EMERLING CAPTURES HIS FIRST NWMT WIN
AT 'THE LAST GREAT COLOSSEUM'
Emerling Fastest at World Fastest Half Mile Track
by Denise DuPont
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) headed to the
mountains and southern heat for their yearly visit
to Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS).There were
twenty-seven teams that made the trip to the
half-mile high banked track. Again this year the
bottom groove on the turns was treated with sticky
adhesive (PJ1). During practice drivers learned that
if you straddled the sticky surface then you quickly
spun. There was no exception for those that scored
fast circuits. Burt Myers of Cove, NC and Patrick
Emerling from Orchard Park, NY both had their turn
at being fastest on the track and soon after
spinning with the aid of the PJ1. Emerling was able
to pull away while Myers was not as lucky. Myers
clipped the outside wall breaking his right front
suspension. As he rode the soft safety walls it was
damaged. We had a long break in practice action
while track crew made repairs.
Emerling was strong during practice and qualifying.
He started on the pole with Chase Dowling of
Roxbury, CT on his outside. Emerling went forward
leading 148 of 150 laps and taking home the Bush’s
Beans ‘150’ win. "It's just a dream come true," said
Emerling in victory lane.' “I was very comfortable
with it. We had a good car here last year and we set
it up identical this year. We only run a handful of
the Whelen Tour races and to come down here and win
practice, catch the pole and lead every single lap,
it's an incredible feeling for us being a part time
Doug Coby of Milford, CT qualified ninth and his
found him in the runner up position when the
checkers flew. “This has not been our best speedway.
We made the right changes to start the race and we
made the right adjustments during the break. It is a
tough speedway to race a modified at. I was trying
to be smart and also aggressive and at the end have
a car that would hopefully win the race. We just
tried to maintain our run with him. Then he
(Emerling) pulled away from me at the end. Leaving
here with a second was our best career finish here.
We were one shy again at the end.”
Justin Bonsignore from Holtsville, NY time trialed
fourth and finished the race in third position. The
regrouping strategy of the #51 team seems to have
worked as each race they get stronger. “It was great
to finally finish a race here at Bristol after the
last couple of years.” Confessed Bonsignore. “We
were a little too tight the first run. We were just
a little too free to run with the 07 and 2. All and
all it was a good day for us. We were happy with our
Chase Dowling and Ryan Preece rounded out the top
five finishers at BMS. Andy Seuss was sixth,
followed by Rowan Pennink, Ronnie Williams, Bobby
Santos and Matt Swanson for the top ten..
The Bush's Beans 150 will air on NBCSN Saturday
August 26 at 3 p.m. ET.
The NWMT returns to racing at Seekonk Speedway on
Saturday August 26, with the running of the Seekonk
See you at the “Cement Palace”.
Denise DuPont /
August 18, 2017