A familiar face returned to victory lane during opening night of the 55th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. 2013 Super Late Model champion Ryan Moore survived a wild start to Friday night’s 35-lap feature and pulled away on a late restart to claim his sixth career win in the traditional event.
Starting from the pole after a four-car invert, Moore battled hard and swapped paint with young gun Jake Finch during the opening laps of the race. Three cautions slowed the race during the first three laps, including one for a multi-car incident involving contenders such as Finch, Dan Fredrickson and Kody Swanson.
When things settled down, 2019 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national champion Jacob Goede moved by Moore to take the lead temporarily on lap 4. However, that would be short lived. Moore took the lead back from Goede on lap 6 and went relatively unchallenged until a late caution set up a green-white-checkered restart.
But that wasn’t going to stop Moore on this night. When fast qualifier Jett Noland spun his tires on the restart, that was enough to allow Moore to cruise to the checkered flag.
The victory was Moore’s first with a new Rowdy Manufacturing race car underneath him.
“We’ve been down here a long time. We’ve been good, we’ve been bad, we’ve been all over the board,” Moore said on the NBC Trackpass broadcast. “We built a new car here. There’s nothing wrong with our old one by any means, but we were ready for a new challenge. We got with Rowdy and built this car.”
With a confidence-building victory under his belt and the know-how to win a championship, Moore is optimistic about his chances over the next eight days.
“It’s huge. You’ve just got to have a good finish every race,” he stated. “We’ve got to be consistent, we’ve got to be fast. We brought our A-game and we’re ready for it. We’re going to be a force to be reckoned with this week.”
After having a shot at the win on the green-white-checkered restart, Noland won a hard-fought battle with defending champion Derek Griffith to claim the runner-up position.
“I felt like we had a good car. I think we could’ve won the race, I just spun the tires up off the corner on the last restart,” Noland said. “Having a few issues, but hoping to sort them out. I can’t thank Anthony Campi enough for the hard work they’ve put into the car.”
Griffith began his title defense with a podium finish after an early scare when Jake Finch’s spinning car made contact with the right rear of the No. 12G.
“I’m pretty happy. You can see the car behind us is pretty tore up,” Griffith said. “Early in the race we just got banged up in a racing incident. We kind of hung on there for a podium finish. I think we have a good race car, but tonight was just kind of a mess. We kept it in one piece, but we have some work to do.”
After leading laps early in the race, Goede finish fourth in his World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing debut. Driving for Wimmer Motorsports in his Super Late Model debut, Connor Mosack completed the top five.
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