The SMART Modified Tour will be back in action this weekend at Florence Motor Speedway after kicking off its season at Caraway Speedway one week ago. Fans unable to make the trip to Florence will be able to watch live on Speed51.TV.
Before Saturday’s race, here are 10 Things to Know as the ground-pounders head to the Palmetto State.
1 – Matt Hirschman won the SMART Tour season opener at Caraway Speedway (NC) last week. The veteran modified driver won his first SMART race and his fourth overall race at Caraway. He will likely join the tour for other races this fall, but we don’t expect to see him in Florence this weekend.
2 – Saturday’s race will be a 75-lap sprint race for the Modifieds. They will have one more race before the spring break. That next race will be at South Boston Speedway on April 3.
3 – Last year, Florence Motor Speedway hosted two SMART Tour events, with wins going to Joey Coulter and Brian Loftin. By our accounts, these were the first Tour-type Modified events held at the South Carolina track.
4 – Burt Myers had a solid second-place run to start the season after getting passed on the final lap of the race. Since his return to this series, he has been in top three in all four of the races he has started.
5 – There will be a total of eight more races after the Florence event. Those eight races will take place at seven different tracks.
6 – John Smith had a key third-place finish at Caraway. We highlight that as Smith had a win in the 2020 SMART Tour season that featured four races. He was also the Southern Modified Racing Series champion in 2019 and he looks to pick up where he left off there.
7 – The action was solid at Caraway for the opener, with seven lead changes among seven different drivers. The SMART Modified Tour’s segment format and tire rules allow for adjustments to be made on pit road and shake things up.
8 – Saturday’s Smart Chevrolet 75 will be live on Speed51.TV for monthly/yearly subscribers. Another great field of Southern Modified competitors are expected for the second race of the season.
9 – Some of the tracks like Carteret County Speedway will be a level playing field for several drivers when the series visits later this year. The track has only hosted one touring Modified event, back in 2015 when Cale Gale beat Zach Brewer in a 125-lap event.
10 – Dominion Raceway is another venue some at-large Modified drivers will be watching. The Virginia track has never hosted a Modified race and will do so this fall.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo