Contrary to recent weeks, Massachusetts racer Ryan Doucette was the recipient of good fortune from a penalty in Tuesday night’s Speed51 Elite Modified Tour Dayz Gone By Vintage Apparel 100 at Martinsville Speedway. He inherited the lead on lap 36 after polesitter Kyle Scisco was hit with a penalty for changing lanes too early on a restart and never looked back, running away with his first win of the season.
Doucette received a similar penalty last week at Southern National Motorsports Park shortly after starting on the pole. He hadn’t planned to race for the lead at that juncture of Tuesday’s race, but he took full advantage of what was given to him at the moment.
“I was trying to play a conservative race strategy, trying to keep the right rear on because I did a long run in practice and I knew that the car was going to get really loose on long run if I didn’t keep that thing on there,” Doucette said on the Flatout Racing Network broadcast. “I felt like I did a pretty good job of doing that. I hate it for Kyle but I got hit with the same penalty earlier in the season.”
With his win, Doucette took the points lead away from last season’s points champion Brandon Wilkinson with four races left in the current season, having finished in the top three in all but one race. He was honest about his thoughts on the points battle.
“If I’m being perfectly honest with you, with this series I haven’t even seen the points yet. I’m just going out there with the goal to win and I finally got the monkey off our back after stupid penalties keeping me from getting that win, finally able to pull it off.”
Joey Bailey finished in the runner-up spot for the second straight week. Ryan Gavel, Scot Hanley, and Lyle Johnson rounded out the top five.
The Speed51 Elite Modified Tour trades one half-mile for another next week as they take on “The Last Great Colosseum.” Fans can watch a replay of Tuesday’s race by clicking here.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3