This Year's "Smyrna Speedweeks" Just Around The Corner
Big Stars, Six Divisions, New Bathrooms, Lots Of Cars And Much More
Every year, there is one thing that draws people to one place from all over the country. It’s the World Series. It brings together the best in one sport and lets them slug it out for bragging rights.
We’re not talking baseball though. And those reading this website and article know exactly what we are talking about. It’s the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway… short track racing’s “preseason” marathon showdown.
The 42nd Annual version of the World Series at New Smyrna Speedway will begin on Friday night, February 8th and run nine-consecutive nights through the 16th.
There is nothing in the country quite like the World Series. It’s nine-straight nights of racing (weather permitting). It’s multiple classes, including the likes of Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Tour-Type Modifieds (think, NASCAR Whelen Tour), SK Modifieds and a host of local divisions, including Florida Modifieds, Sprint Cars and Trucks. It’s beat and banged up cars, running night-after-night. It’s points races and championships. It’s grueling. It’s tough. Sometime it’s rainy, sometimes it’s cold, sometime it’s hot.
More than anything… it’s a ton of fun.
“There is about six to eight months of preparation that goes into this race,” said New Smyrna Speedway General Manager Terry Roberts. “We come out in September with our first ads and entries, so it starts early. From there, we just start preparing, everything from vendors and facilities and sponsorship.”
Over the years, there have been plenty of champions at the World Series, which is often just referred to as “Speedweeks.” But every year, there is something new for those to get ready for. And 2008 is no different, including continued and improved conditions at New Smyrna, one of the country’s fastest high-banked half-miles.
“We are going to have all new bathrooms which should be ready for everyone,” added Roberts. “If people were not here last year, they will see the new sign and electronic message center. We are really trying to keep the place looking as good as we can, because a lot of eyes are on this place.”
And in 2008, a lot more eyes will be on New Smyrna Speedway. Not only for those that are there in the stands, but for those sitting behind their computers at home.
Not only will Speed51.com once again be the official website of Smyrna Speedweeks, but the track will break into a new venture in 2008 by streaming some of their events live on the web.
Speedweeks is intense and can leave some driving steaming.
“Some of the nights, some of the races are gong to be streamed on the internet,” said Roberts. “People can go subscribe to see that. It will be available at www.mustseeracing.com. They can go onto our website to get more information about that.
“It will also be available to all of the military in the Middle East and around the world free of charge. That is very important to us and that will be a big time added bonus.”
Those watching online and in person, along with those following the action on Trackside Now on Speed51.com, will get to see some of the best in the business as well in 2008. Not only with the best in the world of short track racing be there, but it will also draw some of the best that have raced in the recent years in NASCAR, proving how much pull the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing has.
Just a few of those names planning to make the short trip from Daytona to New Smyrna this year include Mike Skinner, Steve Park and perennial short tracker at heart, Kyle Busch.
“It looks like Steve Park and Mike Skinner will be driving Florida Modifieds. It looks like Kyle Busch will be here driving a Modified as well, and we are hearing he might bring his Super Late Model along to race some nights.
“That is big for the fans here. Most of them come out here to see the short track guys because those are the guys they know and follow. But seeing guys from up in Daytona come down and race is a treat too, because they get to see these guys back on the short tracks they grew up on and see if some of their current heroes can beat them.”
The action begins on Friday, the 8th, when the Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Limited Late Models, Tour-Type Modifieds, SK Modifieds and Florida Modifieds take to
Tour-Type Modifieds (top) and Super Late Models (bottom) are just two of six regular divisions at the World Series at New Smyrna.
the track. Those six divisions will race each and every night, with an off night for each division scheduled in at various times during the week. The Trucks and TBARA Sprint Cars will also fill in and race during various nights.
“There is a lot of testing going on here with everyone getting ready. We are looking good on car counts this year. We have a lot of Tour Mods and SKs coming in. The Crate Late Models already have about 25 pre registered. I think we are going to be really good on car counts this season.”
Each of the six main divisions will have a 50-lap feature during the week on various nights. The week will round out with a 100-lap event for the Tour-Type Modifieds on Friday night, also known as the Richie Evans Memorial. Then, on Saturday night, the Super Late Models will run in the 100-lap Pete Orr Memorial to round out the week.