COVID-19 Spike Postpones New Smyrna’s Clyde Hart Memorial

New Smyrna Speedway has postponed the Clyde Hart Memorial for Super Late Models, originally scheduled for Saturday, July 4, due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida and in Volusia County.


“The Clyde Hart Memorial is a bigger stature event that normally attracts some out-of-town racers,” New Smyrna Speedway track manager Rusty Marcus told Speed51.  “With everything on with the virus we felt it was better to postpone the event at this time.” 


Volusia County cases of COVID-19 have increased significantly in recent weeks, with the total reaching 1,933 cases in the county.  City officials in nearby Daytona Beach approved a mandate over the weekend requiring the usage of masks or other face coverings indoors where social distancing was not taking place.


The Clyde Hart Memorial will now be contested on Thursday, August 27.


Last week, New Smyrna Speedway rebranded its Super Late Model division as the David Rogers Super Late Models, an homage to the multiple-time track champion who passed away earlier this year due to complications from his battle with cancer.


Rogers won the inaugural Clyde Hart Memorial in 1999, one year following the passing of the longtime owner and operator of New Smyrna Speedway.  Jeff Choquette has won the last three runnings of the Clyde Hart Memorial, with Wayne Anderson holding the most victories in the event with five.


-Story by Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

COVID-19 Spike Postpones New Smyrna’s Clyde Hart Memorial