The ninth and final night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) kicked off with two 35-lap races featuring the Florida Modifieds and the Pro Late Models, which was controlled by California’s Derek Thorn from start to finish.

It was the second win of the 2016 World Series for Thorn, but the first since the second night of racing.  His first victory, exactly one week ago, left Thorn eager to come up with another before the week was up.

“We’ve been evading the top three it seems like. We’ve had really good cars and really good runs. Been outside the top three a lot. Really proud of these guys, they keep fighting, they never give up, everybody at Jett Motorsports,” Thorn said in his interview on FansChoice.TV. “This one was a lot sweeter than the first one, being the last day of Speedweeks.”

Daniel Keene Jr. captured the PLM championship with his fourth-place finish on Saturday night. (Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman photo)

Daniel Keene Jr. captured the PLM championship with his fourth-place finish on Saturday night. (Speed51.com/Bruce Nuttleman photo)

This second win was far from a cakewalk for Thorn who had to battle a hard-charging Cole Anderson and his own racecar.

“The power steering went out before the race started so I was a little concerned there. But he made me work for it, one of those things where you race a kid like that, has a lot of speed, you can’t make any mistakes and put together 35 perfect laps.”

The big prize for the nine nights of racing, the Pro Late Model championship, went to Florida’s Daniel Keene Jr. who was able to stay out of trouble for all seven of the Pro Late Model races and collected a win along the way en route to the title.

“This is the first time we actually stayed and ran the full Speedweeks. This is what we aimed to do this year whenever we came; we fiddled with this car and we were able to take it to the championship,” Keene said at the end of the race.

Raphael Lessard came home third with Keene finishing fourth, and Carter Stokes completing the top five.

The Florida Modifieds also concluded their championship on night nine with Cody Stickler clinching the championship with an initial second-place finish, but was later promoted to his fourth win of the week after Josh Todd was disqualified for a post-race technical infraction with his shock absorbers.

As for Stickler, he was trying to absorb the accomplishment of the championship at night’s end.

“I don’t think it’s sunk in to be honest, but I think it will in a couple of hours,” Stickler said.

Jerry Symons was promoted to second in the Florida Modifed race results, with Camron Ray, Travis Eddy, and Kevyn Terry rounding the top five.

For an on-demand recap of Race Central Live coverage of the final night of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, click here.

-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Mass, Conn, and Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT

-Photo Credit: Speed51.com

Pro Late Model 35

New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Official Results

Pos. No. Driver
1 9T Derek Thorn
2 97 Cole Anderson
3 99 Raphael Lessard
4 5K Daniel Keene Jr
5 33 Carter Stokes
6 6 Matt Wallace
7 76 Jake Spillers
8 5 Michael Clancy Jr.
9 12 Brandon Brilliant
10 46 Ryan Miles
11 36 Kevin Thomas Jr
12 68 Morgen Baird
13 1X Todd Stone
14 94 Donnie Varcoe
15 11W David Weaver

 

Florida Modifieds 35

New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Unofficial Results

Pos. No. Driver
1 99 Cody Stickler
2 66 Jerry Symons
3 9 Camron Ray
4 78 Travis Eddy
5 13 Kevyn Terry
6 71 LB Skaggs
7 4B Alan Bruns
8 96 Matt Wheeler
9 9NH Ben Bosowski
10 59 Chris Bannon
11 86 Tim Moore
12 1X Wayne Parker
13 7 Josh Todd

Thorn Holds Off Anderson for Pro Late Model Finale Victory