NEW SMYRNA, Fla. — As happens every February, a packed schedule will highlight more than a week of action as the 51st annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing kicks off at New Smyrna Speedway.
Once again this season, fans will be able to watch the action live on FansChoice.tv if they can’t make it to the track. Over nine nights of action packed racing, fans will be treated to multiple different types of race cars on-track and drivers coming from all across the country.
Thursday, Feb. 16, some teams will have the chance to hit the track for the first time and get their cars set for the grueling week ahead as a practice night is set for teams to prepare themselves and their equipment.
Friday, Feb. 17 is when the live racing action begins, highlighted by the Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Sportsmans and Pro Trucks. Saturday’s schedule will include the Super Late Models, Sportsmans and is headlined by double features for the Pro Late Model series.
After two nights of racing, all of those divisions will have a night off as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East invades the half-mile oval for their season-opening event on Sunday, Feb. 19. The Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series will also join the action as a support division.
Last year’s K&N East opener saw Todd Gilliand score the win, but it didn’t come without controversy. NASCAR officials displayed the white flag a lap late, causing confusion among the drivers before Gilliland was ultimately declared the winner.
After an action packed Sunday, the Tour-type Modifieds will roll into New Smyrna for the first time on Monday evening for a 50-lap feature. The IMCA Modifieds will also hold their first race of the week on Monday, joined by the Super Late Models and Pro Late Models.
Tuesday, the IMCA Modifieds take center stage with a 75-lap main event, while the Super Late Models and Tour-type Modifieds join them. Then on Wednesday, the Modifieds headline the action with the annual John Blewett III Memorial 76.
As the action starts to wind down, Thursday will include four feature races before Friday night the Tour-type Modified champion is crowned in the Richie Evans Memorial 100, which joins the Pro Late Model twin 100s. On Saturday, the PPG/Tower Sealants Super Late Models compete in a 100-lap feature to conclude the week.
As of right now, multiple modified standouts have said they will attend the week of racing. Defending New Smyrna modified champion Ryan Preece will make the trip to compete with Eddie and Connie Partridge in the No. 6 TS Haulers mount. Timmy Solomito, Matt Hirschman, Jonathan McKennedy and others will also join the action.
For more information, including the full schedule of events for the week of racing, fans can visit the track website by clicking here.
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Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.
When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer. Souza also writes press releases for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Souza also works for Area Auto Racing News, based in Trenton, N.J.
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