After a grueling week for the Pro Late Models at New Smyrna Speedway, the division’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing championship is on the line in Friday’s season finale. However, most drivers in that title hunt are more focused on closing the week with a win in the 100-lap feature than tallying points.
Points leader Connor Mosack finished second on Thursday night, offering him a six-point advantage over race winner Jamie Skinner entering the final night of competition.
A model of consistency during the week, Mosack has only missed the top-five in one race during the week. Mosack has finished on the podium four times during six nights of racing, but is still searching that elusive first win.
That makes Mosack hungry to get to victory lane, which would settle any championship implications.
“Obviously, we want to win the points, but we haven’t won a race all week,” Mosack told Speed51. We’d really love to win a race. I’d rather go for the win the 100-lapper than worry about points.”
While Mosack has quietly assumed the points lead on consistent finishes, Jamie Skinner and Jett Noland sit second and third, six and eight markers behind Mosack respectively. The World Series started with plenty of drama between the two racers, but cooler heads have prevailed in recent nights.
As a result, the two drivers have combined for four wins over the course of the week. Skinner is solely focused on finishing off the hat trick on Friday.
“We want to win the race,” said Skinner. “If the points work out, they work out.”
Noland lost some ground in the points battle with a fifth place finish on Thursday, saying there was an issue with his Jett Motorsports car during the 35-lapper.
“We had a problem with the car. I’m pretty sure we’re going to get it worked out, we know what it is. We should be back tomorrow, leading or in the top three for sure.”
With the level of competition in the division at the World Series, Noland believes a win is going to be necessary to have a shot at the title. Thus, he is solely focused on that entering the race.
“I think we have to win to win the championship,” said Noland. Our goal is to win tomorrow.”
Daniel Dye has been near the top of the points chase for most of Speedweeks, but a ninth-place run in Thursday’s feature leaves Dye 16 points out of the hunt, likely nixing his championship hopes.
“I don’t really know how to do tomorrow going for this points championship,” admitted Dye after the race. “After tonight, Mosack had a good finish, Jett had a good finish, and of course Jamie won.
“We’ve just got to figure something out. Every time I’d get under somebody, they’d just drive away on the straightaway, so we’re going to put another motor in it. Hopefully that does the trick for the 100-lapper, make it a little easier to pass.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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