Casey Smith Makes Last Minute Decision to Enter
World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park
Texan Takes Time Out From Snowball Derby Preparations
Team PR Report
Usually for Texas native Casey Smith, who is stuck a day’s travel away from the nearest track in the Southeast that races super late model events; this time of year preparation for the Snowball Derby is the only thing going on in his Austin, Texas race shop. However; this season Casey has made the late decision to go after Gresham Motorsports Park’s $20,000 winner’s check for winning the 2010 World Crown 300 on November 14th.
The 2010 World Crown 300 event will mark the first trip to the revamped facility for Smith who raced at the same track than deemed the name Peach State Speedway. When Smith raced the half mile track it was an abrasive asphalt track that wore tires out easily and left competitors searching for grip. Now the track couldn’t be more different featuring brand new asphalt full of grip producing lightning fast lap times for the high horse powered super late models.
“I’ve heard a lot about Gresham; everyone says it’s a real fast track with lots of grip so it sounds like a fun place to race. Usually we would just focus on getting ready for the derby but with $20,000 up for grabs it’s worth the long trip from Texas,” said Casey. “We’ve had good cars this year that have been capable of winning races just something seems to not go our way and I have to settle for a top five. Hopefully these longer distance races will play more into my favor.”
Casey knows that his team will have his work cut out for him if he wants to be the dark horse winner. While many competitors have hit the track at least sometime in the last year for either a test or one of the various super late model events held at the track Casey will show up Thursday afternoon blind to what kind of setup the track will respond to.
“I know the track will take all the horse power you can throw at it and the groove seems to be more along the bottom but there is grip in the second groove or at least that’s what I’ve been told,” noted Smith. “I’ve ran pretty good the last few years at tracks that have fresh pavement like Mobile and Opp so I don’t think we’ll have a problem at all.”
Casey Smith's #99 Super Late Model