The 53rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing has come and gone. After
nine seven nights of racing (thanks, Mother Nature) at New Smyrna Speedway, it’s time to look back at the event in this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com.
0: The amount of points that separated Florida Modified drivers Travis Eddy and Jerry Symons at the end of the week. The two Florida Modified veterans ended the week with 292 points. With each driver recording one victory during the week, the tiebreaker moved to most second-place finishes. Eddy had two runner-up results and was crowned the champion for the second time in three years.
2: For the second time in his career, Chuck Hossfeld won the Tour-type Modified championship. This time he did it without a victory, but he was a master of consistency throughout the week with four top fives and an average finish of 4.2. That was enough to beat out Matt Hirschman, who won the final three races.
2: Augie Grill made his Speedweeks debut and made his competitors know he was there. He won in not one, but two different divisions. Grill won a Pro Late Model race and then added a Florida Modified victory as well while making eight total starts during the week.
4: The Pro Late Models had four new winners in six races during the 2019 World Series. Eventual champion Sammy Smith and 2018 Big 8 Series champion Jeremy Smith each picked up a pair of victories, while Augie Grill and Jamie Skinner each had one turn in victory lane.
5: Spencer Davis’ start in Florida Modified action made him a member of the five-time club. Davis has now raced in five different classes at the World Series, not counting the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race which only runs one night.
5: After sweeping Friday and Saturday’s races, Cody Haskins now has five Pro Truck wins at the World Series counting the three he had from the 2012 season.
7: Wayne Parker has pocketed seven winning trophies in the World Series between the last two seasons. The win total pushes him into the top five for all-time World Series win in the Florida Modified class.
13: The Pro Late Models again extended their streak with no repeat champions since the division was created in 2007. That’s 13 years with 13 different champions and 47 different winners.
16: Derek Kraus played his cards right and charged from the 16th position to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener.
18: Bubba Pollard won the Super Late Model week-long championship, marking yet another historical milestone in his career. Pollard’s championship also made it 18 straight seasons without a repeat Super Late Model champion at the World Series.
41: Anthony Sergi won his first Super Late Model feature at the World Series on night one. It was his first win in 41 starts. Sergi has also won in the Limited Late Model class, and he’s raced in four classes overall.
45: Jerry Symons won for the 45th time in the Florida Modifieds during Speedweeks. The six-time champion came up short on tiebreakers for a record seventh crown.
(Note: Some records from the Florida Modifed division are incomplete. Symons could have more wins.)
53: We close the books on the 53rd World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing with several new faces and some veterans winning during the week.
Back-to-Back: During the opening weekend, Saturday and Sunday’s feature events were washed out due to rain, adding to a rainout total that is now at 38 since 1980. The double washout was the first back-to-back washout since 1984.
First Time: For the first time since both races have been contested, one driver won both marquee Tour-type Modified races in the same week. Matt Hirschman won the John Blewett III Memorial 76 and the Richie Evans 100. Of his seven wins at New Smyrna, five have come in these two events.
Not So Fast: Travis Eddy (Florida Modifeds) and Jeremy Miller (PLM) each had wins taken away in the tech line after the race. It was a busy week in the tech line with a handful of podium finishers also being disqualified.
First Wins: The week was filled with first-time World Series winners. In the Super Late Models, Anthony Sergi and Brad May each won for the first time in the class. In Pro Late Models, Jeremy Miller, Sammy Smith, Jamie Skinner and Augie Grill became first-time winners. Grill added a first win in the Florida Modifeds just a day later. Doug Coby also won his first Tour-Type Modified race at New Smyrna as well.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / Melissa Strahley