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New Smyrna World Series features stacked Super Late Model entry list

Familiar names are missing but there is star power and parity in the SLM division in 2019 …

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In the backdrop of Daytona Speedweeks, the first NASCAR championships of 2019 will be decided after seven races in nine nights at the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway.

The high speed half-mile is located just 15 miles south from Daytona International Speedway and has long been a popular venue for racing die-hards and for short trackers to test their skills in advance of The Great American Race.

The event showcases daily features for Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Tour-Type Modifieds, Florida Modifieds and Pro Trucks. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will also start their season at New Smyrna during the course of the World Series of Asphalt and the overall event runs from February 8-16.

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The first six Super Late Model races at the track will be 35-laps in length and featured on the undercard for six of the first seven nights, all leading up to a 100-lapper on Saturday, February 25, which will serve as the main event of the night and the championship race for the division.

Several of the top Super Late Model drivers in the country, including Bubba Pollard, Spencer Davis, Travis Braden, Ryan Moore and Carson Kvapil are expected to compete in at least one of the races and many of them will compete for the World Series championship.

One driver not on the entry list in defending champion Stephen Nasse, who is scaling back his efforts in 2019. Nasse joined Dick Trickle, Mark Martin, Pete Hamilton and David Rogers as World Series titleholders.

And since he is not racing this week, that means another year will go by without a repeat champion, something that hasn’t been done since Pete Orr from 1992-1994.

In fact, in recent years, the World Series championship has been decided by some combination of Nasse, Harrison Burton and Ty Majeski. None of the three most recent champions are entered into the event in any capacity.

It’s going to be a wide-open affair.

This will be the first time that Pollard, the winningest Super Late Model driver of his era has competed for the World Series championship, but will do so under unique circumstances. The 31-year-old will drive for 1994 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion David Rogers, who is missing his first World Series since 2003 for a minor surgical procedure.

Pollard told Speed51.com that he was honored to be asked to drive by Rogers.

“Everything he’s accomplished with NASCAR championships and races that he’s won, there’s just so many things he’s been able to accomplish in his career,” Pollard told Speed51.com. “To listen to him tell his stories of when he raced back in the day and the things he’s done, it’s awesome to be able to drive for him and hopefully represent him well. It’s a pretty cool opportunity to do this. David is just a great person and he’s had a real successful career, and to be able to drive his car is pretty cool and pretty special to me and my family.”

Davis is a former Pro Late Model winner during the New Smyrna World Series.

“It’s one of my favorite tracks, maybe my favorite,” Davis said. “We’re hoping to find some speed and maybe even chase the championship.”

The 35-lap reaces pay $1500 to win each night. Any race, due to a rain out that is bumped up to 50 laps pays $2000 to win and the 100-lap main event pays $3000.

For the fifth year in a row, the complete World Series of Asphalt will also have a free online streaming broadcast on FansChoice.tv. The complete schedule of events for all divisions, plus the Super Late Model entry list can be found below.

  • 9K Derek Kraus. Stratford, WI
  • 9M Brad May. Oviedo, FL
  • 11 Bubba Pollard. Senoia, Ga
  • 12 Derek Griffith. Hudson, NH
  • 15 Gabe Sommers. Plover, WI
  • 20 Anthony Sergi. Oviedo, FL
  • 21 Logan Seavey. Sutter, CA
  • 22H Brandon Herbert. Jacksonville, FL
  • 22M Sam Mayer. Franklin, WI
  • 24 Colin Garrett. South Boston, VA
  • 26 Travis Braden. Wheeling, WV
  • 28 Jared Irvan. Ocala, FL
  • 29 Spencer Davis. Dawsonville, GA
  • 32 Harold Crooms. Lakeland, FL
  • 34 Nolan Pope. Harrisonville, MO
  • 35 Carson Kvapil. Mooresville, NC
  • 36 Dan Fredrickson. Northfield, MN
  • 52 Brent Strelka. Freedom, WI
  • 74 Ryan Moore. Troutman, NC
  • 84 Martin Latulippe. Vallee Junction, QC
  • 99 Christian Rose. Martinsburg, WV
  • 08 Nicholas Naugle, Dartmouth, NS
  • 112 Steve Weaver Jr. Plantation, FL

Thursday February 7
Parking and Practice Day

Friday February 8
Super Late Models 35
Pro Late Models 35
Sportsman 30
Florida Modified 35
Bomber 20

Saturday February 9
Super Late Models 35
Pro Late Models 35
Sportsman 50
Florida Modified 35
Bomber 20
Mini Mod 25

Sunday February 10
K&N East Series
Southern Sprint Car 30

Monday February 11
Tour-type Modified 50
Florida Modified 35
Super Late Models 35
Pro Late Models 35

Tuesday February 12
Florida Modified 75
Super Late Model 50
Tour-type Modifieds 35

Wednesday February 13

John Blewett III Memorial Tour Type Modified 76
Florida Modified 35
Super Late Models 35
Pro Late Models 35

Thursday February 14
Pro Late Models 35
Tour Type Modifieds 35
Florida Modifieds 35
Super Late Models 35

Friday February 15
Richie Evans Memorial Tour Type Modified 100
Pro Late Model 100
Florida Modifieds 35

Saturday February 16
Super Late Model 100
Pro Late Models 35
Florida Modifieds 35

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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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  1. Shawn

    February 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Alex Labbe is who I will be watching in Super Late. Go Canada!

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