In the Southeast the heat is on, both weather-wise, and in intensity in the FUEL Racing Series for Dirt Late Models. The early championship bids feature drivers from within the region, save for the man in second place, Delaware’s Robbie Emory.


A scant two points behind points leader Ben Watkins, Emory heads to the Summer Sizzle at Fayetteville Motor Speedway (NC) with a chance to claim the points lead for the first time in his now three-year career in FUEL.


“I’m excited to get going there. Really looking forward to trying to take over the point lead this weekend, and lead the points for as long as we can.”


The travel for the FUEL schedule for Emory may be long, but the value of competition and participation has become well worth the effort.


“It’s a great series. All of those guys do a great job of promoting it, and giving us a great bunch of tracks to run at. For a series to put the money they do is really amazing to be able to go down there and run with those guys.”


But, Emory still has yet to claim a trophy for a FUEL feature victory. He has earned some outside of the Series, including tracks the Series does run on. Emory feels that it is only a matter of time before that momentum shifts over.


“We picked up a win at County Line this past weekend. This year has been a really good year for us. We don’t have a ton of wins, but we’ve been really consistent to go with the wins we have. I think we’re close, I thought we were going to pick up one the last series race at County Line. Everything was coming together and they ended up getting around us. It’s coming. I know it is.”


For Emory, Fayetteville is a good candidate track for him to finally snatch that elusive win.


“In the past we’ve done really well at Fayetteville. It seems like every time we go there we are usually right there in the thick of things. It would be nice to get a win there.”


As for the points, Emory is starting to think big picture in terms of hunting a FUEL title, but he does not intend on letting that detract from his goal of a checkered flag.


“Being as close we are, you start to think about it. Maybe try to conserve some things to make sure we take care of our equipment so we can go to the next one. As long as you show up and you’re consistent it should work out for us. That said, our goal every week, no matter where we go, we plan on winning that’s for sure.”


Fans unable to make it to Fayetteville Motor Speedway can watch Saturday’s FUEL Racing Series Summer Sizzle live on the Speed51 Network for free as a premium subscriber. It’s all a part of Speed51’s Summer Thunder TV series presented by PFC Brakes, featuring live race broadcasts from all across the U.S. and Canada all summer long.


-By: Connor Sullivan, Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT


-Photo Credit: Delmarva Dirt Online

Emory Inching Closer to First FUEL Late Models Victory