New Smyrna Speedway

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New Smyrna Speedway
Aerial NewSmyrnaSpeedway.jpg
Aerial view of New Smyrna Speedway
Location S.R. 44 and County Rd. 415, Samsula, Florida
Time zone EST/EDT (-0500/-0400)
Coordinates 29°00′48″N 81°04′12″W / 29.0133°N 81.070°W / 29.0133; -81.070Coordinates: 29°00′48″N 81°04′12″W / 29.0133°N 81.070°W / 29.0133; -81.070
Capacity 8,000
Owner Hart family
Operator Rusty Marcus & Holli Hanna
Oval
Surface Asphalt
Length 0.8 km (0.50 mi)
Turns 4
Banking 18-20 degrees
Race lap record (David Rogers, , )
Website www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org

New Smyrna Speedway is an asphalt track that is 0.50 of a mile in length, located near New Smyrna Beach, Florida, that races the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series every Saturday night. It also has a smaller track, known as "Little New Smyrna Speedway" in the infield. This track races Quarter midgets on Friday nights.

Overview

New Smyrna Speedway's sign

New Smyrna Speedway plays host to the annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, featuring nine consecutive nights of racing that runs during Speedweeks every February. The World Series has seen many of the current and former top names in NASCAR competing on the high-banked half-mile including Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, Geoff Bodine, Rick Wilson, Richie Evans, Jimmy Spencer, Pete Hamilton and more, and continually draws the top talent from around the United States and Canada.

The event features NASCAR Tour Type Modifieds, 'SK' Type Modifieds, Florida/IMCA Type Modifieds, Super Late Models, Late Models, Crate Engine Late Models, Winged Sprint Cars, and Pro-Trucks. Only Geoff Bodine and Ryan Newman have won a championship at the annual event, and gone on in their career to win the Daytona 500.

New Smyrna Speedway also hosts the annual Florida Governor's Cup 200 Super Late Model race each November. Regarded as the second most prestigious Super Late Model race in Florida only behind the Snowball Derby and is among the elite short track racing events in the Country.

The racing surface was repaved in January 2007.

Since the repaving project, the track has seen quite a few NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series teams use it for testing. Teams test for places such as Martinsville, Richmond and even Phoenix. The recent testing ban instituted by NASCAR has increased the draw of teams that test at the high-banked half-mile. Names that have tested there include Newman, Stewart, Martin, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Bobby Labonte, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya, David Ragan, Danica Patrick and more.

History

Richie Evans competes at New Smyrna Speedway circa 1985

The track was built in 1964 by Benny Corbin. It was originally designed as a clay track, but was covered in asphalt in 1967. Afterwards, Corbin partnered with racing promoters Bob Bartel and Ed Otto to launch the World Series of Asphalt Auto Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.[1]

References

  1. ^ "Volusia County's Benny Corbin Loves Dirt Track Racing". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Feb 11, 1982. 

External links

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