Jamie Skinner doubled up on his win total for the week in Pro Late Model competition, returning to victory lane in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Thursday.
Skinner started on the pole for the 35-lap feature after qualifying second to World Series points leader Connor Mosack. Skinner quickly took the top spot and pulled away for the win.
After an intense start to the week, Skinner has been able to avoid the fray in the last few nights of the World Series, with just one caution between the two races Skinner has won.
“You don’t have people beating against each other coming to the green,” Skinner said on the NBC Track Pass broadcast. “There’s more respect out there. We all maybe forced the issue a little bit. We were all bouncing off of people, I was bouncing off of people, people were bouncing off of me.”
Just as importantly, Skinner was able to enjoy that winning feeing in victory lane.
“Any time you can win, it’s a good feeling,” Skinner told Speed51. “Everyone worked their butts off and put us here, and I can’t thank them enough.”
Mosack finished second to maintain his points lead in the World Series, but left the race with a different opinion regarding the quality of racing.
“We had great speed in the car. We were able to track him down,” Mosack said. “People still don’t know how to race out here. I had to lift off the corner several times to keep from being put in the wall. I don’t know what else you can do about that.”
Travis Braden finished on the podium in his first appearance of the World Series, climbing into the No. 16 Pro Late Model owned by the Kraus family and driven to victory lane Sunday by Gio Scelzi.
“This thing was really pretty sporty right when I jumped in the thing,” said the Snowball Derby winner. “It was a different chassis than I’m used to. I don’t know these guys, so we had to get acclimated to each other. It was a unique day to say the least.
“On short notice, it was a great car. We had a great shot to run up front. We just got a little tight in the race and just didn’t have anything for those top two guys.”
Brandon Brilliant finished fourth, with Jett Noland rounding out the top five.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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