February 5, 2021
New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt
Freshly painted white walls, American flag covered stands and palm trees welcome drivers and fans to nine – yes nine – nights of spectacular racing on the eastern Florida coastline for the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway beginning tonight. This week is one of your first opportunities of the year to see some of the best short-track drivers compete in a marathon of races, ending February 13 with the David Rogers Super Late Model Orange Blossom 100.
With the many types of cars that will be racing this week there is sure to be a type of racing that you find you will enjoy watching. I have no doubt that if you plan to tune in for a certain type of racing you will be drawn into the excitement of the other series’. Yesterday the pits were packed with cars from the Tour Type Mods, Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Florida Modifieds, Sportsman, 602 Modifieds, Pro Trucks, E Mods, Super Stocks, Bombers, Florida Southern Ground Pounders, and joining later in the week the ARCA East series.
Even with relatively short races through the week, there is plenty of action leading to damaged cars as well as plenty of attrition with engines expiring and other parts failing. Derek Griffith, last year’s defending Super Late Model champion has returned to New Smyrna and is hoping to be able to achieve the elusive two-time champion status this year.
Yesterday, track announcer Ryan Stevens told us a little bit about the week and the excitement surrounding the event. “The pits are absolutely jammed packed with race cars! Over 40 Tour Mods and 30 Super Late Models are expected to compete. This is one of the most anticipated World Series in recent memory. The drivers are happy to be on track for practice as they get ready to run a season’s worth of races in 9 nights!” Stevens continued with, “I’ve never been more excited for the World Series and I’ve never prepared harder for anything in my life. This will be one for the history book.” When asked if he had any predictions for the week, Ryan came back with Anthony Nocella for the Tour Mod Champ, Bubba Pollard Super Late Champ, and Travis Eddy Florida Mod Champ.
Hunter Wright, 2020 Pro Late Model Rookie of the Year at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will be making his second start at New Smyrna historic Speedweeks. Hunter took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to let us know how he was feeling about the car and the week ahead. “I think we have a good consistent car and will be good come race time. I am really excited and grateful that I have the opportunity to be here.”
“As the week goes on we are going to continue working and trying a few things here and there but our main goal is to win some races and come home with a car in 1 piece. I’m just glad to be getting on the track. Every time I get on a racetrack I learn something new and I’m really excited to be racing with some new people along with some veterans and I look forward to getting some track time with them,” Wright said.
Tonight’s racing includes:
Bucked Up Sportsman 35
JA Edwards of America Super Late Model 35
Fast Guard Security Service Pro Late Model 35
FL Modified 35
JA Edwards of America Bomber 20
Tickets are still available
3939 Clyde Hart Hwy
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
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