With just two nights of racing remaining during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), the battles for Speedweeks championships are heating up. There are many tight point battles throughout Tour-Type Mods, Pro Late Models and Super Late Models entering Friday night.
SUPER LATE MODELS:
After a disqualification relegated defending World Series champion Ty Majeski and Stephen Nasse to last place points on Tuesday in the third race for the Super Late Models, Harrison Burton took the win and become the odds-on favorite to win the title.
Burton isn’t worried about points, but wants one more win in the final 100-lap race on Saturday night.
“We aren’t worried about points, we want to beat the 91 (Majeski) and all the others,” Burton said Thursday night. “We weren’t able to do it tonight but will be back for more. We are putting the brakes from our backup car onto our primary to see if it helps our brake issues.”
Spencer Davis is currently second after winning the opening night’s feature. Davis is 12 points behind Burton but has been getting better each night, notching a third-place finish Thursday after a few less than perfect nights.
Davis knows there is a gap but thinks he has a shot.
“Tuesday we had bad tires, but we rebounded tonight and we showed we are a car to contend with,” the Dawsonville, Georgia driver said. “Crooks Racing has showed repeatedly we are a force to be reckoned with. We need a perfect race from our team and some help.”
Ty Majeski rebounded from the DQ on Thursday with a win, moving him back up to third in the standings, but Majeski is still 20 points behind Burton with one race left, a 100-lap race on Saturday.
After Majeski’s win on Thursday night, he told Speed51.com “We are just here to prove we are the best car here, we had a few things that messed up the first few nights but we want to prove we are the best car here.”
After the John Blewett III Memorial 76, two-time defending World Series champion Ryan Preece holds a five-point advantage over Matt Hirschman going into Friday’s Richie Evans Memorial 100 to finish off their racing for the week.
If he was to win the title Friday night, it would be his third straight Tour-type Modified championship at New Smyrna.
“I think we’ve got to get that first,” Preece said of the possible feat. “It would be really cool, but winning races means a heck of a lot more to me. I like winning championships, don’t get me wrong, but winning races is the key. I’m really happy for (car owners) Eddie and Connie (Patridge), they put so much into this racing team. To win races for them is why we do it. We don’t try to finish second; we don’t try to
“Big Money” Matt Hirschman has been impressive in his first trip down to New Smyrna Beach, Florida since 2014.
“The points isn’t what we were here for but we have two second-place finishes so we are knocking on the door,” Hirschman said. “We only have one more chance so we will try and win the Richie Evans Memorial.”
Still in the battle, only seven points behind Preece is 2014 World Series champion Ron Silk. The driver of the No. 82 car recorded his best finish of the week in the John Blewett III Memorial, a third behind Preece and Hirschman.
PRO LATE MODELS:
Two-time Governor’s cup winner Jeff Choquette has won the last two PLM races in the 2017 World Series and currently holds a 12-point advantage over Jason Vail.
Choquette holds a fifteen-point lead over 2015 Florida Modified World Series champion Todd Stone with Matt Wallace in fourth, 17 points behind Choquette.
Opening night winner Carter Stokes is fifth, 20 points out of the lead. Stokes was forced to a backup car after a second night wreck with Spencer Davis.
In addition to leading the way in the Pro Late Model standings, Jeff Choquette also currently holds a two-point advantage over Travis Eddy in the FL Modified division.
Throughout the week, the FL Modified division has been impacted by post-race disqualifications with a total of four drivers, including Thursday’s winner Wayne Parker, getting disqualified.
-By Reese Nobles, Speed51.com Mid-Atlantic Correspondent – Twitter: @RNoblesSpeed51
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman