Brad May had been the most consistent man in New Smyrna during the 53rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. On Wednesday, the Orlando, Florida driver picked up the elusive first win of his career in a Super Late Model at the event.
May finished second in each of the first three nights of this year’s event, and led the points based on those finishes. However, the two-time New Smyrna Speedway track champion had not been able to pull into victory lane at the World Series until Wednesday night.
The veteran racer was overjoyed at finally accomplishing a World Series win.
“It’s amazing,” May told Speed51. “It’s definitely a huge goal that I wanted to do for myself and the whole team. Everybody’s worked so hard and deserves a win. It’s something to be able to pull off a win with this group of cars. It’s a real challenge. It’s awesome for me to be able to do that.”
While May has long established his ability to get around the high-banked half-mile at New Smyrna, the World Series brings together some of the fastest Super Late Model racers in the country. That makes Wednesday’s win that much sweeter.
“You get the fastest cars in the country,” May said. “It’s hard to be able to run with these guys that come from out of town and race full-time, do this for a living. We’re an old team that’s got a lot of experience. It’s a great race car, and we were able to get it together and make it happen.”
Now, May sets his sights on completing the World Series pursuit with a championship in the Super Late Model division to match his 1996 and 1997 Limited Late Model championships in the event.
May also hopes to pick up the win in the 100-lap feature to close out the week on Saturday.
“I think in the 100-lapper, we’re going to be really good,” May said. “The car is really good on long runs. We’ve just got to be able to stay out of trouble and finish the race.”
Carson Kvapil inherited second place after Jared Irvan failed post-race technical inspection for a left-side weight percentage violation. Kvapil finished 16th on Tuesday night after a late-race incident and penalty, but rebounded to score the podium finish.
Kvapil had been locked in a tight battle with Irvan for second place on the race track, and was happy to have so much speed during a long week.
“I was just trying to make it through,” said Kvapil. “I didn’t want to cause no trouble or wreck anything. I was just trying to finish, get our setup better for tomorrow. We came a long way from yesterday. I’m pretty happy, and hopefully we can come back tomorrow even better.”
Race fans can find on-demand coverage of Wednesday’s action by visiting Speed51.com’s Trackside Now.
The Super Late Models will return to the race track Thursday night for a 35-lap feature.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / Melissa Strahley