As has been the tradition for decades race teams from across America and Canada leave the cold weather and make the long trip to Sunny Florida for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing . The big track in Daytona is only a few miles away but many who venture for the 9 nights of racing will only drive by as their focus is on the 1/2 mile oval at the New Smyrna Speedway.
Several Modified teams head down early and are already camped out at the track ready for action. The winter has been long cold and harsh in some parts of the country stoking the drivers need to race. . The Tour Modified week starts at New Smyrna with practice on Thursday the 7th. Then on to Bronson Speedway for the Kick off to Speedways on Saturday the 9th. The 50 lap Tour Type Modified event has grown a little bit each year and with 29 or more cars headed to New Smyrna the Bronson field should grow again this year. More and more sponsors have come on board to support the annual event. This year there will be bonus money, tires and fuel for the competitors in addition to the prize money.
Early pre-registration for The World Series of Stock Car Racing was strong this year in all divisions. The Tour Modified will bring a strong field of at least 29 cars with the Super Late Models and Pro Late Models not far behind.
For years Richie Evans, Charlie Jarzombek, Greg Sacks, Reggie Ruggerio, Jimmy Spencer and many other top drivers made the trip south to start their season. Many of today’s top Tour Modified drivers look to add their names to the list of winners that make this such a prestigious week of racing attracting thousands of fans from all over the country.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup rookie of the year contender Ryan Preece will be there for the first 3 nights of competition in the #6 Ed Partridge owned machine. Ryan will make a very would love to take a checker or two.
Several NASCAR WMT teams will be there including Patrick Emerling, multi time Champion Doug Coby, Timmy Solomito, using the 5 nights to get the car ready for the 2019 NASCAR WMT season, Jimmy Blewett driving a Gershow Motorsports entry and Dave Sapienza.
The ROC will be well represented with Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Andy Jankowiak, Timmy Catalano, Tommy Catalano and Amy Catalano making the long tow from Pa. and upstate New York.
While not to be left out several teams from New England will be part of the 2019 field. MRS racers Mike Willis, Anthony Nocella and Jeffery Gallop will leave the cold and snow to get their season Started.
With those competitors young Dillon Steuer will make his first Speedweeks in the familiar 11X. Dillon at a young age has already have several wins on pavement and dirt under his belt including the Islip 300 at Riverhead Raceway plus many more drivers. The full entry list is below.
World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Tour Modified Schedule:
Monday February 11th 50 laps
Tuesday the 12th 35 laps
Wednesday the 13th The John Blewett Memorial 76
Thursday the 14th 35 laps
Friday the 15th The Richie Evans Memorial 100
Current Tour Modified Entry List as of 2/5/2019
1NY Chris Ridsdale. Rochester, NY
2 Doug Coby. Milford, CT
2 Bertuccio Racing (Driver TBA)
4 Jeffrey Gallup. Feeding Hills, MA
6 Ryan Preece. Berlin, CT
11X Dillon Steuer. Bohemia, NY
12 Andy Jankowiak. Buffalo, NY
16 Timmy Solomito. Islip, NY
17 Bobby Measmer. Concord, NC
21 Jimmy Blewett. Howell Township, NJ
22 Chuck Hossfeld. Ransomville, NY
24 Dean Rypkema. Owego, NY
25C Calvin Carroll. Johnsonburg, NJ
25N Nikki Carroll. Johnsonburg, NJ
32 Tyler Rypkema. Owego, NY
33 Gary Fountain. Wesley Chapel, FL
36 Dave Sapienza Riverhead, NY
45 Timmy Catalano. Ontario, NY
46 Jeff Goodale. Riverhead, NY
54 Tommy Catalano. Ontario, NY
55 Jeremy Gerstner. Wesley Chapel, FL
60 Matt Hirschman. Northampton, PA
64 Amy Catalano. Ontario, NY
71 Jimmy Zacharias. Candor, NY
83 Mike Willis Jr. Grantham, NH
92 Anthony Nocella. Woburn, MA
05 TBA Bullet Racing Entry
07 Patrick Emerling. Williamson, NY
For more information about the 9 full nights of racing go to http://www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org/
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