The 2016 version of Florida Speedweeks surely was eventful. From the eight nights of racing at New Smyrna Speedway to the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park (FL), there wasn’t a dull moment on the short tracks. To help you catch up on some of the bigger stories that took place in short track racing during Speedweeks, Speed51.com powered by JEGS has assembled this list of top 10 stories.
1. Burton, Majeski Duke it Out in Super Late Models at New Smyrna
On more than one occasion at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna, youngsters Ty Majeski and Harrison Burton battled for the top spot. Night #7 saw a spirited but clean battle between the two before things really heated up when Burton made contact with Majeski to take the lead on Night #8.
Josh Richards had one of the most successful Florida Speedweeks in recent years. From winning in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action to scoring the “Big Gator” at the DIRTcar Nationals, Richards did it all in February.
If there is one driver who could potentially match Josh Richards’ success, it’s Dirt Modified racer Nick Hoffman. Hoffman picked up a total of six wins during Florida Speedweeks including three South East Dirt Modified Series wins at Golden Isles and three DIRTcar UMP Modified wins at Volusia.
Highlights from Golden Isles can be viewed now on the Speed51 Network.
In six nights of racing at New Smyrna Speedway, Ty Majeski finished no worse than second. The Wisconsin native picked up three Super Late Model wins including the Bruce Gowland Memorial 100 and three runner-up finishes.
51’s Mikayla went one-on-one with Majeski following his victory Wednesday night. That interview can be seen by clicking here.
Brett Hearn didn’t have the best of luck at the DIRTcar Nationals until the finale on Saturday night. Hearn rocketed from his 21st starting spot to win the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified finale at Volusia.
51’s Bob Dillner went one-on-one with Hearn after his win. That interview can be seen now exclusively on the Speed51 Network.
Ryan Preece capped off a successful Florida Speedweeks with a win in the Richie Evans Memorial at New Smyrna Speedway. That win also clinched his second straight Tour-Type Modified title.
51’s Mikayla Kugler went one-on-one with Preece following his big win.
The season-opener for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East featured some of the sport’s brightest young stars battling for the win. While that should have been the overwhelming headline, a scoring gaffe left some race cars crashed on a lap that technically didn’t happen.
Sound crazy? Read the story of just what happened, including a statement from NASCAR, in the story linked above and replay the NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live powered by Speed51.com at-track coverage here.
After forming a new team on his own during the offseason, defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard proved that he’d be no joke in 2016 by winning the Big-Block Modified DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia.
51’s Bob Dillner went one-on-one with Sheppard after his first win with the new team.
Zane Smith and Daniel Keene, Jr. put on a show for the fans at New Smyrna Speedway when they battled side-by-side for many laps during the Pro Late Model 100. Smith ended up getting the better of Keene for his first win of the week.
An exclusive interview with Smith can be seen now by clicking here.
Ron Silk surprised a lot of people by taking away the lead from Ryan Preece late and winning the Tour-Type Modified opener at New Smyrna Speedway.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51