Paules Has No Other Word than Awesome!
Wednesday, February 18, 2011, New Smyrna Speed Weeks hosted the John Blewett
III Memorial 50 lap race. The Tour Type Modified cars and drivers lined up
all with nothing other on their mind but to win the prestigious memorial
This was the fourth annual event for the speedway.
Previous winners have been:
- 2008 Jimmy Blewett
- 2009 Ron Silk
- 2010 Ted Christopher.
Earlier this year, Earl Paules was not sure if he was going to make the trip
down south for Speedweeks this year. But he made the decision to head to
Florida loaded with sponsors, team supporters and well wishers. The trip
from Palmerton, PA paid off as Paules captured a win in the Tour Type
Modified division on the first night of racing at New Smyrna Speedway.
Paules did not stop there though as he notched a second win in the series.
Wednesday night he drove to the front to win the John Blewett III Memorial
Paules had no other words to summarize his victory than “It was awesome!”
In the end, Paules had taken the same car that John Blewett, III himself
used to man for Dick Barney to victory lane. “John Blewett used to drive the
same car that I drive right now. So I thought that was pretty neat that I
could win that race (John Blewett III Memorial Race) with the car that he
used to drive for Dick Barney.”
One could not help but note that the passing and race moves that Paules used
during the John Blewett III Memorial race mirrored TC’s famous sling shot
moves. When asked, Paules explained where he got the race lessons.
“You learn so much when you come down here. Here you are also off and racing
and it is compared to what we do in three months in a normal racing
“You come down here and you put almost a half a season in. This is all
because I am running two divisions, with eighteen races in one
That is a full season for somebody back home. So when we get back home and
we go to our home tracks I am going to be that much more head of other
racers because I have been in a car already. “
“I like the competition with some of the lead Modified drivers here. There
are some good cars. You have the Myers. I have raced with the #1 car (Burt
Myers) down in the North South Shootout, but I have never raced with his
brother (Jason Myers). It is pretty cool.”
“It is just amazing that I can run with these guys. I am from the sticks.
Nobody knows who I am. So I just keep quiet and stay in my trailer.”
So all and all it looks like the trip south paid off as night number five
completed for the Mountain Speedway track champion.
When Speed Weeks comes to an end, we will see if there is another big win in
the stars or out there in the full moon for Earl Paules.
Earl Paules New Smyrna Speedway Race Notes:
Does Earl Paules see any major difference on the track between his two
“In the SK there is just no power. It is not like the modified where you are
carrying so much power and speed into the turn. With the SK you are not
carrying that much power in to the turn. But still they are within five or
six tenths of each other. It is really different. You can run these SK wide
Who does Paules want to thank for this victory?
“I appreciate my guys that work for me back home in Pennsylvania. They are
doing such a good job. Everything is going smooth. I have not been home all
week and I have tried not to pay attention to that.”
“I want to thank my guys for keeping everything going back home.”
What is Paules Favorite Race Track?
“Thompson is definitely my favorite. There is no doubt about it that
Thompson is my favorite. I got to likely this place a lot here too. It (New
Smyrna Speedway) just fits my style of racing. I do not like flat tracks you
cannot carry a lot of speed in the turns. So I will say Thompson and right
here New Smyrna are now my favorite tracks.””