The 52nd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing is officially in the books. After nine days of exciting racing action at New Smyrna Speedway, it’s time now to hand out awards to those who performed the best during the nine-day event.
Driver of the Week
Harrison Burton – Burton won three times and set fast time on six of the seven nights that the Super Late Models competed. He would have been the champion if not for his wreck in the middle of the week while battling in the top three. Burton also set fast time and finished second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener.
Driver of the Week – Part 2
Cole Anderson – Anderson set a World Series record for Pro Late Models wins with five wins in seven nights of racing. He also won the Pro Late Model title, his first at Speedweeks.
Jerry Symons and Tank Tucker – The two veterans each won two races at Speedweeks, making us think it was 10 years or 15 years ago when they dominated the class. Together, they have over 60 wins in the class.
Smoothest Driver of the Week
Stephen Nasse – Nasse was solid all week in the Super Late Models and that allowed him to win the week-long Speedweeks title. Nasse has been in the mix before, but he had never been this calculating. His approach to the final few nights was impressive from the standpoint that we had watched him lose the title before.
Comeback of the Week
Ryan Preece – Preece had his week start with a wild ride at Bronson Speedway after the throttle stuck on his No. 6 machine. His tough luck continued at New Smyrna after he dominated on night one only to break late in the race. He made it all the way back to score two wins and out-battled Matt Hirschman in the Richie Evans Memorial 100 on Friday night.
Race of the Week
Super Late Models on February 13 – The fourth night of racing for the Super Late Models proved to be the best night of racing for the division. The three fastest cars of the week — Harrison Burton, Ty Majeski and Stephen Nasse — were under a blanket as the laps clicked off. Eventually, Burton spun off of Majeski’s front bumper before Majeski prevailed in a spirited battle with Nasse.
Rookie of the Week
Sam Mayer – New Smyrna has used up some young drivers in the past. The crafty veterans know the lines around the track and first-time drivers often struggle. Mayer proved everyone wrong as he mixed it up with Harrison Burton and Stephen Nasse for the title. Mayer led the points going into the final night only to come up short. He turned some heads and we know for sure we will hear his name this summer.
Hard Luck Award of the Week
Sean Bass – Bass saw his World Series end with a vicious crash while leading the Sportsman finale at New Smyrna. Bass was in position to win all four races and instead came in on two hooks after an incident with two lapped cars. Despite three wins during the week, the wreck ended his otherwise stellar Florida Speedweeks.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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