Pre-Race Notes: New Smyrna Speedway – Governors Cup Weekend

Driver: Matt Mead
Car: Unsponsored No. 81 Pro Late Model
Sanction: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Race: Governors Cup Pro Late Model 100
Track: New Smyrna Speedway – New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Track Description: .500-mile high-banked oval
Date/Time: Saturday, November 11
Race Length: 100 laps
TV Coverage: None
Radio Coverage: None

Last Race Recap: Matt capped off the regular season at New Smyrna Speedway with yet another top five finish, extending his run of top five runs at the facility this season. The run was good enough to clinch third in track points for the Pennsylvania native.

Podium Accomplishment: Despite a handful of reschedules, rainouts and other obstacles, Matt claimed third in track points at New Smyrna during his rookie season in pro late models. The year included a win and a long run of top five finishes for the Legend car graduate who had never even tested a pro late model until the offseason entering this year when he first stepped into one prepared by Anthony Campi Racing.

Extended Ending: Earlier this year, Matt competed in the longest race of his career, a 50-lapper at New Smyrna Speedway. This weekend, the Governors Cup Weekend hosts a 100-lap contest for pro late models, again a challenging extra-distance race for Matt and the No. 81 crew. A calculating, careful driver behind the wheel, Matt may be suited for the longer distance moreso than short sprints which have been the majority of the New Smyrna schedule this season. The race is the final scheduled event on Mead’s racing calendar for 2017, and he’s hoping to go out on a high note.

Matt’s Thoughts: “I’m feeling really good about this race and expecting to race against a very competitive field that the extra distance and longer race will attract. This race is somewhat unique and very prestigious, so it’s one I’d definitely like to perform well in. I seem to do better over longer runs, so I’m looking forward to that. I just have to remember to relax during the race and focus on the task at hand. We finished third in track points, so we know we’re capable of a solid run, and I’m proud of everyone involved with the Anthony Campi Racing team for helping me to accomplish that. I just hope we can finish the season off strong.”

The Skinny: For more information and the latest updates about Matt, find him on social media such as Facebook (@MeadRacingTeam), Twitter (@mead_24) and Instagram (@mattmead24).



Nov 08, 2017 | Category: News | Comments: none