New Smyrna World Series Notes: Luke Baldwin Tops 602 Modified Field; William Byron Wins Again

Luke Baldwin celebrates victory in the 602 Modified feature Tuesday at New Smyrna Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

When it comes to Tour Type Modified racing up and down the east coast in the last year, Tommy Baldwin Racing has been a force to be reckoned with. 

Tuesday at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway that force was shown not in a Tour Type Modified, but a 602 Modified. 

Sixteen year old Luke Baldwin, the son of Tommy Baldwin Jr., drove away with victory in the 25-lap 602 Modified feature Tuesday at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. 

“I’m speechless,” Luke Baldwin said. “I don’t even know what to say. The guys gave me a great car. … I don’t even know what to say right now. It’s special. My grandpa won so many races here.” 

Baldwin was making his third start in the car Tuesday.

Trevor Catalano, who won the first two events for the division this week, was second. 

 “We got caught up in a little bit of traffic in the beginning of the race,” Catalano said. “… It kind of put us behind the eight ball. We just tried to work our way back up. … We’ll take it. Three podiums in our first three races, you can’t ask for anything better.” 

Ethan Durocher of Canterbury was third. 

“This is pretty cool to be here, down from Connecticut,” Durocher said. “We’re far from home, but this is awesome. … No shame to hang your head again two Tour teams here in front of us. We’re just a small team out of Connecticut. The oldest person on our crew here is 21 years old, so it’s kind of cool to be here.” 

The race was slowed by a backstretch crash on lap 11 that collected more than 15 cars. 

NASCAR Cup Series regular William Byron won the ASA Southern Super Series Clyde Hart Memorial 100. 

“Obviously a ton of misfortune for the other guys that were really good,” Byron said. “… I think I was a top-four car for sure. … A credit to this whole team. Wilson Motorsports, it’s always been a pleasure to drive for them. I’m just really thankful for what they‘ve done for me. Overall, just the race cars they bring and the people they have. The people they have is really what makes it. I’m just thankful for that. I enjoy driving these cars. It’s a lot of fun.”

Jake Finch was second and Casey Roderick third. 

Williams Byron celebrates victory Tuesday at New Smyrna Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

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