Defends Blewett Memorial 76 Win At New Smyrna
NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Eric Goodale defended his Blewett Memorial 76 Tour Modified Title in the second night of Modified racing at New Smyrna Speedway.
Unlike last year, when late-race heroics earned him the victory, Goodale took the lead on Lap 50 and held off a late charge from Ryan Preece to take the victory on Night 6 of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
“It’s just a good shout out to my team – they put a lot of hard work in,” Goodale said. It just feels great. To win a race in honor of John is extra special.”
A caution with six to go gave Preece one more shot at Goodale, but the 25-year-old Riverhead, New York, driver was able to hold onto the top spot.
“I did not want it,” said Goodale of the late yellow flag. “With Preece, Bonsignore and Silk in the field, it’s never easy knowing those guys are hounding you down. I thought I did a good enough job to conserve my tires there in the beginning of the race. And sure enough, it proved to be the right move.”
Goodale said he was well aware of Preece.
“I saw him in my mirror,” said Goodale. “I know what that car looks like in my rear view. I knew he was coming.”
Preece, who settled for second, noted his car was too loose in Tuesday’s opener and a tick too tight Wednesday.
“I was just trying to find a way to get my car to hook up,” said Preece. “I could catch him, but I wasn’t going to have enough to go by him.”
Justin Bonsignore finished third, followed by Jimmy Zacharias and Chuck Hossfeld. JR Bertuccio, Tyler Rypkema, Jeremy Gertsner, Ron Silk and Etienne Cliché completed the top 10.
Austin Pickens and Cliche both took the lead in the first two-thirds of the race as the three notable veterans elected to conserve their tires. Goodale was the first to get to the front, on Lap 50, and was quickly followed by Preece and Bonsignore. Preece spun on the backstretch after contact with Pickens, but rallied to get back to second for the final laps.
In the 35-lap Tower Sealants Super Late Model feature, Ty Majeski picked up his second win of the week. He beat Tuesday’s winner and Wednesday’s fast qualifier, Harrison Burton.
Burton made several attempts to wrest the lead away from Majeski, pulling alongside him three separate times. They even went side-by-side for three laps midway through the race. But Burton said his car was too loose to complete the pass.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for him; he could have come up and doored me anytime and taken the lead,” said Majeski, who also has two runner-up finishes on the week. “I was able to hold him off on the bottom. It was definitely a good battle with him and I tonight, and last night. Thankfully tonight we were able to come out on top.”
Steven Wallace, Derek Thorn and Zane Smith rounded out the top five.
Cody Stickler walked away with the Florida Modified feature win.
Cole Anderson took the checkered flag in Pro Late Model 35-Lap feature.
Ty Majeski walked away with his second Super Late Model victory of the week Wednesday night. Photo Courtesy of Jason Christley