Raceday: 2019 Red Eye 50/50 – Everything You Need to Know

Seen here during the March 2012 Miller Lite Series weekend in Mobile, Alabama, New Smyrna regular Anthony Sergi has entered the Red Eye 50/50 in a Super Late Model. (Jamie Williams/Finish Line Photography)

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida (January 5, 2019) — Racing gets back underway early in Florida as New Smyrna Speedway plays host to a packed Saturday of action headlined by the 33rd Running of the Red Eye 50/50.

Traditionally a 100 lap, Super Late Model event, this year’s running of the Red Eye will feature double-header Pro Late Model and Super Late Model 50 lap races. This is in an effort to better showcase the Pro Late Models and hopefully bring fans to the edge of their seats with a short sprint rather than the longer format, which favored tire saving over pure speed.

Also included on the racing schedule is a full slate of local division features for Modifieds, Sportsman, Super Stocks, Mod Minis, and Bombers.

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In last year’s Red Eye 100, West Palm Beach, Florida’s Jeff Choquette led 99 of the 100 laps en-route to a dominating victory. The 32nd running of the Red Eye produced only one caution, for an accident involving Dustin Smith in turn two. Choquette bested Hudson, New Hampshire driver Derek Griffith, North Carolina’s Gus Dean, Maine’s Ryan Moore, and Florida’s David Rogers.

The half-mile speedway, located just minutes from Daytona, and the beach, will have a strong crop of talent to comprise the field. Pre-entries include local standouts Brad May, David Rogers, Anthony Sergi, and Travis Cope.

This race draws in competitors from all across the country. Also entered in the Red Eye 50/50 are Todd Stone from Vermont, Brad Kossow from Wisconsin and Ryan Moore from Maine.

NASCAR Truck Series Champion Mike Skinner returns behind the wheel of a Pro Late Model.

Although not yet listed on the entry list, expect a host of additional drivers, such as the duo 2018 race winner Jeff Choquette and contender Stephen Nasse from Jett Motorsports among others.

Entry List (as of January 3, 2019)

Super Late Models:
1 Todd Stone
2 Brad Bowman
7 Doug Elliott
9M Brad May
11 David Rogers
12 Brad Kossow
17 Tanner Gray
20 Anthony Sergi
21 Trey Bayne
32 Harold Crooms
40 Tovia Grynewicz
54 Drew Dollar
57 Travis Cope
59X Becca Monopoli
62 John Gerstner
67 Colin Allmän
74 Ryan Moore

Pro Late Models:
0 Josh Todd
1 Todd Stone
3 Andrew Franzone
5 Mike Skinner
9M Brad May
22 Drew Dollar
24 Chance Jewels
32 Harold Crooms
43 Daniel Dye
54 Zach Harris
81 Sammy Smith
117 Phillip Bessette

A complete listing of local division entries can be found on the New Smyrna website

33rd Annual Red Eye 50/50 Schedule

(Times in Eastern)
11:00 AM — Pit Gate/Tech/Fuel/Tires/Registration Opens
2:00 PM  — Driver’s Meeting
2:30 PM — Super Late Model Practice (45 mins)
3:20 PM — Pro Late Model Practice (45 mins)
4:10 PM — Local Division Practices
6:30 PM — Super Late Model and Pro Late Model Qualifying
7:15 PM — Pre-Race Ceremonies

Modifieds: 25 laps
Super Stock: 25 laps
Sportsman: 25 laps
Mod Mini: 25 laps
Bombers: 20 laps
Ground Pounders: 20 laps

Complete event details, ticket prices, and more can be found at the New Smyrna Speedway website, http://newsmyrnaspeedway.org

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