Drawdy Looking For "Home Field Advantage" During SpeedFest Florida Super Late Model Hot Shot Just Starting Long Two-Week Stretch FT. PIERCE, FL (January 14, 2005) -- Opposing teams in all the professional sports and even in college sports know...
Drawdy Looking For "Home Field Advantage" During SpeedFest
Florida Super Late Model Hot Shot Just Starting Long Two-Week Stretch
FT. PIERCE, FL (January 14, 2005) -- Opposing teams in all the professional sports and even in college sports know all about "home field advantage." NFL teams battle all year just to get home field advantage in the playoffs. Just ask several opposing ACC head basketball coaches how hard it is to come to Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium and win during college basketball season.
Florida Super Late Model veteran Justin Drawdy is hoping to use his own version of "home field advantage" when the 2005 SpeedFest rolls around at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL, on January 26th-29th.
"We've got a little bit of an advantage because we've run (at Lakeland) quite a bit over the last several years," said Drawdy. "Some of these guys, especially from up North, are going to have to spend some time adjusting on their cars to get them ready for this track. Everything is a little bit quicker at this track. Not too many guys around the country run ¾-mile tracks with this style of cars.
"Racing at Lakeland is a lot of fun. Your car carries a lot of speed. The corners at Lakeland are sweeping, so you even carry a lot of speed in the corners. Besides Pensacola (Five Flags Speedway), it is one of my favorite tracks to run on. It is really smooth.
"But then again, just by looking at the entry list, with the quality and caliber of guys that are coming to this race, this isn't just a weekend hobby for these guys. They have their stuff together. It is going to be a tough few nights of racing, I'll tell you that."
The 2005 SpeedFest is a joint effort between USA International Speedway, the Midwest's CRA Super Series, the south's Southern All Star Series, the north's PASS Series, Texas' USRA Series and Florida's Sunbelt Super Series. The resulting three nights of racing will determine the "King of the Super Late Models."
"Some of the drivers that are coming to SpeedFest are going to make it a pretty impressive show for the fans and a pretty tough show to win for us drivers. It might just resemble something from the Derby. It is going to be no cakewalk. I saw that Charlie Bradberry is coming now. Wow, there are going to be some pretty good race cars there."
SpeedFest is just the first of a grueling three-week span that will test Drawdy and his team's patience. Following Lakeland, Drawdy and the team will head to New Smyrna Speedway for the annual Pete Orr Memorial on February 5th. The team will then head back to New Smyrna Speedway for the 39th running of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, which includes nine-straight nights of action during Florida Speedweeks.
"We've got about 14 races in a three-week span," added Drawdy. "That is tough. It's all about working as hard as we can for the next three weeks to get ready. We gotta have our backup car ready. You obviously want to keep all the tires and wheels on the car, but at the same time, you need to be ready in case something happens.
"I'm really excited about all of the races. I wanna make a big impression at SpeedFest, and I'm ready to then go and run the Pete Orr race since he was my old crew chief. I'm really going to gun hard and try to win that race. Then you gotta be ready for Speedweeks."