Kody Swanson has been knocking on the door of a Pro Late Model victory at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. On Thursday night, the five-time USAC Silver Crown champion knocked the door down.
Swanson started on the pole for the 35-lap feature and led nearly flag to flag, surviving a late restart to score the victory. It was a win Swanson wanted desperately throughout the course of the World Series after coming close on several occasions.
“It’s hard to put into words,” said an emotional Swanson on the NBC Track Pass broadcast. “I’ve had some opportunities to win and be close, some second-place finishes. I want to win if I can but do it the right way. Thankful to Team Platinum for all their effort, hanging with us all week and all the hard work. They’ve been working like crazy to get me some experience and make this car better. I”m really happy to put it in victory lane for them.”
Swanson had come close to victory on several occasions throughout the week, starting on opening night with a second-place finish to Jett Noland. Thursday night was Swanson’s night to finally capitalize and visit victory lane.
“We came so close the first night. It seems like nothing but circumstances have gone against us lately, but we never gave up. Thank you to everyone who works on it and stepped up to get us here. I think we’ll have a chance to get another one tomorrow night.”
On a restart with six laps to go, Conner Jones pulled ahead of Swanson in search of his third win of the week. However, Jones was forced to relinquish the lead at the request of race control due to a restart violation and settled for a second-place finish.
“In my opinion, I didn’t jump it,” said Jones. “When I heard his motor go, I went. I didn’t think I jumped it, but they called it, so I gave the position back.”
Hunter Wright completed the podium, another driver searching for his first win in this World Series. Wright felt he had a fast enough car to compete for the win over the long run, but lacked speed at the start of the race.
“We’ve had a pretty good car after five laps. We just haven’t had enough in the first five laps to get going and get up there with the 26 [of Swanson] to compete for the win. We kept up, hung right there with him, just not enough in the first few laps.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo / Will Bellamy
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