Snowball Derby runner-up Jake Garcia will more than double his current Super Late Model start total when he takes part in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing for the first time. The 14-year-old will chase after the week-long championship just two months after an impressive second-place finish in the nation’s most prestigious Super Late Model race.
The Georgia driver hit the track for his first laps at New Smyrna Speedway on Thursday afternoon during practice day before Friday’s World Series opener. After completing his first session on-track, he admitted he still had a little figuring out of the track to do.
“I’m not sure really what to think about it so far. It was pretty fun my first time out, just looking to improve every run we get,” Garcia told Speed51.com. “We’ll try to be in contention for wins throughout the week and maybe get a championship down here.”
If the end of the 2019 season was a sign to come, Garcia is set for a breakout season in 2020. He ended last season by finishing second in the Snowball Derby in just his second start in a Super Late Model, becoming the youngest driver to podium in the biggest Super Late Model race in America.
Two weeks ago, Garcia finished sixth in his third Super Late Model start at CRA SpeedFest, battling back after an early-race incident.
Garcia’s recent success in his first Super Late Model starts has him feeling confident that he can pull out a win during the seven nights the Super Late Models will be on track. With crew chief Ricky Turner at his aid, trips to victory lane and a possibility at a championship is not out of the realm for the team.
“I feel pretty comfortable in it. I’ve only ran three races in a Super so far, but I’m still feeling really good about it,” he said. “I think we should be running up front and in contention for wins.”
Super Late Models will be in action during seven of the nine nights at New Smyrna Speedway, beginning this Friday with a 35-lap feature race. Live updates, photos, behind-the-scenes videos and more from the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing can be found throughout the week on Speed51.com.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/Kyler Hope