From the dirt at Volusia to the asphalt at New Smyrna and beyond, Florida Speedweeks 2018 was full of impressive performances. Today, we give you the top 10 short track drivers that competed in Florida during the month of February.
1. Donny Schatz – Sprint Cars
Schatz visited victory lane in four of the five Sprint Car features held at Volusia Speedway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals. The North Dakota native swept the All Star Circuit of Champions features before taking two of the three World of Outlaws races to end his time in the Sunshine State. Schatz’s four victories were enough to earn him the overall big gator trophy.
2. Jonathan Davenport – Dirt Late Models
“Superman” appears to be back in his groove within the Dirt Late Model ranks. Davenport picked up a total of four wins at three different tracks in the state of Florida. He kicked off the year with two wins with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at East Bay Raceway Park before heading to Bubba Raceway Park and picking up a $10,000 win. Davenport then made the trip over to Volusia for the DIRTcar Nationals and won the opening night of DIRTcar Late Model action.
Burton was lightning fast during the 52nd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Overall, Burton scored three Super Late Model wins at New Smyrna Speedway including the 100-lap finale on Saturday. He also recorded six of seven fast times awards for the Super Late Models and a pole award for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener. Although the results don’t clearly show it, Burton was a contender to win every time he was on the race track in Florida.
4. Tim McCreadie – Dirt Late Models / Big-Block Modifieds
“T-Mac” made his mark at Volusia Speedway Park, winning a total of three races in four days. McCreadie visited victory lane first in a Dirt Late Model before scoring two Super DIRTcar Series victories and the overall Big-Block Modified big gator championship. His most impressive performance came during the final night of the DIRTcar Nationals when he drove from 27th to win the 50-lap Big-Block Modified feature.
5. Cole Anderson – Pro Late Models
Anderson won more races than any other driver during Florida Speedweeks. The Minnesota driver won five Pro Late Model races at New Smyrna Speedway and the overall division championship. Had there been stronger competition in the division, Anderson would have been placed much higher on our list.
6. Nick Hoffman – DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Hoffman was once again the man to beat during the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds portion of the DIRTcar Nationals. Competing against strong fields on a nightly basis, Hoffman recorded three victories on his way to another big gator championship.
7. Matt Hirschman – Tour-type Modifeds
Hirschman kicked off his Florida Speedweeks with a victory in the Kickoff to Speedweeks race at Bronson Speedway. He then carried momentum over to New Smyrna Speedway where he consistently ran up front. The highlights of Hirschman’s week included a win in the John Blewett III Memorial and the overall Tour-type Modified championship.
8. Brandon Sheppard – Dirt Late Models
“B-Shepp” scored a trio of victories during Florida Speedweeks. He kicked things off with a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victories at East Bay before ending his Florida vacation with a win in the World of Outlaws finale at Volusia.
9. Ryan Preece – Tour-type Modifieds
Preece didn’t visit any of the theme parks during his time in Florida, but he still experienced a rollercoaster ride. A trip that began with a wild ride during practice at Bronson Speedway ended with two victories at New Smyrna. His biggest win of the week came in the biggest race of the week for the Tour-type Modifieds: the Richie Evans Memorial 100.
10. Stephen Nasse – Super Late Models
Nasse joined forces with the Jett Motorsports team and didn’t waste time getting to victory lane. In his first race with the team, Nasse visited victory lane during the opening night of racing at New Smyrna. From there, he used consistent finishes to earn his first career Florida Speedweeks championship.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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