Gabe Sommers is set to start his second World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing adventure Friday at New Smyrna Speedway. The Wisconsin driver relishes the seat time the seven nights of racing in February gives him as he kicks off the 2019 Super Late Model racing season.
“I am very excited to go back to New Smyrna and start the year off early,” Sommers said. “With so many races throughout the week it’s the perfect way to kick off the year and get valuable seat time.”
The seat time may be extra important this year as Sommers is debuting a brand-new Fury Race Car and working with a new team, Wimmer Motorsports.
“It will be very interesting to work with a new crew chief and two new cars at the same time,” Sommers stated.
“We are excited to get the season started with Gabe and Gabe Sommers Racing,” said Wimmer Motorsports team operator Chris Wimmer. “We’ve been working with them over the last few months building the new cars and we’re all excited to finally get on track.”
The 15-year-old driver had one top-10 finish at Speedweeks last year and only finished outside of the top-15 once. With a year under his belt, Sommers hopes for higher finishes and to compete for the championship.
“I would really like to unload the car every night and be competitive in the top five,” Sommers said. “I learned you have to go hard from the green to the checkers and make sure you hit your gears on the restart. I watched where I ran and where others ran and I am going to change my line a bit this year.”
“I got a chance to watch Gabe at Speedweeks last year and thought he did a great job for it being his first time in a Super Late Model,” Wimmer commented. “I expect him to be more competitive this year and get some solid finishes.”
The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing kicks off Friday night at New Smyrna Speedway and fans can watch live on FansChoice.TV. Speed51.com will also have live Trackside Now coverage each day beginning with practice.
-Game Sommers Racing Press Release
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / Melissa Strahley