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Tuesday February 18, 2014
 

By Phil Smith

The central Florida flat lands came alive with the sound of ground pounding Modifieds this past Friday night as the Annual World Series at the New Smyrna Speedway took the green. Opening night saw 12 tour type Modifieds on hand. Tommy Barrett in his first time out put the Robert Our entry in the top spot after turning the half-mile in 17.18 seconds. Ron Silk was second fastest. Matt Hirshman's time was disqualified as his ride height did not meet track specs. Silk was the opening night winner over Jimmy Zacharias, Chuck Hossfeld, Ryan Preece and Eric Goodale. Silk started third in the 14 car field and took the lead from Jimmy Zacharias on lap 23 and ended up winning with a ten car lead. The debut of Barrett in the Our 22 lasted six laps when he was black flagged as his car was emitting sparks. Barrett ended up 12th in the final run down.

The Modified field increased to 15 on Saturday night but the end result mirrored Friday night as Ron Silk and the Eddie Partridge entry cleaned house again. Ryan Preece finished second with Matt Hirschman, third. Chuck Hossfeldt and Jimmy Zacharias rounded out the top five. Tommy Barrett was again the top time trialer. Starting third, Barrett faded and in the end finished seventh.

Sunday night saw another 15 car Modified field. Ron Silk unseated Tommy Barrett as the top banana in qualifying. Silk toured the half mile oval in 17.133 seconds. Barrett was second fastest with a 17.154 sec lap. NASCARís K&N series was also on the venue. Eric Goodale came out on top. Ron Silk finished second but was disqualified for making an unauthorized tire change. Matt Hirschman was moved up to the runner-up spot. Andy Seuss was awarded third. Rounding out the top five was Ryan Preece and Spencer Davis.

Modified action shifted to the Daytona International Speedway on Monday where 30 teams checked in for inspection for the second annual Battle at the Beach.

On a sad note, long time Chief Starter at many tracks, Earl Grant passed away. He worked as a truck driver for the Teamsters out of local #56 in Fall River, MA for over thirty years, retiring in 1988. Mr. Grant was very active during the 60ís, 70ís and 80ís with the Northeast Midget Racing Association as a flagman throughout New England and Canada, especially at the Stafford, Thompson, Westboro and Seekonk Speedways. Earl was the recipient of the D. Anthony Vendetti Memorial Award for his dedication to the sport of auto racing.

On the speedway stock market scene last week, two of the three speedway stocks were down for the week. The International Speedway Corporation went up 0.53 to 31.42 while Speedway Motorsports dropped 0.15 to 19.34 and Dover Entertainment dropped 0.15 to 2.35. NASCAR tire supplier Goodyear jumped up 3.23 to 26.76 and NASCAR cup sponsor Sprint went up 0.38 to 8.40 while NASCAR fuel supplier Sunoco (Energy Transfer) dropped 0.33 to 53.94. In the car building industry, Ford went up 0.27 to 15.24 while Toyota dropped 2.21 to 115.17 and General Motors dropped 0.16 to 35.95. In the home improvement sector, Home Depot went up 1.48 to 77.93 and Lowes went up 1.21 to 47.28. In the area of team sponsorship, Dupont went up 1.05 to 64.50 while Coca-Cola went up 4.33 to 72.27, Target dropped 0.27 to 56.06, Aarons Rentals went up 1.56 to 29.88 and Fedex went up 2.16 to 133.92.

On the tube this week:

2/ 18 Tue 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM NASCAR Race Hub FoxSports2
 
2/ 18 Tue 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM NASCAR Battle at the Beach K&N and Modifieds FoxSports2
 
2/ 18 Tue 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM NASCAR Battle at the Beach Modifieds FoxSports1 (Repeat)
 
2/ 19 Wed 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM Classic NASCAR:1998 Daytona 500 - 1998 Daytona 500 ESPNClassic
 
2/ 19 Wed 3:00 AM to 3:30 AM NASCAR Now ESPN2
 
2/ 19 Wed 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Classic NASCAR: 1993 Daytona 500 ESPNC
 
2/ 19 Wed 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Classic NASCAR: 2007 Daytona 500 ESPNC
 
2/ 19 Wed 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Classic NASCAR: 1997 Daytona 500 ESPNC
 
2/ 19 Wed 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM NASCAR Live Daytona FS1
 
2/ 19 Wed 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM Camping World Truck Series practice Daytona FS1
 
2/ 19 Wed 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Classic NASCAR: 1999 Daytona 500 ESPNC
 
2/ 19 Wed 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Sprint Cup Series practice Daytona 500 FS1
 
2/ 19 Wed 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Sprint Cup Series practice Daytona 500 FS1
 
2/ 20 Thu 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM NASCAR Live Daytona FS1
 
2/ 20 Thu 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Nationwide Series practice Daytona FS1
 
2/ 20 Thu 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Classic NASCAR: 1981 Daytona 500 ESPNC
 
2/ 20 Thu 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Camping World Truck Series practice Daytona FS1
 
2/ 20 Thu 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM Nationwide Series practice Daytona FS1
 
2/ 20 Thu 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Classic NASCAR: 1983 Daytona 500 ESPNC
 
2/ 20 Thu 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM Camping World Truck Series practice Daytona FS1
 
2/ 20 Thu 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM NASCAR Raceday FS1
 
2/ 20 Thu 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM Sprint Cup Series race - Budweiser Duel FS1
 
2/ 21 Fri 1:30 AM to 2:00 AM NASCAR Now ESPN2
 
2/ 21 Fri 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM Sprint Cup Series race - Budweiser Duel FS2
 
2/ 21 Fri 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM NASCAR Live Daytona FS1
 
2/ 21 Fri 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Sprint Cup Series practice Daytona 500 FS1
 
2/ 21 Fri 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM Sprint Cup Series practice Daytona 500 FS1
 
2/ 21 Fri 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Camping World Truck Series Qualifying Daytona FS1
 
2/ 21 Fri 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM NASCAR Live Daytona FS1
 
2/ 21 Fri 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM NCSTS Setup Daytona FS1
 
2/ 21 Fri 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM NCSTS Race Daytona FS1
 
2/ 22 Sat 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM Sprint Cup Series race - Budweiser Duel FS2
 
2/ 22 Sat 1:00 AM to 2:00 AM Wendell Scott: A Race Story ESPNC
 
2/ 22 Sat 2:30 AM to 3:00 AM NASCAR Now ESPN2
 
2/ 22 Sat 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Sprint Cup Series final practice Daytona 500 FS1
 
2/ 22 Sat 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM NASCAR Countdown Daytona ESPN
 
2/ 22 Sat 1:15 PM to 4:00 PM Nationwide Series Race Daytona ESPN
 
2/ 22 Sat 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM Return of the 3 FS1
 
2/ 23 Sun 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM SportsCenter at Daytona ESPN2
 
2/ 23 Sun 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM The Daytona 500 Bash at the Beach FS1
 
2/ 23 Sun 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM NASCAR Raceday Daytona 500 FS1
 
2/ 23 Sun 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 FOX
 
2/ 23 Sun 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM NASCAR Victory Lane Daytona 500 FS1
 
2/ 23 Sun 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Wendell Scott: A Race Story ESPNC
 
2/ 23 Sun 10:00 PM to 10:30 PM NASCAR Victory Lane Daytona 500 FS1

Thatís it for this week from 11 Gardner Drive, Westerly RI 02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467. E-Mail is smithpe_97_97@yahoo.com .


Phil Smith has been a columnist for Speedway Scene and other publications for over 3 decades.

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