New Smyrna Speedway has come to a close for the 2006 season. All the officials and staff wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and see you in 2007 at New Smyrna Speedway.

Scofield Wins 41st Annual Governor’s Cup 200 and 2006 Sunbelt Super Late Model Championship

November 20th, 2006

Thirty two Super Lates were on hand for the 41st Annual Governor’s Cup 200 but only 26 took qualifying time. Scotty Crocket from Land O’Lakes was good at practice Friday night but Saturday morning found a problem with his new engine and car and had to withdraw from the race. Dusty Cornelius of Cocoa hit the frontstretch wall during practice after having his transmission lock up on him. Doc McKinney of Ft. Pierce tried but could not get his car right and withdrew before qualifying as well as Marty Pierce of Huntsville, Alabama who said if he raced his car, it would most definitely end up in the wall and he did not want that. B.J. McLeod of Watchula, driving Dick Anderson’s Super Late, looked to have probably the fastest Super Late in the field. But on his first lap during qualifying the hub broke putting B.J. hard into the turns 3 and 4 wall. B.J. went to the hospital to be checked out since his neck hurt but came back and watched the race. Not the way he intended his night to go.

It was Travis Cope of Bronson who set fast time out of 27 Super Lates with a 17.836. The top ten were Jeff Scofield, Wayne Anderson, Mike Bresnahan, Jeff Choquette, James Powell, Brian Finney, Tim Russell and Mr. Excitement Jimmy Cope. Since it was a 200 lap event, no inversion was made, the field would start straight up.

After an on-track autograph session with both the Super Late Models and Mini Stocks, it was time for the pre-race show when State Senator Bill Posey of Rockledge apologzied to the fans for the tardiness of the Grand Marshal, newly elected Lt. Governor Jeff Kottcamp of Cape Coral. Posey explained to the fans that the Governor’s office has two prop planes, one that is fast and one that is just alittle slower. Since the Governor needed the faster plane, Kottcamp was on the slower plane and missed the pre-race show. However Posey did promise that Kottcamp would be there to congratulate the winner.

Now, it was time to go racing but before the green flag was ever shown, Billy Bigley Jr. of Naples had problems with his steering wheel which came off going down the frontstretch with Bigley ending up in the grass on the frontstretch. Bigley qualified 13th and was looking forward to the race and possibily a second win after taking home the win in 1998. But all hope was lost as Bigley’s car was towed into the pits.

The field was realigned and the green was shown only to see pole sitter Travis Cope in the wall. Cope was fine but his night was ended before it began.

On the second try, it was Wayne Anderson who jumped to the front but found himself dueling it out with Jeff Scofield right off the bat. Behind Anderson and Scofield was Mike Bresnahan, Wayne Jefferson, and Jeff Choquette. Scofield won the battle for the point followed by Anderson, Bresnahan, Jefferson, Choquette, James Powell, Brian Finney, Tim Russell, Justin Drawdy and Jimmy Cope. But the green only lasted to lap 5 when the caution came out for a mishap involving Jared Landers and Perry Brown. Dustin Deschamps, in his first Super Late Model race, received damage and was forced on to pit road and to withdraw from the race.

Lap 9 saw the green with Scofield on the point until Anderson retook the number one spot. Jefferson put pressure on Bresnahan and took over third as Choquette followed thru taking fourth and Bresnahan settles into fifth. Jimmy Cope is now looking to move up but Tim Russell is having nothing to do with the move. The yellow comes out on lap 16 for a spin down the backstretch as Brian Finney has to go into the pits for some crew attention and comes back out. Anderson holds on to the point on the restart followed by Scofield, Jefferson, Choquette, and Bresnahan.

On lap 23 Finney withdraws from the race due to an engine problem dashing his hopes for a Cup win. Anderson continues to lead the way. Drivers are trying to advance towards the front when Sondi Eden goes sideways off 2 with David Rogers and Scott Walters spinning to avoid Eden. Rogers goes to pit road for some crew attention and comes back out. The race goes back green wioth Anderson, Scofield, Jefferson, Choquette, Bresnahan, Cope, Russell, Powell, Artuso and Travis Towell leading the way.

Powell is all over Russell but Russell holds his own stopping Powell from advancing. Suddenly Towell seems to go up high in turn 2 and hits the wall, ending his night. The race goes back green on lap 71 with Anderson on the point.

Justin Drawdy, who has made a number of pit stops to get his car to run right, is a lap car but running in third and looks to be just as fast or maybe faster than Anderson or Scofield. The yellow comes out again for Sean LeMaster who has hit the turn 1 wall. LeMaster is out but fine. At this time Blake Lehr also must pit with a broken head gasket and his night is done. The field is dwindling down.

Lap 90 sees the green as Anderson is still in charge of Scofield. Drawdy, who is still a lap down, passes Scofield and is now running in second behind Anderson making a gallant try to get back on the lead lap. But Drawdy is once again on pit road with mechanical problems.

The yellow flag is once again displayed on lap 130 for debris on the track. Cars are now pitting for new tires and gas as the new leader is

But on lap 141 the yellow comes out again for Tim Russell who has been tapped alittle too hard by Wayne Anderson and has hit the turns 1 and 2 wall. Russell is fine but done for the night.

Restart lap 141 sees Mr. Excitment Jimmy Cope on the point followed by Jeff Choquette, Jeff Scofield, Mike Bresnahan, and James Powell. But Scofield is not having anything to do with third as he passes Choquette taking over second after a side-by-side battle. Scofield now sets his eyes on Cope and by lap 161 has taken the point as Cope goes to second.

Lap 159 sees the red flag come out as Wayne Anderson, Wayne Jefferson, and Mike Bresnahan find themselves all torn up. All three drivers are fine, not the same can be said of their cars. The track is cleared and cleaned as the race resumes on lap 159 with Scofield leading the way over Cope.

But now Choquette is showing his power as he passes Cope and looks towards the leader Scofield. Choquette tries but Scofield is having nothing to do with it as he holds on to the number one spot.

The last caution comes out on lap 166 when Corey Freed has problems on the backstretch. After running good in his first Super Late Model 200 lap event, Freed finds himself also parked in the pits before the end of the race.

Choquette does try but cannot pass Scofield as Scofield takes the checkered winning the 41st Annual Governor’s Cup 200 and the 2006 Sunbelt Super Late Model Championship.

41st Annual Governor’s Cup 200 Set For November 18th

November 16th, 2006

On Saturday, November 18, fans will see one heck of a race when the “best of the best” Super Late Models take to the asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway for the annual Governor’s Cup 200.

Wayne Reutimann was the first winner of the Governor’s Cup in 1965 after Governor Haydon Burns established the race as a tribute to long time promoter and racer Al Keller. Keller, who called Tampa his home, lost his life in 1961 in Phoenix, Arizona during an Indy car race.

Golden Gate Speedway was the home for the Governor’s Cup until 1979 when it was moved to Sunshine Speedway due to environment issues at Golden Gate. In 1980, the race returned to it’s home at Golden Gate Speedway for three years under the direction of Don Nerone who is the present General Manager at FASCAR. Desoto Speedway hosted the race until 1987, though the cup was not officially competed for, when Clyde Hart stepped in and revived the race and it’s history having it run every year at New Smyrna Speedway until the present time.

In 2001, Governor Jeb Bush gave the command “Gentlemen Start Your Engines” and brought back the prestige to one of Florida’s most revered races. In spite of 9/11, Bush was determined to show the people of Florida that things would be okay. Each year since 2001, Governor Bush has appointed special replacements for him including Florida’s most respected author Patrick D. Smith in 2002 to Tom Gallagher in 2005, Chief Financial Orricer for the State of Florida.

Such racing greats as Wayne Reutimann, Bobby Brack, Dumont Smith, Gary Balough, Robert Hamke, Jack Arnold, Jimmy Cope, Dick Anderson, Leroy Porter, Billy Bigley, Mike Fritts, James Powell, W.ayne Anderson and Jeff Choquette have had their names engraved on the Golden Cup so fondly called the Governor’s Cup trophy.

In 2005, the Governor’s Cup saw a new change making the win even more enticing for the racers with the addition of lap money. Laps were sold for $100.00 each with the driver on a paid lap winning the $100.00 at the end of the race. This year lap money is also being sold but with a different twist. Called Black Jack Lap money, the driver on a sold lap will receive $50.00 and the other $50.00 will be equally divided between positions 2 thru 21 giving them extra money also at the end of the race. If all 200 laps are sold, this means an extra $500.00 in pay for positions 2 thru 21.

It was Mike Fritts in 2005 who set fast time for the 200 lap event breaking into the seventeen second bracket with a 17.846 time on the l/2 oval. Completing the top five were Jeff Choquette, the 2004 winner, Justin Drawdy, Daryl Shelnut, and Brian Finney. Fritts took the win making it his second Governor’s Cup win for him. Completing the top ten were Wayne Anderson, Jeff Scofield, Jason Boyd, David Rogers, Daryl Shelnut, Rich Pratt, Martin Pierce, Chet Morrison and Fain Skinner.

With a good thirty-five drivers responding to the call if they are coming, this year’s race promises to be just as exciting as the 2005 race.

Not only will fans see a new 2006 Governor’s Cup 200 winner but will also see the crowning of the 2006 Sunbelt Super Late Model Champion. One of three drivers will wear the crown with points very close going into the 200.

Leading the points is Jeff Scofield with 1007 but Jeff Choquette is not giving up since he stands only nine points behind Scofield in second with 998. Only 44 points behind Choquette is Citrus County’s Mike Bresnahan who has had a very good year. Which one will be the 2006 Champion, be there to find out!!!!

On Friday night, November 17, there will be an open practice for the Governor’s Cup 200 and the Florida Mini Stock Challenge 100 Championship race. Pit gate will open at 2 p.m. with practice for the Super Late Models and Mini Stock from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fans are welcome to sit in the main grandstands free that night and watch practice as the drivers test and tune their machines for Saturday.

Saturday, November 18, pit gate will open at 9 a.m. for registration and tech. Grandstands will open at 1 p.m. with qualifying for the 41st Annual Governor’s Cup 200 and the Florida Mini Stock Challenge 100 beginning at 3 p.m. There will be an on-track autograph session at 6 p.m. with pre-race ceremonies at 7 p.m. Driver introduction is at 7:10 p.m. The 41st Annual Governor’s Cup 200 will start at 7:30 p.m. with the Florida Mini Stock Challenge 100 to follow.

Expected drivers for the 2006 41st Annual Governor’s Cup 200:

#0x – Troy Robinson – Ocala, FL – Black’s Fleet Services
#01 – Robbie Smith – Ocala, FL – L&S Trailer Sales
#3 – Mike Bresnahan – Lecanto, FL – Mount Dora Roofing
#4 – Blake Lehr – Orlando, FL – Orlando Predators
#5 – Jerry Artuso – Sue St. Marie, Canada – Algoma Industries
#07 – Jeff Scofield – Plant City, FL – Guaranteed Motorsports
#07x – Kyle Maynard – Ocala, FL -
#7 – Jeremy Gerstner – Wesley Chapel, FL
#8 – Sean LeMaster – Naples, FL – LeMaster Insurance Agency
#9 – Kurt Jett – Orange Park, FL – Jett Concrete
#11 – David Rogers – Orlando, FL – TM Ranch
#12 – Steve Weaver – Plantation, FL -
#12 – Justin Drawdy – Stuart, FL – Drawdy Brothers Construction
#12 – Corey Freed – Orlando, FL – RK Edwards
#14 – Travis Towell – Winter Park, FL – Triple T Racing
#15 – Jason Boyd – Orlando, FL – Gray Development
#18 – Jared Allison – Cocoa, FL – Fleetwing Corporation
#18x – Sondi Eden – Indianapolis, IN – Roush Racing
#22 – Perry Brown – Riverview, FL – Truck Repair 1
#22 – Dusty Cornelius – Cocoa, FL – Gordon Motorsports
#26 – Travis Cope – Hernando Beach, FL – Grubbs Emergency Services
#27 – Mike Fritts – Sanford, FL – RE/MAX
#28 – Scotty Crockett – Land O Lakes, FL -
#36 – Tim Russell – Longwood, FL – Rinnai Tankless Hot Water Heaters
#40 – Brock Burns – Auburndale, FL – Burns Flooring & Design
#57 – Doyle Boatwright – Stark, FL – Henry Hodges Construction
#59 – Scott Walters – Louisville, KY – John E Rogers Roofing
#61 – Jimmy Cope – St Petersburg, FL – Malcolmson Construction
#66 – Jared Landers – Batesville, AK – Coca Cola
#68 – Russ Shaw – Lakeland, FL – Racecar Engineering
#70 – Jeff Choquette – Loxahatchee, FL – C&C Loader Services
#70x – James Glover – Pinellas Park, FL – Q Auto & Injury Attorneys
#74 – Jay Middleton – Lake City, FL – North Florida Medical
#75 – Marty Pierce – Huntsville, AL – Huntsville Speedway
#77 – James Powell – Astor, FL -
#80 – Brian Finney – Merritt Island, FL – Bob Steele Chevrolet
#84 – Wayne Anderson – Wildwood, FL – Airframe International
#88 – Travis Kittleson – Merritt Island, FL – Bob Steele Chevrolet
#92 – B.J. McLeod – Wachula, FL -
#94 – Wayne Jefferson – Pinellas Park, FL – JW Racing

Drivers Needed to Race For a Cause in the Hopkins Family Truckers 200

November 12th, 2006

” I was so touched by this plea for help for her son. I knew what God was telling me to do. I began to run with it. Rick asked on the karnac site if tracks were interested in hosting the event please contact him. Several contacted him including the track where it will be held this year, Orlando Speedworld. ” Rusty Marcus contacted me about it, then Don Nerone and I had a conversation. We then made the final date and it was set”.

Bristol posted the idea to truck drivers to see what interest there was and over 50 teams asked for a packet about the event and many more were passed out at events around the state. The pre-entry date was set for November 1st. As that date came not many pre-entries have been received, but a couple reason we think can attribute to that. One is that FASTRUCK had to extend there season due to missed events, and there is still one more big event on the FASCAR schedule November 25th at New Smyrna Speedway a 100 lap event. Many guys are not sure if they will have trucks until then. Bristol moved the pre-entry date to December 6th just to give those guys the chance to prepare. ” I am a little concerned, so many said they wanted to do this, now we are getting close and not seeing the response we need. I really beg the drivers to please come support this event , so we can really help Tommy and his family.

Rick then had the opportunity to go up to Citra near Ocala to meet Tommy and his family. Mom Michelle, Father Rob and brother Bobby (13). They expressed to him their appreciation for what he was trying to do for them. ” I met Tommy and it was hard because he was just running around having a good time water fighting with his brother. He has a dynamic smile and a wonderful laugh. He is a tough little guy who is a hero to me. After his recent blood transplant Tommy told us that while he was under for the operation, Jesus touched him and told him it would be alright. Well a report came today that the blood transplant from the little baby girls umbilical cord has given him 100% new baby blood cells. The big thing now is they need to mature and get stronger. That’s what we are praying for now” he added.

So you understand Tommy’s illness, he was diagnosed with Adrenoleukoystrophy and Addison’s disease. The prognosis was that he could lose his sight, then hearing and then would go into a vegetative state. The blood transplant, which they only had a 5% chance of finding a perfect match, was found. He then went through cemo and radiation treatments, then the transplant. He now is doing better, but still has a ways to go.

This family is facing mounting medical bills and higher costs of living because of the disease. Bristol is trying to do all he can to make this thing successful. Nascar drivers David Reutimann and David Starr are going to be attending and signing autographs to help. Reutimann from Zephyrhills FL. drives a truck for Darrell Waltrip but just recently was announced as full time driver for Micheal Waltrip in the Aarons Busch Car and will also drive part time in the Nextel Cup series for Micheal in the Domino’s Pizza, Burger King #00. Starr drives the #11 ToyotaForklift.net Red Horse racing entry for Jeff Hammond. “These are two great guys and they wanted to help right away, we just had to work out the details” stated Rick.

Many other great folks have stepped up and are doing many different things to help and they will be mentioned in the program that Orlando Graphix is doing for the event. The greatest need right now is some companies that can help sponsor the races so that the costs will be minimal. Also Rick needs help with advertising for the big event. ” I really need some folks to step up and be the title sponsor or sponsor the races. I also need some folks to help buy some advertising for the event. I do not have an advertising budget. This all started out of my own pocket a have some money that I am committing but need more to get the word out. I have contacted all the local media outlets about this trying to get a pre-event story done or some public service announcements, some have called and are trying to help but it will be minimal at this point.I beg anyone that can help in this area please contact me at 407-497-0448.

The event will take place December 8th & 8th and will feature Friday night the 8th, qualifying, mini-cup racing,music and a pit area BBQ and a planned celebrity auction. Saturday will feature practices, qualifying heats and feature for legends. Mini cups and the Big 200 Lap truck event. The 200 originally had plans of a live pit stop, but due to safety concerns a 1/2 way break with controlled changes will take place. The tickets are only $20.00 they are good for both nights if you choose to do both. A two day pit pass is $45.00 if purchased on Friday the 8th. You can call 407-497-0448 for general admission tickets now.

There will be raffles and other things happening throughout the weekend. We need you to spread the word all you can. If you can help get the word out with flyers or can help with advertising or sponsoring the race please call today.

” I want to thank all the folks that have helped already, all the officials who have volunteered to help work the event by donating their time. So many great folks, I would love to name them all but would leave someone out. I will try to get them all listed in the program so they are thanked properly. I will make this final appeal to everyone. I promise you will have fun, get a blessing for helping and appreciate more the health that you and your family have. May God Bless everyone that helps and please continue to pray for Tommy and his family” ended Bristol.

The Hopkins Family Truckers 200 is quickly approaching, but needs your help to be successful. Event director Rick Bristol is asking anyone and everyone who can help to come forward now.

Ed Barber Tops 50 Lap Super Stock at New Smyrna Speedway

October 30th, 2006

Twenty two Super Stocks qualified for the 50 lap special event of the night with Johnny Brown setting fast time. But Brown drew the number 3 pill putting Sean Bass on the pole for the 50 lap event. Bass was quick to take the point on the green but George Spears took little time to pass Bass and take over the point with Bass second, Johnny Brown, Jeff Colburn and Ed Barber in the top five. As these guys race hard and heavy, the first caution comes out on lap 7 for Mike Hendrix who has spun in turns 3 and 4 against the wall. Hendrix is fine but is done for the night.

In the meantime, Bass has problems with his car and is forced behind the pit wall, done for the night. On the restart Spears finds a very hard charging Johnny Brown right on his door as Brown powers around Spears and takes over the point followed by Spears, Barber, Colburn, and James Frisbie.

On lap 18, while leading the race, Brown slows and is also forced to retire for the night in the pits. It is beginning to look like being on the point is bad luck for some. With Brown behind the pit wall, once again Spears takes the lead followed by Barber, Colburn, Frisbie and Jason Foster. Foster finds his hands full with hard charging Bobby Holley behind him. Foster tries to protect his position but Holley is too strong and takes over fifth with Foster sliding into sixth.

Mike Amato brings out the caution as he spins at the bottom of turn 4. Cars are realigned for the restart as Spears leads the way over Barber, Colburn, Holley and Frisbie. But before the cars are going good, Amato spins in turn 2 bringing out the yellow once again. There is just enough time on the restart for Barber to pass Spears and takes over the pont.

The race goes back again to another caution for Mike Wofford who spun in turn 4 with Amato spinning but only to avoid Wofford. With Barber now at the head of the pack, it is Barber, Spears, Colburn, Holley and Frisbie in the top five followed by Foster, Vince Keeler, Robert Ward, and Bobby Simcox.

But the yellow is shown again for debris on the track. With three more cautions before the checkered flag is thrown, Ed Barber hangs on to take the checkered flag for his first 50 lap feature win. Following Barber to the checkered was Jeff Colburn, James Frisbie, George Spears, and Jason Foster.

The rain-out Modified race saw Gary Fountain Jr. on the pole but it was point leader Alan Bruns who took the lead and never looked back. With only one caution in the 15 lap event, Bruns lead the way over Matt Wheeler, Jimmy Winks, Art Kunzeman and Bobby Blake.

Joe Gerard had the pole for the Mini Stock feature but it was Jared Allison leading the most laps. Allison was passed for the point by Jonathan Camp who took the checkered only to be disqualified in tech giving Allison the win over Dick Laszlo, Jamie Dixson, Joe Gerard, and Steven Simpson.

Mike Pletka had the pole for the Sportsman feature but it was Donny Williams who was on a mission for the win. Williams slowly worked his way up taking over the top spot in spite of a very hard changing Travis Towell on his tail. Williams was followed by Travis Towell, Timmy Todd Jr., Mike Pletka, and John Nusbaum. In Victory Circle, Williams dedicated his win to his lost friend Sheriff Chris Daniel.

Late Model action saw David Gibbs on the pole but it was Alan Bruns who slowly took the lead away from Gibbs for the checkered. With only one caution for Johnny Brown, driving his brand new Late Model, it was the catch Alan show. Crossing the checkered behind Bruns was Darren Brown, Rich Clouser, David Gibbs, and John Ridley.

It was young Chad Akins who took the Pro Truck win after a few cautions and restarts. Akins was on the ball as he crossed the checkered followed by Dennis Gardner, Bill Stacy, A.J. Factor and Tim Bagnall.

It was Matt Wheeler who took the feature win for the Modified feature for October 28. Wheeler took no time taking over the point from Art Kunzeman. A number of modifieds were in the field for Saturday night’s Ed Meridith Memorial 100 lap event at New Smyrna. Orlando racer Shain Held did a great job working his way thru the field to take second behind Wheeler. Completing the top five were Jim “Hoot” Flynn, Bobby Blake and Jimmy Winks. If you love modified racing, you will love Saturday night.

After quite awhile in tech, Paul Kitner was found legal in the Strictly Stock class and declared the winner. Kitner was protested after the race and was torn completely down. Other results for the class were still unofficial when I left the track.

Black Jack Lap Money Now on Sale For 41st Annual Governor’s Cup 200

October 24th, 2006

“Insead of having possibly one driver take home all $20,000 if all laps are sold, we are doing things different this year,” said Don Nerone, General Manager of FASCAR. “This year the lap money will be divided between the lap leader and positions 2 thru 21. The lap leader will receive $50.00 for that lap with the remaining $50.00 being equally divided at the payout window for positions 2 thru 21.”

What does that mean in plain terms? If all 200 laps are sold, positions 2 thru 21 would go home with an extra $500.00 in their pocket.

Laps are on sale now at New Smyrna Speedway. If you have a favorite number, better get it soon as the laps will go fast. You may also call Don Nerone or Sandy Nerone to purchase your lap. All laps MUST be paid for before the green flag falls on the 41st Annual Governor’s Cup.

For lap purchase call 386-427-4129, ext.301 or Don Nerone 386-546-4152 or Sandy Nerone 386-547-5153.

Seventeen drivers have already entered with more to come. A good field of Super Lates will be on hand and maybe even a few surprises.

For more informaiton on the 41st Annual Governor’s Cup, please go to: www.fascar.org.

New Smyrna Speedway Cancels Saturday Night Show

October 18th, 2006

Racing will return to the Speedway on October 28 with the Daytona Beach Thunder Night presented by Coca Cola Super Stock 50, Samsula Pumpkinfest Halloween Contest – contest for kids of all ages, free candy with features only for Late Models, Pro Trucks, Modifieds, Sportsman, Mini Stock and Slrictly Stock.

Our hearts are saddened and go out to Sheriff Chris Daniels’s family, friends and the entire Lake County Law Enforcement team. Chris Daniels was not only a good husband and father but a good man who did wonderful things for his community. He will be sorely missed by all.

FASCAR Pro Trucks head to USA International for Forester’s “Race for the Kids”

October 18th, 2006

Last year it was Jamie Skinner of Port Orange who topped the field in the FASCAR Pro Truck race followed by Jimmy Gill, Danny Foster,. Dalton Zehr, and J. R. Garica III. Skinner, who has turned the wheel of his No. 5s truck over to younger brother Dustin, has taken on a new challenge in 2006. Skinner is the Crew Chief for the No. 60 truck of Chad Akins. Jamie Skinner knows USA well winning the last Pro Truck race this year at Lakeland but who will take his place on October 21??

With only one race after Saturday night left in the Pro Truck Series, a good finish is a “must” for the top two drivers in points. George Morales leads the Pro Truck points but young Scott Bishop of South Carolina is right on his tail and not giving him much room for mistakes. Either one can win the 2006 Championship with only 54 points separating the first and second place.

Third and fourth place drivers Caesar Bacarella and Kyle Eastham are in the same boat as Morales and Bishop. With only 47 points separating them it will be a challenge. Bacarella is 264 points behind Bishop which means he will definitely end the year in third or fourth place. Rounding out the top ten in points are Chad Akins, George Gorham Jr., T.J. Chambers, Scott Reeves, Ricky Moxley, and Jarred Cawley.

“Lakeland is definitely a challenge and you better have a good handling truck for sure,” said previous winner Jamie Skinner. “I love to run Lakeland and I have always done well there but if you make a mistake, it is going to hurt.”

Leading the points for the Southern Sportsman series is Steve Gainey followed by Aaron Williamson, Derrik Heath, Craig Cuzzone, Rikk McMehan, Michael Soukup, Tommy Conquest, Ron Heard Jr., Richard Elkins, Jr., and T.C. McElyea. These guys race hard and with their points close also, every lap counts.

Chris Thornton leads the Florida Mini Stock Challenge Series going into USA followed by Robbie Storer, Rich Sirmans, Raymond Folwell, Chuck Frazier, Marty Neikens, Robbie Yoakam, Cody Blair, Mary Green, and Maqrk Moniz.

The schedule for the Forester’s Race for Kids on October 21 is as follows:

2006 Forester’s Race for the Kids October 21, 2006

Raceday Schedule Friday, October 20, 2006

2:00 PM Pit Gates Open
3:30 PM Front Gates Open
4:00 – 9:30 PM Practice by divisions

Saturday, October21, 2006

9:30 AM Registration and Pit Sign-in
10:00 AM Pit Gates Open
2:00 PM Grandstands Open
3:00 – 4:30 PM Practice by divisions
4:30 PM Qualifying:
FASCAR Pro Trucks
Southern Sportsman Series
Florida Mini Stock Challenge Series

6:00 PM Shiner Show
6:30 PM Dangerous Moments Stunt Show featuring Mark Hager
7:00 PM Autograph Session
7:30 PM Pre- race
8:00 PM Racing

FASCAR Pro Truck 50
Southern Sportsman 35
Florida Mini Stock 35

Fifth Annual ‘Battle of the Badges’ Set for October 14th

October 14th, 2006

Last year fans saw the upset of Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson in the school bus race. It was Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger who earned the bragging rights for a year as the “top” school bus driver of the year. But Johnson, who was undefeated up until 2005, has plans to take back his bragging rights this Saturday night.

All money raised will go to the Florida Youth Ranches which is a non-profit corporation. More than $100,000 has been raised in the five years that the local sheriffs have put on this show. The Florida Youth Ranches provide family counseling, camping programs, and foster care to neglected, abused and at-risk children throughout Florida. The statewide program includes a network of four residential child-care campuses and two youth ranches for underpriviledged children.

Scheduled to run the 15 lap school bus race around the l/2 mile asphalt track are Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson, Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood, Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger, Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming, Osceola County Sheriff Bob Hansell, Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen, Lake County Sheriff Chris Daniels and retired Lake County Sheriff Noel Griffin.

Other events scheduled for the night are a stunt show, a demonstration by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad, K-9 team and motorcyncle unit. Plus there will be free school bus rides for the little kids and big kids at the track.

Advance tickets are $10.00 and can be bought at Volusia County Sheriff’s Offices in DeLand, Deltona, DeBary, Holly Hill and New Smyrna Beach. Tickets can be also bought at the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce, New Smyrna Visitors Center and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

Tickets at the gate are $15.00 with children 12 and under free. Grandstands open at 6 pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm.

Skinner Wins Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100

September 18th, 2006

After an on-track autograph session for the fans, it was time to introduce the drivers to the fans. Drivers were belted in, window nets put up and it was time to go racing.

As the green flag flew, Kay and Kopach were side-by-side for the lead. Kay eventually took the point with Kopach in second. Coming down the frontstretch on lap 2, Kopach seemed to go high going into one and hit the turn 1 wall. Kopach was fine, can’t say the same for the car. It was very close racing and hard to tell if Kay and Kopach had touched causing the spin but Kay was put to the rear and Kopach was towed in.

“I honestly did not think that I hit him,” said Kay. “It was tight and everyone does make mistakes and we all do that but I honestly did not feel the call was right.”

With Kay sent to the back, it was now Dustin Deschamps in the lead on the green followed by Jamie Skinner, Sam Watts, A.J. Curreli and Rich Clouser. Skinner, who is use to driving a FASCAR Pro Truck, took to the Late Model right away and slowly worked his way behind Deschamps to challenge for the lead. By lap 11, Skinner made his move and took over the number one spot with Sam Watts following on Skinner’s tail for second as Deschamps settled into third.

Watts has a very strong car and challenges Skinner but Skinner holds strong and retains the point. Troy Hall brings out the caution on lap 30 as he slows going down the frontstretch. Hall pits very fast and returns to the race on lap 31. The race goes back green on lap 28 as Skinner leads the way over Sam Watts, A.J. Curreli, Rich Clouser and Dustin Deschamps who finds his hands full of a very hard charging Travis Cope.

Chuck Abell of Apopka brings out the yellow on lap 32 as he spins going down the frontstretch but is able to continue. The race goes back green as Skinner leads the way over Watts, Curreli, Cope and Clouser. But it is a short green as Jonny Kay, who worked his way back from the rear into the top 10, spun high in turn 4 and makes a quick pit stop and returns to the rear of the field.

At this point, Brad May, who started from the very rear of the field, has worked his way to eighth. The green goes back out as Skinner gets another good restart over Watts. Kay takes his car back in on lap 45 and retires for the night. Cope finds his hands full of Clouser on lap 46 for fourth and by lap 47, Clouser has taken the fourth place spot.

Jeremy Colangelo brings out the next yellow on lap 72 as he spins off turn 4. The race goes back green on lap 75 but it is a very short green as Deschamps and Cope get together with Deschamps spinning high in turns 1 and 2. Both Cope and Deschanmps are sent to the rear for the restart. But another short green as Sam Watts and A.J. Curreli are doing some very hard side-by-side action with Watts spinning on lap 77. Watts is now sent to the rear for the restart.

On the restart it is Skinner, Curreli, Clouser, Justin Larson and yes, the last place starter Brad May in fifth. Lap 84 sees Watts retire from the race after running second for most of the night. As the field goes by under caution, a strange sight is seen as Mike Franklin no longer has a passenger side door however Joe Winchell now has a new design on his car which is Franklin’s door. Franklin is more than happy with his new a/c in his car.

The last caution of the race comes on lap 88 for debris on the track. Now it is time to rock and roll as Skinner leads the way over Larson, Franklin, Clouser and May. As Curreli comes by, his hood is flying in the wind and after setting fast time and running a very solid race, Curreli retires to the pits on lap 94.

Skinner takes the checkered and wins his first Goodyear Challenge Late Model race over Justin Larson, Mike Franklin, Rich Clouser, and Brad May. With his fourth place finish, Clouser retains the points lead going into the final race on November 3rd at Orlando SpeedWorld.

A Few Footnotes from the race:

Charles Kopach got into the marbles during hot laps and hit the turn 4 wall. Rick Newton, owner of the 53 car, and his crew worked hard with the help of Alan Curreli and got that car back into shape for the race. A really nice job and evidentally it worked pretty good as Kopach qualified seventh for the race.

Joe Winchell did not drive his well known 57 but the 31x which was Greg Kaouk’s back-up car. A true show of how drivers actually do work together and help each other.

OFFICIAL RESULTS NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY, SEPTEMBER 16
GOODYEAR CHALLENGE LATE MODEL 100

1. #26X Jamie Skinner, Daytona Beach
2. #88 Justin Larson, Safety Harbor
3. #12 Mike Franklin, High Springs
4. #9 Rich Clouser, Palm Bay
5. #10 Brad May, Orlando
6. #31x Joe Winchell, Oriedo
7. #31 Greg Kaouk, Davie
8. #05 Jeremy Colangelo, Penbroke Pines
9. #51 Dustin Deschamps, Brooksville
10. #26 Travis Cope, Bronson
11. #32 Bryan Silas, Stuart
12. #99 Dean Ferri, Deerfield
13. #19 Chuck Abell, Apopka
14. #30 Troy Hall, Coral Springs
15. #2 A.J. Curreli, Daytona Beach
16. #73 Sam Watts, Winter Springs
17. #48 Jonny Kay, Deerfield Beach
18. #53 Charles Kopach, Clermont

FAST QUALIFIER: A.J. Curreli

TOP ROOKIE: Justin Larson

HARD CHARGER: Brad May

HARD LUCK;; Charles Kopach

FASCAR Series Double Header September 15-16

September 15th, 2006

Earlier this year at Orlando it was Jeff Scofield who topped the City Beverage/Budweiser Sunbelt 125. Twenty five of the best Super Late Model drivers were on hand for this event. Jeff Scofield lead the way over Jason Boyd, Wayne Anderson, Chris Fontaine and Jared Allison. Going into this race Friday night, Wayne Anderson of Wildwood leads the points for the Sunbelt series. But not far behind Anderson is Jeff Scofield. Anderson only holds a 15 point lead and as we all know, Orlando can be brutal. Jeff Choquette, who ran his first asphalt race at Orlando SpeedWorld a few years back, stands third and only 16 points behind Scofield. Talk about some close points racing, this is it.

Jason Boyd and Mike Bresnahan are tied for fourth with 515 points each. Who will break the tie-breaker, Boyd or Bresnahan?? Boyd knows Orlando well but Bresnahan is use to a small track coming out of Citrus County Speedway. These two will be well worth watching. Completing the top ten in Sunbelt points are Rich Pratt, Tim Russell, Brian Finney, Scott Millar and our Canadian Jerry Artuso.

“We are very excited about this Friday night,” said General Manager Rusty Marcus. “Not only will we have the Orlando Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Sunbelt race but also our Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock, Jr. Stock, Strictly Stocks and an added treat the RE/MAX Legends and Bandoleros. It will definitely be one exciting night.”

There will be an open practice on Thursday night, September 14, from 5 to 10 pm for the Sunbelt drivers and any other driver who would like to give Orlando a whirl. Price is $10.00 per person.

On Friday, the pit gate will open at 2 pm with practice for the Sunbelt drivers ALONE from 3 to 4 pm with division practice to follow with the Sunbelt mixed in. Qualifying for the Orlando Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Sunbelt 125 will be at 6:45 pm with racing action to begin at 8:00 pm. All division will race FEATURES ONLY. General admission is $20.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and under FREE. Grandstands open at 6 pm.

With only one race left after Saturday night’s Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100, you can be sure that this race will be exciting and hard fought. Points are dwindling down and for some, it is now or never to make the top ten.

Brad May and A.J. Curreli already have one win each under their belt’s at New Smyrna but you can’t count out Rich Clouser who is the points leader at this time or Travis Cope who has seen Victory Lane a number of times this year. Each driver is good and love to race New Smyrna.

Rich Clouser has regained the points lead but Dustin Deschamps, one of our rookies, is not far behind Clouser giving him only a seven point lead. Joe Winchell, who had bad luck at Lakeland, held the points lead before Lakeland but is ready to take back his thrown. Winchell, who has a seventh and ninth place finish at New Smyrna, is ready for the challenge.

Fourth in points is another rookie, Travis Cope. Cope has come on strong this year and has proved that he is dad’s son when it comes to wheeling a stockcar. In fifth is A.J. Curreli who is no stranger to New Smyrna and has already proven he can top the field and that is exactly what he plans to do again. Completing the top ten in points are Troy Hall, Justin Larson, Greg Kaouk, Chuck Burkhalter, and Sam Watts.

“This has been a great year for the Goodyear Challenge and I am happy to have had the pleasure of knowing all these drivers,” said Scott Jackman, Race Director of the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series. “We have lost a few along the way but we have gained so much and I look forward with pleasure to 2007. We will only get better and better.”

Along with the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 will be the Pro Trucks, Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock, Strictly Stock (in features only) and a car show by the Buick Grand Nationals and T-Type Club of Central Florida.

There will be open practice on Thursday, September 14, at New Smyrna Speedway from 5 to 10 pm. Pit gate will open at 2 pm on Saturday, September 16 with practice ALONE for the Goodyear Challenge from 3 to 4 pm with division practice to follow. Qualifying for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 will be at 6:15 pm with racing action at 7:30 pm. General admission is $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and under FREE. Grandstands open at 6 pm.

For more information on the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series or the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series go to www.fascar.org.

McLeod Tops Bright House Challenge at New Smyrna Speedway

August 13th, 2006

McLeod, who says he never has much luck pulling the pill, pulled the 7 which is the most the field could be converted putting David Rogers on the pole. Rogers just got his car back together after a hard crash at New Smyrna during the Clyde Hart Memorial 200. In fact, Roger’s crew was still screwing down parts in the late afternoon.

Several drivers in the Bright House Challenge were making their debuts in Super Lates among them Corey Freed, who was the 2006 Modified Champion at Orlando SpeedWorld and Matt Martin who runs the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series. In Ricky Wood’s car was Michael Williams and Rusty Ebersole in Jerry Artuso’s black Super Late.

After an on-track autograph sessions and driver introductions, it was time to go racing. But it was not Corey Freed’s night as his car died on the warm-up laps and had to be pushed into the pits. Freed will have to wait for another day to debut his car. Rogers quickly jumped to the point on the green followed by Patrick Conrad, James Powell, Chad Pierce and Bobby Fleckinger. Conrad and Powell were fighting hard for the second position when on lap 4 got together on the backstretch taking Conrad out of the race. Powell was sent to the rear for the restart as Conrad’s car was double hooked and towed into the pits.

On the restart going into turn 1, something either broke on Powell’s car or his tire went suddenly down as he went straight into the turn 1 wall. Luckily Powell was not hurt but the fans were treated to a big fire as fuel had spilled on the track and had to be burned off. Powell was done before his night even began.

On the restart, it was Rogers, Pierce, Fleckinger, McLeod and Michael Williams. But by lap 5, Fleckinger had taken back the fifth place spot and Williams settled back into sixth. Running order was Rogers, Pierce, McLeod, Fleckinger, Coyle, Williams, Sam Watts, Dusty Cornelius, Matt Martin, Rusty Ebersole and Art Cross.

Pierce is fast and challenges Rogers for the lead. But they get alittle too close on the backstretch with both having to let off not to wreck. McLeod sees his opportunity and goes on the outside passing both Pierce and Rogers and taking over the lead. Pierce is in second and Rogers in third. By lap 11, both Michael Williams and Bobby Fleckinger pull into the pits with mechanical problems.

Art Cross brings out the yellow on lap 19 as he spins in turn 2. McLeod takes the point on the restart followed by Pierce, Rogers, Coyle and Watts. Martin, who has been just taking it easy and feeling out the car, puts pressure on Cornelius and takes over sixth. Lap 28 sees Rusty Ebersole retire his car into the pits.

Rogers seems to have trouble as he slides back to fourth and Coyle goes to third. By lap 41 Rogers must pit quickly for a new tire as his left rear tire is going down fast. Rogers returns to the field by lap 45. McLeod never looks back and takes his first win in the Bright House Challenge followed by Chad Pierce, Bobby Coyle, Sam Watts and Matt Martin.

Sportsman saw Ron Lufcy on the pole but it did not take Travis Towell long to challenge Lufcy for the lead. Towell, coming off the win the night before at Orlando SpeedWorld, set sail and took the checkered over Ron Lufcy, John Nusbaum, Randy Jones, and Bruce McGonigal.

Alan Bruns had the pole for the Open Wheel Modified feature and went straight to the point on the green followed by Blake Lehr, Jerry Symons, Matt Wheeler, and Russ Antonucci. Symons took over second from Lehr and began his chase for the point. On lap 11, Lehr, who had run a good race, was forced to retire to the pits with problems as Wheeler took over third. Symons was not going to settle for second and by lap 13, passed Bruns taking over the point. Symons held on to the checkered followed by Alan Bruns, Matt Wheeler, Russ Antonuccio and Jeff Colburn.

Strictly Stocks saw Anthony Robinson lead from green to checkered. Skip Wager gave it his all but could not pass Robinson. The 911 of Paul Kitner was black flagged for rough driving after he took out Chris Ridley on the backstretch. Ridley was not hurt but you could not say that for his car. After a number of cautions, it was Robinson taking the checkered followed by Skip Wager, Kerry Payne, Brent Bruner and Alan Tanguay.

Mike Wofford had the pole for the Super Stock feature and took the point on the green followed by Steve Green, Robert Skinner, James Frisbie and Bobby Holley. Frisbie wastes no time going to second with Holley in third, George Spears in fourth and Jason Foster in fifth.

Frisbie gets a good run and takes over the lead as Wofford goes to second. But Wofford has problems and leaves the field with Spears right behind Frisbie. Spears and Frisbie make it a good show as they battle for the lead but in the end, Spears has a much stronger car and takes over the point followed by Frisbie, Ron Whaley, Foster and Holley.

Foster has problems and he is out of the race as Holley takes over fourth and Johnny Brown moves into fifth. Frisbie gives it his best but cannot retake the lead as Spears crosses the checkered for the win followed by James Frisbie, Ron Whaley, Bobby Holley, and Johnny Brown.

With only three Mini Stocks in the field, their 20 lap feature was cut to ten laps with Steven Simpson taking the win over Dick Laszlo and Joe Gerrard.

For further information on the Bright House Challenge or New Smyrna Speedway, go to www.fascar.org.

Curreli Tops Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100

July 31st, 2006

Daniel Keene of Land O’Lakes not only set fast time but broke Jerry Artuso’s record for the fastest lap for a Late Model with a 18.311. Following Keene was A.J. Curreli of Daytona Beach with a 18.393, Brad May of Orlando with a 18.422, Travis Cope of Bronson with a 18.520 and Jacob Warren of Orlando with a 18.522. Keene pulled the number 3 for the inversion putting May on the pole for the 100 lap event.

After an on-track autograph session and driver introduction, the drivers were strapped in and it was time to go racing. May and Curreli quickly both jumped for the lead but it was May who prevailed over Curreli. But it was a short lead as the yellow flag and then the red flag came out on lap 2 as Daniel Keene spun in turns 1 and 2 with cars collecting in the wall trying to avoid the spun out Keene. Out of the race were Sam Watts, Jeremy Colangelo, Alan Bruns, Travis Cope and Joe Winchell, the current points leader. Only Cope and Winchell were able to make repairs to their cars and rejoin the field in the rear for the restart.

May quickly takes the point again on the restart followed by Curreli, Warren, Clouser and Deschamps. The race for first went on until lap 16 when Cope and Troy Hall get together on the backstretch sending Cope spinning to the bottom of the track and Hall against the backstretch wall, driver’s side. Luckily both drivers were fine as the race was red flagged once again for track clean-up. However, their cars suffered major damage and there was no fixing them.

On the restart, May once again takes the lead followed by Warren but Warren finds a hard charging Rich Clouser on his tail.

Clouser makes his move, it sticks and Clouser takes over third as Warren settles into fourth followed by Deschamps. Deschamps makes his move on Warren and takes over fourth but Chuck Burkhalter wants that fifth place spot and takes it putting Warren to sixth. Burkhalter looks to be going good, but on lap 22 the car slows and limps around the track ending Burkhalter’s night and feeding the monkey on his back.

Jonny Kay is putting pressure on Charles Kopach for that seventh place spot but Kopach is not ready to give up. On lap 45 Kay goes high and makes the pass taking over seventh as Kopach settles into eighth. In the meantime up front, May finds a hard charging Curreli right on his back. May holds but on lap 51, Curreli is just too strong and takes over the lead as May settles into second. Greg Kaouk is now having problems as he definitely slows on lap 54. Kaouk tries but the car just won’t go and goes in on lap 55 for crew attention. Kaouk does return to the racing surface. The yellow comes out to check track conditions as Kaouk was losing fluids as he went around. The track is checked and the green comes back out on lap 62 with Curreli on the point followed by May, Clouser, Deschamps, and Warren.

Warren has now gotten his wind back and challenges Deschamps for fourth. Warren makes the move and takes over fourth as Deschamps is fifth. Running order is Curreli, May, Clouser, Warren, Deschamps, Kay, Keene, Steve Gill, Joe Winchell and Justin Larson. Keene challenges Kay on lap 69 giving him a slight “love kiss” causing Kay to slide up and regroup with Keene taking over sixth. The yellow comes out again for fluids on the track as Kay retires to the pits after a good run.

Lap 76 sees nine of the original 18 cars that started left on the track – Curreli, May, Clouser, Warren, Deschamps, Keene, Gill, Winchell, and Larson. With no more cautions, it is now a run for the gold. Lap 78 Keene puts pressure on Deschamps and takes over fifth after making his way back from the rear of the field early in the race. Curreli takes the checkered flag for his first win of the year in the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series followed by Brad May, Rich Clouser, Jacob Warren, Daniel Keene, Dustin Deschamps, Steve Gill, Justin Larson, Joe Winchell and Greg Kaouk.

The next race for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series will be September 2 at USA International. For more information on the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series go to www.fascar.org.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
GOODYEAR CHALLENGE LATE MODEL 100
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY – JULY 29, 2006

1. #2 A.J. Curreli, Daytona Beach
2. #10 Brad May, Orlando
3. #9 Rich Clouser, Palm Bay
4. #8 Jacob Warren, Orlando
5. #16 Daniel Keene, Land O’Lakes
6. #51 Dustin Deschamps, Brooksville
7. #5 Steve Gill, Sarasota
8. #88 Justin Larson, Safety Harbor
9. #57 Joe Winchell, Davie
10. #31 Greg Kaouk, Penbrook Piens
11. #48 Jonny Kay, Deerfield Beach
12. #53 Charles Kopach, Clermont
13. #1x Chuck Burkhalter, Clermont
14. #30 Troy Hall, Coral Springs
15. #26 Travis Cope, Bronson
16. #4b Alan Bruns, Clermont
17. #73 Sam Watts, Winter Springs
18. #05 Jeremy Colangelo, Deland
19. #32 Charlie Vest, Ocoee DNS
20> #33 Dwayne Barrus, New Smyrna Beach DNS

Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 this Saturday at New Smyrna

July 27th, 2006

Winchell has been very strong this year having a bad night when his battery ran out of juice but has made that up since then. Winchell leads the points with 625 over Rookie Dustin Deschanps who has 601 points. Right behind Deschamps is the 2005 Goodyear Challenge Late Model Champion Rich Clouser who has led the points longer than anyone thus far this year.

“We had a bad night the first night of the series and a bad night at Columbia when the car ran hot and we had to withdraw from the race,” said Clouser. “But the car is fast and ready for New Smyrna and we are hoping to move back up on top Saturday night.”

Travis Cope, also a rookie and winner of three races thus far this year, stands fourth in points, only 12 points behind Clouser. Travis, son of Mike Cope owner of Bronson Motor Speedway, has improved throughout the year and has proven that even though young, he can definitely wheel a racecar.

Troy Hall has plenty of Late Model experience coming out of the old SARA Late Model Series and stands fifth in points. Right behind Hall is Chuck Burkhalter who saw his car demolished once this year. Burkhalter had bad luck also at Columbia when his brand new engine had no oil pressure and he was forced to sit the race out.

Justin Larson, also a rookie, sits seventh in points and has adjusted very well from Mini Stock to Late Model. A.J. Curreli stands eighth followed by Greg Kaouk in ninth and 2005 Rookie of the Year Sam Watts in tenth.

Other drivers expected at New Smyrna are Charles Kopach, Chuck Abell, Alli Owens, Dean Ferri, Jeremy Goddard, Jeremy Colangelo, Brad May, and the list goes on. May, who won at USA International, hopes to make this his second win of the year and says he has a strong car for New Smyrna.

Pit gate will open at 2 pm on Saturday with practice for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model drivers only from 3 to 4 with division practice to follow. Qualifying will begin at 6:30 pm with racing action at 7:30 pm. Along with the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.

General admission is $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and under FREE. For more information go to www.fascar.org.

Russell wins Clyde Hart Memorial Sunbelt 200 at New Smyrna

July 4th, 2006

Twenty of the finest Super Lates made up the field for the 200 lap event with Mike Fritts of Debary qualifying on the pole with his Brian Corporation No. 27 machine. Fritts, had blown his motor the week before at New Smyrna, had Mike Good’s power plant under the hood and it proved to be just that, a power plant. Completing the top five were Jeff Scofield of Plant City, Tim Russell of Longwood, Jason Boyd of Orlando and B.J. McLeod of Wachulla.

Boyd, who backed his machine into the wall on Friday night during practice, worked all night Friday and Saturday to get his car back into shape to race. Boyd looked tired but happy after qualifying.

The race was to begin around 7:30 but with the rain delay it was more like 8:30 but fans were already excited after seeing Kyle Eastham win his first FASCAR Pro Truck race. Eastham won the 75 lap race over Scott Reeves and Scott Bishop. After driver introduction, it was time to strap the drivers back into their cars for 200 laps of the best short track racing in Florida.

As the green flag waved, it was Mike Fritts to the pole followed by Jeff Scofield, Jason Boyd, Jeff Choquette, and Tim Russell. Russell, who had flown back home from the ARCA race in Kansas that morning, quickly passed Choquette for fourth as Choquette settled into fifth. By lap 7 it was Fritts, Scofield, Boyd, Russell, Choquette, McLeod, Travis Kittleson, Mike Bresnahan, and Justin Drawdy running up front.

Lap 16 saw Kittleson put the heat on McLeod as he took over sixth and McLeod slipped to seventh. McLeod got shuffled more as Bresnahan passed for seventh with Drawdy following for eighth and Wayne Anderson in ninth. McLeod found himself tenth.

In the meantime, Boyd found his mirror full of Russell who was hot to trot passing Boyd for third as Boyd settled into fourth. Lap 21 Anderson passes Drawdy for eighth as Drawdy goes to ninth.

Kittleson is a man on a mission as he passes Choquette for fifth and goes side-by-side with Boyd for fourth. Boyd does his best to protect his position but Kittleson proves to have the better car as he takes over fourth. Now it is Fritts, Scofield, Russell, Kittleson, Choquette, Bresnahan, Boyd, Anderson, Drawdy and McLeod.

By lap 35, Fritts has once again checked out on the field and it is clear sailing for the No. 27. On lap 36, we see Chad Pierce of Orlando go into the pits with no brakes. Pierce, who had his best qualifying time ever in eighth, was disappointed but brakes is a necessity in a 200 lap race.

Kittleson is once again on the move as he is right on Russell for third. Russell holds but Kittleson proves he has the move and takes over third. Drawdy leaves the field on lap 41 with mechanical problems leaving 18 cars running. Caution comes out when David Rogers and Scott Millar get together sending Millar into the turns 1 and 2 wall. Millar is fine but done for the night.

At this time you see several cars come onto pit road for some crew attention. Chris Fontaine and Brian Finney both retire from the field with mechanical problems. Finney has a broken stud which ends his night.

The field goes back green with Fritts, Scofield, Kittleson, Russell and Choquette leading the way. Kittleson looks high and low to pass Scofield for second but Scofield will have nothing to do with it and holds his position. In the meantime Anderson takes over sixth as Bresnahan takes over seventh. By lap 67 it is Fritts, Scofield, Kittleson, Russell, Choquette, Anderson, Bresnahan, Skinner, Patrick Conrad and Jerry Artuso.

Anderson puts the heat on Choquette and by lap 75, Anderson has fifth as Choquette goes to sixth. Tires are beginning to show their wear around halfway when the yellow comes out for Jason Boyd and Jerry Artuso who have spun coming off four going down the frontstretch in a cloud of smoke. Drivers take advantage of the yellow as they go in for gas and new tires.

On the restart on lap 99, it is Fritts, Anderson, Choquette, Russell, and Brenahan. By lap 102, Choquette, who has new tires, passes Anderson and Fritts and takes over the lead. Both Fritts and Anderson did not pit yet for tires and begin to slide backwards as Choquette, Russell, Scofield, Fritts, and Fain Skinner are in the top five. Skinner now shows his strength as he passes Fritts and takes over fourth.

Lap 113 sees Anderson have a flat as he goes up towards the wall in turns 1 and 2. The caution is thrown as he limps back to the pits for new tires along with Fritts for new tires. By lap 117, the green is out again with Choquette, Russell, Scofield, Skinner and Jason Boyd in the top five.

By lap 121, Scofield has put the heat on Russell taking over second as Russell settles into third. Lap 124 sees first the yellow and then the red as Patrick Conrad and Fain Skinner have gotten together sending Skinner hard into the turns 1 and 2 wall. Skinner is okay but his car is not. Conrad is black flagged and told to go in for rough driving.

By lap 128 the race goes back green with Choquette, Scofield, Russell, Boyd, and Artuso in the top five. Scofield begins to put the heat on Choquette and by lap 129, it is Scofield on the point followed by Choquette, Russell, Boyd, and Anderson.

After having a good run, McLeod retires from the field on lap 132. Top ten are Scofield, Choquette, Russell, Boyd, Anderson, Fritts, Bresnahan, Kittleson, Artuso and Rogers. Kittleson passes Bresnahan as he once again is on the move towards the front. Lap 158 the yellow comes out for Artuso who has spun in turn 4.

On the restart, Scofield is on the inside with Choquette charging hard for the lead on the outside. Scofield pinches Choquette to the wall when they touch sending Scofield hard into the turns 1 and 2 wall. Scofield is okay but mad as he gets out of his car and hits Choquette who is strapped in his car. Officials quickly come out and restrain Scofield as his car is towed off the track. Choquette is fine but shaken.

In the meantime, Boyd is showing his distaste at Blake Lehr as he goes over to his car and lifts the face shield on Lehr to give him some few choice words. The old saying, “I went to a fight and a race broke out” was never more true.

By lap 165, the green is shown with Choquette, Russell, Fritts, Kittleson and Rogers in the top five. Russell puts the heat on Choquette and takes over the lead as Choquette goes to second followed by Fritts, Kittleson, Rogers, Bresnahan, Anderson, Boyd, Artuso, Rich Pratt and Blake Lehr. Racing is getting very hot and heavy as the laps dwindle down when the caution comes out for Blake Lehr who has spun in turn 4.

The race goes back green on lap 175. Rogers is showing his stuff as he goes to pass Choquette and suddenly veers straight into the turns 3 and 4 wall with what looked to be a tire go down. With Choquette on the outside, Rogers collects Choquette who also is in the wall. Fans are on their feet waiting to hear if both drivers are fine or not. Rogers, who had a very bad wreck at Orlando SpeedWorld last year, is temporarily knocked out but does come to. The race is red flagged while the safety crew attend the drivers and the wreckers go to work getting the cars apart. Both drivers seem to be okay but shaken as the fans applaud them.

The race goes back green as Russell leads the way for Fritts, Anderson, Kittleson, Bresnahan, Artuso, Boyd and Pratt. Boyd passes Artuso and takes over sixth. Fritts is looking to pass Russell but Russell holds strong.

In the meantime, Anderson puts the heat on Fritts and takes over second looking now at Russell. Anderson and Russell get together as Russell spins. Russell is given his spot back and Anderson goes to the rear for the restart. Lap 196 sees Russell, Fritts, Kittleson, Bresnahan, and Boyd in the top five.

But it is a short green as Anderson spin bringing out the yellow on lap 198. With very few laps left, there is one more caution as Boyd spins in turns 3 and 4. Now it is a green, white, checkered as Russell holds the point followed by Fritts, Kittleson, Anderson, and Bresnahan.

Tim Russell of Longwood, after very little sleep, wins the Clyde Hart Memorial 200. All cars passed tech with a joyous Russell in Victory Lane.

Scofield is disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct and Boyd is
given last place points and money for unsportsmanlike conduct.

A few short sidenotes: Rich Pratt, who finished seventh, ran all 200 laps on the same set of tires. Pratt, who was not up to his normal pep, decided just to ride out the race. He said he could have put on a new set but it would not have mattered so instead he chose to race on one set of tires. Very smart move and gave him a seventh place finish.

Fritts, who did take on new tires, said the old tires were much better than the new tires. The new ones just never did come around as good as the first set.

Blake Lehr, running only his second Super Late Model race, broke a caliper which forced him out of the race. Lehr did a great job of staying out of the way of the lead cars and said he learned alot.

Fain Skinner was having a great run but said he may miss out on USA International and the Florida State Late Model Championship on July 22 and 23 which he is the defending Champion of 2005. Skinner said his car suffered alot of damage and he is not sure they can repair it in such a short period of time.

The next event for the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series will be July 23 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland for the Florida Late Model Championship. This will also be a 200 lap event. For more information, to to fascar.org or usaspeedway.com.

FASCAR Lights Up Holiday Weekend with Explosive Racing

June 28th, 2006

FASCAR will open their July 4th Gala weekend at Orlando SpeedWorld on Friday night with plenty of racing action for the most diehard fan. There will be RE/MAX Legends, Bandoleros, Florida Open Wheel Lites, Pro Challenge, Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock, Jr. Stocks and Strictly Stocks. Fans will have plenty to chose from and plenty of fun.

It will be “features only” at SpeedWorld but with all this, you won’t miss heat races. The only division missing will be the Super Late Models who will be getting ready for Sunday’s action at New Smyrna Speedway with the Clyde Hart Memorial 200.

Pit gate will open at 3 pm on Friday with open practice from 4 to 7 pm. Racing starts at 8 pm with general admission $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and under free. Orlando SpeedWorld is located at 19164 E. Colonial Drive right before 50 and 520 spit. For more information on Orlando SpeedWorld go to www.orlandospeedworld.org.

While Nextel Cup fans wait in long lines and bumper to bumper traffic in Daytona on Saturday, local fans will be in for a treat at Columbia Motorsports Park in Lake City. Columbia will also offer something for every fan from the CRASH-A-RAMA Stunt Show, to a Compact Demo Derby, 100 lap enduro race, a $2,000 to win Street Stock 50 race, Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Hornets, and TQ Late Models.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy one fun filled night from the craziest stunts to the Open Wheel Modifieds. The fun starts at 7:30 pm with general admission $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and under free. For more information on Columbia Motorsports Park go to www.columbiamotorsportspark.com.

Sunday, July 2, at New Smyrna Speedway, the FASCAR Pro Truck 75 will start at 6:30 followed by the annual Clyde Hart Memorial Sunbelt 200. Yes, I said 200. An extra 75 laps and $5,000 have been added to the Clyde Hart Memorial makes it a 200 lap race with $10,000 to win. Adding the 75 laps will now involve pit stops for the drivers so pit crews will be practicing until the last minute to sharpen up their skills.

Now if you want ever more excitement, the Clyde Hart Memorial 200 has lap money also which if all 200 laps are sold could add an extra $20,000 to the purse. Each lap is sold for $100.00 and whatever driver leads on that lap will receive the $100.00. If one “lucky” driver should lead all 200 laps, he could go home with $30,000 in his pocket, which is pretty good pocket change for a local short track race.

In 2005, Mike Fritts won the Governor’s Cup 200 which had all 200 laps sold. Fritts led for approximately 180 of the laps giving him an extra $18,000 plus the $5,000 for the win. Well, the Clyde Hart Memorial will do the same except it pays $10,000 to win.

There will be an open practice for the Clyde Hart Memorial 200 on Saturday, July 1, from 12 noon to 6 pm. This will give drivers and crews plenty of time to make the Pepsi 400 that night from New Smyrna Speedway. Cost for practice will be $10.00 per person.

To top off the night at New Smyrna Speedway, FIREWORKS will light up the sky. General admission on Sunday, July 2, is $20.00, students and seniors $15.00, children 11 and under free. For more information on New Smyrna Speedway or the Sunbelt Series, please go to www.fascar.org or www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.

As you can see, there is plenty of local short track racing for everyone. Please join us at Orlando SpeedWorld, Columbia Motorsports Park and New Smyrna Speedway as we celebrate July 4th.

Clyde Hart Memorial has Increased Purse, Lap Money

June 22nd, 2006

On July 2, Clyde Hart will be honored with the Clyde Hart Memorial 200 for $10,000 to win. But to make Clyde’s race even more important, laps will be sold for the event. This means that a driver who leads one lap and it is sold, gets $100.00 extra at the end of the night. Individuals, companies, groups can buy any lap from 1 to 200 for $100.00 a lap.

“Last year we did this for the Governor’s Cup and sold all 200 laps,” said Don Nerone, General Manager of FASCAR. “Just ask Mike Fritts about the lap money since he took home an extra $18.000 for his win.”

General Manager of New Smyrna Speedway Terry Roberts has made the race even more eventful with adding another $5,000 to the win. “This means that a driver could possibily go home with $30,000 that Sunday, more than any other local race has paid.
This would truly honor Clyde and give the drivers a feeling that local track racing is important to us all.”

All laps must be paid for by the time the green flag drops on July 2. To buy a lap, call New Smyrna Speedway 386-427-4129 or e-mail info@fascar.org.

Southern Sportsman Series Heading to New Smyrna

June 7th, 2006

The racers of this series are coming to this race on the heels of a wild race at Bronson Motor Speedway. When the dust cleared from the Bronson Race, Ronnie Heard Jr. had come out on top in his J&S Palms race car, and with the win made a big gain in the points race, currently holding sixth spot.

Aaron Williamson continues to hold a slight lead in the points over the always hard charging Derrik Heath. Third place in the points is held down by Michael Soukup, who has a great deal of experience at the New Smyrna Oval. Soukup hopes his experience on the high banks will give him a “home track” advantage for the 50 lap feature.

This looks to be a great race, with many of the competitors finally hitting their stride, and the field should be very tight, from front to rear.

Don’t miss this one. The Southern Sportsman Series doesn’t have many opportunities to race on the East Coast, and all are looking forward to this one.

Hope to see you at the speedway!

Photo credit: Rick Warren Motorsports Images

Fire Fighter Appreciation Night at New Smyrna

May 25th, 2006

Plus the second race in a seven race schedule for the Bright House Challenge Super Late Model 50 will be run. See race one winner Patrick Conrad do battle with David Rogers, Jared Allison, BL McLeod, Wayne Anderson and Jason Boyd to battle with the “best of the best” and run for the championship in this exciting new series.

Along with the Bright House Challenge Super Late Model 50 will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.

And for the very brave at heart, a watermelon eating contest will be held on the front stretch and we all love watermelon!

Pit gates will open at 4 pm with racing action at 7:30 pm.

Brighthouse Challenge, Coca Cola Pro Truck 50 on Tap

April 20th, 2006

“Bright House has become one of our major sponsors and good friend,” said General Manager Terry Roberts. “To have them sponsor this new 50 lap Super Late Model challenge races is an honor. The fans will see some great racing that we know.”

Along with the Bright House Challenge Super Late Model 50 will be a second 50 lap race with the FASCAR Pro Truck Series. This will be the Coca Cola Pro Truck 50 and you can bet this will also be an exciting race. Scott Bishop, Jamie Skinner, George Morales, Chad Akins just to name a few will have their Pro Trucks in high gear at New Smyrna. Plus there is extra money for the highest finishing FASCAR Pro Truck and FASTRUCK. What a race this will be for sure!

Pit gate will open at 2 pm on Saturday with racing action at 7:30 pm. Qualifying for the Bright House Challenge Super Late Model 50 and Coca Cola Pro Truck 50 will begin at 6:00 pm. General admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and under FREE.

New Smyrna Speedway is located between SR44 and SR415 between I-4 and I-95 eight miles west of New Smyrna Beach in beautiful Samsula, Florida. For further information be sure to check out our web-site www.fascar.org.

Allison Tops Mini Stocks on Easter Weekend

April 18th, 2006

The Mini Stocks took to the track in what looked like would be a repeat of last week. A hard crash in turn four occurred on lap one and involved three cars. The 10 of Michael Seay and the 5 of Joseph Gerard had only minor damage but the 6 of Jamie Dixon had to call it quits for the night because of major front end damage. On the restart, the 92 of Jared Allison passed cars before reaching the line and was penalized a spot. The very next lap the 15 of Jeff White spins in turn four bringing out the yellow. Again on the restart, the 92 jumped ahead and this time the 07 of Steven Simpson followed. Both were penalized a spot. The action up front is heated as the 71 of Ted Vulpius, the 07, and the 92 race door to door. Suddenly the 71 falls off the pace and pulls in. The guys get some good green lap racing in before 07 spins. This sets the finish up for a green, white, checkered. However, track conditions cause havoc and six more cars are done for the night. With only the 92, 07x of Dick Lazslo, 10, and 20 of Jeff Pittsly cars remaining, the checkered is thrown while still under caution.

The Super Stocks make it exciting right from the start, taking it three wide into turn one. The 86 of Johnny Brown takes the lead with the 18 of George Spears and the 49 of Jason Foster fighting hard for second. Meanwhile, the 2 of Ron Whaley is charging his way to the front from the very back of the pack. 49 finally secures second place and sets his sights on the 86. It doesn’t take long before he catches him and they swap the lead several times, with the 49 coming out on top. The 3x of James Frisbie spins, sending him to the rear from his fourth place position. The top five are now 49, 18, 86, 2, and the 31 of J.T. Tippins. By turn two of the restart, 3x has passed five cars and is determined to get to the front. The 2 has managed to work his way around the 86 but doesn’t have enough time to challenge the 49 and 18. The 3x was closing the gap, but has to settle for fifth. Wow, what a run he had going! By the way, did the 3 of Jeff Colburn break again?!!

The Pro Trucks had only four drivers tonight, but they sure did put on a show. The 33 of DeWayne Barrus charges to the front but clips the 29 of Tim Gertsch as he takes the lead. This upsets the 29 truck enough that the 60 of Chad Akins gets by. The 29 gathers it up before the 62 of A.J. Factor can make his move. The battle is heated between the 33 and 60 as they race side by side. The 33 gets in to the corner to hard and washes up the track, giving the 60 the break he needs in order to take the lead. The race between the four of them is nose to tail as they cross the finish line. The 60 shows off the moves his Daddy taught him by celebrating with tire-smoking donuts on the Front Stretch!

The Goodyear Challenge Series ran the best race of their season, giving the fans edge of their seat excitement for 100 laps. The story and results can be found on the Goodyear Challenge page.

There was some confusion as to whether the Modifieds were on the schedule to run tonight. But we like racing so much that when four of them showed up, we wanted to see them race. They didn’t disappoint. The 9 of Art Kunzeman lead the way into turn one. It looked like it might be his night, but something went wrong as he fell off the pace. The 4B of Alan Bruns is able to keep the 90 of Robert Anderchek at bay lap after lap. The 16 of Patrick Mennenga is staying right with the leaders. It looks as if this is going to be the finishing order, when all of the sudden the 90 gets an incredible burst of speed going down the backstretch. He easily passes the 4B for the win. Can you say nitrous oxide or was Fritts really behind the wheel?!! The saga continues……..

The Sportsman are next to take the track. Unfortunately for the 90 of Bill Christen, it would be short lived as he hits the wall hard in turn one. On the restart, the 99 of Kevin Auger loses his driveshaft on the front stretch, effectively ending his night. They line up again, only to see the 07 of Ron Lufcy and the 4 of Travis Towell get to when the green drops. The 07, after having a tough time even making it to the track, is too heavily damaged to continue. The 4 is a bit luckier and starts from the rear. He manages to work his way up to fourth, but the 63 of Dale Howard, the 30 of Dale Clouser, and the 16 of Patrick Mennenga are to far ahead to catch by the time the checkered waves.

The Strictly Stocks did an outstanding job tonight. They are a fun group to watch! When something happens and they spin or wreck, they just turn the car in the right direction and keep going. I can’t give you a play by play, as I had the privilege of enjoying the race seated next to the one and only Marvin Panch. For those of you to young to remember, he was the winner of the 1961 Daytona 500.

It just doesn’t get any better than this!

Official Results April 15, 2006

Mini Stock:

1. 92 Jared Allison
2. 07x Dick Laszlo
3. 10 Michael Seay
4. 20 Jeff Pittsly
5. 07 Steven Simpson
6. 43 Tom Rose
7. 09 Bob Kelchner
8. 5 Joseph Gerard
9. 15 Jeff White
10. 23 Wayne Wells
11. 71 Ted Vulpius
12. 6 Jamie Dixon

Super Stock:

1. 49 Jason Foster
2. 18 George Spears
3. 2 Ron Whaley
4. 86 Johnny Brown
5. 3x James Frisbie
6. 15 Mike Wofford
7. 31 T.J. Tippins
8. 311 Ricky Lindner
9. 4 Russ Noyes
10. 07 Richie Laszlo
11. 68 Alvin Morris
12. 21 Mike Dahm
13. 44 Bruce Wingate
14. 3 Jeff Colburn

Pro Truck:

1. 60 Chad Akin
2. 33 Dewayne Barrus
3. 29 Tim Gertsch
4. 62 A.J. Factor

Modified:

1. 90 Robert Anderchek
2. 4B Alan Bruns
3. 16 Patrick Mennenga
4. 9 Art Kunzeman

Sportsman:

1. 63 Dale Howard
2. 30 Dale Clouser
3. 16 Patrick Mennenga
4. 4 Travis Towell
5. 23 Mike Pletka
6. 6 Bruce McGonical
7. 07 Ron Lufcy
8. 99 Kevin Auger
9. 90 Bill Christen

Strictly Stock:

1. 17x Jay Mullins
2. 43 Skip Wager
3. 911 Paul Kittner
4. 29 Scott Cecil
5. 009 Alan Tanguay
6. 6 Dave Werning
7. 48 Holli Barr
8. 88 Nick Boley
9. 8 Duane Eisaman
10. 4 Arnold Parent
11. 44 Jared Zeblee
12. 22 Eric Kottwitz

American Cancer Relay for Life Pro Truck 50 Runs April 1st

March 29th, 2006

“We are very proud to have the American Cancer Relay for Life at New Smyrna this Saturday,” said General Manager Terry Roberts. “The American Cancer Society does many great things and to have this race named for the American Cancer Relay for Life is an honor for the FASCAR Pro Truck Series.

Coming off his first win at Desoto Super Speedway for the FASCAR Pro Truck Series is George Morales. Morales is new to the FASCAR Pro Truck Series and has already proven that he is a contender for the 2006 Pro Truck Championship.

In the field Saturday night will be two youngsters that have proven that racing with the “Big Boys” is just their cup of tea. Scott Bishop of South Carolina and Chad Akins of Orlando have proven more than once that they have the real stuff of Champions.

Bishop, who has a few wins under his belt including the last night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February, was second in the Desoto race. Fellow youngster Chad Akins has also gotten his fair share of wins and both are very competitive in trucks. Watch for the No. 0 and No. 60 trucks at New Smyrna.

Some new faces have graced the field this year in the FASCAR Pro Truck Series among them David Wilson, Mike Bailey, Ricky Moxley just to name a few. Plus some old familiar faces will also be in the field Saturday night such as Jamie Skinner, the 2005 FASCAR Pro Truck Champion, Danny Foster, Scott Reeves, Jim Reppi, Caesar Bacarella.

Pit gate will open at 2 pm on Saturday, April 1 with practice for the American Cancer Relay for Life Pro Trucks alone from 3 to 4 pm with division practice to follow. There will be an on-track autograph session with the Pro Trucks. Racing starts at 7:30 pm.

New Smyrna Speedway is located between SR415 and SR44 eight miles west of New Smyrna Beach in beautiful Samusla, Florida. For further information on race day please go to www.fascar.org or you may call the track at 386-427-4129.

Scofield Tops Sunbelt Super Late Model 125

March 20th, 2006

Scofield pulled the No. 9 pill putting Jeff Choquette of West Palm Beach on the pole for the 125 lap feature event.

Before the green flag was thrown, there was an on-track autograph session for the fans to get up close and personal with the drivers and their cars. Fans made their way thru the cars and then it was time to clear the track for the race to begin. As the green flag was thrown, pole sitter Jeff Choquette quickly took the point followed by Mike Bresnahan, Tim Russell, Wayne Anderson and Jeff Scofield. Anderson passed Russell for third as Scofield followed on Anderson’s heels for fourth with Russell settling into fifth.

The yellow came out shortly for Fain Skinner, Ron Dicandio, Scotty Crockett, and Chris Fontaine who all got together in turns 3 and 4. Fontaine was able to drive away and make repairs but Dicandio, Crockett, and Skinner were not that lucky. The track was cleared and the green came back out with Choquette, Anderson, Bresnahan, Scofield, and Russell in the top five.

Choquette found his hands full protecting the lead as Anderson was right on his tail wanting that top spot. Chqouette tried his best but was unable to hold off the hard charge of Anderson who took over the lead. The top ten were Anderson, Choquette, Scofield, Bresnahan,, Russell, Finney, Boyd, Cope, Artuso and Johnson. Once again Choquette was being challenged for his position as Scofield was right on his tail for second. Choquette is not about to give his position up and holds strong keeping Scofield at third.

The caution comes out for Patrick Conrad and Mac Johnson in turns 1 and 2. Both cars are fine but both go to the rear of the field for the restart. Anderson once again holds the point on the green followed by Scofiield who is now in second, Choquette, Bresnahan, Boyd, Russell, Finney, Cope, Artuso and David Rogers.

Scott Millar develops problems and pulls into the pits ending his night Just as racing gets hot and heavy, the yellow comes out for Jimmy Cope, Jerry Artuso, and Chet Morrison. Cope and Morrison go in as Artuso goes to the rear of the field.

Anderson holds the point on the restart as Jason Boyd and Jeff Choquette are doing some side-by-side action for third. But Choquette holds his position and keeps Boyd at fourth. Scofield is making up ground on Anderson and beginning to challenge Anderson for the lead. Scofield proves he has the stronger car and takes over the point followed by Anderson, Bresnahan, Choquette, Boyd, Russell, Finney, Rogers, Conrad and Johnson.

Choquette is putting pressure on Bresnahan as Boyd tried to put pressure on Choquette. They are going hard and heavy but all hold their positions. Choquette challenges Bresnahan again and this time it works as Choquette takes over third and Boyd follows thru to fourth as Bresnahan settles into fifth. After running a good race, Patick Conrad retires to the pits allowing Johnson to take ninth and Chris Fontaine in tenth.

Scofield holds the point and takes the checkered for his first feature win in the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series 2006 race season. Following Scofield to the checkered is Wayne Anderson, Jason Boyd, Jeff Choquette, Mike Bresnahan, Tim Russell, Brian Finney, David Rogers, Mac Johnson and Chris Fontaine.

The next race for the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series is April 8th at Citrus County Speedway.

Other action at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday, March 18 saw Jason Foster win the Super Stock feature over James Frisbie, Johnny Brown, Jeff Colburn, and Ed Barber. Frisbie had the pole and lead for a good portion of the race until Foster challenged him for the lead and was able to take it.

Alan Bruns, who won Friday night at Orlando SpeedWorld in the Open Wheel Modified division, saw his second win of the weekend in his No. 4b Modified over Matt Wheeler, Tom Root, Bob Andercheck and Blake Lehr. Then Bruns came back and took the win in the Late Model division giving his total wins of the weekend to three. Following Bruns to the checkered in the Late Model division was Darren Brown, David Green, David Gibbs, and Danny Esposito Jr.

Young Chad Akins took the Pro Truck win over Ricky Moxley, Matt Towell, Marty Wolf and Tim Gertsch. The Pro Trucks will race a series race next weekend at Desoto Super Speedway in Bradenton.

Returning to New Smyrna Speedway after too long an absence was Tim “Missileman” McPhail who quickly took the point on the green but had to settle for second in the end. Returning 2005 Champion Ted Vulpius took the checkered for the Mini Stock division followed by Tim “Missleman” McPhail, Steven Simpson, Jamie Dixson, and Dick Laszlo.

A number of new Strictly Stocks were out for the first race of the year with Jay Mulins taking the feature win over Tim Logue, James Lannin, Chris Wilkinson, and Duane Eisaman.

It was Ron Lufcy who topped the Sportsman division over Robert Glover, Dale Howard, Travis Towel, and Bruce McGonigal.

Next weekend at New Smyrna Speedway, the Florida Mini Stock Challenge will headline the program with Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, and Strictly Stock.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY – MARCH 18, 2006

SUNBELT SUPER LATE MODEL 125

1. #07 Jeff Scofield, Plant City
2. #84 Wayne Anderson, Wildwood
3. #15 Jason Boyd, Orlando
4. #70 Jeff Choquette, West Palm Beach
5. #3 Mike Bresnahan, Lecanto
6. #36 Tim Russell, Longwood
7. #80 Brian Finney, Merritt Island
8. #11 David Rogers, Orlando
9. #6 Mac Johnson, Gainesville
10. #47 Chris Fontaine, Lakeland
11. #2 Patrick Conrad, Clermont
12. #0 Rich Pratt, Anthony
13. #5 Jerry Artuso, Sault Saint Mario, Canada
14. #61 Jimmy Cope, Pinellas Park
15. #86 Chet Morrison, New Orleans, LA
16. #20 Scott Milalr, Ocala
17. #28 Scotty Crockett, Land O’Lakes
18. #1 Fain Skinner, Live Oak
19. #20x Ron Dicandio, Canaveral Grovse
20. #1rv Jeff Gordan, Albany, GA. DNS

Late Model

1 Alan Bruns (4B)
2 Darren Brown (53)
3 David Green (47)
4 David Gibbs (47)
5 Danny Esposito Jr (40)
6 Mark Smith (48)
7 Shawn Gourly (45)
8 Rob Kayse (47K)
9 Michael Weaver (11)

Mini Stock

1 Ted Vulpius (71)
2 Tim McPhail (7)
3 Steven Simpson (07)
4 Jamie Dixson (6X)
5 Dick Laszlo (07)
6 Rex Christensen (V3)
7 Lyle Blair, Jr. (81)
8 Chad Carpenter (31)
9 Joseph Gerard (5)
10 Jeff White (5)
11 Jeff Pittsley (20)
12 Tom Rose (43)
13 Pug Puglis (11)

Modified<>/B>

1 Alan Bruns (4B)
2 Matt Wheeler (97)
3 Tom Root (19)
4 Bob Andercheck (90)
5 Blake Lehr (4)
6 Ken McCracken (56)
7 Mark Vandevender (7)
8 Jerry Symons (66X)
9 Art Kunzeman (9)
10 Jeremy Fitch (00)

Sportsman

1 Ronald Lufcy (07)
2 Robert Glover (74)
3 Dale Howard (63)
4 Travis Towell (4)
5 Bruce McGonigal (6)
6 Brian Meginley (0)
7 Bill Christen (90)
8 Dale Clouser (30)

Super Stock

1 Jason Foster (49)
2 James Frisbie (3)
3 Johnny Brown (86)
4 Jeff Colburn (3)
5 Ed Barber (23)
6 Mike Wofford (15)
7 Edward Michalak (44)
8 Nick Vogler (11)
9 Daniel Laszlo (07)
10 Barry Parks (27)
11 Ricky Lindner (311)
12 George Spears (18)
13 Mike Hendrix (71)

Pro Trucks

1 Chad Akins (60)
2 Ricky Moxley (38)
3 Matt Towell (07)
4 Marty Wolf (9)
5 Tim Gertsch (29)

STRICTLY STOCK

1. #17x Jay Mulins
2. #75 Tim Logue
3. #1 James Lannin
4. #8B Chris Wilkinson
5. #8R Duane Eisaman
6. #28 Steve Fulghum
7. #43 Skip Wager
8. #17 Leonard Ringley
9. #88 Nick Boley
10. #2 Charles Hodge
11. #009 Tankersley

Bright House to Sponsor Opening Night at New Smyrna

March 14th, 2006

“Bright House has been an outstnading sponsor at New Smyrna Speedway,” said Terry Roberts, General Manager of New Smyrna Speedway. “It is always a pleasure to work with Bright House and to have them sponsor the first race of the new 2006 season, well, that is an added pleasure.”

On Saturday, March 18, fans will see the first Sunbelt Super Late Model race of the year along with the Open Wheel Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock. Pit gate will open at noon with an on-track autograph session at 6 pm. Racing begins at 7:30 pm. General admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and under FREE.

Cassill Tops Super Lates, Curreli Does it Again in Late Models

February 12th, 2006

Jerry Symons, Friday night’s winner, had the pole for the FL/IMCA Mods but it was Tank Tucker who decided it was his turn to visit Victory Circle. Symons took the early lead but Tucker had other plans taking the lead from Symons and as they say, never looked back. Following Tucker to the checkered was Jerry Symons, Jared Allison, Rodney Brooks, and Denis Pierce.

Sunday night’s Super Late Model action saw something that seldom happens, Wayne Anderson on his roof and on fire. Anderson quickly put the fire out once his car stopped sliding and was okay. But it was young Landon Cassill who took the win from the pole. Jeff Choquette gave Cassill a good run but was never able to pass Cassill. Following Cassill to the checkered was Jeff Choquette, John Ryan Fitzpatrick, Travis Kittleson and Trevor Stewart.

The TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints had a rough nigth with a number of cautions in their 30 lap feature.causoing the race to be shortened to 24 laps after a red flag for Keith Butler who took a wild ride. Butler was transported to the hospital and released and will be in action Monday night. Winning the shortened feature was Dave Steele, the 2005 TBARA Champion followed by Shane Butler, Ray Bragg, Scott Adema, and Troy DeCkaire.

Jim Smith had the pole for the Mini Stock feature and lead for a number of laps. Robbie Yoakam and Carolina driver Randy Freeze put on a great show for second going side-by-side with Freeze taking over but Yoakam coming back to lead the most important lap, the last lap. Crossing the checkered after Yoakam was Randy Freeze, Jim Smith, Tim “Missleman” McPhail, and Pedie Allison.

Monday night a 50 lap Late Model race with the TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints making their final appearance of the 40th World Series of Aspahlt Stock Car Racing along with the FL/IMCA Modifieds, NASCAR Tour Mods, SK Mods, and Mini Stocks.

For additional informaiton go to www.fascar.org

Third Annual Pete Orr Sportsmanship Award to be Awarded

February 6th, 2006

Pete Orr was only 46 when he left this world, but Pete was a man who created more friends, admirers, and respect than most men could imagine in any lifetime.

On and off the race track he was looked upon as a man of honor and integrity. Not only as a great race car driver, but as a great teacher.

“Pete helped many a driver during his racing career and was instrumental in getting B.J. McLeod, Justin Drawdy, Travis Kittleson and others in the limelight of racing,” said Jack Smith. “I could not just let Pete’s memory go and this man needed to be honored thus the Pete Orr Sportsmanship Award was created.”

“A driver must show integrity on and off the track, helpfullness to his fellow racer, and take it like a gentleman when things go wrong.” said Smith. “He must take the good with the bad and pass on the outside or don’t pass at all.”

“Each year track owners and racers are questioned about candidates and the votes are kept secret until the race that honors Pete Orr. This year the award will be presented during the World Series and to find out who, you must either attend the race or go to karnac.com for the story.”

Upon Pete’s death in 2002, Jack Smith wrote “I first met Pete Orr in late 1997 or early 1998 when he was working with B.J. McLeod. My first impression of the man was that this was a very special person. In my travels in and around stock car racing since then, in a sport and a business that has it’s gritty side at times, Pete Orr has always stood out as an example of integrity and professionalism. We need to grow more racers like Pete Orr.”

Some people leave nothing when they leave us and others leave footprints in the sand for many years to come. Pete Orr left many footsteps for us to follow.

Footnotes from Speedfest 2006

January 30th, 2006

Ryan Tedesco of New Philadelphia, Ohio can testify to that firsthand. When Ryan was wrecked in Friday night’s action at Speedfest, he and the team stayed up all night to fix their damaged car, seventeen hours of hard and I do mean hard work. But come race time Saturday, there was Ryan. The car may not have been as pretty as the night before but it was there.

Ryan Foster of Lowell, Arkansas moves on to ARCA racing this year and will be sadly missed in the Sunbelt Super Late Model series. Ryan was one of the few who had a back-up car which was good for Ryan since both cars decided to break each night. Florida fans have watched Ryan as he has developed into a fine race driver and he will be missed this year.

Ryan Crane of Panama City, Florida will not be joining in the fun this year at the World Series. Ryan will soon graduate from college and he has put his priorities there for now. Asked “what do you plan to do after your graduate?”, Ryan replied “go racing of course.”

David Pollen Jr., who raced the Friday night race, will be running ASA Late Models in 2006. David, who seems to have grown six inches since race season ended, has shown his driving talents in both trucks and Super Lates. If you have had the pleasure to meet this young man, you know what an easy going kid he is and a pleasure to have at a racetrack.

Scott Bishop of South Carolina is another outstanding young driver. Scott won the 75 lap Championship Pro Truck race at New Smyrna Speedway last November and has had alot of experience on dirt tracks. Scott’s luck was not so good Friday night but he came back on Saturday to finish fifth in the Pro Truck race. Scott plans to run the three nights of Pro Truck action at New Smyrna for the World Series and hopes to run the full Pro Truck schedule in 2006.

Jerry Artuso of Sault St. Marie, Ont., known well in the area for his No. 5 Pro Modified and Goodyear Challenge Late Model cars, has switched to Super Lates for 2006. Jerry had little time to get use to his new ride since he just picked it up days before Speedfest. But it seemed to fit Jerry just fine and he will also run it in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.

Jay Middleton of Lake City, Florida, who has been the Florida Pro Champion and Rookie of the Year for the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series, will also join in the ARCA forces for 2006. Jay also plans to run a few Sunbelt races when he can. Jay will be picking up his brand new Super Late this week so will not be a force for the World Series but hopes to have the car ready for the last night’s action when the Pete Orr Memorial 100 will be run.

Louie Mechalides of Tyngsboro, MA did not have the best results at Speedfest but Louie will be ready for the World Series. After trying for many years, Louie was the Super Late Model Champion of the 2005 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Louie’s No. 47 has become very familiar to Florida fans and it is always a pleasure to see him back each year.

Landon Cassill of Fairfax, IA lost his primary car on Friday night and had to go to his back-up car. The back-up car was not quite as good as the primary car so Landon did not have the weekend he had hoped for. But fans can see Landon in action again since he also is running the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Drivers and crews who head on to New Smyrna have just a few days to regain strength and get some needed rest before it is time for 9 nights of racing action. Some will make it, others won’t. But what a time we all have doing it!

Fritts Does it Again in the Riverfest 250

January 16th, 2006

David Rogers of Orlando set fast time with a 17.782 followed by Brian Finney of Merritt Island with a 17.944, Rich Pratt of Anthony with a 17.933, Mike Fritts of Debary with a 18.000, and B.J. McLeod of Wachula with a 18.003. Rogers pulled the 5 pill putting B.J. McLeod on the pole for the green.

Fritts quickly took the point on the green with Finney, Pratt, McLeod and Louisville, Kentucky racers Greg Boone chasing after Fritts. Boone would get just to Fritts’s backdoor and then Fritts would put away. Finney, while running in the top five, had mechanical problems and was the first to go into the pits.

A few engines were lost, whether it was the cold weather or what, and the race was red flagged to clean the track after the dune buggy broke down and was no help. Fritts never failed on a restart and held the point to take the checkered followed by Greg Boone, B.J. McLeod, Mac Johnson, and Chris Fontaine. Pratt, Fritts, and Finney have already entered into SpeedFest at USA International in Lakeland later on this month. If Saturday night’s action is any indication for that event, the Florida boys will be just fine.

In other action It was A.J. Curreli who took the Late Model win after a pile-up on the green and one more during the race. Following Curreli to the checkered was Alan Bruns, Jason Cochran (in his first Late Model race), Josh Wronkowski and Darren Brown. Rich Clouser was unable to race after having problems with his motor during hot laps.

Jim “Hoot” Flynn topped the Open Wheel Modified field with a win over Alan McCafferty, Jerry Symons, Corey Freed, and Columbia Motorsports driver Jason Garver.

Although Matt Martin was not the first car to cross the checkered, Matt was given the first Sportsman win of the year and his first win in his new Sportsman. Ron Lufcy, who crossed the checkered first, was disqualified in tech with the win going to Young Martin. Following Martin across the checkered was Dale Howard, Mike Soukup, Donny Williams (after suffering two flat tires), and Jason Mosley, also another Columbia Motorsports Park driver.

Dalton Zehr topped the Pro Truck field followed by Chad Akins, Ron Dubeau, A.J. Factor (his first truck race after switching from the Super Late Model division), and Bill Morris. The trucks will compete next at USA International during Speedfest.

James Fresbie took his first Super Stock win of the 2006 season and is assured from his wife that he can race this year. Last year Fresbie was told that he had to win a race or give it up. He proceeded to win the race and plans on running for the Super Stock Championship this year at New Smyrna. Following Fresbie across the checkered was Ed Barber, J.T. Tippins, Mike Hendrix, and Dave Rowe.

Pedie Allison won the final Mini Stock race of 2005 at New Smyrna and started off the 2006 year with yet another win. Allison, who ran Orlando SpeedWorld mostly in 2005 was second in points at SpeedWorld. Following Allison across the checkered was Steven Simpson, Rex Christensen, Chad Carpenter, and newcomer Duane Gilfus.

It was new driver Matt Towell that topped the Strictly Stock field Saturday night. Following Towell to the checkered was Tim Logue, Kerry Payne, Bud Logue, and Terry Chartrand.

The next racing event at New Smyrna Speedway will be the 40th World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing from February 10 thru 18.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
RIVERFEST 250, JANUARY 14, 2006
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

SUPER LATE MODEL

1. #27 Mike Fritts, Debary
2. #59 Greg Boone, Louisville, Kentucky
3. #78 B.J. McLeod, Wachula
4. #6 Mac Johnson, Gainesville
5. #47 Chris Fontaine, Lakeland
6. #86 Chet Morrison, New Orleans, LA
7. #64 Bobby Coyle, Ft. Lauderdale
8. #07 Jeff Scofield, Plant City
9. #0 Rich Pratt, Anthony
10. #16 Ray Derry, Hollywood
11. #07x Andrew Weldon, Glen Mills, PA
12. #28 Skeeter Godbee, Sylvania, GA
13. #11 David Rogers, Orlando
14. #92 Jamie Skinner, Daytona Beach
15. #05 Dalton Zehr, Daytona Beach
16. #80 Brian Finney, Merritt Island

LATE MODEL

1. #2 A. J. Curreli
2. #4b Alan Bruns
3. #72 Jason Cochran
4. #21 Josh Wronkowski
5. #53 Darren Brown
6. #73 Sam Watts
7. #8 Tim Clark
8. #11 Michael Weaver
9. #4k Amanda Gogel

OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED

1. #57 Jim “Hoot” Flynn
2. #32 Alan McCafferty
3. #66 Jerry Symons
4. #12 Corey Freed
5. #27 Jason Garver
6. #2x Jared Allison
7. #4b Alan Bruns
8. #96 Matt Wheeler
9. #7t Steve Thornbrugh
10. #55 Shain Held

SPORTSMAN

1. #66 Matt Martin
2. #63 Dale Howard
3. #45 Mike Soukup
4. #111 Donny Williams
5. #j5 Jason Mosley
6. #25 Don Tracy
7. #31 Paul Colgan
8. #17 Dale Clouser
9. #28 Joey Rowe
10. #7 Tom Gamache
11. #07 Ron Lufcy DQ’D

PRO TRUCKS

1. #05 Dalton Zehr
2. #60 Chad Akins
3. #11 Ron Dubeau
4. #62 A.J. Factor
5. #7 Bill Morris
6. #79 Brad Stevens
7. #25 Jim Rahman

SUPER STOCK

1. #3 James Frisbie
2. #123 Ed Barber
3. #31 J.T. Tippins
4. #71 Mike Hendrix
5. #5 Dave Rowe
6. #2 Ron Whaley
7. #3 Jeff Colburn
8. #74 Lee Wagner
9. #99 Gene Vitiello
10. #21 Mike Dahm
11. #32 Steve Green
12. #29 James Adams
13. #15 Mike Wofford
14. #49 Jason Foster DQ’D

MINI STOCK

1. #92 Pedie Allison
2. #07 Steven Simpson
3. #V3 Rex Christensen
4. #31 Chad Carpenter
5. #34 Duane Griffus
6. #11 Pug Puglisi
7. #18 Jason Intopps
8. #51 Michael Seay DQ’D

STRICTLY STOCK

1. #4 Matt Towell
2. #75 Tim Logue
3. #11x Kerry Payne
4. #175 Bud Logue
5. #30 Terry Chartrand
6. #17 Jay Mullins
7. #8 Neil Kirby
8. #8x
9. #4x Bob Heins
10. #88 Nick Boley

Racing Action Returns to New Smyrna with Riverfest 250

January 9th, 2006

In 2005, it was Jeff Choquette who topped the 21 Super Late Model field. Choquette set fast time with a 17.889 and pulled the 0 pill followed by Wayne Anderson 18.020, Justin Drawdy 18.035, Barry Willoughby 18.112 and Chet Morrison 18.153. Once again it was a duel between Choquette and Anderson with each taking the lead at different points with Choquette finally take the lead where it counts the most, on the last lap.

A large field of cars is expected for this Saturday night since racers need to race and this is the first race of the year for FASCAR and New Smyrna Speedway. A few Super Late Models will also be testing their cars for Speedfest at USA International which happens at the end of January. Even a few Northern cars that run the World Series may be at the Riverfest 250.

Pit gates will open at 2 pm with practice for the Super Lates from 3 to 4 with division practice to follow. Qualifying for the 100 lap Super Late Model race will begin at 6:30 with racing action at 7:30 pm. Admission is $15.00 general admission, $10.00 for students and seniors and children 11 and under FREE.

So if you need some speed in your diet, make sure to be at New Smyrna Speedway this Saturday night for plenty of racing action.

New Smyrna Speedway is located between SR44 and SR415 between I-95 and I-4 in
beautiful Samsula, Florida.

New Smyrna Speedway to Exhibit at Museum of History

November 25th, 2005

The speedway is asking if any fans, drivers, or crew members have any pictures, posters, programs, newspaper articles or any memorabilla that relate to the history of New Smyrna to please call Terry Roberts at 386-547-6030 for details.

All articles will be on loan to the racetrack for the exhibit and returned after March 31. This is a very prestigous event for the racetrack and anyone with history is asked to please call with details. This is the busiest time for the museum and this is a great honor for New Smyrna Speedway.

Fritts Wins Second Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna

November 22nd, 2005

The Governor’s Cup 200, regarded as Florida’s biggest asphalt short track race, was made even more enticing for the competitors with the addition of lap money. All 200 laps were sold at $100 per lap adding $20,000 to the regular payoff. The win alone was worth $5,000.

The Grand Marshal of the 40th Annual Governor’s Cup race was Tom Gallagher, Chief Financial Officer for the State of Florida. Gallagher, State Senator Bill Posey and other dignitaries joined FASCAR owner Robert Hart in welcoming drivers and their race teams in pre-race ceremonies.

Posey read a letter from Governor Jeb Bush who was sorry he was unable to attend. In the letter Bush said, “I am sure that Tom Gallagher will leave the track tonight with an even greater understanding of Florida’s stock car racing community, as I did.” Gallagher, in a post race interview, indicated that was definitely the case.

Fritts and Choquette, last year’s event winner, brought the field around for the start of the 200 lap grind. Fritts darted into the lead.

Wayne Jefferson experienced problems right of the bat dropping off the pace and was the first competitor to retire from the race.

At the ten lap mark Fritts continued to lead with Choquette, 2nd; Drawdy,
3rd; Shelnut, 4th; and Mario Gosselin, 5th.

Gosselin got under Shelnut on lap 13 to move into fourth. Wayne Anderson, the 2003 Governors Cup winner and ninth position starter, passed Finney one lap later to take over seventh. Anderson kept chipping away and by lap 22 he was running with Fritts, Choquette, Drawdy and Gosselin in the top five.

Jeff Scofield, winner of the first leg of the Triple Crown Series at Citrus County Speedway last week, dropped off the pace on lap 48, eventually bringing his car to a stop on the backstretch. This put the field under caution. Scofield was able to re-fire, pit and rejoin the competition.

With 50 laps complete Fritts was still on top followed by Choquette, Drawdy, Anderson, Gosselin, Shelnut, Finney, Fain Skinner, Jay Middleton and Jason Boyd running within the top ten.

On the restart Anderson went to work on Drawdy for third. Anderson ducked under Drawdy between turns one and two on lap 59 to take third.

Patrick Conrad brought his car to a halt on the backstretch on lap 60 to bring out the yellow. The race was restarted on lap 65. Anderson went to the outside of Choquette, but Choquette was able to hold off Anderson’s challenge.

Fritts continued to rack up the lap money as he remained on top through lap
76 followed by Choquette, Anderson Drawdy, and Gosselin running in the top five.

On lap 77 Choquette tried the inside of Fritts coming off turn four. Contact was made which sent Fritts into a wild broadside slide. With flat-spotted tires, Fritts was forced to pit for new rubber.

Choquette was the new race leader on the lap 80 restart with Anderson, Drawdy, Gosselin and Finney in tow.

Chet Morrison spun in turn two on lap 92 to bring out a caution. Choquette, Drawdy, Gosselin and 1997 race winner David Rogers all headed down pit road for service.

When the field went back to green Anderson was shown as the new race leader with Finney, 2nd; Skinner, 3rd; 2001 race winner, James Powell III, 4th; and Martin Pierce, 5th.

At the halfway mark the top ten were Anderson, Finney, Skinner, Pierce, Powell, Chris Fontaine, 1982 and 2000 Governor’s Cup Champion Jimmy Cope, Rich Pratt, Scofield, and Mac Johnson.

A misty rain put the field back under yellow on lap 104, but it was short lived as racing resumed on lap 108.

Fritts was running a smart and steady race patiently working his way back up to the front. By lap 115 he was running in the top ten.

Meanwhile back at the front of the pack Anderson, who had still not pitted, continued to lead over Finney, Skinner, Pierce and Powell.

Travis Wilson, Ryan Foster, Scot Walters and Conrad crashed in turns one and two on lap 121. Fourth and fifth place runners, Pierce and Powell, took the opportunity to pit.

The green came out again on lap 131 with Anderson still on the track and in the lead with Finney and Skinner who also hadn’t pitted yet running second and third. Fritts had worked all the way back into fourth with Scofield hot on his heals.

Fritts got under Skinner to take over third on the restart with Skinner falling all the way back to sixth.

With 60 laps to go the top ten were Anderson, Finney, Fritts, Scofield, Fontaine, Skinner, Drawdy, Boyd, Rogers and Choquette.

Fritts got under Finney between turns one and two on lap 144 to move into the runnerup position. Before the lap was completed Gosselin spun in turn three hitting the wall with the rear of his car. The yellow was displayed.

Finally Anderson pitted along with Finney, Fontaine and Skinner.

The running order of the top ten on the restart were Fritts, Scofield, Drawdy, Boyd, Choquette, Rogers, Shelnut, Pratt, B.J. McLeod and James Glover.

The field went back to green, but not for long as rain led to a red flag on lap 154.

The rain stopped, the track was dried and racing resumed about 70 minutes later.

The restart order was Fritts, Scofield, Drawdy, Boyd, Choquette, Rogers, Shelnut, Pratt, Pierce and Powell.

On the restart Choquette wasted little time getting by Boyd for fourth. Anderson, with new tires, was charging to the front and was back into the top ten by lap 160.

Choquette dove to the bottom of the track between turns three and four on lap 171 in an attempt to get by Drawdy for third. He hit the bumps on the inside of the track vaulting him up into Drawdy. Choquette’s car went over the front of Drawdy’s car with Drawdy’s machine planked into the wall on its side. It was deja vu all over again as Choquette tried a similar move on Anderson at Citrus County Speedway last week. The results were much more devastating this time with both cars being towed off the tracks. Fortunately neither driver was hurt.

The race was restarted on lap 184 with Fritts still in the lead followed by Scofield, Boyd, Rogers, Anderson, Shelnut, Pratt, Pierce, Powell and Morrison in the top ten.

The rest of the race could be best described as “The Wayne Anderson Racing Clinic” as Anderson seemed to pick off a car every lap or two.

Powell, Pratt and Lee Collins came together on lap 187 to put the field under yellow. The restart order of the top five were Fritts, Scofield, Boyd, Anderson and Rogers.

Anderson got by Boyd on the lap 192 restart and took the measure of Scofield on lap 195 to take second.

Anderson whittled away at Fritts’ lead being able to come right up on Fritts’ bumper on the last lap, but Fritts was able to hold on for the win.

The official top ten were Fritts, Anderson, Scofield, Boyd, Rogers, Shelnut, Pratt, Pierce, Morrison, and Skinner.

Fritts led the most laps in the race (129) to earn $12,900 in lap money in addition to the $5,000 that he got for the win.

Fritts was confident about his car before the race even started. Fritts said, “This car has a great engine. It was just freshened at Boyd Racing Engines.” “I haven’t raced since June so I didn’t know if I’d be able to keep up with the car.” he joked.

Anderson, who has a reputation amomg some fans -earned or unearned- for being a dirty driver, ran a clean race and praised his fellow competitors for doing the same. “A lot of people raced me clean.” said Anderson. “I’ve got to commend Rogers, Boyd and Scofield.”

Scofield was very pleased with his finish. “Its great to finish third when you consider all the problems we had. We had a vibration on lap 30, we pitted for tires too early, and we had problems with a trailer arm.” Scofield said.

Jason Boyd’s fourth place finish enabled him to clinch the 2005 FASCAR Sunbelt Super Late Model Series championship. He was pleased with his run. “We had a pretty good car, not a great one. I couldn’t see any sense to holding anyone off. This was a great finish for Dick (Anderson), my car owner, on his birthday.” Boyd said.

The final leg of the FASCAR Sunbelt Super Late Model Series will be held at Desoto Super Speedway in Bradenton, FL next Saturday.

FASCAR Sunbelt Super Late Model Series, 40th Annual Governor’s Cup 200 Complete Official Finish:

1. #27 Mike Fritts, Debary
2. #84 Wayne Anderson, Wildwood
3. #07 Jeff Scofield, Plant City
4. #92 Jason Boyd, Orlando
5. #11 David Rogers, Orlando
6. #7 Daryl Shelnut, Ft. Lauderdale
7. #0 Rich Pratt, Anthony
8. #75 Martin Pierce, Sanford
9. #86 Chet Morrison, Huma, GA.
10. #1 Fain Skinner, Live Oaks
11. #74j Jay Middleton, Lake City
12. #80 Brian Finney, Merritt Island
13. #61 Jimmy Cope, St. Petersburg
14. #59 Mario Gosselin, Lake Wales
15. #78 B.J. McLeod, Walchula
16. #70x James Glover, Pinellas Park
17. #83 Lee Collins, Felda
18. #20 Ron Dicandio, Canaveral Groves
19. #57 James Powell, Astor
20. #47 Chris Fontaine, Lakeland
21. #12 Justin Drawdy, Ft. Pierce
22. #70 Jeff Choquette, West Palm Beach
23. #10 Ryan Foster, Lowell, Arkansas
24. #00 Robert Yoho, Pinellas Park
25. #55 Scott Walters, Naples
26. #2 Patrick Conrad, Clermont
27. #62 Travis Wilson, Bartow
28. #6 Mac Johnson, Gainesville
29. #5k Daniel Keene Jr., Land O’Lakes
30. #05 Dalton Zehr, Daytona Beach
31. #25 Tim Nicholas, Melbourne
32. #53 Al Berry, Branford
33. #94 Wayne Jefferson, St. Petersburg
34. #20 Scott Milar, Ocala DNS

Photo: (L to R) Florida State Senator Bill Posey, Florida Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, Mike Fritts, Fascar owner Robert Hart & Andrew Hart.

Champions Crowned at New Smyrna

November 14th, 2005

A few new faces were seen in the Late Model division which had not been seen for quite awhile – Chad Allman and Chris Lawrence. Although Lawrence did not have a very good night, it was nice to see him back at the speedway. Alan Bruns and Dewayne Barrus won the heat races but it was Rusty Ebersole who topped the feature. After an accident that took out Alli Owens, Darren Brown, Dewayne Barrus and Chris Lawrence, it was clear sailing for Ebersole in the #23 Late Model. Following Ebersole to the checkered was Chad Allman, Alan Bruns, Jeremy Fitch (the 2005 Late Model Champion at New Smyrna), and Brian Bellaw.

Jeremy Fitch played double duty as he wheeled the No. 00 for the very first time was Ron Dubeau who has been racing in the Pro Truck weekly races this year. Following Symons to the checkered was Jared Allison, Bobby Blake, Jeremy Fitch and newcomer Russ Antonucci. Tank Tucker is the 2005 Open Wheel Modified Champion at New Smyrna.

The Sportsman race saw alot of wild action. Jim Snyder won the heat race but saw his motor blow up in the feature. Returning this year for the last race of the season was Earl Beckner who proved that he still had the magic and won the feature race. Dale Howard to the lead on the green but Beckner was able to take over with Howard crossing second in the feature. Mike Soukup, Ron Lufcy, and Travis Towell completed the top five. Donny Williams once again topped the points and is the 2005 Sportsman Champion.

Newcomer Paul Harraka won the Pro Truck heat but it was Dalton Zehr in the #5 who topped the feature in spite of the hard charge he received from young Chad Akins. Akins has proved his driving ability with the “big boy”. Akins crossed the finish line second followed by Brandon Johnson, Tim Gertsch (who comes from the Quarter Midgets into trucks), and Bill Stacy.Scott Reeves is the 2005 Pro Truck Weekly Champion at New Smyrna.

A record number of Mini Stocks were present as some came to practice for next week’s Florida Mini Stock Challenge 100 Championship race that runs after the Governor’s Cup 200. Cody Blair and Clint Foley won the heat races but it was his second win in a row for Cody Blair. Steven Simpson gave it a gallent try but was unable to pass Blair for the win and had to settle for second. Pat Wells, Pedie Allison and Clint Foley completed the top five. Ted Vulpius has taken yet another Champsionship and claimed the 2005 honor.

Jason Foster and James Frisbie topped the heat races for the Super Stock as Foster and Pat Buckley were in the tightest race of the evening for points Champion. Foster had some bad luck losing his axle and it was Buckley who won the Championship but Ron Whaley who crossed the checkered first for the win. Following Whaley to the checkered was George Spears, Gene Vitiello, James Frisbie, and Pat Buckley.

Not only did Ray Tanguay win the last race of the points season but also claimed the Championship in the Strictly Stock division. Following Tanguay to the checkered was Tim Logue, Alvin Morris, Kerry Payne, and Dave Werning.

2005 New Smyrna Speedway Track Champions
SUPER LATE MODEL – #11 David Rogers
LATE MODEL – #11 Jeremy Fitch
OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED – #15 Tank Tucker
SPORTSMAN – #111 Donny Williams
SUPER STOCK – #34 Pat Buckley
PRO TRUCK – #21 Scott Reeves
MINI STOCK – #71 Ted Vulpius
STRICTLY STOCK – #007 Ray Tanguay

LATE MODEL

1. #23 Rusty Ebersole
2. #67 Chad Allman
3. #4b Alan Bruns
4. #11f Jeremy Fitch
5. #17 Brian Bellaw
6. #32 Charlie Vest
7. #21 Josh Wronkowski
8. #45 Shawn Gurley
9. #64 Don Hess
10. #82 Gary Harsey
11. #22 Alli Owens
12. #63 Chris Lawrence
13. #33 Dewayne Barrus
14. #53 Darren Brown DQ’D

OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED

1. #66 Jerry Symons
2. #18 Jared Allison
3. #75 Bobby Blake
4. #00 Jeremy Fitch
5. #46 Russ Antonucci
6. #9 Art Kunzeman
7. #56 Ken McCracken
8. #2x Ron Dubois
9. #4b Alan Bruns

SPORTSMAN

1. #3 Earl Beckner
2. #63 Dale Howard
3. #45 Mike Soukup
4. #07 Ron Lufcy
5. #4 Travis Towell
6. #111 Donny Williams
7. #70 John Nusbaum
8. #75 Randy Jones
9. #18 Ken Lewton
10. #6 Bruce McGonigal
11. #55 Jim Snyder

PRO TRUCK

1. #5x Dalton Zehr
2. #60 Chad Akins
3. #41 Brandon Johnson
4. #29 Tim Gertsch
5. #32 Bill Stacy
6. #60r Paul Harraka

MINI STOCK

1. #81 Cody Blair
2. #07 Steven Simpson
3. #23 Pat Wells
4. #92 Pedie Allison
5. #7c Clint Foley
6. #11 Pug Puglisi
7. #21 Scott Reeves
8. #16 Chase Goodson
9. #17 Chuck Cook
10. #6 Mark Broat
11. #55 Michael Seay
12. #69 Anthony King
13. #9 Bob Kelchner
14. #5 Jeff White

SUPER STOCK

1. #2 Ron Whaley
2. #18 George Spears
3. #99 Gene Vitiello
4. #3 James Frisbie
5. #34 Pat Buckley
6. #31 JT Tippins
7. #01 Chuck Smith
8. #67 Billy Boggs
9. #4 Russ Noyes
10. #5 David Rowe
11. #8up Faris Crews
12. #71 Mike Hendrix
13. #123 Ed Barber
14. #311 Ricky Lindner
15. #49 Jason Foster
16. #29 James Adams

STRICTLY STOCK

1. #007 Ray Tanguay
2. #75 Tim Logue
3. #68 Alvin Morris
4. #11x Kerry Payne
5. #6 Dave Werning
6. #48 Chuck Barr
7. #69 Chris Wilkinson
8. #4 Matt Towell
9. #4b John Steinly
10. #8 Dwayne Dee
11. #21 George Dahm
12. #15 Mike Wofford

Lap Money up for Grabs at New Smyrna

November 10th, 2005

To make the pot even sweeter this year, laps are being sold for the 200 lap event. Cost per lap is $100.00 and can be bought by calling 386-427-4129 or by stopping by the pit office at Orlando SpeedWorld or New Smyrna Speedway. Seventy six laps have already been spoken for and if all 200 are sold, one lucky driver could win $20,000.00 more in cash.

Whoever is leading on laps 1 thru 200 and those laps are sold, will receive the $100.00. That means if you lead on lap 1, 20, and 101 to 200, you can actually get an extra $10,200. Add that on top of the $5,000 to win the 200 lap event, you could definitely have a nice holiday.

“This just makes the race more exciting and will offer one of the biggest purses we have had for the Govenor’s Cup,” said General Manager Don Nerone. “Just think, one driver could actually walk away with $25,000.00 and that is not bad.”

The 40th Annual Governor’s Cup 200 will be held Saturday, November 19 at New Smyrna Speedway.

Gallagher Grand Marshal for 40th Annual Governor’s Cup

November 10th, 2005

Tom Gallagher began his public service career in 1974 when he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives representing Miami-Dade area. Gallagher continued to do this for six terms. In 1987, then Governor Martinez appointed Gallagher secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Gallagher was elected statewide in 1988 to the Cabinet office of Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal.

Healthy Kids Corporation, which was spearheaded by Gallagher, helped Florida’s children who were not insured for health care. This was a major undertaking and has helped many families with their children.

In 2003, Tom Gallagher became Florida’s first financial officer, an elected Cabinet office. Gallagher oversees the fiscal health of the State of Florida managing more than $63 billion coming in and out of state government annually, maximizing federal resources and helping consumers with problems related to financial services.

Reforms that Gallagher pushed after Hurricane Andrew helped when Florida residents were hit by four hurricanes in 2004. In 2004 Gallagher’s proactive steps included a moratorium on insurance companies canceling or nonrenewing during hurricane season or due to consumers filing storm claims. Offering a free mediation program for consumers in disputes over fair resolution of storm claims has proven to be very successful for many Floridians.

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Gallagher graduated from the University of Miami and was also served in the prestigious Presidental Honor Guard in the U.S. Army. Gallagher married a native Floridian from Madison County, Laura and are proud parents of a six year-old son Charlie.

Halloween Enduro 200 Tops New Smyrna Program October 29th

October 26th, 2005

Pit gate will open at 2 pm with racing action at 7:30 pm.

General Admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and under FREE.

Remember – Halloween Costume Contest so kids, be your scariest!

Ed Meridith Memorial Modified 100 on Tap at New Smyrna

October 20th, 2005

Leading the Pro Modified Series is Dwayne Dempsey with 756 points. Rob Partelo stands only 15 points behind Dempsey in second with 741 points and last year’s Pro Modified Champion Lee Collins runs third with 727 points. Alan McCafferty stands fourth with 709 points and any of the top four could be the 2005 Pro Modified Champion.

Red Vann stands fifth with 590 points followed by John Gerstner in sixth with 562 points. Kevyn Terry is seventh with 528 points followed by Jeremy Gerstner in eighth with 525 points. Mickey Kempgens, who is the leading Rookie, stands ninth with 449 points but only one point behind Kempgens in tenth is Patrick Williams.

Completing the top 20 is Jimmy Britts, Greg Nordstrom, Chris Escott, Corey Freed, Wayne Jefferson, Dave Barber, J.F. McClellan, Jerry Symons, Robbie Cooper, and Brad May.

Pit gate will open at 2 pm on Saturday, October 22nd, with practice for the Pro Modifieds alone from 3 to 4 pm with division practice to follow. The Pro Modifieds will qualify for the Ed Meridith Memorial 100 at 6:30 with racing action at 7:30 pm.

General admission is $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and under FREE. New Smyrna Speedway is located between SR44 and SR415 between I-4 and I-95 eight miles west of New Smyrna in beautiful Samsula, Florida.

Roberts Re-appointed to Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority

October 14th, 2005

Roberts said, “our number one job is to promote tourism in Southeast Voluisa but we also know there are other attractions besides the beach. This is what we have to work towards.”

Roberts looks forward to his new duties in the next few years.

New Smyrna Speedway Rained Out October 8th

October 9th, 2005

Rain tickets will be good in two weeks, on October 22nd, with the special event for the Florida Youth Ranches taking place next weekend.

New Smyrna Sees New Faces in Victory Lane

October 3rd, 2005

The Late Models had a rough start to their feature but after a few restarts it was Rusty Ebersole who jumped to the lead over A.J. Curreli, Darren Brown, Phillip Bessette, and Alli Owens. But it did not take Curreli long before he worked his way around Ebersole and took over the lead as Alli Owens passed Bessette and Jeremy Fitch took over fifth with Bessette going to sixth.

Owens and Fitch did some great side-by-side with Fitch taking over fourth and Owens to fifth. The yellow came out for Ebersole who had a large puff of smoke come from his car as his power steering let go. Ebersole was checked and cleared to continue racing. Curreli holds on to the point on the restart and is headed for Victory Lane. Fitch passes Brown, who was running third, coming off turn 4 as Curreli takes the checkered over Rusty Ebersole, Jeremy Fitch, Darren Brown and Alli Owens.

A.J. Curreli and Jeremy Fitch took the heat wins.

Pug Puglisi had the pole for the Mini Stock feature but it was Steven Simpson who jumped to the lead over Jeff White, Ted Vulpius, Wayne Wells and Puglisi. Simpson held on as long as he could as Vulpius works his way around Simpson and takes over the pole. With no cautions, Vulpius sailed to the checkered followed by Steven Simpson, Wayne Wells, Jeff White, and Pug Puglisi.

Dave Savicki had the pole for the Open Wheel Modified division but it was Jared Allison who took the point on the green followed by Jerry Symons, Bobby Blake, Jimmy Britts and Mark Vandevender. Allison gives it his best to hold on to that lead position but Symons proves that he still has it and passes Allison for the lead. Allison settles into second as Tank Tucker is working his way into the top five.

The caution comes out for Alan Bruns and Mark Vandevender as they get together in turn 4. Symons holds the point on the restart with Allison, Blake, Britts and Tucker in the top five. Tucker puts the pedal down and passes first Britts, then Blake, then Allison and sets his sails towards Symons. But the laps dwindle down and Symons is not to be caught taking the checkered over Tank Tucker, Jared Allison, Bobby Blake and Jimmy Britts.

Tank Tucker and Jerry Symons took the heat wins.

Pro Trucks saw Scott Reeves lead from green to checkered in spite of a very hard charging Dalton Zehr right on his tail at times. Zehr tried but could not pass Reeves who looked to be on a mission for the win. Following Reeves to the checkered was Dalton Zehr, Dennis Gardner, Dawayne Barrus and Stuart Robertson. Chad Akins was the only Quick Kid and took the win for the Quick Kids division in the Pro Truck feature.

Scott Reeves took the heat win.

Jared Allison, doing double duty between his modified and Suepr Late, had the pole for the Super Late Model feature but it did not take David Rogers long to take the lead away from Allison. Tim Russell, in his first Super Late Model race in his new car, passed Allison and took over second but was not quite able to catch Rogers for the lead. Dalton Zehr, also doing double duty in a Pro Truck and Super Late, passed Allison for third as Allison settled into fourth with Ricky Wood in fifth. Rogers took the checkered followed by Tim Russell, Dalton Zehr, Jared Allison and Ricky Wood.

Tim Russell took the heat win.

It was Dale Howard who took the point in the Sportsman feature followed by Ron Lufcy, Dale Clouser, Ken Lewton and Jim Snyder. Arnold Mills brought out the yellow as he spun in turns 1 and 2. On the restart, Ron Lufcy takes over the point followed by Dale Clouser, Dale Howard, Jim Snyder, and John Nusbaum.

Closuer works his way around Lufcy and takes over the point as Donny Williams is working his way up the field. Williams works his way to third but cannot pass Lufcy for second. Clouser takes the checkered followed by Ron Lufcy, Donny Williams, John Nusbaum and Dale Howard.

Ron Lufcy took the heat win.

Nick Vogler had the pole for the Super Stock division but it was James Adams who quickly took the point over Faris Crews, Josh Wronkowski, Ricky Lindner and new driver Dave Perry Jr. Crews works his way around Adams and takes over the point with Adams in second followed by Perry, Gene Vitiello and Pat Buckley. Buckley finds his hands full of a hard charging Jeff Colburn who passes Buckley for fifth. Colburn then passes Vitiello for fourth as Vitiello goes to fifth.

After running a very good race Vitiello has mechanical problems and is out of the race as Ed Barber goes onto pit road with a fire under his hood. Barber is fine but done for the night. After a few more cautions, it is Adams back in the lead over Crews, Colburn, Buckley and Perry. Adams holds on and takes his first feature win over Faris Crews, Dave Perry Jr., Nick Vogler, and JT Tippins. Crews is disqualified in tech for being light changing the finishing order to James Adams, Dave Perry Jr., Pat Buckley, Nick Vogler, and JT Tippins.

Ron Whaley and Jeff Colburn won the heat races.

The Strictly Stocks were doing alot of three and four wide racing as Tim Logue took his first feature win followed by Mike Wofford, Skip Wagler, Travis Scott, and Alvin Morris.

Tim Logue and Ray Tanguay took the heat wins.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

SUPER LATE MODEL

1. #11 David Rogers
2. #36 Tim Russell
3. #05 Dalton Zehr
4. #18 Jared Allison
5. #33 Ricky Wood
6. #16 Ray Derry
7. #69 Steve Avinger
8. #23 Joey Pletka

LATE MODEL

1. #2 A. J. Curreli
2. #23 Rusty Ebersole
3. #11 Jeremy Fitch
4. #53 Darren Brown
5. #22 Alli Owens
6. #40 Danny Esposito Jr.
7. #48 Mark Smith
8. #4b Alan Bruns
9. #17 Phillip Bessette
10. #45 Shawn Gurley
11. #721 John Bennett
12. #07 David Arcaro

OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED

1. #66 Jerry Symons
2. #15 Tank Tucker
3. #18 Jared Allison
4. #2x Bobby Blake
5. #9x Jimmy Britts
6. #9 Art Kunzeman
7. #61 Ted Helmes
8. #56 Ken McCracken
9. #4b Alan Bruns
10. #7 Mark Vandevender
11. #70 Dave Savicki
12. #93 David Hite DNS

SPORTSMAN

1. #30 Dale Clouser
2. #07 Ron Lufcy
3. #111 Donny Williams
4. #70 John Nusbaum
5. #63 Dale Howard
6. #44 Arnold Mills
7. #55 Jim Snyder
8. #18 Ken Lewton
9. #18D Brian Dula
10. #6 Bruce McGonigal

PRO TRUCKS

1. #21 Scott Reeves
2. #5 Dalton Zehr
3. #11k Dennis Gardner
4. #33 Dawayne Barrus
5. #61 Stuart Robertson
6. #83 Tom North
7. #32 Bill Stacy
8. #47 Tim Bagnall DNS

QUICK KIDS

1. #60 Chad Akins

MINI STOCK

1. #71 Ted Vulpius
2. #07 Steven Simpson
3. #23 Wayne Wells
4. #5 Jeff White
5. #11 Pug Puglisi
6. #6x Jamie Dixon
7. #2 Ron Karto Jr.
8. #69 Anthony King
9. #6 Mark Broat
10. #20 Jeff Pittsley
11. #83 Ben Cutler Jr. DNS

SUPER STOCK

1. #29 James Adams (FIRST WIN)
2. #68 Dave Perry Jr.
3. #34 Pat Buckley
4. #1 Nick Vogler
5. #31 JT Tippins
6. #311 Ricky Lindner
7. #3 Jeff Colburn
8. #22 Bruce McGonigal Jr.
9. #99 Gene Vitiello
10. #123 Ed Barber
11. #210 Bill Wingate
12. #21 Josh Wronkowski
13. #2 Ron Whaley
14. #3x Jason Foster
15. #8 Faris Crews DQ’D

STRICTLY STOCK

1. #75 Tim Logue (FIRST WIN)
2. #16 Mike Wofford
3. #8 Skip Wager
4. #4 Travis Towell
5. #68 Alvin Morris
6. #21 Maureen Dahm
7. #11 Chris Ridley
8. #91 Travis Scott
9. #009 Ray Tanguay
10. #92 Curtis Smith
11. #48 Holli Barr
12. #88 Nick Boley
13. #16x Jim Erb
14. #22 Allan McClelland
15. #27 David Thompson
16. #89 William Hindman

Fitch Tops Late Models, Smathers Gets First Strictly Stock Win

September 26th, 2005

The caution comes out for James Adams who has trouble on the backstretch ending his night. On the restart, Ron Whaley gets Frisbie for the lead with Buckley, Barber and Foster in the top five. Ron Whaley holds on and takes the checkered over James Frisbie, Ed Barber, Jason Foster and last week’s winner George Spears.

Ron Whaley and George Spears took the heat wins.

Roibert Glover had the pole for the Sportsman feature but it was Phil Luizzo who took the lead over Dale Howard, Glover, Mike Soukup and Jim Snyder. Dale Clouser passes Snyder and takes over fifth as Soukup passes Glover who falls back for third. Luizzo continues to lead as Clouser and Donny Williams work their way to the front. Luizzo has his hands full with Clouser, Williams, Soukup and Howard charging towards that lead.

Going to the checkered coming out of fourth, Luizzo gets loose and spins but since no caution was thrown, some of the drivers continue to the checkered with others slowing down waiting for the yellow. This made an interesting conclusion for everyone. Clouser, who did cross the checkered first, was not given the win but placed in the rear of the field for the fnish. The win was given to the third place car of Donny Williams followed by Mike Soukup, Jim Snyder, John Nusbaum, and Dale Howard.

Phil Luizzo and Dale Clouser took the heat wins.

Bill Stacy had the pole for the Pro Trucks but before a lap was down, Marty Wolfe hit the turns 3 – 4 wall hard busting his radiator and having water stream down the track. Wolf was okay but his truck will need some work for next week’s Pro Truck Series race at Orlando SpeedWorld. Since no lap was down, a complete restart was in order as Dalton Zehr took the point over Scott Reeves, Bill Stacy, Chad Akins, and Tim Gertsch. With no more cautions, Zehr glided to the checkered over Scott Reeves, Bill Stacy, James Alterizio and Tim Gertsch.

Two Quick Kids were also in the field with the “big boys” with Chad Akins taking the Quick Kids win followed by Kyle Eastham. However, Akins failed to go to tech giving Kyle Eastham first FIRST Quick Kids win.

Dalton Zehr took the heat win.

Pug Puglisi had the pole for the Mini Stock feature but before a lap was down Ben Cutler Jr. and Pat Wells got together causing Cutler to spin and bringing out the yellow. A complete restart was in order as young Steven Simpson took the point followed by Ted Vulpius, Ben Cutler Jr., Pat Wells, and Puglisi.

Simpson looks like he is headed for his first win as he holds off the hard charge from Vulpius but once again on the last lap, Simpson spins going in to four as Pat Wells takes the lead. However Simpson got that car headed right very fast and finished third with his hopes of his first win fading. Wells takes the checkered followed by Ted Vulpius, Steven Simpson, Pug Puglisi, and Ben Cutler Jr.

Ted Vulpius took the heat win.

Phillip Bessette had the pole for the Late Model feature but before a lap was down in that feature, Bessette and Alli Owens bring out the yellow as they get together in turns 1 and 2. A total restart is in order with Darren Brown taking the point over Rusty Ebersole, Jeremy Fitch, Alli Owens and Phillip Bessette. Brown does a good job of leading but Fitch proves he has the faster car and passes Brown for the lead. Brown settles into second for a short period of time as Rusty Ebersole puts the pedal down and takes over second with Brown settling into third. Fitch now finds a hard charging Ebersole on his tail as Alli Owens passes Brown for third and Brown goes to fourth. Fitch holds on tight and takes the checkered over Rusty Ebersole, Alli Owens, Darren Brown and Phillip Bessette.

Darren Brown took the heat win.

The pole sitter for the Open Wheel Modifieds decided to start in the rear giving Jerry Symons the pole. Symons quickly jumped to the lead over Bobby Blake, Alan Bruns, Tank Tucker and Art Kunzeman. Bruns and Tucker get together in turns 3 and 4 with Bruns ending up in the ditch at the bottom of turns 3 and 4 and having to be helped out by the wrecker. Bruns is fine, although slightly mad, but is able to continue racing. On the restart, Symons holds the point and eventually takes the checkered over Bobby Blake, Tank Tucker, Alan Bruns, and Art Kunzeman.

Tank Tucker took the heat win.

The last race of the night was too crazy to even try and write about but in a note it was Travis Towell on the pole followed by Mike Wofford, Tim Logue, Scott Cecil and Kerry Payne. The caution came out when Jose Rivera and Ray Tanguay got together on the back stretch with Tanguay getting pretty knocked up and having to pit for the track officials to remove hanging parts but not giving up. Tanguay and Rivera joined the field in the rear for the restart. Towell holds the point on the restart but it is newcomer Roger Smathers who takes over the pole.

Rivera once again tangles with Kerry Payne on the backstretch wrecking Payne’s car and having Payne so mad that he threw his helmet at Rivera’s windshield breaking it. Both cars were done. Smathers holds on for his first Strictly Stock win followed by Tim Logue, Mike Wofford, Travis Towell, and Nick Boley. Rivera was given a four week suspension in order to cool his wheels some.

Kerry Payne and Scott Cecil won the heat races.

OFFICIAL RESULTS NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY, SEPTEMBER 24

LATE MODEL

1. #11 Jeremy Fitch
2. #23 Rusty Ebersole
3. #22 Alli Owens
4. #53 Darren Brown
5. #17 Phillip Bessette
6. #45 Shawn Gurley
7. #48 Mark Smith

OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED

1. #66 Jerry Symons
2. #2x Bobby Blake
3. #15 Tank Tucker
4. #4b Alan Bruns
5. #9 Art Kunzeman

SPORTSMAN

1. #111 Donny Williams
2. #45 Mike Soukup
3. #55 Jim Snyder
4. #70 John Nusbaum
5. #63 Dale Howard
6. #07 Ron Lufcy
7. #74 Robert Glover
8. #18 Ken Lewton
9. #18D Brian Dula
10. #27 Phil Luizzo
11. #30 Dale Clouser
12. #6 Bruce McGonigal
13. #75 Randy Jones

PRO TRUCKS

1. #5 Dalton Zehr
2. #21 Scott Reeves
3. #32 Bill Stacy
4. #3 James Alterizio
5. #29 Tim Gertsch
6. #9 Marty Wolf

QUICK KIDS

1. #60 Chad Akins (DQ’d for failing to go to tech)
2. #20 Kyle Eastham

MINI STOCK

1. #23 Pat Wells
2. #71 Ted Vulpius
3. #07 Steven Simpson
4. #11 Pug Puglisi
5. #83 Ben Cutler Jr.
6. #69 Anthony King
7. #2 Ron Karto Jr.
8. #5 Jeff White
9. #6 Mark Broat

SUPER STOCK

1. #2 Ron Whaley
2. #3 James Frisbie
3. #23 Ed Barber
4. #49 Jason Foster
5. #18 George Spears
6. #8 Faris Crews
7. #01 Chuck Smith
8. #34 Pat Buckley
9. #99 Gene Vitiello
10. #22 Bruce McGonigal Jr.
11. #311 Ricky Lindner
12. #21 Josh Wronkowski
13. #29 James Adams
14. #11 Nick Vogler
15. #67 Billy Boggs

STRICTLY STOCK

1. #41 Roger Smathers (FIRST WIN)
2. #75 Tim Logue
3. #16 Mike Wofford
4. #4 Travis Towell
5. #88 Nick Boley
6. #29 Scott Cecil
7. #009 Alan Tanguay
8. #48 Chuck Barr
9. #11 Chris Ridley
10. #11x Kerry Payne
11. #007 Ray Tanguay
12. #73 Jose Rivera

Full Moon, Late Night, 8 Divisions Top New Smyrna Program

August 22nd, 2005

David Gibbs had the pole for the Late Model feature but it was Darren Brown who took the lead for the first half lap until Gibbs took it back followed by Brown, Jeremy Fitch, David Rogers, and Mark Smith. Fitch put the heat on Brown and passed for second as Rogers followed Fitch and took over third from Brown putting Brown fourth. Smith remained in fifth. Smith found his hands full of a hard charging Alli Owens in sixth. Smith tried but could not hold off Owens as she took over fifth and Smith went to sixth.

Rogers passes Fitch for second and as only David Rogers can do, went after Gibbs for first. With David Rogers behind you, there is no room for mistakes because if there is one, you know Rogers will go for it. Rogers took over the lead followed by Gibbs, Fitch, Darren Brown and Alli Owens. Gibbs and Fitch fight hard for that second place when Gibbs gets alittle loose and spins having to go to the rear for the restart. Obviously Gibbs thought Fitch had spun him but the officials said he had spun on his own.

The field goes back green as David Rogers takes the checkered followed by Jeremy Fitch, Alli Owens, Darren Brown and Mark Smith. Crossing the finish line was a little rough for Brown as he somehow climbed the frontstretch wall, came back down and crossed the finish. With no place to go after crossing the finish line Mark Smith and Alan Bruns got together with Brown who had ended up in the pit road frontstretch wall. Bruns had little damage but Smith will need to work on his front end some. Brown was okay along with Smith and Bruns but gave the fans one big thrill on the finish.

David Rogers and Jeremy Fitch won the Late Model heat races.

Sportsman ran a cautionless race with Jim Snyder on the pole for their feature. Snyder took the lead on the green followed by Ron Lufcy, Dale Clouser, Ken Lewton, and John Nusbaum. Clouser passes Lufcy and takes over second with Lufcy in third, Nusbaum in fourth and now John Hodge in fifth. Clouser takes over the lead and takes the checkered followed by Ron Lufcy, John Nusbaum, Jim Snyder and John Hodge.

In the heat race, points leader Donny Williams broke an axle on his No. 5 “Old Blackie” which he has been racing for awhile.
Since his car could not run the feature, Bruce McGonigal Jr. loaned Williams the No. 22 Super Stock for the race. Although a Super Stock is nowhere near the speed of a Sportsman, Williams drove the No. 22 to a seventh place finish. Nice job and a true friendship act by a fellow racer.

Dale Clouser won the heat race.

Kevin Henry started on the pole for the Pro Trucks and won from the pole leading every lap in his feature race. This was Henry’s first feature win after starting in the Pro Truck division about a month or so ago. Scott Reeves tried but could not pass Henry to pass for the lead. Henry took the cautionless feature win followed by Scott Reeves, Dalton Zehr, Marty Wolf, and Tim Bagnall. Next Friday night at Orlando SpeedWorld, the FASCAR Pro Truck Series will run for 50 laps.

Scott Reeves took the heat win for the Pro Trucks.

Art Kunzeman had the pole for the Open Wheel Modified feature but it was Alan Bruns, coming off a win at Orlando Speedworld on Friday night, who took the point on the green followed by Bobby Blake, Kunzeman, Jimmy Britts and Ted Helmes. Britts passed Kunzeman and took over third as Kunzeman settled in fourth.

Jerry Owens brought out the caution as he spun coming off 4 down the frontstretch. Owens was fine and was able to continue racing in the rear of the field for bringing out the caution. Bruns continued to lead the field followed by Britts, Blake, Helmes, and Kunzeman. It took Britts some time but he was finally able to pass Bruns and take the lead and the checkered followed by Alan Bruns, Bobby Blake, Ted Helmes, and Art Kunzeman.

Jimmy Britts won the heat race.

Steven Simpson had the pole for the Mini Stock feature and took the lead for the first lap over Ted Vulpius, Chase Goodson, Pat Wells, and Pug Puglisi. But it did not take Vulpius long before he was the leader with Simpson in second. But Goodson was charging hard and passed Simpson for second as Pat Wells came along too for third and Simpson in fourth followed by Chad Carpenter who took over fifth from Puglisi.

The caution came out when Jeff White spun coming off 4 down the frontstretch. The race went back green as Goodson took the lead over Vulpius followed by Simpson, Wells, and Carpenter. The officials penalized Goodson at this point one position for passing before the line. Lucky for Goodson, the caution came out again for Chuck Cook who spun in turns 3 and 4. On the restart, Goodson was put back to second for his penalty with Vulpius put back in first.

Once again Goodson battled Vulpius for the lead and made it work and took his first checkered of the year followed by Ted Vulpius, Pat Wells, Steven Simpson, and Chad Carpenter.

Chase Goodson and Ted Vulpius took the wins for the heat races.

The Super Stocks were in rare form this evening, maybe because of the late hour but still rare form. Russ Noyes had the pole for the feature but it was Josh Wronkowski who took the point on the green followed by Faris Crews, Russ Noyes, JT Tippins, and James Adams. Somehow Ron Whaley and George Spears got together with Whaley ending up on his side and slightly on top of Spears car. Both drivers were fine and both cars were able to drive away after being taken apart. Spears went in but Whaley continued to race.

On the restart, Wronkowski takes the point followed by Crews, Pat Buckley, James Adams and Jason Foster. Foster passes Adams for fourth as Buckley, who is running third, breaks and his car stops in turn 2. Buckley is pushed into the pits and the race goes back green with Wronkowski, Crews, Foster, Adams, and Ed Barber in the top five. Crews seems to slow slightly in front of Foster as he and Foster lock bumpers going down the frontstretch. Foster lets off but not in time to keep Crews from hitting the turn 1 wall. Crews is extremely upset and as the cars come back around on the caution, he stops Foster and shows his anger. Foster is then blackflagged for driving rough and parked in the pits for the night.

Wronkowski holds the point on the restart followed by Adams, Barber, James Frisbie, and Gene Vitiello. Dale Carroll passes Frisbie and takes over fifth as Barber passes Adams for second putting Adams third. Wronkowski takes the checkered followed by Ed Barber, James Adams, Gene Vitiello, and Dale Carroll. Vitiello was penalized one spot for jumping on the restart which changed the finishing order to Wronkowski, Barber, Adams, Carroll and Vitiello.

Jason Foster and Josh Wronkowski won the heat races but since Foster was disqualified for the night, Adams was given the heat win for the first heat race.

For the Strictly Stock race, John Cast ran his No. 51 Strictly Stock in honor of his friend who was a New Smyrna Beach police officer who died the Saturday night before going to a call on New Smyrna Beach, Officier Roy Nelson and his K-9 Caesar. A total of $2170.00 was raised for the Officer’s family during intermission by the drivers.

Mike Wilson had the pole for the Strictly Stock feature but it was Tim Logue who took the lead on the green followed by Wilson, Mike Wofford, Ray Tanguay, and newcomer Terry Chartranet. Wofford passes Wilson and takes over second as Tanguay, Wilson and Chartranet follow. Wofford puts the pedal to the medal and passes Logue for the lead as Chartranet is charging thru and going to the front. Chartranet works her way to second only to spin in turns 3 and 4 and get caught in a big hole and could not get out. Wofford takes the win followed by Tim Logue, Ray Tanguay, Jose Rivera, and Mike Wilson.

A special trophy was presented to the Officer representing the New Smyrna Police Department for John Cast’s sixth place finish. Although most fans were gone at that point, the few that were left were very moved by this act of a friend.

OFFICIAL RESULTS NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY – AUGUST 20, 2005

TBARA OUTLAW WINGED SPRINTS

1) 3X Bo Hartley
2) 29 Gary Gimmler
3) 42X Sport Allen
4) 91 Dude Teate
5) 29T Jim Alvis
6) 7 John Gilbert Jr.
7) 68 Troy DeCaire
8) 41 Charles Ladner
9) 21B Larry Jay Brazil, Jr. (DNF)
10) 5W Randy Woodall (DNF)
11) 47 Richard Waddell (DNF)
12) 03 Tommy Nicols (DNF)
13) 118 Stan Butler (DNF)
14) 90 David Retzlaff (DNF)
15) 18 Rick Hockman (DNF)
16) 19 Keith Butler (DNF)
17) 6 Dan Statter (DNF)
18) 8 Nick Manikis (DNF)
19) 42 Paulie Milum (DNF)
20) 21 Johnny Gilbertson (DNF)
21) 3Y Sonny Hartley (DNF)

LATE MODEL

1. #26 David Rogers
2. #11 Jeremy Fitch
3. #22 Alli Owens
4. #53 Darren Brown
5. #48 Mark Smith
6. #17 Phillip Bassette
7. #4b Alan Bruns
8. #38 Randy Cook
9. #82 Alan Davis
10. #47 David Gibbs
11. #48 Mark Miller
12. #45 Shawn Gourley

OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED

1. #9X Jimmy Britts
2. #4b Alan Bruns
3. #2x Bobby Blake
4. #61 Ted Helmes
5. #9 Art Kunzeman
6. #56 Ken McCracken
7. #91 Jerry Owens

SPORTSMAN

1. #30 Dale Clouser
2. #07 Ron Lufcy
3. #70 John Nusbaum
4. #55 Jim Snyder
5. #00 John Hodge
6. #18 Ken Lewton
7. #22 Donny Williams
8. #7 Tom Gamache
9. #6 Bruce McGonigal

PRO TRUCKS

1. #99 Kevin Henry
2. #21 Scott Reeves
3. #5 Dalton Zehr
4. #9 Marty Wolf
5. #47 Tim Bagnall
6. #11 Ron Dubeau
7. #32 Bill Stacy
8. #60 Chad Akins (QUICK KID)
9. #11K Dennis Gardner, DNS

SUPER STOCK

1. #21 Josh Wronkowski
2. #123 Ed Barber
3. #29 James Adams
4. #19 Dale Carroll
5. #99 Gene Vitiello
6. #3 James Frisbie
7. #8 Faris Crews
8. #4 Russ Noyes
9. #31 JT Tippins
10. #311 Ricky Lindner
11. #22 Bruce McGonigal, Jr.
12. #2 Ron Whaley
13. #34 Pat Buckley
14. #18 George Spears
15. #210 Bill Wingate DNS
16. #49 Jason Foster DQ’D

MINI STOCK

1. #16 Chase Goodson
2. #71 Ted Vulpius
3. #23 Pat Wells
4. #07 Steven Simpson
5. #31 Chad Carpenter
6. #11 Pug Puglisi
7. #5 Jeff White
8. #17 Chuck Cook
9. #61 Rick Gamache
10. #6 Mark Broat
11. #69 Anthony King
12. #34 Ron Karto Jr.

STRICTLY STOCK

1. #16 Mike Wofford
2. #75 Tim Logue
3. #007 Ray Tanguay
4. #73 Jose Rivera
5. #20 Mike Wilson
6. #009 Ray Tanguay
7. #51 John Cast
8. #30 Terry Chartranet
9. #21 Maureen Dahm
10. #88 Nick Boley
11. #61 Ken Walker
12. #11 Chris Ridley
13. #67 Stephanie Dahm
14. #83 Jeffrey Shimmel

Volusia Pennysaver to Sponsor ‘Family Fun Night’ August 27th at New Smyrna

August 10th, 2005

“If we have less than a 100 bikes here for the Kids bike races I will be surprised,” said Marketing Director Terry Roberts. “Kids love to race around the race track and this will be a perfect night for that. And everyone loves demo derbys and we have had some great ones.”

Volusia Pennysaver has been a long time sponsor at New Smyrna Speedway and it makes them and us very happy to sponsor such a fun filled family night.

“There is nothing better than enjoying a warm summer night with friends and family at New Smyrna Speedway,” said Roberts. “I think the Volusia Pennysaver has come up with the perfect idea for a family fun night and I hope many fans will come out and join in the fun. And kids, don’t forget your bikes.”

On the 27th, grandstands will open at 6 pm with racing action at 7:30 pm. New Smyrna Speedway is located between SR44 and SR415 between I-95 and I-4 eight miles west of New Smyrna Beach in beautiful Samsula, Florida.

Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 Scheduled for July 30th

July 25th, 2005

Points are very tight in the top ten of the Goodyear Challenge and this race is definitely important to those ten.

Jerry Artuso leads the Goodyear Challenge with 345 points followed by Sam Watts with 302. Watts is the top ranking rookie thus far this year and recently got two consecutive wins at New Smyrna Speedway in the Late Model division. Bill Ostriker is third in points but A.J. Curreli is not giving him much room for mistakes as he is only two points behind Ostriker in fourth.

Curreli has very little room either to make a mistake with Joe Winchell on his heels. Winchell is only 3 points behind Curreli. But then Winchell has Greg Kaouk only six points behind him in sixth.

Rich Clouser stands seventh and only ten points behind Winchell with Chuck Burkhalter in eights and only one points behind Clouser. This makes it for a very exciting race. Charles Kopach and rookie Frank Welch round out the top ten.
These guys put on a very good show and fans will be more than happy with their efforts.

Along with the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 will be the Pro Trucks, Quick Kids, Modifieds, Sportsman and Super Stock. Plenty of action for the avid race fan on a Saturday night.

Grandstands will open at 6 pm with general admission $15.00, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and under FREE. Qualifying for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 will be at 6:30 pm.

New Smyrna Speedway is located between SR 44 and SR 415 between I-4 and I-95 eight miles west of New Smyrna Beach in beautiful Samsula, Florida.

New Smyrna Gets Program in Despite Hurricane Dennis

July 10th, 2005

Ron Lufcy had the pole for the Sportsman feature and jumped to the early lead over Dale Howard, Jim Snyder, Mike Soukup and John Nusbaum. Starting in the rear of the field was Donny Williams who worked his way towards the front and into the fifth place position quickly. Eventually Lufcy found his rear-view mirror full of Williams and did a great job of holding the point but eventually Williams was able to pass Lufcy and take the lead. With no cautions in the 15 lap feature, it was Donny Williams taking the checkered followed by Ron Lufcy, John Nusbaum, Dale Howard and Mike Soukup.

Newcomer Rich Lindner had the pole for the Super Stock feature but it was James Adams who quickly took the point over Bruce McGonigal Jr., Jason Foster, Ed Barber, and Faris Crews. Crews arrived at the track just as the Super Stock were lining up for their feature and quickly got his car off the hauler and into the field. Crews ran Orlando SpeedWorld on Friday night for the very first time and had alot of repair work on Saturday which made him run late.

Lindner brought out the caution when he spun in turn 4 on the bottom. The field was realigned with Adams on the point but the flagman did not like the start and called for a second restart. Once again Adams took the point followed by Foster, Barber, McGonigal Jr., and Crews. Adams and Foster went for a few laps side-by-side, never touching, racing each other clean with Foster finally taking the point as Adams went to second. Ed Barber brings out the yellow when he hits the backstretch wall while chasing Adams for second. Barber goes into the pit.

Foster holds the point on the restart and takes the checkered followed by James Adams, Faris Crews, Bruce McGonigal Jr., and Bruce Wingate. Wingate failed to go to tech and was dq’d giving the fifth place position to Ed Barber.

Pug Puglisi had the pole for the Mini Stock feature and quickly took the point over David Castello, Ben Cutler, Jr., Ted Vulpius and Jeff Pittsley. But before a lap was down, Ron Karto Jr., Cody Blair and Steven Simpson got together on the front stretch with Blair being towed into the pits. The race goes back green with Cutler in the lead over Vulpius, Castello, Puglisi and Simpson.

The caution comes out for Ron Karto Jr. who has stopped on the backstretch. The cars are realigned and the race goes back green with David Castello in the lead followed by Ted Vulpius, Cutler, Puglisi, and Simpson. Vulpius puts the pedal down and goes side-by-side with Castello. Castello holds but eventually Vulpius gets the lead and takes the checkered over David Castello, Ben Cutler, Jr., Pug Puglisi and Steven Simpson.

Chuck Barr has the pole for the Strictly Stock feature but Jeff Shimmel brings out the yellow as he spins in turn 4. The race goes back green with Nick Boley in the lead followed by Barr, Jose Rivera, Jeremy Hovencamp and Ray Tanguay. Rivera passes Barr for second as Hovencamp passes Barr for third. Then Tanguay puts the pressure on Barr and takes over fourth as Barr settles into fifth.

Boley and Rivera do some side-by-side action with Rivera finally taking over the lead as Boley slides to second. Hovencamp then puts the muscle on Boley and takes over second as Boley goes to third. Rivera holds on and takes the checkered followed by Jeremy Hovencamp, Nick Boley, Jeffrey Shimmel and Ray Tanguay.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY – JULY 9

SPORTSMAN

1. #111 Donny Williams
2. #07 Ron Lufcy
3. #70 John Nusbaum
4. #63 Dale Howard
5. #45 Mike Soukup
6. #18 Ken Lewton
7. #6 Bruce McGonigal
8. #55 Jim Snyder

SUPER STOCK

1. #49 Jason Foster
2. #29 Jason Adams
3. #8up Faris Crews
4. #22 Bruce McGonigal Jr.
5. #23 Ed Barber
6. #31 JT Tippins
7. #311 Rich Lindner
8. #210 Bill Wingate
9. #33 Bruce Wingate DQ’D – FAILED TO GO TO TECH

MINI STOCK

1. #71 Ted Vulpius
2. #34 David Castello
3. #83 Ben Cutler Jr.
4. #11 Pug Puglisi
5. #07 Steven Simpson
6. #20 Jeff Pittsley
7. #2 Ron Karto Jr.
8. #80 Cody Blair

STRICTLY STOCK

1. #73 Jose Rivera
2. #16 Jeremy Hovencamp
3. #88 Nick Boley
4. #83 Jeffrey Shimmel
5. #007 Ray Tanguay
6. #11 Chris Ridley
7. #48 Chuck Barr

New Smyrna Returns to Regular Racing this Saturday

July 6th, 2005

The Super Late Models will begin a once a month schedule starting this Saturday so if you love Super Lates, this Saturday is the night to come to New Smyrna to see them. David Rogers leads the points followed by Jeff Choquette. Orlando driver Ronnie Roach stands third followed by David Froelich in fourth and Dalton Zehr in fifth. Only one point behind Zehr is another Orlando driver, Jared Allison in sixth. Completing the top ten are A.J. Factor, Fain Skinner, Rich Clouser, and Scotty Crockett.

The Late Models have the night off for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 at Columbia Motorsports Park but when they return next Saturday it is Rusty Ebersole who leads the ooints with 216. A.J. Curreli stands second with 195 followed by rookie Alli Owens in third with 180. Jeremy Fitch stands fourth with 173 points and completing the top five is Mark Smith with 142 points. Completing the top ten are Robert Andercheck, David Gibbs, Amanda Gogel, Phillip Bessette, and Sam Watts.

Art Zunzeman holds a 27 points lead over Tank Tucker in the Open Wheel Modified divsion. Tucker has won every time he has come to New Smyrna except once when he had mechanical problems. Bobby Blake stands third but only has a one point lead over Orlando Modified driver Jared Allison. Ted Helmes stands fifth. Alan Bruns, Jerry Symons, Skip Honaker, Dave Savicki and Mike Dahm round out the top ten.

Donny Williams has a comanding lead in the Sportsman division with 390 points over second place Jim Snyder with 288. Ron Lufcy stands only 14 points behind Synder in third with 274 points. Dale Clouser is fourth with 251 points followed by newcomer Dale Howard in fifth with 201 points. Mike Soukup, John Nusbaum, Ken Lewton, Brian Dula and Randy Jones round out the top ten.

Ben Cutler Jr. holds a 30 points lead over Ted Vulpius in the Mini Stock division. David Castello stands third with 388 points followed by Wayne Wells in fourth with 211 points and Anthony King in fifth with 197 points. Ron Karto Jr., Mark Broat, Rex Christensen, Jeff Pittsley and Pat Wells round out the top ten.

Jason Foster not only leads the points in the Super Stock division at New Smyrna Speedway but also at Orlando SpeedWorld. Foster has accumulated 454 points to Pat Buckley in second with 353 points. Faris Crews comes in third with 310 points followed by James Adams with 292 and Josh Wronkowski with 388. Ron Whaley, Bruce McGonigal Jr., Bill Wingate, George Spears, and JT Tippins round out the top ten.

Strictly Stocks points leader is Jose Rivera with 448 points but not far behind Rivera is Ray Tanguay in second with 437 points. Greg Dame stands third with 301 points followed by Mike Wofford with 276 and Tim Logue with 204. Tammy Clouser, Jeffrey Shimmel, Maureen Dahm, Alvin Morris and Richie Riley round out the top ten.

Pit gate will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, with racing action at 7:30 p.m. Grandstands open at 6 p.m. with general admission $10.00, students and seniors $5.00, children 11 and under FREE.

Anderson, Bass and Deschamps Top Clyde Hart Memorial at New Smyrna

July 4th, 2005

Twenty six Super Lates, twenty eight Mini Stocks and 12 Pro Trucks qualified for what turned out to be a perfecWat race night. The on-track autograph session was cancelled due to the rain delay but fans were not disappointed as Tater Porter, Grand Marshall, put it a different way to start the race. As Porter stood in front of the fans and the cars lined up on the track in a Bull Rider’s standard safety wear – his hat – the command “Gentleman – GET r DONE” was given.

Wayne Anderson, defending champion of the 2004 Clyde Hart Memorial, set on the pole with his fast time of 18.096.followed by B.J. McLeod 18.121, Mac Johnson 18.128, Jason Boyd 18.150 and Brian Finney 18.173.. The field was set, last miniute warm up laps were made and the track was dry, time to race.

Anderson set on the pole but on the green it was B.J. McLeod who pulled to the lead over Anderson, Johnson, Boyd, and Choquette. Boyd took no time in passing Johnson for third but on lap 3, McLeod began to slip backwards as he seemed to get loose in the rear-end. McLeod gathered it back up but found himself instead of first, eighth. After having one good car, a car that would have been hard to beat, B.J. McLeod goes into the pits with a broken rear-end.

Anderson asumed the lead followed by Boyd, Johnson, Choquette, Scofield and Finney. With Florida’s summer heat, cars can do strange things as Mac Johnson looses all power in his steed coming off turn 2 on lap 16. Joining Johnson in the pits is Jody Turner from Jacksonville who needs some crew attention and Mario Gosselin who’s crew determines that he is done for the night.

The race goes green again but Don Hale Jr. brings out the yellow as he spins in Lake Turn 2. Hale is fine and maybe a little cooler from the lake. Chet Morrison has now gone into the pits.

One more try and it is green again as Anderson, Boyd, Choquette, Scofield, Finney, Cope, Pierce Froelich, Warren, and Etheredge lead the way. Cope passes Finney taking over fifth as Finney settles into sixth. Suddenly the fourth place car slows and begins to crawl around the backstretch to the pit entrance. The race goes yellow as Scofield sees what would have been a top five finish go down the drain.

Once again the green comes out with Anderson, Boyd, Choquette, Cope and Finney in the top five. But it is a short green as David Froelich brings out the yellow as he spins down low on the track in the water and hits the wall. Froelich now retires to the pits.

Lap 55 goes green as Anderson is in control followed by Boyd, Choquette, Cope, and Finney. The action is heating up as Finney chases Cope and Choquette is right ono Boyd. Shelnut, who wheeled the red, white and blue car for the ocassion, retires into the pits with mechanical problems as Choquette continues to let Boyd know “I am here”.

Steve Weaver, who races at Hialeah Speedway, brings out the yellow as he spins coming down the frontstretch but does a great job of saving the car from the wall. The race resumes on lap 74 as Choquette continues to let Boyd know he is there. Warren passes Pierce for sixth as Pierce goes back to seventh. Fain Skinner retires from the race into the pits.

Boyd does a valiant job of holding off the hard charge of Choquette but Choquette sees an opportunity and takes over second as Boyd goes to third followed by Cope and Finney. The yellow comes out as one car spins in the top of turns 3 and 4 wth Bobby Fleckinger, Patrick Conrad and Dalton Zehr all up in the turn wall but not really hurt. Sixteen cars are left on lap 84 as Anderson leads the way over Choquette, Boyd, Cope, Finney, Warren, Pierce, Foster, Wayne Morris and Chris Fontaine. Fontaine lets Morris know that he is there as he tucks neatly under Morris but Morris holds. Finney is now all over Cope for fourth but Cope “Mr. Exitement” is holding on. The yellow comes out as three cars try to go three wide in turn 1 which does not work. Morris spins in the trio and rejoins the field in the rear of the lead lap.

With only a few short laps to go, Brian Finney’s engine decides enough is enough and quits moving Warren into the fifth place spot. Cope passes Boyd for third and Choquette for second but does not have enough time to catch Anderson.

Anderson takes the checkered flag followed by Jimmy Cope, Jeff Choqcp,uette, Jason Boyd and Jacob Warren. In tech, Choquette was dq’d due to weight changing the top five to Wayne Anderson, Jimmy Cope, Jason Boyd, Jacob Warren, and Martin Pierce.

Brandon Johnson had the pole for the 50 lap Pro Truck race but it was Sean Bass who quickly took the point over Johnson, Matt Martin, George Gorham and fast qualifier Dalton Zehr. Gorham puts the heat on Martin and takes over third as Martin settles into fourth. Suddenly Johnson finds his hands full of a hard charging Gorham who is taking over second as Johnson goes to thrid. With very few cautions, it is a very exciting race as young Chad Akins moves his way from the rear of the field towards the front. The race goes smooth up until lap 38 when David Castello spins coming down the frontstretch. Castello is pushed into the pits and done after a very good race for the Mini Stock driver.

Bass continues to lead the way on the restart followed by Gorham, Zehr, Jamie Skinner, Matt Martin and Akins. Dawayne Barrus gets alittle sideways coming off four with Marty Wolf giving him a little push as he had no where to go as Barrus turned sideways. Wolf finally is able to slow and Barrus is fine. Wolf and Barrus rejoined the field in the rear for the restart.

With no more cautions, Bass continues to lead the field although Gorham tries over and over again to take the lead but Bass is on a mission for the win. Bass takes the checkered followed by George Gorham, Brandon Johnson, Dalton Zehr and Jamie Skinner.

Raymond Folwell had the pole for the 50 lap Mini Stock event but there was trouble on the start as a mass pile of Mini Stocks piled up in turns 3 and 4 when one spun and all the other joined trying to avoid each other. It was a total restart with Ronnie Larson leading the way over Folwell, Gary Roebuck, Tom Zimmerman, and Chris Hooker. But once again it was a short green as Josh Hermann, Mark Moniz, Andrew Robertson, and Billy Carlbert meet in turn 4. Hermann goes in for crew attention but the others were basically done for the night.

Larson holds the point on the restart followed by Roebuck, Hooker, Folwell, and Robbie Yoakam. Folwell falls out as Robbie Storer comes into the top five in fifth. The yellow is thrown again for Larson and Roebuck who have gotten together in turns 2 with Chris Thornton cominig in on the hook with a severely damaged car. Larson and Roebuck rejoin the field in the rear but Thornton is done.

Chris Hooker now leads the way followed by Yoakam, Storer, Folwell, and our Georgia driver Billy Chancy. The caution comes out for Ronnie Hicks who has spun coming down the frontstretch. The races goes back green with Hooker, Yoakam, Storer, Folwell and Chancy in the top five.

Suddenly Joshua Robertson spins coming down the frontstretch with Wayne Wells and Hicks tangling in with no place to go. All the drivers are fine but towed in for the night. Once again another restart as Hooker has the point but Keith Roggen has problems and is at a dead stop up in turn 4 and Storer goes in with problems. Thus another yellow comes out.

Hooker holds the point followed by Robbie Yoakam, Dustin Deschamps, Chancy, and Folwell. Deschamps is now on a mission passing Yoakam for second and then Hooker for first. The yellow is thrown not for a wreck but for the ambulance who has been called to the grandstands.

The race goes back green as Deschamps leads the way over Hooker, Yoakam, Chancy, Folwell, Larson, Don Faunce, Tom Zimmerman, Rex Christensen and Justin Edwards. Jeff Pittsley brings out the yellow as he spins down the backstretch.
Deschamps leads the way on the restart but Hooker brings out the yellow as he spins down the backstretch.

With no more yellows, it is Deschamps leading the way over Yoakam, Chancy, Larson, and Folwell. Hooker quickly works his way back in the top five and takes over fourth as Deschamps takes the checkered for the win followed by Robbie Yoakam, Billy Chancy, Ronnie Larson and Raymond Folwell.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
CLYDE HART MEMORIAL SUNBELT SUPER LATE MODEL 125

1. #84 Wayne Anderson, Wildwood
2. #61 Jimmy Cope, St. Petersburg
3. #92 Jason Boyd, Orlando
4. #51 Jacob Warren, Orlando
5. #75 Martin Pierce, Sandord
6. #10 Ryan Foster, Lowell, Arkansas
7. #98 Wayne Morris, Mulberry
8. #47 Chris Fontaine, Lakeland
9. #5 Dalton Zehr, Daytona Beach
10. #34 Bobby Fleckinger, Cocoa
11. #80 Brian Finney, Merritt Island
12. #12 Steve Weaver, Ft. Lauderdale
13. #1x Daniel Webster, Brooksville
14. #29 Don Hale, Jr., Live Oak
15. #2 Patrick Conrad, Clermont
16. #1 Fain Skinner, Live Oak
17. #47x Keith Zavrel, Brooksville
18. #7 Daryl Shelnyut, Ft. Lauderdale
19. #22 David Froelich, Loxahatchee
20. #07 Jeff Scofield, Plant City
21. #8 Tal Etheredge, Sylvester, GA
22. #86 Chet Morrison, Huma, GA
23. #6 Mac Johnson, Gainesville
24. #59 Mario Gosselin, Lake Wales
25. #74 Jody Turner, Jacksonville
26. #78 B.J. McLeod, Watchula
27. #70 Jeff Choquette, West Palm Beach DQ’D
28. #27 Mike Good DNS
29. #27X Mike Fritts DNS

PRO TRUCKS

1. #20 Sean Bass
2. #10 George Gorham
3. #41 Brandon Johnson
4. #5 Dalton Zehr
5. #60 Jamie Skinner
6. #66 Matt Martin
7. #9 Marty Wolf
8. #3 Dawayne Barrus
9. #07 Vic Slacker
10. #99 Danny Foster
11. #32 Bill Stacy
12. #11K David Castello

FLORIDA MINI STOCK CHALLENGE 50

1. #51 Dustin Deschamps, Brooksville
2. #8 Robbie Yoakam, Hernando
3. #81 Billy Chancy, Kathleen, GA
4. #1x Chris Hooker, Floral City
5. #89 Ronnie Larson, Clearwater
6. #03 Raymond Folwell, St. Petersburg
7. #2 Don Faune, Spring Hill
8. #0 Tom Zimmerman, Clearwater
9. #v3 Rex Christensen, Port Orange
10. #12 Justin Edwards, Ft. Valley, GA
11. #20 Jeff Pittsley, Eustis
12. #94 Keith Roggen, Winter Haven
13. #07 Steven Simpson, New Smyrna Beach
14. #96 Gary Roebuck, Lakeland
15. #61 Rich Gamache, Port Orange
16. #9 Robbie Storer, Zephyrhills
17. #93x Joshua Robertson, Trenton
18. #19 Kevin Macy, Lakeland
19. #23 Wayne Wells, Paisley
20. #8H Ronnie Hicks, Trenton
21. #24 Chris Thornton, Clearwater
22. #40 Dennis Valdez, Tampa
23. #42 Jonathan Guy, Auburndale
24. #98 Josh Hermann, St. Cloud
25. #83 Andrew Robertson, Trenton
26. #41 Mark Moniz, Zephyrhills
27. #11 Billy Carlbert, Holmes Beach
28. #70 Marty Neikens, Clearwater
29. #33 Ryan Crosby, Bunnell DNS
30. #05 Rick Sirmans, Pinellas Park DNS

PBR Star Tater Porter to be Grand Marshall for Clyde Hart Memorial

June 27th, 2005

With this in mind, Professional Bull Rider Tater Porter of Kenansville, Florida has been named the Grand Marshall for the 7th Annual Clyde Hart Memorial Sunbelt 125 at New Smyrna Speedway. Porter, who is ranked among the “Best of the Best” bull riders in the PBR circuit is no stranger to stockcar racing.

Tater Porter is kin to no other than Leroy Porter, a legend in Florida stockcar racing. Leroy, who helps many drivers today, is very proud of his nephew and gladly shares the news whenever Tater rides that bull and makes it for 8 seconds.

Tater will be signing autographs for the fans and will serve as the Grand Marshall for the event which is sponsored by NEW SMYRNA CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE CHEVROLET. Fans will also get to see some of these bulls up close as there will be LIVE bulls at the track.

Clyde Hart was well loved by fans and drivers alike and many of the “best” Super Late Model drivers in the state and across the South are expected to come and honor his memory this Sunday. Among them are Wayne Anderson, Jay Middleton, Chris Fontaine, Brian Finney, Rich Pratt, Barry Willoughby, Mike Fritts, Jeff Gordon from Georgia, Scotty Crockett just to name a few.

Plus the STARS of the Florida Mini Stock Challenge, the FASCAR Pro Trucks and Quick Kids will be on hand to add to the event. And if that is not enough, fireworks are in order.

Pit gates will open at noon on Sunday, July 3rd, with practice for all divisions from 1:30 to 4 pm. Grandstands open at 4:30 with qualifying set to go at 4:30 with the Sunbelt Super Series, Quick Kids, Pro Trucks and Florida Mini Stock Challenge. An on-track autograph session will be held for the fans at 6:30 pm with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

General admission is $15.00, $10.00 for students and seniors, children 11 and under are FREE.

Bring your cameras, your autograph books, and be ready for a night under the stars with the best stockcar drivers in the state, Professional Bull Rider Tater Porter, and fireworks that light up New Smyrna Speedway.

McLeod Leads the Way for Super Lates at New Smyrna

June 26th, 2005

Today it is very hard on everyone, economy wise, and when the weather looks as bad as it did, alot of racers just don’t come thinking they will spend all that money getting to the truck only to be sent home without one lap down due to weather. You can’t blame them, gas is just too precious today. But there were a few brave ones even some deperate ones from Orlando SpeedWorld, who normally only race there, who needed a racing fix after four weeks of nothing but rainouts.

This was the last race for the Super Lates before the big July 3rd event in which they could check out and fine tune their cars.B.J. McLeod had the pole for the 25 lap feature and proved to himself and the fans that he can still put on one heck of a show.

B.J. held off the hard charge, and I do mean hard charge because that is what David Rogers is best at, of David Rogers lap after lap to take his first checkered flag for the 2005 season. Crossing the checkered behind McLeod and Rogers was David Froelich, “Hottie” Scotty Crockett, and Jared Allison. Dave Riley of Melbourne came in sixth in his brand new Super Late which is a very nice looking car and still being fine tuned.

Mark Smith had the pole for the Late Model feature but found his hands full right off the bat with Rusty Ebersole. Ebersole and Smith went side-by-side as Ebersole finally took the lead followed by Smith, Alli Owens, Charles Kopach, and Duane Schubert.

Kopach passed Owens for third with a very fast Sam Watts coming from the rear for fourth and Owens in fifth. A.J. Curreli was making his presence known as Watts passed Kopach for third. The caution came out for Schubert and Curreli as they got together in turns 3 and 4. Both were fine but done for the night and went into the pits.

Ebersole took the point on the restart followed by Smith, Kopach, Watts, and Owens. But it did not take Watts, winner of last week’s Late Model feature, long to pass Kopach and begin to reel in Ebersole for the point. Watts finally made his move and took over as Kopach came with him putting Ebersole in third. Watts took the checkered for his second win in a row over Charles Kopach, Rusty Ebersole, Alli Owens, and Mark Smith.

Ted Helmes had the pole for the Open Wheel Modified feature but it was Art Kunzeman who took the lead on the green followed by Bobby Blake, Ted Helmes, Alan Bruns and Tank Tucker. Tucker wasted little time coming up and taking over third from Helmes as Helmes went to fourth. By WATCH OUT, Jerry Symons has now shown his face and is in fifth.

The yellow is thrown when Helmes loses his motor in turn 4. Helmes goes into the pit and done for the night. On the restart, here comes Tucker who quickly takes the point over Blake, Jerry Symons and Brad May. Rob Partelo brings out the yellow as he visits the frontstretch wall. Partelo is now done for the night.

Tucker holds the point on the restart followed by Bobby Blake, Jerry Symons, Brad May, and Chuck Burkhalter (now that is a top five). Symons puts pressure on Blake who fights but can’t hold off Symons as Symons takes over second. Then Brad May shows his power and passes Blake for third as Blake settles into fourth with Burkhalter now behind him. Burkhalter does not want fifth at all and puts the pressure on Blake and takes over fourth.

Tucker does not yield and takes the checkered for yet another win at New Smyrna Speedway followed by Jerry Symons, Brad May, Chuck Burkhalter and Bobby Blake.

Pro Trucks are also getting ready for Sunday, July 3rd, as they go 50 laps. Ron Dubeau has the pole for the feature but it is Marty Wolf and Bill Stacy who go side-by-side right off the bat. But a spin by Vic Slacker on the frontstrech brings the field under yellow. On the restart, it is Wolf, Stacy, Scott Reeves, A.J. Curreli and C.J. Calabrese in the top five.

Reeves, who debuted his new truck last weekend, proved he did alot of homework over the week as he takes over second. Curreli goes along with Reeves taking over third as Stacy goes to fourth followed by Calabrese in fifth. Suddenly Curreli begins to slow and must pull his truck into the pits after a very good run. The yellow comes out to check the track and once again, the field is realigned.

Wolf takes little time taking the point over Reeves, Stacy, Slacker, and Calabrese. But it is obvious that Calabrese is fighting a loose truck as he slides in the corners. Dubeau takes advantage of this problem and takes over fifth with Calabrese going to sixth. Wolf takes the checkered for his first feature win followed by Scott Reeves, Bill Stacy, Vic Slacker, and Ron Dubeau.

Bruce Wingate had the pole for thye Super Stock feature but spun going into turn one bringing out the yellow before the first lap was down. Several cars had flat tires and had to pit but were able to rejoin the field for the green. On the second green it was Josh Wronkowski who took the point followed by Bill Wingate, James Adams, Jason Foster, and Faris Crews.

Crews passes Adams and takes over fourth as Adams settles into fifth. The yellow comes out again for Crews and Wingate who have gotten together in turn 3. Once again Crews has a flat tire and must pit for a change. The race goes green with Wronkowski on the point followed by Foster, Barber, Bruce McGonigal Jr., and JT Tippins who has a slightly damaged front from the first caution of the race. Wronkowski holds on and takes the checkered followed by Jason Foster, Ed Barber, James Adams and JT Tippins.

Mike Wofford had the pole for the Strictly Stock feature but it was Jose Rivera who took the point over Maureen Dahm, Ray Tanguay, Nick Boley and Jeremy Hovencamp. Hovencamp was shaking down the car which his sister will race in the Strictly Stock division. Tanguay takes over second with Boley in third followed by Hovencamp and Dahm. Andy Richards, who runs the Strictly Stock division at Orlando SpeedWorld, makes his presence known as he takes over fifth. Ken Walker brings out the yellow on lap 10 when he spins and goes in for the night.

Rivera holds the point for the restart and takes the checkered followed by Ray Tanguay, Nick Boley, Andy Richards, and Chris Ridley.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY – JUNE 25

SUPER LATE MODELS

1. #78 B.J. McLeod
2. #11 David Rogers
3. #22 David Froehlich
4. #28 Scotty Crockett
5. #18 Jared Allison
6. #05 Dave Riley

LATE MODEL
1. #73 Sam Watts
2. #53 Charles Kopach
3. #23 Rusty Ebersole
4. #22 Alli Owens
5. #48 Mark Smith
6. #20 Brett Baltimire
7. #2 A.J. Curreli
8. #39 Duane Schubert
9. #53x Darren Brown

OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED
1. #15 Tank Tucker
2. #66 Jerry Symons
3. #00 Brad May
4. #51 Chuck Burkhalter
5. #2x Bobby Blake
6. #4b Alan Bruns
7. #05 Dan Lane
8. #9 Art Kunzeman
9. #93 Rob Partelo
10. #61 Ted Helmes
11. #18 Jared Allison

PRO TRUCKS

1. #9 Marty Wolf
2. #21 Scott Reeves
3. #32 Bill Stacy
4. #07 Vic Slacker
5. #11 Ron Dubeau
6. #38 C.J. Calabrese
7. #47 Tim Bagnall
8. #11k A.J. Curreli

SPORTSMAN

1. #07 Ron Lufcy
2. #111 Donny Williams
3. #55 Jim Snyder
4. #63 Dale Howard
5. #70 John Nusbaum
6. #25 Timmy Todd Jr.
7. #18 Ken Lewton
8. #6 Bruce McGonigal
9. #C-88 Big John Cannon

SUPER STOCK

1. #21 Josh Wronkowski
2. #49 Jason Foster
3. #123 Ed Barber
4. #29 James Adams
5. #31 JT Tippins
6. #22 Bruce McGonigal Jr.
7. #210 Bill Wingate
8. #33 Bruce Wingate
9. #8up Faris Crews
10. #31x Rich Lindner
11. #07 Buck Atherton

STRICTLY STOCK

1. #73 Jose Rivera
2. #007 Ray Tanguay
3. #88 Nick Boley
4. #33 Andy Richards
5. #11 Chris Ridley
6. #68 Alvin Morris
7. #21 Maureen Dahm
8. #16 Jeremy Hovencamp
9. #51 Johyn Cast
10. #15 Mike Wofford
11. #61 Ken Walker

Super Late Models Tune up for Clyde Hart Memorial

June 21st, 2005

Along with the Super Late Models this Saturday night are the Pro Trucks, Quick Kids, Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, and Strictly Stock. With last weekend’s race beating the weather, points are really tight now in all divisions.

David Rogers leads the points for the Super Late Models with Jeff Choquette in second. Orlando SpeedWorld’s Ronnie Roach has now moved into third passing Dalton Zehr who now stands fourth. A.J. Factor rounds out the top five but Factor may not be able to return to the points race as he blew his motor last weekend and does not have a back-up motor. Factor was going to tear down the motor this week to see if it is repairable or not.

After the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 rainout at Bronson Motor Speedway, a number of Late Models hot footed it back to New Smyrna for Late Model action. Among them was Rusty Ebersole who was able to race and take over the points lead from A.J. Curreli who fell back to second. Jeremy Fitch is third but only two points behind Curreli and 11 points behind Ebersole. Alli Owens moved into fourth with her third place finish followed by Robert Andercheck in fifth.

Art Kunzeman still leads the Open Wheel Modified division but he better watch out as Jared Allison took over second and only 40 points behind Kunzeman. Tank Tucker fell to third when he had mechanical problems and finished last in the race. Bobby Blake stands fourth with Ted Helmes only four points behind in fifth. These guys are not playing around and make for some exciting Modified action every Saturday night.

Donny Williams has a very big lead in the Sportsman division which will be hard to catch. Jim Snyder moved into second with his good finish last weekend and holds a 5 point lead over Dale Clouser in third. Clouser also had mechanical problems last weekend and had to end his night early in the pits. Ron Lufcy and Mike Soukup round out the top five.

Mini Stocks have the weekend off but they also saw a new points leader last Saturday as Ben Cutler Jr. took a 30 point lead over Ted Vulpius in second. David Castello is holding third but Wayne Wells moved to fourth over Anthony King in fifth. Some of these Mini Stocks are expected to run in the Florida Mini Stock Challenge race on July 3rd.

Jason Foster still leads the Super Stock points at not only New Smyrna Speedway but Orlando SpeedWorld. Foster holds a 65 point lead over second place Pat Buckley who won last Saturday night. Faris Crews stands third over Jams Adams and Ron Whaley.

Jose Rivera holds a seven point lead in the Strictly Stock division over second place Ray Tanguay. Young Greg Dame stands third followed by Mike Wofford in fourth. Moving into fifth with his fifth place finish last Saturday night is Tim Logue.

Marty Wolf took over the points lead last Saturday in the weekly Pro Trucks division. Wolf has a 12 point lead over second place Dalton Zehr. Ron Dubeau and Bill Stacy are tied in third and fourth with 85 points each followed by Jamie Skinner in fifth. Matt Martin joined in the fun last weekend and showed the Big Boys how the young ones do it by winning the feature race. Matt hopes to get alot more racing in this summer. Young Scott Bishop of South Carolina leads the Quick Kids and is definitely one young man that will go far. Bishop has already shown the older racers that he has it but winning a Pro Truck race.

Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 25th. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10.00, $5.00 for students and seniors, children 11 and under FREE.

Arlene Wins at Every FASCAR Track

June 11th, 2005

“It does not look good for Florida with a storm already hurting our racing family so early in the season,” said Marketing Director Terry Roberts. “But what can we do, we live in Florida.”

“With buckets of water falling at all three tracks, there is no need to even try and race and our first priority always is to keep our racers safe.” he concluded.

Next Friday night at Orlando SpeedWorld, June 17, the FASCAR Pro Trucks will run a tour race for 50 laps under the new Race Director Terry Roberts. “I am looking forward to my first race just hopefully the weather will be alot better for us.” said Roberts.

Also on the program that night will be Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock. Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. with racing action at 8 p.m. For those who are holding a ticket stub from Crash-A-Rama held on June 3rd, the ticket will be good for the June 17th race.

The Saturday night show at Orlando, June 18, will see the RE/MAX Legends, Bandoleros, Hurricanes, Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association and the TQ Late Models in action.

Sister track New Smyrna Speedway will have Super Late Models, Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stocks on the June 18th program. Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

Columbia Motorsports Park, on June 18th, will host the popular TBARA OUTLAW WINGED SPRINTS for 30 laps of non-stop action. Along with the Sprints will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stock, Pure Stock and Hornets. Pit gate will open at 4 p.m. with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

For all our racing families in Florida, please stay safe and dry this weekend.

Roberts Named Race Director of FASCAR Pro Trucks

June 9th, 2005

Kim and Chris Brown will remain with the FASCAR Pro Truck Series as well as one new addition to the team of Don Hellyer.

Roberts explained “you will see an entirely new face to the FASCAR Pro Truck Series beginning with the race at Orlando SoeedWorld on June 17. I plan to make this series a top notch truck series, one that FASCAR will be proud to call their own.”

“I am very excited about being the Director of the FASCAR Pro Truck Series and I look forward to our first race and helping make this a success” added Roberts.

Choquette Tops SLM, Curreli Takes Late Model Win

May 15th, 2005

The Late Model feature saw Allie Owens on the pole and taking the lead followed by Mark Smith, David Gibbs, Jeremy Fitch and A.J. Curreli. But it was a short green as Gibbs spins in turn 4 bringing out the yellow. Gibbs goes in and come back out but the car is just not right and he retires it to the pits.

Owens holds the point on the restart followed by Jeremy Fitch, A.J. Curreli, Robert Andercheck, and Mark Smith. Curreli passes Fitch for second and begins to reel in Owens for first. Curreli finally makes the pass with Owens stuck on the outside and sliding backwards. Owens settles into fifth as Curreli leads the way over Fitch, Andercheck, and Mike Murphy.

Robert Andercheck brings out the next yellow as he spins in turns 1 and 2. The race goes back green with Curreli, Mike Murphy, Fitch, Owens and Rusty Ebersole in the top five. Murphy gives a good try to pass Curreli but Curreli is having nothing to do with it and holds strong. Alan Bruns takes over fifth from Ebersole as Ebersole seems to slow alittle.

After feeling the hard walls of New Smyrna Speedway too many times, A.J. Curreli takes the checkered followed by Mike Murphy, Jeremy Fitch, Alli Owens and Alan Bruns. David Gibbs and A.J. Curreli took the heat wins.

In the Late Model feature were a few new cars that we have not seen this year – Charlie Vest in his new #44 VCR Late Model, Alan Bruns in his #4b Late Model, Alan Davis in his #82 Late Model and Michael Weaver in his white #11 Late Model. Also there but not being able to race was Phillip Bessette #17 who had mechanical problems and was unable to start.

Super Stocks were out in force as Ron Whaley had the pole for their feature event. But it was not a good start as George Spears took flight on the first lap going down the frontstretch as the cars went three wide. Spears settled against the frontstretch pit wall as Jason Foster tried to avoid the mess by going off the track and into the grass but skidding into Spears. Spears was not hurt and Foster was able to rejoin the field after a quick pit stop.

The race goes back green with Whaley on the point followed by Josh Wronkowski, Faris Crews, Jonathan Rowe, and JT Tippins. Whaley and Wronkowski are doing a lot of side-by-side action for first with each inching in front of the other but Whaley finally take the point. Foster moves into third as James Adams shows his power and moves into fifth as Crews holds on to fourth.

Whaley and Wronkowski continue their battle for first as Pat Buckley now moves into the top five in fourth followed by Adams in fifth. Foster lays back and watches as the top front runners do battle. The caution comes out for Bill Wingate who has spun in turns 3 and 4. On the restart, Whaley and Wronkowski are battling hard as they touch going into turns 1 and 2 and Whaley spinning in front of the charging pack.

Both cars are sent to the rear of the field for the restart turning the lead over to Foster followed by Buckley, Adams, Crews and Rowe. Wronkowski and Whaley take no time coming from the rear as Foster takes the checkered for the win. Following Foster to the checkered was Pat Buckley, James Adams, Ron Whaley and Josh Wronkowski.

Ron Whaley and Josh Wronkowski won the heat races.

Mike Soukup had the pole for the Sportsman feature and quickly took the point on the green followed by John Nusbaum, Ken Lewton, Ron Lufcy, and Dale Clouser. Lewton falls back as Lufcy takes over third followed by Clouser in fourth and Brian Dula in fifth. Clouser puts the heat on Lufcy and takes over third and then passes Nusbaum for second as Donny Williams moves into the top five in fifth.

Soukup does a great job of holding the point but eventually has to give way to Clouser who takes over first as Soukup settles into second. Donny Williams is now putting the heat on and passes Lufcy and Soukup and takes over second trying to reel in Clouser in first. With only one caution for a car that spun on the backstretch, Clouser is able to hold tight on the restart as he and Williams go side-by-side for first. Clouser takes the checkered followed closely by Donny Williams, Mike Soukup, Mark Peterson, and Ron Lufcy. Donny Williams and Dale Clouser took the heat wins.

In tech, Clouser was protested but found to be completely legal. Don’t forget, May 28 will be the first 100 lap event for the Sportsman and if Saturday night was any indication for the 100 lapper, fans will see plenty of action that night.

The Super Late Model field may have been alittle short on car count but the racing action on the track was hot. Corey Choquette, younger brother of Jeff Choquette, made his debut in the #25 Super Late Model and did a great job for never having raced at New Smyrna and only his second Super Late Model event. Dave Riley also had his new Super Late at New Smyrna but had to withdraw from the heat and feature as he is still working out the bugs on his car.

Jeff Choquette, who won Friday night at Orlando SpeedWorld, was on the pole for the feature event and quickly took the lead over David Rogers, Joe Fitos, Corey Choquette, Dalton Zehr, and Steve Airnger. The caution came out for Dalton Zehr who spun in turns 1 and 2 but was able to continue.

Choquette holds the point on the restart in spite of Rogers right on his tail. Choquette and Rogers give the crowd some great action as they battle for the point. But Choquette did not waiver and held his position.

As the laps were counting down, young Corey Choquette gets loose coming off 4 and spins coming down the frontstrech and hits the inside pit wall hard. Corey is fine but shaken and is checked out by the EMTs. Brother Jeff is making sure his young brother is okay and he goes by the wrecked car but sees that Corey is fine.

Choquette holds the point on the restart and holds off David Rogers for the checkered. Following Jeff to the checkered was David Rogers, Joe Fitos (great having Joe back again), Dalton Zehr, and Steve Airnger. Jeff Choquette won the heat race.

Jeffrey Shimmel had the pole for the Strictly Stock feature but before a lap was even in, Maureen Dahm and Chris Ridley spin in turns 3 and 4. Both are able to continue as Greg Dame takes over the point followed by Tammy Closuer, Jose Rivera, Ray Tanquay, and Steve SantoPietro.

Dame takes the checkered followed by Tammy Clouser, Jose Rivera, Ray Tanquay, and Steve SantoPietro. Greg Dame took the heat win.

Ron Karto had the pole for the Mini Stock feature but it was newly wed Ben Cutler Jr. who took the point over Ted Vulpius, David Castello, Karto, and Chad Carpenter. Carpenter passes Karto for fourth as Karto slides back and Pat Wells takes over fifth.

Cutler and Vulpius are doing some hard side-by-side action for first as they touch putting Cutler into the frontstretch wall. Cutler is fine but done for the night and Vulpius is put to the rear of the field. Suddenly on the backstretch while under caution, David Castello has problems with the #34 and has to be pushed into the pits also done for the night.

The field is realigned and goes back to green with Chad Carpenter the new leader followed by Pat Wells, Ron Karto, Rick Tumey, and Ted Vulpius. Wells passes Carpenter and takes over the lead but going down the frontstretch something breaks on Carpenter’s car sending him into the frontstrech wall. Carpenter is fine but is also done for the night.

Wells holds the point on the restart followed by Karto, Vulpius, Tumey, and newcomer Cody Blair. Vulpius puts the pressure on Wells as passes for first. Vulpius takes the checkered for the win followed by Pat Wells, Ron Karto, Rick Tumey, and Cody Blain. Ben Cutler took the heat win.

Prayers go out to the Vulpius family who lost Melanie Vulpius’s grandfather last weekend. Grandpa was 84 and lived a good life but we extend our sympathy to the Vulpius family.

Modifieds saw only one caution in their 15 lap feature for track conditions. So this made for a action packed feature. Mike Dahm had the pole for the feature but it took no time for Bobby Blake, who was wheeling the #2x, to take the lead followed by Tank Tucker, Art Kunzeman, Alan Bruns, and George Murphy.

Blake, who ran the #2x a few years back, tried but could not hold off Tank Tucker from taking over the lead. Tucker was on rails and hard to beat. Tucker took the checkered for his second win in 2005 followed by Bobby Blake, George Murphy (his first appearance this season), Alan Bruns and Jared Allison. Jared Allison took the heat win.

The first Spectator race saw only 3 cars, two trucks and one Mustang. But the fans seems to really enjoy the hot action of spectator cars. Winning the first Spectator race of 2005 was Jason Trocki, who is a member of the Alan Bruns race team, Joe Pirtle, and Habeb One wheeled by non other than Donnie Nerone. Good job guys.

Frohlich Returns to New Smyrna Winner’s Circle

May 8th, 2005

But it was David Frohlich who took his second feature win in the Super Late Model division almost 2 years after his first win in May 2003. Frohlich, who ran a few Craftsman Truck races in 2004, finally came back home and came home in a big way.

Bruce Lawrence II had the pole for the 50 lapper and lead briefly until Frohlich took the lead and never let go. Frohlich was followed by Jacob Warren, Lawrence, David Rogers and Joe Fitos on the green. Rogers passed Lawrence and took over third as Lawrence settled into fourth.

The caution was thrown for A.J. Factor and Bruce Lawrence, Jr. who spun avoiding the lap car of W. Ingersoll. Factor and Lawrence rejoined the field in the rear and the green was out again as Frohlich took the point.

Rogers put the pedal down and powered pass Warren for second and set his goals on Frohlich. But inspite of some very close racing, even a little love patting, Frohlich held onto the lead and did not budge.

A caution was thrown again for debris on the track and the field was realigned for the restart with Frohlich, Rogers, Warren, Fitos and Lawrence in the top five. A.J. Factor retired his ride to the pits at this time with mechanical problems.

By halfway, Rogers was all over Frohlich but Frohlich did not budge. Lawrence passed Fitos for fourth as Fitos settled into fifth. Ingersoll brought out the yellow for the last time as he spun in turns 1 and 2. Ingersoll continued for a few laps but retired to the pits ending his night.

Frohlich held tight and took the checkered with Rogers only inches behind him. Completing the top five were Jacob Warren, Bruce Lawrence II and Joe Fitos.

Anthony King had the pole for the Mini Stock feature but before a lap was down, the #34 of David Castello began showing smoke and then alot of smoke. Castello was able to make it into the pits and done for the night.

On the restart, it was Chase Goodson on the point followed by Ben Cutler Jr. (our newly wed as of Thursday), Scott Reeves, Ron Karto Jr., and Wayne Wells. The #17 of Chuck Cook was blackflagged for dragging his tail pipe. Cook quickly went into the pits and was able to return to the field.

Jeff White brought out the yellow as he spun in turn 4. The field was realigned with Goodson on the point followed by Reeves, Cutler, Wells and Karto. White brings out the last caution as he spins down the frontstretch. Goodson takes the checkered for his first win in 2005 at New Smyrna Speedway followed by Scott Reeves, Ben Cutler Jr., Wayne Wells, and Ron Karto Jr.

Art Kunzeman had the pole for the Open Wheel Modifieds but with no cautions, it was Jerry Symons who lead the field to the checkered followed by Alan Bruns, Jared Allison, Art Kunzeman, and Ken McCracken.

Bruce Wingate had the pole for the Super Stock feature but it was George Spears who took the lead on the green followed by Jason Foster, Faris Crews, Josh Wronkowski, and Pat Buckley. Wronkowski passed Crews and took over third as Crews settled into fourth.

The yellow came out for Bruce Wingate who spun up in turns 1 and 2. Spears holds the point on the restart followed by Foster, Wronkowski, Crews and Buckley. Foster is hot on Spear’s tail and is able to pass him and take over the lead as Wronkowski follows Foster and passes Spears for second with Spears settling into third. Foster holds on to the point as Spears comes back and passes Wronkowski for second. Foster takes the checkered followed by George Spears, Josh Wronkowski, Faris Crews and Pat Buckley.

The Strictly Stocks had two feature races due to their rainout last week. In the first race, it was Jose Rivera taking the win over Tammy Clouser, Greg Dame, Ray Tanguay, and Chris Ridley.

In their second feature, it was Tim Logue on the pole but it was Nick Boley who took the lead followed by Logue, Tammy Clouser, Jose Rivera and Greg Dame. The caution comes out when Boley and Clouser spin at the bottom of turns 3 and 4. Both join the field in the rear giving the point over to Greg Dame.

Dame obviously breaks with Rivera taking over the lead followed by Tanguay, Boley, Logue and Mike Wofford. Rivera takes the checkered for his second win of the night followed by Ray Tanguay, Nick Boley, Tim Logue, and Mike Wofford.

Bobby Snodgrass had the pole for the Pro Trucks but it was Jamie Skinner who took the point followed by Chad Akins, Marty Wolf, Brandon Johnson, and Dalton Zehr. Zehr passes Johnson and takes over fourth as Akins is hot on Skinner’s tail. No cautions were thrown as Akins passes Skinner for the lead and takes the checkered followed by Jamie Skinner, Dalton Zehr, Marty Wolf, and Brandon Johnson.

Tom Gamache had the pole for the Sportsman feature but it was Ron Lufcy who took the point followed by Randy Jones, Donny Williams, Mike Soukup and Dale Clouser. Clouser passes Soukup for fourth and then passes Jones and Williams for second settling his eyes on Lufcy in the lead.

Clouser eventually takes over the lead and the checkered followed by Ron Lufcy, Randy Jones, Donny Williams, and Earl Beckner.

All American Sportsman 100 Rules are Out

May 7th, 2005

Charlotte County 3050 55% left side weight
Hialeah 3000 55%
Bronson 3000 55%
Ocala 3050 55%
Citrus County 3050 55%
FASCAR 3050 55%

4412 Holly Carburetor
Add 100 lbs. for Stock 4-barrel

400 cu in add 100 lbs.

GOODYEAR ARA 10″ Late Model Tires
Special for this race ONLY — $200.00 pre-entry fee INCLUDES 4 new tires if entry form received by May 21. After May 21, add $100 for late entry free.

MANDATORY RED FLAG STOP AT 50 LAPS

PURSE – $2,000 TO WIN
1. 2000
2. 800
3. 500
4. 425
5. 400
6. 350
7. 300
8. 225
9. 200
10. 175
11. 150
12. 125
13. 115
14. 100

Murphy tops Late Models, Yoakam takes Mini Stock at New Smyrna

April 17th, 2005

The Strictly Stock division was the first feature of the night with Greg Dame on the pole and winning from the pole. Dame took the early lead and never let go inspite of a number of drivers trying for that number one spot. Nick Boley made a great attempt coming up the field but was just short of reach leader Dame. Boley finished second with Ray Tanguay in third, Jose Rivera in fourth and Tim Logue in fifth.

Greg Dame took the heat win.

Alli Owens had the pole for the Late Model feature but it was David Gibbs in the No. 47 who jumped to the early lead followed by Owens, Rusty Ebersole, Robert Andercheck and Jeremy Fitch. Andercheck takes over third from Ebersole as Mike Murphy moves into fifth. The caution comes out for Alli Owens and Troy Atkins. Owens got loose going into turn 3 and spun with Atkins hitting Owens and then the wall. Owens hurt her elbow but other than that both drivers were fine. Both cars were towed into the pits and the race went back green with Gibbs on the point followed by Andercheck, Murphy, Fitch and Ebersole.

Fitch passes Ebersole for fourth as Murphy is looking to pass Gibbs for the lead. Gibbs holds strong but in the end, Murphy had the better car and took over the lead and the checkered followed by David Gibbs, Robert Andercheck, Jeremy Fitch and Rusty Ebersole.

Rusty Ebersole and Mike Murphy took the heat wins.

Ron Whaley had the pole for the Super Stock 50 and quickly jumped to the lead over George Spears, Jason Foster, Pat Buckley and Faris Crews. Buckley puts the heat on Foster and takes over third. Suddenly Spears finds his hands full of Buckley as they go side-by-side for the second position. Buckley finally makes the move, it sticks and he takes over the second spot. Spears develops some mechanical problems and has to retire for the night as well as Mike Hendrix who had worked his way to fifth.

It is now Whaley, Buckley, Foster, Wronkowski and Crews. By this time, Whaley has lapped the whole field up to the fifth placed car of Crews. The caution comes out for Bruce McGonigal Jr. and Jonathan Rowe who have spun on the backstretch. The race goes back green as Whaley gets a good start again for the point followed by Wronkowski, Buckley, Foster and Crews. Buckley puts the heat on Wronkowski and takes over second as Whaley takes the checkered over Buckley, Wronkowski, Foster and Crews.

In tech, the top three cars were dq’d giving the win to Jason Foster followed by Faris Crews, Ed Barber, Bruce Wingate and Jonathan Rowe.

Mark Broat had the pole for the Mini Stock feature but it was Ben Cutler Jr. who took the point on the green followed by Steven Simpson, Ted Vulpius, David Castello and Pat Wells. Vulpius takes over second as Simpson slides backwards with Castello in third, Wells in fourth and Robbie Yoakam in fifth.

Castello now puts the heat on Cutler and is able to take over the lead. Vulpius then puts the heat on Cutler and passes Cutler for second as Yoakam and Wells tags along for third and fourth sliding Cutler to fifth Yoakam then puts the heat on Vulpius and takes over second setting his eyes on the leader David Castello. Castello and Yoakam do some great side-by-side racing but in the end, Yoakam is able to take over the point with Castello in second. Yoakam takes the checkered followed by David Castello, Ted Vulpius, Pat Wells, and Ben Cutler, Jr.

David Castello took the heat win.

Pro Trucks saw Ron Dubeau on the pole but it was Marty Wolf who took the lead over Dubeau, Dalton Zehr, Charlie Collins, and Tim Bagnalt. Dalton puts the pressure on Dubeau and takes over second as Collins follows thru for third with Dubeau settling for fourth. Then Bagnalt puts the heat on Dubeau and takes over fourth with Dubeau in fifth.

Suddenly Wolf finds himself being challenged by Zehr who has a very strong truck. Zehr finally makes the move, it sticks, and Zehr takes over the lead followed by Wolf, Collins, Bagnalt, and Bill Stacy. Stacy moves into fourth with Dennis Gardner in fifth. Charlie Collins brings out the caution when he spins in turn 1. The race goes back green with Zehr, Wolf, Stacy, Gardner and Bagnalt in the top five. Collins works his way back into fifth as Dalton Zehr takes the checkered followed by Marty Wolf, Bill Stacy, Dennis Gardner, and Charlie Collins.

Dalton Zehr won the heat race.

The final feature of the night were the Open Wheel Modifieds with Jerry Symons on the pole. Symons quickly jumped to the lead over Chuck Burkhalter, Ted Helmes, Skip Honaker and Rob Underwood. A little mixing around as Underwood passes Honaker and Helmes and takes over third. The Honaker repasses Helmes and takes over fourth as Helmes settles into fifth.

With no cautions in this 15 lap feature, Symons glides to the checkered followed by Chuck Burkhalter, Rob Underwood, Skip Honaker, and Ted Helmes.

Jerry Symons took the heat win.

Skinner Wins Pro Truck Race in a Chevy at Columbia

April 12th, 2005

Jamie Skinner, known for driving a Ford truck in the FASCAR Pro Truck Series, won a 50 lap race not with a Ford but a Chevy with a Z4 crate motor. And it was that Chevy that beat the Ford of Matt Martin to the finish line although Matt did alittle pushing around on the Chevy.

Some have given the Ford truck more credit for Skinner’s wins but obviously it is not the Ford but Skinner’s driving talent that gives him wins. Skinner had no choice but to race the Chevy since the Ford truck was damaged a few weeks earlier and not ready for racing.

Fans last Saturday night left Columbia Motorsports Park knowing it is not the Ford that gives Skinner his ability to win, it is Skinner himself. Chevy or Ford, makes no difference when you can drive a truck.

The next Pro Truck race will be April 23rd at New Smyrna Speedway, be sure to check it out.

The “Hoot” Suffers Up and Down Weekend

April 12th, 2005

“The car was good at Orlando, but we got knocked around and had to settle for the fourth place finish” stated Flynn.

Saturday Flynn would enter the Pro Modified event at New Smyrna Speedway and after running good early was hit and spun late in the event. He decided to park the Business Archives machine.

“There were not many laps left and they put me way behind the lapped cars too, I did not want to tear her up so we pulled out” added Flynn.

He would be credited with 21st in the 26 car field.

Flynn will be back in action Friday at the Orlando Speedworld in FASCAR competition.

FASCAR Pro Trucks Race the 1/2 Mile at Columbia Motorsports Park

April 6th, 2005

Jamie Skinner goes into Saturday night’s race leading the Pro Truck points over Dawayne Barrus. Not far behind Barrus is Ron Gill followed by Mike Gamache and Danny Foster. These trucks fight hard to the finish and fans will definitely enjoy a night of racing action.

Columbia Motorsports Park will have an open practice on Friday night from 5 to 10 p.m. for all divisions. Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday with qualifying for the Pro Trucks at 6:45.

Patterson Memorial 50 Headlines New Smyrna Program

April 6th, 2005

Leading the points for the Pro Mod Tour Series is Dwayne Dempsey but not far behind is Wayne Anderson who will probably be absent since he leads the points in the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series and it runs at Ocala Speedway Saturday night. This will give third in points Lee Collins a big chance to move up in points.

Alan McCafferty stands fourth in points and always runs very good at New Smyrna Speedway. Wayne Jefferson comes in fifth and is also a very strong runner at New Smyrna.

Completing the top ten are Red Vann, Rob Partell, Ron Campbell, Kevyn Terry and Billy Bechtelheimer.

Also running Saturday night will be the Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock who always have plenty of action for the fans. Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday with qualifying for the Tommy Patterson Memorial 50 at 6:00 p.m.

Goodyear Challenge Late Models Take on Bronson Bullring

April 6th, 2005

Jason Boyd comes in leading the points for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series but Boyd also is running the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series in the Stavola Brothers No. 92 Chevy. Boyd will more than likely race the Goodyear race since he does lead the points but only 5 points over Jerry Artuso. Artuso was the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Late Model Champion this year and has been a very strong contender in the Goodyear Challenge.

Third in points Rich Clouser, only 11 points behind Artuso, will be missing in this weekend’s action due to he is on his honeymoon. But Clouser will definitely be back in action for Lakeland.

Fourth in points A.J. Curreli is only 4 points behind Clouser with fifth place Joe Winchell only 8 points behind Curreli. Completing the top ten in points and very, very close in points are Sam Watts, Bill Ostriker, Charles Kopach, Greg Kaouk and Amanda Gogel.

Making his Goodyear Challenge Late Model debut will be Travis Cope, son of the owner of Bronson Motor Speedway Mike Cope.

Bronson Motor Speedway will have an open practice on Friday, April 8, from 5 to 10 p.m. for all divisions plus the Goodyear. Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Freed Opens Season with Solid Finishes and a Win

April 5th, 2005

Freed has many wins and a bunch of laps at Orlando in the Super Stock division and some great runs in the Classic Car series. He ran a couple FASCAR Pro modified races in 2004 but found it was tough. They reloaded over the off season and now will chase that series and run at Orlando Speedworld.

Freed drives the #12 R.K. Edwards, Rudy’s Auto Body, Orange Lake Building Materials, Central Florida Machine & Speed special.

” We over came several problems opening night to get a top five which we were happy about. We started in the rear at Bronson and then moved up only to get spun. We restarted in the rear again and made it back to tenth. That is my best finish in that series, so we are excited to get started solid” stated Freed.

This past Friday, April “Fools” night, Freed would use a good starting spot and grab the lead early and never look back to take his first career Modified feature win.

” We had a real good car Friday night, I really want to thank my sponsors, Kenneth Billargen and my dad for giving me this great opportunity. I think we could have a real good season” Freed added.

The #12 team will be back in action at Orlando Speedworld this Friday night in the Modified division.

Columbia Set For Street Stock 50-lapper and Jet Cars

March 29th, 2005

This weekend, April 2, the JET CARS will return along with the Super Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets. And don’t forget, the Street Stocks will go for 50 laps with a $500.00 purse for the taking.

Racing action starts at 7:30 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m.

Trucks Return to SpeedWorld this Friday Night

March 29th, 2005

Don’t forget, an extra $50.00 has been added to the Fast Qualifier pot by Russ Thompson of Auto Parts of Taft and $500.00 to the top FASCAR Pro Truck finisher from Sandy’s Kitchen and $500.00 for the top FASTRUCK finisher from Ace Service. That means that one lucky
person could take home $1625.00.

The Super Late Models will return also Friday night along with the Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.

Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. with qualifying for the Pro Trucks/FASTRUCKS and Quick Kids/FAST Kids at 6:45 p.m. Racing action begins at 8 p.m. Grandstands are $15.00, $10.00 for students and seniors and children 11 and under are FREE.

Racing Returns This Weekend to New Smyrna Speedway

March 29th, 2005

Also the Pro Truck race schedulued for this Saturday has also been postponed due
to the Pro Truck/QUICK Kids race at Orlando SpeedWorld this Friday night.

On the program for this Saturday night will be the Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock. And for the kids, kids rides this weekend.

Grandstands open at 6 p.m. with racing action at 8 p.m. Grandstands are $10.00, $5.00 for students and seniors and children 11 and under are free.

Sunbelt Super Late Model 125 Postponed

March 26th, 2005

The Sunbelt Super Late Model 125 will be run next weekend, April 2, at Bronson Motor Speedway with some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the state. A number of the Sunbelt Super Late Models were on hand for the Friday night practice which also saw buckets of water.

Be sure to mark you calendar for next Saturday night, April 2, for the rescheduled Sunbelt Super Late Model 125 at Bronson Motor Speedway.

Orlando SpeedWorld Rained Out

March 26th, 2005

The Pro Trucks/FASTRUCK race scheduled for the 25th has been moved to April 1
along with the Quick Kids, FAST KIDS, Super Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman,
Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.

Grandstands open at 6 p.m. with racing action at 8 p.m. Qualifying for the trucks
will be at 6:45 p.m.

Local Sponsors Boost Purse for Truck Series Showdown

March 23rd, 2005

Russ Thompson, owner of Auto Parts of Taft, has sponsored an extra $50.00 for the Fast Qualifer of the race. This means that one lucky driver will walk away with $125.00 since the Pro Trucks already pay $75.00 for fast qualifier.

Russ Thompson has been a long time supporter of racing and Orlando SpeedWorld and decided this was a good way to make the race even better.

“I think this could really be a good event, the Goodyear and the Hoosiers, and I wanted to be part of it so it just made sense to sponsor $50.00 for the fast qualifier” said Thompson. “I have also been a racer and I know about purses and I just wanted to step in and make
it more exciting for everyone.”

A $500.00 bonus has been added to the already $1000 to win purse for the best finishing Pro Truck and FASTRUCK of the race. That is $500.00 to each top finisher which means one lucky driver could walk away with $1500 possibly $1625 if he/she is top qualifier also.
Be it Pro Truck or FASTRUCK, that is to be determined Friday night.

The $500.00 bonuses were donated by Sandy’s Kitchen and Ace Service from New Smyrna.

This is the largest purse for any 50 lap truck race and a big field is expected.

“Battle of the Tires” Set to Roll at Orlando SpeedWorld

March 22nd, 2005

“Eveyrone has complained about the Hoosier tire but maybe this Friday will answer some questions. Any FASTRUCK or truck who wants to come race with the Pro Trucks can do so on their Goodyear tires that theyhave been running. Not new ones but run ones,” said Don Nerone, General Manager for FASCAR.

“And this also includes the FAST KIDS too”, he concluded. “We would welcome any FAST KIDS who would like to race with the Quick Kids You could call it “a battle of the tires”.

Coming into Friday’s night race leading the FASCAR Pro Truck points is Jamie Skinner who has run very good so far this year and was the Winter Heat Truck Champion. Following Skinner in points is Mike Gamache, Danny Foster, Dewayne Barrus and Matt Martin in the top five.

Friday the pit gates will open at 2 p.m. with practice for the Pro Trucks/’FASTRUCKS, Quick Kids/FAST KIDS from 3 to 4 p.m. Regular division practice will follow with qualifying for the trucks at 6:45 p.m.

General admission is $15.00, seniors and students $10.00 and children 11 and under are FREE.

Be sure to join us for the “Battle of the Tires” this Friday at Orlando SpeedWorld. Also on the program for Friday night will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock.

Sunbelt Super Late ModelsTackle Bronson’s ‘Bullring’

March 22nd, 2005

Last year it was Jay Middleton taking the win over Scotty Crockett, Dick Anderson, Mike Bresnahan, and Jonny Kay. It was Middleton’s first Sunbelt win. Middleton hopes to be in the field Saturday night but is unsure do to some medical problems recently.

Leading the points for the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series is Wayne Anderson, the 2003 and 2004 Champion. New comer Jeff Choquette stands second in points and this will be his first attempt at Bronson. Daniel Webster stands third in points followed by Rich Pratt and Jeff Scofield.

Mike Franklin Jr. returned to the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series this year and stands sixth in points and is sure to be strong at Bronson. Tal Etheredge, Brock Oglesby, Ryan Foster, and Scotty Crockett round out the top ten in points.

Friday night, March 25, Bronson Motor Speedway will hold an open practice for all divisions. Secure parking is available at the track. On Saturday, March 26, pit gates will open at 2 p.m. with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

Along with the Sunelt Super Late Model feature will be Hungry Howie’s Sportsman, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Thunder Cars and Strictly Stock Harvey Wallbangers.

And for the kids, there will be an Easter Egg hunt so bring your Easter Baskets.

Boyd Wins Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100

March 20th, 2005

Jerry Artuso of Ontario set fast time for the field with a 18.238 lap. Following Artuso in the top five fast qualifiers were Jason Boyd of Orlando with a 18.294, Brad May of Orlando with a 18.336, A.J. Curreli of Daytona with a 18.415 and Chuck Burkhalter of Christmas with a 18.471.

The cars of Shawn Goruley of St. Cloud and Carl Goodwin Jr. Of Tallahassee failed to qualify although Goruley was able to join the feature but only made one lap before retiring his ride. Mike Murphy of Groveland qualified 11th but had electrical problems and was not able to make the feature which left a field of twenty one for the main event.

After 100 laps of some very close racing, it was Jason Boyd of Orlando who took the victory for the first Goodyear Challenge Late Model race for the 2005 season. But it was not a runaway victory as Jerry Artuso, Rich Clouser, A.J. Curreli and Joe Winchell all gave Boyd chase and really made him work for the victory.

Boyd, who also is racing in the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series in the No. 92 Super Late, said “This was a great race and I had a lot of competition. It feels good winning the first race of the new year and hopefully we will see Victory Lane more in 2005.”

The two female drivers in the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series did an outstanding job for the first race of the year. Amanda Gogel, of New Smyrna, who came from the FASTKIDS and Cynthia Strahley of Eustis. Strahley suffered a broken A-Arm and had to retire on lap 46. Gogel finished one lap down in 11th with Strahley in 19th.

The next event for the Goodyear Challenge Late Models will be April 9th at Bronson Motor Speedway.

Jerry Artuso took double wins this weekend in the Open Wheel Modified class winning both Friday night at Orlando SpeedWorld and Saturday at New Smyrna. Jim “Hoot” Flynn made a great effort in chasing down Artuso but it was not to be. Artuso took the checkered followed by Jim “Hoot” Flynn, Jason Boyd, Chuck Burkhalter and Ted Helms.

Dale Clouser took the Sportsman win but Donny Williams did his best to chase down Clouser but just could not catch him. Frank Buchanan, who is an Ocala Speedway regular, tried hard for second but Williams proved to be too strong. Clouser took the checkered followed by Donny Williams, Frank Buchanan, Phil Luizzo and Brian Dula.

Ted “Mr Mini Stock” Vulpius proved why he was the 2004 Mini Stock Champion as he took the first win of the new season. Ben Cutler Jr. followed in second and was thrilled at the end of the race with his good run. Following Vulpius to the checkered was Ben Cutler Jr., Rex Christensen, Chad Carpenter, and Jeff Pittsley.

Ron Whaley had a bad night at Orlando SpeedWorld on Friday but Saturday was his night to shine as he won the first race of the new year. Friday’s Super Stock winner at Orlando Speedworld, Jason Foster, gave chase to Whaley but just did not have enough to catch him.

Whaley took the checkered followed by Jason Foster, Chris Peludat, Faris Crews, and Bruce McGonigal Jr.

Jonathan Rowe took the Strictly Stock win over Jose Rivera, Richie Riley, Tammy Clouser and Chuck Forbes.

Next week at New Smyrna Speedway the Late Models, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock will be in action. Grandstands open at 6 p.m. with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

GOODYEAR CHALLENGE LATE MODEL 100 OFFICIAL RESULTS

1. #15 Jason Boyd, Orlando
2. #5 Jerry Artuso, Ontario
3. #9 Rich Clouser, Palm Bay
4. #A.J. Curreli, Daytona
5. #57 Joe Winchell, Davie
6. #62 Rick Wilson, Bartow
7. #73 Sam Watts, Wintersprings
8. #0 Bill Ostriker, Ridge Manor
9. #53 Charles Kopach, Clermont
10. #31 Greg Kaouk, Penbroke Pines
11. #4k Amanda Gogel, New Smyrna
12. #96 Frank Welch, N. Ft. Meyers
13. #10 Brad May, Orlando
14. #81 Tate Pierce, Zephyrhills
15. #00 John Ripley, Sanford
16. #1x Chuck Burkhalter, Christmas
17. #7 Craig Brown, Ockeechobee
18. #83 Joe Strehle, Deland
19. #4 Cynthia Strahley, Eustis
20. #14 Troy Atkins, Orlando
21. #45 Shawn Gorurley, St. Cloud
22. #26 Mike Murphy, Groveland DNS
23. #29 Carl Goodwin, Jr., Tallahassee DNS

OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED

1. #5 Jerry Artuso
2. #57 Jim “Hoot” Flynn
3. #2x Jason Boyd
4. #51 Chuck Burkhalter
5. #61 Ted Helms
6. #9 Art Kunzeman
7. #34 Bobby Blake

SPORTSMAN

1. #30 Dale Clouser
2. #111 Donny Williams
3. #07x Frank Buchanan
4. #27 Philip Luizzo
5. #18D Brian Dula
6. #55 Jim Snyder
7. #07 Ron Lufcy
8. #7 Tom Gamache
9. #6 Bruce McGonigal
10. #63 Dale Howard
11. #27x Kyle Maynard
12. #45 Mike Soukup

MINI STOCK

1. #71 Ted Vulpius
2. #83 Ben Cutler Jr.
3. #v3 Rex Christensen
4. #31 Chad Carpenter
5. #20 Jeff Pittsley
6. #69 Anthony King
7. #6 Mark Broat
8. #07 Steven Simpson
9. #11 Pug Puglisi
10. #17 Bobby Cable

SUPER STOCK

1. #2 Ron Whaley
2. #49 Jason Foster
3. #28 Chris Peludat
4. #8 Farris Crews
5. #22 Bruce McGonigal Jr.
6. #31 J.T. Tippins
7. #99 Gene Vitiello
8. #19 Dale Carroll
9. #210 Bill Wingate
10. #18 George Spears
11. #29 James Adams
12. #33 Bruce Wingate
13. #123 Ed Barber
14. #21 Josh Wronkowski

STRICTLY STOCK

1. #3 Jonathan Rowe
2. #73 Jose Rivera
3. #50 Richie Riley
4. #30 Tammy Clouser
5. #04 Chuck Forbes
6. #83 Jeffrey Shimmel
7. #68 Alvin Morris
8. #6 Dean Bizele
9. #28 Ed Michalak
10. #67 Greg Dane
11. #15 Mike Wofford

Clouser Wins 50 lap Super Late Model Race at SpeedWorld

March 19th, 2005

OFFICIAL RESULTS ORLANDO SPEEDWORLD – MARCH 18, 2005

SUPER LATE MODEL 50

1. #8 Rich Clouser
2. #18 Jared Allison
3. #92 Jason Boyd
4. #57 Chad Pierce
5. #26 Eric Deffendall
6. #32 Michael Williams
7. #86 Chet Morrison
8. #57 Doyle Boatwright
9. #15 Mike Hinegardner
10. #20 Ron Dicandio
11. #5 Dalton Zehr
12. #1 Craig Tims
13. #34 Bobby Fleckinger
14. #01 Coy Riddle

OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED

1. #5 Jerry Artuso
2. #2x Jason Boyd
3. #18 Jared Allison
4. #51 Chuck Burkhalter
5. #12 Corey Freed
6. #30 Mark Emberson
7. #112 Pat Carter
8. #32 Harold Adams
9. #44 Bob Beiler
10. #20 Chris Gillespie
11. #97 Matt Wheeler
12. #5 Charlie Pitts DNS

SPORTSMAN

1. #23 Richard Hight
2. #66 Andy Nichols
3. #3 Paul Colgan
4. #04 Doug Samion
5. #44 Charlie Vest
6. #50 Jeff Wright
7. #62 Joe Adams
8. #16 Ron Gobble
9. #87 Bill Price
10. #7 Glen Castro DNS

SUPER STOCK

1. #49 Jason Foster
2. #77 Justin Reynolds
3. #5 John Castro
4. #3 James Frisbie
5. #22 Toded Ansel
6. #55 Tom Vento
7. #99 Brett Woodley
8. #07 Buck Atherton
9. #05 Jeff Parrish
10. #65 Dave Wright
11. #64 Billy Cuddy
12. #46 Bobby Riley
13. #2 Ron Whaley
14. #40 Bob Starr
15. #20 Paul Hudson

MINI STOCK

1. #28 Sean Bass
2. #99 Keith Lilly
3. #92 Pedie Allison
4. #24 John Cook
5. #98 Jeff Davis
6. #10 Michael Seay
7. #07 Richie Laszlo
8. #98 Josh Hermann DNS

STRICTLY STOCK

1. #07 Robert Hicks
2. #37 Tim Gibson
3. #14 Adam Soukup
4. #18 Carl Peters
5. #41 Paul Wilson
6. #911 Edward Michalas
7. #4 Ray Brown
8. #68 Alvin Morris
9. #55 Thomas Hibbard
10. #54 Clarence Willard

Bruno to Serve as Grand Marshal Saturday at New Smyrna

March 18th, 2005

Bruno, who was Vice Mayor of Ponce Inlet in 1980, has a vast history in Volusia County Government from being Chair from 1989 to 1992 for Beach Trust Commission, serving on the Ponce Inlet Town Council from 1978 to 1980, Chair, Democratic Executive Committee from 1993 to 1998 and having been the District 2 representative in the Volusia County Council from 1883 to 1888.

Saturday not only will New Smyrna Speedway see the first race of the new season for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series but also the Volusia County Homebuilders will hold their annual Chili Cook-off at the track. Two great events rolled up in one night.

Chili cook-off begins at 4 p.m. in the front grandstand parking area. Grandstands will open at 6 p.m.with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

New Smyrna Speedway Kicks Off 2005 Season With Chili Cook-off

March 16th, 2005

New Smyrna Speedway will open with the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 plus the new Pro Trucks, Quick Kids, Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock and Strictly Stock. The Super Late Models will have the night off.

Returning to defend his 2004 title in the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series will be Jason Boyd along with Joe Winchell, Rich Clouser, Chuck Burkhalter, Tim Russell, Greg Kaouk, Steve Smith, A.J. Curreli, Tate Pierce and many more. Qualifying for the Goodyear Challenge Late Model 100 will be at 6 p.m.

Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. Pit admission is $25.00. Grandstands will be $15.00 adults, students and seniors $10.00, children 11 and under are free.

Columbia Opens Season With Earth-Shaking TBARA Sprint Cars

March 15th, 2005

Dave Steele leads the points for the TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints and so far in 2005 he has had an exceptional year. Second in points is Keith Butler who has already been a TBARA Champion. Right behind Butler is Troy DeCaire followed by Shane Butler, Keith’s younger brother, in fourth.

Gary Grimmler sits fifth in points followed by Ray Bragg, Doug Heveron, Dude Teate, Hank Lower, and Randy Woodall.

Along with the TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, and Hornets. Pit gate will open at 4 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. Racing action starts at 7:30 p.m.

Come and join us at Columbia Motorsports Park as we welcome the 2005 Racing Season with the earth moving TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints.

Goodyear Challenge Late Models Open 2005 Season at New Smyrna Speedway

March 15th, 2005

Returning to defend his 2004 Championship will be Jason Boyd who will do double duty this year as he wheels a Super Late Model in the Sunbelt Series also. Plus Jason will also drive the #2x Modified owned by Bobby Judkins at Orlando SpeedWorld and New Smyrna when his schedule allows him to.

Also returning to the Goodyear Challene this year will be Joe Winchell who really gave Boyd a “run for the money” in 2004. Winchell has proven that he can wheel his Late Model just about anywhere and finish in the top five.

Rich Clouser finished third in points in 2004 and was the 2003 Rookie-of-theYear and second in points for the Goodyear Challenge. Clouser is a very strong contender no matter where the Goodyear Challenge goes. Nothing would please Bobby Sears, owner of the No. 9 Late Model driven by Rich Clouser, more than to take home that Championship trophy in 2005.

Also returning will be Tate Pierce, Steve Smith, A.J. Curreli, Tim Russell, Chuck Burkhalter, Jerry Artuso, Bill Ostriker, Charles Kopach, Rich Cordis, Danny Esposito, and, of course, our female drivers Cynthia Strahley and Amanda Gogel.

There will be an open practice at New Smyrna Speedway on Thrusday, March 17th, from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $20.00 per car plus three crew. $5.00 each additional person.

On Saturday, March 19th, pit gates will open at 2 p.m. with practice for the Goodyear Challenge Late Models ONLY from 3 to 4 p.m. Qualifying for the first Goodyear Challenge Late Model race of the year will be at 6 p.m. Racing action starts at 7:30 p.m.

Grandstands will open at 6 p.m. General admission is $15.00 adults, $10.00 students and seniors, children 11 and under free. Pit gate is $25.00.

Pro Mods in Action this Weekend at Bronson Motor Speedway

March 15th, 2005

Leading the points going into race three is Wayne Anderson behind the wheel of the No. 57 Open Wheel Modified. Anderson won the Citrus County Speedway race and was second in the Blue – Grey at Ocala.

Second in points is the winner of the Blue-Grey 200 lap race Dwayne Dempsey. Dempsey stands 36 points behind Anderson. Wayne Jefferson is not giving Dempsey much room for comfort as he stands only four points behind Dempsey in third.

Alan McCafferty and Kevyn Terry are tied in points for fourth and fifth place with 135 points each, only 23 points behind Jefferson. Rob Partelo stands sixth with 120 points followed by Kevin Durden and J.F. McClellan who are tied for seventh and eighth with 105 points each. Tommy Schnader and Greg Nordstrom round out the top ten and stand only one point apart with Schnader at 95 points and Nordstrom at 94.

Bronson Motor Speedway will have an open practice on Thrusday, March 17th from 4 to 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 19th, pit gates will open at 4 p.m., grandstands at 5:30 p.m. and racing action at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $15.00 adults, children 6 to 11 are $5.00 and 5 and under are FREE.

Durden Wins 100 lap Enduro at Columbia Motorsports Park

March 13th, 2005

John Mitchell had the number one spot for the three wide car start but it was Ron McCreary who had the fans on their feet as he lapped the entire field.

But it was not McCreary’s day as he was turned around in the last few laps and ended up third in his Ford Probe he just bought last week at the auction for this enduro.

Winning the 100 lap event was Kevin Durden followed by Ray Wheeler in second.

John Mitchell won the 25 lap Street Stock feature followed by Jason Garver.

Next weekend Columbia Motorsports Park will open their 2005 season with the TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints, Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets.

OFFICIAL RESULTS ENDURO 100

1 #10 Kevin Durden
2. #27 Ray Wheeler
3. #15 Ron McCreary
4. #65 John Mamph
5. #38 Randy Merwin
6. #4 Roger Smathers
7. #7 Barry Parks
8. #14 Nick Boley (who ran the whole race with his hood up)
9. #83 Karl Willard
10. #8 Nevin Gainey
11. #1 John Mitchell
12. #12 Nevin Gainey
13. #20 Jay Poffinberger
14. #6 Dean Bazzle
15. #11 Randy Tyler
16. #44 Kelly Barber
17. #3 Randy Smathers
18. #2 Tim McPhail
19. #81 Stoney Gaskins

STREET STOCK 25

1. #17 John Mitchell
2. #27 Jason Garver
3. #07 Jeff Prescott
4. #77 Brad Fiene
5. #03 Trevor McKinley
6. #27x Barry Parks
7. #79 Nevin Gainey

200 Lap Enduro on Tap at Columbia Motorsports Park

March 9th, 2005

Along with the enduro will be a $500.00 to win Bone Stock V-8 Demo Derby and a $500 to win Bone Stock Compact Demo Derby plus a 25 lap Street Stock race. Entry fee for the enduro is $125.00 and entry fees for the demo derbys will be $25.00.

Enduro cars pit gate opens at 10 AM with tech starting at 11 AM and ending at 1 PM.
Racing begins at 2 PM.

Columbia Motorsports Park will have their first regular 2005 season race on March 19th.
The TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints will headline the program that night along with the
Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Hornets.

FASCAR Pro Trucks Head to Bronson Motor Speedway

March 1st, 2005

The FASCAR Pro Trucks are the newest series in the Team FASCAR family under the direction of Troy Snipes. Snipes, a former NASCAR official, has made the transfer to Race Director for the Pro Trucks with ease.

“Troy is definitely an asset to our team and we know that the Pro Trucks will only grow under his direction,” said Marketing Director Terry Roberts.

Since the first scheduled series race was rained out, there is no points leader in this new series but it was Jamie Skinner of Daytona who won the Winter Heat Challenge which consisted of two races at Speedfest at USA International in Lakeland and three races at New Smyrna Speedway during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Bronson Motor Speedway will have an open practice on Thursday night, March 3 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. If anyone would like to leave their hauler until Saturday, Bronson Motor Speedway has secure parking.

On Saturday, March 5, pit gates will open at 4 P.M. but haulers will be parked if they arrive early and at 4 they can sign in.

Bronson Motor Speedway is a 1/3 mile high banked asphalt speedway located in Bronson Florida. The newly remodeled and updated stock car track is situated 15 miles Southwest of Gainesville, Florida and is 20 minutes off Interstate 75.

World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Highlights

February 21st, 2005

Travis Kittleson of Merritt Island, FL returned to his old stomping grounds with high hopes for the World Series. For the last two years, Kittleson has run in the ASA Series along with fellow racer Jay Middleton and Trevor Stewart.

Kittleson had not won a Super Late Model race since the Fall Festival at Ocala Speedway in 2003 so when he won on the opening night of the World Series, he could not have been any happier. “This has been too long of a streak without a win and this feels good, really good,” said Kittleson in Winner’s Circle.

But Kittleson’s luck ended on night two when he and Mike Fritts got together coming off turn 4 and Kittleson’s car was damaged beyond repair. Unhappy and very disappointed, the Bob Steele Chevrolet was loaded up and taken home.

Louie Mechalides of Tyngsboro, Maine has been a steady contender for years in the World Series. Mechalides, who has raced Busch North and a few other series, had a bad 2004 World Series and came with hopes of just not having many hours of work to do on his car. Louie tuned and tuned that car and on night two it all paid off as he found himself in the Winner’s Circle at last. Mechalides also took a second win this year on night seven.

David Rogers of Longwood, FL made his first appearance since his accident at Orlando SpeedWorld in the TM Ranch Dodge in September of 2004. Rogers’s totalled his car and almost himself too. So when he returned to the World Series, everyone was happy and when he won on night three, we all knew he was back.

Mike Fritts of DeBary had the car to beat, setting fast time a number of times, and always in the hunt for the win. On night six, Fritts found that win. Also in the hunt with a top five car was Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT. Christopher, who is known more as the “King of the Northern Modifieds” raced not only the Super Late but also the Northern Mod. This was not Christopher’s first time at double duty so he was well prepared for the task. Christopher took the Super Late Model win on night five.

Jeff Choquette of Royal Palm Beach, FL was well known last year for his talent behind a Dirt Late Model at East Bay Raceway Park. But Choquette decided to try asphalt and it seems to fit him perfectly. After competing at East Bay, Choquette came to New Smyrna to try his luck with the “best of the best”. Choquette proved he is no slouch by winning the last two Super Late Model features.

During the 100 lapper, Fritts was leading but Choquette was right on his tail and gave Fritts the old move over sign which caused Fritts to have to check-up and slide back to fifth place. Fritts lost one more position giving Mechalides the Championship by four points.

Ryan Matthews of Wisconsin stopped everyone’s hearts beating when glimpses of the ARCA race were right before everyone’s eyes as Ryan barrel rolled down the frontstretch. His car flipped up almost hitting the flag stand and began to barrel roll. Ryan was fine but the car was done and he was on his way home to Wisconsin.

Others who were out early were Pete Shepherd Jr., Trevor Stewart, Ted Christopher, Ryan Foster, Jake Keaton, Chappy Knaack, Mike Stacey, Adam Cain, David Salley, and Mario Maressa and Chase Austin.

Indy car driver Michel Jourdain raced a few times getting seat time for his Busch race on Saturday. Jourdain started 30th in the Busch race and finished 34th.

Jerry Artuso won the first three Late Model races which gave him the foundation for his Championship. Jason Boyd started out slow but won the next three races after bringing his No. 15 car into the picture. Chuck Burkhalter won the next two with Boyd taking the final win. Artuso, who had no idea he had won both the Late Model Championship and the FL/IMCA Modified Championship, had to unload one of his cars for the Victory celebration.

Leaving early in the Late Models was Derrick Kelley, Rich Clouser, Tim Russell, Martin Pierce, Tim Clark, Mike Murphy, T.C. McElyea, and Don Hess,

The NASCAR Tour Modifieds had a number of entries such as Charlie Pasteryak, Donny Lia, Chuck Hossfeld, Ted Christopher, Andy Seuss, Justin Gaydosh, and Ryan Preece who is the grandson of Bobby Judkins, owner of the 2x Florida Modified. Even Ed Flemke Jr. Came in for two days but left right after the Ritchie Evans Memorial which was won by Donny Lia. These guys race hard and have no fear when it comes to that little bump and rub routine. Every night they thrilled the crowd with their loud motors and quick cars.

The SK Modifieds had enough entries this year to race alone and not with the Tour Mods. Each night they thrilled the crowd as they fought hard for the win. Tempers flaired on the last night as the top two got into each other and spun the leader. Needless to say, the leader paid back the spinner when the race was over.

Night after night, day after day, the drivers and their crews worked hard for one reason and one reason only, to win. Some did, some did not. Some felt the sting of the hard concrete walls of New Smyrna Speedway. If they could fix the car, they did. And if they couldn’t, haulers were pulled out.

It is always sad to see the World Series end. Even though everyone is bone tired, dirty, and need real food, it is hard to say goodbye until next year. This year brought in more cars and more new friends. Hopefully next year they will return and more new friends.

As we say goodbye, we also say thanks to all the drivers, crews, and their families for making the 2005 39th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing a success. Thank you all and see ya in 2006.

World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Champions Crowned

February 20th, 2005

FINAL RESULTS – NIGHT 9
WORLD SERIES OF ASPHALT STOCK CAR RACING
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

SUPER LATE MODEL 100

1. #70 Jeff Choquette
2. #101 Jack Landis
3. #11 David Rogers
4. #12 Justin Drawdy
5. #0 Bill Whorff Jr.
6. #112 Mike Fritts
7. #110 Ryan Crane
8. #74 Jay Middleton
9. #23 Eddie Van Meter
10. #1RV Jeff Gordon
11. #9x Dean Cornelius
12. #31 Shaun McWhirter
13. #56 Evan Jackson
14. #5x Dalton Zehr
15. #111 Ron Vanes
16. #49 Tim Sibila
17. #59 Greg Boone
18. #90 Bob Fox
19. #95 Bob Danes
20. #47 Louie Mechalides – WORLD SERIES OF ASPHALT STOCK CAR RACING CHAMPION
21. #00 Jermey Whorff
22. #72 Scott Hantz
23. #89 Donald Chisholm
24. #80 Jonathan Smith
25. #114 Brent Klisiak
26. #19 JR McMickle
27. #61 Jimmy Cope

LATE MODEL

1. #15 Jason Boyd
2. #5 Jerry Artuso – WORLD SERIES LATE MODEL CHAMPION
3. #1x Chuck Burkhalter
4. #51 Charles Kopach
5. #81 Tate Pierce
6. #1 Dan Delisle
.7 #21 Jordan Richardson
8. #28H Eddie Hartin
9. #99 Richard Wheelihan
10.#28 Steve Smith
11.#4K Amanda Gogel
12.#38 Kirk Hooker
13.#14 Troy Atkins
14.#00 John Ripley
15.#39 Dewayne Shubert
16.#4b Alan Bruns
17.#4 Cynthia Strahley

FL/IMCA MODS

1. #89 Lee Collins
2. #66 Jerry Symons
3. #5 Jerry Artuso – WORLD SERIES FL/IMCA CHAMPION
4. #57 Jim “Hoot” Flynn
5. #11 Brian Nestor
6. #4b Alan Bruns
7. #51 Chuck Burkhalter
8. #45 Denis Pierce
9. #4 Glenn Bradley
10. #03 Kevin Eloy
11. #32 Harold Crooms
12. #131 Rusty Purdue
13. #77 J. Eley
14. #38 Ricky Moxley
15. #2x Jason Boyd
16. #05 Dan Lane
17. #36 Rodney Brooks

PRO TRUCKS

1. #20 Sean Bass
2. #60 Jamie Skinner – PRO TRUCK WINTER SERIES CHAMPION
3. #83x Shaun Icely
4. #14 Todd Bradberry
5. #7w Steven Wheatley
6. #07 Vic Slacter
7. #24 Kirk Hanson
8. #3 Dewayne Barrus
9. #4 Brandon Johnson
10. #48 Bill Manfull
11. #1 Mark Lowery
12. #38 Ricky Moxley
13. #32 Bill Stacy
14. #3x Kelly Doyle
15. #31 Willy Auchmoody
16. #05 Ron Gill
17. #13 Ricky Rubin
18. #33 Kelly Caudill

NASCAR TOUR MODS

1. #22 Chuck Hossfeld
2. #18 Donny Lia
3. #9 Eric Beers
4. #15 Zach Sylvester
5. #00 Ted Christopher – WORLD SERIES NASCAR TOUR MOD CHAMPION
6. #58 Kevin Goodale
7. #5 Charlie Pasteryak
8. #70 Andy Seuss
9. #3 John Denniston
10. #88 Brad Vanhouton
11. #80 Ryan Stone
12. #19 Adam Horwith
13. #66 Curtis Truex Jr.

SK MODS

1. #8 Steve Reed – WORLD SERIES SK CHAMPION
2. #71 Eric Beers
3. #60 Dave Michel
4. #27 John White
5. #91 John Jensen
6. #46 Tom White
7. #39 Chris Jones
8. #11 Gwenn Gaumond
9. #3x Tom Brandt
10. #52 George Procter

SUPER STOCK

1. #211 Jack Lenzen
2. #71x Bob Anderson
3. #77 Justin Reynolds
4. #67 Darren Gould
5. #17x Lee Wagner
6. #71x Mike Hendrix
7. #21 Jim Dyson
8. #19 Dale Carrol
9. #123 Ed Barber
10. #210 Bruce Wingate
11. #2 Ron Whaley
12. #17 Bobby Simcox
13. #97 Bob Cherry
14. #33 Randy Strehle

Lia Wins Ritchie Evans Memorial Event

February 19th, 2005

OFFICIAL RESULTS
NIGHT 8 – WORLD SERIES OF ASPHALT STOCK CAR RACING
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

RITCHIE EVANS MEMORIAL 100

1. #18 Donny Lia
2. #58 Kevin Goodale
3. #22 Chuck Hossfeld
4. #5 Charlie Pasteryak
6. #66 Curtin Truex Jr.
7. #17 Jeff Malave
8. #00 Ted Christopher
9. #9 Eric Beers
10. #94 Justin Gaydosh
11. #3 John Denniston
12. #4 Dave Kowrlewski
13. #30 Ryan Preece
14. #15 Zach Sylvester
15. #79 Ed Flemke
16. #34 Jonathan McKennedy
17. #u2 Chris Fleming
18. #19 Adam Horwith
19. #80 Ryan Stone

SK MODS

1. #39 Chris Jones
2. #8 Steve Reed
3. #60 Dave Michel
4. #71 Eric Beers
5. #27 John White
6. #41 Shannon Moungeau
7.. #91 John Jensen
8. #52 George Procter
9. #11 Gwenn Gaumond
10. #3 John Denniston
11. #19 Kenny Horton

SUPER LATE MODELS

1. #70 Jeff Choquette
2. #112 Mike Fritts
3. #47 Louie Mechalides
4. #12 Justin Drawdy
5. #23 Eddie Van Meter
6. #11 David Rogers
7. #9x Dean Cornelius
8. #110 Ryan Crane
9. #89 Donald Chisholm
10. #59 Greg Boone
11. #00 Jermey Whorff
12. #31 Shaun McWhirter
13. #95 Bob Danes
14. #5x Dalton Zehr
15. #11x Chase Austin
16. #111 Ron Vanes
17. #RV1 Jeff Gordon
18. #5 Mike Donoho
19. #49 Tim Sibila
20. #80 Jonathan Smith
21. #90 Bob Fox
22. #33 Ricky Wood
23. #19 JR McMickle
24. #74 Jay Middleton
25. #15 Jeff Emery

LATE MODEL

1. #1X Chuck Burkhalter
2. #28H Eddie Hartin
3. #1 Dan Delisle
4. #15 Jason Boyd
5. #5 Jerry Artuso
6. #51 Charles Kopach
7. #38 Kirk Hooker
8. #28 Steve Smith
9. #4 Cynthia Strahley
10. #4B Alan Bruns
11. #81 Tate Pierce
12. #40B Rich Cordis
13. #4K Amanda Gogel
14. #21 Jordan Richardson
15. #00 John Ripley
16. #22 Alli Owens
17. #99 Richard Wheelihan
18. #2 A.J. Curreli
19. #40x Danny Esposta
20. #9 Rich Clouser
21. #14 Troy Atkins
22. #90 Robert Andercheck

FL/IMCA MODS

1. #66 Jerry Symons
2. #89 Lee Collins
3. #5 Jerry Artuso
4. #57 Jim “Hoot” Flynn
5. #2x Jason Boyd
6. #11 Brian Nestor
7. #34 Steve Christman
8. #51 Chuck Burkhalter
9. #45 Denis Pierce
10. #4b Alan Bruns
11. #4 Glenn Bradley
12. #37 Rodney Brooks
13. #09 Art Kunzeman
14. #38 Ricky Moxley
15. #05 Dan Lane
16. #9 Jimmy Britts
17. #92 Dean Slappy
18. #32 Harold Crooms
19. #03 Kevin Eloy
20. #00 Brad May
21. #75 David Williams
22. #131 Rusty Perdue

PRO TRUCKS

1. #60 Jamie Skinner
2. #20 Sean Bass
3. #14 Todd Bradberry
4. #07 Vic Slacter
5. #83 Shawn Icely
6. #48 Bill Davis
7. #05 Ron Gill
8. #13 Ricky Rubin
9. #3 Dewayne Barrus
10. #31 Willy Auchmoody
11. #7w Stephen Whitley
12. #38 Ricky Moxley
13. #1 Mark Lowery
14. #32 Bill Stacy
15. #4 Brandon Johnson
16. #9 Marty Wolf
17. #33 Kelly Caudill
18. #33x Dennis Gardiner
19. #24 Kirk Hanson
20. #11K A.J. Curreli

SPORTSMAN

1. #25 Patrick Williams
2. #44 Charlie Vest
3. #11 Joe Shaver
4. #73 Mark Peterson
5. #30 Dale Clouser
6. #31 Paul Colgan
7. #3 Earl Beckner
8. #20 John Webber
9. #07 Frank Buckanan
10. #15 Kelly Barber
11. #14 John Waterhouse
12. #M7 Johnny Mitchell
13. #87 Tracy Ouellette
14. #48 Butch Yancy
15. #17x Kevin Tierman
16. #17 Rob Watford

Goodale Breaks Christopher’s Win Streak

February 18th, 2005

NIGHT 7
WORLD SERIES OF ASPHALT STOCK CAR RACING
OFFICIAL RESULTS – FEB. 17

SUPER LATE MODEL

1. #47 Louie Mechalides
2. #9x Dean Cornelius
3. #11 David Rogers
4. #101 Jack Landis
5. #112 Mike Fritts
6. #74 Jay Middleton
7. #12 Justin Drawdy
8. #72 Scott Hantz
9. #110 Ryan Crane
10. #23 Eddie Van Meter
11. #0 Bill Whorff Jr.
12. #89 Donald Chisholm
13. #95 Bob Danes
14. #15 Jeff Emery
15. #90 Bob Fox
16. #5 Mike Donoho
17. #14R
18. #49 Tim Sibila
19. #111 Ron Vanes
20. #5x Dalton Zehr
21. #10x Michel Jourdain
22. #80 Jonathan Smith
23. #27 Mike Good
24. #19 JR McMickle
25. #11x Chase Austin
26. #29 Ted Christopher
27. #91 Trevor Stewart
28. #14G Mario Maressa
29. #56 Evan Jackson
30. #33 Ricky Wood
31. #14 Jake Keaton
32. #70 Jeff Choquette
33. #10 Ryan Foster
34. #RV1 Jeff Gordon

LATE MODEL

1. #1X Chuck Burkhalter
2. #9 Rich Clouser
3. #15 Jason Boyd
4. #81 Tate Pierce
5. #38 Kirk Hooker
6. #2 A.J. Curreli
7. #4b Alan Bruns
8. #28H Eddie Hartin
9. #1 Dan Delisle
10. #14 Troy Atkins
11. #90 Robert Andercheck
12. #99 Richard Wheelihan
13. #40W Danny Esposta
14. #80 Jonathan Smith
15. #21 Jordan Richardson
16. #40B Rich Cordis
17. #4 Cynthia Strahley
18. #4K Amanda Gogel
19. #28 Steve Smith
20. #5 Jerry Artuso

FL/IMCA MODS

1. #66 Jerry Symons
2. #5 Jerry Artuso
3. #00 Brad May
4. #2x Jason Boyd
5. #36 Rodney Brooks
6. #34 Steve Christman
7. #45 Denis Pierce
8. #51 Chuck Burkhalter
9. #11 Brian Nester
10. #4b Alan Bruns
11. #57 Jim “Hoot” Flynn
12. #03 Kevin Eloy
13. #32 Harold Crooms
14. #4 Glenn Bradley
15. #77 J. Eley
16. #38 Ricky Moxley
17. #7 Al Marmande
18. #09 Marty Hamberry
19. #05 Dan Lane
20. #89 Lee Collins
21. #91
22. #98 Greg Stone

NASCAR TOUR

1. #58 Kevin Goodale (FIRST FEATURE WIN EVER)
2. #00 Ted Christopher
3. #9 Eric Beers
4. #18 Donny Lia
5. #70 Andy Seuss
6. #22 Chuck Hossfeld
7. #5 Charlie Pasteryak
8. #79 Ed Flemke Jr.
9. #94 Justin Gaydosh
10. #34 Jonathan McKennedy
11. #80 Michael Christopher
12. #15 Zach Sylvester
13. #66 Curtis Truex Jr
14. #56 T J Potrzeboki
15. #47 Jim Storace
16. #28x Glen Tyler
17. #u2 Chris Fleming
18. #30 Ryan Preece
19. #3 John Denniston
20. #4 Dave Kowrlewski
21. #88 Brad Vanhouton
22. #17 Jeff Malave
23. #19 Adam Horwith

SK MOD

1. #8 Steve Reed
2. #71 Eric Beers
3. #60 Dave Michel
4. #39 Chris Jones
5. #91 John Jensen
6. #27 John White
7. #52 George Procter
8. #11 Gwenn Gaumond
9. #16 Rowan Penniuk
10. #41 Shannon Moungeau
11. #3 John Denniston
12. #46 Tom White

SPORTSMAN

1. #25 Patrick Thomas
2. #44 Charlie Vest
3. #31 Paul Colgan
4.. #17m Johnny Mitchell
5. #15 Kelly Barber
6. #73 Mark Peterson
7. #20 John Webber
8. #14 John Waterhourse
9. #11 Joe Shaver
10. #2x Dusty Cornelius
11. #801 Bruce Betts
12. #2 David Myer
13. #87 Tracy Quellette
14. #3 Earl Beckner
15. #30 Dale Clouser
16. #62 Randy Hecker
17. #41 Michael Carr
18. #48 Butch Yancy
19. #17x Kevin Tierman

QUICK KIDS

1. #60 Chad Akins
2. #83 David Wilson
3. #0 Scott Bishop
4. #3x Kelly Doyle

PRO TRUCKS

1. #60 Jamie Skinner
2. #20 Sean Bass
3. #4 Brandon Johnson
4. #24 Kirk Hanson
5. #07 Vic Slacter
6. #48 Bill Manfull
7. #05 Ron Gill
8. #13 Ricky Rubin
9. #66 Matt Martin
10. #9 Marty Wolf
11. #3 Dewayne Barrus
12. #1 Shawn Parker
13. #14 Todd Bradberry
14. #31 Wally Auchmoody
15. #38 Ricky Moxley
16. #83x Shawn Icely
17. #27 Brett Edwards
18. #3x Kelly Doyle
19. #32 Bill Stacy
20. #11K A.J. Curreli
21. #7w Stephen Wheatley
22. #83 Cale Gale DQ’D
23. #33 Kelly Caudill DNS

Fritts Leads Super Late Models to the Checkers

February 17th, 2005

OFFICIAL RESULTS
NIGHT 6 – WORLD SERIES OF ASPHALT STOCK CAR RACING
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY

SUPER LATE MODEL

1. #112 Mike Fritts
2. #101 Jack Landis
3. #29 Ted Christopher
4. #47 Louie Mechalides
5. #23 Eddie Van Meter
6. #74 Jay Middleton
7. #70 Jeff Choquette
8. #91 Trevor Stewart
9. #9x Dean Cornelius
10. #11 David Rogers
11. #5x Dalton Zehr
12. #9 James Powell
13. #0 Bill Whorff Jr.
14. #1RV Jeff Gordon
15. #95 Bob Danes
16. #10 Ryan Foster
17. #11x Chase Austin
18. #33 Ricky Wood
19. #72 Scott Hantz
20. #5 Mike Donaho
21. #00 Jeremy Whorff
22. #80 Jonathan Smith
23. #16 David Salley
24. #49 Tim Sibila
25. #111 Ron Vanes
26. #31 Shaun McWhirter
27. #90 Bob Fox
28. #25 Tim Nicholas
29. #15 Jeff Emery
30. #14x Mario Maressa

LATE MODEL

1. #15 Jason Boyd
2. #9 Rich Clouser
3. #5 Jerry Artuso
4. #81 Tate Pierce
5. #1x Chuck Burkhalter
6. #21 Jordan Richardson
7. #4b Alan Bruns
8. #38 Kirk Hooker
9. #99 Ricahrd Wheelihan
10. #28H Eddie Hartin
11. #4K Amanda Gogel
12. #2 A.J. Curreli
13. #1 Dan Delisle
14. #28 Steve Smith
15. #4 Cynthia Strahley
16. #80 Jonothan Smith
17. #40b Rich Cordis
18. #19 T.C. McElyea
19. #44 Michael Williams
20. #88 Dave Wagner
21. #40x Danny Esposta

NASCAR TOUR MOD

1. #00 Ted Christopher
2. #22 Chuck Hossfeld
3. #9 Eric Beers
4. #5 Charlie Pasteryak
5. #66 Curtis Truex Jr
6. #94 Justin Gaydosh
7. #34 Jonothan McKennedy
8. #47 Jim Storace
9. #70 Andy Seuss
10. #28x Glen Tyler
11. #4 Dave Kowrlewski
12. #17 Jeff Malave
13. #30 Ryan Preece
14. #u2 Chris Fleming
15. #6 JR Swansbrough
16. #18 Donny Lia
17. #3 John Denniston
18. #15 Zach Sylvester
19. #19 Adam Horwith
20. #28 Kevin Goodale
21. #56 T J Potrzeboki
22. #79 Ed Flemke
23. #14 J R Bertuccio
24. #80 Ryan Stone

SK MOD

1. #71 Eric Beers
2. #39 Chris Jones
3. #8 St3eve Reed
4. #91 John Jensen
5. #60 Dave Michel
6. #17 Rowan Penniuk
7. #27 John White
8. #46 Tom White
9. #28 Dale Holdride
10. #52 George Procter
11. #3 John Denniston
12. #19 Stash Botova
13. #81 Tom Farrell
14. #11 Gwenn Gaumond

FL/IMCA MOD

1. #5 Jerry Artuso
2. #34 Steve Christman
3. #4b Alan Bruns
4. #36 Rodney Brooks
5. #2x Jason Boyd
6. #45 Denis Pierce
7. #89 Lee Collins
8. #00 Brad May
9. #32 Harold Crooms
10. #38 Ricky Moxley
11. #03 Kevin Eloy
12. #09 Art Kunzeman
13. #4 Glenn Bradley]
14. #05 Dan Lane
15. #66 Jerry Symons
16. #57 Jim “Hoot” Flynn
17. #7 Al Marmande

SPORTSMAN

1. #30 Dale Clouser
2. #25 Patrick Thomas
3. #31 Paul Colgan
4. #801 Bruce Betts
5. #44 Charlie Vest
6. #3 Earl Beckner
7. #73 Mark Peterson
8. #15 Kelly Barber
9. #14 John Waterhouse
10. #20 John Webber
11. #87 Tracy Ouellette
12. #48 Butch Yancey
13. #41 Michael Carr
14. #17 Rob Watford
15. #2x David Myer
16. #08 Paul Hudson

Christopher Doubles Up Victories

February 16th, 2005

OFFICIAL RESULTS
NIGHT 5 -WORLD SERIES OF ASPHALT STOCK CAR RACING

SUPER LATE MODELS

1. #29 Ted Christopher
2. #9 James Powell
3. #112 Mike Fritts
4. #9x Dean Cornelius
5. #23 Eddie Van Meter
6. #5x Dalton Zehr
7. #72 Scott Hantz
8. #22 David Rogers
9. #95 Bob Danes
10. #10 Ryan Foster
11. #47 Louis Mechalides
12. #49 Tim Sabila
13. #80 Jonathan Smith
14. #15 Jeff Emery
15. #74 Jay Middleton
16. #25 Tim Nicholas
17. #5 Mike Donaho
18. #00 Jermey Whorff
19. #31 Shaun McWhirter
20. #12 Justin Drawdy
21. #59 Greg Boone
22. #97 Pete Shepherd Jr.
23. #101 Jack Landis
24..#2 Dale Nottedstad
25. #6 Alex Yontz
26. #8 Bill Whorff Jr.
27. #71 Shawn Dunning
28. #111 Ron Vanes
29. #21 Ryan Matthews
30. #10x Michel Jourdain
31. #03 Adam Cain
32. #14 Jake Keaton
33. #90 Bob Fox
34. #33 Ricky Wood

LATE MODEL

1. #15 Jason Boyd
2. #5 Jerry Artuso
3. #2 A.J. Curreli
4. #1x Chuck Burkhalter
5. #9 Rich Clouser
6. #81 Tate Pierce
7. #88 Dave Wagner
8. #4b Alan Bruns
9. #1 Dan Delisle
10. #26 Mike Murphy
11. #38 Kirk Hooker
12. #4K Amanda Gogel
13. #99 Richard Wheelihan
14. #40x Danny Esposta
15. #80 Jonathan Smith
16. #19 T.C. McElyea
17. #801 Scotty Edwards
18. #38H Eddie Hartin
19. #40b Rich Cordis
20. #20 John Webber
21. #25 Patrick Thomas
22. #2x David Meyer

MINI STOCK

1. #28 Sean Bass
2. #12 Pat Floyd
3. #72 Jason Cochran
4. #23 Wayne Wells
5. #31 Chad Carpenter
6. #23x Mark Wells
7. #61 Rick Gamache
8. #20 Keith Roggen
9. #20x Jeff Pittsley
10..#34 David Castello DQ’D

FL/IMCA MODS

1. #66 Jerry Symons
2. #5 Jerry Artuso
3. #89 Lee Collins
4. #57 Jim “Hoot” Flynn
5. #34 Steve Christman
6. #2x Jason Boyd
7. #37 Rodney Brooks
8. #4b Alan Bruns
9. #45 Denis Pierce
10. #32 Haqrold Crooms
11. #75 David Williams
12. #97 Matt Wheeler
13. #4 Glenn Bradley
14. #40 George Murphy
15. #44 Bill Bozell
16. #38 Ricky Moxley
17. #0 Damien Breedlom
18. #11 Brian Nester
19. #00 Brad May
20. #03 Kevin Eby
21. #1 Marty Hamberry
22. #45x Andy Bozell DQ’D

NASCAR TOUR MOD

1. #00 Ted Christopher
2. #58 Kevin Goodale
3. #15 Zach Sylvester
4. #9 Eric Beers
5. #14 J.R. Bertuccio
6. #22 Chuck Hossfeld
7. #5 Charlie Pasteryak
8. #66 Curtis Turex Jr
9. #94 Justin Gaydosh
10. #17 Jeff Malave
11. #28x Glen Tyler
12. #4 Dave Kowrlewski
13. #34 Jonothan McKennedy
14. #56 T.J. Potrzeboki
15. #3 John De3nniston
16. #30 Ryan Preece
17. #6 JR Swansbrough
18. #88 Brad Vanhouter
19. #70 Andy Seuss
20. #18 Donny Lia
21. #80 Ryan Stone
22. #19 Adam Horwith

SK MOD

1. #39 Chris Jones
2. #27 John White
3. #91 John Jensen
4. #71 Eric Beers
5. #81 Tom Farrell
6. #28 Dale Holdridge
7. #46 Tom White
8. #51 George Procter
9. #8 Steve Reed
10. #3 John Denniston
11. #11 Gwenn Gaumond
12. #60 Dave Michel
13. #16 Rowan Penniuk
14. #41 Shannon Moungeau
15. #27x Tom Brandt

Boyd Tops Late Model Feature

February 15th, 2005

OFFICIAL RESULTS
NIGHT 4 – WORLD SERIES OF ASPHALT STOCK CAR RACING

NASCAR TOUR MODIFIEDS

1. #00 Ted Christopher
2. #18 Donny Lia
3. #22 Chuck Hossfeld
4. #15 Zach Sylvester
5. #9 Eric Beers
6. #5 Charlie Pasteryak
7. #34 Jonothan McKennedy
8. #17 Jeff Malave
9. #58 Kevin Goodale
10. #28x Glen Tyler
11. #4 Dave Kowrlewski
12. #56 T.J. Potrzeboki
13. #3 John Denniston
14. #30 Ryan Preece
15. #94 Justin Gaydosh
16. #66 Curtis Turex Jr
17. #70 Andy Seuss
18. #6 JR Swansbrough
19. #88 Brad Vanhouter
20. #14 Tim Arre
21. #19 Adam Horwith
22. #80 Jim Storace

SK MOD

1. #71 Tim Arre
2. #81 Tom Farrell
3. #60 Dave Michel
4. #27 John White
5. #8 Steve Reed
6. #28 Dale Holdridge
7. #41 Shannon Moungeau
8. #52 George Procter
9. #11 Gwenn Gaumond
10. #46 Tom White
11. #16 Rowan Penniuk
12. #39 Chris Jones
13. #3 Tom Brandt

MINI STOCK

1. #20 Keith Roggen
2. #23x Mark Wells
3. #72 Jason Cochran
4. #23 Wayne Wells
5. #61 Rick Gamache
6. #24 Chris Thornton
7. #22 Alli Owens
8. #20x Jeff Pittsley
9. #2 Pat Floyd

THUNDER ROADSTERS

1. #84 Kyle Beattie
2. #90 Hutch Hudson
3. #8 Craig Haack
4. #99 Jim Fluhrarty
5. #48 Alli Owens
6. #60 Jim Wade
7. #8 Squeak Kennedy
8. #02 Ray Webb

FL/IMCA MODIFIEDS

1. #89 Lee Collins
2. #5 Jerry Artuso
3. #66 Jerry Symons
4. #00 Brad May
5. #4b Alan Bruns
6. #45x Andy Bozell
7. #40 George Murphy
8. #11 Brian Nester
9. #36 Rodney Brooks
10. #2x Jason Boyd
11. #34 Steve Christman
12. #57 Jim “Hoot” Flynn
13. #44 Phil Bozell
14. #45 Denis Pierce
15. #2 Mickey Kempgens
16. #05 Dan Lane
17. #32 Harold Crooms
18. #97 Matt Wheeler
19. #03 Kevin Eby
20. #75 David Williams
21. #4 Glenn Bradley
22. #38 Ricky Moxley

LATE MODEL 50

1. #15 Jason Boyd
2. #2 A.J. Curreli
3. #5 Jerry Artuso
4. #9 Rich Clouser
5. #1x Chuck Burkhalter
6. #10 Brad May
7. #21x Derrick Kelley
8. #81 Tate Pierce
9. #4b Alan Bruns
10. #38 Kirk Hooker
11. #4K Amanda Gogel
12. #1 Dan Delisle
13. #38x Randy Cook
14. #11 David Weaver
15. #80 Jonothan Smith
16. #82 Danny Maddox
17. #2x David Meyer
18. #19 TC McElyea
19. #88 Dave Wagner
20. #28H Eddie Hartin
21. #47 David Green
22. #4 Cynthia Strahley
23. #40x Danny Esposta
24. #26 Mike Murphy
25. #14 Troy Atkins
26. #40b Rich Cordis
27. #25 Patrick Thomas

TBARA OUTLAW WINGED SPRINTS

1. #22 Doug Heveron
2. #91 Dave Steele
3. #19 Keith Butler
4. #00 Wayne Reutimann Jr
5. #18 Shane Butler
6. #118 Troy DeCaire
7. #29 Gary Gimmler
8. #1R Doug Berryman
9. #88 Frank Neill
10. #77 Joe Rebman
11. #66 Ray Bragg
12. #14 Charles Ladner
13. #5W Randy Woodall
14. #4 Troy Underwood
15. #99 Wayne Reutimann Sr.
16. #51 Mark Gimmler
17. #2 Scott Adema
18. #6x Dan Statter
19. #60 Doug Wimpee
20. #37 Hank Lower
21. #6F J.J. Dutton
22. #6 Skeeter Faulconer

David Rogers Back in Victory Lane

February 14th, 2005

NIGHT 3
WORLD SERIES OF ASPHALT STOCK CAR RACING

SUPER LATE MODEL

1. #11 David Rogers
2. #112 Mike Fritts
3. #47 Louie Mechalides
4. #29 Ted Christopher
5. #12 Justin Drawdy
6. #74 Jay Middleton
7. #101 Jack Landis
8. #91 Trevor Stewart
9. #19 JR McMickle
10. #21 Ryan Matthews
11. #21x Derrick Kelley
12. #59 Greg Boone
13. #72 Scott Hantz
14. #97 Pete Shepherd Jr.
15. #0 Bill Whorff Jr.
16. #5x Dalton Zehr
17. #71 Shawn Dunning
18. #9x Dean Cornelius
19. #111 Ron Vanes
20 #31 Shaun McWhirter
21. #2 Dale Nottedstad
22. #00 Jermick Whoriff
23. #10x Michel Jourdain
24. #95 Bob Danes
25. #11x Chase Austin
26. #10 Ryan Foster
27. #6 Alex Yontz
28. #23 Eddie Van Meter
29. #90 Bob Fox
30. #49 Tim Sibila
31. #03 Adam Cain
32. #5 Mike Donoho
33. #80 Jonathan Smith
34. #15 Jeff Emery
35. #14 Jake Keaton
36. #02 Steve Throop
37. #25 Tim Nicholas

LATE MODEL

1. #5 Jerry Artuso
2. #9 Rich Clouser
3. #21x Derrick Kelley
4. #15 Jason Boyd
5. #2 A.J. Curreli
6. #88 Dave Wagner
7. #81 Tate Pierce
8. #26 Mike Murphy
9. #47 David Green
10. #1 Dan Delisle
11. #99 Richard Wheelihan
12. #11 David Weaver
13. #4K Amanda Gogel
14. #28H Eddie Hartin
15. #64 Don Hess
16. #80 Jonathan Smith
17. #40x Rich Cordis
18. #38 Kirk Hooker
19. #4b Alan Bruns
20. #21 Jordan Richardson
21. #53 Charles Kopach
22. #2x David Meyer
23. #19 T.C. McElyea
24. #8 Tim Clark
25. #40 Danny Esposta
26. #4 Cynthia Strahley
27. #39 Duane Schubert
28. #36 Tim Russell
29. #75 Martin Pierce
30. #1x Chuck Burkhalter
31. #28 Steve Smith
32. #14 Troy Atkins
33. #87 Tommy Stokes
34. #62 Travis Wilson

MINI STOCK

1. #24 Chris Thornton
2. #20 Keith Roggen
3. #7 Clint Foley
4. #22 Allie Owens
5. #2 Pat Floyd
6. #72 Jason Cochran
7. #12 Rick Porter
8. #23 Wayne Wells
9. #07 Steven Simpson
10. #61 Rick Gamache
11. #16 Chase Goodson
12. #8 Robbie Yoakam
13. #21 Scott Reeves
14. #71 Ted Vulpius
15. #20x Jeff Pittsley
16. #17 Chuck Cook
17. #80 Roger Larson
18. #85 Rex Hollinger
19. #15 Wayne Clark
20. #34 David Castello

THUNDER ROADSTERS

1. #84 Kyle Beattie
2. #99 Jim Fluharty
3. #90 Hutch Hudson
4. #8 Squeak Kennedy
5. #48 Alli Owens
6. #02 Ray Webb
7. #60 Jim Wade
8. #8 Craig Haach
9. #74 Don Beardslee

TBARA OUTLAW WINGED SPRINTS

1. #91 Dave Steele
2. #99 Wayne Reutimann Sr.
3. #19 Keith Butler
4. #118 Troy DeCaire
5. #0 Dude Teate
6. #00 Wayne Reutimann Jr.
7. #37 Hank Lower
8. #2 Scott Adema
9. #29 Gary Gimmler
10. #60 Doug Wimpee
11. #88 Frank Neill
12. #5w Randy Woodall
13. #18 Shane Butler
14. #14 Charles Ladner
15. #66 Ray Bragg
16. #6F J.J. Dutton
17. #4 Troy Underwood
18. #3x Bo Hartley
19. #6x Dan Statter
20. #77 Joe Rebman
21. #7 John Gilbert Jr.
22. #1r Doug Berryman
23. #22 Doug Heveron
24. #51 Mark Gimmler

Mechalides Wins Night 2 Super Late Model Battle

February 13th, 2005

OFFICIAL RESULTS

SUPER LATE MODEL

1. #47 Louis Mechalides
2. #74 Jay Middleton
3. #11 David Rogers
4. #101 Jack Landis
5. #29 Ted Christopher
6. #9 James Powell III
7. #21x Derrick Kelley
8. #21 Ryan Matthews
9. #9x Dean Cornelius
10. #5 Dalton Zehr
11. #10x Michelle Jordane
12. #31 Shaun McWhirter
13. #95 Bob Danes
14. #10 Ryan Foster
15. #111 Ron Vanes
16. #0 Bill Whorff Jr
17. #97x Chappy Knaack
18. #5 Mike Donoho
19. #72 Scott Hantz
20. #00 Jermick Whorff
21. #02 Steve Throop
22. #2 Dale Nottedstad
23. #77 Mike Stacey
24. #97 Pete Shepherd Jr.
25. #12 Justin Drawdy
26. #91 Trevor Stewart
27. #11x Chase Austin
28. #59 Greg Boone
29. #15 Jeff Emery
30. #90 Bob Fox
31. #6 Alex Yontz
32. #88 Travis Kittleson
33. #112 Mike Fritts

LATE MODEL

1. #5 Jerry Artuso
2. #81 Tate Pierce
3. #36 Tim Russell
4. #75 Martin Pierce
5. #9 Rich Clouser
6. #21 Derrick Kelley
7. #2 AJ Curreli
8. #21x Jordan Richardson
9. #04 Jason Boyd
10. #1x Chuck Burkhalter
11. #88 Dave Wagner
12. #38 Kirk Hooker
13. #4b Alan Bruns
14. #28 Steve Smith
15. #14 Troy Atkins
16. #47 David Green
17. #53 Charles Kopach
18. #87 Tommy Stokes
19. #11 David Weaver
20. #4k Amanda Gogel
21. #4 Cynthis Strahley
22. #19 T.C. McElyea
23. #40b Rich Cordis
24. #64 Don Hess
25. #28H Eddie Hartin
26. #8 Tim Clark
27. #26 Mike Murphy
28. #99 Richard Whellihan
29. #40x Danny Esposta
30. #39 Duane Shubert
31. #1 Dan Delisle
32. #2x David Meyer
33. #80 Jonathan Smith

TOUR MOD

1. #22 Chuck Hossfeld
2. #9 Eric Beers
3. #00 Ted Christopher
4. #58 Kevin Goodale
5. #5 Charlie Pasteryak
6. #34 Jonothan McKennedy
7. #66 Curtis Turex Jr
8. #70 Andy Seuss
9. #56 T J Potrzeboki
10. #17 Jeff Malave
11. #6 JR Swansbrough
12. #18 Donny Lia
13. #28x Glen Tyler
14. #47 Jim Storace
15. #94 Justin Gaydosh
16. #4 Dave Kowrlewski
17. #3 John Denniston
18. #30 Ryan Preece
19. #14 Tim Arre
20. #15 Zach Sylvester
21. #19 Adam Horwith
22. #80 Ryan Stone

SK MOD

1. #28 Dale Holdridge
2. #60 Dave Michel
3. #81 Tom Farrell
4. #8 Steve Reed
5. #27 John White
6. #41 Shannon Moungeau
7. #71 Terry Zacharias
8. #51 George Procter
9. #46 Tom White
10. #39 Chris Jones
11. #16 Rowan Penniuk
12. #11 Gwenn Gaumond
13. #3 Tom Brandt

MINI STOCK

1. #8 Robbie Yoakam
2. #20 Keith Roggen
3. #05 Rick Sirmans
4. #71 Ted Vulpius
5. #24 Chris Thornton
6. #22 Alli Owens
7. #7 Clint Foley
8. #16 Chase Goodson
9. #2 Pat Floyd
10. #20x Jeff Pittsley
11. #72 Jason Cochran
12. #85 Rex Hollinger
13. #21 Scott Reeves
14. #23 Wayne Wells
15. #15 Wayne Clark
16. #80 Roger Larson
17. #61 Rick Gamache
18. #07 Steven Simpson
19. #27 Pat Wells
20. #77 Randy Blakeslee
21. #12 Rick Porter
22. #17 Chuck Cook

SUPER STOCK

1. #34 Pat Buckley
2. #77 Justin Reynolds
3. #71x Brian Anderson
4. #17 Lee Wagner
5. #17x Rob Watford
6. #71 Mike Hendrix
7. #33 Bruce Wingate
8. #123 Ed Barber
9. #78 Charles Rosenbaum

Travis Kittleson Wins Super Late Model Main Opener

February 12th, 2005

NIGHT 1
WORLD SERIES OF ASPHALT STOCK CAR RACING
OFFICIAL RESULTS

SUPER LATE MODEL

1. #88 Travis Kittleson, Merritt Island, FL
2. #74 Jay Middleton, Lake City, FL
3. #12 Justin Drawdy, Fort Pierce, FL
4. #29 Ted Christopher, Plainville, CT
5. #97 Pete Shepherd Jr., Norval, Ontario
6. #47 Louie Mechalides, Tyngsboro, MA
7. #9 James Powell, III, Astor, FL
8. #101 Jack Landis, Edgerton, OH
9. #10 Ryan Foster, Lowell, Arkansas
10. #0 Bill Whorff, Jr., Topsham, Maine
11. #11 David Rogers, Orlando, FL
12. #112 Mike Fritts, Sanford, FL
13. #72 Scott Hantz, Angola, IN
14. #21 Ryan Matthews, Lake Geneva, WI
15. #9x Dean Cornelius
16. #00 Jermick Whorff, Topsham, Maine
17. #59 Greg Boone, Louisville, KY
18. #10x Michelle Jordane
19. #5x Dalton Zehr, Port Orange, FL
20. #95 Bob Danes, New Holstein, WI
21. #111 Ron Vanes, Stoney Creek, Ontario
22. #97x Chappy Knaack, Linthickum, MD
23. #71 Shawn Dunning, Pavillion, NY
24. #27 Mike Good, Sanford, FL
25. #61 Jimmy Cope, Pinellas Park, FL
26. #91 Trevor Stewart
27. #31 Shaun McWhirter, Mt. Forest, Ont, CND
28. #2 Dale Nottedstad, Cambridge, WI
29. #15 Jeff Emery, Longwood, FL
30. #6 Alex Yontz
31. #11x Chase Austin, Eudora, KS
32. #77 Mike Stacey, Springfield, OH

LATE MODEL

1. #5 Jerry Artuso
2. #81 Tate Pierce
3. #9 Rich Clouser
4. #75 Martin Pierce
5. #36 Tim Russell
6. #04 Jason Boyd
7. #2 A.J. Curreli
8. #64 Don Hess
9. #21x Jordan Richardson
10. #1 Dan Delisle
11. #88 Dave Wagner
12. #1x Chuck Burkhalter
13. #21 Derrick Kelley
14. #28 Steve Smith
15. #4b Alan Bruns
16. #14 Troy Atkins
17. #47 David Green
18. #38 Kirk Hooker
19. #28H Eddie Hartin
20. #4K Amanda Gogel
21. #11 David Weaver
22. #40x Danny Esposito
23. #19 T.C. McElyea
24. #99 Richard Whilham
25. #87 Tomy Stockes
26. #53 Charles Kopach
27. #40B Rich Cordis
28. #26 Mike Murphy
29. #4 Cynthia Strahley
30. #8 Tim Clark

NASCAR TOUR MODS

1. #00 Teddy Christopher
2. #9 Eric Beers
3. #14 Tim Arre
4. #58 Kevin Goodale
5. #6 JR Swansbrough
6. #22 Chuck Hossfeld
7. #15 Zach Sylvester
8. #70 Andy Seuss
9. #3 John Denniston
10. #47 Jim Storace
11. #18 Donny Lia
12. #4 Dave Kowrlewski
13. #66 Curtis Turex Jr.
14. #94 Justin Gaydosh
15. #5 Charlie Pasteryak
16. #56 T.J. Potrzeboki
17. #28x Glen Tyler
18. #34 Jonothan McKennedy
19. #80 Ryan Stone
20. #19 Adam Horwith

SK MOD

1 #39 Chris Jones
2. #28 Michael Holdridge
3. #60 Dave Michel
4. #71 Terry Zacharias
5. #81 Tom Farrell
6. #27 John White
7. #16 Rowan Penniuk
8. #8 Steve Reed
9. #46 Tom White
10. #52 George Procter
11. #29 Mike Coll
12. #3 Tom Brandt
13. #41 Shannon Moungeau

MINI STOCKS

1. #05 Rick Sirmans
2. #21 Scott Reeves
3. #20 Keith Roggen
4. #71 Ted Vulpius
5. #8 Robbie Yoakam
6. #22 Alli Owens
7. #07 Steven Simpson
8. #72 Jason Cochran
9. #77 Randy Blakeslee
10. #85 Rex Hollinger
11. #17 Chuck Cook
12. #61 Rich Gamache
13. #v3 Rex Christensen
14. #16 Chase Goodson
15. #24 Chris Thornton
16. #7 Clint Foley
17. #20x Jeff Pittsley
18. #2 Paul Brown
19.#23Wayne Wells
20. #7x Chad McCallen
21. #15 Wayne Clark
22. #27 Pat Wells
23. #12 Rick Porter

STRICTLY STOCK

1. #78 Charlie Rosarbam
2. #11x Kerry Payne
3. #48 P.J. Mascaro
4. #30 Tammy Clouser
5. #51 John Cast
6. #007 Ray Tanguay
7. #13 Dean Bazzle
8. #15 Mike Wofford

39th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Opens at New Smyrna Speedway February 11th

February 8th, 2005

Front gate opens daily at 6 p.m. but you may come in to watch practice and buy your ticket at 6. General admission is $20.00, children 11 and under FREE in the grandstands. Reserved seating available at $25.00, call 386-427-4129 for reservations. Pit Gate opens daily at noon, pit admission is $25.00.

On Friday, February 11th (Opening Night) which is Volusia Pennysaver Night you will see Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Mini Stocks and Strictly Stocks. Qualifying for the Super Late Models, Late Models, Mini Stock and NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods will be at 3:00 p.m. Heats and features will be run for all with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 12th which is Bright House Networks Night, you will see Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Mini Stock and Super Stock. Qualifying for the Super Late Models and NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 13th, the NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods will have the night off as the TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints take center stage for the first of a two night appearance.
Along with the TBARA Sprints will be the Super Late Models, Late Models, Mini Stock and Thunder Roadsters. Qualifying for the Super Late Models will be at 4 p.m.

Monday, February 14th (REMEMBER YOUR SWEETHEART DAY – VALENTINE’S DAY) is Advance Discount Auto Parts Night with the TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, FL/IMCA Modifieds, Late Models, Mini Stock and Thunder Roadsters. The Late Models will go for 50 laps with qualifying for the NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods and Late Models at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, February 15th, is the New Smyrna Chrysler Dodge Jeep Chevrolet Night with Jimmy Spencer and Ted Musgrove showcasing Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Mini Stock and a 50 lap FL/IMCA Modified race. Qualifying for the Super Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, and FL/IMCA Modifieds will begin at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, February 16th, is Coca Cola “Full Throttle Night” with Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, FL/IMCA Mods, and Sportsman. The NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods will run for 50 laps with qualifying for the NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Super Late Models and Sportsman at 4 p.m.

Thursday, February 17th, it is Southeast Volusia Chamber Night with Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, FL/IMCA Mods, Sportsman and the FASCAR Pro Trucks and Quick Kids. The Super Late Models will go for 50 laps with qualifying for the Super Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods and Pro Trucks and Quick Kids at 4 p.m.

Friday, February 18th, it is Daytona Beach News Journal Night with Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, FL/IMCA Mods, Sportsman and Pro Trucks. Qualifying for the ‘RITCHIE EVANS MEMORIAL 100” for the NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Super Lates and Pro Trucks will be at 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 19th, it is Mid Florida Cellular Night with Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Pro Trucks, FL/IMCA Mods, and Super Stock. Qualifying for the FLORIDA 100 SUPER LATE MODEL, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, and Pro Trucks will be at 4 p.m.

2005 Pre-Entries

SUPER LATE MODEL

Jimmy Cope #61
Jeremic Whorff #00
Bill Whorff Jr. #0
Ron Vanes #11 or #111
Trevor Stewart #91
Shawn Dunning #71
Ryan Matthews #21
Bob Danes #95
Dale Nottestad #2
Ted Christopher #29
Leon Payton Jr. #57
Jack Landis #10
Louis Mechalides #47
JR McMickle #9
Justin Drawdy #12
Travis Kittleson #88
Jay Middleton #74
David Rogers #11
Steve Weaver Jr. #12
Jake Keaton #14
Bo Jackson #02
Scott Hantz #72
Mike Good #27
Mike Fritts #112
Shaun McWhirter #31
Alex Yontz #6
B.J.McLeod #78
Jeff Gordon #rv1
Pete Shepherd Jr. #97
Brent Klisiak #14
Ryan Foster #10
Russ Shaw #68
Mike Stacy #77
Adam Cain #03
Jeff Emery #16
Michael R. Donoho II #5
Dalton Zehr #5
Chase Austin #11 or #111
Donald Chisholm #89
David Hodges #16
Bob Fox #90
Jonathan Smith #80
Chappy Kaqqok #97
Greg Boone #59
Wayne Anderson #84
Tim Sibila #49
B.J. McLeod #78

LATE MODEL

Charles H. Bailey III #94
Dan Delisle #1
Alan Bruns #4b
Kirk Hooker #38
A.J. Curreli #2
Martin Pierce #75
Troy Atkins #14
Mike Murphy #26
Tim Russell #36
David Weaver #11
Dave Wagner #88
Chuck Burkhalter #1x
Rich Clouser #9
Tim Clark #8
Jerry Artuso #5
Cynthia Strahley #4
Jason Boyd #04
Dalton Zehr #7
T.C. McElyea #19
David Green #47
Amanda Gogel #4K
Alli Owens #22
Don Hess #64
Jonathan Smith #80
Patrick Thomas #25
Tate Pierce #81
Jordan Richardson #?

IMCA/FLA MODS

Alan Bruns #4b
Lee Collins #89
Rodney Brooks #36
Jason Boyd #2x
Brad May #00
Glen Bradley #4
Chuck Burkhalter #51
Jared Allison #18
Jim “Hoot” Flynn #57
Gary Passer #51
Jerry Symons #66
Jerry Artuso #5
Dave Barber Jr. #56
Denis Pierce #45
Dan Lane #05
TBA #03 (Lenoir, NC)

NASCAR TOUR TYPE/SK MODS

Ed Flemke #79
J.R. Bertuccio #2
Charlie Pasteryak #5
Eric Beers #9
Adam Horwith #19
Zack Sylvester #15
Donny Lia #18
Chuck Hossfeld #22
John White #27
Mike Coll #27x
Jim Storace #47
George Proctor #52
Kevin Goodale #58
Dave Michel #60
Gene Vitello #99
Justin Gaydosh #94
Tom Farrell #81
Steve Teed #80
Tim Arre #66
Dave Michel #60
Jonothan McKennedy #34
Chris Jones #39
Terry Zacharias #71
Andy Seuss #70
Glenn Griswold Jr. #73
Dale Holdridge #28 SK
Jeff Malave #17
Ted Christopher #00
Richard Gould #85
Joey Logano #25
John Denniston #3
J.R. Swansbrough #6
T.J. Potrzebowski #56
Gwenn Gaumond #11
TBA #19
TBA #3
Glenn Tyler #28
Ryan Preece #30
Shanon Moungeau #41
Rowan Penniuk #16
TBA #80
TBA #14

39th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing pens at New Smyrna Speedway

February 8th, 2005

Ok fans, it is countdown time. Only a few short days remain until the 39th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing opens at New Smyrna Speedway. This year pre-entry list shows that this is going to be “one big show”.for the fans. Some old favorites may be missing but you may find a new favorite among the listed pre-entries.

Front gate opens daily at 6 p.m. but you may come in to watch practice and buy your ticket at 6. General admission is $20.00, children 11 and under FREE in the grandstands. Reserved seating available at $25.00, call 386-427-4129 for reservations. Pit Gate open daily at noon, pit gate price $25.00.

On Friday, February 11th (Opening Night) which is Volusia Pennysaver Night you will see Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Mini Stocks and Strictly Stocks. Qualifying for the Super Late Models, Late Models, Mini Stock and NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods will be at 3:00 p.m. Heats and features will be run for all with racing action at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 12th which is Bright House Networks Night, you will see Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Mini Stock and Super Stock. Qualifying for the Super Late Models and NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 13th, the NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods will have the night off as the TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints take center stage for the first of a two night appearance.
Along with the TBARA Sprints will be the Super Late Models, Late Models, Mini Stock and Thunder Roadsters. Qualifying for the Super Late Models will be at 4 p.m.

Monday, February 14th (REMEMBER YOUR SWEETHEART DAY – VALENTINE’S DAY) is Advance Discount Auto Parts Night with the TBARA Outlaw Winged Sprints, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, FL/IMCA Modifieds, Late Models, Mini Stock and Thunder Roadsters. The Late Models will go for 50 laps with qualifying for the NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods and Late Models at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, February 15th, is the New Smyrna Chrysler Dodge Jeep Chevrolet Night with Jimmy Spencer and Ted Musgrove showcasing Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Mini Stock and a 50 lap FL/IMCA Modified race. Qualifying for the Super Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, and FL/IMCA Modifieds will begin at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, February 16th, is Coca Cola “Full Throttle Night” with Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, FL/IMCA Mods, and Sportsman. The NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods will run for 50 laps with qualifying for the NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Super Late Models and Sportsman at 4 p.m.

Thursday, February 17th, it is Southeast Volusia Chamber Night with Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, FL/IMCA Mods, Sportsman and the FASCAR Pro Trucks and Quick Kids. The Super Late Models will go for 50 laps with qualifying for the Super Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods and Pro Trucks and Quick Kids at 4 p.m.

Friday, February 18th, it is Daytona Beach News Journal Night with Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, FL/IMCA Mods, Sportsman and Pro Trucks. Qualifying for the ‘RITCHIE EVANS MEMORIAL 100” for the NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Super Lates and Pro Trucks will be at 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 19th, it is Mid Florida Cellular Night with Super Late Models, Late Models, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, Pro Trucks, FL/IMCA Mods, and Super Stock. Qualifying for the FLORIDA 100 SUPER LATE MODEL, NASCAR Tour Type/SK Mods, and Pro Trucks will be at 4 p.m.

2005 Pre-Entries

SUPER LATE MODEL

Jimmy Cope #61
Jeremic Whorff #00
Bill Whorff Jr. #0
Ron Vanes #11 or #111
Trevor Stewart #91
Shawn Dunning #71
Ryan Matthews #21
Bob Danes #95
Dale Nottestad #2
Ted Christopher #29
Leon Payton Jr. #57
Jack Landis #10
Louis Mechalides #47
JR McMickle #9
Justin Drawdy #12
Travis Kittleson #88
Jay Middleton #74
David Rogers #11
Steve Weaver Jr. #12
Jake Keaton #14
Bo Jackson #02
Scott Hantz #72
Mike Good #27
Mike Fritts #112
Shaun McWhirter #31
Alex Yontz #6
B.J.McLeod #78
Jeff Gordon #rv1
Pete Shepherd Jr. #97
Brent Klisiak #14
Ryan Foster #10
Russ Shaw #68
Mike Stacy #77
Adam Cain #03
Jeff Emery #16
Michael R. Donoho II #5
Dalton Zehr #5
Chase Austin #11 or #111
Donald Chisholm #89
David Hodges #16
Bob Fox #90
Jonathan Smith #80
Chappy Kaqqok #97
Greg Boone #59
Wayne Anderson #84
Tim Sibila #49
B.J. McLeod #78

LATE MODEL

Charles H. Bailey III #94
Dan Delisle #1
Alan Bruns #4b
Kirk Hooker #38
A.J. Curreli #2
Martin Pierce #75
Troy Atkins #14
Mike Murphy #26
Tim Russell #36
David Weaver #11
Dave Wagner #88
Chuck Burkhalter #1x
Rich Clouser #9
Tim Clark #8
Jerry Artuso #5
Cynthia Strahley #4
Jason Boyd #04
Dalton Zehr #7
T.C. McElyea #19
David Green #47
Amanda Gogel #4K
Alli Owens #22
Don Hess #64
Jonathan Smith #80
Patrick Thomas #25
Tate Pierce #81
Jordan Richardson #?

IMCA/FLA MODS

Alan Bruns #4b
Lee Collins #89
Rodney Brooks #36
Jason Boyd #2x
Brad May #00
Glen Bradley #4
Chuck Burkhalter #51
Jared Allison #18
Jim “Hoot” Flynn #57
Gary Passer #51
Jerry Symons #66
Jerry Artuso #5
Dave Barber Jr. #56
Denis Pierce #45
Dan Lane #05
TBA #03 (Lenoir, NC)

NASCAR TOUR TYPE/SK MODS

Ed Flemke #79
J.R. Bertuccio #2
Charlie Pasteryak #5
Eric Beers #9
Adam Horwith #19
Zack Sylvester #15
Donny Lia #18
Chuck Hossfeld #22
John White #27
Mike Coll #27x
Jim Storace #47
George Proctor #52
Kevin Goodale #58
Dave Michel #60
Gene Vitello #99
Justin Gaydosh #94
Tom Farrell #81
Steve Teed #80
Tim Arre #66
Dave Michel #60
Jonothan McKennedy #34
Chris Jones #39
Terry Zacharias #71
Andy Seuss #70
Glenn Griswold Jr. #73
Dale Holdridge #28 SK
Jeff Malave #17
Ted Christopher #00
Richard Gould #85
Joey Logano #25
John Denniston #3
J.R. Swansbrough #6
T.J. Potrzebowski #56
Gwenn Gaumond #11
TBA #19
TBA #3
Glenn Tyler #28
Ryan Preece #30
Shanon Moungeau #41
Rowan Penniuk #16
TBA #80
TBA #14

Choquette Makes it Four-in-a-Row Winning the Pete Orr Memorial Orange Blossom 100

February 6th, 2005

Justin Drawdy set fast time for the 100 lap race but pulled the 7 pill which inverted the top seven putting Chris Fontaine on the pole.

Before the race began, karnac.com owner Jack Smith presented Lee Collins with the Pete Orr Sportsmanship Award. Collins, who is well known for being a gentleman, was the 2004 Pro Mod Champion and also won the Championship for FL/IMCA Mods at the World Series in 2004.

“Lee Collins knows how to win but he also knows how to lose graciously,” said General Manager Don Nerone. “Lee is a perfect choice for this award and we are very happy for him.”

With the pre-race ceromonies concluded, it was time to go racing. Jack Landis, here from the cold, cold north for last week’s Speedfest and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, jumped to the early lead over Fontaine, Daryl Shelnut, Mike Garvey and Travis Kittleson. Kittleson wasted no time moving into third then second as Kittleson was on a mission to honor his late Crew Chief.

Mac Johnson brought out the caution on lap 6 as he spun on the backstretch but was able to get going fairly fast. Landis holds the point on the restart followed by Kittleson, Garvey, Shelnut and Fontaine.

Now it is Justin Drawdy who is on the move with the same goal in mind as Kittleson, to honor his late Crew Chief and friend Pete. Drawdy moves into the top five just as the second caution comes out for Chris Fontaine who has spun on the frontstretch.

Drawdy, who set fast time, once again found the “monkey on his back” as he had to withdraw from the race on lap 36 with mechanical problems. Daryl Shelnut brought out the third caution as he spun in turns 1 and 2. The race was then red flagged to check all the cars for leaking as there was fluid on the track. It was determined that Shelnut was leaking as he retired from the race disappointed. Shelnut has not run at New Smyrna Speedway for some time and it was great having him back again. Hopefully we will see more of him in 2005.

After leading for the first fifty laps, Landis sees Travis Kittleson take over as Garvey goes into second and Landis third. It looks like Kittleson will finally get his biggest desire but 49 more laps are left still to race.

Lap 64 Mac Johnson and Jay Middleton get together on the backstretch. Both are fine and return to the race in the rear of the field. Kittleson holds the point on the restart but Garvey finds himself going side-by-side with Jeff Choquette, winner of the last three races at New Smyrna. Choquette shows “he’s the man” and takes over second.

Lap 79 sees Daniel Webster get a flat coming off turn 3 and goes into the turn 4 wall. Webster is fine but his car is not as he retires into the pits for the night. Kittleson holds the point on the restart followed by Choquette, Garvey, Landis and James Powell III.

Lap 92 Mac Johnson brings out the caution as he spins in turns 3 and 4. The race goes back green with Kittleson in the lead but Choquette is on the move. Kittleson is fighting hard to retain the lead but gets alittle loose and Choquette takes advantage and passes Kittleson with four laps to go. Garvey follows on the tail of Choquette taking over second as Kittleson settles into third. Choquette takes his fourth win in a row at New Smyrna followed by Mike Garvey, Travis Kittleson, Jack Landis and James Powell III. Although Choquette never knew Pete Orr, he understood the importance of this win to Kittleson and Drawdy.

In other action at New Smyrna, Chad Akins took the win over Scott Bishop in the Quick Kids.

Steve Smith had the pole for the Late Model feature and quickly took the early lead and led for all 20 laps. Smith was followed by Mark Smith, Robert Andercheck, David Green and John Ripley on the start. Jeff Colburn brings out the caution when his engine let go and he retired to the pits.

Smith held the point on the restart as Mark Smith and Andercheck are going side-by-side for second. Anderchek takes second followed by Mark Smith, David Green and Alli Owens who has passed Ripley for fifth.

Owens puts the pedal tot he medal and passes Mark Smith for fourth and then David Green for third but cannot catch Andercheck for second. Steve Smith takes his first feature win in Late Models followed by Robert Andercheck, Alli Owens, David Green and Mark Smith.

In tech, Steve Smith is dq’d for too much left side weight. Smith takes it with grace as Andercheck is given the win followed by Alli Owens, David Green, Mark Smith and John Ripley.

Brian Bellaw had the pole for the Mini Stock feature and quickly took the lead over Rex Christensen, Clint Foley, Chase Goodson and Ricky Porter. Foley quickly passes Christensen for second as Goodson follows Foley for third and Christensen settles into fourth.

Bellaw holds the lead but Foley wants it. Foley is able to pass Bellaw as Bellaw gets alittle loose and Goodson takes over second with Bellaw in third. But Bellaw is not about to settle there as he repasses Goodson and takes back second but is unable to catch Foley to retake the lead.

Randy Blakeslee brings out the caution as he spins on the backstretch. Foley holds tight and keeps the lead on the restart followed by Bellaw, Goodson, Christensen, and Jason Cochran.

Foley takes the win for his first feature win at New Smyrna Speedway in 2005 followed by Brian Bellaw, Chase Goodson, Rex Christensen, and Jason Cochran.

The Open Wheel Modified feature had everyone on their feet and frozen for a few moments. Tom Root went hard into the turns 1 and 2 wall burstinig into flames. Root was able to get out of the car as it burned right in front of him. Also involved in the accident was Jimmy Winks driving the #66 Mod, Dan Lane and Art Kunzeman. Thank goodness all the drivers were fine but it was a very scary few minutes for everyone. After the red flag was lifted, there was a complete restart with the remaining modifieds.

George Murphy had the pole for the feature but it was Brad May who took the lead over Murphy followed by Lee Collins, Jimmy Britts and Jason Boyd. Britts takes over second with Collins in third as Murphy settles into fourth. Lee Collins brings out the caution as he spins in turns 1 and 2 as he tries to pass May for the lead. Collins is fine and rejoins the field in the rear.

On the restart it is May, Murphy, Britts, Boyd and Jim “Hoot” Flynn. Flynn passes Boyd for fourth as Collins moves into fifth. Brad May takes the win for his second win in 2005 over George Murphy, Jimmy Britts, Jim “Hoot” Flynn, and Lee Collins.

Charlie Collins had the pole for the Pro Trucks but it was Jamies Skinner who took the lead and never looked back. Skinner won over Charlie Collins, A.J. Curreli, and Bill Stacy.

Dale Clouser had the pole for the Sportsman feature and quickly jumped to the lead over Patrick Thomas, Charlie Vest, Paul Colgan, and Paul Hudson. Hudson brings out the caution as he hits the turn 4 wall in his brand new Sportsman. Hudson is fine but must end his night in the pits.

Clouser holds the point on the restart followed by Thomas, Colgan, Vest, and Randy Jones. Ken Lewton spins on the backstretch but keeps going as Clouser holds the lead. Clouser and Thomas are doing some really close racing as suddenly Clouser goes into the turn 4 wall hard as he and Thomas touch. Clouser is fine but ends his night and Thomas goes to the rear of the field.

Paul Colgan has the point on the restart followed by Vest, Thomas, Jones and Lewton. Thomas passes Vest and sets sail on Colgan for the lead. Thomas takes the lead and the win followed by Paul Colgan, Charlie Vest, Randy Jones, and Ken Lewton.

Bob Cherry has the pole for the Super Stock feature and takes the lead over Billy Cuddy, Justin Reynolds, Bruce Wingate and Barry Parks. Cuddy passes Cherry and takes over the point as the caution comes out on lap 6 for J.T. Tippins who has spun on the frontstretch.

Cuddy holds the point on the restart followed by Reynolds, Cherry, Parks, and Wingate. Reynolds works his way around Cuddy for the lead and Justin Reynolds takes his first feature win over Billy Cuddy, Bob Cherry, Bruce Wingate and Barry Parks. Cuddy was dq’d in tech changing the finishing order to Justin Reynolds, Bob Cherry, Bruce Wingate, Barry Parks, and Bruce McGonigal Jr.

Strictly Stocks saw Nick Boley take the win over P.J. Mascaro, Mike Wofford, Jason Pick and Jose Rivera.

Donny Lia and Team Ready to Rock Speedweek’s World Series of Asphalt

February 3rd, 2005

“These guys all have the same outlook on racing,” said Lia. “They would sleep in a tent in the snow just to go to the track. They’d roll around in the mud and do whatever it takes to win. I have no doubts.”

Even sleeping has been a chore for Lia and his team this off-season.

“I’ve never felt as good about going racing as I do right now,” said Lia. “I was telling my guys that I can’t sleep because I want to go racing again so bad and they all told me that they are the same way.”

Last year, Lia did a little bit of post-season racing and had some big finishes. He won the North vs. South Shootout at Concord Motorsport Park (NC) and finished a strong second in the Turkey Derby at Wall Township Raceway (NJ). He hopes this streak will carry over for the team during Speedweeks.

“That momentum from last year has really built up in the off-season,” said Lia. “We’re ready to take out our frustrations of not racing all winter at New Smyrna. You don’t know what to expect going down there and you don’t know what the guys you race against are going to pull out, but I have a really good feeling about this Florida trip. We are good enough to dominate. I know that we can win a lot of races and poles. We’d like to have eight wins and eight poles during the weeks. It’s not really possible, but you’ve got to shoot for it.”

The team has been meeting at their Long Island Lia Motorsports Inc. shop and practicing their pit stops all winter long. They are ready for their trip.

“Everyone is pumped up and ready to go,” said Lia. “We’ve moved a couple of guys around on the pit crew and it’s had remarkable results. Plus, all of our over-the-wall crew is within an hour of the shop, so we get to practice a lot. If the tires fall off any, we’ll probably pit in the 50-lap races just to have some fun.”

But it’s not just about the pit crew, Lia is happy to go to New Smyrna as a driver as well.

“I love this track,” Lia said. “It’s a big track. It’s the size of Thompson, but with tighter turns and more banking. You can really come off the corners and get going here. The cars are just the right speed for running at New Smyrna. They go just fast enough to have some good racing and have some fun while driving them.”

The World Series at New Smyrna will start on Friday, February 11th and continue through February 19th.

In 2005, Lia and the LMI team will return to action on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. For more information on Donny and the team, please contact Matthew Dillner at (704) 231-7613 and be sure to visit DonnyLia.com.

Crane Getting Education On & Off the Track Heading Into Speedweeks

February 2nd, 2005

Confused? Let us explain. Rather than take too much time away from his studies at Florida State University, where he is a business major with an eye towards law school, Crane has decided to show up a little bit later to the nine days of racing at New Smyrna.

“I’m not going out there until later in the week,” said Crane. “We’ll be running the last four races of the series, so I’ll still need to miss one day of classes.”

Every trip to the track, though, is still an educational experience for Crane. Having short track racing legend, and former schoolteacher, Freddie Query in his pits is definitely accelerating the learning curve for Crane.

“We have a great relationship,” said Crane. “Everything that Freddie tells me I can relate to and use. He has helped me with my driving and in understanding the setups. Now I can explain to him what the car is doing much better than before. His help is tremendous.”

Query’s help is also valuable away from the track.

“We stay in touch during the week,” said Crane. “We talk everyday on the phone. Today, I’ve talked to him twice already. We do a good job of staying in contact with each other away from the track.”

The pairing of young driver and master happened when the two raced against each other and struck up a friendship. That opened the door to Query becoming a coach and teacher for Crane.

“We raced against each other and I had seen him a lot on and off the track,” said Crane. “We became friends after awhile and that carried through to having him help us out.”

Crane has never raced at New Smyrna before and he hopes that Query can help to flatten out his learning curve.

“It will definitely be a learning experience,” said Crane. “We will see where we are at on the first night out. I’ve watched races there and walked the track, but that’s it. Freddie can tell me what to expect there. After we make a lap or two, we will know where we are at.”

Speedweeks might be a home-state race for Crane, but he is far from being a local at New Smyrna. He hails from Panama City, a full seven hours from the track. In fact, sometimes it even feels like it’s in another state.

“Panama City’s pretty much lower Alabama,” said Crane. “We are in a different time zone; it’s an hour behind and it feels like a different world.”

Crane and his team plan on attending the nightly races at New Smyrna starting on Wednesday night, February 16th and end with the Florida 100 on February 19th.

For more information on Ryan Crane and his 2005 plans, contact Mike Twist at (207) 590-1706. And be sure to visit the all-new ryancraneracing.com coming soon.

Pro Trucks and Quick Kids Added to New Smyrna Schedule

February 2nd, 2005