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Each February, the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna allows for many drivers to find the right groove for the upcoming racing season.

Timmy Solomito, however, wants to pick up right where he left off in 2017. Solomito scored a victory in the Whelen Modified Tour season finale at Thompson back in October, coming up a mere six points shy of his first championship.

In fact, 2017 was a career year for Solomito, as he racked up five victories on the Tour, tied for most among all drivers with Ryan Preece, and scored 10 top-five finishes in 16 starts.

The 26-year-old from Islip, New York, is ready to kick off 2018 with a bang and a World Series title.

“We were here all of last year, and we seemed to have speed the last couple of nights,” said the 2017 Tour runner-up. “We’re excited to start out with the practice that we had at the end of last year here and hopefully build on that and find some more speed.”

Obviously, the data teams gain from the World Series isn’t for nothing. Much of the information gathered by each team goes into the setup for the car when the Tour kicks off.

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“Last year… we used what we learned and basically applied it to the Tour season,” said Solomito. “We definitely got the jump on everybody because we found some things down at Speedweeks that seemed to help us during the year.”

“We use this [the World Series] as a large test session and to get everything going, to knock the rust off the guys and get everybody acclimated and ready for the season.”

Solomito, like the rest of the modified competition, is eager to beat Preece, the tour-type modified champion the last three years running.

“This week’s typically all about learning,” said Solomito. “But obviously, you want to go out there and get some wins, too.”

“We’re just looking to go out, have some fun, and learn as much as we can while we can.”

Timmy Solomito will look to dethrone Preece when the ground-pounders hit the track Monday night.

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Paul Lambert is an aspiring high school racing journalist. Editor of his school newspaper, Paul's excited to cover the Whelen Modified Tour in 2018. Paul has also been published in Speedway Illustrated and on

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