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The 2018 Super Late Model season will begin on Saturday night with a 100-lapper at New Smyrna Speedway.

While the rest of the country deals with snow and freezing temperatures, East-Central Florida is expected to have cool to pleasant temperatures. That will draw a handful of national notables to do battle with the usual cast of weekly characters that race 15 miles south of Daytona Beach.

That list includes Bubba Pollard, the winner of two of the previous three Red Eye 100s. While the track hasn’t requested pre-entries for this event, track general manager Kim Brown confirmed that Stephen Nasse, Ryan Moore and Derrick Griffith has committed to make the trip south.

This will be the 32nd year in a row that the Red Eye has essentially opened the season.

READ MORE: List of Red Eye 100 winners on 51s Third Turn database

The Red Eye will also serve as a prelude for the upcoming World Series of Asphalt that is contested alongside Daytona Speedweeks. The winter slate begins on Saturday and continues with the Marion Edwards Memorial Race on Saturday, January 20. The World Series will contest from February 9 to 17, featuring Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Tour-type Modifieds and more.

The Red-Eye 100 will also have the Modifieds, Super Stocks, Mod Minis, and Bombers in action is well. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Saturday night with racing set for 7:30 p.m. General admission is $20 with kids 11 and under being admitted free of charge.

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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