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Patrick Emerling wins Tuesday night Tour Modified feature at New Smyrna

Luis Torres | STS

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.

READ MORE: Craig Lutz wins opening Tour Modified feature at New Smyrna

Luis Torres | STS

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.

The full results can be found below:
1. Patrick Emerling
2. Eric Goodale
3. Matt Hirschman
4. Ryan Preece
5. Craig Lutz
6. Ron Silk
7. Ronnie Williams
8. Jimmy Blewett
9. Stephen Kopcik
10. Jeremy Gerstner
11. Anthony Nocella
12. JR Bertuccio
13. Andy Seuss
14. Amy Catalano
15. Tyler Rypkema
16. Matt Galko
17. Dave Sapienza
18. Buddy Charette
19. Danny Knoll Jr.
20. Bobby Jones
21. Jim Gavek
22. Burt Myers
23. Chris Ridsdale
24. Chris Finocchario
25. Eddie McCarthy
26. Chuck Hossfeld
27. Zane Zeiner
28. Michael Curtis
29. Doug Coby
30. Marcello Rufrano
31. Brian Robie
32. Jon McKennedy
33. Tommy Catalano
34. Tom Martino Jr.
35. Tyler Truex
36. Jonathan Laureigh

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Paul Lambert is an aspiring collegiate journalist. A writer and broadcaster, Paul's excited to cover New England short track racing in 2021. Paul has also been published in the Boston Herald, Speedway Illustrated and on Autoweek.com.

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