Kodie Conner scored the inaugural championship in the PRA Tours Super Late Model Series in 2019. The North Carolina native will defend that title in 2020, competing in the second year of the series.
Conner claimed the series championship with a win, three top-fives and five top-10s in five series races last year. The win was Conner’s first in a Super Late Model, coming at Hickory Motor Speedway in October.
“Being able to win that championship was a feel-good moment for myself and my team,” Conner told Speed51. “We had been working hard to capture my first win and first championship in a Super Late Model, and we were able to do that last year in the PRA Tour.”
The championship came in the first year of the series, coming on the heels of the departure of the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Model championship. Conner had been a long-time supporter of the PASS South tour, and was glad to have PRA fill that void.
“I’m very happy that Renee Hackett stepped up when PASS left the south. I’m very glad they stepped in. The series allows for a lot of drivers to get the opportunity to race. Her series is great.”
Last year, the season opener for the PRA Tours saw nine cars take the green flag. However, car counts steadily grew over the course of the inaugural season, with 18 cars starting what proved to be the season finale at the North-South Shootout.
Conner hopes that momentum for the series will continue into 2020, making for a very exciting season.
“This upcoming season, our first race is coming up at Southern National,” said Conner. “I’m looking forward to that. It’s going to be an interesting season.
“I’m hoping to get more cars. We had stout cars, but I want more racing. It’s a good series. I’ll be doing everything I can to defend that title. We just have to keep working and keep updating my notes.”
While Conner is committed to running the six-race PRA Tour Super Late Model schedule in 2020, he will also compete in the CARS Super Late Model Tour and hopes to travel more with that series in the new year.
“We plan to do all the PRA Tour races. I’d like to run as many of the CARS Tour races as I can. If I can find a big sponsor, I’ll be going to Bristol. I may or may not go to Nashville, I’m not too sure about that.”
Conner hopes that seeing new tracks this year will give him invaluable experience, which he can also translate into better runs at the more familiar bullrings of the Carolinas.
“I’ve really not been to a track outside of a common CARS Tour, PASS South or PRA Tour would run. I feel, as a driver, it would be good for me to go to different places, get some seat time at some different tracks. I’d have the ability to try new things, and maybe that would help me at a place like Hickory.”
The 2020 PRA Tours Super Late Model Series starts Saturday, February 29 at Southern National Motorsports Park with the rescheduled Thanksgiving Classic from last November. Speed51 will provide Race Day Now coverage of the event as well as highlights and more from the event on the Speed51 Network.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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