A racing star from Geneva, Florida has teamed up with the current General Manager of the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series to compete in the Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway. Anthony Sergi, a winner at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, will drive for Ben Kennedy Racing during the four-race “Road to the Snowball Derby” at the Pensacola oval.
After racing against each other in central Florida in their younger years, the two first joined forces to compete in the Zack Donatti Memorial at New Smyrna Speedway in January 2017. After a strong performance in their debut together, the two decided to join forces to compete across the state of Florida and sporadically in the southeast.
“I’ve known Ben since we raced Quarter Midgets back in the day at little New Smyrna Speedway,” Sergi told Speed51.com. “I raced for them once in the Zack Donatti Memorial I think in 2017, the first annual one. I really wanted to race it because I was really good friend with Zack back in Quarter Midgets and all through racing, really. I didn’t have a Pro Late Model so I asked the Ben Kennedy Racing team for help and they brought a really fast Pro Late for that race. We wound up finishing third and after that, we decided that we liked to see what else we could do for them. They got a brand-new Fury car, so it was beneficial for us to stay with them and help out and see what we can do with my driving style and their racing to see if we can get them a win and myself a win.”
Sergi finished 10th at CRA SpeedFest at Crisp Motorsports Park in their first start of 2019. Their partnership has led to wins in a Super Late Model and opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. That has Sergi excited to see what they can accomplish together moving forward.
“It’s been really good. We’ve got a couple wins with Ben Kennedy Racing and it’s exciting. We’ve won in our older GARC (Grand American Race Cars) car and then we got the Fury car and won a few times,” Sergi stated. “We went up to Cordele with Ben Kennedy Racing and we had a really good car, but I think we had a bad set of tires for half the race, then we put a good set of tires on for the second half and we drove back through the field, but there was just not enough time. We’ve also been racing the K&N car for Ben Kennedy at New Smyrna. We finished seventh (last year) and then fifth this year during Speedweeks.”
The duo will now shift their focus to Friday night’s Blizzard Series season opener at Five Flags Speedway. Despite not competing at the fast, half-mile oval in several years, Sergi is confident that his team can compete for a victory against a strong field of Super Late Model racers.
“I’m really excited. I haven’t been to Pensacola for I think ten years now,” Sergi explained. “It was back before bumps were even conventional or anything like that. I’ve learned a lot since then and I definitely think we can go up there and run against some of the top guys.”
With a potential run with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East next season on the radar, he is looking to maximize his opportunity with Ben Kennedy as they both continue to work their way up the ladder.
“I mean just really making my racing career better, make connections, and see if we can go further, maybe go with the K&N Series all next year and run the whole series and see what all Ben Kennedy wants to do and what we want to do, see if we can help each other out in moving up through the ranks.”
Race fans unable to make it to Pensacola, Florida for Friday night’s Blizzard Series opener will be able to watch the race via a pay-per-view broadcast. Live broadcasts can be purchased today for $14.99 by clicking here.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
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