After a chaotic Pro Late Model race on Sunday at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), no one knew what to expect when the division took the track again on Tuesday.
Rather than the mayhem of Sunday night that saw just a handful of cars running at the finish, Tuesday’s race went clean and green for 35 laps, with Jamie Skinner taking the checkered flag.
Skinner had been embroiled in controversy since the start of the World Series, namely with Jett Noland after several clashes with the young driver on-track. In victory lane on Tuesday, Skinner insisted it was back to business for him and his team.
“We don’t want any bad blood with anybody,” Skinner told Speed51. “What happened the other night was unfortunate. We wish everybody here nothing but the best of luck.”
For that cause, an incident-free race was exactly what he hoped to see the rest for the week.
“It was wonderful. We look forward to many more nights like tonight.”
Derek Kraus climbed into the No. 16 machine driven by Gio Scelzi earlier in the week, taking it to a second-place finish. It was a one-off affair for Kraus ahead of his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut at Daytona International Speedway this weekend.
“We’ve got a busy week,” Kraus said. “Making my debut in the Truck Series at Daytona, so we’ve got a few more things later this week. I think this is a one-and-done type deal. It was a really good run, though.”
World Series points leader Connor Mosack finished third in the feature. Mosack led the first seven laps before losing the top spot to Skinner.
While there was slight contact in the pass for the lead, Mosack was hesitant to point fingers.
“I thought I gave him enough space for him to not have to run into me, but it wasn’t anything major,” said Mosack. “I might have pinched him down, I wasn’t too sure. I’ll take it for how everything has been.”
Hunter Wright narrowly missed out on the podium after a hard-fought battle with Mosack to finish fourth, while Daniel Dye rounded out the top five.
The Pro Late Models will return to action Wednesday night as the World Series continues at New Smyrna Speedway. Fans will be able to follow Speed51’s Trackside Now coverage for updates throughout the evening.
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo
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