When Brandon Oakley was asked why he wanted to compete in 49th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, he simply said that he wanted to get out of the cold weather and do some racing.
The Beavercreek, Ohio driver is planning on taking two Super Late Models down to the half-mile oval for the first time in his career next week.
“I have yet to race at New Smyrna. Last year, I went to watch the Red Eye 100 and that was the only time I have seen the place,” Oakley told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It looks like a fun place and it should be a lot of fun.”
While the cold weather and an opportunity to race in February are appealing to Oakley, going to Florida during Speedweeks is nothing new for him.
“My family goes there for vacation and to the Daytona 500 every year,” Oakley said. “We figured, why not take the cars and do some racing since we would already be down there.”
But Oakley will not just be racing his Super Late Model; he will also be making his second start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener on Sunday, February 15 at New Smyrna Speedway.
Oakley will be driving a K&N car prepared by Jeff Fultz.
“Jeff Fultz had the car and my dad worked out a deal with him to buy it and come down and do this race,” Oakley explained. “I am hoping to run as many K&N races as possible this year.”
His only start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East was last year at Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio where he finished 19th after qualifying seventh for the event.
“It means a lot to compete again in the K&N Series,” Oakley said. “It’s another step for me and hopefully I can go out and get a good run in the opener down there.”
Oakley said that he is working on a possible deal to maybe run the full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Overall, he is looking forward to taking his first laps around New Smyrna Speedway in both his Super Late Model and K&N cars.
Oakley said that he is bringing down a new Hamke chassis car and hopes to get it tuned in for the 2015 season.
“The ultimate goal is to win the championship,” Oakley said. “Hopefully, we can pick up some wins and get some information on the new car we built over the winter.”
-By Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @KevinRamsell
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