The Pro Late Models went back to sprint racing on Friday night following their 100-lap feature Thursday. Friday night’s 35-lap event was a special night for young Canadian Raphael Lessard, who earned his first career victory in a Pro Late Model.

The 14-year-old from St-Joseph de Beauce, Quebec stormed past Ryan Miles on the backstretch to take the lead on lap 19. Lessard managed to hold Miles off on a lap-20 restart from the inside to seal the victory.

“The car was good on the inside so we decided to start inside,” Lessard said on the FansChoice.TV broadcast.  “I think it was a good decision.”

The victory for Lessard comes after a very rough beginning to Speedweeks after losing his original car in multiple incidents in the first couple of nights. After his team put the crate engine into the car originally piloted by Todd Gilliland to start Speedweeks, Lessard saw a steady improvement which ended in the victory.

Cody Stickler celebrates another Florida Modified win. (Speed51.com photo)

Cody Stickler celebrates another Florida Modified win. (Speed51.com photo)

“It’s awesome,” Lessard said.  “We had a good car all week, we had a couple of incidents, but I can’t thank my team enough because they work very hard to prepare the car and it’s awesome.”

Cole Anderson charged late to finish second while Daniel Keene Jr., Derek Thorn, and Ryan Miles rounded out the top five.

The Florida Modifieds had a familiar face in victory lane Friday night, as Cody Stickler took home his third win of the 2016 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Stickler led wire-to-wire after taking the lead on the first lap from the outside pole position from Alan Bruns.

Travis Eddy moved up from his sixth starting position to finish second while Alan Bruns, Josh Todd, and Camron Ray completed the top five.

Both divisions will decide their championships Saturday night as they run 35-lap features to lead off the night in advance of the 100-lap Super Late Model feature.

For an on-demand replay of Friday night’s NASCAR Hometracks Race Central Live coverage, click here.

-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Mass, Conn, and Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo Credit: Speed51.com photo

Pro Late Model 35

New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Results

Pos. No. Driver
1 99 Raphael Lessard
2 97 Cole Anderson
3 5K Daniel Keene Jr
4 9 Derek Thorn
5 46 Ryan Miles
6 6 Matt Wallace
7 12 Brandon Brilliant
8 76 Jake Spillers
9 4 Michael Pilla
10 36 Kevin Thomas Jr.
11 5 Michael Clancy Jr.
12 11 David Weaver
13 80 Monte Gress
14 1X Todd Stone
15 68 Morgen Baird

 

Florida Modifieds 35

New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Results

Pos. No. Driver
1 99 Cody Stickler
2 78 Travis Eddy
3 4B Alan Bruns
4 7 Joshua Todd
5 9 Camron Ray
6 86 Tim Moore
7 46 Doug Moff
8 13 Kevyn Terry
9 15D Robert Deal
10 1W Wayne Parker
11 9NH Ben Bosowski
12 71 LB Skaggs
13 66 Jerry Symons
14 0 Chad Pierce

A Snowbird Triumphs in Pro Late Model at New Smyrna