Since the 2017 modified racing season came to an end a number of teams all along the east coast have already made their plans for the 2018 season. For many, those plans include a trip to head south to Florida in February.


The 2018 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway is expected to boast one of its best modified fields in years with some drivers returning and some making their first ever trip south in February. One of those new faces is Grantham, New Hampshire’s Mike Willis Jr.


Since moving up to the Tour-type Modified ranks, primarily in the Modified Racing Series, Willis has shown consistency the past two seasons and is looking to carry his experience down to Florida in February.


300x250 New Smyrna World Series 2018While the main aim of the week is to have fun and race for wins, they are also hoping to get a leg up for the season ahead.


“It’s going to be fun. It’ll be a different experience. Last year we got to do a bunch of different things, we raced Loudon on the MRS. Just being able to work on the same track for a whole week on our new Troyer will be helpful for this coming season. Plus, being around a lot of good guys will help out.”


While this will be the first trip to Speedweeks for the number-83 team, Willis believes that they will be in a good position despite some of the risks for low-budget teams.


“It’s always a risk going anywhere, but it will be a fun week. The whole experience of being at Speedweeks should be incredible.”


With the consistency they bring in, Willis also believes that they can transform their consistent car to a winning car by week’s end.


“Our car fights us every once in a while up here. Even if we struggle the first couple of nights, hopefully by the end of the week we can compete with those guys and hopefully go for a win.”


With the possibility of an even more stellar field than was seen in 2017, it is only more motivation for Willis.


“I remember starting out in Tour Mods we had a consi almost every week and it would be great to have that during Speedweeks.”


Stay with for more on the 52nd Asphalt World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.


-By: Connor Sullivan, CT, MA, RI & Long Island – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo Credit: Mike Willis, Jr.

Willis Hoping for Consistency in First Trip to New Smyrna WS