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ASA STARS tabs New Smyrna in February as season opener

Bruce Nuttleman

The second ASA STARS national Super Late Model series campaign will begin as part of Florida Speedweeks and the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway in February.

Specifically, the Clyde Hart Memorial 200 is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13 and will count points towards the World Series of Asphalt Super Late Model division, the ASA Southern Super Series and the ASA national championship.

The race was a Southern Super Series and World Series of Asphalt points paying race this past season.

“Last year showed us that a big, mid-week super-late model race could work,” said New Smyrna Speedway track owner Jane Hart in a press release. “We’re ready to take that next step with the ASA STARS National Tour and bring the fans a truly special event in honor of Clyde Hart.”

The race will pay $15,000-to-win and $1,500 to start and will be the richest single race in the history of New Smyrna Speedway.

“The opportunity to open the ASA STARS National Tour season as part of Speedweeks will help us jump-start 2024 on a high note,” said Bob Sargent, President of Track Enterprises and founder of the ASA STARS National Tour in a press release. “We are proud to be a part of the richest Super Late Model purse in track history.”

Some of the most successful ASA races this past season were those in which NASCAR national touring stars could participate. The press release notes that ASA STARS champion Ty Majeski, Carson Hocevar, Grant Enfinger, Erik Jones, Chase Elliott and Daniel Suarez all made starts in 2023.

To wit, the scheduling of this race is made in the hopes of getting some of those stars down to New Smyrna before starting their portion of Daytona Speedweek.

This is the first race to be formally announced as part of the second ASA STARS national Super Late Model schedule.

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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 also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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