Two nights after his first World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing win, Conner Jones made it back-to-back in Pro Late Model competition at New Smyrna Speedway.
The Virginia racer held off five-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson for his second win of the World Series, unofficially taking the points lead for the week-long championship in the process.
The victory, paired with an early exit for points leader Jett Noland, left Jones feeling confident about his title hopes at this stage of the World Series.
“I’m pretty confident right now because the 81 [of Noland] had to pull in,” said Jones on the NBC TrackPass broadcast. “He has been a pretty good contender so far. I think we’ll have a really good shot at winning the championship.”
Not much changed for Jones and his Pro Late Model entry on Tuesday night from his Sunday victory, and the result was the same.
“We didn’t make much adjustments during practice,” said Jones. “We just left it how it was, played the redraw game, and that was basically it.”
While Jones now holds the points lead, Swanson sits just two points back in second place in the standings. However, his goal all week long has been to score a Late Model victory, which has eluded him to this point.
“I was so good in the middle of the race,” said Swanson. “These Team Platinum guys have been working so hard this week to make this Pro car better and give me a chance in the Super. I want to give them one.
“We had to come from fifth there. We got hosed by the restart on a couple, but that’s a part of this Late Model racing, I’m learning. At the end of the race, we got really tight, so I just kept moving.“
While Jones and Swanson bolstered their title hopes, Jett Noland suffered a setback. After starting third, Noland was penalized for his role in an incident involving Max Calles-McDonald, then pulled behind the wall with a mechanical issue.
“I’m not sure what happened yet, but we’re hoping to have it better for tomorrow,” Noland told Speed51. “We’re just having a hard time so far.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo / Will Bellamy
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