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Mod Minis packed a season’s worth of excitement into one race this Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway

New Smyrna Speedway 9-7-19

New Smyrna Speedway 9-7-19

Mod Minis packed a season’s worth of excitement into one race this Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway

By: Ryan Stevens / Oval Track News

Photo Credit: Jim Jones Photography
Jamie Dixson / Jim Jones Photography of Florida

The Mod Minis packed a season’s worth of excitement into one race this Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway, and it all started in the heat race. Stephanie Mathis got loose through turns 3 and 4, and chased it all the way to the front stretch before losing control again, and slamming head on into the inside wall. The impact was so incredible the back wheels lifted at least 5 feet off the ground. Thankfully, Stephanie was OK and was able to get out of the car with just a couple of bruises. In the feature, heat race winner David Russell was looking to run away with another victory, before things went crazy around the half way point. Jeff Newton and Kenneth Uhl tangled big time in turn 1 resulting in Newton’s car slamming the wall. Those two exchanged words after the heat and it carried into the feature, with bad results for both. After that dust up Brad Blanton chased down David Russell and started to battle him for the lead. The two would eventually tangle in turn two, with both cars spinning out of the top two positions and being sent to the rear. This put rookie Shane Sutorus in the lead looking for career win number 1. On the Restart David Russell tried to work his way back into contention, and went three wide with John DeGeorge and Jamie Dixson. DeGeorge would slide sideways through the corner but would pull off an amazing save. As the rest of the field came off turn 4, Rex Christensen would get body slammed by Russell, and then go head on into the inside wall hard, bringing out the caution. On the restart, Shane Sutorus would choose the inside line putting Jamie Dixson on his outside for the two-lap shootout for the checkered! The veteran, Dixson would use the top line to perfection and would win the shootout, picking up his first win of the season. Shane Sutorus would come up one sport short in 2nd with Brand Blanton recovering for 3rd.

Matthew Green / Jim Jones Photography of Florida

After an impressive win in the heat race Kenner Brown lead early in the American Auto Sportsman feature. With the heavy hitters stuck in the middle of the field Brown was looking to steal an upset victory, but he would soon have company from Matt Green. Green would have to work hard but would finally get by Brown to take the lead. As Green extended his lead, Brown would have to fend off Don Keithly, point leader Steve Barnes and Patrick Thomas. As those four battled for position, Dave Werning Spun with 4 to go setting up a shootout. Green and Keithly would lead the field on the restart with Matt Green getting the jump. The rest of the field scrambled for position behind him but just after taking the white flag James Adams spun in turn 2, bringing out yet another yellow flag. Matthew Green would have to suffer through a one lap shootout to secure the victory. Green once again got the best of Keithly and was able to bring home his first win of the 2019 season. Don Keithly was 2nd, with Steve Barnes rounding out top 3.

Brad May / Jim Jones Photography of Florida

Only 4 Super Late Models took the green after a few had issues in practice and in the heat race. Anthony Sergi won the heat race, and had the upper hand on Brad May early in the feature. After about 10 laps May was on the back bumper of the Sergi machine. Anthony Segi and Brad May would battle side by side for a number of laps, but ultimately Brad May would win the battle and take the lead for good on lap 20. The race went caution free and Brad May picked up win number 5 on the season. Sergi was 2nd and Patrick Thomas finished 3rd in the Brad May backup machine.

Dan Webb / Jim Jones Photography of Florida

In the Bomber feature Michael McCormick and Dan Webb picked up where they left off from 2 weeks ago as they battled for the lead early with McCormick taking the advantage early. The events only yellow occurred on lap 5 when Dustin Higdon and Adam Burnett got together in turn 4 with Burnett hitting the front stretch wall head on. Burnett was able to shed his dragging front bumper in the pit area and continue on. When the race went back green Dan Webb was able to wrestle the lead away from Michael McCormick and would hang on for his 4th win of 2019 and 2nd in a row. McCormick held on for 2nd Jim Snyder coming home 3rd!

New Smyrna Speedway 9-7-19
Jamie Sullivan / Jim Jones Photography of Florida

There were only 2 trucks in attendance so they elected to run a 15 lap feature instead of 25. Jamie Sullivan won the heat race easily over Eddie Lichtenberger and would repeat that feat in the main event to take home her first ever feature victory at New Smyrna Speedway. Sullivan flies all the way from school in Ohio to race and it definitely paid just to show up tonight. Both Sullivan and Lichtenberger have used this series to develop their talent and are looking forward to the bigger truck races scheduled for later on the year.

New Smyrna Speedway 9-7-19
Michael Trocki / Jim Jones Photography of Florida

The Final event of the night was the Super Stock feature. Mike Amato and David Gould led the field to green, with Gould getting the lead early. Gould’s lead would not last long as Michael Trocki was able to track him down in a hurry. Gould and Trocki would run bumper to bumper for several laps, trading paint several times. Eventually Trocki moved up to the high side and made quick work of Gould getting around him on the outside in turn 2. Once Trocki got out in front no one could touch the Petty Blue 44 machine and the youngster would pick up his 12th win of the year. David Gould took another step toward securing the championship with a solid 2nd place effort and George Spears rebounded from a heat race mishap to take home the final spot on the podium.

New Smyrna Speedway will be back in action Saturday, September 14th for the final night of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series points racing. On the card for the night will be the Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, American Auto Sportsman, as well as the E-Mods, Super Stocks, Ground Pounders and Bombers. The racing action starts at 7:30pm, admission is just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military, and as always children 11 and under are free!

Article Credit: Ryan Stevens

Photo Credit: Jim Jones

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New Smyrna Speedway 9-7-19


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