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Iowa Teenager Headed to New Smyrna World Series

February 6, 2018 • App, Archives, Late Models, Region - Midwest, Region - Southeast, Speedweeks Central, Speedweeks Central - Pavement, Top Stories

Fresh off celebrating his 16th birthday, Cedar Rapids, IA teenager Brody Willett will make the trip to New Smyrna Speedway (FL) this week for his World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing debut. The team has partnered with Plaza Auto Auctions and Corridor Motors to compete in seven nights of Pro Late Model racing.

 

While in Florida, Willett will pilot the car normally driven by JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour driver Austin Kunert, who finished third in the 2017 series standings.

 

300x250 New Smyrna World Series 2018“I am super excited about the opportunity,” Willett told Speed51.com.  “We are going to have a good ride and I want to thank Kunert Racing and all of my sponsors for their help in this experience.”

 

Dan Lensing of Lefthander Chassis will be the crew chief for Willett; a partnership between the two began mid-summer and the team saw improved results shortly after.  This included multiple top-five finishes in the Big 8 Series and other tracks around the Midwest.

 

Willett’s second year of Pro Late Model racing proved to be his best yet as he finished third in the Big 8 Late Model Series standings with three top-five finishes.  He also earned two feature wins at his home track of Hawkeye Downs (IA), the same track that raised NASCAR drivers Landon Cassill and Joey Gase.

 

Throughout his career, Willett has been a driver that rises to the top when a challenge is placed in front of him.  In just two years of Late Model racing he has already created an impressive list of accomplishments.

 

Last summer, Willett won races against Cassill, Josh Bilicki and other notable Midwest drivers.

 

With one of his toughest tasks now ahead of him, Willett will look to add another accomplishment to his resume by winning at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

 

Speed51.com will have Trackside Now blog-style updates throughout the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing beginning with practice each day.

 

-By Caleb Slouha, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent

-Photo credit: Brody Willett Racing

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