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Ebersole Scores NWSMT Victory at ‘The World’s Fastest Half Mile’
by Polly Reid

Eric Goodale of Riverhead, NY in the Edgar Goodale owned, GAF Roofing/RBSCorp.com sponsored Chevrolet may not have gold shoes like Usain Bolt but the Riverhead, NY driver was golden as he bested a field of thirty- seven, remaining convincingly stout on a late race caution pulling away from Todd Szegedy who had dominated the first half, to cross the line for the NWMT/NWSMT Bush’s Beans 150 victory at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Coors Light Pole award winner Todd Szegedy who had set a new track record earlier in the day finished second, Donny Lia third, Patrick Emerling fourth and Doug Coby fifth.

“I’ve been coming here watching all sorts of racing since I was 8 years old with my family,” said Goodale. “Ever since I learned that we were going to race here at Bristol, it’s been a bucket list of mine to get it done here and we can definitely cut that off the bucket list.”

“We’ve been fast every year since we’ve started coming here,” said Goodale. “Somehow it always manages to escape us. I love this place, it’s wide open, it’s my kind of driving style, you don’t touch the brake pedal, you’ve got to play throttle control, that’s what we’re good at.”

The Bush’s Beans 150 went green as schedule at 6:05pm with Szegedy, Justin Bonsignore, Ron Silk, Ryan Preece and Donny Lia the top five. Goodale rolled off the grid 13th.

Four cautions in the first fifty laps kept the action close. Goodale had made it into the top ten by lap 20 and was up to fifth by lap 45. Meanwhile, upfront, Szegedy fended off threats from Bonsignore and Preece on each restart. However, as the number of restarts increased, Bonsignore was clearly in position to be the biggest threat until lap 55 when coming around turn four, Bonsignore in second suddenly shot into the outside wall after something let go, his night done. A chain reaction involving five other cars unfolded further back that littered turn four and the front stretch bringing out the red flag.

As clean up continued, mother nature decided to open up the water works and the red flag that started on lap 55 at 6:44 pm for the incident was now waving for a weather delay.

Cars were brought down and lined up in the pits as teams scrambled to put on rain covers over the cars while the parade of air titan’s and blowers took front and center stage on the high banked half mile oval working their magic.

In order to make the scheduled TV time for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the call was made to run the modifieds after the truck race. In this position before, the teams patiently waited their turn to finish the final 95 laps.

The teams were finally back on the track five hours later, ready to race. Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT in the 15-40 Construction modified at the point with Donny Lia of Jericho, NY in the Sypher Construction/Bardahl sponsored modified second, Eric Goodale third, Jimmy Blewett and Chase Dowling the top five, a NASCAR official announced over the radio that the race would end at lap 100.

With only forty laps left at the green, it was go time, except between the downpour of the rain, the truck race and the event now being run late at night instead of during the heat of the early evening, the conditions and circumstances had changed drastically. What worked at 6:30pm for the setup wasn’t working so much at 11:30pm.

Szegedy who dominated earlier was loose at the green, his car typical of what was happening through the field. One exception, Eric Goodale. Goodale shadowed Szegedy until lap 69, Goodale made his move low into turn one to become the new leader on lap 70. Goodale, Szegedy and Lia quickly made it a three car break away running nose to tail.

The field was shown the yellow for the scheduled competition break at lap 75. All teams made their way to the pits for tires, fuel and adjustments as needed coming back out in the order they came in.

Goodale brought the field to green on lap 82 with Szegedy, Lia, Blewett, Bobby Santos and Doug Coby the top six, it was Szegedy powering on the outside to become the new leader. Goodale battled back taking the top spot back when the caution waved on lap 86 for a single car spin in turn four.

“I knew coming into the rain delay that we were the best car on the track, before the rain came,” said Goodale. “When you have two hours, three hours to think about what you’re going to do next, sometimes you can think about it too much. I knew I had a good car so I wanted to make sure that I did everything I could to get out front. Restarts are definitely not my strong point, so I hated that I had to have three or four of them there at the end but, my car was just that good that even if I made a mistake we would have been alright.”

Goodale nailed the lap 90 restart only to be reined in again on lap 95, just five to go when Blewett of Howell, NJ in the Starrett sponsored modified spun in turn one. Then it was down to the Bush’s Beans 100 winner being determined in a two lap shootout.

Up on wheel, Goodale was not to be denied, the Long Island driver dialed in the restart keeping the field in his rearview mirror to score his second career win, his first since June 28, 2014 at Riverhead Raceway.

“In my whole entire modified career, this is definitely the biggest one for me,” said Goodale. “This is going to be hard to top, that’s for sure. But we have a few races left this year and we’ve been gaining a lot of momentum here in the last few races – hopefully this will help us get over the hurdle.”

Completing the top ten was Ryan Preece sixth, Bobby Santos seventh, Ron Silk eighth, Kyle Ebersole ninth and Jeff Goodale tenth.

“He raced me pretty hard,” said Goodale about his battle with Szegedy. “That one restart where he passed me, that was a blessing in disguise because I just stumbled on the throttle in one and two and he was able to get a run on me and I was thinking the whole next lap and a half, you idiot, you just blew it. We were able to get him back, we did have the better car tonight- he definitely made me work for it tonight.”

“The car obviously changed after the sun went down,” said Szegedy. “Generally I like the night racing but I couldn’t get through the corners as fast as I would have liked to when it was hotter. I felt like I lost side grip and could only go through the corners so fast. I drove it to the absolute maximum, I feel good about that, I feel like I left nothing on the table. Eric, hats off to those guys, they had a better car, no question about it. Eric drove a great race, nice and clean and I drove as hard as I possibly could drive and that’s all I can do, second place.”

“It was definitely a good night,” said Lia about his podium finish. “I just wanted to survive, I’ve been sick all week, bronchitis, I was just happy to get through the end really. I thank the guys, they gave me a race car that I think earlier today we had everybody covered. The changes we made didn’t seem to really work for us today, we still came out of here with a third place finish, I’m happy with that. The 58 nailed it, that was awesome for them. They really made some good changes, they came out and had everyone covered. They had the best car and they won the race, I know what that feels like.”

Kyle Ebersole of Hummelstown, PA in the Bob Ebersole owned, Ebersole Excavating sponsored Ford scored the NWSMT win of the Bush’s Beans 100. Ebersole started 19th, worked his way into the top ten edging out Andy Seuss to claim his third career win.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Ebersole about winning the NWSMT portion of the race. “We were really good here last year and came with the same set up and track was a lot different as the day went on. We made a lot of adjustments – the first part of the race we kept pitting and pitting making adjustments then by the end we were in the top ten and passed Andy (Seuss) on the last restart. It’s pretty cool to win the southern portion, it’s a fast track- it was really fun today.”

His third career NWSMT win, it has been two years since Ebersole has visited victory lane. “It’s pretty cool to win again. It’s been a pretty rough year, I’ve finished one race so far this year out of a whole season, we didn’t even start one race because we had an issue in practice, so, to get a win, finally, is definitely a boost for the end of the season.”

The Bush’s Beans 150 will be televised on NBCSN on Friday August 26th at 9pm ET.

Next for the NWMT is the Riverhead 200 at Riverhead Raceway on August 27th while the NWSMT heads to East Carolina Speedway on September 3rd for the Visit Martin County 150.
Source: Polly Reid / TheChromeHorn.com
: August 18, 2016

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