The first Late Model race of the New Year, the Red-Eye 100, will take place on January 3 at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway. In anticipation of the event, Speed51.com takes a look at the race by the numbers.
2: Stephen Nasse is a perfect two-for-two in the Red-Eye 100. Nasse will look to make it three straight wins come January 3.
5: Jack Cook is the only five-time winner of the Red-Eye 100 at New Smyrna Speedway. Cook was victorious in four of the first 11 Red-Eye 100’s.
26: The winning car number of Travis Cope who won the race in 2014. Cope has led laps in all three Red-Eye 100’s he’s competed in and has finished first, second and 10th.
27: The car number for Bobby Good, who turned heads at last year’s Florida Governor’s Cup after leading 64 laps and finishing second last November. Good might not run the Red-Eye event, but if he shows up he could certainly be a contender. If he did win the Red-Eye, Good would become the second member of his family to win the race, as his dad, Mike Good, won the race back in 2003.
29: This will be the 29th annual Red-Eye 100 with the race only taking breaks in 1989, 2007 and 2008.
50: The Pro Late Models will also run at the Red-Eye 100 as they will host the Zack Donatti 50-lap memorial.
84: The car number that Wayne Anderson runs as he and his dad Dick Anderson were the first father-son combo winners of the Red-Eye 100. Years later, Tim Russell would add his name to the record book as he and his dad David Russell became the second father-son winners. Bobby Good and Daniel Keene Jr. are two drivers that could show up to New Smyrna this year and become the third father-son combo to win the Red-Eye 100.
100: The race will be 100-laps for the Super Late Model, which will make it the first SLM show of the year once again.
125: The number of laps led by Tim Russell in the Red-Eye 100. He’s recorded two wins and four top-five finishes in five starts.
-By Elgin Traylor, Special to Speed51.com
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