Earlier in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, a late-race battle between Jett Noland and Jamie Skinner spelled drama and fireworks. On Wednesday night, there was no such theatrics between the two rivals, as Noland outgunned Skinner on a green-white-checkered shootout to score his second win of the week at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).
A caution on lap 33 of the 35-lap Pro Late Model feature for a David Weaver spin allowed Skinner to restart alongside Noland, who had led from the drop of the green flag after starting second. Noland quickly pulled away from Skinner on the restart to secure the victory.
Noland admitted he had some butterflies going into the final restart. However, it had little to do with the rivalry developed earlier in the week
“Not really,” Noland told Speed51. “I wasn’t really worried about it.”
Instead, the pressure was on the driver to deliver in a well-prepared backup car. The Jett Motorsports team had unloaded the red Pro Late Model Tuesday after Noland’s primary car was damaged heavily in an accident on Sunday night resulting from contact with Skinner. His new car is the same car that Stephen Nasse piloted to the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour win at CRA SpeedFest earlier this year.
By Wednesday, the team had dialed the car in and Noland was putting it in victory lane.
“I was just a little bit nervous, but I knew that Jett Motorsports gave me a great car for me to race. Yesterday, we were just figuring it out. It hadn’t been to the track all week. Just figuring everything out with the red car, and that was it.
The win gives Noland momentum into the final two Pro Late Model races of the World Series, including Friday’s 100-lap Zach Donatti Memorial.
“Hopefully we can pick those up, too. We have a fast car. Jett Motorsports put together a fast car for us.”
While the late-race caution gave Skinner a shot at the win, he admitted he needed a stronger restart to capitalize.
“I needed a little bit better restart,” admitted Skinner. “My restart wasn’t very good. He had a good restart. We just came up a little bit short.”
Skinner was victorious on Tuesday night in the division, but felt his car wasn’t quite as strong as it had been one night ago.
“Our car wasn’t as good tonight as it was last night. It’s in one piece, so we can work on it tomorrow and try to make it better for tomorrow night.”
Skinner’s teammate, Hayden Sprague, rounded out the podium. Opening night winner Nicholas Naugle finished fourth, with Brandon Brilliant coming home fifth in his first start of the World Series.
The race also tightened the Pro Late Model points standings. With the win, Noland is just two points behind Connor Mosack and tied for second with Daniel Dye. Dye finished sixth on Wednesday, while Mosack finished ninth.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo
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