Brad May believed he had a car capable of winning at the 2020 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. On Sunday night at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), he had the chance to prove it.
May qualified sixth for the Night Three feature, but started on the pole after a six-car invert. That gave May his first starting spot inside the top five of the weekend, which was all he needed to show his muscle.
The 2019 New Smyrna Speedway Track Champion pulled away from the rest of the 21-car field, taking a wire-to-wire win in the 35-lap feature.
For May, the win is a big one to carry momentum into the rest of the World Series.
“It means a lot,” May told Speed51. “You’ve got to get that first win under your belt for the week to let you relax. We knew the car was good enough. We were confident all week, just starting spots have hurt us a little bit. It showed tonight. We were sixth qualifier. Once the green flag comes out, the car races so good, we were able to take off.”
The win, along with a seventh-place finish for Derek Griffith, allows May to inherit the points lead for the Super Late Model Division in the World Series, six points ahead of Sammy Smith. However, May is not looking at points this early in the proceedings.
“Points are so hard. We try to focus on winning races. Once Friday or Saturday rolls around, we’ll really be focused. It’s always in the back of your mind, just to be consistent, but you’ve got to win races and keep finishing races and it’ll all be good.”
Ryan Moore finished second, showing seed in what has been a long weekend for his team. After an opening night crash that left his team thrashing overnight, Moore was able to return to action for Saturday’s feature and run near the front on Sunday.
“We just fought hard, got the thing put back together,” said Moore on the NBC Track Pass broadcast. “We had a good qualifying run. We really wanted to pull off a win tonight. A good friend of ours, her dad’s not doing good up in North Carolina. We were hoping to get him a win tonight, but we’ll do it another night.”
Smith rounded out the podium, giving the newest Kyle Busch Motorsports driver his second podium in three nights after winning on Friday. He felt the car was coming to him as the race progressed, but quickly ran out of time in the 35-lap sprint race.
“The first couple of laps, it was bottoming out pretty hard,” said Smith. “About midway we were about the same and towards the end I started to catch them a little bit. These 35 lappers are so short, you need to be up there when it matters.”
The Super Late Models will return to action on Tuesday, February 11 in Night Five of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Fans will be able to follow Trackside Now’s live coverage of the race if they are unable to attend in person.
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Super Late Model Unofficial Results - Night #3
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