It’s American Auto Family Night at New Smyrna Speedway this Saturday night. A 50-lap Pro Late Model race will top the card of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action plus American Auto & Tire of New Smyrna Beach is sponsoring a special three-wheel bicycle race at intermission featuring five top Super and Pro Late Model drivers going “spoke to spoke.” Also, the first 200 kids aged 11 and under will receive a free kids meal courtesy of the speedway.
Three Pro Late Model 50-lap races have been held so far this year producing three different winners. Tyler Audie won back in March with Daniel Keene, Jr. and Rich Clouser taking the other two half-century runs. Clouser has been the hottest driver though, taking four wins in the last six PLM races while neither Audie or Keene has been at the track for recent race dates. Two-time winner Will Carroll continues to lead the Pro Late Model points by just eight markers over Ricky Anderson. Both young drivers have started all 13 Pro Late features so far this season as has third place Zach Jarrell who is 30 points out of first place. Australian Carroll, Anderson, Jarrell and Clouser are all expected entries this week along with the likes of Michael Lira, Oklahoma’s Tyler Thomas, Brad May (all race winners so far this year), Anthony Cataldi, Daniel Miller, Chad Pierce and Noah “Lil’ Gator” Cornman. The 50-lap extra cash events always bring a few teams out of the woodwork so expect a strong field of cars. Joining the Pro Late Models this week will be the Sportsman cars, E-Modifieds, Super Stocks and Strictly Stocks.
Donny Williams of Tangerine continues to hold a big point lead of 51 over second place D. J. Farr in the Sportsman class while Deland’s Shannon Kelly has a good-sized 30 point advantage over second place Mike Amato in the Super Stocks. E-Modified point leader Jarrett Korpi and then second-place Matthew Green scored no points after both were disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct after last weeks post-checkered flag altercation. Korpi still leads the standings by 22 but Jim Higginbotham is now in second place ahead of Green.
Jimmy Barron leads the Strictly Stock points but Charles King has moved into second spot, 30 markers behind the “Spaceman.” The guy to beat is still Zachary Curtis who drove his Saturn to a fifth consective victory last week. This week, Jeff Matheny and Old School Racing have put up a $100 bounty on Curtis. If anyone can beat Curtis, providing he is still running at the checker, that driver will win a crisp $100 bill. If Curtis scores his sixth straight win, he’ll get the money.
Pit gates open Saturday afternoon at 3 pm with practice for all divisions taking place from 4 – 5:40 pm. Grandstand gates open at 6 pm followed by Pro Late Model qualifying at 6:15 pm. Racing begins at 7:30 pm with heat races for the Sportsman, E-Modifieds, Super Stocks and Strictly Stocks. Intermission will feature the American Auto Three-Wheel Bicycle Challenge. Drivers competing will be multi-time Super Late Model champion David Rogers, veteran Modified and LM driver Jerry “The Hammer” Symons, former Bright House Series champions Tim Russell and Rich Clouser along with Pro Late Model favorite Zach Jarrell. The race will also include a “pit stop.”
After intermission the Sportsman cars hit the track first for 25 laps of feature race action followed by 25 laps for the E-Modifieds. The Pro Late Model 50-lapper will be third on the docket followed by a 25-lap run for the Super Stocks before the evening wraps up with a 20-lap event for the Strictly Stocks.
Adult admission is $15 with all seniors (65+) and military with ID admitted for $13. Kids 11 and under are admitted free and the first 200 kids 11 and under (with a paid adult admission) get a free kids meal.