NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Todd Ridgeway photo —
Though Daytona International Speedway holds Speedweeks in February, they not the only track that does so in Florida. For short track racing fans, New Smyrna Speedway is the site in you want to be at during the month of February, for the annual World Series.
The 2016 edition of the World Series will begin on Thursday Feb. 11, with parking and practice sessions as the track prepares for what is sure to be a busy week. Racing action will start on Friday with Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, IMCA Modifieds and Sportsman’s battling it out side-by-side for glory on night one of racing.
Saturday Feb. 13 will see the same four divisions go wheel-to-wheel before Valentine’s Day kicks-off the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. In 2015, Austin Hill won the pole award and went on to lead all 151 laps in route to scoring the checkered flag in his No. 22 machine. The K&N cars will be joined by the Sportsman’s for a 50 lap feature event. Though they will not have any on-track activity on Sunday, the Tour Type Modifieds will be bringing their haulers in and parking in preparation for the weeks racing.
Monday Feb. 15 will see the first on-track action for Tour Type Modifieds with a 50 lap feature event starting their week. They will be joined by the IMCA Modifeds, Super Late Models and Pro Late Models. On Tuesday, the IMCA Modifieds take center stage with a 75 lap feature event, while the Tour Type Modifieds and Super Late Models will also be in action.
Wednesday Feb. 17 will be the first “big night” for the modified gang as they compete in the annual John Blewett III Memorial feature that is scheduled for 76 laps. The event often showcases top talents in the modified ranks and driver’s take great pride in scoring the checkered flag. The IMCA Modifieds, Super Late Models and Pro Late Models will also take to the track on that special night.
The PPG/Tower Sealants 100 will be held for the Pro Late Model division on Feb. 18, along with the Tour Type Modifieds and Super Late Model feature events. Action on Friday Feb. 19 will see the annual Richie Evans Memorial 100 for the Tour Type Modifieds — a second prestigious event that driver’s will be chasing the checkered flag.
The final night of the 2016 World Series on Saturday Feb. 20 will include a special a special Super Late Model 100, a Pro Late Model feature and an IMCA Modifieds feature. Saturday will also be the rain date for the Richie Evans Memorial 100 lap feature for the Tour Type Mods if it is to rain on Friday.
About the Writer
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 and press writer, and is also the Media Director for the Tri Track Open Modified Series, managed by Dick Williams and the ‘Long Island Mod Maniac,’ James Schaefer.
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