Both the Pro Late Model and Super Stock classes will run 50-lap events Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway and will be joined in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action by the Sportsman cars, Mini Stocks and Strictly Stocks.
The evening’s events are being sponsored by Sanford Auto Dealers Exchange (SADE), a long-time supporter of Central Florida racing located at 2851 St. Johns Parkway in Sanford. The always immaculate-looking black and blue
SADE-sponsored cars have been a fixture at New Smyrna Speedway for several years with Rich Clouser leading the charge with cars running in the Super and Pro Late Model divisions. Ernie and Gino Tuminello have SADE Super Stock cars
along with impressive rookie Preston Hunt and Gino Tuminello debuted a new SADE E-Modified just last week.
The Pro Late Model 50-lap run is a rescheduled event following a rain-out last month. Many teams have rain checks from that original night that saw 18 cars in the pits, so a field of 20 or more is not out of the question. The aforementioned Rich Clouser is the hottest driver so far this year, taking his fifth win last week although that one came as a result of the apparent winner being DQ’d. Clouser, a former Pro Late champion, got a late start on the
year so is not in the current point race that now sees Australian rookie driver Will Carroll on top of the standings by 19 points over second place Ricky Anderson who had a rough night last week suffering a big crash on the
front stretch. Zach Jarrell is third in points, 42 behind Carroll. Michael Lira, recently selected to be a part of NASCAR’s 2015 Drive for Diversity program, has had a fast horse the last two weeks but with nothing to show for it. A late-race caution led to an altercation two weeks ago that knocked Lira off the pace after he had dominated the event. Last week, after some controversy between himself and Anderson early in the race, Lira drove away to an apparent victory only to be set down for a weight infraction in tech. Look for Lira to be seeking revenge this week be he and the others will have a host of challengers including Daniel Keene, Jr. who already has a 50-lap Pro Late win under his belt at New Smyrna this season.
Other drivers expected to be in action include impressive Oklahoma rookie Tyler Thomas in the Tim Russell Development entry, Brad May, Alan Bruns, Chad Pierce, Kevyn Terry, Jerry Symons, Colby Clements, Daniel Miller, Noah Cornman and many more.
The Super Stock 50-lap race should be a real barn-burner with several teams having a good shot at victory. Point leader Shannon Kelly is well on his way to a second consecutive track title holding a 51 point advantage over Mike
Amato. Kelly has not missed a point race this year and has two wins to go along with a bunch of seconds and thirds. Amato will be in the field as well and is still looking for his first trip to victory lane last week.
Mike Trocki took his third win of the year last week but indicated the car owner Butch Herdegen will drive the #43 “tribute to the King” Chevy this week. It remains to be seen if three-time winner Garrett Hill will be in action following a bad crash last week. Other drivers looking for a win will include David Gould, Jeff Colburn, Ernie and Gino Tuminello, Preston Hunt, J. T. Tippins, Justin Spears, Becca Samsoe and a host of others.
Donny Williams is well on his way to another track championship, still holding a 52 point margin over D. J. Farr in the Sportsman standings despite a broken distributor putting him on the sidelines during the 50-lap run for the class two weeks ago. Pat Wells’ fifth win of the year in the Mini Stocks helped him move to a ten point advantage over David Russell in the race for that title this year. Jimmy Barron continues to hold a big lead in the Strictly Stock points.
Pit gates open Saturday afternoon at 3 pm with division practice from 4-5:45pm. Grandstand gates open at 6 pm with qualifying for the Pro Late Models and Super Stocks at 6:05 pm. Racing starts at 7:30 pm with 25-lap features for the Sportsman and Mini Stocks. During intermission an on-track autograph session will be held for fans to meet and greet the drivers in both the Pro Late Model and Super Stock classes. The Pro Late Models will be up first after intermission for their 50-lap contest followed by the 50-lap shoot-out for the Super Stocks. The evening wraps up with a 20-lap run for the Strictly Stocks.
Adult admission is $15 with all seniors (65+) and military members with valid ID being admitted for $13. Kids 11 and under are free.
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