Conner Jones' Big Day Turns Into a Winning Night

On the same day Jones' deal with ThorSport was announced, he went to victory lane at New Smyrna Speedway.


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From start to finish, it was a great day for Conner Jones.

On Monday morning, ThorSport and Jones announced the 16-year-old driver would compete with the team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for nine races during the 2023 season as part of a multi-year deal. Later that same evening, Jones was in victory lane at New Smyrna Speedway.

Jones scored the fifth win of his career in the Pro Late Model division at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing and his second of this year's event, passing Katie Hettinger on lap 21 for the win.

A second win on the week gives Jones some breathing room in the World Series points standings and a confidence boost entering the second half of the week.

“I feel pretty confident," Jones told Racing America. "Our Pro Late program is pretty good right now. I think if we could get one night where we don’t knock the toe out, we’d have it by a lot more than what we did."

The pass for the lead took place after contact between Jones and Hettinger as they attempted to negotiate lapped traffic.

"It took lapped cars to get this win, but a win’s a win. The lapped car just kinda stopped and I wasn’t ready for it. I apologize to her.”

While the ThorSport news will take center stage for Jones tonight, Jones says it is important to stay humble and focused on the rest of the week at New Smyrna.

“It gives you a lot of confidence, two wins and a third. You’ve got to stay humble and just keep running. Don’t get too big-headed, keep trying to get the car better and better throughout the week and keep up with the track.”

Ryan Luza finished second, followed by Hettinger, Hunter Wright and Gus Dean.

The Pro Late Models will enjoy a night off on Tuesday before returning to action Wednesday with a 35-lap feature.

FEBRUARY 13, 2023

  1. Conner Jones
  2. Ryan Luza
  3. Katie Hettinger
  4. Hunter Wright
  5. Gus Dean
  6. Charlie Keeven
  7. Jeremie Whorff
  8. Jimmy Renfrew, Jr.
  9. Dakota Stroup
  10. TJ DeCaire
  11. Mitch Haver
  12. TJ Monroe
  13. Cory Luciano
  14. Gavan Boschele
  15. Dawson Sutton
  16. Kent Baledge
  17. Ruben Caceres
  18. Brent Crews
  19. Johnny Aramendia
  20. Toni Breidinger
  21. Ryan Kamish
  22. Mike Mayberry
  23. David Weaver
  24. Glenn Styres
  25. Brandon Turbush
  26. Kevin Folan
  27. Chase Johnson
  28. John Weitz
  29. Carson Brown