Sammy Smith and Colin Garrett were both in position to score podium finishes on Night Two of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). However, the Super Late Model racers made repeated contact throughout the 35-lap feature, hurting their final position and leading to harsh words after the race.
Garrett started on the pole for the race after a two-car invert, but fast qualifier Jesse Love quickly moved into the top spot. This left Garrett to fend off several challengers, as the rest of the top five ran closely together for most of the race.
In that pack, Garrett and Smith, the opening night winner for the Super Late Models, made contact several times. Smith would fall to sixth in the final running order, while Garrett came home fourth.
For Garrett, he felt there was plenty of contact between the two drivers, but it was to be expected during the 35-lap sprint races that dominate the World Series and differ from many races Super Late Models see throughout the year.
“I got hit a lot, obviously,” Garrett told Speed51. “It’s hard racing. It’s a 35-lap race. We pretty much qualified for 35 laps. It is what it is. We brought it home in one piece.”
Smith, however, felt wronged by Garrett on track, saying Garrett was blocking him and chopping off his nose. The Iowa young gun also said he would take matters into his own hands if the pattern continued in future races during Speedweeks.
“I was under him two times,” Smith said. “He just keeps coming down. He’s going to have a wrecked race car the next time he does it to me. I’m just tired of it.”
Following his sixth-place finish, Smith is now third in World Series points after two nights, as Derek Griffith leads Brad May by four points and Smith by six markers. Garrett is sixth in World Series points after a ninth-place finish on Friday.
The Super Late Models will be back on track Sunday for the third night of the World Series at New Smyrna, along with the Pro Late Models and Florida Modifieds. Fans unable to attend the race in person can follow all the action on Speed51’s Trackside Now coverage throughout the World Series.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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