DAYTONA BEACH, FL :: RACE22.com has you all but ready for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race at Daytona International Speedway. Now, with a glimpse into what we’re seeing for tomorrow night’s race, you’ll be completely ready for a day of practice, heat races and feature racing tomorrow.
Here’s just a few of the things and people you should be watching for tomorrow.
STRAIGHT RAIL FEVER
With the rules for this event pitting both Super Late Model and Late Model Stock Car type cars against one another, many Late Model Stock Car drivers seem to have “straight rail fever”. Super Late Model cars are known as ‘straight rail’ cars with Late Model Stock Cars being known as ‘perimeter’ cars.
Super Late Models or straight rails are purpose built race cars with every trick piece of equipment on them to make them faster. On the other hand Late Model Stock Cars are stock type cars with many rules to keep the costs of them from getting out of hand. Straight rails are much lighter and much faster. Rules have been put in place to even the two totally different types of cars but the rules package has Late Model Stock guys thinking that the straight rails will still have an advantage.
That’s why top Late Model Stock Car competitors such as reigning NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Lee Pulliam, Tennessee State Champion Nate Monteith and South Carolina State Champion Anthony Anders are making the switch for this one race to a straight rail chassis. Other Late Model Stock Car competitors such as Garrett Campbell and Blaze Howell will also utilize a Super Late Model type car for this event.
BOWMAN GRAY ON STEROIDS
Upon gazing at the track being setup on Sunday night, NASCAR Whelen Modified Series driver Frank Fleming said that the track looked like “Bowman Gray on Steroids”. That is the thought of many of the drivers in the Late Model race, many of which have never competed on the 1/4 mile track in Winston-Salem, NC. Many of them have only watched races on the unique North Carolina track but expect the racing on Daytona’s temporary course to be very similar to what they’ve seen.
While some racers have traveled to Daytona Beach, FL looking to make a name for themselves, others have simply come just to have a little fun. I mean… “It’s Daytona”. That’s a phrase you hear often from racers down here for this event. Some of them came down a few days early to get in a little “fun time” before race day while others have taken this event as serious as they do the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville. However, the fun is over or it will be by the time you read this article and it’s time to get down to business.
While RACE22.com won’t have our traditional Five Star Bodies LIVE Coverage presented by JRi Shocks tomorrow, we will be keeping you more up to date than anyone on the internet. We plan to keep you as up to date as possible all day with twitter updates including text and photos. We will also post all the practice times and heat race lineups and finishes, feature lineup and finishing orders on RACE22.com. As well as stories from many of the day’s activities and anything that happens.
We also invite you to check out the official NASCAR Home Tracks website where they’ll have live video feeds of both practice sessions and the heat races. They’ll also have live updates provided by our friends over at Speed51.com straight from their website at http://hometracks.nascar.com.
Also don’t forget that the race will be shown live in its entirety on SPEED TV starting at 7:00pm. It will also be carried live on MRN Radio at http://www.motorracingnetwork.com/ and on Sirius NASCAR Radio.