Super Late Model racing ends its season every year with the Snowball Derby at Pensacola's Florida's Five Flags Speedway in December. Only a few weeks later the birth of another new season takes place in the same state, but on the east coast.
New Smyrna Speedway, which is just south of Daytona Beach, is consistently the host site for the first show of the new season. The short off-season of asphalt short track racing comes to an end with the Red-Eye 100, which will celebrate its 29th running this Saturday at New Smyrna.
Daytona International Speedway is hallowed ground for racers across the nation and while Rob Fuller, owner and driver of Rob Fuller Motorsports is entering his 25th year in racing, he will be making his driving debut at the famed speedway on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the UNOH Battle At The Beach.
The non-points event combines the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours and is in conjunction with the first race of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
“I enjoy being at the same track as the other divisions,” said Fuller. “The first race of the year is exciting no matter where it is, but racing at Daytona is always special. I also like to sneak over to the dirt track when I can. Having so much racing going on in such a small area is definitely cool.”
Fuller’s sponsor, 15-40 Connection, will also make its debut at “The World Center of Racing” as the race team partnership extends to a second season. The non-profit is committed to raising awareness of the fact that cancer survival rates in teens and young adults ages 15 to 40 have barely improved since 1975 in large part because of delays in diagnosis. The group empowers individuals with knowledge that will save and improve lives through early cancer detection.
“We’re thrilled to be on the No. 15 Chevrolet at Daytona - one of the most recognizable race tracks in the world,” said Tricia Laursen, Executive Director of 15-40 Connection. “As we enter our second season with Rob and his team, we are looking forward to sharing some of the personal stories from young adult cancer patients that may help race fans identify and detect cancer symptoms earlier.”
In addition to the historic moment of racing at Daytona for the first time, the start of the 2014 season marks Rob Fuller’s 25th year in racing. Continuing his family legacy, Fuller has found success across many positions and aspects of the sport he grew up in. From racing quarter midget race cars at age 5 to becoming known as one of the fastest tire changers in NASCAR, Fuller has enjoyed a long career in motorsports and continues to build his family’s legacy.
“Being a second generation racer has definitely been a blessing,” said Fuller, who’s father and uncle started the family legacy in Late Model racing. “This sport has been very good to me so I'm doing all I can to give back and stay involved as much as possible.”
The UNOH Battle At The Beach race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 on Feb. 18 starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. Radio broadcast partner, Motor Racing Network (MRN) will go on the air starting with a pre-race show at 6:45 p.m. with a live stream at MRN.com and simulcast on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90.
Coverage of the 48th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway is available at newsmyrnaspeedway.org and speed51.com.
Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection Make Debut at
Daytona International Speedway
No. 15 Chevrolet Primed for Solid Runs at UNOH Battle At The Beach and
New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Events