Harrison Burton scored the first of what he hopes will be multiple wins at the 52nd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, winning Saturday night’s Super Late Model feature at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).
Burton, the defending Super Late Model champion at the World Series, raced his way from sixth to first in the first 14 laps of the 35-lap feature. He enjoyed a healthy lead until a pair of late cautions bunched up the field.
On the final restart, Burton held off a hard-charging Paul Shafer, Jr. to secure the victory, the first of what Burton hopes will be many in the World Series.
“It feels good, man,” Burton said on the FansChoice.TV broadcast. “That’s what we came here to do. That’s the goal of every race team, no matter where you go, win the race. Any time you can accomplish that, it feels good.
“It makes you want more, though,” Burton continued. “I’m ready for more races to win. Nothing gets you more pumped up than crossing the line and screaming your head off going down the backstretch. That’s fun. Excited and ready for more.”
Burton battled intensely with Paul Shafer on the final restart, ultimately using the high line to his advantage to pick up the win on what he described as a very slick racing surface.
“It was a slick track tonight, a lot of bumping and banging, even under yellow,” said Burton. “It was something else, but it was fun.”
“[Shafer] ran me up the track under yellow, just door-slamming me up the track, which I thought was kind of unnecessary, but I guess he’s doing what he’s got to do to win,” Burton added. “It sucks for me, because we’ve got to work on the left side of the car, but it was fun. Slipping and sliding everywhere, I think there was oil on the track. Everybody was sliding around, so it made it a lot of fun.”
With the victory, Burton now leads Friday night’s winner Stephen Nasse by two points in the Super Late Model point standings.
Shafer finished third, losing out in a drag race with Wisconsin’s Sam Mayer coming to the checkered flag behind Burton.
Mayer was excited with the runner-up finish and hopes to build on the strong run throughout this week.
“The bottom wasn’t really what we were looking for,” Mayer said. “There was something out there. I could tell there was oil or something, so the outside could definitely roll. We were able to start up top and drive up to the front.”
“We definitely have to work hard to get the car better for qualifying and for me to get better so I can keep learning so I can get as good as my teammate, Harrison,” Mayer added. “It was a lot of fun driving up from mid-pack to the front.”
After a runner-up finish on opening night and a third-place finish tonight, Shafer has a pair of strong showings in the World Series. However, he will be absent when the Super Late Models return to New Smyrna on Monday night.
“It’s not too bad finishing third, but we came down here to win,” Shafer said. “We’re not going to be here the rest of the week, I’ve got school and exams, all that fun stuff.”
The Super Late Model teams will enjoy a night off on Sunday before returning to the high banks of New Smyrna Speedway on Monday night. Tomorrow night, the K&N Pro Series East headlines the World Series action. Speed51.com will provide live Trackside Now updates starting at 2:00 P.M.
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-By Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ztevans
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World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing – Super Late Model Official Results
New Smyrna Speedway (FL) – February 10, 2018
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