Brad May dominates Thursday night SLM feature at New Smyrna

The seventh night of the World Series of Asphalt took place at New Smyrna Speedway with action in the Super Late Model division. When all was said and done on Thursday evening it was Brad May who left the track located just minutes away from the Daytona International Speedway as the race winner. It was the Florida driver’s second feature win of the World Series.

Jesse Love, Jr. was fastest in qualifying as he turned a lap in 17.782 seconds around the half-mile paved oval to beat out Brad May, Jake Garcia, Derek Griffith, Ryan Moore, Augie Grill, Sammy Smith, Max Calles-McDonald, Justin Mondeik and Trey Bayne.

The post-qualifying invert placed May on the pole with Garcia on the outside of the front row followed by Griffith and Love.

At the start of the 35-lap main event it was May who immediately began to control the race as Griffith jumped up to second followed by Moore, Garcia and Smith. Smith took fourth away from Garcia on the second lap which then set up a battle between Love and Garcia for the fifth position two laps later.

Love would finally take fifth away from Garcia on lap 8.

During the middle stretches of the race the top-3 of May, Griffith and Moore broke away and began to space out among themselves with the No. 9 car of May building a lead of more than two seconds.

As the laps clicked away, the two car battle of Smith and Love tracked down the third running Moore to make that a three car fight for position. However, a caution for the stalled car of Todd Stone slowed the pace and set up a final dash to the checkered flag.

On the restart, May again broke away with Griffith in tow while Love making a big move that brought him around Smith and Moore to the third position.

But no one had anything for May as he cruised to the finish line to score the victory.

Feature Finish: 1. Brad May, 2. Derek Griffith, 3. Jesse Love, Jr., 4. Ryan Moore, 5. Sammy Smith, 6. Augie Grill, 7. Jake Garcia, 8. Justin Mondeik, 9. Stephen Nasse, 10. Trey Bayne, 11. Colin Garrett, 12. Austin MacDonald, 13. Max Calles-McDonald, 14. Joe Valento, 15. Jerry Artuso, 16. Kyle Sieg, 17. Todd Stone, 18. Steve Weaver, 19. Patrick Thomas, 20. Kevin Ingram

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