Virginia Young Gun Doubles Down, Takes PLM Points Lead

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

 

Pro Late Model Night #5 Unofficial Results

Pos#DriverStart
114Conner Jones4
226SKody Swanson5
351NStephen Nasse6
43Will Cox2
519Nick Panitzke13
615Jean-Phillipe Bergeron10
75AJerry Artuso11
853Zachary Tinkle7
95Jeremy Miller21
105BJade Buford9
11149Max Calles-McDonald1
1277HColt Hensley14
1312Justin Drawdy15
148Chad Butz22
159Braison Bennett24
1688Paige Rogers25
1712NYChase Williams18
1877Andrew Scheid17
1924Dalton Smith26
2011David Weaver28
2117FKevin Folan23
2281Jett Noland3
2341Hayden Sprague20
2476Jerick Johnson27
2529Hunter Wright8
2623Steve Schultz19
2751GDerek Griffith16

 

Virginia Young Gun Doubles Down, Takes PLM Points Lead