Harrison Burton made a statement on Wednesday night at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), rallying from an incident Tuesday night to score the victory in the Super Late Model feature.
Burton raced his way from eighth to first in 35 laps, taking the victory after a long night and early morning with his team repairing the No. 12 machine that was damaged after an incident with Ty Majeski during Tuesday’s feature.
The vindication made for an excited Burton in victory lane.
“We stayed here late in the night and were here early in the morning to fix it and it’s clearly just as good as before, if not better. It feels good to be back in victory lane. That was probably one of the most exhilarating moments of my life, taking that checkered flag.”
Sam Mayer led the middle portion of the race, taking the lead from polesitter Derek Griffith on lap 9. However, Mayer lost the lead to Burton in the closing laps, settling for a second-place finish.
Mayer unofficially took the World Series points lead for Super Late Models, riding a wave of consistent finishes. However, Mayer is still searching for his first win of the week.
”We just need to find a way to get our consistency to where we need it,” Mayer said. “I was falling off at the end. I don’t know what I was doing wrong, it just kept falling off and falling off as the race went on. I’ve got to find a way to get it right and stay out front.”
Derek Griffith notched his best finish of the World Series on Wednesday night, coming home in third place for his best career World Series finish.
Oddly enough, it came on a day where he and his team spent more time fixing his car than driving it. Griffith left after just a handful of laps in the first practice, going to a local race shop to repair damage to his chassis.
“I think it happened last night, to be honest,” Griffith said about the damage. “We went out for practice today, made four or five laps, and it just kept dragging real bad. I knew right away something was up. We pulled it in, and the chassis had actually broken in a spot.
“We loaded it up on a flatbed trailer and carried it over to Jason Boyd’s shop,” Griffith continued. “We got that thing pieced back together. We just fired off for qualifying, and it went good.”
To relive the action from Wednesday night, click here to see our Trackside Now updates from the race.
The Super Late Models will again contest a 35-lap feature Thursday on the seventh night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Trackside Now will be live from New Smyrna Speedway at 1:30 P.M.
-By Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing – Super Late Model Unofficial Results
New Smyrna Speedway (FL) – February 14, 2018
|14||12J||Joe Graf, Jr.|
|18||112||Steve Weaver, Jr.|