Noland Doubles Down in PLM at the World Series

Jett Noland’s path to victory lane Saturday was much simpler than it was on Friday.  After using a pass coming to the white flag on the opening night of the World Series of Asphalt, he led all 35 laps to take his second Pro Late Model win in as many nights to kick off the event at New Smyrna Speedway.

 

It was Noland’s fourth Pro Late Model win with Anthony Campi Racing, and also his fourth overall win in World Series competition.  The win allows him to expand his points lead going into Sunday night’s 35-lapper, the last Pro Late Model event before Monday night’s off night for Late Model competition.

 

“Anthony Campi Racing put me in a great car for today, I’m hoping it’ll carry on,” Noland said on the NBC TrackPass broadcast.  “Hopefully I can put on a show for the rest of the week, too.”

 

In just two nights, the Florida driver has already matched his win total from the World Series one year ago.  Noland finished third in Pro Late Model points in last year’s event, where he scored two wins but also had a run-in with Jamie Skinner during the week.

 

With last year’s World Series behind him, he has his eyes set on the Pro Late Model championship in 2021.

 

“Last year, we had a little bit of hard luck with a few race car drivers.  Hopefully we can win it this year but we’ll see what goes on.”

 

Open-wheel star Kody Swanson found himself in the runner-up spot for the second straight night, after nearly winning the PLM opener.  With Noland having checked out, Saturday night’s feature provided Swanson a chance to learn while trying to chase down the leader.

 

He hopes to use Saturday night’s race to give Team Platinum better feedback for future nights.

 

“Last night was tough to lead that many and not be able to win it.  We’re close enough to see him, I was close enough this time to watch him and learn something from him,” said Swanson.  “One of the important things about this week is to give the guys good feedback and without much experience it’s been hard to do.  They’ve been very patient in trying to help all of us get better, so hopefully what I can tell them tonight will make us better tomorrow.”

 

A late-race pass netted Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway competitor Hunter Wright a third-place run.  It gave the Tennessee driver and his team new life in the points chase after finishing 12th to open the World Series the night before.

 

“We had a really good short run car, it just wasn’t too great on the long runs.  We got that caution and fortunately I was able to make up enough spots during that caution and restart to get up to the top-three and finish here.”

 

Young guns rounded out the top-five with Conner Jones and Colt Hensley.

 

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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo

 

Pro Late Models Night #2 Results:

Pos#DriverStart
181Jett Noland1
226SKody Swanson3
329Hunter Wright5
414Conner Jones6
577Colt Hensley4
65MJeremy Miller8
712Justin Drawdy15
8149Max Calles-McDonald9
95Jerry Artuso12
1069Michael Hinde13
1153Zachary Tinkle25
1238Josh Hicks10
1377SAndrew Scheid16
1451Jean-Phillipe Bergeron17
159Braison Bennett19
1612WChase Williams18
1730Spencer Bragg24
1876Jerick Johnson2
1951BJade Buford7
2017Kevin Folan21
2111David Weaver22
228Chad Butz20
233Will Cox11
2488Paige Rogers23
2541Hayden Sprague14

Noland Doubles Down in PLM at the World Series