The Eddy family name is well-known to short track racing fans, thanks to Mike Eddy. A seven-time ASA Champion, Eddy enjoyed plenty of success at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) as well.
“The Polar Bear” was a 13-time winner in his career at the Speedweeks tradition, as well as the 1977 Late Model champion. In recent years, Mike’s son Travis has carried on the family legacy in the Florida Modified division.
Travis Eddy has won the division’s title the last two times he has made the trip to Florida, in 2017 and 2019. He is now well on his way to adding another title after sweeping the first three races of the 2020 World Series.
With the win, Eddy now has eight career victories in the division at the World Series, giving the Eddy family 21 total triumphs at the event.
It’s the kind of success he would only be able to expect in his dreams, yet it is reality this year.
“We always like to get one win at least, in case we run into trouble,” Eddy told Speed51. “It’s just been a week you dream about, coming down and having as much success as we’re having and not even having to work too hard at it.”
While Eddy is on top of the Florida Modified world right now at New Smyrna, he knows how fleeting success can be. The Michigan driver is going to enjoy the ride as long as possible.
“It makes you feel tickled to death. You just have to be grateful while it lasts, because you never when it could stop.”
The wins also carry extra meaning, as he is able to share them with his legendary father. After watching Mike Eddy win countless races, now Travis is following his footsteps.
“That’s all I ever grew up doing, watching my dad race. To be able to go do it, have fun and have him with me is awesome.
“He’s taught me everything he knows and doesn’t forget in his old age. It’s awesome to be able to come do it and have success at it.”
With the win, Eddy currently holds a six-point advantage over Wayne Parker, who has finished runner-up to Eddy each night of the weekend.
While the Florida Modifieds will take Monday night off, they will be back in action Tuesday night for their marquee 75-lap feature. Speed51 will have Trackside Now coverage throughout the World Series for fans unable to make the pilgrimage to the Florida half-mile.
Fans can also visit Speed51’s Speedweeks Central for all of the latest news, videos and more covering the plethora of racing during Florida Speedweeks.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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