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Sam Mayer, driver of the No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, practices for the Skip's Western Outfitters 175 for the ARCA Menards Series East at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Feb. 10, 2020. (Matt Stamey/ARCA Racing)
Sam Mayer, driver of the No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, practices for the Skip's Western Outfitters 175 for the ARCA Menards Series East at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Feb. 10, 2020. (Matt Stamey/ARCA Racing)

Track Profile: New Smyrna Speedway

Per tradition, the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season begins at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The green flag for the 2021 ARCA Menards racing platform, though, waves 12 miles south of Daytona and five days earlier with the Jeep Beach 175 at New Smyrna Speedway on Monday, Feb. 8.

PHOTOS: ARCA Menards Racing at New Smyrna

The ARCA Menards Series East opener in 2021 once again takes place at the half-mile oval in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, marking the eighth straight year the high-banked short track has hosted the first race of the East Series season. The Jeep Beach 175 is scheduled as part of Night 4 of the track’s annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Below is everything to know about the track that has hosted the East Series opener every year since 2014.

Track Profile: New Smyrna Speedway

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Track New Smyrna Speedway
Location New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Opened 1967
Layout Oval
Surface Asphalt
Length Half-mile (600-foot straights; 720-foot turns)
Width 60-foot straights; 70-foot turns
Banking 23 degrees (turns)
Capacity 8,000
2020 pole speed 92.54 mph (Derek Griffith)

Clyde Hart and his family opened New Smyrna Speedway, titled Daytona Raceway at the time, as a dirt track in 1967. Six months later, the track surface was paved for the sake of competitive racing.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Renamed with the surface update, New Smyrna Speedway has hosted the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing — now a nine-night series of racing featuring late models, tour modifieds, the ARCA Menards Series East and more — every year since it was paved. The tradition takes place each year during Daytona Speedweeks.

Apart from its World Series, New Smyrna Speedway hosts weekly grass roots racing on Saturday nights from March through mid-November as part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series. The venue also features a handful of special events on its schedule.

New Smyrna Speedway has been a staple on the East Series schedule since it was added as the season-opener for the 2014 season. Todd Gilliland, who won the East races at New Smyrna in 2016 and 2018, respectively, is the only driver who has scored multiple victories at the track in the series.

Sam Mayer, the eventual 2020 ARCA Menards Series East champion, won last year’s race at New Smyrna.

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Cars in action during the Skip's Western Outfitters 175 for the ARCA Menards Series East at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Feb. 10, 2020. (Matt Stamey/ARCA Racing)
Cars in action during the Skip’s Western Outfitters 175 for the ARCA Menards Series East at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Feb. 10, 2020. (Matt Stamey/ARCA Racing)

ARCA Menards Series Results at New Smyrna Speedway

Year Date Series Race Winner Complete Results
2020 Feb. 10 East Sam Mayer Results
2019 Feb. 11 East Derek Kraus Results
2018 Feb. 11 East David Gilliland Results
2017 Feb. 19 East Ronnie Bassett Jr. Results
2016 Feb. 14 East David Gilliland Results
2015 Feb. 15 East Austin Hill Results
2014 Feb. 16 East Daniel Suarez Results