When the cream of the Super Late Model crop descends upon Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) on September 8, one young driver will be looking for a big win against a star-studded field at the Speed51 Super Select.
The inaugural Speed51 Super Select, a “Winner-Take-All” $10,000-to-win non-points race sanctioned by the ARCA/CRA Super Series, will bring together winners of the top Super Late Model events from around the country for one exciting night.
Sixteen-year-old Chandler Smith earned his invitation to the event with a win at CRA SpeedFest 2018 at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA). Now, he is excited to join the all-star Super Late Model event.
“I love that we have a big payout for the race,” Smith added. “Most of these races we go to, second and third place don’t pay worth a flip, anyways.”
The Super Select will be part of a busy weekend for Smith, as he will also be competing the night prior in the ARCA Racing Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway.
“I’ll be running the Super and ARCA car,” Smith said. “I’m not quite sure how different they will be. I haven’t driven the Super car yet but the ARCA car I have. In the ARCA car, the tires will fall off and you’ll slide around quite a bit on a long run. I’m not sure how the Super will react but we’ll find out.”
While this year marks the inaugural running of the Speed51 Super Select, it has drawn a “who’s who” of Super Late Model drivers from around the country. In that sense, the event compares similarly to one of Late Model racing’s crown jewels in Smith’s eyes.
“It would be pretty cool to win,” Smith said. “It would be like winning the Snowball Derby. The Snowball Derby is legendary, but the competition level [at the Super Select] will be up there.”
Smith’s win at SpeedFest not only earned him an invitation to the Super Select, it gave him and his team confidence for the 2018 season. On the ARCA side, Smith has since won a race at Madison International Speedway (WI) to collect his first victory in that series.
On the Super Late Model side, Smith has continued to add consistent strong finishes, but is still searching for that return trip to victory lane.
“It just helped the Late Model program a lot,” Smith said about the SpeedFest win. “We figured out what it took to win races. We kept working at it and working at it. We kept getting seconds and thirds and then we were able to get that win.
“We’ve had two photo finishes since then,” Smith added. “We’ve always been one of the cars to beat. We’ve just had horrible luck here lately.”
Race fans who are unable to make the trek to Indiana for the inaugural Speed51 Super Select can watch the event live on our Speed51 pay-per-view broadcast. Fans can purchase their online video ticket for $24.99, the same price as an adult general admission ticket at Lucas Oil Raceway, by clicking here.
Race fans seeking more information on the inaugural Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway can head to Speed51 Super Select Central by clicking here.
A limited number of additional invites will be sent out to 2018 race winners prior to the Speed51 Super Select on September 8. Drivers who do not receive an invite are encouraged to file an entry for the 30-lap qualifying race, “The Open,” that will be held prior to the main event. An entry form for “The Open” race can be found by clicking here.
A detailed event schedule for the Speed51 Super Select can be found by clicking here.
The inaugural Speed51 Super Select is a combination event with the USAC Silver Crown Series presented by Traxxas on Saturday, September 8 at Lucas Oil Raceway. The facility is located just up the road from that weekend’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Both races are being held just down the road from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the eve of the Brickyard 400.
-Story by Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credi: Speed51.com