Derek Griffith Tops Sportsman Field On Opening Night Of New Smyrna World Series 

Derek Griffith celebrates victory in the Sportsman feature Friday on opening night of the World Series at New Smyrna Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

The Modifieds don’t hit the track until tomorrow at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway, but it didn’t mean the Northeast wasn’t representing in victory lane on night one of the nine event in New Smyrna, Fla. 

Griffith, of Hudson, N.H., led every circuit on the way to victory in the 35-lap Sportsman feature Friday at New Smyrna. It was Griffiths first career victory in the division at New Smyrna. 

Griffith is a two-time Super Late Model champion at the World Series and will run in the division all week looking for another title. But he added some moonlighting in the Sportsman division for team owner Jason Boyd. 

“These things are so much different than what I’m used to running,” Griffith said. “If anybody needs a fast race car they better call [car owner] Jason Boyd because this thing was a rocket ship. … He hooked us up, put us in this thing and it paid off.” 

Griffith started on the outside pole for the event, went to the lead on lap one and never trailed again. 

Kody Brusso was second and Tim Sozio third.

Rain cut the remainder of the racing card short Friday. Also scheduled to run were features for the Super Late Model, Pro Late Model, Florida Modified and Bomber A divisions.


  1. Suitcase Jake says

    The pride of ” Hudson NH” made that one look to easy.. qualified 7th and redraw put him on the pin … Luck does play a part, along with plenty of talent that Derek does possess … The young LADY Kody Brusso was really running strong… It’s her first time racing at this half mile…. Coming down from Pensacola Speedway… Look for Her to be Visiting Victory Lane this week at New Smyrna Speedway World Series …..

  2. I know the rest of the show got rained out at New Smyrna. Did they announce make up features for features that didn’t get in? I know Super lates, pro lates, mods, and bombers were on tonight’s card.

    Volusia dirt races got hit by rain too. They got rained out last night as well. They made up the rained-out features at the beginning of tonight’s show, then got rain delayed. They are just getting thru Qualifying races now at 11.30 They also moved the imca style mods big feature from Saturday to tonight citing a bad weather forecast for Saturday which probably doesn’t bode well for Whelen tomorrow. I would think they would make up the tour race if the weather does become an issue, Any idea when? Would Nascar mods go head-to-head with the Superbowl?

  3. My guess would be yes. You don’t want to keep the teams that only showed up for the Whelen event in Florida too many extra days. It’s a long trip for a lot of them. If that race is pushed to Sunday it might take priority to get done as fast as possible, maybe run in the morning to not disturb the rest of the schedule. Even if it did run during football the people who are committed to watching already paid for their Flo subscription or are possibly camping at New Smyrna. For me modified racing on Sunday will make great alternative programming.

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