|Patrick Emerling (center) in victory lane at Holland|
credit: Holland Speedway
Patrick Emerling continued to dominate open-wheeled competition in Western New York this season with a win in the 17th annual George Decker Memorial for the Pro Modifieds presented by Towne Automotive and the Boston Deli at Holland International Speedway on Saturday night. Tommy Catalano was victorious in the second annual Jerry Gradl Sr. Memorial Mini Indy 50 for the NYPA TQ Midgets, and Tom Northem picked up his second win of the season in the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers. Louis Carbone visited the winner’s circle in the Bank of Holland Hornets, joining Carl Vilardo IV, who scored his third win of the season for the Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends. Darryl Phillips took home the victory in the Rookie 4’s and Jim Steins took home the victory in the M&M U Pull It Figure 8’s.
Brandon Glover, starting in his first career Pro Modified event, and Kevin Miller brought the field to the green flag for the George Decker Memorial Pro Modified 75, with Miller showing the way early on. TJ Potrzebowski and Patrick Emerling worked their way into the top four after a Lap 10 restart, with Emerling passing Miller to take over second after another restart on Lap 13. Emerling and Kirk Totten battled for the lead, which Emerling took over with 46 to go. Emerling pulled away with 30 remaining and went on to pick up the win. Totten, Neal Dietz, Brandon Glover and Amy Catalano completed the top five.
On Saturday, August 6, Holland presents Hometown Heroes Night for racers in Angola, Gowanda, Hamburg, Irving, and Lackawanna. The Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Chargers will run twin features, joined by the Bank of Holland Hornets, NYPA TQ Midgets, Advance Auto Parts INEX Legends, and the Rookie 4’s. Pit gates open at 4:15 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 5:45 p.m. and qualifying starting at 6 p.m. Find out more at www.hollandspeedway.com.