Story By: KYLE SOUZA / TEDDY HODGDON RACING – DANBURY, CT – Teddy Hodgdon is ready to make the step to the big stage.
For the first time in his racing career, Hodgdon will strap in behind the wheel of a Tour-Type Modified next week. And it comes at one of the biggest events in all of Modified racing.
Hodgdon will compete as part of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway, set for five consecutive nights of short-track racing in Florida. Driving the No. 55 for his family-owned team, Hodgdon is hoping to gain crucial experience down south, as part of what will be an exciting week in the sunshine.
“I’m definitely excited to jump in the new car and experience new horsepower for the first time,” Hodgdon said. “It’s more of a dream come true rather than being nervous or anxious. I watched the legends of the sport race in these cars at that track and now to be able to drive the same machinery as them is something I never thought would be possible.”
Hodgdon knows he’s going to need a few laps under his belt to get going, but is confident it won’t take long to get up to speed at one of the toughest events of the year. There is nothing like making your debut against the best in the country.
“There will always be some bumps and challenges during trips like this but my team has overcome them in the past,” Hodgdon said. “It’s no different than any other Friday night at Stafford – just it’s 1,500 miles away. Whatever comes our way, we will be ready for it.”
Hodgdon’s expectation for the week? He’s not exactly sure. He just wants to learn, learn and learn some more, while bringing the car home with the best finish possible.
“The big thing for me is getting used to the new horsepower, longer-distance races and seeing who I will be competing against this year in the open shows at Stafford,” Hodgdon said. “A lot of the guys are going to be running New Smyrna and those open shows both – so it will be a good gauge for us. Racing all five nights will definitely shorten my learning curve come the Spring Sizzler at Stafford. I’ll just be that much more ready.”