It was a strong week for Team Platinum at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Open-wheel star Kody Swanson scored his first Stock Car win during the week last Thursday and claimed the Pro Late Model championship Friday night. On Saturday, it was the boss man’s turn as Bill Burba earned his first-career Florida Modified championship at New Smyrna Speedway.
The Ohio driver visited victory lane twice during the week, including the big 75-lapper on Tuesday night. Both of those wins would come in handy by the end of the week, with just four points separating he and local driver Jerry Symons. Burba finished third in the final 35-lap feature while Symons finished one spot ahead of him in second, giving Burba the title by just two points.
It is the latest accomplishment for the team based out of the Dayton, Ohio area. Team Platinum is 14 months removed from a Snowball Derby win with Travis Braden in December 2019.
“This is pretty awesome. All of our guys on this team are top-notch, they know what they’re doing, all the crew chiefs that are here. We’re from a small town near Dayton, Ohio but we’re 100% race cars,” Burba said on the NBC Trackpass broadcast. “When we come to the racetrack our cars are ready to win every time.”
This was the eighth World Series appearance for Burba across multiple divisions. He scored his first win at New Smyrna last year on Night #6 over Southeast legend Augie Grill and Modifieds of Mayhem champion Zach Knowles. He stepped it up in 2021, doubling his win total for the week.
The week appeared to be a Travis Eddy runaway once again, but a wreck on Night #3 and a mechanical failure two nights later would leave the points battle wide open. Burba had a four-point edge over Symons going into Saturday night’s feature, while also holding the tiebreaker by virtue of his two wins. He was in third comfortably in the late stages of the race, while Wayne Parker solidified Burba’s championship by passing Symons with six laps to go to take the win.
“I knew I just had to finish in front of Jerry, I really wasn’t worried about anything else after that. The No.1 car (Wayne Parker) is pretty good but he’s not a very clean driver, so I did what I had to do and stay on his back bumper and pretty much survive, really.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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