Steven Wallace described himself and his JET Tools Super Late Model team as being in “kill mode” leading into the 2016 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.
Friday night, Wallace’s focus on victories paid off with a return to New Smyrna victory lane on the World Series’ opening night 35-lap feature. On the other hand, the win did not come without flare, as hard racing, which Wallace was right in the middle of, cost other front-runners a shot at the victory throughout the event.
Wallace started fifth and worked his way to the front early on. En route to the lead, contact was made between Wallace and New Smyrna Red Eye 100 winner Cole Anderson at the front of the field. The contact sent Anderson into the back stretch wall. Further contact amongst leaders put longtime New Smyrna fan-favorite David Rogers into the spin cycle later on.
All the while, Wallace was able to avoid calamity that other rivals could not and stayed out front through the second half of the race for his opening-night victory.
“It took patience man,” Wallace said after the race. “Those boys up front went wild and wrecked themselves and we had a good enough car to win the race. It feels good.”
Ty Majeski, who finished second to Wallace, thinks the rest of the World Series will be a lot like what took place Friday night.
“It’s just kind of how these 35 lap races are,” said Majeski. “Everyone has the mindset that they have to go right away. You have to get all the track position you can.”
Night one third-place finisher, Harrison Burton, was quick to point out the aggressive driving in the Super Late Model feature.
“Typical Speedweeks was typical Speedweeks,” said Burton. “It was really crazy racing out there tonight, but I think everyone should maybe calm down a little bit. The rest of Speedweeks I think everyone will calm down after what we saw tonight.”
The Super Late Model field will have another shot at a wild night, or perhaps a calmer one as Burton hopes, when the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Night 2 kicks off at 7:30pm ET Saturday with a live video stream on FansChoice.tv and live NASCAR Home Tracks Race Central Live powered by Speed51.com updates throughout the day.
Tower Sealants Super Late Models (35 Laps)
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– By Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Correspondent
– Photo credit: Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman