The Florida Sportsman and E-Mods joined the card Saturday during night two of the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway. A total of four drivers were disqualified from their respective feature races between the two divisions, giving the original third-place finisher in each race the official victory.
The 50-lap Sportsman race came down to a late-race shootout between New Hampshire driver Bryan Kruczek and local favorite Matthew Green. For the second night in a row, the two made contact racing for the win, with Kruczek initially prevailing at the end of Saturday’s race.
Crews from both teams voiced their displeasure with each other on the frontstretch after the race and in the technical inspection area, where it would get physical. Both drivers were disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving the win to Wayne Smith.
Race official R.J. Scott of the Champion Racing Association (CRA) explained the decision that was ultimately made to disqualify both drivers.
“They were disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct,” Scott explained. “A combination of unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal abuse of officials and conduct detrimental to the sport.”
While on the frontstretch following the race, both Kruczek and Green gave their opinions as to what had happened on-track. Kruczek mentioned that the gloves were off after what had transpired between the two on Friday night.
“He ran me like a kid and parked me in the wall last night so I wasn’t going to give him anything tonight,” Kruczek said on the NBC TrackPass broadcast. “I don’t race people like that but if he wants to race like that then that’s how we’re going to race.”
Green was unhappy with how he was raced during the final restart Saturday night.
“I didn’t get raced, I got door-slammed before the restart even went. He got three car lengths on me and I had to pull up before we got to the starting box, and the officials let it go. We got the win last night and we proved tonight that we had the dominating car. This is a Sportsman race, not a demolition derby and that’s what happened.”
In the E-Mod feature, Matt Jarrett ran away with the 25-lapper to cross the finish line first to close the night. However, both he and runner-up Michael Mark were disqualified from the race due to left-side weight violations. Tim Walters inherited the win in the E-Mod feature.
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