David Garbo pulled into Hampton Inn victory lane at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Night #7 of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that he was filled with joy. Garbo, a native of Stonington, Connecticut, took the lead from early leader Brandon Jones on lap 20 of the 50-lap Super Late Model feature and never looked back on the way to scoring his first career SLM victory on Thursday night.
“We all work so hard and put so much heart into these race cars,” an emotional Garbo told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We just felt like we didn’t have any luck on our side. After a long streak with no wins you try to make excuses. You don’t know if it’s the driver or it’s the car. We figured it all out now. It’s just so emotional because we put so much heart and soul into this car.”
Leading up to Thursday night’s action in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Garbo and his team had minimal experience competing in the Super Late Model ranks. During the first five SLM features at the 49th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing that lack of experience was on display as Garbo struggled to find his way to the front. But on this night not only did he find his way to the front, once he did nobody could touch him.
“I think the car is really good on the long run,” said the 18-year-old driver. “We pulled away from the KBM car (Christopher Bell) and were better than Harrison Burton on the long run. This is only the fourth Super Late Model race I’ve ever run my whole life. We finally have some good notes to go by and I think on the long run we’ll make some more adjustments and we should be good.”
Christopher Bell, making his first career start in a full-bodied race car at New Smyrna Speedway, battled within the top-five throughout the event before settling into the runner-up position at the end of 50 laps. Previously, Bell competed in a Midget Car at the half-mile Florida oval but a podium finish in his first Late Model start at the track has him looking forward to the rest of the week.
“It just wasn’t quite good enough to win tonight,” said Bell, the driver of the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51. “We know how to make our car better and hopefully we can get better for tomorrow night and Saturday night.”
14-year-old Harrison Burton, youngster Garrett Jones and Wednesday night feature winner Zane Smith completed the top-five.
As a result of his sixth-place finish, 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski moves into the lead in the Super Late Model point standings with two night of racing remaining. He leads Garrett Jones by just one point heading into Friday night’s action.
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-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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