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Brent Crews Wins Orange Blossom 100, World Series SLM Title

Brent Crews won the Orange Blossom 100 Thursday night at New Smyrna Speedway and secured the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing's Super Late Model championship in the process.


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Brent Crews closed out Super Late Model competition at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing with a walk-off win.

Crews won the Orange Blossom 100 on Thursday evening, picking up both his first World Series win and the Super Late Model championship for this year's World Series. With Saturday's program cancelled due to a poor weather forecast, the Orange Blossom had been moved to Thursday and served as the Super Late Model finale.

Crews took the lead from Conner Jones on lap 52 of the 100-lap Super Late Model event after working his way through the field from the eight starting spot. Crews had set fast time in qualifying for the Orange Blossom 100, but an eight-car invert left him with plenty of work to get back to the front.

Nevertheless, Crews worked his way through the field during the first half of the race and built up a winning margin of nearly three seconds over the final 48 laps.

"First of all, I want to give all thanks to the Lord above," said Crews in victory lane. "Second of all , I have a bad fast Toyota Camry. Everybody at Donnie Wilson Motorsports worked their butt off. Bond Suss made some adjustments today and that thing was a rocket ship.

"The second I was able to drive this Super, I knew it was a good fit for us. I think it showed here."

Crews has established himself as one of the top prospects climbing the racing ladder, with a Trans Am TA2 championship and wins in ARCA and on the dirt in the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series to his credit.

However, Crews has not enjoyed as much success as he'd like while competing in pavement Late Models. Putting together several competitive runs and making the trip to victory lane Thursday has increased Crews' confidence in this discipline.

"I feel like I haven't had the most success in a Late Model. I feel like jumping into the Super gave me some confidence with a great race team and a lot of great people behind me to spot my way through it and give me advice the whole way."

Jones finished second, followed by Crews' Wilson Motorsports teammate Gio Ruggiero. Ty Fredrickson and Gabe Sommers rounded out the top five.

After winning the John Blewett, III Memorial on Wednesday, Matt Hirschman made it back-to-back wins in Tour-type Modified competition in Thursday's 50-lapper. Hirschman took the lead from Patrick Emerling on lap eight and led the rest of the way for his 19th career World Series win.

In an attrition-filled Pro Late Model feature, George Phillips took the lead from R.J. Braun with five laps to go and scored his first career World Series victory. Many of the top competitors, including title contenders Dawson Sutton and Hunter Wright, were collected in a massive lap one incident. Sutton was unable to rejoin the field, while Wright soldiered to a ninth-place finish to give him a significant points lead entering Friday's 100-lap finale.

-Photo credit: Will Bellamy/Racing America



124Brent Crews
244Conner Jones
322Gio Ruggiero
436Ty Fredrickson
515Gabe Sommers
626Dawson Sutton
79KDerek Kraus
823Billy VanMeter
97Mitch Haver
1021KDaniel Webster
1129Hunter Wright
1254TTyler Catalano
130Ryan Walters
1454ATrevor Catlaano
1517Danny Knoll, Jr.
1608Nicholas Naugle
1711David Weaver
189MBrad May
19112Steve Weaver


160Matt Hirschman
250Ronnie Williams
358Eric Goodale
476Jimmy Blewett
546Craig Lutz
620Eddie McCarthy
754CTommy Catalano
82J.R. Bertuccio
907Patrick Emerling
1002Joey Coulter
1154XTrevor Catalano
1242Spencer Davis
1332Tyler Rypkema
1498Landon Huffman
159Tom Martino, Jr.
16158Timothy Solomito
174Tim Connolly
1811Norman Newman
19179Anthony Bello
2092Anthony Nocella
2124Andrew Krause


18PGeorge Phillips
292RJ Braun
308Nicholas Naugle
471Katie Hettinger
56Brandon Lopez
618SMike Scorzelli
754Beto Monteiro
817FKevin Folan
929Hunter Wright
1077Ruben Caceres
1143Ray Minieri
1245Mike Mayberry
1324Dalton Smith
14407Jason Vail
1555MHayden Mowery
1617BHudson Halder
1715MBrody Monahan
1828Isabella Robusto
1929STommy Sorem
2094Cory Luciano
2129TChuck Tuck
2215RChristian Rose
2326SDawson Sutton
2416Tim Sozio
2593KThomas Krasonis
268BChad Butz
270Glenn Styres
2861Kevin Macy
2922Ryan Phipps
3008LRyan Luza
3118AJared Allison
3293RDavid Russell


124Bruce Bennett, Jr.
21WWayne Parker
372L.J. Grimm
457Tim Moore
566Jerry Symons
615GMatthew Green
72HMatt Jarrett
835Eugene Tuminello, Jr.
916Brian Gayton
1033Shain Held
1132Dylan Williams

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