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.
“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, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / Rick Ibsen
World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing – Tour-type Modifieds Unofficial Results
New Smyrna Speedway (FL) – February 15, 2018
Pos. # Driver
1 07 Patrick Emerling
2 46L Craig Lutz
3 33 Ron Silk
4 60 Matt Hirschman
5 58 Eric Goodale
6 22 Chuck Hossfeld
7 83 Mike Willis, Jr.
8 54C Tommy Catalano
9 71M Jimmy Zacharias
10 46G Jeff Goodale
11 2 Ronnie Williams
12 5 Kyle Ebersole
13 63 Austin Pickens
14 16 Timmy Solomito
15 4 Jeff Gallup
16 25 Calvin Carroll
17 23 Joe DeGracia
18 32 Tyler Rypkema
19 25N Nikki Carroll
20 179 Jimmy Blewett
21 70 Jeremy Gerstner
22 40 Kyle Trayner
23 6 Ryan Preece
24 17 Danny Bohn
25 64 Amy Catalano
26 45C Timmy Catalano