It was a rough start to the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing for Michael Lira and team last night at New Smyrna Speedway. The No. 57 Gary Yeomans Ford was caught up in a wreck on the very first lap of the opening Pro Late Model event, doing substantial damage to the front end of the car.
“Well, it’s not the start we were hoping for,” Lira said with a laugh. “There was nothing I could really do to avoid it, and unfortunately it puts us out of commission temporarily. I’m fine, and I’m glad everyone else is okay. We’ll go to the backup car and hopefully have some better luck the rest of the week.”
Lira hopes to be back out on the track by Monday night’s race. The backup car is not where the team wants it to be as far as speed goes right now, but the plan is to work on it throughout the weekend to give themselves a good car for Monday.
“It’s all part of racing,” Lira said. “The guys are working hard, and I’m hopeful that we can salvage a good week with this backup car. I’d really like to get back out there for the hometown crowd.”
More updates and information will come throughout the weekend as the work continues on MLR’s backup car.