After a rough start to World Series week, Patrick Emerling found himself in Victory Lane Tuesday night at New Smyrna.
It was the fifth victory of Emerling’s World Series career.
The week hadn’t gone according to plan so far for Emerling. A broken motor and a wreck involving the backup car turned things sour on Monday night. Tuesday was a different story. After clicking off the fastest lap in time trials, Emerling took the lead from Eric Goodale with 14 laps to go and held him off the rest of the way to pick up the win.
“It’s what we work for here,” Emerling said. “With what went wrong, we had a pretty good night.”
Behind Goodale was Matt Hirschman, with Ryan Preece and last night’s winner Craig Lutz rounding out the top-five. Sixth was Ron Silk, followed by Ronnie Williams, Jimmy Blewett, Stephen Kopcik, and Jeremy Gerstner.
For the second straight night, a massive pile-up forced the red flag to be deployed.
Doug Coby got sent sideways in front of the field after a stackup in turn four, ending both his and Marcello Rufrano’s evening.
Both drivers boiled it down to aggressive driving in tight quarters.
“It’s really aggravating,” Rufrano said. “You come down here, you spend all this money and you destroy it on lap 22 with another 15 to go? People not using their heads, really. It’s just ridiculous.”
Coby was more diplomatic.
“Just all of us going for the same stuff,” he said. “You can’t blame anybody for trying and screwing up, because we’re all bound to do it.”
The Tour Modifieds are back on track tomorrow night to run the John Blewett III Memorial 76.