Although we’re still a few days away from turning our calendars over to a new year, the first Late Model race of the 2020 racing season is now just one week away. Pro and Super Late Model racers from the state of Florida and beyond are currently preparing for the Red Eye 50/50 that will be held next Saturday, January 4 at New Smyrna Speedway.
While the race has always drawn a northern contingent, a strong base of local drivers have already entered including veteran Brad May.
“The Red Eye is important to us because it’s the first race of the NASCAR state points,” May told Speed51. “It is a good race to try things to prepare for Speedweeks. We need to kick off the year with a good finish to keep our team excited and working hard leading into Speedweeks and the regular season.”
May will battle it out among the likes of Doug Elliott, Travis Wilson, Brad Bowman, Anthony Cataldi and the legendary David Rogers.
A new face will also be making his inaugural Super Late Model start Saturday, Ben Kennedy Racing driver Daniel Dye.
“It’s really exciting to start the year off with my Super Late Model debut,” Dye told Speed51. “Last season went really well at New Smyrna so we decided that the Red Eye would be a good chance to see what I could do in the super.
“We tested a little earlier and that went really well so I think we’ll be really good when it comes time for the race,” Dye continued. “I’m also looking forward to running against Anthony Sergi. Him and I have been friends ever since I came on board with Ben Kennedy Racing and it should be a good night to be able to learn from some of the veterans out there like him.”
Continuing a new tradition that started last year, this year’s Red Eye event will feature 50 laps features for both Super and Pro Late Models. In prior years, the race was simply a 100-lap race for Super Late Model.
Driver’s planning to compete during the Red Eye 50/50 are encouraged to enter at the following link: https://www.myracepass.com/register/?n=19190
For more information on the Red Eye 50/50, visit www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org.
– Story by Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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