1979 World Series Lm Start
Mark Martin (2) and Dick Trickle (99) lead the field to the green in the 1979 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway. (Jim Jones/New Smyrna Speedway)

Making History: World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway

The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing first ran in 1968, with Tom Pistone taking home the Late Model title.

Since then, a veritable who’s who of short track stars have made their way to the high-banked half-mile of Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway. Dick Trickle is a four-time champion, while drivers such as Pete Hamilton (1974-75), Mark Martin (1978) and Junior Hanley (1980-81). No driver has won in consecutive years since Pete Orr’s three-year run in 1992-94.

Ws Logo 1Current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Zane Smith and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Harrison Burton made their names with World Series crowns in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Short-track notables Ty Majeski (2016), Bubba Pollard (2019) and Derek Griffith (2020) have added their names to the New Smyrna record books.

The Modifieds joined the show in 1976, with Maynard Troyer winning the title. Richie Evans took the top honors in 1977, the first of six titles he’d win at New Smyrna. Jimmy Spencer would follow with a crown in 1985, and Reggie Ruggerio won three times in four years. Steve Park went back-to-back in 1992-93, while Tom Baldwin won four championships.

Ted Christopher emerged as the driver to beat at New Smyrna, winning nine titles between 1998-2011. His 10th World Series crown came in 1991 when he split the former SK Modified Division title with his twin brother, Mike.

More recently, Ryan Preece won three straight Tour Modified titles amidst his ascension to the NASCAR Cup Series, while Matt Hirschman has won two of the last three years.

Future NASCAR Cup Series champions Joey Logano and Kyle Busch have tried their hand at a Modified at New Smyrna, while Christopher Bell recorded his first career NASCAR win in a Super Late Model at the World Series.

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This year’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing runs from Friday, Feb. 5-Saturday, Feb. 13, and can be seen live on TrackPass on NBC Gold.

SUPER LATE MODEL TOUR MODIFIED PRO LATE MODEL FL / IMCA
2020 Derek Griffith 2020 Matt Hirschman 2020 Jamie Skinner 2020 Travis Eddy
2019 Bubba Pollard 2019 Chuck Hossfeld 2019 Sammy Smith 2019 Travis Eddy
2018 Stephen Nasse 2018 Matt Hirschman 2018 Cole Anderson 2018 Jerry Symons
2017 Harrison Burton 2017 Ryan Preece 2017 Jeff Choquette 2017 Travis Eddy
2016 Ty Majeski 2016 Ryan Preece 2016 Daniel Keen Jr. 2016 Cody Stickler
2015 Zane Smith 2015 Ryan Preece 2015 Dalton Armstrong 2015 Tim Moore
2014 Steve Wallace 2014 Ron Silk 2014 Spencer Davis 2014 Todd Stone
2013 Ryan Moore 2013 Woody Pitkat 2013 Brandon Johnson 2013 Josh Todd
2012 Kyle Benjamin 2012 Chuck Hossfeld 2012 Dakota Stroup 2012 Jerry Symons
2011 Tim Russell 2011 Ted Christopher 2011 Martin Latiluppe 2011 Tank Tucker
2010 BJ McLeod 2010 Ted Christopher 2010 Sean Bass 2010 Tank Tucker
2009 David Rogers 2009 Ted Christopher 2009 David Wagner 2009 Nick Diano
2008 Jeff Choquette 2008 Jimmy Blewett 2008 Logan Ruffin 2008 Tank Tucker
2007 Jeff Scofield 2007 Eric Beers 2007 Jonathan Beason 2007 Lee Collins
2006 Travis Kittleson 2006 Andy Seuss 2006 Tank Tucker
2005 Louis Mechalides 2005 Ted Christopher 2005 Jerry Artuso
2004 Mike Fritts 2004 Eric Beers 2004 Lee Collins
2003 Wayne Anderson 2003 Ted Christopher 2003 Jerry Symons
2002 Jimmy Cope 2002 Robbie Summers 2002 Jerry Symons
2001 David Rogers 2001 Ted Christopher 2001 Jerry Symons
2000 Wayne Anderson 2000 Ted Christopher 2000 Billy Mowery
1999 David Rogers 1999 Ted Christopher 1999 Jerry Symons
1998 Jason Shuler 1998 Ted Christopher 1998 Mitch French
1997 Lowell Bennett 1997 Tom Baldwin 1997
1996 David Russell 1996 Tom Baldwin 1996
1995 Bruce Lawrence 1995 Tim Connolly 1995 Steve Christman
1994 Pete Orr 1994 Tom Baldwin
1993 Pete Orr 1993 Steve Park
1992 Pete Orr 1992 Steve Park
1991 Dick Anderson 1991 Mike Ewanitsko
1990 Junior Hanley 1990 Tony Jankowiak
1989 Dick Anderson 1989 Reggie Ruggerio
1988 Joe Shear 1988 Tom Baldwin
1987 David Rogers 1987 Reggie Ruggerio
1986 Dick Trickle 1986 Reggie Ruggerio
1985 Dick Trickle 1985 Jimmy Spencer
1984 Dick Trickle 1984 Richie Evans
1983 Mark Malcuit 1983 Richie Evans
1982 Dick Trickle 1982 Greg Sacks
1981 Junior Hanley 1981 Richie Evans
1980 Junior Hanley 1980 Richie Evans
1979 Mike Miller 1979 Richie Evans
1978 Mark Martin 1978 Ron Bouchard
1977 Mike Eddy 1977 Richie Evans
1976 Freddy Fryar 1976 Maynard Troyer
1975 Pete Hamilton
1974 Pete Hamilton
1973 Larry Rogero
1972 Joe Rutman
1971 Gary Balough
1970 Randy Tissot
1969 Dave McInnis
1968 Tom Pistone

OTHER DIVISIONS (Through The Years)

SK MODIFIED LIMITED LATE MODEL
2012 David Cramner 2012 Merged with PLM
2011 Ronnie Silk 2011 Ross Chastain
2010 Ronnie Silk 2010 Todd Allen
2009 Jimmy Blewett 2009 Drew Brannon
2008 Jimmy Blewett 2008 Derrick Kelley
2007 Jimmy Blewett 2007 Jason Boyd
2006 Jimmy Blewett 2006 A.J. Curreli
2005 Steve Reed 2005 Jerry Artuso
2004 John White 2004 Rich Clouser
2003 Bo Gunning 2003 Jason Boyd
2002 Jeff Malave 2002 Jason Boyd
2001 J.R. Helberg 2001 Gerg Murphy
2000 Scott Newell 2000 Mike Greenwell
1999 Jim Willis
1998 Frank Wainwright, Jr.
1997 Mike Christopher / Steve Lombardo
1996 John Jensen
1995 Chris Jones
1994 Tom White
1993 Ed St. Angelo
1992 Sam Russo
1991 Mike Christopher/ Ted Christopher
1990 Sam Russo
1989 Mike Christopher
1988 John Anderson
PRO TRUCK
2020
2019 Cody Haskins
2018
2017 Blake Haddock
2016
2015 Michael Burns
2014 Michael Burns
2013 Scott Reeves
2012 Cody Haskins
2011 Scott Reeves
2010 Scott Reeves
2009 Austin Pickens
2008 Scott Bishop
2007 Scott Bishop
2006
2005 Jamie Skinner
THUNDER CAR
1987 Pete Starr
1986 Jerry Gradl
1985 Stan Eads
1984 David Russell
1983 Daniel Knoll
1982 Bruce Lawrence
1981 Johnny Cochran
1980 Frank Wood

 

MINI STOCK
2006 Robbie Yoakam
SUPER STOCK
2002 Rich Clouser
CASCAR
1991 Don Mallat
1990 Don Mallat