The 2020 edition of the Clyde Hart Memorial will get “Rowdy” on Thursday, August 27. Just days before the NASCAR weekend at Daytona International Speedway, defending Cup Series champion Kyle Busch will make the short trip south to New Smyrna Speedway to compete with Super Late Model racing’s best at the half-mile oval.
While this will be Busch’s first Super Late Model start at New Smyrna, it won’t be the first time he has competed at the Florida facility. He made a Tour-Type Modified start for Tommy Baldwin back in 2008 during the World Series, though it was short lived.
With what’s historically been a weekday show, the Clyde Hart Memorial allows him to get back behind the wheel of a Late Model for his first New Smyrna trip in 12 years.
“I’m excited that it worked out that New Smyrna is having a weeknight show and I’m able to add another Super Late Model race to my schedule,” Busch said. “This will be my first time racing a super at New Smyrna. I raced there once in a Tour Modified once, but got caught up in a wreck about five laps in.”
The new season saw Kyle Busch Motorsports debut the new Five Star body in select races with Sammy Smith, most recently at Wisconsin International Raceway in the Dixieland 250 earlier this month. The Clyde Hart Memorial will be the first time Busch himself will compete with the new body.
After getting a few laps in it during a test session, he is excited to see for himself how it performs in race conditions.
“Not only will it be my first time racing a Super Late Model at New Smyrna, but the Rowdy Energy Camry we are bringing to that race will be the new Five Star ABC Next-Gen body that was recently approved for competition there and it’ll be the first time I’ve raced it,” Busch explained. “Sammy (Smith) has raced it a few times and I was able to make some laps in it during a test session at Wisconsin International. It’s a cool looking body and I’m looking forward to being able to make more laps in it and see how it preforms.”
Entries for the event have been flying into New Smyrna Speedway since Busch’s appearance was announced on social media. One of those drivers expected to compete is KBM driver Sammy Smith, World Series of Asphalt night one winner in the KBM No. 51 Super Late Model and a past World Series Pro Late Model champion.
With a stout field ready for 100 laps of racing next Thursday night, Busch is ready to put on a show for the fans.
“It looks like they have a pretty good little field lined up for the Clyde Hart Memorial,” he said. “You’ll have Stephen Nasse, and Connor Okrzesik who both have won some big races around the southeast the last few years, Brad May is always fast at New Smyrna and we are bringing Sammy Smith, who won the opening night of the World Series of Asphalt for this year.
“It should be an exciting race for the fans and we’ve also worked out a deal where the concession stands at New Smyrna will have Rowdy Energy for sale the night of the race so the fans in that area can give it a try.”
Speed51 will be on hand at New Smyrna Speedway and will have exclusive post-race video content for premium subscribers.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @keyer3
-Photo credit: Speed51 / Ryan Nuttleman