Patrick Emerling Fastest all day an win the Bush Bean's 150

First Whelen Modified Tour Win Comes On Bristol High-Banks

BRISTOL, Tenn. --  Patrick Emerling swept his way to Victory Lane with a near-perfect performance at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday.

The Orchard Park, New York, driver was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award and proceeded to lead 148 of the 150 laps en route to his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

"It's just a dream come true," said Emerling following the win at the historic track dubbed 'Thunder Valley.' "It's incredible. 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 as a team."

The win for the 24-year-old came in his 78th career start and just his third of 2017. He held off challenges from Chase Dowling and Justin Bonsignore on restarts in the first half of the race, then held off four-time tour champion Doug Coby in the dash to the finish.

He crossed the line 1.239 seconds ahead of Coby. Prior to Wednesday, Emerling's best career finish was a second at New Hampshire in 2015. 

For Coby, the second-place finish was the third straight in Whelen Modified Tour competition and it helped him claw back towards the top of the championships standings. 

Timmy Solomito, who was caught up in a Lap 68 accident, came home 15th to maintain a two-point edge on Rowan Pennink. Ryan Preece finished fifth and is nine points behind Solomito, while Coby is 17 points back. 

Justin Bonsignore finished third and is 19 points out of first. Chase Dowling and Preece rounded out the top five at Bristol. 

Andy Seuss was sixth, followed by Pennink, Ronnie Williams, Bobby Santos and Matt Swanson.

The Bush's Beans 150 will air on NBCSN Saturday August 26 at 3 p.m. ET. 

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Modified Tour returns to the track at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday August 26, with the running of the Seekonk 150. 

Pos
No.
Name
Sponsor
Laps
Diff
1
07
Patrick Emerling
Buffalo Auto Auction
150
2
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Const
150
1.239
3
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications, Inc.
150
4.208
4
11
Chase Dowling
Dunleavy Truck & Repair
150
8.522
5
6
Ryan Preece
Simoniz Wax
150
9.194
6
70
Andy Seuss
Rockingham Boats
150
11.519
7
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper/USNE
150
11.668
8
21
Ronnie Williams*
Gershow Recycling
150
11.804
9
77
Bobby Santos
Curb Records
150
11.992
10
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Tools
150
12.157
11
5
Kyle Ebersole
Ebersole Excavating
149
1 Lap
12
97
Bryan Dauzat
O B Builders, Inc.
147
3 Laps
13
33
Wade Cole
Performance Engines/Kendall Oil
124
26 Laps
14
78
Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.
Last Minute Racing
123
27 Laps
15
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing
112
38 Laps
16
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing
107
43 Laps
17
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply
94
56 Laps
18
75
Jeremy Gerstner
Dunleavy/William E Smith Trucking
91
59 Laps
19
22
Kyle Bonsignore
Snap-On Tools
66
84 Laps
20
36
David Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise
59
91 Laps
21
01
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil
58
92 Laps
22
82
Ted Christopher
Horton Avenue Materials LLC
21
129 Laps
23
63
Austin Pickens
LFR Chassis
8
142 Laps
24
39
Calvin Carroll*
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty
8
142 Laps
25
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Electrical/Hughes Motors
8
142 Laps
26
1
Burt Myers
Citrusafe Cleaners
150 Laps

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Patrick Emerling, Time: 14.517 Seconds, Speed: 131.432 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 8 mins, 13 secs Average Speed: 69.924 mph Margin of Victory: 1.239 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 10-14 (Multiple car turn 4, FP #01); 62-66 (Car #78 turn 2, FP #70); 69-72 (Car #16 & #77 turn 4, FP #46); 78-82 (Competition caution, FP #5); 93-117 (Car #75 turn 4, FP #97).  5 for 44 laps.

Lap Leaders: Patrick Emerling 1-66, Justin Bonsignore 67, Patrick Emerling 68-72, Justin Bonsignore 73, Patrick Emerling 74-150.

Total Laps Led: Patrick Emerling 148, Justin Bonsignore 2.  4 changes involving 2 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

Top 10 Driver Points: Timmy Solomito 380, Rowan Pennink 378, Ryan Preece 371, Doug Coby 363, Justin Bonsignore 361, Eric Goodale 349, Dave Sapienza 313, Matt Swanson 308, Max Zachem 301, Rob Summers 294

 

 

August 16th , 2017 - By Kyle Souza , NASCARHomeTracks.com