What offseason?  That’s the question many Late Model racers will be asking themselves this Saturday, January 5 when the first Late Model race of the year is held at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).

 

This year, the 33rd running of the Red Eye will be moving to a new format featuring twin 50-lap events — one for Pro Late Models and one for Super Late Models — at Florida’s half-mile oval.

 

Drivers from all over the country have pre-entered for a chance to get a leg up on the competition and get their season started early. This includes Vermont’s own Todd Stone who will be making the annual pilgrimage down with both his Super and Pro Late Models in tow to prepare for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

 

Although Stone is traveling a far distance to compete in the event, Wisconsin’s own Brad Kossow will travel the furthest distance to compete in the race.  Kassow will be bringing his No. 12 Super Late Model down to the Sunshine State to get an early start to his 2019 racing season.

 

 

Ryan Moore, a native of Maine who now lives in North Carolina, has filed an entry for the race and will look to back up a win last year during Florida Speedweeks.  The 2013 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing champion has competed on a part-time basis in recent years but has always enjoyed racing at New Smyrna.

 

Travis Cope, a former Florida Governor’s Cup winner at New Smyrna, has filed an entry and will make his return behind the wheel of a Super Late Model.

 

After signing with DGR-Crosley to run the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East full time over the off season, 2018 NHRA Pro Stock champion Tanner Gray has also entered a Super Late Model in an effort to help transition him back to the world of oval racing.

 

Seventeen-year old DGR-Crosley teammate Drew Dollar will also be fielding an entry as he prepares to compete in select Late Model, K&N Pro Series, ARCA, and NASCAR Truck Series events throughout the 2019 season.

 

Lakeland, Florida’s own Becca Monopoli will also join the fray. The 2018 Showtime Speedway (FL) track champion will be making her first attempt in a Super Late Model at New Smyrna Speedway since 2016.

 

New Smyrna Speedway regular Doug Elliott has also filed an official entry for the race, while Harold Crooms has filed an entry for his Super Late Model.

 

Local drivers Brad May, David Rogers, and Anthony Sergi are expected to compete as well in an attempt to back up Jeff Choquette’s victory last year and keep the trophy in the state of Florida.

 

Tovia Grynewicz and Colin Allman have also filed entries for the Super Late Model portion of the Red Eye. 

 

A quartet of drivers including Todd Stone, Brad May, Drew Dollar and Harold Crooms have filed entries for both Late Model divisions.

 

“The Gunslinger” Mike Skinner has filed an entry for the Pro Late Model portion of the event.

 

The current entry list for the Red Eye 50/50 can be seen below.  Additional entries are expected to be filed throughout the week and on the day of the race.

 

Drivers planning to compete during the Red Eye Weekend are encouraged to file their entry forms at the following link: https://www.myracepass.com/register/?n=19190

 

Red Eye 50/50 Entry List

Super Late Models

1 Todd Stone
7 Doug Elliott
9M Brad May
12 Brad Kossow
17 Tanner Gray
26 Travis Cope
32 Harold Crooms
40 Tovia Grynewicz
54 Drew Dollar
59X Becca Monopoli
67 Colin Allmän
74 Ryan Moore

 

Pro Late Models

1 Todd Stone
5 Mike Skinner
9M Brad May
22 Drew Dollar
32 Harold Crooms
43 Daniel Dye
117 Phillip Bessett

 

-Story by Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent  – Twitter: @AJorgensen24

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

Here’s the Entry List for New Smyrna’s Red Eye Race