PATRICK EMERLING KICKS OFF 65TH ANNUAL SEASON OF RACING AT SPENCER SPEEDWAY PRESENTED BY WILBERT’S U PULL-IT WITH A WIN IN THE TRIBUTE TO DON PRATT 62

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PATRICK EMERLING KICKS OFF 65TH ANNUAL SEASON OF RACING AT SPENCER SPEEDWAY PRESENTED BY WILBERT’S U PULL-IT WITH A WIN IN THE TRIBUTE TO DON PRATT 62

Story By: Spencer Speedway

Photos By: Mark Ranalletta/RacersGuide.com

Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., made a dramatic move in traffic to get past Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., to take the lead and go on and win the Tribute to Don Pratt ‘62’ at Spencer Speedway presented by Wilbert’s U Pull-It in Williamson, N.Y., which began the tracks 65th consecutive season of competition.

The win was the 15th of Emerling’s Race of Champions career and his third Series victory at Spencer. He’s just 1 win away from tying his crew chief, Jan Leaty, for 4th on the all-time win list.

“We had a good night tonight,” stated Emerling in victory lane. “Things went our way. We raced Andy (Jankowiak) really hard and I knew Eric (Beers) and Mike (Leaty) my teammate were coming behind me. It’s great to pay tribute to another great Modified competitor in Don Pratt and thank you to Curt Tooley for working extra hard to raise additional lap money.”

Jankowiak ended up in the turn four wall on a restart, before Eric Beers of Northampton, Pa., gave Emerling a challenge to the finish.

Beers finished second with Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., recovering from an early race spin to finish third.

Daren Scherer of Binghamton, N.Y., finished fourth and Daryl Lewis, Jr., of Ontario, N.Y., rounded out the top-five.

Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., posted the Speed51.com “Top of the Board” overall fast time in group time trials with a lap of 18.893 seconds with an average speed of 95.273 mph.

Leaty; Tommy Catalano of Ontario, N.Y., and Hossfeld won the qualifying races.

Tom Barron of Ontario, N.Y., scored the win in the Race of Champions Super Stock opener. Barron topped Tommy Krawczyk of West Seneca, N.Y., who finished second and Zack Willis of Williamson, N.Y., who finished third.

Dave Milbrand of Clarence, N.Y., won the Wilbert’s U Pull-It Four Cylinder division race. Milbrand topped Ryan Brown of Ontario, N.Y., (second) and Allison Montgomery of Ontario, N.Y. (third).

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Feature Finish

Tribute to Don Pratt ‘62’ (62-laps)

Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.

Finishing Position, Car Number, Driver, Laps Completed, Reason Out (If Any)

Finish

1

Starting Position

4

No.

07

Name

Patrick Emerling

Laps

75

2

3

45

Eric Beers

3

6

25

Mike Leaty

4

2

3

Daren Scherer

5

5

10

Daryl Lewis, Jr.

6

14

66

Austin Kochenash

7

18

88

Scott Wylie

8

15

2

Kevin Miller

9

7

54

Jack Ely

10

24

45

Timmy Catalano

11

9

64

Amy Catalano

12

19

01

John Barber

13

8

32

Tyler Rypkema

14

20

40

Jake Rought

15

11

22

Chuck Hossfeld

50 Mechanical

16

22

1

Chris Risdale

47 Mechanical

17

1

12

Andy Jankowiak

41 Accident

18

21

8

Chris Finnachario

39 Mechanical

19

17

19

Austin Beers

38 Accident

20

13

59

Karl Hehr

23 Mechanical

21

10

65

George Skora, III

8 Accident

22

12

54

Tommy Catalano

8 Accident

23

16

72

TJ Potrzebowski

8 Accident

24

23

40

Alan Bookmiller

7 Mechanical

Time of Race: 53 minutes & 38 seconds Average Speed: 34.676 mph Margin of Victory: .740 seconds Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers. [12, Andy Jankowiak 1-41, [07, Patrick Emerling] 41-62,

Speed51.com “Top of the Board” Award; Chuck Hossfeld (18.893 seconds @ 95.273 mph)

Dirt Track Qualifying Race Winners; Mike Leaty (2); Tommy Catalano; Chuck Hossfeld (2)

US Army Top Performer Award; Patrick Emerling (19.284 seconds @ 93.342 mph)

Wilwood Engineering Certificate Award (5th Place) – Matt Hirschman

MyRacePass “Free Pass” Award – Jake Rought

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