Friday 11:45pm ET - Jimmy Blewett dominated the SK Modified event on opening night at New Smyrna. Blewett took the lead early and never looked back.
The only real action was for second-place, where Josh Sylvester and Kenny Horton battled. Horton got into Sylvester at one point, spinning him around. Horton was then never able to challenge Blewett, despite getting on his bumper at one point when Blewett slipped up.
“Starting position was key for us,” said Blewett. “The car wasn’t handling the way we would have wanted. We will come back tomorrow night and see what we can do with that.
“Cannonball is a good shoe. He is fun to race with and clean, but he is aggressive at the same time. He is a pleasure to race with. I’m glad someone like him is here.”
“Junior Woods, my crew chief, and my guys gave me a fast piece,” said Kenny Horton. “The car was quick. It was really quick. We got up on Blewett. I let him correct the car and then we caught lapped traffic. By that point, there was no way to get by him without wrecking him, so I just sat in second and finished the race.”
Ironically, the two drivers meet each other at the airport on their way into New Smyrna. Blewett told Horton he was glad he was here to race.
SK Modified Results
1 Jimmy Blewett
2 Kenny Horton
3 David Cramner
4 Billy Anderson
5 Glen Griswold
6 Eric Goodale
7 Russ Savoy
8 Jimmy Zacharrias
9 Shelly Perry
10 Butch Perry
11 Josh Sylvester
12 Phil Wehrkiem
13 Don King, Jr.
14 Mike Fiebelkoran, Jr
15 Chris Jensen
16 David Brown
17 Jason Migonia
Friday 11:25pm ET - The Crate Late Model event was crazy. It took three full restarts to get the race going. First, there was a multi-car accident in turn two on the first lap. Then, on the second start, several cars got together on the frontstretch. The pace setter, Shane Sawyer, fell out of the event on that second restart.
Eric Chase and Gene Kirila III put on a great race up front early. However, Kirila pulled off the pace just before an early race restart. From there on out, it allowed David Wagner to play catch.
However, another big accident where one car ended up on top of another car with a few laps to go forced officials to shorten the race to 20 laps.
But no one was going to catch Chase, who picked up the marathon win. Wagner finished second, with Will Thomas coming home third.
Crate Late Model Results
1Eric Chase 2David Wagner 3Will Thomas 4AJ Fulgenzi 5Earl Beckner 6Logan Ruffin 7Steven Brooks 8Kyle Maynard 9Jerick Johnson 10Kyle Eastham 11David Rigan 12Tyler Brown 13Thor Anderson 14Griffin McGrath 15Patrick Staropoli 16Casey Caudill 17Dustin Skinner 18Darrell Midgley 19Jimmy Weller 20Robert Petrus 21Gene Kirila III 22Jimmy Lang 23Shane Sawyer 24Brett Moffitt 25Joey Pole 26Blake Koch 27Chuck Tuck 28Cody Pitts 29Nick Glaze 30Joseph Gase
Friday 11:00pm ET - The Crate Late Model 25-lapper is still on the track... and people are starting to get restless. The third red flag of the race has just brought the race to a stop when one car climbed up on top of another car.
Friday 10:30pm ET - Word from our friends at Orlando has told us that Nick Stroupe has won the Pro Challenge Series event at Orlando SpeedWorld. Brandon Williamson was second, with Terry Mathis third.
The Crate Late Model event is just now restarting.
Friday 10:15pm ET - The Crate Late Model event has begun with a bang. The race is not even one lap old and a huge, multi-car accident has taken out of a bunch of cars, including quick-qualifier Brett Moffitt, Dustin Skinner, Joey Pole, Cody Pitts, Griffin McGrath and a host of others.
Friday 10:00pm ET - Jimmy Blewett and Chuck Hossfeld put on a great race for the top spot all race long in the Tour-Type Modifieds. Blewett led all of the event from the start, but Hossfeld was glued to his number the whole night long.
On lap 18, Hossfeld made a bonzi move to get underneath Blewett in turn one and took off. Blewett began to drop back after getting passed and pushed high by Hossfeld, with Bobby Grigas III jumping into second spot.
Ted Christopher, Andy Seuss and Eric Beers rounded out the top-five.
“I think (Blewett's) motor was breaking up,” said Hossfeld. “I had a great run on him. His car was looser than ours though. Jimmy tried to throw a block and I had a run on him. I locked up the left front. I feel bad about that. I probably could have gotten by him cleaner than that. But no one wrecked, so that was good.
“This is as prepared as my team has been. This is a sign for things to come.”
Kenny Troyer is here acting as Hossfeld’s crew chief.
Seuss got into the back of Charlie Pasteryak at one point, second the veteran around in turn one after running in the top-five all night long.
JR Bertuccio brought out his own personal car as a backup to start the event, after crashing the #14 in qualifying.
The Brady Bunch #80 and a team car to Jimmy Blewett, the #1, both started the race as well, but pulled in after just a couple of laps.
Tour-Type Modifieds Results
1 Chuck Hossfeld
2 Bobby Grigas III
3 Ted Christopher
4 Andy Suess
5 Eric Beers
6 Rowan Pennick
7 Kevin Goodale
8 Jimmy Blewett
9 Billy Pauch, Jr
10 Jon McKennedy
11 Justin Bonsignore
12 Kenny Horton
13 Charlie Pasteryak
14 JR Bertuccio
15 Butch Perry
16 Billy Anderson
17 George Bierce
Friday 9:40pm ET - Tim Russell jumped to the lead on the first lap from the outside row and never looked back, taking the win in the 30-lap Super Late Model feature. Russell got caught behind several lapped cars at one point, but was able to make it by without losing the lead to Landis. The leaders bobbed and weaved their way through a ton of lapped traffic all night long.
“We had a good car in practice,” said Russell. “Landis put up a pretty big number in qualifying, but we were able to get him. We had a good car in the race. The lapped traffic was horrible. I about wrecked two or three times around them. It was terrible.”
“We were good at Lakeland. Unfortunately, it got rained out and I got married the next day. I’m just glad to be here at Speedweeks. This is a good way to start things. We have Mike Garvey down here helping us. He’s a huge help.”
Ryan Sieg finished second, with Jack Landis in third.
Justin Drawdy got into the back of BJ McLeod at one point and spun McLeod. The field stacked up behind the two, with Jason Hogan getting the worst of it. Hogan hit the wall nearly head on. Louis Mechalides also got some damage in the accident.
Trevor Sanborn dropped out of the event after smoking heavily.
Super Late Model Results
1Tim Russell 2Ryan Sieg 3Jack Landis 4BJ McLeod 5Justin Drawdy 6Jeff Choquette 7David Rogers 8Joe Winchell 9Kurt Jett 10Louis Mechalides 11Darrell Midgley 12Jeremy Gerster 13John Coffman 14John Gerster 15Car #158 16Travis Towell 17Bruce Gowland 18Martin Maresca 19Frank Alberson 20Steve Weaver 21Eddie Gainey 22Russ Shaw 23Trevor Sanborn 24Ricky Carmichael 25Jason Hogan 26Derrick Wood 27Car #56 28Nevin Gainey 29Rusty Ebersole 30John Kennedy 31David Myer
Friday 9:20pm ET - With 15 laps down, Tim Russell is in the lead, followed by Jack Landis.
Friday 9:05pm ET - The Super Late Models are headed out onto the track. They will run 30 laps.
Friday 8:55pm ET - The Florida Modified event started out with a fantastic three-way battle between Tank Tucker, Jerry Symons and Lee Collins. Tucker got the lead on lap five and pulled away for the win. Symons was able to finish second, well ahead of the third-place Collins.
There were multiple spins and a four-car accident early in the race that took out Northeast Modified regular Woody Pitkat.
Florida Modified Results
1Tank Tucker 2Jerry Symons 3AJ Winstead 4Robbie Cooper 5Lee Collins 6Kevin Terry 7Kurt Jett 8John Gerstner 9Don Keeply 10Ryan Preece 11Gordon Moodie 12Alan Bruns 13Gary Fountain, Sr 14James Yarborough 15Dennis Pierce 16Art Kunzeman 17Marty Hanbury 18Jeff Coeburn 19Matt Wheeler 20Shane Hill 21Car #91 22Car #41 23Car #15x 24Damon Breedlove 25Bobby Jo Woodley 26Woody Pitkat 27William Burba
Friday 8:45pm ET - Full-field rundowns will be posted as soon as they are provided to us by the track.
Friday 8:35pm ET - Chad Akins took the lead from the start and pulled away to lead all 25 laps of the Limited Late Model feature. Drew Brannon finished second. Derrick Kelly was third.
Jessica Murphy got spun on the initial start by AJ Curreli. Both were able to continue, even though Curreli, a former Speedweeks champion in the Late Models, made a pit stop to fix some damage. Curreli was able to finish fourth.
"We have been testing here all week long," said Akins. "I got a new crew chief and without him, we wouldn't have been able to get this done and I wouldn't have won this. Last year, we tried to run this (Speedweeks) in Late Models, but we just didn't get the car done. So this win really means a lot to me."
Limited Late Model Results
1Chad Akins 2Drew Brannon 3Derrick Kelly 4AJ Curreli 5Kevin Ingram 6JR McMichael 7Kirk Hooker 8Greg Skyta 9Thomas Horner 10Rick Penton 11Greg Skyta 12Allen Seymour 13Jessica Murphy 14Ben Bargnesi 15Daniel Maddox 16CJ Faison 17Richard Douglas 18Daryyl Maher
Friday 8:05pm ET - Action is getting ready to get under way here. The schedule has been moved around a little bit. Up first is the Limited Late Model feature.
Friday 7:50pm ET - When it's your night, it's your night. Jimmy Blewett drew the pole for both the Tour-Type Modified and SK Modified features.
Friday 7:20pm ET - He's two-for-two... Jimmy Blewett won the pole for the Tour-Type Modified feature on Friday night. He blew away the rest of the field, besting Chuck Hossfeld by two-tenths of a second.
JR Bertuccio, driving Bear's #14, crashed the car coming out of turn four heading to the green flag. The car was towed back to the pits and the team is currently working on the car.
1Jimmy Blewett16.880 2Chuck Hossfeld17.001 3Charlie Pasteryak17.135 4Eric Beers17.168 5Ted Christopher17.202 6Bobby Grigas III17.342 7Rowan Pennick17.420 8Andy Seuss17.426 9Billy Pauch Jr17.429 10Justin Bonsignone17.449 11Jon McKennedy17.454 12Kevin Goodale17.515 13Kenny Horton17.956 14Butch Perry18.797 15JR BertuccioDNF
Friday 6:30pm ET - In another "no surprise to anyone," Jimmy Blewett won the pole for the SK Modified feature on Friday night, beating out Kenny Horton.
1Jimmy Blewett17.648 2Kenny Horton17.903 3Josh Sylvester17.951 4Billy Anderson18.110 5Eric Goodale18.130 6Glen Griswold18.134 7David Cramner18.148 8Butch Perry18.344 9Shelly Perry18.488 10Jimmy Zacharrias18.609 11Phil Wehrkiem18.690 12Chris Jenson18.844 13Russ Savoy18.860 14Don King Jr.20.612 15David Brown29.469 16Jason Migonia34.540
Friday 5:30pm ET - To no one's surprise, Lee Collins took the pole for tonight's Florida Modified event. A total of 27 cars took time.
Two Northeast Tour-Type Modified regulars, Ryan Preece and Woody Pitkat, are racing in the class.
1Lee Collins18.141 2Alan Bruns18.172 3Kevin Terry18.282 4Jerry Symons18.319 5Robbie Cooper18.328 6Tank Tucker18.363 7Kurt Jett18.409 8Matt Wheeler18.431 9John Gerstner18.462 10AJ Winstead18.517 11Shane Hill18.546 12Gary Fountain, Sr 18.586 13Dennis Pierce18.681 14Jeff Coeburn18.813 15William Burba 18.827 16Gordon Moodie 18.881 17Car #15x18.914 18Ryan Preece18.927 19Damon Breedlove 19.004 20Bobby Jo Woodley19.078 21Car #4119.134 22Don Keeply19.234 23James Yarborough 19.397 24Woody Pitkat19.495 25Marty Hanbury 19.643 26Art Kunzeman 20.007 27Car #920.161
Friday 5:30pm ET - Dirt Modified racers Brett Moffitt, from Iowa, was the fastest Crate Late Model driver of the 31 that took time. Moffitt drives for Murphy Motorsports, a regular in the Florida Late Model world. Florida Modifieds are next.
1Brett Moffitt17.949 2Jimmy Lang18.155 3Jimmy Weller18.158 4Joey Pole18.185 5David Wagner18.210 6Dustin Skinner18.296 7Gene Kirila III18.301 8Eric Chase18.311 9Shane Sawyer18.322 10Casey Caudill18.330 11Will Thomas18.334 12Patrick Staropoli18.338 13Blake Koch18.424 14Chuck Tuck18.431 15Griffin McGrath18.501 16Cody Pitts18.517 17Earl Beckner 18.548 18Logan Ruffin18.630 19Steven Brooks18.642 20Kyle Maynard18.715 21Jerick Johnson18.806 22AJ Fulgenzi18.807 23Darrell Midgley18.818 24Nick Glaze18.820 25David Rigan18.821 26Kyle Eastham18.893 27Joseph Gase19.016 28Thor Anderson19.195 29Robert Petrus19.307 30Tyler Brown19.381 31Car #2120.849
Friday 5:30pm ET - We are in a break for the Crate Late Models qualifying, after Casey Caudill hit the wall hard coming to the checkers. He had just turned in the fastest first lap before his crash. Currently, Jimmy Lang has the pole.
Friday 5:05pm ET - JR McMichael took quick time in the Limited Late Model division. Drew Brannon, a 16-year-old youngster, was second-quick. The Crate Late Models are qualifying next.
1JR McMichael18.020 2Drew Brannon18.039 3AJ Curreli18.125 4Chad Akins18.235 5Jessica Murphy18.253 6Kirk Hooker18.303 7Derrick Kelly18.310 8Kevin Ingram18.348 9Greg Skyta18.803 10Rick Penton18.884 11Ben Bargnesi19.052 12Thomas Horner19.130 13Daniel Maddox19.180 14Allen Seymour19.269 15Daryyl Maher19.389 16Richard Douglas19.477 17Rob Knox20.019 18CJ Faison20.241
Friday 4:35pm ET - Tim Russell set quick time for the Super Late Models on night one. A total of 25 cars took time. Limited Late Models will be next.
1Tim Russell17.325 2Jack Landis17.337 3Ryan Sieg17.507 4BJ McLeod17.545 5Justin Drawdy17.554 6Jeff Choquette17.674 7Trevor Sanborn17.844 8Louis Mechalides17.862 9Jason Hogan17.898 10David Rogers17.927 11Kurt Jett17.966 12Ricky Carmichael18.088 13Joe Winchell18.256 14Darrell Midgley18.381 15Nevin Gainey18.687 16Travis Towell18.753 17Rusty Ebersole18.919 18Eddie Gainey19.101 19Jeremy Gerster19.117 20Steve Weaver19.265 21Martin Maresca19.402 22Derrick Wood19.623 23John Coffman19.661 24Car #15820.016 25Russ Shaw20.794
Friday 4:00pm ET - Qualifying for the Super Late Models is now getting ready to start.
Friday 3:10pm ET - Practice is now all complete. The track has some down time and will be back for qualifying soon. They was working to get the Late Models and Modifieds through tech right now.
Qualifying order will be Super Late Models, Late Models, Crate Late Models, SK Modifieds, Florida Modifieds, Tour Modifieds.
Race order will be Late Models, Florida Modifieds, Super Late Models, Tour Modifieds, Crate Late Models and SK Modifieds.
Friday 3:00pm ET - With six divisions here today, and plenty of cars in each division, practice is running a little long today. Qualifying was scheduled to start around 3pm, but will be pushed back a bit.
Practice was rather incident free. There were spins here and there, and cautions for debris, but there were no major accidents.
A few notes from practice, in the Super Late Models, Justin Drawdy and Tim Russell each had two cars on the track at various times, trying to get a feel for the better one.
Jason Hogan is here driving a Super Late Model. His friend and former Lanier National Speedway regular Richie Ethridge has a brother-in-law in Florida who owns two Late Models. Hogan will run one, while Ethridge is planning to run the other later in the week.
Modified practice was rather uneventful, with plenty of teams taking just a few laps here and there.
Friday 12:30pm ET - It’s a bright, sunny day here at New Smyrna Speedway, and the first official day of Smyrna Speedweeks kicks off here on Friday. It’s the first of nine-straight night’s of competition for several divisions of competition, including Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Tour-Type Modifieds, SK Modifieds and more.
Practice actually got underway a little bit early today. It was scheduled to go off at Noon, but started even earlier. All of the divisions have already had one round a piece, and they are going for more now.
There are a lot more cars here today practicing than there were yesterday. There are some other big names here as well. We’ll get the full rundown and let you know.
Today’s schedule calls for practice, and then all six divisions will qualify starting at 3pm. Racing is scheduled to start around 7:30.
We’re going to head down now and get some photos and see what’s going on in the pits. So stay tuned and check back often, as we’ll get things really cranking around 3pm.