Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New Smyrna Speedway Kicks Off Massive 2019 Schedule with Red Eye 50/50 and World Series

Driver David Rogers, a regular at New Smyrna Speedway, practices for the 51st Snowball Derby in Pensacola in December 2018. (PixelatedSPEED Photo)

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida (January 2, 2019) -- New Smyrna Speedway, just five miles from New Smyrna Beach and only minutes away from Daytona International Speedway, will play host to over 40 nights of racing in 2019… the bulk as a part of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series weekly racing program. The schedule begins this weekend, January 5th, with the Red Eye 50/50 and stretches through to November 9th with the Florida Governor’s Cup 200.

The first race of this monstrous schedule is the Red Eye 50/50 on January 5, 2019. Traditionally a 100 lap Super Late Model event, this year’s edition will feature a new format. Two 50 lap features, one for Super Late Models and the other for Pro Late Models, will headline a weekend of racing that will also include races for The American Auto Sportsman, Super Stocks, Mod Minis, Florida Modifieds, Bombers, and Ground Pounders.

Track Manager Rusty Marcus said this is an attempt to provide more exposure for the growing Pro Late Model class, and spotlight the home track divisions as well.

“We got some up and coming Pro Lates,” said Marcus. “The Pro Late Model class has been bigger than what it’s been the last few years, they expressed interest in wanting to be a part of it.”

“It upsets me at times when we have a big show at our race track,” he added. “I consider the track the home of our drivers and I don’t like when somebody invites you to their home but you are not allowed to come. So we’ve invited all of our regular divisions to be a part of the Red Eye, which I think will be more exciting for the fans.”

Following the Red Eye 50/50, NNS ramps up for Speedweeks 2019 and the traditional World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing during the month of February. Super Late Models, Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stocks, Trucks and more will compete over the course of nine nights of racing.

A myriad of specials will be held during the week in various classes. The World Series will once again play host to the season opening event for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with a 175 lap contest on night three, February 10th. The night will also feature the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series. The John Blewett III Memorial will headline night six with a 76 lap race for the Tour-Type Modifieds on February 13th. Night eight, February 15th, will include the Richie Evans Memorial Tour Modified 100 and the Zack Donatti Memorial Pro Late Model 100. The week will close on night nine with the Orange Blossom 100 for the Super Late Models.

After the extensive World Series has concluded, New Smyrna shifts gears and ventures into the heart of their racing season with over 20 weeks of racing under the NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing program. Most weeks will feature a combination of Late Models, Sportsman, Super Stocks, Bombers, Trucks, and Mod Minis.

The season wraps up in November with the 54th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200 for the Super Late Models. Full details of that weekend have not yet been finalized.

For full details on all of these events, ticket information and more, hit up the New Smyrna Speedway website,, and follow the speedway on Facebook:

Editor’s Note: Normally I like to include the track’s schedule as a part of the post, however, New Smyrna Speedway’s 2019 schedule is so massive, I don’t feel as those I can adequately present it here on PixelatedSPEED at this time, or at least in this post. With that said, I refer you all to the New Smyrna Speedway schedule announcement post on the track’s website. Thank you.

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