Byron Nabs Clyde Hart Memorial Win
The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing was back in action on Monday night for Night #4 at New Smyrna Speedway. The headline race of the night was the Clyde Hart Memorial 100 for the Super Late Models, the first of two 100 lap events for the class during the World Series.
Derek Griffith would take fast qualifier honors with lap of 17.433. An invert of 7 would have Jake Finch and Jackson Boone lead the field to green. Finch would pick up the race lead early in the event, while some of the favorites would work their way through the field. Finch would open up a solid lead by the mid point, but had company from a charging Gabe Sommers and NASCAR star William Byron. Summers would work around Finch and set sail. Byron would track down Sommers late, but a caution with 3 laps remaining would make things interesting. Sommers would lean on Byron to try and make something happen, but Byron was too strong and would hold off Summers at the line. It was Byron’s first Super Late Model start in several years, with plans to add more to his 2022 schedule. Sammy Smith would complete the podium, after starting 10th.
The ultra-competitive Pro Late Models were on tap as well for their 35 lap feature event. Gus Dean and 2 time winner Michael Hinde would lead the 31 car field to green. Hinde would pick up the early lead. The caution would fly early on lap 4 due to contact between Giovanni Ruggiero and Hunter Wright.
On the restart, Hinde would once again drive away, with Connor Jones and Cory Hall making their way to the top 3. Multiple cautions would fly throughout the event, but Hinde would control the entire 35 laps for his 3rd win in 4 starts at New Smyrna this week, with Jones and Hall completing the podium.
Other winners on the night, Carsten DiGiantamasso would go back-to-back for the 602 Modifieds, Craig Lutz picked up the win in the Tour-Type Modified 50 lap feature, and Terry Fisher Jr would take the Florida Modified 25 lap feature event.