Five-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson has consistently been one of the front runners in Pro Late Model competition at the World Series of Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.
However, he hasn’t finished a race as the front runner to date, stoking the fire to score a victory before the end of the week.
Swanson currently leads the Pro Late Model points standings, with three podium finishes in five nights of racing for the division. However, his goal for the week is to visit victory lane with Team Platinum, and that goal is yet to be fulfilled.
“Still haven’t won one yet,” Swanson told Speed51. “These guys are working hard enough. They deserve to win. We just haven’t been able to figure it out all the way.”
The podium finishes have encouraged Swanson, knowing he is on the verge of a trophy and has been putting himself in position to win. He is also encouraged by the gains he and the team have made throughout the week.
“I’m encouraged that we’ve been really close. I feel like we’ve been in the right place at times. We’ve been working on the car and getting faster every night, it seems like.”
On Wednesday night, Swanson took the points lead with a fourth-place finish, opening a 16-point advantage on Conner Jones. However, he is not looking at the points standings, focused solely on getting a win.
“It’s cool for now, at least, to know we’re here and competitive. The points don’t matter until it’s over. We have 135 laps of feature racing left, so anything can happen. I’m just worried about doing the best I can every lap I can to put us in the best position to win.”
While Wednesday’s top-five finish was another strong showing, Swanson still wants nothing more than to win.
“Last night, we couldn’t buy a restart in the right lane. It seemed like, if it could go against us, it did. It was good to survive it all and end up with a solid fourth-place finish. It’s hard to be pleased with that. We’ve been second enough.
“All that’s left to do is win, that’s what we’re here for. I appreciate all the effort from everybody this week. We’re going to keep after it. There’s another chance tonight and one more tomorrow. Everybody’s working hard to get after it.”
The Pro Late Models are scheduled to compete in a 35-lap feature Thursday night. Their season will conclude with a 100-lap feature on Friday night at New Smyrna Speedway.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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