Leftovers: Red-Eye 100
New Names, Same Faces and a Big Season Coming
For the second time in his career, Tim Russell has captured the Red-Eye 100 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Russell, coming off an eight win season in 2011, added to his win total in the major events at New Smyrna. The five big races (Governor’s Cup, Red-Eye, Clyde Hart, SpeedWeeks Title and the Peter Orr) have all been won by several drivers over the years. Only three drivers: Russell, Wayne Anderson and David Rogers have won all of them in their career.
Russell won three of the five events in 2009 as did Wayne Anderson 2003.
Ricky Brooks to Stick Around
The New Smyrna regulars have gotten a pretty good look at Ricky Brooks over the past few years and now it will be a regular thing. Ricky Brooks has been named the competition director for the FASCAR events in addition to his Gulf Coast duties. Brooks had no issues with Late Models over the weekend and that’s impressive with the combination of the Limited Late Models and the Crate Late Models. However, there were four DQ’s in the undercard divisions.
Wayne and Jeff Seek Speedweeks Title
Wayne Anderson and Jeff Scofield have both won titles during the Smyrna Speedweeks in February. Now the two champion drivers will team up to work together to chase a title. Anderson will serve as Scofield’s crew chief during Speedweeks 2012. Scofield ended up fourth at the Red-Eye with Anderson on his pit box after leading much of the early part of the race. We expect to see the two back at the Pete Orr Memorial 100 next month.
The 46th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing is only a few weeks away and cars from all around the country are getting ready to head south to run at New Smyrna. The only major change thus far is that the Limited Late Models and Pro Late Models will now be one class overall. Action gets underway with practice on February 16th with practice and continues through February 25th.
Rich Clouser took down his 12th straight win at New Smyrna in Late Model action. Clouser’s success has come in the new Pro Late Model division and it makes us wonder when it will end? He won all 11 races he ran in 2011 and won the title despite missing one show. It will be more of a challenge this year as they will have several 100 lappers. Clouser also was third in the Super Late Model race.
John Hunter Nemechek has a lot of eyes looking his way after the 14-year-old made his first Super Late Model start. Driving a Super Late Model numbered 8, just like his late uncle’s rides, Nemechek had a spin off the fourth turn and then was later hit by another car. The team still managed to make laps before having to drop out midway through the race. We will see more of this youngster in the next few weeks.
No Chance for Redemption
After a solid run in the 2011 Governor’s Cup 200 last November and then a 13th-place run in his first Snowball Derby, Ben Kennedy was looking for a hometown win. However, a tangle up with a spinning car from behind left him destroyed before the race ever went green. Kennedy will back for a full season of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2012.
Tim Russell took his second win in the Red Eye 100. (Speed51.com Photo)
Jeff Scofield was fast and will be strong at SpeedWeeks. (Speed51.com Photo)
Rich Clouser won another PLM race. (Speed51.com Photo)