New Smyrna Speedway is known as a Super Late Model track. The Florida half-mile is the home of many historical Super Late Model races such as the Florida Governor’s Cup 200, the Red-Eye 100, the Clyde Hart Memorial and, of course, the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing.
The high-speed Super Late Models have been away from the high banks almost all summer with only the Clyde Hart Memorial taking place in July where Steve Wallace captured the race with 23 cars on the grounds.
Daniel Keene, Jr. won the 2013 Clyde Hart Memorial and the Pro Late Model finale the night before the Governor’s Cup last year. He’s ready for a late season surge that could leave his with one of the big Florida trophies like the Edwards Memorial or the Governor’s Cup 200.
His first opportunity to score a big late-season win comes this Saturday in the Marion Edwards Memorial at New Smyrna.
“We are looking forward to the race,” said Keene. “We always run well there, but we have just not gotten things figured out during Speedweeks. Outside of that we’re good. I feel like we’ve been away for a long time with not so many Super Late Model dates there this year. We just have to make the best out of the ones we do get.”
Now as the calendar is close to October Super Late Model drivers are using this weekend’s Marion Edwards Memorial as final tune up before the Governor’s Cup 200 in November. Keene hopes to add his name to the list of winners in the one of the longest running Memorial races in Florida.
But, he knows that the grounds are going to be packed with talented drivers.
“I would expect there is going to be a real strong car count for this race a people get ready for the Governor’s Cup,” said Keene. “We have run our Pro (Late Model) car over there a few times this year and hope to run as well in the Super. We were third in July and just need to be a little bit better this weekend.”
Keene has been going back and forth from his Super Late Model to his Pro Late Model to gain knowledge for the end of the season when he will plan to run both cars in the events during the Governor’s Cup weekend. Keene will run the Pro Late Model race on Saturday, and the Super Late Model on Sunday.
The Marion Edwards Memorial 100 has been a part of the Florida short track scene since the 1960s. The race has been run at Hialeah Speedway, which is now closed, and New Smyrna. The event has been held as All Pro race, a Florida Pro race and has become widely popular as an independent show.
Dick Anderson has won the race a record six times.
Track reports indicate David Rogers, Tim Russell, Joe Boyd, Jesse Dutilly, Daniel Webster, Anthony Sergi, TJ Duke, Stephen Nasse and Rich Clouser are just some of the other heavy hitters expected to be at New Smyrna on Saturday.