Trackside Now: 43rd Annual World Series of Short Track Racing
Friday, 2/13/09  - Day Eight of Nine at New Smyrna
New Smyrna Speedway - New Smyrna, Florida
Saturday - 12:45pm ET - Here are the results from tonight's feature events.  We will be back tomorrow for the final day of Speedweeks here at New Smyrna Speedway. Good Night!

Crate Late - Feature
PosCar #Driver
151Stephen Nasse
298David Wagner
311Austin Kirkpatrick
493Brandon Johnson
543Tommy Martins
67Landon Cassill
769Josh John
824David Rigan
946Nick Glaze
1031 12Shaun McWhirter
115Bryce Walker
1290Rebecca Kasten
1340Eric Chase
1435Joseph Gase
1521XBlake Koch
163Cole Powell
1717XTanner Berryhill
185XKyle Delisle
1928Terry Horak
2028BSean Bass
2123James  Weller III
229Kurt Jett
23127Kyle Maynard
244Thor Anderson
254XMichael Pilla
2691Patrick Laperle
2731Brian Blum
2846BMatt Cohen

Late Model - Feature
PosCar #Driver
1141Travis Hanson
28Drew Brannon
326Jessica Murphy
438Kirk Hooker
527Brennan Palmiter
69ZZachary Donatti
782Daniel Maddox
821XBlake Koch
963Austin Pickens
1019Bobby Good
114BAlan Bruns
1251Landon Cassill

Northern Modifieds - Feature
Richie Evans Memorial 100
PosCar #Driver
10Ted Christopher
279Ronnie Silk
39Robert Grigas III
459Matt Hirshman
550Kevin Goodale
622Charles Hossfeld
791John Jensen
858Eric Goodale
971Andy Seuss
109NHPete Jarvis
112J.R. Bartuccio
1276Shelly Perry
1396Russell (Butch) Perry
1414Louie Mechalides
152XRyan Preece
1680Vinnie Annarumo
1712Jimmy Blewett
1873Jonathan McKennedy
1917Robbie Fuller
2070Timothy Zacharias
2172D J Chasse
221Darwin Green
2365Dan Marcello

SK Mods - Feature
PosCar #Driver
112Jimmy Blewett
289Brad VanHouten
38Tom Ferrell III
471Jimmy Zacharias
510Rob Schultz
614Wayne Arute
717Russell Savoy
823Timothy Zacharias
979Chris Jensen
1009SKRobert Grigas III

Super Late Models - Feature
PosCar #Driver
184Wayne Anderson 
211David Rogers
310Jack Landis
470Jeff Choquette
55Jeremy Colangelo
636Tim Russell
792Cale Gale
8133Daniel Webster
910XJohanna Long
1081Anthony Campi
118Eddie Gainey
122Joey Coulter IV
1324David Rigan
147XPerry Lovelady
1575Don Keithley
16112Stephen Weaver Jr.
1758John Coffman
1886Chet Morrison
1958XEdward Nevin Gainey
209Frank Alberson
2160XDavid Myer
2233Derrick Wood
2368Russell Shaw
2483Karl Willard
257Jeff Scofield
2623Rusty Ebersole
2751Michael Pope
2878BJ McLeod

Trucks - Feature
PosCar #Driver
163Austin Pickens
224MMichael Pilla
322Scott Bishop
438Ricky Moxley
550Mark Evans
655Daniel Scott Reeves
718Zack  Jarrell
830XChad Pierce
936Ross Chastain
1045Zach Campbell
1111Robert Strader Jr
1239Tyler Laing
1330Christopher Huntoon
1440Jessica Green
1521XDerrick Reeves
1625Alexis Fenton
1788Joseph Locascio
1896Ben Kennedy
190Whitney Poole

Saturday - 12:06pm ET - The victory lane ceremonies are over and winner Travis Hanson did a little bit of a burnout leaving victory lane - we aren't sure if it was out of anger or celebration.

As far as the finishers in the Limited Late Model race, we aren't sure exactly who ended up where.  So we'll wait until the official results are released before telling you who finished where.

Friday - 11:58pm ET - Austin Pickens got turned around in turn two on the final lap of the Limited Late Model race in turn two.  Kirk Hooker got collected in the mess as well and everyone raced back to the finish from there.  Travis Hanson is the apparant winner, but victory lane isn't a happy place.

After the race, Jason Boyd of Pickens' team went up to the window net of Travis Hanson's car and showed his displeasure.  At that point, a man, who has been identified as Hanson's father took a running start and jumped on top of Boyd.  They both rolled around on the ground before the fight was broken up.

Then another fight has flared up on pit road.  One man threw another man over the pit road.  Security has become involved and everything seems to have broken up.

We have learned that Pickens' team will be ejected from the speedway on account of Boyd going to victory lane and starting trouble.

Friday - 11:50pm ET - With five laps to go in the Limited Late Model feature, Austin Pickens has passed Travis Hanson for the lead.

Friday - 11:45pm ET - On lap 15, Landon Cassill and Alan Bruns were battling for the fourth position.  They battled too hard as Cassill went around in turn four.

The running order is now Travis Hanson, Austin Pickens, Drew Brannon, Alan Bruns and Kirk Hooker.

Friday - 11:43pm ET - At the halfway point of the Limited Late Model feature, it is Travis Hanson who is leading the way over Austin Pickens, Drew Brannon, Alan Bruns, Landon Cassill, Kirk Hooker and Jessica Murphy.

Friday - 11:31pm ET - Jason Boyd, who has been a noted Florida short track driver in his own right, is spotting tonight for Austin Pickens in the Limited Late Model feature.  he is also the crew chief on that car.

Friday - 11:28pm ET - The Limited Late Models are lining up for their feature race - the final event of the evening.

Friday - 11:22pm ET - Stephen Nasse has won the 50-lap Crate Late Model race. David Wagner finished second and is your 2008 New Smyrna World Series of Short Track Racing Crate Late Model champion.

Friday - 11:20pm ET - On the restart, Sean Bass' #28 stumbled, bumbled and grumbled for one lap and Bass dropped out of the lead.  He then got it going again and challenged Stephen Nasse for the victory.  But then the Bass car started backing up again and he lost ground.

Meanwhile, Terry Horak completed his tour of the speedway.  He spun in turn two early on, then looped his #28 in turn one and now has spun between turns three and four.  He hasn't hit anything though...yet.

Friday - 11:15pm ET - Terry Horak has spun by himself in turn one, bringing out the caution with 11 laps to go.

Friday - 11:10pm ET - With 15 laps to go in the 50-lap Crate Late Model feature, the second and third place cars of Jimmy Weller and Rebecca Kasten got together and went for sychronized spins in turn four.  The caution is out.

Sean Bass leads the race.  Stephen Nasse, David Wagner and Austin Kirkpatrick.

Friday - 11:05pm ET - The caution came out on lap 24 for a frontstretch melee by Tommy Joe Martins, Thor Anderson and Kyle Maynard.

Friday - 11:02pm ET - The caution came out on lap 23 for a turn four spin by Bryce Walker.

Friday - 10:55pm ET - The caution came out on lap seven for a turn two spin by Terry Horak.

Friday - 10:53pm ET - When it came to starting the Crate Late Model feature, the third time was the charm.  The race went green as planned and Sean Bass leads James Weller on lap five.

Friday - 10:50pm ET - On attempt number two at a start of the Crate Late Model race, Michael Pilla spun at the starting line and hit the frontstretch wall hard.  He's okay.

Friday - 10:43pm ET - The Crate Late Models have taken the green flag...sort of.  The #31 car of Justin McLellen wrecked on the first lap and there will be a complete restart.

On the final pace lap, Patrick Laperle pulled out onto the track and took the green flag at a very reduced speed.  He took the green flag and will be scored in the final position, which will clinch the second place position in points for the Canadian.  The fact that Laperle even made it out onto the track was amazing as it was being held together by duct tape and wire ties...and it has a bent front and rear clip after last night's big wreck in turn one.

Friday - 10:43pm ET - The Crate Late Models have taken their hot laps and will run their feature shortly.

Friday - 10:35pm ET - Austin Pickens has won the Pro Truck feature event over Michael Pilla, Scott Bishop and Ricky Moxley.

Friday - 10:29pm ET - Ben Kennedy has exited the race in a cloud of smoke on lap 20 of the Pro Truck feature.  There appears to have been some type of engine problem on his #96 truck.

Friday - 10:26pm ET - We are now halfway in the 25-lap Pro Truck feature event, Michael Pilla was the early leader, but Austin Pickens has now taken over the top spot of the race.

Friday - 10:08pm ET - The top five finishers were Ted Christopher, Ronnie Silk, Bobby Grigas, Matt Hirschman and Kevin Goodale.

Friday - 10:07pm ET - There is one very excited Ted Christopher in victory lane.  In a true show of racer unity, Crate Late Model driver Patrick Laperle jumped over the pit wall and was one of the first to get to Christopher's window net and congratulate him on his victory.

Friday - 10:05pm ET - Ted Christopher has beaten Ronnie Silk to win the Richie Evans Memorial 100.

Friday - 10:04pm ET - With four laps to go, Ted Christopher has taken the lead from Ronnie Silk.

Friday - 10:03pm ET - With six laps to go, Ronnie Silk has taken the lead from Ted Christopher.

Friday - 10:02pm ET - With seven laps to go, Ted Christopher has taken the lead from Ronnie Silk.

Friday - 10:01pm ET - With eight laps to go, Ronnie Silk has taken the lead from Ted Christopher.

Friday - 9:59pm ET - The seventh caution of the race is out for Andy Seuss, who cut a left rear tire down and spun on the fronstretch.  he is pitting for new rubber.  It is lap 86 of 100.

JR Bertuccio has stopped on the track.

Peter Jarvis and Eric Goodale have pitted.

Ted Christopher currently leads.

Friday - 9:57pm ET - We have had two laps since the restart and two exchanges of the lead between Ronnie Silk and Ted Christopher.  The current leader?  Ted Christopher.

Oh is now Ronnie Silk....nope.  Back to Christopher.  They are trading the lead quicker than we can type.

Friday - 9:53pm ET - All of the cars that are still on the track are on the lead lap.  Those cars, in order, belong to Ronnie Silk, Ted Christopher, Bobby Grigas, John Jensen, Matt Hirschman, Kevin Goodale, Andy Seuss, JR Bertuccio, Eric Goodale, Peter Jarvis and Chuck Hossfeld.

Friday - 9:46pm ET - At lap 77, Ronnie Silk passed Ted Christopher again for the lead.  Christopher tried a crossover move to retake the lead, but it didn't work.

The caution is now out on lap 79 for a backstretch wreck by Butch Perry and his daughter Shelly Perry.

Andy Seuss, JR Bertuccio, Peter Jarvis and Chuck Hossfeld are all pitting.

Friday - 9:44pm ET - At lap 69, Ted Christopher has retaken the lead.

Friday - 9:43pm ET - At lap 67, Ronnie Silk slid under Ted Christopher with an aggressive move in turn four for the lead.

Friday - 9:41pm ET - On lap 60, Ted Christopher has taken the lead.  Bobby Grigas and Ronnie Silk came with him into second and third.  John Jensen dropped to fourth.

Friday - 9:40pm ET - Ted Christopher has come alive and moved into second place.

Friday - 9:39pm ET - There have been 13 cars that have taken the restart.  The #91 of John Jensen pulled into the lead on the restart.

Friday - 9:36pm ET - Butch Perry spun by himself on lap 53 to bring out the caution.  The majority of the leaders are pitting under caution.

Eric Goodale has inherited the lead over John Jensen and Peter Jarvis.

Friday - 9:33pm ET - Teddy Christopher has not been able to progress though the field very far after his pit stop.  He is currently ninth, but not gaining any ground on the lead pack.

At the halfway point, it is Ronnie Silk, Bobby Grigas, Eric Goodale, Matt Hirschman, Andy Seuss, John Jensen, Kevin Goodale, JR Bertuccio, Ted Christopher and Peter Jarvis.

Friday - 9:31pm ET - Ronnie Silk still leads, but Bobby Grigas is close to his rear bumper.  The top five is currently being rounded out by Eric Goodale, Matt Hirschman and Andy Seuss.

Friday - 9:30pm ET - Louie Mechalides has pulled behind the wall on lap 33.

Friday - 9:27pm ET - Butch Perry has spun and brought out the caution on lap 28.

Under the caution, Ted Christopher, Chuck Hossfeld and Ryan Preece are among those who have pitted.

Friday - 9:25pm ET - Jimmy Blewett and Vinnie Annarummo have both gone behind the wall.

Ryan Preece has gone a lap down on the racetrack.

The current top positions are filled by Ronnie Silk, Bobby Grigas, Matt Hirschman, Eric Goodale, Kevin Goodale, Ted Christopher and Andy Seuss,

Friday - 9:20pm ET - The field has gone back to green, but Jimmy Blewett's #12 is still sitting on pit road and will likely go several laps down.  The crew does not appear to be rushing around it, so we think the damage could be terminal.

Friday - 9:18pm ET - A big logjam took place on the restart.  Several cars got together on the frontretch as the green flag came out.  Those involved include Kevin Goodale, Chuck Hossfeld, JR Bertuccio, Rob Fuller, Ted Christopher, Jimmy Blewett, Jon McKennedy and Ryan Preece.

All of the drivers drove away under their own power, but many went to pit road.  McKennedy and Fuller both pulled behind the pit wall.

Friday - 9:16pm ET - Danny Marcello's race might be a brief one.  He has been black flagged for not getting up to speed.  The culprit appears to be slipping clutch.

Friday - 9:15pm ET - He's 11 laps late, but the #65 of Danny Marcello has joined the field.  He towed all the way down from New York for the race, so we can't get too mad at him for being fashionable late.

Friday - 9:14pm ET - Vinnie Annarummo spun by himself in turn one on the restart.  That brought out the caution.

Friday - 9:12pm ET - Shelly Perry has spun in turn four.  She may have had some help.  The caution is out and we're working lap 11.

The top five remain unchanged.

Friday - 9:11pm ET - Ronnie Silk is pulling away from the field.  At lap eight it is Silk, Jimmy Blewett, Matt Hirschman, Bobby Grigas and Ted Christopher in the top five positions.

Friday - 9:09pm ET - Ryan Preece didn't quite get up to speed ont he initial start.  He dropepd from second to fourth before hitting turn one.  Jimmy Blewett has taken the early lead with Ronnie Silk filling his mirror.

Strike that, Silk is now leading at lap three. 

Friday - 9:05pm ET - The drivers in the field are very determined to win the Richie Evans Memorial 100.

Ryan Preece told that if he could win this race, he would consider the victory even bigger than winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Martinsville Speedway last year.

Jimmy Blewett likes his chances of winning.  He told, "Yeah, I can do it again."

Blewett won in 2006 and 2007.

Friday - 8:55pm ET - There have been several additions to the starting grid of the Richie Evans Memorial 100 since qualifying. 

Vinnie Annarummo is the surprise driver of the second Brady Bunch Modified.  He'll roll off in the 16th position. Frank Ruocco had driven the car, with the number #80 on it, in races earlier this week, but he has reportedly returned home to Connecticut.  Annarummo, known as "Vinnie Who?" in New England racing circles is a track legend of Seekonk Speedway (MA) and a multi-time winner in the True Value Modified Racing Series.

Darwin Green will start 17th, Tim Zacharias will roll off 18th in the #70 Modified,  Louie Mechalides will start 18th in the Bear Motorsports #14, The #72 of D.J. Chasse will start 19th in a team car to J.R. Bertuccio and Rob Fuller will start scratch on the field in his #17. 

Friday - 8:45pm ET - The Richie Evans Memorial 100 is a very special race for the Tour-type Modifieds and it is different in a lot of ways from most of the 50 plus other races this week at New Smyrna Speedway.

For starters, the field is lined up on the frontstretch while the drivers are introduced to the crowd.  The field is going to be paced by one of Evans' classic orange #61 Modifieds and the drivers who are in the starting field are all assembled for a group photo before the race.

Friday - 8:34pm ET - We are getting ready for driver introductions for the Richie Evans Memorial 100 Tour-type Modified race.  This is the biggest race of the week for the Modified teams.

Friday - 8:29pm ET - It was clean and green on the restart and Jimmy Blewett pulled away over the final seven laps to score his seventh win in seven starts.  Kevin Goodale was second, Tom Ferrall, Jimmy Zacharias, and Rob Schultz rounded out the top five. 

Friday - 8:24pm ET - On the 13th lap Bobby Grigas had some trouble in turn four and hit the wall.  His car came to rest in turn four.  

Friday - 8:21pm ET - After two laps under green Jimmy Blewett moved to the lead and in in front of Bobby Grigas by five car lengths.

Friday - 8:17pm ET - The SK Mods are on the track, Kevin Goodale and Bobby Grigas will lead the pack down for the green flag.

Friday - 8:08pm ET - Wayne Anderson has won the Super Late Model feature over David Rogers, Jack Landis, Jeff Choquette and Jeremy Colangelo.  The top four finishers ran the final few laps of the race in tight formation.

Unoffically, this will tie the Super Late Model point standings between Jeff Choquette and David Rogers with only one night of racing left.

Friday - 7:57pm ET - Chet Morrison has gotten into trouble again.  This time, he hit the wall in turn four hard and there was a sizable fire under the hood of his #86 Super Late Model.  Morrison quickly jumped out of his car uninjured.  The caution is out at lap 26.

with just four laps to go, your current top seven runners are Wayne Anderson, David Rogers, Jack Landis, Jeremy Colangelo, Jeff Choquette, Tim Russell and Cale Gale.

Friday - 7:53pm ET - The caution is out for a spin in turn one involving Chet Morrison.  The lap counter is at 19 and Wayne Anderson currently leads Jeremy Colangelo, David Rogers, Tim Russell and Jack Landis.

Friday - 7:51pm ET - The #70 of Jeff Choquette got loose and dropped from fourth to sixth.

Friday - 7:49pm ET - The caution is out at lap 13 for an incident with the #58X of Nevin Gainey.

Friday - 7:49pm ET - Wayne Anderson currently leads Jeremy Colangelo, David Rogers, Tim Russell and Jeff Choquette.

Friday - 7:48pm ET - The #68 of Russ Shaw has slowed on the track.

Friday - 7:40pm ET - Johanna Long has spun on lap four of the Super Late Model feature.  She went around by herself in turn four and didn't hit anything.  At the same time though, Jeff Scofield went high and ended up against the fronstretch wall.  The caution is out and Schofield will need to be towed into the pit.  Long will go to the rear of the field for her part in the caution.

Friday - 7:36pm ET - The green flag is out for the Super Late Model feature and Wayne Anderson has broken away into the early lead.

Friday - 7:35pm ET - 51 Radio's broadcast from New Smyrna is now up and live.  To listen, go to and click on the “Listen Live” button on the upper right portion of the website.

Friday - 7:31pm ET - The Super Late Models are lined up on pit road and ready to go for their 30-lap feature.  We'll have a few hot laps, then we'll get ready for the green flag.  There will be 28 cars to take the green flag.

Friday - 7:05pm ET - The stands are filling up and the atmosphere is getting more charged as racetime gets closer.  Here are a few last minute pit notes:

- Tour-type Modifieds are allowed to change two tires during their Richie Evans Memorial 100 event.  The pit stops aren't mandatory though and teams will be allowed to change more tires if there are flat or cut tires.

Ryan Newman is a no show for tonight's Modified race.  He won earlier this week in the #7NY Modified and was expected to return tonight to take a crack at the biggest Modified race of the week.

Friday - 7:00pm ET - The Tour-type Modifieds have redrawn for the top eight positions.  They will start with Jimmy Blewett and Ryan Preece on the front row, Ronnie Silk and Bobby Grigas, III on the third row and the remainder of the top eight as follows: Matt Hirschman, Ted Christopher, Jon McKennedy and Kevin Goodale.

After that point, the remainder of the field will start straight-up as they qualified earlier tonight.  You can find those results by scrolling down the page.

Friday - 6:50pm ET - We have just learned that the 51 Radio broadcast of tonight's racing will cover the Super Late Model and SK Modified features in addition to the Richie Evans Memorial 100 Tour-type Modified race.  The broadcast will begin at 7:30pm. 

To listen, go to and click on the “Listen Live” button on the upper right portion of the website.

Friday - 6:45pm ET - It seems that everyone in the Modified pit area is focusing on Ronnie Silk as being the man to beat in tonight's Richie Evans Memorial 100 for the Tour-type Modifieds. 

That would be a smart pick.  Silk has only raced twice this week.  On his first night here, he won.  On his second night, he led late but was passed by Ted Christopher late in the race and had to settle for a third-place finish.

Silk reports that his team wasn't happy with their tires in that race, but has a good set-up and a fast racecar for tonight.  Will he win again?  We'll see.

Friday - 6:35pm ET - Michael Pope qualified in the eighth position for tonight's Super Late Model feature, but he won't be taking the green flag.  It was never part of his #51 Ocean Properties/Pub 44 team's plan.

"It was never our intention to run the feature tonight," said team owner Bob Dillner.  "We were using tonight as a practice session for tomorrow's very prestigous Pete Orr Memorial 100.  Plus, with the drama between Jeff Choquette and Jeff Scofield, everyone in the pits is expecting fireworks in tonight's race.  We're focusing on getting ready for tomorrow."

Friday - 6:25pm ET - Last night’s Super Late Model 50 lap feature had some fireworks as Jeff Scofield and Jeff Choquette had an on track run while battling for the lead.  The two made contact going for the lead around lap 10.  After a restart, Choquette tried to sneak by on the outside when the two made contact sending Scofield into the wall.  After the race Scofield had a few words for Choquette, but was cut off by Choquette’s crew. 

“Jeff Choquette just lost the F****** Speedweeks Championship,” said Scofield.  “He finished fourth tonight and he probably won’t finish not better.”

Scofield was obviously angry with the situation.  Choquette was not happy for being sent to the rear for the contact. He did rebound to score a top five finish.

“I never went out there with the intentions of wrecking Jeff Scofield or running in the back of Jeff Scofield,” said Choquette.  “I was just out there racing and trying to get by him like I got by Wayne the other night.  He just pushed me way, way high and I could only go so far because they do have outside walls at this racetrack.”

Many in the pits think that this could boil over like it did at Bronson a few years back.  Race director Butch Pierce has talked to both drivers and feels like the situation is now over.  Tonight’s feature will tell the rest of the story.

Friday - 6:20pm ET - The inversion for the Super Late Model race tonight is a three, which means that Jeremy Colangelo will start on the pole, Wayne Anderson will remain in second and David Rogers will start third.  The remainder of the field will line up based on how they qualified.

Friday - 6:10pm ET - Speed 51 Radio's live broadcast of tonight's Richie Evans Memorial 100 will kick off at 7:30pm ET.  To listen, go to and click on the “Listen Live” button on the upper right portion of the website.

Friday - 6:02pm ET - Here are the qualifying results for the Super Late Models:

111David Rogers17.525 Seconds
284Wayne Andeson17.540
305Jeremy Colangelo 17.622
436Tim Russell17.681
510Jack Landis17.693
670Jeff Choquette17.698
707Jeff Scofield17.717
851Michael Pope17.751
910Johanna Long17.888
1092Cale Gale17.977
118Eddie Gainey18.065
1286Chet Morrison18.073
13133Daniel Webster18.135
1478BJ McLeod18.276
1581Anthony Campi 18.278
16O2Joey Coulter18.417
1724David Rigan18.488
187XPerry Lovelady18.680
1975Don Keithley18.713
209Frank Alberson19.071
21112Steve Weaver19.121
2258John Coffman19.440
2368Russ Shaw20.363

Friday - 6:00pm ET - Several cars and trucks are now hot lapping the speedway including Andy Seuss' #70 Tour-type Modified, Zachary Donatti's #9Z Limited Late Model and Brennan Palmiter's #27 Limited Late Model.

Friday - 5:58pm ET - David Rogers has set fast time for the Super Late Model feature.  We'll have full results shortly.

Friday - 5:55pm ET - Tim Russell looped his #36 Super Late Model on his first qualifying lap in turn four without hitting anything.  He then made a U-Turn to get back to turn one, make another U-Turn and get a rolling start for his second qualifying lap.  The first lap was recorded as one of 66.575 seconds, or as track announcer Mark Keeler said, "just a tick off the track record there."

Russell's second lap was one of 17.681 seconds - much better.

Friday - 5:40pm ET - David Rogers has had a great 2009 Speedweeks here at New Smyrna Speedway.  Earlier in the week we caught up with Rogers as he showed us a photograph of him winning a race here at New Smyrna Speedway back in the 70’s.

“I am pretty sure that photo was taken here,” said Rogers.  “Thing have changed a lot since then, but that photo is as old as most people’s careers in racing.  I love doing this and that why I am here.”  

Rogers has already gone to victory lane once this we and if he plays his cards right he could end up the champion in the Super Late Model division.  

Friday - 5:30pm ET - Ohio native Jack Landis was the best kept secret last night as the on track action in the wild Super Late Model feature overshadowed his win.  Landis didn’t care though, he knew he had spanked the field for his first victory if Speedweeks. 

“I am really happy,” said Landis.  “Probably the reason why I am standing in victory lane is because of what’s going on down at the other end of pit road.  I never really look back at the stuff that has happened in the past, I tend to look the future.  If this car is that strong after 100 laps on Saturday night, then we should be in victory lane.”

Friday - 5:30pm ET - Georgia's Jason Hogan has practiced the #21 Super Late Model for two days this week, but not raced yet.  He won't race tonight either.  He is putting all of his energy into prepping for Saturday night's Pete Orr Memorial 100 and told us that he really likes his chances for that event.

Friday - 5:27pm ET - Louisiana's Chet Morrison has shown up to race his #86 Super Late Model this evening.

Friday - 5:25pm ET - Last night, Ryan Preece wasn't even entered in the Tour-type Modified race, but tonight his team is loaded for bear and ready to put their best effort forth for the Richie Evans Memorial 100.  A team source said that they skipped last night's race to rest up and better prepare for the biggest Modified event of the week tonight.  The team has been working hard all week after rebuilding their wrecked #2X earlier in the week.

Preece time trialed eighth for tonight's show.

Friday - 5:22pm ET - Here are the results of Crate Late Model qualifying for Friday evening:

111Austin Kirkpatrick18.001 Seconds
290Rebecca Kaston18.003
328BSean Bass18.069
451Stephan Nasse18.078
523Jimmy Weller18.129
64Michael Pilla18.231
769Josh John18.286
84Thor Anderson18.345
943Tommy Martins18.359
1031Brian Blum18.388
1198David Wagner18.427
123Cole Powell18.462
13127Kyle Maynard18.478
1417Tanner Berryhill18.480
1528Terry Horak 18.492
1640Eric Chase18.507
177Landon Cassill18.515
1846Nick Glaze18.557
1935Joseph Gase18.570
2024David Rigan18.577
2121Blake Cook18.580
225KBryce Walker18.589
235XKyle Delisle18.611
2431Shaun McWhirter18.644
2593Brandon Johnson18.842
269Kurt Jett18.213

Friday - 5:20pm ET - NASCAR on SPEED broadcaster Bob Dillner and a special guest from Speed51 Radio will provide live coverage of the Richie Evans Memorial, 100-lap event on Friday the 13th, while even more special guests will call the Pete Orr Memorial, 100-lap race on Saturday the 14th.  Fans not able to make it to New Smyrna will be able to listen live on for all the action by clicking on the “Listen Live” button on the upper right portion of the website.

Friday - 5:18pm ET -  We thought that Tanner Berryhill's New Smyrna efforts were a goner yesterday, as his damaged #17 Crate Late Model sat in its trailer for most of the day.  But his crew decided to stick it out and worked past the Midnight hour on their car last night.  They've also been thrashing on it all day and will be ready to race it again this even.

Friday - 5:15pm ET -  All week long, we've been talking about some of the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers and crew members who have been at New Smyrna taking in the action, but racers from all across the country and from all divisions have also been down here helping out teams or just taking some time to be race fans.  One of those who we bumped into today was Oxford Plains Speedway Strictly Stock driver Jeff Merrill, who drove all the way down from Maine to catch some racing action in what is the dead of winter back at home.

Friday - 5:10pm ET -  Racing legend and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Mark Martin was here last night watching both his Super Late Model driver Jeremy Colangelo and his Pro Truck driver Ben Kennedy run their feature events.

“Jeremy is a great driver and a fine young man, and we are happy to have him,” said Martin.  “He gets everything he can out of the racecar and he doesn’t bring it in on the hook much. In our truck, Ben has impressed a lot of people and he’s a good kid.  It’s fun for us to be a part of this because he is really dedicated.”  

We asked Martin about his career because he has always been a supporter of the short track world.  Martin spent several years in the minor league circuits of racing before he got the full-time ride he needed to be competitive at the NASCAR level.

“I am having blast with everything I am doing in racing,” added Martin.  “I remember back in 1977, I came down here and ran the Speedweeks.  I was only in the 12th grade at the time, but I remember it.  Things have changed and I have changed, but in some ways they haven’t changed that much.”

Martin will start on the outside of the front row in Sunday’s Daytona 500, the final chapter in the 2009 version of Florida Speedweeks. 

Friday - 5:05pm ET - Nobody hasn't beaten Jimmy Blewett in the SK Modified division this week and it might not happen in the next two nights either.

One of the best bets to unseat Blewett was Frank Ruocco.  But Ruocco's #91 team was so frustrated after last night's race that they loaded up and went home after a little bit of verbal jabbing between their crew and Blewett's camp.

Kenny Horton was also quick in the SK Modifieds early in the week, but his team only planned to race for a few nights of Speedweeks and they have been long gone this week.

Bobby Grigas, III has consistantly been the second fastest entry in the SK Modifieds, but he admitted prior to qualifying tonight that beating Blewett will be a tough task.

If anyone does beat Blewett, they will get a little bit extra for doing so.'s Bob Dillner has posted a $151 bounty for anyone who can beat Blewett in an SK race where Blewett is still running at the finish.

Friday - 4:55pm ET - There are 21 Crate Late Modelers set to qualify tonight, but the winner of three races this week, Patrick Laperle, isn't one of them.

Laperle's team worked well into the night last night to try and get their car race-ready, but it wasn't to be.  Too much on the car was bent, so the team plans to run one corner of one lap tonight before parking it, loading up and going back to Canada.  Laperle had been leading the division's point standings until he wrecked hard last night.

Among the helpers on the #91 team this week has been Julio Miglioli - Laperle's former car owner who now fields PASS Super Late Models for driver D.J. Shaw.  Miglioli and Laperle parted as friends and are still very supportive of each other's racing endevors.  Miglioli reports that his team's next race will be the PASS South South at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC) with Shaw doing the driving.

Friday - 4:52pm ET - Here are the full qualifying results for the Richie Evans Memorial 100 Tour-type Modified race:

179Ronnie Silk16.875 Seconds
200Ted Christopher17.015
373Jon McKennedy17.017
450Kevin Goodale17.029
559Matt Hirschman17.079
612Jimmy Blewitt17.131
709Bobby Grigas17.150
82XRyan Preece17.167
958Eric Goodale17.209
1022Chuck Hossfeld17.211
1170Andy Seuss17.269
1296Butch Perry17.452
132JR Bertuccio17.507
149NHPete Jarvis17.578
1576Shelly Perry17.850

Friday - 4:47pm ET - Ronnie Silk has set fast time for the Tour-type Modifieds tonight.  He ran a blistering lap of 16.875 seconds - the only driver under the 17 second barrier.  We'll have full qualifying results shortly.

Friday - 4:40pm ET - If you can’t be here at New Smyrna Speedway this week you can always buy the DVD package.  Gordon Motorsports is offering all the highlights and lowlights of the 43rd Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.  You can order online at or call (305) 661-0045.  You can order the whole series or by different nights of action.  If you are still at the track or know someone who is have then order it for you and save the ten dollar ordering fee.

Friday - 4:35pm ET - Tonight is the 24th Annual Riche Evans Memorial 100.  Who is going to win tonight? doesn’t have that answer…yet…but we can tell you who has been in victory lane in the past.  Thanks to our own Elgin Traylor AKA ‘Stat Boy’, we can provide you with the past champions of this historic race. 

Richie Evans Memorial Winners

2008Eric Beers
2007Jimmy Blewett
2006Jimmy Blewett
2005Donny Lia
2004John Blewett
2003Tim Arre
2002Robbie Summers
2001Jamie Tomaino
2000Ted Christopher
1999Dave Berghman
1998Jan Leaty
1997Ted Christopher
1996Rick Fuller
1995Steve Park
1994Ted Christopher
1993Steve Park
1992Rick Fuller
1991Mike Ewanitsko
1990Jay Hedgecock
1989Tom Baldwin
1988Tony Jankowiak
1987Jimmy Spencer
1986Mike Casterline

Information like this can be hard to come by, but tracks like New Smyrna Speedway have compiled their own lists and information on their website. is another great database for racing history. For more short track history visit

Friday - 4:30pm ET - We found some big fans of in the pits this afternoon.  The Southwest Ontario-based Hooker Brothers Racing team and their driver, Kirk Hooker, traveled 19 hours to race with us here at New Smyrna Speedway.  They asked us to say a special hello to all their friends and family back in the Southwest region on Ontario.  They finished third on two nights and sixth last night.

Friday - 4:25pm ET - To nobody's surprise Jimmy Blewett has won the pole for the SK Modifieds feature.  The Tour type Mods are up next for their qualifying round in preparation for tonight's Richie Evans Memorial 100.

112Jimmy Blewitt17.504
209Bobby Grigas17.696
310Rob Shultz17.824
489Kevin Goodale17.876
571Jimmy Zacharias17.912
6O8Tom Ferrall 17.921
714Wayne Arute18.313
817Russell Savoy18.575
923TJ Zacharias19.543

Friday - 4:10pm ET - The SK Modifieds are lining up for qualifying.  The Tour Modifieds, Super Late Models and the Crate Late Models will also take times today.  We will have the results as we get them.

Friday - 3:30pm ET - Andy Seuss normally runs the #70 whenever he races his family-owned Modified.  But Seuss was a late arrival this week at New Smyrna and the #70 was already taken. so Seuss reverted to the #71 instead - which was his number while running Small Block Supermodifieds and Late Models at Lee USA Speedway (NH) earlier in his career.

Friday - 3:25pm ET - Ever wonder what it would be like to have a winning ride in a racecar?'s Canadian reporter Marc Patrick Roy rigged a trick three camera set-up in Patrick Laperle's #91 Crate Late Model..and he won.  Check the link below to view the video of that race.


There are also other videos, a ton of photos and other Laperle news from the week on Roy's blog.  Click here for more.

Friday - 3:00pm ET - It might have started out a little cool at night for the 43rd Annual World Series of Short Track racing, but the weather has gotten much better throughout the week.  It's been in the 70's and low 80's during the day and very comfortable once the sun goes down.  Tonight's forecast is for more of the same.  There's not a cloud in the sky and no chance of showers today.

Tomorrow looks good as well.  Earlier in the week, the forecast called for a 60% chance of rain.  Today, the forecast only shows a 20% chance of rain.

Friday - 2:40pm ET - Chad Pierce's #30 is an addition to the Pro Truck entry list today.

Friday - 2:25pm ET - Things are not looking good in the Patrick Laperle camp.  Laperle's #91 Crate Late Model was badly damaged last night after contact with Stephen Nasse going into turn one.  The car was heavily damaged.  A quick glance last night showed that the front and rear clips were likely bent and the rear end housing was junk.  Today, the team tells us that the list of bent or broken parts in a long one that includes shocks and even the seat.

Laperle was planning to make one or two laps and park the car in the feature race tonight to try and come away with the best points finish position.  He had been leading the standings going into last night's race, but the wreck dropped him to second place.

The team has covered the car and has done about all that they can do to it before feature time.

This particular car has a mixed history of racing in Florida for Laperle.  It was very quick as a Super Late Model a few years ago at USA International Speedway's SpeedFest, but Laperle got together with Eddie van Meter in that race and hit the wall hard.  It took a few years of on and off work on it to bring it back to health for Speedweeks 2009 and Laperle scored three victories with it this week.  Then he wrecked.

Laperle had planned to use this car in a limited schedule of PASS North and South races this year, but the team will now have to assess the damage to it and rebuild it in their Canadian race shop.

Friday - 2:20pm ET - There are three new Super Late Models here tonight.  Anthony Campi in the #81, Seth Greco in the #74 and Joey Coultier in the #02.

Friday - 2:15pm ET - Shelly Perry has spun her Tour-type Modified on the frontstretch during practice.  There was no contact with the wall and she drove it back to the pits.

Friday - 1:50pm ET - There are only two races left for most divisions, and just one for the Crate Late Models, and the point races are coming down to the wire.  Check out the latest standings.


Friday - 1:30pm ET - We are back at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), where for the Friday edition of Trackside Now from the 43rd Annual World Series of Short Track Racing.  Currently, practice is underway for the second to last night of racing during Smyrna Speedweeks.  The Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Limited Late Models, FASCAR Trucks and SK Modifieds will be in action tonight, but the headliner will be the Richie Evans Memorial 100 for the NASCAR Tour-type Modifieds.  This is their biggest event of the week.

Meanwhile, there is plenty of other racing action around the area this week.  We all know about the action over at Daytona International Speedway, but the short tracks in the area are alive too.

Not too terribly far from New Smyrna, the Orlando Speedworld is in action this week with their annual Winternationals for Legends, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters.  Our sister website, will be at the track to provide live updates throughout the day.


The racing has been down and dirty over at Volusia Raceway Park this week as well, with Sprint Cars, Late Models and Modifieds are tearing up the dirt track.  Even though we're a little partial to asphalt racing and limit our dirt fun to playing with tractors, we have heard that there is some great racing action that has taken place over there this week.  Best of all, our friends over at DirtRacingDigest have been covering the action extensively.  So be sure to check out that coverage


And finally, here are a few housekeeping items:

Here is today's schedule and a link to a PDF of every day's schedule for you to view, download and print.

Today's Schedule
9:00am - Gates Open / Tech Open
10:00am - SK/Tour-Type Mod Tech Open & Tire Room Open
10:30am - Fuel Open
11:30am-3:00pm - Practice (rotating divisions)
4:00pm - Qualifying (Super Late Model, Tour Modifieds, SK Modifieds, Crate Late Models)
6:15pm - Driver's Meeting
7:20pm - Opening Ceremonies (Invocation and National Anthems)
7:30pm - Feature Racing Begins
Feature Races:
Super Late Models (30 laps)
SK Modifieds  (20 laps)
Driver Introductions (Time Permitting)
Tour-type Modifieds - Richie Evans Memorial 100 (100 laps)
Pro Trucks (25 Laps)
Crate Late Models (50 laps)
Late Models (50 Laps)


If you see something that raises your hackles, jump over to the Speedweeks discussion forum at and share your opinions.  It is a great place to interact with other fans and comment about our coverage and the action here at New Smyrna.


You can catch up and see what has been going on here so far this week, by reading our Trackside Now coverage of the first four nights of racing.  There is also a index page of all the stories leading up to Florida Speedweeks for your reading pleasure.

Trackside Now: Thursday, February 11th, 2009 (click here)

Trackside Now: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 (click here)

Trackside Now: Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 (click here)

Trackside Now: Monday, February 9th, 2009 (click here)

Trackside Now: Sunday, February 8th, 2009 (click here)

Trackside Now: Saturday, February 7th, 2009 (click here)

Trackside Now: Friday, February 6th, 2009 (click here)


David Rigin (#24) goes for a trip into the outside wall during Thursday night's Crate Late Model main event.  (Jim Dupont Photo)

Patrick Laperle won three straight Crate Late Model features and then got wrecked on Thursday night.  We'll check in to see what their plans for Friday night's race is, so stay tuned.  (Jim Dupont Photo)

Ted Christopher ended up in victory lane after the Tour-type Modified feature on Thursday.  He's being interviewed here by Mark Keeler.  (51 Photo)

In yesterday's Trackside Now coverage, we showed you a photo of the set-up that Wayne Anderson's team had to keep prying eyes from their racecar.  we called it a bunker...the team has a fancier name for the place though.  (51 Photo)

The #40 Crate Late Model of Eric Chase  (51 Photo)
Marc Patrick Roy shows off his three-camera set-up on Patrick Laperle's car.  (51 Photo)
Andy Seuss (Left) and his father Steve (Right) work on their renumbered #71 Modified.  (51 Photos)
The #51 Pub 44/Ocean Properties Super Late Model ended up with the nicknamed "The Pope Mobile" in honor of driver Michael Pope - not Pope Benedict XVI.  (51 Photo)
The crew of Gordon Motorsports has produced a video package of this week's racing events. (51 Photo)
Julio Miglioli helps get the #91 Crate LM of Patrick Laperle ready to start and park tonight.  (51 Photo)
Mark Martin (Left) and his Super Late Model driver Jeremy Colangelo.  (51 Photo)
Ted Christopher (51 Photo)
David Rodgers - present and past.  (51 Photo)
Bobby Grigas' racing stable. (51 Photo)
The teams of Jeff Choquette and Jeff Scofield "discuss" the incident involving both drivers on Thursday night.  (51 Photos)
Austin Kirkpatrick's #11 Crate Late Model  (51 Photo)
Ben Kennedy's #96 Pro Truck  (51 Photo)
Ronnie Silk's team is hard at work.  They face some pressure as being the pre-race favorites for the Richie Evans Memorial 100.   (51 Photo)
The sun goes down on New Smyrna Speedway. (51 Photo)
The teams of Jimmy Blewett (#12) and Eric Goodale (#58) prep for the Richie Evans Memorial 100.  (51 Photo)
A racecar of Richie Evans was on hand to kick off the festivities around the Richie Evans Memorial 100.  (51 Photo)
The aftermath of Chet Morrison's wreck. (51 Photo)
Jeff Scofield's wrecked #07 Super Late Model.  (51 Photo)
The starting field of the Richie Evans Memorial 100. (51 Photo)
Andy Seuss  (51 Photo)