Just like during Thursday’s practice day, Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Sammy Smith was fastest among Super Late Model competitors during practice for opening night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).
The Johnston, Iowa native posted a 17.838-second lap time during the second and final practice session of the day, establishing himself as one of the drivers to watch during this year’s nine-day spectacle.
While Smith’s car was fast, the driver is still looking for improvement following the practice session.
“I’m not too happy with the car. We’re fighting some stuff,” Smith told Speed51. “We got it a little better there, and we’ll just keep getting better throughout the week.
“I think we will race better. We’re just fighting tight right now. If we can get that fixed, we should be good to go.”
Anthony Sergi was fastest in the first round of Super Late Model practice, and also broke the 18-second barrier during final practice. California racer Jesse Love finished second in final practice, followed by Colin Garrett, Ryan Moore and Justin Mondeik.
While Augie Grill also participated in Super Late Model practice, his excitement came during Florida Modified practice. The oil line blew off his entry, producing a massive smoke trail and laying down a streak of fluid along the frontstretch.
Grill spun in his own oil entering turn one but avoided contact with the wall. He was both baffled at the odd failure and relieved to avoid serious damage to his car or engine.
“I’ve never really seen that happen,” Grill said. “I’ve had holes in the oil line. It just blew the end off the oil line and covered the shield. Fortunately, I kept it off the wall. We’ll get it fixed and get back at it.
“It just covered the windshield in oil. After I was done spinning, the motor was still running, so the motor is fine. We’ll get the oil back in and get it cleaned up.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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