10:15

We’ll be back tomorrow around noon ET with Trackside Now with coverage and more on the John Blewett III Memorial evening here at New Smyrna Speedway.

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10:13

Grandstand tickets for tonight’s event will be valid for any event for the remainder of the 44th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, including the 100-lappers later in the week.

 

10:10

Race Director Butch Pierce said in the driver’s meeting that everything for tomorrow’s event is up in the air, as far as which divisions will qualify, whether the disqualified drivers from Sunday night would still have to start at the rear as they would’ve had to tonight, or even perhaps double features for all divisions tomorrow.  We’ll follow all the developments tonight and will have more information tomorrow from the track.Remember, tomorrow night, in addition to Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage, live radio coverage of feature events, including the Third Annual John Blewett III Memorial 50 for the Tour-Type Modifieds will be broadcast by Speed 51 Radio on RaceTalkRadio.combeginning at 8:30pm.

 

10:06

Photo:  The fog was the main culprit for why racing has been called off for tonight now at 10:00pm.

 

10:06

 

10:06

Officials have talked to the drivers in the meeting and put the decision on the drivers whether or not to race.  Drivers have all but unanimously decided not to race tonight.  The event is officially cancelled for tonight.

 

10:04

Track officials have called a mandatory drivers’ meeting on pit road as we speak.  We have staff members there to find out what’s going on.

 

10:00

Super Late Models have wrapped up their practice…the Tour-Type Modifieds are up next.  After the Mods, the Limited Late Models will be the final division to practice.

 

9:59

Comment From Milli Vanilli Just blame it on the rain…

 

9:58

The feature order has not changed from what was posted earlier.  Scroll down if you have missed any of today’s updates.  The Super Late Models are the fourth of six features.  Features will begin once two more divisions practice.

 

9:58

Comment From Guest WHAT TIME WILL THE SUPER LATE MODELS RACE ?

 

9:54

Comment From Josh Arbeau Good Luck lonnie Sommerville from your fans in New Brunswick

 

9:51

Comment From Bill need some fog lights….. Richie Evans Orange

 

9:51

Super Late Model practice is on track currently.

 

9:49

The track is dry and while it’s chilly here for the fans in the grandstands, the track’s in pretty good shape from our vantage point.  The only drawback to all the moisture in the air is that a thick fog is starting to roll in during practice laps, which may affect things as the night wears on.

 

9:49

Comment From Guest IS THE TRACK DRY AND SAFE TO RACE FOR THE RACERS

 

9:45

Comment From Jamie sitting up here in the snow hoping the Canadians have a better night in the crate class…….hopefully the #25 gets up there and mixes it up a little!

 

9:44

Comment From Guest its all most my bed time!

 

9:44

Comment From Guest not the first time a speed weeks race finished up after 3:00 in the morning

 

9:41

There is no curfew here at New Smyrna Speedway.

 

9:41

Comment From Guest Does New Smyrna have a curfew?

 

9:40

The Crate/ASA Late Models have wrapped up their practice session and now the Florida Modifieds are on track.

 

9:32

The Crate/ASA Late Model cars had just hit the track for practice when Kurt Jett and David Wagner made contact in turn two, sending both for a spin.  Both have continued on.

 

9:18

As the Crate/ASA Late Models went out for their practice, the #44 of Wayne Smith and the #7 of Chad Akins spun out in turn two.  Neither made any contact and have gotten up to speed for practice.

 

9:14

Slight change in the schedule…all divisions will receive a 20-lap practice session.  SK’s are done and next up will be the Crate/ASA Late Models.  Approximate time for the first green flag tonight will be at 10pm.

 

9:05

SK Modifieds are on track for a brief 20-lap practice session.

 

9:04

Florida Super Late Model standout Justin Drawdy will compete in tonight’s Super Late Model feature.  Earlier events this week saw Drawdy keeping an eye on his second car here, driven by David Green (not the NASCAR Nationwide Series regular).

 

9:02

The track is just about ready for one round of SK Modified practice, then we’ll go right into features, per track GM Kim Brown.Also, we’ve heard rumblings around the pit area that the top-10 Tour-Type Modified drivers will take one lap in tonight’s race and then pull into the pits out of protest for racing tonight with the weather and late-night concerns.  We’ll stay on top of that situation, but we have a strong feeling it’s just an idle threat.

 

9:00

Another addition for tonight’s action is James Civali in the Hillbilly Racing #79 car.”I’ve raced here a few time before,” said Civali.  “Once in Don King’s car and a few times with Brady. It’s sort of like Bristol actually. It’s fast and hard to pass.”

 

Civali and the 79 team are running the next four races. They’ll be skipping the final night.

 

“We are using tonight as a test for the big races”

 

 

8:56

Photo: After a couple sub-par runs this week, Bobby Grigas III has rolled out a backup car for tonight’s feature. It’s a 2009 Troyer car with a Tour-legal Tony’s Ford engine. (51 Sports Photo)

 

8:56

 

8:46

Comment From Chris Ewing Similar to the message posted a few minutes ago…I wanted to say that speed51.com is completeky in a league of its own. With the photo galleries, videos, radio….totally awesome!

 

8:45

The Richie Evans Memorial Friday night, the Pete Orr Memorial Saturday night, as well as the 50-lap Tour-Type Modified and Super Late Model features this week will be broadcast by Speed 51 Radio on RaceTalkRadio.com.  The live race coverage kicks off tomorrow night with the Third Annual John Blewett III 50 Tour-Type event.As far as Friday night’s Richie Evans Memorial, SPEED’s Bob Dillner and 51’s Matt “Duke” Kentfield will be in the booth for the call, while Matthew Dillner will provide updates from pit road.

 

8:45

Comment From Frank A in NC Will the Evans race Friday night be broadcast? I recall listening to it on the web last year.

 

8:42

After finishing second last night, Jeff Choquette will not be driving the #33 SK Modified for his Super Late Model car owner Gary Fountain.  Choquette told Speed51.com that it would be difficult to switch back and forth between his SLM and the Modified tonight.  The Super Late Models were not in action last night, allowing him to make the SK start.

 

8:40

Comment From Frank Great coverage, being able to know what’s goin on from 1500 miles away is awesome.

 

8:40

Austin Kirkpatrick and Stephen Nasse had a phenomenal side-by-side battle for the win in last night’s Crate/ASA Late Model feature that ended with contact that sent Kirkpatrick sliding into the inside wall after the checkers, but still Kirkpatrick went to victory lane.  But, in post-race technical inspection, the rev limiter chip was found to be out of the ignition box in Kirkpatrick’s car, thus earning him a disqualification and handing Nasse the victory.For more on that race and the rest of last night’s action, click here:
http://www.speed51.com/2010_Stories/Speedweeks/trackside_now_NSS_2_8_Monday.html

 

8:40

Comment From bobby g did someone get DQed after the crate late model race last night when the wreck happened?

 

8:30

More Florida Modifieds, Jeffrey Gallup’s SK Modified and more have come out to help speed the drying efforts.

 

8:29

To those viewers just joining us expecting to see updates from features, scroll back through all the day’s coverage for the very wet info as we await the track to be dry enough for racing tonight.

 

8:26

They have now added racecars to the dry-team on the track…the Florida Modified of Art Kunzeman has come out to help speed up the process.

 

8:21

While you wait, check out a couple nights’ worth of videos…
Tonight’s Super Late Model feature will be a barnburner, as five of the fastest cars in the field (the five that were disqualified Sunday night) will start at the rear of the field.  For more reaction from the drivers and head tech man Ricky Brooks, check out:
http://www.youtube.com/speed51video#p/u/0/TB76mdxhqgUFor all the highlights from Monday night’s action, click:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSfz7oQp08s

 

8:19

We are now three hours into the track drying process.

 

8:18

Still not much being gained on the track drying efforts.  It’s definitely dryer than a while ago, but there’s still a shine to the track when headlights from the cars and trucks on the track hit the asphalt.

 

7:52

We’re starting to see some dry spots on the track…and while we wait, our staff has to thank the folks from Tornados, a tasty new snacks being handed to fans at the track tonight.  We just received a hearty sampling of the products and we’re big fans and are certified 51 Approved.  Tornados is sponsoring Ryan Newman’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car for a handful of races this year and one of Newman’s show cars is here on the midway at the track.

 

7:47

Comment From guest Somebody should check the tow trucks tires haha just kidding

 

7:47

Comment From RaceMa If they race, this should get interesting!

 

7:47

Comment From Butch I’m sitting here watching it SNOW AGAIN, Damn I wish i could drive a race car in Fla.

 

7:46

Comment From Bob Dillner Great coverage guys and awesome photos. I am at our Ocean Properties house in New Smyrna and can wait here tillI see it’s done raining.

 

7:41

Photo: The tow truck spins out in turn two.  (51 Sports Photo)

 

7:41

 

7:40

YELLOW FLAG
A giant tow truck has spun out in turn two.  No contact was made and he has continued on.

 

7:31

Track drying is a slow process tonight.  Features are supposed to start at 7:30, but the main groove of the track is just now starting to look on the dry side.  We’ll be delayed a bit here for features.

 

6:49

We have heard that the top-five Super Late Model drivers (Jeff Choquette, David Rogers, Tim Russell, A.J. Curelli and Jack Landis) that were disqualified from Sunday night’s feature will have to start at the rear of the field in tonight SLM feature.

 

6:31

A parade of tow trucks, pace trucks and more support vehicles are on track helping to dry the racing surface.

 

6:11

Race Director Butch Pierce has told Speed51.com that tonight, once the track is dry, each division will receive one brief round of practice, then we will go directly into feature events hopefully around 7:30 if everything goes smoothly.All qualifying has been scrapped.  Each feature will start by points, but the point leader in each division will draw a pill for the inversion at the start of the race.

 

5:46

Photo:  Heavy rains throughout the afternoon have made a mess of the grassy areas of the track’s infield. (51 Sports Photo)

 

5:46

 

5:45

Photo: Equipment begin the track drying process at New Smyrna Speedway (51 Sports Photo)

 

5:45

 

5:42

Track officials have not stated any further schedule changes yet for tonight, but several folks around the track have said that it could take as little as 45-minutes to an hour to dry it, keeping us on schedule for features

 

5:41

Comment From kelly hello! what of the sched, when should we leave? 7:30 start time? or track dry, race time? if you don’t know, just say so?

 

5:34

Comment From cj love that picture of the two little girls watching dad race, great shot, thanks

 

5:34

The rain has stopped.  There are some Bobcats and heavy equipment on the track trying to get it dry.

 

5:33

Comment From Guest still raining?

 

5:26

Comment From john sounds good

 

5:19

The tow trucks have hit the track to try to dry it off, although it is still sprinkling slightly.

 

4:52

Comment From john i am off from work tonight and was hoping to see some racing tonight.

 

4:51

Comment From T Lake NSS can dry in 30 minutes. If they have waited this long….you can bet you guys are going to race when it stops raining

 

4:51

An announcement in the pits just stated that the track drying process will begin shortly and racing will take place tonight.  It’s still raining, but skies are getting slightly brighter.

 

4:42

Fans or racers who are waiting out the rain tonight, head just a couple miles down S.R. 44 and stop by Pub 44 for some great wings, burgers, nachos and more.  Grab a snack and hopefully when you get back the track will be close to dry.

 

4:37

Comment From Mike Let’s wait it out… We came here to race

 

4:37

Comment From gary news says rain is moving out within the hour

 

4:37

Comment From jett racing were racin tonight have faith

 

4:33

Comment From A.J. Curreli from my vantage point….the rain doesnt seem to be going anywhere anytime soon….

 

4:23

Comment From Michael How much do you think it is to rent one of Daytona’s jet dryers??

 

4:22

While the track still is hoping to get tonight’s event in, the Legends and Bandolero Winternationals opening night at Orlando SpeedWorld has been washed out, as has all dirt track action at nearby Volusia Speedway Park tonight.

 

4:19

The Speed51.com Trackside Now bunch is still hanging out through the rain here at NSS waiting for things to dry up in hopes of getting tonight’s racing action in.

 

4:18

Because of tonight’s weather issues, the Speed 51 Radio broadcast from the infield tonight has been cancelled.  We will be on air with  live coverage of several feature events, including the Third Annual John Blewett III Tour-Type Modified 50, tomorrow night on Speed 51 Radio beginning at 8:30pm ET.

 

4:06

It’s now 4pm and the rain is still coming down here at New Smyrna Speedway.  No updates on a schedule change has been made yet, but since qualifying is scheduled to start in about a half hour, undoubtedly one will be forthcoming.

 

3:09

Still in a holding pattern here at the track.  It’s still raining at a pretty steady clip, but we’re hearing that on the other side of the state, things are starting to dry up.  Track Management just told Speed51.com that they’re still hoping for a clearing, and the likely scenario is that no divisions would time trial and everyone would start by a pill draw tonight.

 

2:39

Comment From fan of 51 Maybe Ricky Brooks can d’q the weather. (I don’t care who you are—that’s funny!)

 

2:37

We just spoke with Butch Pierce, Race Director here at New Smyrna Speedway, and he said, “These guys came here to race, so we’ll do everything we can to let them.”

 

2:37

Comment From nelson are they racing today

 

2:37

Comment From kelly how long will they wait to make a decision on the races? Let’s try and get this in!

 

2:36

For updated point standings of the 44th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing going into tonight’s action, click: http://www.speednetdirect.com/points.php?track_id=6062

 

2:22

Photo: The local radar view as of 2:20pm ET.  New Smyrna Beach is in the center of the image.  (Weather.com radar image)

 

2:21

 

2:13

Comment From NICHOLE WARREN THE COVERAGE LAST NIGHT WAS GREAT. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD TO STAY HOME AND WAIT FOR THE UPDATES. KEPT ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT!! GO STEPHEN NASSE RACING!!!

 

1:38

For fans who may have missed last night’s Trackside Now coverage or are looking for results, check it out by clicking: http://www.speed51.com/2010_Stories/Speedweeks/trackside_now_NSS_2_8_Monday.html

 

1:35

Check out Speed51.com’s Photo Gallery from last night’s action here at New Smyrna Speedway on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=157257&id=57768655980

 

1:32

Last night’s Speed 51 Radio show was a doozy here at New Smyrna Speedway.  The highlight was an in-depth, toe-to-toe discussion between World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing head tech man Ricky Brooks and one of the five Super Late Model drivers who were kicked out from Sunday night’s feature for soaking tires, Jeff Choquette.  Also joining the Speed 51 Mafia on the show last night were track GM Kim Brown, “The King,”Ted Christopher, and now two-time Crate/ASA Late Model winner Stephen Nasse.Miss any of Monday night’s show?  While it rains here, check out a re-broadcast by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser:  mms://216.55.142.117/RaceTalkRadioArchive/51radio020810.wma

 

1:26

Kim Brown, General Manager of New Smyrna Speedway, told Speed51.com that the management staff is hanging out in the track office, waiting out the rain for the time being.  Once any scheduling changes or cancellation for the day are announced, she will let us know.

 

1:03

Photo: New Smyrna Speedway sits under a rain delay here on Day Five.  (51 Sports Photo)

 

1:03

 

12:53

Today has gotten off to a bit of a soggy start.  The 70-percent chance of rain this afternoon and evening came in early, as the rain set in slightly after 12:30 here at the track.  There is a big front coming through according to radar, but no decisions or changes to the schedule have been made as of yet.The Crate/ASA Late Models were on track when the rain came, but they have all been sent back to their trailers.

 

12:48

Here is today’s schedule of events:9:00 Gates Open/Tech Opens
10:00 Tire Room Opens
10:30 Fuel Opens
12:00 Practice Opens
12:00-12:15 Sk Mods
12:20-12:35 Crate/ASA Late Models Green Stickers
12:40-12:55 Florida Mods
1:00-1:15 Super Late Models Red Stickers
1:20-1:35 Tour Mods
1:40-1:55 Late Models Yellow Stickers
2:00-2:15 SK Mods Red Stickers
2:20-2:35 Crate/ASA Late Models Green Stickers
2:40-2:55 Florida Mods
3:00-3:15 Super Late Model Red Stickers
3:20-3:35 Tour Mods
3:40-3:55 Late Models Yellow Stickers
4:30 Qualifying
Super Late Models Red Stickers
Sk Mods Red Stickers
Tour Mods
6:15 Drivers Meeting
7:30 Features
Sk Mods 20 Laps
Crate/ASA Late Models 25 Laps
Florida Mods 25 Laps
Super Late Model 30 Laps
Tour Mods 25 Laps
Late Models 25 Laps

 

12:41

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12:41

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12:41

Welcome to Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage of the 44th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Today is night five of nine nights of racing action at the track, and Speed 51 will be here every day for Trackside Now coverage of the events as well as radio shows and radio broadcasts of the big events on RaceTalkRadio.com. We will have photos, videos, interviews and more. We hope you enjoy this year’s coverage.

Trackside Now: New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Day Five – 2/9/10