New Smyrna Saturday summary 2003-02-15

37th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Night 9 Race 9 of 9 SAMSULA, FLORIDA - Scott Hantz of Pleasant Lake IN won the "World Series" Florida Cracker 100 Saturday night after some major top five changes during the final racing ...

37th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
Night 9
Race 9 of 9

SAMSULA, FLORIDA - Scott Hantz of Pleasant Lake IN won the "World Series" Florida Cracker 100 Saturday night after some major top five changes during the final racing circuit.

Super Late Model racer Wayne Anderson of Wildwood, FL with some consistent finishes during the 37th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing is the 2003 Champion.

Hantz took the top spot in lap 60, passing a stubborn second place finisher Louie Mechalides of Tyngsboro, Mass., who led from the opening lap until passed by Hantz, was at his best.

In lap 16, it was Mechalides, Hantz and Freddie Query of Mooresville, N.C. The remaining top five were Junior Hanley of Campbellville, Ontario in his Big Rigs ride and Anderson. A quick caution slowed the field down.

A caution slowed the field down when Jerick Jackson of Mooresville, N.C. in his Race Team Graphics ride flipped on the front straightaway crushing his roof top, following the lap 16 restart.

The leading Mechalides failed to come to full power and contact was then made by James Powell III of Astor, FL on Jackson's car. Jackson was not injured. Hanley also left the field with appeared to be mechanical problems.

By lap 30, Mechalides had held Hantz at bay in second several times. Query was third, Anderson and fifth Powell.

By lap 50, Mechalides looked like he might have had problems with tire wear as he started to go high in the corners.

Hantz worked Mechalides tough in lap 53, but the leading Mechalides held his own even with tires starting to wear, but during lap 60 Hantz completed his assault to the front moving into the lead.

By lap 75, Mechalides and Powell opened a 10 car lead over Query, Powell and Anderson. Randy Gentry of Easley, S.C. was fifth.

Query faltered a bit in lap 76 and Powell and Anderson were now third and fourth. Gentry also passed a struggling Query for the fifth spot.

Powell, Anderson and Easley all started contesting for third in lap 86, but Anderson seen his charge fall short with a tire going down and went to the pits.

Things really got tightened up in lap 92, Hantz was still up front and on a restart Mechalides followed in second, Powell third, Gentry fourth and Ryan Moore of Sear, ME was fifth.

In lap 99, Mechalides was trying Hantz one more time for the point, but failed and would finish second. Gentry moved to third and Moore was fourth. Powell fell to fifth.

This order would be the finishing spot of the top five.

LATE MODELS

Jason Boyd of Orlando, FL won the Late Model 20 and was the 37th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Late Model Champion for the second straight year following a short delay in a post technical racing inspection.

Boyd led all 20 circuits and faced no serious threats during the race. Larry Osteen of Clermont, FL spent most of the race in second and Mike Murphy of Clermont, FL, who needed a win for a shot at the 2003 World Series Championship was not a real factor.

Boyd crossed the stripe with a six car margin of victory over Murphy. Finishing third was Osteen and fourth was Jerry Artuso. Kirk Hooker was fifth.

MODIFIEDS

D. J. Hoelzle of Dunedin, FL had it together capturing the Modified 20 Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway leading from the opening lap.

Jerry Symons of New Smyrna Beach, FL was the 37th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Championship for the second straight year in his Gene Kelly Roofing car.

Hoelzle controlled the entire race and Symons followed him across the stripe followed by Jerry Artuso. Rounding out the top five were Brad May of Orlando, FL and Jason Boyd also of Orlando.

NASCAR TOUR TYPE MODIFIEDS SK MODIFIEDS

Mike Fitch of Edgewater, FL won the NASCAR Tour Type Modified 25 lap race Saturday night taking the lead in lap five and never looking back.

Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT is the 2003 NASCAR Tour Type #7th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Champion for his second straight crown.

There was no chasing Fitch down and he held a good lead in lap 16 with over Christopher and Rob Summers of Manchester, CT in third place.

Tim Arre of Toms River, N.J. moved into fourth changing the top five 19 and this would be the final change in the top five.

Fitch crossed the stripe followed by Christopher and Summers.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rob Summers , Wayne Anderson , Ted Christopher