We'll make history in Florida today, with both the inaugural SRL National Super Late Model Tour event at Citrus County Speedway and the highly anticipated debut of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at New Smyrna Speedway.
Before we get underway, here is a look at some more Florida racing history from February 12.
1971 - It was his first win in the Super Late Model series at New Smyrna, but Gary Balough would have plenty more wins in the years to come. This victory over Jim Alvis and Bob Senneker would help cement the 1971 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing title at New Smyrna Speedway. Despite his 25 wins in the World Series over his career, this was his lone championship.
1985 - On this date in 1985, Billy Moyer won at Volusia Speedway Park for the first time in his career. He would go on to run there over 60 times and posted 10 wins with 25 top five finishes and 39 finishes in the top 10.
1993 - The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing was a two person race in 1993 between Pete Orr and Freddie Query. On this date in 1993, Orr won the 100-lap race to set the stage for the final race a night later which he also won. He pocketed four wins, with Query getting a pair. Orr was never out of the top five that week and won the second of his three straight Super Late Model titles. Derek Griffith will be going for his own three-peat this year.
2000 - Robert Huffman wins the NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series race at Daytona International Speedway (FL). Huffman was a five-time series champion in the Dash Series. He would go on to win four of the last five races run at Daytona before the series folded at the end of 2003. In the 2000 race he beat Johnny Champion for the win after a huge wreck on lap 2 wiped out 13 cars.
THE THIRD TURN: 2000 Discount Auto Parts 200 presented by ACDelco Rapidfire