While Late Models were occupying center stage, the 360 Sprints of the United Sprint Car Series (USCS) were also on hand. Tony Stewart jumped in for a spin in a 360. Stewart and driver Danny Lasoski chat with onlookers during a break in the action.
Tim McCreadie prevailed as fast qualifier and won the feature in the UMP Late Model opener. It was the first Late Model win for the DIRT Modified standout.
World Series of Asphalt Racing
New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, FloridaScott Reeves was a double winner in the Mini Stock division.
Scott Bloomquist (right) assists with an engine change in his Late Model. Bloomquist would prevail for the $12,000 winner's check in the World of Outlaws' closer on February 8.
Part of the attraction of the World Series is the arrival of the NASCAR Tour Modifieds from the Northeast. John White was named the top SK Modified on consecutive nights during the eight evenings of racing.
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FLoridaIt was the end of an era as an open house marked the passing of Smokey Yunick's famous garage. The property will be sold and put to other use in the near future.
Tech inspectors saw plenty of Florida sun, but not much of the beach. ARCA officials were checking cars thoroughly before the start of qualifying.
Eventual winner Kyle Busch (87) keeps two-time Daytona champion Bobby Gerhart (5) and former Talladega winner Paul Menard (33) at bay.