Story & Photo by Kyle Souza
It might be December, but February is right around the corner. New Smyrna Speedway has released the schedule for the 55th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, scheduled for February 5-13, 2021.
The week is headlined by two major divisions — the Tour Modifieds and Super Late Models — with Modifieds running five events and the SLM’s competing in seven of their own. The ARCA Menards Series East also returns on February 8 to open their 2021 season in what is a popular night for most race fans.
The Modified portion of the week begins on Monday, February 8, with a 50-lap feature, followed by a 35-lapper on Tuesday night. Wednesday will be the annual John Blewett Memorial 76-lapper, while Thursday is a normal 35-lap race and Friday is the finale, the Richie Evans Memorial 100. Early entries for the week include defending and multiple-time New Smyrna champion Matt Hirschman, four Catalano family drivers, Stafford Motor Speedway SK Modified regular Marcello Rufrano and New Hampshire champion Brian Robie. The list is only expected to grow with still two months until the green flag drops.
If any driver manages to win all five Modified races during the week, they will pocket $9,000 — with the most lucrative set to be the two memorial races. The Blewett race will pay $2,500 and the Evans Memorial will pay $3,000. The driver that earns the week-long championship will collect $1,100 in prize money.
The week starts on Thursday, February 4, with parking and practice. Friday opens the annual event with the David Rogers Super Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Late Models, Sportsman and Bomber A division.
A full schedule for the week can be found at the bottom of this story. Monday’s ARCA return will be coupled with the opener of the week for the Tour Modifieds, as the two divisions work together to wrap the night.
Additional special events include the Pro Late Model 100 championship race on Friday, February 12, and the Orange Blossom David Rogers Super Late Model 100 on the final night.
The defending Super Late Model champion of the week, Derek Griffith, is expected to attend. In the Pro Late Models, the Skinner family expects to field multiple cars, similar to what they have done in the past. The entry lists will be updated on the New Smyrna website as the event draws closer.
Drivers must pre-register online by January 16th if they want to earn 50 bonus points towards the championship battles. If registered before February 1st, the fee is just $175 — if after — it will be $250. Teams can register by clicking here.
For more information on the World Series of Asphalt visit New Smyrna Speedway’s website and follow the track on social media.
2021 World Series of Asphalt Schedule (Subject to Change)
2/4/2021 – Parking and Practice
2/5/2021 – David Rogers Super Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Late Model, Sportsman , Bomber A
2/6/2021 – David Rogers Super Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Late Model, Sportsman , Mod Minis
2/7/2021 – David Rogers Super Late Models, Modifieds, Pro Late Model
2/8/2021 – Tour Modified & ARCA Menards East Series 175
2/9/2021 – David Rogers Super Late Models, Tour Modified , Modifieds, Pro Late Model
2/10/2021- David Rogers Super Late Models, John Blewett lll Memorial Tour Modified 75 , Modifieds, Pro Late Model
2/11/2021 – David Rogers Super Late Models, Tour Modified , Modifieds, Pro Late Model
2/12/2021 – Richie Evans Memorial Tour Modified 100 , Pro Late Model, Ground Pounders , Pro Trucks
2/13/2021 – Orange Blossom David Rogers Super Late Model 100, Modifieds, LKQ Super Stocks, Pro Trucks