Derek Griffith working toward more opportunities in ARCA ride

Coming into February’s World Series of Asphalt held at the New Smyrna Speedway many who follow short track racing knew the name of Hudson, New Hampshire driver Derek Griffith. Following that series of races that took place over nine days at the Florida track many more knew the name of Derek Griffith. The 23-year-old racer won the World Series of Asphalt championship in the Super Late Model division by scoring one feature win and stringing together five podium finishes with no result worse than seventh in the seven contested events for that class. But the race that perhaps garnered the…

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Is it more important to have a great car or a great driver?

Whether it be media members or fans, we all have a tendency to give certain drivers too much credit or too little credit when they win races. At the same time, there is a tendency by some to lavish all credit on the car and the team when a particular driver succeeds while offering little acknowledgement to the person behind the steering wheel. “Driver X wins so many races because he has the best car” is a phrase often used when it is believed that a person considered to be a less talented driver scores victories. Conversely, “Driver X is…

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Ty Majeski follows disappointing Truck Series result with World Series triumph

The Super Late Model division hit the track for the final night of the World Series of Asphalt at the New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday night in the Orange Blossom 100. At the end of the night it was Ty Majeski who would receive the accolades as the victor of the main event in what proved to be a milestone victory for the Wisconsin native. The win came just one night after Majeski ended his run at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race on his roof after being caught in a wreck not…

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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,…

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Stephen Nasse claims Wednesday night World Series win at New Smyrna

The World Series of Asphalt continued on Wednesday night with action again taking place in the Super Late Model division at New Smyrna Speedway. After an off-season switch to a Rowdy Manufacturing chassis home state driver Stephen Nasse collected his first win of the 2020 season as he took the checkered flag and the winner’s trophy away from the Florida track. Jesse Love was quickest in time-trials after he posted a lap of 17.894 seconds around the half-mile paved oval. That effort beat out Tuesday night winner Derek Griffith, Sammy Smith, Augie Grill, Stephen Nasse, Jett Noland, Jake Garcia, Gus…

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Derek Griffith claims Tuesday night World Series glory at New Smyrna

The Super Late Model division was back in action in the World Series of Asphalt at the New Smyrna Speedway on Tuesday night after being given a reprieve the previous evening as the ARCA Menard’s East Series took center stage. By the end of the night on the track located just minutes from the famed Daytona International it was Derek Griffith who received the accolades as the feature winner following a highly competitive feature race. Derek Griffith continued his solid World Series performance by posting the fast time in qualifying with a lap of 17.826 seconds around the half-mile paved…

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Speedway Motorsports still working toward Nashville Fairgrounds renovation

The saga of the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville continues as representatives from Speedway Motorsports met earlier this week with government officials in the Tennessee state capital to discuss the auto racing venue’s future. This comes as the Metro Board of Fair Commissioners is urging Mayor John Cooper to move forward with the Major League Soccer stadium and to “decouple” talks with racingĀ atĀ Fairgrounds Nashville. On Tuesday the Fair Board voted unanimously to write a formal letter to encourage Cooper to follow through on the already approved $335 million soccer stadium. “We’ve got to get this done,” Fair Board Commissioner Jason Bergeron…

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Gio Scelzi making quick progress on pavement as he looks toward NASCAR

Giovanni Scelzi has been in the sport of auto racing for his entire life. As the son of former NHRA champion Gary Scelzi, he was carried to race tracks even before his first birthday. And now, the second generation racer appears to be bound for his own time in the racing spotlight as he prepares for a full season behind the wheel of a car prepared by highly successful Bill McAnally Racing on the ARCA Series West as well as other selected pavement races. On Sunday night, the 18-year-old native of Fresno, CA found his way to victory lane in…

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Brad May scores World Series win on night 3 at New Smyrna

The third night of the World Series of Asphalt was contested at New Smyrna Speedway with the Super Late Model machines again taking to the track on Sunday evening. Home state racer Brad May earned the victory in that class and left the New Smyrna Beach, FL facility with the points lead in the nine-night series. Justin Mondeik was quickest in qualifying for the SLM division as he turned a lap in 17.701 seconds around the historic half-mile track located not far from the Daytona International Speedway. Rounding out the top-10 in time-trials were Anthony Sergi, Saturday night winner Jesse…

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Jesse Love, Jr. scores World Series victory on Saturday night at New Smyrna

The New Smyrna Speedway played host to the World Series of Asphalt for the second of what is scheduled to be nine nights of racing on the track located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. At the end of the night it was Jesse Love, Jr. who left the track with the accolades that accompany the winner in the Super Late Model division. Jesse Love was the fast qualifier of the night as he turned a lap in 17.61 seconds around the half-mile speedway to beat out Colin Garrett, Augie Grill, Sammy Smith, Max Calles-McDonald, Derek Griffith, Anthony Sergi, Brad May,…

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