Through The Years of The Clyde Hart Memorial

This season, the STARS National Tour will kick off their 2024 campaign on February 13th at New Smyrna Speedway for the 25th running of the Clyde Hart Memorial.

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For one Tuesday in February, all eyes will be on the historic half-mile just outside of Daytona, Florida. A track that was built with high-speed short track racing in mind, has now become the springboard for many that will be racing at Daytona International Speedway just a few days later. New Smyrna Speedway’s World Series of Asphalt will once again be the place to be for short track racers, fans, and others in the racing industry for 10 days of racing.

The Clyde Hart Memorial race hasn’t always been a part of the World Series of Asphalt. It was previously held in July prior to the summer race at Daytona. However, due to the unpredictable July summer weather in Florida, the decision was made to move the Clyde Hart Memorial and make it a part of the World Series of Asphalt event in February.

This season, the STARS National Tour will kick off their 2024 campaign on February 13th at New Smyrna Speedway for the 25th running of the Clyde Hart Memorial. The nation’s Best Super Late Models will run wheel to wheel in what is shaping up to be a memorable 25th anniversary of the Clyde Hart Memorial. Since the inaugural event in 1999, there have been 13 different winners and only one rainout with the legendary TM Ranch number 11 car driven by the late David Rogers, winning the inaugural event back in 1999. Wayne Anderson is a five-time event winner with wins in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011.

Other notable drivers include four-time event winner Jeff Choquette who won in 2010 and then won three in a row in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Tim Russell has won the Clyde Hart Memorial three times with wins in 2006, 2009 and 2015. Short track veteran Stephen Nasse added his name to the record books in 2020 while NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron became a two-time winner with back to back wins in 2022 and 2023.

The 2024 edition of this event honoring New Smyrna Speedway’s founding father is going to be a ‘can’t miss’ event with short track stars from all over the country. The race will be twice as long as the normal distance, with the STARS National Tour running the signature 100-mile race or 200 laps around the ½ mile at New Smyrna Speedway. Will someone new add their name to the Clyde Hart Memorial winner list, or will we see a repeat winner? Find out live and in person Tuesday, February 13th for the 25th running of the Clyde Hart Memorial.

For ticket information for this event and the entire 2024 World Series of Asphalt schedule visit New Smyrna Speedway online: newsmyrnaspeedway.org

Those unable to attend the Clyde Hart Memorial will be able to watch online live coverage on TrackTV.com, MidwestTour.TV, or FloRacing all providing subscription-based coverage.

For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at www.starsnationaltour.com, or be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).

-ASA STARS National Tour Release
-Photo credit: Will Bellamy/Racing America

Past Clyde Hart Memorial Winners

1999 – David Rogers
2000 – Wayne Anderson
2001 – Mike Fritts
2002 – Travis Kittleson
2003 – Mike Fritts
2004 – Wayne Anderson
2005 – Wayne Anderson
2006 – Tim Russell
2007 – Sam Watts
2008 – Wayne Anderson
2009 – Tim Russell
2010 – Jeff Choquette
2011 – Wayne Anderson
2012 – Rich Clouser
2013 – Daniel Keene Jr.
2014 – Steve Wallace
2015 – Tim Russell
2016 – Brad May
2017 – Jeff Choquette
2018 – Jeff Choquette
2019 – Jeff Choquette
2020 – Stephen Nasse
2021 – Rained Out
2022 – William Byron
2023 – William Byron

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