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New Smyrna Speedway 8-17-2019

The Bombers took center stage on Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway

New Smyrna Speedway 8-17-2019
Photo Credits to Jim Jones and Margeaux Sterling
New Smyrna Speedway 8-17-2019
New Smyrna Speedway 8-17-2019
New Smyrna Speedway 8-17-2019
New Smyrna Speedway 8-17-2019
New Smyrna Speedway 8-17-2019

The Bombers took center stage on Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway.

By : Ryan Stevens /Oval Track News

Photo Credits to Jim Jones and Margeaux Sterling

15 cars signed in for their biggest race of the year and with 40 laps looming many wondered if it would be a race for survival. Nate Holycross made his return to racing by setting fast time in qualifying but a 6 car invert dropped him to 6th on the starting grid. It only took him half a lap to grab the top spot however as he would lead the first 25 laps! Transmission trouble would sideline his dominating run allowing point leader Michael McCormick to assume the lead. McCormick would have his mirror full of Jared Zabele and Dan Webb for the remaining circuits but he was able to hold off all challenges take home the biggest win of his young racing career. Zabele did everything he could but was unable to find a way around McCormick’s “Fireball” ending up in 2nd with Dan Webb rounding out the top 3. Relatively speaking, it was a clean race for the unpredictable Bombers with most of the 15 car running at the finish and just a couple yellows for some minor spins. Hopefully this success will lead to more big races for this class in the future.

A solid field of Super Late Models were on hand for their 35 lap feature, however the night got off to a rough start for regulars Doug Elliot, who was spun into the inside wall and Brad May, who had transmission troubles in the heat race. Lucky Elliot was able to make repairs and May was able to get a backup car to the property in time for the feature. Anthony Sergi won the heat and had the dominate car for much of the event and looked to be on his way to an easy win before a rash of yellows slowed the pace. The first occurred when Trey Bayne and Toby Grynewicz Spun battling for 2nd. Both were able to continue. On the restart, Mexico’s Rodrigo Rejon spun his tire, over corrected and took out Doug Elliot causing a lengthy delay. A few laps Later Chris stags spun in turn 3 and collected his brother Vincent, destroying both cars. When the dust settle Trey Bayne was able to rebound from his earlier spin and Battled Sergi for the win. The veteran Sergi was too much for the rookie Bayne and was able to take home his 4th win of the year. Byane steeled for 2nd with Toby Grynewicz rebounding with a 3rd place effort.

Bobby Orr was able to hold off points leader Steve Barnes to narrowly pick up his first career win in the American Auto Sportsman class. Bobby Orr, son of legend Pete Orr made his return to racing a few weeks ago and has been close to victory and was finally able to put all the winning pieces together in clean race for the sportsman. Steve “The Mad Scientist” Barnes almost stole the win in the closing laps but was happy to bring his car home in one piece. Don Keithly made a surprise appearance and took home a sold 3rd place finish.

A short field of Super Stocks made up for the lack of cars with a very exciting race. George Spears appeared to have the field covered but a spin with 3 to go set up a shootout for the win! Spears’ rival Mike Amato lined up beside him for the restart and was able to muscle Spears out of the way narrowly stealing the victory. A frustrated Spears Let Amato know he was not happy with the way he was raced, coming to victory lane kicking the side and door of Amato’s 2X machine before exchanging choice words. Thankfully things cooled down and Amato was able to enjoy the win with his crew. Spears would be DQed for unsportsmanlike conduct handing 2nd to Don Duval and 3rd to Dale Howard.

13 Mod Minis showed up and put on quite the show proving 4 cylinder divisions should not be over looked. Contenders Michael Rudder and Tyler Simpson had issues in their heat and were unable to start the main event. Point leader David Russel was able to make his way to the front but things would not be easy for the veteran racer. Dylan Reynolds came from deep in the field after a big spin in the heat to challenge Russel for the win. Late in the race Reynolds got to the inside of Russel but got loose and almost spun. Reynolds saved the car but the loss of momentum was the turning point as Russel was able to drive off and take his 7th feature win of the year. Reynolds came home 2nd and Brad Blanton had a great run coming home 3rd.

The final event of the night was the 25 lap E-Mod feature. Matt Jarrett had issues in the heat race but obviously got them fixed. He started on the pole and jumped out to a big lead early. A mid race caution put teammates Bobby Blake and Insane Wayne Parker on his back bumper. Jarret was once again able to get the jump on the restart and hold off the teammates and take home an apparent victory. Unfortunately for Jarrett his car would not pass tech, due to a nose infraction. This would hand the victory to Bobby Blake with Wayne Parker 2nd and point leader David Lebeau completing the top 3.

New Smyrna Speedway will be back in action Next Saturday, August 24th at 7:30pm. The Pro Late Models, American Auto Sportsman, Super Stocks, Pro Trucks, Mod Minis and Bombers will all be in action. Admission is just $15 so come on out and enjoy some great racing action.

Full results available here: New Smyrna Speedway