At the World Series of Asphalt one year ago, Sammy Smith won in his Super Late Model debut with Kyle Busch Motorsports to kick off the nine-night event. Despite several strong runs, he would not visit victory lane for the rest of 2020.
Fast forward to Sunday night, the Iowa teenager broke through for his second-career Super Late Model win, and first with Donnie Wilson and Wilson Motorsports in just his third start with the team. Smith took the lead from opening night winner Ryan Moore on a lap five restart and went untouched the rest of the way.
“I feel like the restarts really worked into my favor. The No.74 (Moore) was tight and he would bottom out getting into the corner,” Smith said on the NBC TrackPass broadcast. “I felt like that really became my advantage”
It gives him a boost in the SLM standings three nights into the World Series, after finishing eighth and seventh the previous two nights. With Monday night off due to the ARCA Menards Series East opener, they will have an extra day to work on the car for the rest of the week.
“The last two nights we were okay, we just needed to work on a couple things. Bond Suss and the Donnie Wilson crew got the car really good tonight and we were able to get it done.”
Justin Mondeik continued a strong week with a World Series career-best second-place run on night three, following a sixth and a third to open the event. It continues a stretch of strong finishes for the Wisconsin driver dating back to last year, when he scored 14 wins in his home state while also adding track championships at State Park Speedway and Golden Sands Speedway.
After finishing fifth in last year’s World Series, Mondeik is poised to make a serious run at the points championship at the end of the week.
“The biggest thing tonight again was we didn’t fire off good enough right away. We couldn’t get it done on the top against Moore but we were able to get under him a couple laps later. It’s so tough starting on the bottom here. Congrats to Sammy, we were matching lap times with him within a half a tenth or even closer. I wish we could’ve lined up side-by-side with him, it would’ve been a great race.”
Moore filled the bottom step of the podium, while Jacob Goede held off a rally from Stephen Nasse to round out the top-five.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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