Emerling Sets Whelen Tour Practice Pace At Bristol

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Patrick Emerling led the way in practice for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Wednesday at Bristol Motor Speedway. (John K. Harrelson/NASCAR photo)

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Patrick Emerling got his Wednesday off to a good start at Bristol Motor Speedway, setting up for his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start of the season by leading practice at the “World’s Fastest Half Mile’.

In the only practice session for the Bush’s Beans 150, Emerling posted the fastest time behind the wheel of his No. 07 Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet.

The quick time around the 0.533-mile concrete oval for the Orchard Park, N.Y. native was a clip of 14.534 seconds (132.021 mph), with Emerling expressing after practice how special it was for a “part-timer” to lead the way in one of the season’s most prestigious races.

“This feels really good,” said Emerling. “We only run about half these (Tour) races, so to be pretty fast right out of the box is a great feeling and I hope we can continue it. These guys are some of the best in modified racing anywhere in the country … and to show that we’ve got that level of speed says a lot. It’s pretty good for us, that’s for sure.”

Burt Myers, a two-time champion of the former NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, posted the second fastest time of the session but ended with his car rolling back onto the hauler with severe damage.

Myers was involved in a crash about 45 minutes into the session and the damage on his No. 1 Citrusafe Cleaners Ford was not fixable, telling Race Chaser Online his car was “killed” from a suspension failure and subsequent contact with the wall.

Ryan Preece, the most recent series winner, posted the third fastest time of the session. Preece’s fast time was 14.568 seconds (131.713 mph), as he seeks his fifth Tour win in his last seven races to go along with his recent NASCAR XFINITY Series win at Iowa Speedway.

Chase Dowling was fourth in the session, while Rookie of the Year contender Ronnie Williams rounded out the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Justin Bonsignore, Bobby Santos, Craig Lutz, Timmy Solomito and Ted Christopher.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 3:15 p.m. ET.

Full practice results can be viewed on the next page…

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