After coming up short of first place in the opening round of the Speed51 Elite SK Modified Series one week prior, Conor Horn made sure to keep the competition behind in round two on Tuesday night. The 80-lap race at Concord Speedway saw Horn leading 69 laps in total in a victory that showed his resolve to earn a spot on the Speed51 Elite Modified Tour starting in March.
Horn was able to make the outside groove work while running second to take over the top spot.
“It was really tough because I thought going into tonight’s race that the outside was kind of going to be the opposite of New Hampshire, that if you run the outside you’re in trouble. But, I restarted in second and I was expected to get freight-trained. I was able to pinch and get really good runs off the top and I was able to get clear, and the rest is history,” Horn told Speed51.
In the late laps, Kenny Kibbey challenged Horn for the top spot on both a green flag run, and a late restart with two laps to go. Horn managed to rise to the occasion both times.
“I got away with a long green flag run where Kibbey caught me, I really don’t think anyone was going to be able to pass on the bottom, I hadn’t seen any on the bottom or up front. Even though he was catching me, I was pretty confident he wasn’t going to pass me, but you never know, especially with that last restart he was able to hold with me, but I knew if I didn’t get to the inside through the dogleg, it was over. I was able to block it and came home a winner.”
While there was an opportunity for Kibbey to utilize the chrome-horn, he decided against it, keeping the bigger picture in mind.
“I had a really good jump there on the last restart and I wanted to get underneath him. But, he shut the door, I wanted the win, but this is an introductory series to get in the big show. I’m not going to do something stupid and risk a penalty. I’m just getting through all the wrecks and have a solid second place,” Kibbey explained.
As for Horn, his strong first half to the four-race 51 SK Series has him feeling confident about title aspirations.
“Right now, I’m pretty confident. We’ll just have to stay out of trouble, qualify well, and not get caught in the middle of the pack with a wreck. As long as I keep the nose clean, I should be fine.”
Behind Conor Horn and Kenny Kibbey, Ruppert Thompson wheeled home third followed by Devon Morgan and David Greenslit. Kirby Goodrich, David Carpenter, Michael Goodman, Daniel Trebour, and Kyle Willis rounded the top ten.
Round three of the Speed51 Elite SK Modified Series is set to roll at Thompson Speedway on Tuesday, February 18.
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT