New Generation takes over New Smyrna Speedway and brings back old tradition
FASCAR Triple Crown Series to Offer Extra Incentives for SLM Racers
To kick off the 2013 season, Andrew Hart, grandson of New Smyrna Speedway founder Clyde Hart and son of current owners Robert and Jane Hart, has upped the excitement surrounding the new year at the Florida half-mile.
The first focus set forth by Hart is the resurrection of the FASCAR Triple Crown Series at the beginning of the season, featuring three of New Smyrna’s premier events.
Super Late Model racers from around North America looking to flee the northern ice and snow for the milder Florida weather this January and February can find the racing fix they’re looking for during the FASCAR Triple Crown events. The Triple Crown racing action kicks off January 5th with the country’s traditional first race of year, the Red Eye 100. The second race of the year will be the 11th annual Pete Orr Memorial / Orange Blossom 100 on January 19th. And the grand finale of the preseason racing is the 47th Annual World Series of Asphalt, beginning February 15th and ending with the 100-lap World Series of Asphalt Super Late Model Championship on February 23rd.
Those three iconic races will remain the same however their purpose will have additional meaning.
Beginning in 2013, those three preseason races combined will comprise the 2013 FASCAR Triple Crown Series. The Triple Crown, a prestigious title fought hard for in years past that paid $3000 to the winner, this year will pay $5000. This is a winner-take-all points purse. Along with the purse, the winner will be presented the new Triple Crown Trophy which is currently being designed.
“The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing will always be the championship most sought after in preseason racing, but for the drivers unable to run the entire gauntlet of Speedweeks, this is another Championship opportunity,” said Andrew Hart. “The excitement of combining the Triple Crown Championship with the World Series of Asphalt Championship into one race will lead to an explosive final night of Speedweeks.”
Upon hearing the new Triple Crown plans, Steve McInnus of Progressive Racing Engines immediately offered in $500 per race for the pole award. FASCAR has added a set of tires for the 10th place finisher of each race and more contingencies are on the way.
The Red Eye 100 weekend will kick off January 4th with an open practice from 5pm-9pm followed by a bonfire party in the pits with free camping.
Andrew Hart, a recent graduate of the University of Florida added, “The Red Eye got its name for a reason. You can’t have this race without a party the night before! We welcome every driver, crew member and fan to join us!”
Support classes for the Red Eye weekend will be Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Super Stocks and Strictly Stocks. Pit gates open on Saturday at 12pm with tech open at 2pm and practice starting at 3pm.
For more information on the FASCAR Triple Crown, Red Eye 100, Pete Orr Memorial Orange Blossom 100 or World Series of Asphalt please or call 386-427-4129 ext 301. Entry forms are available online.
Red Eye Schedule
3:00pm Pit Gates Open
5:00pm Practice Begins
5:00-5:25pm SLM Practice
5:30-5:55pm Local Division Practice
9:00pm Bon Fire Party in Turn 3-4 Live Entertainment, BBQ Dinner, drinks, and Ice cold draft beer until it’s gone!
12:00pm Pit Gates open
1:00pm SLM Drivers Meeting
1:30pm Tech Open / Registration
2:30pm SLM Practice only
3:30pm Open practice (Divisions will practice in the order they race)
5:00pm Practice Ends / SLM Pre Qualifying Tech Begins
6:00pm SLM Qualifying (SLM to the front stretch after qualifying)
6:30pm Local Drivers meeting
6:45pm Driver autograph session on front stretch
7:15pm Opening Ceremonies
7:30pm Racing Begins
Super Late Model Red Eye 100
Mini Stock 25
Super Stock 25
Strictly Stock 20
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