One of the most popular divisions at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing each year is the Super Late Model division. In this edition of “By the Numbers” on Speed51.com, we take a look at the history of the division during Florida Speedweeks.
0: Travis Braden has never made a start at New Smyrna Speedway, but the former Winchester 400 winner is expected to do well on the Smyrna high banks beginning Monday. Braden will skip the first two nights of racing as he focuses on his ARCA efforts at Daytona.
17: There have been 17 different champions in the last 17 World Series at New Smyrna. Several drivers have been dominant at times but no repeat champions have surfaced.
41: Anthony Sergi is another of the Florida local drivers who will be one to watch come World Series weekend. Sergi is winless in 41 Super Late Model starts on his home track during Florida Speedweeks, but that comes from the high level of competition coming to town.
48: Junior Hanley is the all-time wins leader with 48 at the World Series in Super Late Model action.
55: David Rogers holds almost every record at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) and even in the World Series. Rogers heads into the 2019 season with 55 starts in this decade, which is more then any other driver. However, Rogers will not race this year and Bubba Pollard will pilot the famous No. 11 ride.
71: According to our records, there have been 71 different drivers to win Super Late Model races during Speedweeks.
74: Ryan Moore lives for Speedweeks, and the veteran Super Late Model driver is fresh off his Red Eye 50 win in January. Moore is a champion and five-time winner during the World Series.
76: Spencer Davis has made a total of 76 career starts across four divisions at the World Series and that does not include his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts. Davis will be competing in the Super Late Model division this year, as well as Sunday’s K&N East race. He also has previous starts in Pro Late Models and Tour-Type Modifieds.
100: The final race of the week will be a 100-lap Super Late Model event on Saturday, February 16 that decides the week-long champion.
Recent 100-Lap Speedweeks Winners
Good Matchup: Carson Kvapil will be working with Toby Nuttleman and the team that Ty Majeski has taken to victory lane many times over the last few years.
Calling It: We don’t toot out own horn often at Speed51.com, but we said SpeedFest winner Connor Okrzesik was ready for a breakout year. We also had Derek Griffith on that list as well and Speedweeks could be his place to shine.
Fast History of the Super Late Models at the World Series
1986: Dick Trickle wins his third-straight title and fourth overall, which is the all-time record.
1991: At the end of the 1991 World Series, many had seen enough of Junior Hanley who won his 14th race in the last two World Series. Despite all his wins, he only won the title twice as the title comes down to consistent finishes.
2002: Junior Hanley won the 100-lap race for the Super Late Models for the fifth time in his career.
2011: Tim Russell wins the Speedweeks title to become the second father-son team to win championships at Speedweeks. His dad David Russell won in 1996. Also Dick and Wayne Anderson have pulled off the same feat.
All-Time Super Late Model Winners
Junior Hanley 48
Gary Balough 21
David Rogers 18
Jeff Choquette 17
Dick Trickle 16
Mike Eddy 13
Wayne Anderson 9
Dick Anderson 9
Pete Orr 8
Kyle Benjamin 8
David Russell 8
Butch Miller 8
Stephen Nasse 6
Ryan Moore 5
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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