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By the Numbers: Super Late Models at New Smyrna WS

February 7, 2018 • App, Archives, Late Models, Region - National, Region - Southeast, Speedweeks Central, Speedweeks Central - Pavement, Top Stories

One of the most anticipated events of the short track racing season will get underway this week at New Smyrna Speedway.  The 52nd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing begins Friday to kick off nine straight days of racing at the Florida half-mile oval.

 

To get you ready for the race, our resident “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor takes a look at the Super Late Model division “by the numbers.”

 

2: Dick and Wayne Anderson, along with David and Tim Russell, are the two father-son champions in the Super Late Model division during the New Smyrna World Series.

 

4: David Rogers and Dick Trickle are the only four-time Super Late Model champions at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

 

6: Harrison Burton has six wins at New Smyrna in Super Late Model action. He also won in the Pro Late Model division before moving up.

 

16: Jeff Choquette has 16 career Super Late Model wins at Speedweeks. Last year, he took his first win since 2010.

 

16: The Super Late Model class has gone 16 years without a repeat champion. In that time, champions have come from Florida, Wisconsin, California, North Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts and South Carolina.

 

18: David Rogers has 18 career wins at Speedweeks and perhaps over 200 starts.

 

35: Normal feature events will be 35 laps for the Super Late Models.

 

47: Junior Hanley is the all-time leader in Super Late Model wins at New Smyrna Speedway. Hanley won in the 70’s, the 80’s, the 90’s and as late as 2004. In 1990 and 1991, Hanley won 14 of the 17 feature events.

 

SLM Wins Leaders
Junior Hanley – 47
Gary Balough – 21
David Rogers – 18
Dick Trickle – 17
Jeff Choquette – 16
Mike Eddy – 13
Wayne Anderson – 9
Dick Anderson – 9

 

70: There have been 70 different Super Late Model winners at New Smyrna during Speedweeks. We are confident that all races are counted for with our research.

 

74: Ryan Moore is a “Steady Eddy” driver at New Smyrna. If he gets the car right, he’ll pick off solid finishes and contend for the title. If not, he’ll dial the car in all week and contend late in the week. Either way, watch for the No. 74 ride.

 

100: The final race of the week for the Super Late Models is the annual 100-lap race on the final Saturday. The race was once the Pete Orr Memorial. Since then, it’s had no name but it’s still an important part of Speedweeks.

 

Super Late Model 100 (Final Night) Winners
2017 – Jeff Choquette
2016 – Ty Majeski
2015 – Christopher Bell
2014 – Kyle Benjamin
2013 – Travis Cope
2012 – Travis Cope
2011 – Wayne Anderson
2010 – Jeff Choquette
2009 – David Rogers
2008 – Jeff Choquette
2007 – Jeff Schofield
2006 – Travis Kittleson
2005 – Jeff Choquette
2004 – Rained Out
2003 – Scott Hantz
2002 – Junior Hanley
2001 – James Powell

 

Other Final Night Winners (Some distances unknown)
1995 – David Russell
1994 – Gary Balough
1993 – Peter Orr
1992
1991
1990 – Junior Hanley
1989 – Steve Knowlton
1988
1987
1986 – Gary Balough
1985 – Butch Miller
1984 – Junior Hanley
1983 – Mark Malcuit
1982 – Mike Eddy, Dick Trickle
1981
1980 – Joe Shear
1979 – Junior Hanley
1978 – John Anderson

 

320: By our count, there have been 320 Super Late Model events held at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

 

Star Power: Former champions Jeff Choquette, David Rogers, Harrison Burton and Ryan Moore are all expected to be in town racing at New Smyrna. All are former champions and there is a chance that one of them could end up as the 2018 champion.

 

Big Stage: Jeff Choquette has won on the final night of Speedweeks four times in his career. Travis Cope has a pair of wins in that time as well. Records are not complete, but we can give Junior Hanley credit for at least three wins on the final night. Hopefully in the years to come we can firm up how many of those races were 100 laps.

 

Luck: Back in 2012, Kyle Benjamin wasn’t planning to run for the title, but an opening night rainout set him up for a solid week. He drove from deep in the pack on night one to post a sixth-pace run. He then rattled off three wins and wrapped the week with a pair of sixth-place runs to clinch the title.

 

Many Faces: In 2015, a total of six drivers won feature races with only Harrison Burton winning more then once. He had two wins and still came up short to Zane Smith for the championship.

 

Super Late Model Champions
2017 – Harrison Burton
2016 – Ty Majeski
2015 – Zane Smith
2014 – Steve Wallace
2013 – Ryan Moore
2012 – Kyle Benjamin
2011 – Tim Russell
2010 – BJ McLeod
2009 – David Rogers (4)
2008 – Jeff Choquette
2007 – Jeff Scofield
2006 – Travis Kittleson
2005 – Louis Mechalides
2004 – Mike Fritts
2003 – Wayne Anderson
2002 – Jimmy Cope
2001 – David Rogers (3)
2000 – Wayne Anderson
1999 – David Rogers (2)
1998 – Jason Shuler
1997 – Lowell Bennett
1996 – David Russell
1995 – Bruce Lawrence
1994 – Pete Orr (3)
1993 – Pete Orr (2)
1992 – Pete Orr
1991 – Dick Anderson
1990 – Junior Hanley (3)
1989 – Frank Wood
1988 – Joe Shear
1987 – David Rogers
1986 – Dick Trickle (4)
1985 – Dick Trickle (3)
1984 – Dick Trickle (2)
1983 – Mark Malcuit
1982 – Dick Trickle
1981 – Junior Hanley (2)
1980 – Junior Hanley
1979 – Mike Miller
1978 – Mark Martin
1977 – Mike Eddy
1976 – Freddy Fryar
1975 – Pete Hamilton (2)
1974 – Pete Hamilton
1973 – Larry Rogero
1972 – Joe Rutman
1971 – Gary Balough
1970 – Randy Tissot
1969 – Dave McInnis
1968 – Tom Pistone

 

-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

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