MID-ATLANTIC: At Long Last; Matt Smith Scores Emotional First Win at Delaware

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Matt Smith won his heat race, started on pole and led wire-to-wire in the AC Delco Modified feature on Saturday. (Marshall Gabell photo)

Matt Smith won his heat race, started on pole and led wire-to-wire in the AC Delco Modified feature on Saturday. (Marshall Gabell photo)

DELMAR, Del. — It was an emotional and relieving night for one AC Delco PSC Modified competitor and team following the rescheduled Elliott Farms Night at Delaware International Speedway on Saturday.

Driving the No. 97s Rent Equip Crate 602 Sportsman Modified, Dagsboro, Delaware native Matt Smith triumphed in a wire-to-wire performance, marking his first-career win at the half-mile dirt track since joining the division in 2013.

After winning his heat race, 17-year-old Smith started the 15-lap feature from the pole position and fought back late-race challenges from two veterans en route to the breakthrough win.

“This is a great feeling,” Smith said to Race Chaser Online following the win. “This is unbelievable; I can barely believe it right now. We have some tough competition out here. It feels great to be able to come out here and lead wire-to-wire. This is just a great night.”

For the former Mod-Lite standout, the win also became sweeter when he drove his machine into the winner’s circle and celebrated with his father and team owner Keith Smith, his girlfriend Kara Klink, who competes in the Super Trucks division at Delaware, and his accompanying friends and family.

“I am so grateful for the support that I have behind me,” Smith explained. “There is a lot of money, with sponsorships and what not that go into this operation. I am so thankful for my girlfriend, family and friends. First time on the pole, first heat race win, and first feature win — all in one night.”

Despite handing a challenge to Smith in the closing circuits, Westley Smith (no relation) was unable to reach his first win this season and finished second, scoring his third top five in three starts.

Kevin Sockriter raced to his third top five this season, completing the podium in the feature.

Championship rivals Jordn Justice and Devin Dodson, who both have two wins on this season, were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Brian Hitz, Dwyane Crockett, Jason Rush, Garrie Bostwick, and David Jenkins capped the back half of the top 10.

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