Pro Late Models
Unofficial Results - Pro Late Model Hart to Heart 100
Feb 18, 2023
Ryan Luza dominated the Hart to Heart 100 for Pro Late Models at New Smyrna Speedway, while Conner Jones capped off a dominant week with a second-place finish to claim the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing .
Luza took the lead on lap four and held on for the rest of the 100-lap event for his second win of the World Series.
“It was a really hard race tonight,” Luza told Racing America. “I didn’t really have anyone behind me but Conner. I was worried some of the people behind us were saving more than we were, but that didn’t end up being the case. We had the best two cars, and I just needed five or 10 laps to get away from him. It was hard to hold him off on those restarts.”
Meanwhile, Conner Jones’ runner-up finish wrapped up a strong week of racing at New Smyrna. With his worst finish of fourth place, Jones finished 32 points ahead of Luza and Hunter Wright for the title.
“We’ve been going after this for two years,” said Jones. “We came runner-up both years. This year, we just decided to come here and go for the championship. Play it smart, don’t wreck the car, get consistent finishes. We came out with a couple of wins, some top threes and another top five.
“This is definitely one of the marquee things I’ve done. This is probably the biggest championship I’ve ever won.”
Luza couldn’t help but wonder what might have been after a DNF in the first Pro Late Model race of the week, relegating him to an 18th place finish.
“I don’t know how the math would have worked out if we had been P2 that first night. He did a good job, he was consistent and kept his stuff relatively clean. You can’t have a DNF.
Nevertheless, he leaves New Smyrna buoyed with the excitement of two wins and an increase to his racing schedule.
“I’ve been telling people all week that I’ve run more races this week than I did all year. I ran three races last year and I’ve run six races this week. 2023 is off to a really good start.”
I’ve been telling people all week that I’ve run more races this week than I did all year.
Brent Crews finished third, notching his fourth top-five of the week. Hunter Wright finished fourth, with Eddie MacDonald rounding out the top five.
Jones is the 17th different champion in as many years for the division at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. There has not been a repeat Pro Late Model champion at the World Series, and we will have to wait another year to see if someone can become a two-time champion in the class.
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