49th World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Begins

By on February 15, 2015

 

Harrison Burton gets big hugs from Mom and Dad (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Harrison Burton gets A big hugs from Mom, Kim Burton (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

New Smyrna Beach, Fla. — For almost half a century short track racers have come to the ½ mile oval a short 15 minute drive south of the world center of racing, Daytona International Speedway, to race 9 nights in a row leading up to the Great American Race, The Daytona 500.  The top class is the Super Late Models.  This event is like no other in auto racing, the champion will have to prove himself over not one race, but a series lasting 9 nights.  To be good one night is something, but to be consistent over 9 nights is a whole different thing.  World Series Champions consist of greats like, David Rogers, Joe Shear, Dick Anderson, Mark Martin, Mike Eddy, Gary Balough, Junior Hanley, Jeff Choquet, Joe Ruttman, Dick Trickle and more.  To be champion of the World Series is truly a test of man and machine.

Ty Majeski [91] races Gus Dean.  Majeski finished 7th while Dean 9th.   (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Ty Majeski (91) races Gus Dean. Majeski finished 7th while Dean 9th. (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Short track race fans are used to seeing Harrison Burton, son of NASCAR great, Jeff Burton, show up at the races with 2 cars, a Super Late and a Pro Late Model.  This year Harrison is concentrating on the top class and left the Pro Late model at home.  After a 10 car invert, Burton would start 6th on night number one of this year’s version of the World Series.  Paul Schaffer Jr. would take the early lead, as Harrison would make is way through the field.  On lap 8, Burton moves to second, as Schaffer extends his lead.  Schaffer holds Burton off for the first 25 laps of this short 35 lap feature.  Burton looks low time after time going into turn one.  With 8 to go, he makes it sticks and takes the lead.  The young second generation driver pulls away in the final laps to take his first Super Late Model victory ever.   Shaffer Jr. finishes second.

 

Harrison Burton, son of NASCAR star Jeff Burton, took the checkered flag  (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Harrison Burton (12), son of NASCAR star Jeff Burton, took the checkered flag (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Last year’s Pro Late Model champion, Spencer Davis starts 7th, makes his way to 3rd but will not survive Ricky Brooks “room of Doom.”  He gets DQ’d in both the Super Late Model race and later in the Pro Late Model race.

 

Gus Dean starts from the inside of the front row and falls back at the start, giving Schaffer the lead.  The field makes 1 lap before our first caution as Josh Collins spins in turn 2.  On the restart, we don’t even make it through turn 1.  A big crash brings out the red flag.  Car involved include, Garrett Jones, Anthony Sergi, Derek Kraus, Scott Heckert, Derek Griffith, Rogers, Keene, and more.

 

Gus Dean (56), leads the field to green to kick off The 49th Annual World Series of Ashphald Stock Car Racing (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Gus Dean (56), leads the field to green to kick off The 49th Annual World Series of Ashphald Stock Car Racing (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Last month’s Chili Bowl winner Rico Abreu is the first car lapped on the 8 circuit around this brightly lit ½ mile high bank track.  By lap 20 six more cars fall out of the race.  Last year’s champ, Steve Wallace battles North Carolina’s Ryan Moore for 10th as Majeski  is in a side by side battle with Dippel further up in the top 10.  Dippel wins that battle, finishing 4th, Majeski  7th.  Wallace gets 10th, Moore 12th.

#14 Austin Nason managed a 4th palce finish (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

#14 Austin Nason managed a 4th palce finish (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

MORE PHOTOS & FULL RESULTS BELOW

HARRISON BURTON (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

HARRISON BURTON (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

HUG FROM DAD (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

A Hug from Dad, Jeff Burton (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Dave Garbo Jr. drove the #8 to a 20th place finish (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

Dave Garbo Jr. drove the #8 to a 20th place finish (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

SUPER LATE MODEL WRECKAGE (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

SUPER LATE MODEL WRECKAGE (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

(photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

(photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

STEVE WALLACE (66) RACING LOW ON (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

STEVE WALLACE (66) RACING LOW (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

RYAN MOORE (74) ON THE LOW SIDE BEHIND BRAD MAY (10) (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

RYAN MOORE (74) ON THE LOW SIDE BEHIND BRAD MAY (10) (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

HARRIOSN BURTON IS NUMBER 1 TONIGHT (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

HARRISON BURTON IS NUMBER 1 TONIGHT (photo Rodney Meyering / RSEN)

 

This 35 lapper is over early in the night with temperatures in the low 40’s.

1 12 Harrison Burton 35
2 7 Paul Shafer, Jr. 35
3 129 Spencer Davis 35
4 81 Tyler Dippel 35
5 14 Austin Nason 35
6 4w Bobby Wilberg 35
7 91 Ty Majeski 35
8 45 Joey Mucciacciaro 35
9 56 Gus Dean 35
10 66 Steve Wallace 35
11 77 Zane Smith 35
12 74 Ryan Moore 35
13 18 Jordan Ives 35
14 51 Brandon Oakley 35
15 88 Garrett Jones 35
16 0 Denver Foran 35
17 3 Paige Decker 35
18 9 Derek Kraus 35
19 56 Josh Collins 35
20 8 Dave Garbo, Jr. 35
21 8 Drew Brannon 34
22 20 Anthony Sergi 34
23 24 Rico Abreu 34
24 4 Natalie Decker 24
25 84 Martin Latulippe 16
26 10 Brad May 15
27 112 Steve Weaver 12
28 12 David Green 6
29 9N Stephen Nasse 6
30 12G Derek Griffith 1
31 5K Daniel Keene, Jr. 1
32 29 Brendon Bock 1
33 17T Chuck Tuck 1
34 11 David Rogers 1
35 72 Scott Heckert 1

 

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