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Emerling claims first-ever World Series win


For Patrick Emerling, the trip he took to Victory Lane Thursday night was a long time coming.

The 25-year-old from Orchard Park, New York took the checkered flag in the 35-lapper run by the modifieds heading into the Richie Evans 100 tomorrow night.

“We used to come down here all the time, every year,” said Emerling after the race. “We never had a win here. We had a lot of seconds. We’re always very competitive down here.”

That last sentence rings truer for Emerling this year than perhaps any other time he and his team have made the trip down to the World Series. Emerling has raced up front all week in the four races run by the modifieds so far. Furthermore, Emerling’s results have gotten better with each race, running fifth on Monday night, fourth on Tuesday night, and second on Wednesday night in the John Blewett III Memorial 76. Now, a win has Emerling staring down a chance to win the World Series title.

With the lead Craig Lutz had pulled out over the rest of the field by the time Emerling took over second, it appeared the No. 07 team would have to settle for back-to-back second place finishes.

Not so fast. It took only a few laps for Emerling to run down Lutz. Once Emerling dove underneath Lutz to take the top spot, it was all but over for the driver.

“We were just that good tonight,” said Emerling. “We were just handling perfect… I wanted to win so bad tonight.”

Emerling will need one more run like the one he had Thursday to win the championship. The race will be the biggest of the week, both in lap count and prestige–the Richie Evans Memorial 100.

It will take a championship drive from Patrick Emerling to claim his first World Series crown.

Results from Thursday’s tour-type modified 35-lapper:

1. Patrick Emerling
2. Craig Lutz
3. Ron Silk
4. Matt Hirschman
5. Eric Goodale
6. Chuck Hossfeld
7. Mike Willis, Jr.
8. Tommy Catalano
9.  Jimmy Zacharias
10. Jeff Goodale
11. Ronnie Williams
12. Kyle Ebersole
13. Austin Pickens
14. Timmy Solomito
15.  Jeffrey Gallup
16. Calvin Carroll
17.  Joe DeGracia
18. Tyler Rypkema
19. Nikki Carroll
20. Jimmy Blewett
21. Jeremy Gerstner
22. Kyle Trayner
23. Ryan Preece
24. Danny Bohn
25. Amy Catalano
26. Timmy Catalano

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