One of the most intense and exciting weeks of short track racing is right around the corner. The 50th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) is now less than one month away.
Late Model, Modified and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams are currently busy preparing their cars, while fans from all around the country are booking their travel plans for one of the most anticipated annual events in short track racing.
The action at the half-mile New Smyrna Beach, Florida oval kicks off on Thursday, February 11 with practice for all divisions. That practice day will set the stage for two consecutive nights of racing for the Super Late Model, Pro Late Model, IMCA Modifieds and Sportsman divisions beginning on Friday, February 12.
For teams hoping to compete for a Speedweeks championship, it is crucial to kick off the first two nights with strong runs in order to carry that momentum over following a break in the action on Sunday.
Sunday’s racing card will feature the season opener for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR’s top developmental series that features young up and coming racers such as Harrison Burton and former Speedweeks Super Late Model champion Kyle Benjamin.
Racing will resume for Late Model competitors on Monday, and joining them will be the popular Tour-Type Modifieds. That will begin of streak of five straight nights of ground-pounding Modified action including the John Blewett III Memorial on Wednesday, February 17 and the Richie Evans Memorial 100 on Friday, February 19.
The premier event of the week for the Pro Late Model division will take place on Thursday, February 18 as they will go 100 laps in the PPG/Tower Sealants Pro Late Model 100.
Super Late Models will have their biggest race, a 100-lap affair, during the final night of racing on Saturday, February 20. Intensity will be high on the final night as points battles are decided and the 2016 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing champions are crowned.
With so much racing in such little time, the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing is a one-of-a-kind event. Nine straight days of racing provides teams with plenty of time to get mad, plenty of time to get even and plenty of time for fans to enjoy all of the wonders of short track racing.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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