New Smyrna 2018 World Series

shadow21

Newbie
Packing this morning to head to Florida and checked the entry list today at New Smyrna. As of Feb 1 there were 19 Tour Type mods registered-the most of any division, but none of the familiar names from WNY. That list is a week old, maybe they will put another out in the next day or 2.

Anyone who makes the trip for Daytona events who has not caught a night of racing at New Smyrna should give it a try. Nice fast half mile with usually good racing in all their classes.
 

raceannouncer

Moderator
shadow21 said:
Packing this morning to head to Florida and checked the entry list today at New Smyrna. As of Feb 1 there were 19 Tour Type mods registered-the most of any division, but none of the familiar names from WNY. That list is a week old, maybe they will put another out in the next day or 2.

Anyone who makes the trip for Daytona events who has not caught a night of racing at New Smyrna should give it a try. Nice fast half mile with usually good racing in all their classes.

...AND you just might see and hear some familiar names who make the trip, too!
 

kt

Champion
I think you can expect to see Chuck Hossfeld, Patrick Emerling, and Tommy Catalano from Western NY/ROC series.....Matt Hirschman too....
 

DPackman_PR

Champion
There's a thread in the Mod groups on FB that had 30+ cars (based on registration and photo confirmation) that will be making at least one of the events during speedweeks. And it's loaded with the heavy hitters and young guns from the WMT and ROC.
 

first

Rookie
It looks like at least 5 others will be there just from the track fb and what I?ve seen. but them being on the list really only helps if you wanna run all week because you have to pay to be on the list. Should be in full fields in the 3 main classes. My flight leaves at 6:30 tonight. Can?t wait
 

uticamike

Racing Genius
Practice today at NSS

4 Jeff Gallup
2 Joe Bertuccio
2 Ronnie Williams
94 Al Emmarino
46 Craig Lutz
40 Kyle Trayner
22 Chuck Hossfield
6 Ryan Preece
10 Tom Tone
23 Joe Degracia
71 Jimmy Zacharias
71 Matt Montineri

Pee Dee 60 has the Bronson set up in it for tomorrow night.  Will be ready to go Monday at New Symrna.
 

tom351

Rookie
Ryan Preece Junked one car at Bronson Speedway in Sat. practice he will be at NSS with the Black Bullet  as Will Patrick Emerling  Should be a great show
 

raceannouncer

Moderator
The webcast was pretty impressive...only a few "frozen" video frames; audio of Bob Dilner and his analyst was mixed very well but the on-track reporter's audio was not as good...looked like it was going to be a McKennedy romp but falling out after the long caution ended that!
 

modrace

Rookie
Opening night was a great show,,,,wonder what part broke on Ryan's car ??,,,hope Tyler can fix his car ,,,,,,good to see a new name in winner circle
 

uticamike

Racing Genius
Rear link on his TAII broke. Might have been a hell of a finish with Jon McKennedy running as strong as he did.  Good strong run by the ROC gang as whole. Matt didn't seem as good at the end as he was earlier. 35 lap "regular" show tonight. They will likely be on earlier than they were last night. I still can't believe the 30+ car count. Phenomenal... :eek: 
 

DPackman_PR

Champion
And the coverage was 3 minor interruptions away from being immaculate last night. Really impressed with the coverage given its free.
 
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ask0329

Guest
Wow what a great setup to watch free racing. The Late Model race was awesome. The brawl was even fun to see. The Mod race was really good as well. Although the Florida mods where a snoozer. I had to turn if off after lap 30. It was just boring. 12 cars doing 75 laps....... Im sure it would be a great show if they had 30 of them. looked like a neat class.
 

raceannouncer

Moderator
I enjoyed the TV broadcast much more last night--the offtrack audio was much improved!  Internet streaming technology is still in its infancy so there will be "glitches" caused by several factors.  Overall, the broadcast is produced very well with the leaderbar and the lower crawling one keeping track of the field was also impressive.  The split screen has been a welcome part of the race coverage that has been shown so far...I concentrate on the technical aspects of the broadcast because 1.) I'm interested in that kind of stuff and 2.)The races are usually much more enjoyable to watch because of it! (I will leave opinions of the quality of the actual race(s) themselves to the rest of the board!) This is race coverage in its purest form so enjoy the free stuff while it lasts! Because if and when it can somehow make money (through advertising), watching from afar with "commercials" might not seem as good as it is now!

The site has also archived their previous broadcasts, so you should check those out as well.  I'm curious to hear what opinion Mel Thomas might have regarding this race coverage!
 

fastbackss

Veteran
ask0329 said:
Im sure it would be a great show if they had 30 of them. looked like a neat class.

I am watching this with interest. 

The two mod classes ebb and flow.  Go back a number of years and the Tour mods ran 7 nights and the Florida mods ran 3-4, maybe 5.  Then as the Tour car count went down, the Florida count went up.  So Speedweeks started adding days to the Florida mods and the Tour Mods got days taken away.

So this year they put the Florida mods on almost every day, Tour mods only a handful of days, and the car counts are reversed again.  What isn't helping the Florida mods is that they had some major accidents early in the week (3 red flags in 3 days) and that their rules package is different than many in other areas around the country.  We run the same class here in Michigan and I would have to make some major changes to be eligible, and some extreme changes to be further competitive.

Last year one guy from my area went and he built a separate car just for "Southern" events as a result.

And for reference:

Night 1
Super Late Models - 21
Pro Late Models - 23
Sportsman - 12
Florida Modifieds - 15

Night 2
Super Late Models - 18
Pro Late Models - 22
Sportsman - 18
Florida Modifieds - 14
Sprint Cars - 16

Night 3

NASCAR K&N East - 29
Florida Modifieds - 12


Night 4

Tour Modifieds - 31
Super Late Models - 16
Pro Late Models - 22

Night 5
Tour Modifieds - 28
Super Late Models - 20
Florida Modifieds - 12
 

kt

Champion
Just had this discussion with MT last night. We came up with 3 contributing factors:

1. The move to 5 nights instead of 9....Makes it more affordable for more people.

2. Ricky Brooks(technical inspector)....The more people that believe they are competing on a level playing field, the more that are apt to come.

3. The Trump Effect.....(It's the economy stupid)....lol

...kt
 

fastbackss

Veteran
Thanks kt for the reply.

A couple additional thoughts...

There are few cars in the region.  It isn't like super lates where there are a preponderance within 8 hours.  Nearly all have to travel, which likely makes the 5 nights more appetizing.

Conversely, the Florida mods are essentially only a local class.  Getting them to run 9 times in a week is a LOT, especially when they are a pseudo-headline division. 

 

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