Each year, New Smyrna Speedway (FL) hosts the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, bringing together several classes of racing for nine nights at the half-mile oval.
To prepare fans for the action, our resident “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor takes a look at the Pro Late Model division “by the numbers.”
0: In the 12 previous seasons there have been 12 different champions. No driver has ever won two titles.
0: Don’t hold us to this just yet but the entry list looks like we might throw the green flag on the first night with no former winners in the field.
1X: Former Florida Modified champion Todd Stone will give it another go in the Pro Late Model ranks. He has 23 starts and 17 top 10 runs.
20: Right now the pre-race entry list is just over 20. We know other cars will join the mix over the next few nights.
51: Brandon Oakley will be back after three Pro Late Model starts in 2017.
100: The Pro Late Models will get to go for 100 laps on the second Friday during the Zack Donatti Memorial 100.
Fresh Blood: Multi-time Super Late Model winner and former PASS North champion Cassius Clark will be making the trip south for Speedweeks.
Will He?: Augie Grill is on the entry list with the Pro Late Models and the veteran could be a terror to this class if he runs all week. We will have to wait and see.
Oh Canada: It’s great to see four teams coming from the north. The Pro Late Model class has produced several winners from Canada.
Fast History of the Pro Late Model at the World Series
2015: Six different drivers won in seven nights of action with only Dalton Armstrong winning more then once.
2012: The Pro Late Models were merged with the Limited Late Models, ending a 23-year run for the class at the World Series. It was hard for the track to justify the running of three classes of Late Models each night when two were so close in rules.
2002: Jason Boyd won all nine nights of Limited Late Model action to sweep the week. This was the only time a driver has won all nine nights. Most classes don’t even race that many nights anymore.
1988: Ed Meredith won four times during the week and won what we have on record as the the first Limited Late Model championship. That’s pre Pro Late Model.
Pro Late Model Winners
Cole Anderson 6
Brad May 5
Jeff Choquette 4
Patrick Laperle 4
Drew Brannon 4
Spencer Davis 3
Martin Latulippe 3
Logan Ruffin 3
Brandon Johnson 3
Pro Late Model World Series Past Champions
2018 – Cole Anderson
2017 – Jeff Choquette
2016 – Daniel Keene Jr.
2015 – Dalton Armstrong
2014 – Spencer Davis
2013 – Brandon Johnson
2012 – Dakota Stroup
2011 – Martin Latiluppe
2010 – Sean Bass
2009 – David Wagner
2008 – Logan Ruffin
2007 – Jonathan Beason
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com