NOTE - Updated photos will come at the end of the night.
Thursday 11:35pm ET - All week long, it appeared that the drivers in the Crate Late Model Serie had been chasing 13-year-old Logan Ruffin.
Ruffin had one three of the first four Crate Late Model wins. But there was another guy that had been there all week long, just waiting in the wings.
And tonight, it was his turn. That was Will Thomas.
Thomas took the lead early in the 25-lap event and pulled away to earn his first win of Speedweeks and his second-career.
“It feels good. We work real hard down here,” said Thomas. “It’s a lot tougher this year than it was last year. We won one last year and had a bunch of trouble. This year, we’ve been good all week. Opening night, I didn’t qualify as good as I wanted to and that put us a little behind. I had one won the other night, but Logan was running second and we had a right front go down. It was just a racing deal I guess.
“If that wouldn’t have happened, I think we would have had a couple. Tomorrow is the 50 lapper and I’m generally better suited to those. I like those and we should be even better tomorrow night.”
Ruffin started deep in the field, and ended up finishing fourth.
Crate Late Model Results
1Will Thomas 2David Rigan 3Jimmy Lang 4Logan Ruffin 5Griffin McGrath 6Steven Brooks 7Casey Caudill 8Brandon Johnson 9Joey Pole 10David Wagner 11James Weller III 12Patrick Mennaga 13Thor Anderson 14Blake Koch 15Nick Glaze 16Eric Chase 17Donald Williams 18Cody Pitts 19Chazz Anderson 20Brett Moffitt 21Dustin Skinner
Thursday 10:55pm ET - Scott Bishop was able to take the wheel of his old ride, a truck that he drove to the Speedweeks Championship in 2007, to the checkers in the Advanced Auto Parts Pro Truck Series first race of Speedweeks on Thursday night.
Pro Trucks Results
1Scott Bishop 2Paul Antley 3Kevin Henry 4Ricky Moxley 5Danies Scott Reeves 6TJ Duke 7Mark Evans 8Jessica Murphy 9Zach Jarrell 10Pat Mahoney 11James Campbell 12Tim Gertsch 13Cole Powell 14Patrick Staropoli 15Steve Senerchia 16Mike Schnaekel 17Steve Baie 18Heath MacDougall 19Logan Bordeau 20Brett Huber 21Les Law 22Martin Wolf Jr. 23Philip Luizzo 24Derrick Reeves
Thursday 10:25pm ET - Jimmy Blewett had an emotional night on Wednesday night, winning a race named after his brother. However, on Thursday night, Blewett’s win in the SK Modified Division was just about as meaningful to him.
Mmostly because, it was Thursday night.
The car Blewett drove to the win was the same car that his late brother used to drive in the SK Modified Division on a weekly basis at Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, CT.
“There is something with this car,” said Blewett. “There is like there is someone who doesn’t want me to drive the other car. I like this car. It is comfortable. I know why my brother liked it."
Josh Sylvester was right there the whole time and pulled into Blewett’s bumper at the checkered flag, but wasn’t able to grab his first win of Speedweeks.
"He is going to be a good driver. Actually, he is a good driver. He runs everyone clean. The only thing that helped me tonight is experience. My car was not faster. I just beat him tonight with experience."
Billy Anderson had an impressive run, but it was negated when he was involved in an accident with Eric Goodale. Anderson never went to the back of the field after the accident, and was penalized from his fourth-place position to an actual 10th-place finish.
SK Modified Finish
1 Jimmy Blewett
2 Josh Sylvester
3 Glen Griswold
4 Brad Vanhouten
5 Butch Perry
6 Jimmy Zacharrias
7 Shelly Perry
8 Russ Savoy
9 Kevin Shea
10 Billy Anderson
11 David Cramner
12 Don King, Jr.
13 Eric Goodale
14 Chris Jensen
15 Barry Callavini
16 Mike Fiebelkoran, Jr
17 Phil Wehrkiem
18 Jason Migonia
Thursday 9:45pm ET - Joe Winchell took the win in a caution-filled, race-shortened 30-lap Limited Late Model feature.
Winchell is one of just a handful of drivers that actually survived the crashfest. The field was paired down to less than 10 cars after several early race accidents. It forced officials to shorten the race from the originally scheduled 50 to just 30.
In the end, Winchell was one of a few drivers who had little damage and was able to hold on to the finish.
An early race acicdent among leaders Drew Brannon, Jessica Murphy, JR McMichael and Kevin Ingram.
Limited Late Model Results
1Joe Winchell 2AJ Curreli 3Johnny Clark 4Derrick Kelly 5Alan Bruns 6Ben Bargnesi 7Rob Knox 8Steven Simpson 9Drew Brannon 10Greg Skyta 11Jessica Murphy 12Chad Akins 13Brennan Palmiter 14JR McMichael 15Kevin Ingram 16Gary Fountain Sr. 17Jerry Symons 18Ginney Quinones 19Kirk Hooker 20Bryan Silas
Thursday 8:50pm ET - What a different 24 hours makes.
Last night at this time, Jimmy Blewett was racing in the 50-lap John Blewett III Memorial. He won the event, leading all 50 laps, but he was hotly pursued the entire night by a whole host of drivers.
When he won the event, Blewett was emotional. And rightfully so.
But tonight, it was a different story. Blewett took the lead from Chuck Hossfeld on lap four and pulled away from the field, blowing the rest of the competitors out of the water.
And tonight, when he got out of the car, he wasn’t emotional. Instead, he was happy, joyful and boastful. This night, he was proud to boast he had the best car in the land.
“Last night, we didn’t have the best car,” said Blewett. “Ron Hutter, Grasso Brothers, Eddie Patridge, Pro Shocks… I don’t have to say anything else. This team is unbelievable. They put me here. I just can’t wait to race the entire season with these guys.
"In fact, I really can’t wait until tomorrow night baby."
Tour-Type Modified Results
1 Jimmy Blewett
2 Chuck Hossfeld
3 Ted Christopher
4 Eric Beers
5 Ryan Preece
6 Bobby Grigas III
7 James Civali
8 Charlie Pasteryak
9 Ronny Silk
10 Jon McKennedy
11 Buck Catalino
12 JR Bertuccio
13 Billy Pauch, Jr
14 Rowan Pennick
15 Kevin Goodale
16 Marisa Neidermeyer
17 Billy Anderson
18 Butch Perry
19 George Bierce
20 Andy Seuss
Thursday 8:20pm ET - Not quite sure if Jeff Choquette likes playing video games, but the Florida driver sure made New Smyrna Speedway look like one on Thursday night in the 50-lapper for the Super Late Models.
Choquette ran second for the first part of the race to Tim Russell, the driver that he has chased all Speedweeks long.
But things took at turn on lap 13, when following a restart, Choquette dropped off the pace with an apparent flat tire. Choquette came to a stop in turn two, bring out a caution. However, he got it changed, got back out on the track before the green came back out.
Then, he made it look like a video game.
Choquette charged from the back of the pack in 13 laps, mostly making passes on the high side, and took the lead from Russell on lap 36 to claim his third Speedweeks win.
“The right rear tire was going flat,” said Choquette. “Sometimes you don’t always feel it until you start spinning the tires. So I had to stop and cause a caution. They knew that so they made me hurry. We put on a tire that we ran today during practice and it was on from there.
“The outside is good. No one wants to go outside here. If they pick the bottom, I’m going to go to the top. If they pick the top, I’m going to the bottom. This car is just really good right now. There is nothing more I can say. The top has been good here all week long up top. And it’s coming around even more. Hopefully, we can get a few more.”
Super Late Model Results
1Jeff Choquette 2Tim Russell 3Ryan Sieg 4Trevor Sanborn 5Louis Mechalides 6Jack Landis 7BJ McLeod 8Ricky Carmichael 9Jared Allison 10Justin Drawdy 11Kurt Jett 12Kevin Bayless 13Jeremy Gerster 14Darrell Midgley 15Derrick Wood 16Steve Weaver Jr. 17Russ Shaw 18John Coffman 19Bruce Gowland 20David Rogers 21Jeff Scofield 22Brad Bischoff 23Nevin Gainey 24Justin Larson 25John Gerster 26Frank Alberson 27Joey Pletka 28David Myer 29Jerry Symons
Thursday 7:30pm ET - The Super Late Models are taking to the track right now.
Thursday 6:15pm ET - Right now, the driver's meeting is going on. Things are quiet now here at the track until 7:30pm, when racing will beging. The Super Late Models will be first up.
Thursday 5:45pm ET - Ted Christopher is on the pole for tonight's Tour Modified event.
Tour Modifed Qualifying Results
1Ted Christopher16.628 2Jimmy Blewett16.706 3Chuck Hossfeld16.769 4Kevin Goodale16.800 5Ryan Preece16.851 6Charlie Pasteryak16.855 7Jon McKennedy16.863 8James Civali16.864 9Eric Beers16.925 10Ronnie Silk16.928 11JR Bertuccio16.948 12Bobby Grigas III16.952 13Andy Seuss17.003 14Buck Catalano17.016 15Rowan Pennick17.061 16Billy Pauch Jr17.088 17Butch Perry18.020 18Marisa Neidermeyer 18.084
Thursday 5:25pm ET - Jimmy Blewett won the pole for tonight's SK Modified event.
SK Modifed Qualifying Results
1Jimmy Blewett17.319 2Billy Anderson17.603 3Eric Goodale17.705 4Josh Sylvester17.718 5Jimmy Zacharrias17.753 6Brad VanHouten17.918 7Barry Callavini17.951 8Glen Griswold17.977 9Shelly Perry18.171 10Butch Perry18.173 11Mike Fiebelicorn Jr18.337 12David Cramner18.569 13Jason Migonia24.297
Thursday 5:00pm ET - JR McMichael took the pole for tonight's Limited Late Model 50-lap feature event.
Limited Late Model Qualifying Results
1JR McMichael17.858 2Drew Brannon17.883 3Jessica Murphy17.959 4Alan Bruns18.014 5Jerry Symons18.020 6AJ Curreli18.026 7Derrick Kelly18.153 8Chad Akins18.181 9Kevin Ingram18.283 10Gary Fountain Sr.18.293 11Kirk Hooker18.377 12Joe Winchell18.484 13Steven Simpson18.494 14Greg Skyta18.549 15Tom Malloy18.715 16Brennan Palmiter19.330 17Ben Bargnesi19.523 18Rob Knox19.918
Thursday 4:30pm ET - Jeff Choquette is back on his game today... winning the pole for tonight's 50-lap Super Late Model feature event.
Choquette went out early and was able to hold off the rest of the driver, including Ryan Sieg and Tim Russell, to grab the top spot.
The Super Late Models will run the first feature tonight.
Super Late Model Qualifying Results
1Jeff Choquette17.012 2Ryan Sieg17.188 3Tim Russell17.312 4Jack Landis17.391 5David Rogers17.430 6Justin Drawdy17.448 7Trevor Sanborn17.510 8BJ McLeod17.517 9Louis Mechalides17.529 10Jeff Scofield17.541 11Justin Larson17.583 12Ricky Carmichael17.677 13Jerry Symons17.705 14Jared Allison17.800 15Kevin Bayless17.874 16Kurt Jett17.959 17Darrell Midgley17.975 18Bruce Gowland18.123 19Derrick Wood18.326 20Rusty Ebersole18.478 21Nevin Gainey18.505 22John Gerster18.520 23John Coffman18.541 24Steve Weaver Jr.18.725 25Jeremy Gerster18.848 26Frank Alberson19.129 27Russ Shaw20.124 28David Myer21.492
Thursday 4:00pm ET - Super Late Model qualifying is set to begin here at 4pm.
Thursday 3:50pm ET - A little bit of news that affects Speedweeks here at New Smyrna, but didn't happen here. Billy Pauch Sr., who raced here earlier in the week in the Tour Modifieds with his son, left New Smyrna to head to Volusia to race in the Big-Block Modifieds. And he made it pay off...
"The last time Billy Pauch buckled in behind the wheel of a DIRTcar Big-Block Modified in Florida was 1989. His last Modified victory in the Sunshine State was registered one year before that. Steering the no. 1W Will Brown Truck Repair-K&A Excavating/Bicknell machine on Wednesday at Volusia Speedway Park, it was just like old times as Pauch led all but the initial circuit to open the 37th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals in victory lane for the first time in 20 years. His dominating performance to kick off the 10th season for Advance Auto Parts was rewarded with the $2,000 top prize."
Thursday 2:45pm ET - There are several new Limited Late Models in attendance as well today, preparing for tonight's 50-lap feature. Some of those newbies include Brennan Palmiter, Ginney Quinones and Gary Fountain.
Jerry Symons is not getting much of a break at Speedweeks. He has spent most of the week playing double duty in the Florida Modifieds and the Super Late Models. With the Florida Modifieds done now, Symons will continue his double duty, racing with his Limited Late Model.
Thursday 2:20pm ET - Jessica Murphy, who hasn't done too much in the Limited Late Model this week, will be pulling double-duty tonight in the Late Models and the Pro Trucks.
Thursday 2:05pm ET - Practice has been rather uneventful except for in the Crate Late Models. Gene Kirila III wrecked his Crate car hard. He was actually checked out by EMS before being released back to his pits.
Thursday 1:30pm ET - There are a couple of new Super Late Models here in attendance for tonight’s 50-lapper, led by Florida regular Justin Larson. Larson has his #88 Skinner Nurseries machine in attendance tonight and will be looking to make the field.
BJ McLeod is back again tonight. He had planned on racing in last night’s feature after fixing hs car following a early week accident, but after the field was lined up by points, he pulled out to avoid starting in the rear of the pack.
Travis Kittleson is once again practicing Justin Drawdy's backup car.
Thursday 1:00pm ET - We are on the homestretch here at New Smyrna Speedway. Tonight is night seven of the nine-night Smyrna Speedweeks.
Tonight will be a regular program, with a couple of exceptions. The Florida Modifieds are all done now, and in for the final three nights are the Advanced Auto Parts Pro Truck Series.
All divisions are practicing right now.
Tonight, four divisions will qualify. The Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, SK Mods and Tour Mods will begin qualifying at 4pm.
The race lineup for tonight goes as follows: Super Late Models (50 laps), Tour Mods (25 laps), Limited Late Models (50 laps), SK Modified 20 laps), Pro Trucks (25 laps) and Crate Late Models (25 laps)
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