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Brad May takes World Series points lead with Night Three victory

The Three-Time New Smyrna Champion is Now the World Series Points Leader

Matt Weaver | STS

Now Brad May can set his sights on a Speedweeks Super Late Model championship.

The reigning and defending three-time track champion took his first step towards winning the World Series of Asphalt by taking the points lead with a victory in Night Three on Sunday at New Smyrna Speedway.

May posted the sixth-quickest time in qualifying but was inverted to the pole. On a night where passing was at a premium, the 42-year-old was left unchallenged as the 35-lap sprint went caution free. It was his first victory since opening the 2020 season with a trip to Victory Lane in the season-opening Red Eye at New Smyrna.

Following back-to-back third place finishes to open Speedweeks, May was reluctant to talk about the championship, wanting to win a race before having that conversation.

Mission accomplished?

“Mission accomplished,” May said triumphantly. “Winning a race was the first goal of the week. Consistency and getting wins. Points are in the back of your mind, but you have to think about winning and continuing to get faster.”

With an average finish of 2.3, May took the championship lead from Derek Griffith, who started ninth and finished seventh. May leads Sammy Smith by six points and Griffith by seven points. A win pays 50 with second paying 48 and each position down paying one less point.

It was very challenging to pass on Sunday.

Smith started second and fell behind Ryan Moore on the start, and that’s ultimately how they finished, a podium of May, Moore and Smith.

“We were bottoming out on the start, and for the first 15 laps that was the case in turn 1, but started to run them down but it was just too short of a race.” Smith said.

Smith is only second in the championship after winning Opening Night because he finished seventh on Saturday. With Griffith finishing seventh on Sunday, that appears to be the mulligan for seven races in nine days.

“We struggled last night, made some changes to make it even better from Friday and it didn’t work out and we went back to our Friday set up and it worked,” he said.

Griffith hopes this was in mulligan.

“We need to get on it after tonight,” he said. “I think we have a car that can win a night or two. Tuesday, we’re going to have to peek at the line and make some notes. We were a little off today.”

Jesse Love won night two on Saturday night, but started fourth and finished fourth on Sunday. He’s fourth in the championship and 11 points back with finishes of P8, P1 and P4.

“These 35 lap short sprint races are tough because you don’t see who has a better car,” Love said. “It’s just 35 qualifying laps. I could have done better in some places and we’ll work on that.

“Overall, it was a good points night and we just have to keep putting those together the rest of the week. We’re a couple point closer after tonight.”

Ryan Moore finished second on Sunday, impressive considering that his car was totally having his car destroyed during a Friday night crash.

“We just fought hard, got the thing put back together,” Moore said. “We had a good qualifying run.  We really wanted to pull off a win tonight.  A good friend of ours, her dad’s not doing good up in North Carolina.  We were hoping to get him a win tonight, but we’ll do it another night.”

The Super Late Models have the night off on Monday for the ARCA East Series main event. Tuesday night’s race is a 50-lap main event. The complete results can be found below.

  1. Brad May
  2. Ryan Moore
  3. Sammy Smith
  4. Jesse Love
  5. Stephen Nasse
  6. Justin Mondeik
  7. Derek Griffith
  8. Anthony Sergi
  9. Max Calles-McDonald
  10. Colin Garrett
  11. Jake Garcia
  12. Austin MacDonald
  13. Trey Bayne
  14. David Rogers
  15. Jett Noland
  16. Augie Grill
  17. Vincent Staggs
  18. Steve Weaver, Jr.
  19. Patrick Thomas
  20. David Green
  21. Joe Valento

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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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