Holds Off Mayer on Late Restart For Night Two Super Late Model Win at New Smyrna
NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Two late restarts made Harrison Burton work hard on Saturday night.
But, that hard work ended with a large reward for Huntersville, North Carolina driver.
Burton was able to capture his first victory of the 52nd annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. The win came in the 35-lap Super Late Model feature – a division where Burton is already the defending champion.
“It was crazy, it sucks when you are riding around and you think you have a win in the bag, then a caution comes out,” Burton said in Victory Lane. “You get through the restart and then another caution comes out. I’m just glad it finally ended, and we were still out front when it did.”
Burton took the lead for the first time when he passed night one winner Stephen Nasse at lap 14, and he had a sizeable lead when the caution flew with just five laps to go. After getting a good restart, Burton looked to be clear sailing when another caution came out with just two laps to go, setting up a dash to the finish.
In the final two laps, Burton found himself holding off Sam Mayer, who made a charge from his eighth place starting position to finish second. Paul Shafer Jr., Jeff Choquette and night one victor Nasse rounded out the top five.
Burton also was the fastest qualifier in time trials on Saturday, but an invert forced him to line up sixth.
“I had a lot of fun, when you cross the line, the helmet really hides a lot of emotions,” Burton said. “Everyone is screaming, at least I assume they are – I am whenever I win – I’m pumped up. It’s really exciting – but I’m ready for more.”
Derek Griffith was sixth, followed by Derek Kraus, Brad May, Ty Majeski and Matt Wallace.
Sean Bass won the 50-lap Sportsman feature by nearly four seconds over Patrick Thomas, adding his second win of the World Series in as many nights. The Sportsman feature was the final race to hit the 0.500-mile high-banked oval.
Cole Anderson avoided a flurry of caution periods to find himself in Victory Lane in the 35-lap Pro Late Model feature. Jerry Symons picked up the victory in the Florida Modifieds and Shane Butler was victorious in the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series.
Racing at New Smyrna continues on Sunday night, with the running of the New Smyrna 175 – the season-opening event for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. NASCAR Home Tracks will have live coverage through Race Central Live starting at noon.
All nine nights of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing can be streamed live on FansChoice.TV.