One night after finishing second in the John Blewett III Memorial, Patrick Emerling improved by one spot to record his first career World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing victory Thursday night at New Smyrna Speedway.


Emerling took the lead from Craig Lutz with five laps remaining and pulled away during the final laps to score the elusive win.


300x250 51 Network 2017(2)“It’s awesome for us.  This is our first time down here in three or four years,” Emerling said on FansChoice.TV.  “I used to come down here every year and we never had a win here; we had a lot of seconds.  We always were very competitive down here.”


The driver from Orchard Park, NY set fast time in qualifying for the first time this week before pulling an invert of eight.  He patiently worked his way to the front of the field before making his move to the inside of Lutz on lap 30.


“The redraw didn’t really favor us tonight but things finally played out our way a little bit,” Emerling stated.  “We have been tuning on our car all week and we got it even better for tonight.  We had that thing was so fast, it was perfect. I just slid it in on Lutz there.  I just didn’t want to lose one; I wanted to win one so bad.  I finally did.”


Lutz held on to finish second after leading most the 35-lap feature.


“I can’t thank my guys enough for turning the week around,” Lutz said.  “We’ve got fast cars; we’re just looking for that little bit.  Hopefully tomorrow will be the night.”


Polesitter Ron Silk earned his best finish of the week with a third. Current Tour-type Modified points leader Matt Hirschman and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five.


The Tour-type Modifieds will be back in action for their biggest race of the week, the Richie Evans Memorial 100, Friday night.


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-By Brandon Paul, Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51

-Photo credit: / Rick Ibsen


World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing – Tour-type Modifieds Unofficial Results

New Smyrna Speedway (FL) – February 15, 2018

Pos. #Driver
107Patrick Emerling
246LCraig Lutz
333Ron Silk
460Matt Hirschman
558Eric Goodale
622Chuck Hossfeld
783Mike Willis, Jr.
854CTommy Catalano
971MJimmy Zacharias
1046GJeff Goodale
112Ronnie Williams
125Kyle Ebersole
1363Austin Pickens
1416Timmy Solomito
154Jeff Gallup
1625Calvin Carroll
1723Joe DeGracia
1832Tyler Rypkema
1925NNikki Carroll
20179Jimmy Blewett
2170Jeremy Gerstner
2240Kyle Trayner
236Ryan Preece
2417Danny Bohn
2564Amy Catalano
2645CTimmy Catalano

Emerling Improves by One for First New Smyrna Victory