It takes a lot of hard work and some luck to be the person standing atop the Super Late Model point standings at the end of the World Series of Asphalt Speedway Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). It’s even harder to do it two years in a row. But last year’s champion Steven Wallace firmly believes he can do it anyway.
“That would be really cool to do,” Wallace told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I know some guys have done it in the past. I feel like we can, since we’ve built some new race cars.”
Wallace won the 2014 title by scoring one win and never finishing lower than fourth in any race. He said that the hardest part about repeating his performance from a year ago is already over.
“I feel like Speedweeks is won at the shop,” Wallace said. “We built two new cars. We really try to build the best pieces that we can here in the shop before we go down there. We’ve been working our asses off in the shop all winter to get these things ready. I feel like we are the most prepared out of everybody.”
Wallace will be running for a championship this season on the brand new CARS Super Late Model Tour. He believes that having a good run in Florida in February can set him up to have a strong year, even as the year goes deep into the fall.
“Whenever you go and make a solid week down there, it always brings momentum,” he said. “If you come out of Speedweeks with some wins that set us up for a really good year.”
While he didn’t do much racing last season, he knows what it takes to get the job done in Florida and throughout the year.
“It kind of goes back to what I said before about winning races at the race shop,” he said. “You’ve got to take the right crew, you’ve got all your spare parts and pieces and all your maintenance parts that you change in and out. You just have to stay up on your car and make sure the nuts and bolts are tight.”
So can Wallace get the job done and repeat his Super Late Model World Series championship?
“I have every intention of going down there and winning every race and winning the championship.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
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