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Polly Reid

The 48th Annual World Series of Asphalt Racing is smiling on Ron Silk as the Norwalk, CT driver led the field green to checkers to take down the victory in the modified Tour type 35 lap feature at New Smyrna Speedway. Ryan Preece chased Silk across the stripe for second with Matt Hirschman third, Chuck Hossfeld and Jimmy Zacharias the top five.

It is Silk’s second trip to victory lane in as many nights at the fast, banked, half mile speedway.

“We started on the pole so really, I didn’t have to pass anyone obviously- we just had a good car the whole time. The car started to free up a little at the end but the car has been pretty solid since we’ve been here.”

Silk and Preece led the field to green with Tommy Barrett, Hirschman and Andy Seuss the top five. Silk wasted no time putting real estate between the TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Service sponsored, Ed Partridge owned machine and the rest of the field.

The yellow waved three circuits in for a car around in turn two. Al Emmarino who took the green from the back of the pack after making repairs following trouble in practice and could not make time trials, was done for the night.

On the restart it was Silk on the outside front row with Preece inside, Barrett, Hirschman, Seuss, Hossfeld, Spencer Davis and Jimmy Zacharias the top eight.

Silk kept on point while the action heated up behind – Hirschman who had taken over second was being shadowed by Preece with Hossfeld, Zacharias, Seuss and Barrett running nose to tail.

By lap 13, Preece was threatening for second and completed his move to take the spot from Hirschman.
The green flag continued and by lap 15, Silk had a six car length lead over the field.

At the half, it was Silk, Preece, Hirschman, Hossfeld, Zacharias and Seuss. Preece was closing the gap cutting into Silk’s lead and with 10 to go, it was a three car breakaway with Silk leading Preece and Hirschman.

As the final circuits clicked off, a green flag run to the end, Silk cruised across the stripe for the win – Preece followed with Hirschman third.

“I was keeping an eye on Preece,” said Silk who was aware Preece was closing in. “I tried to save my right rear a little in case we would get a yellow and had to lineup next to Preece. The car is really good, we just can’t mess it up.”

“It’s always nice to have the car in once piece,” said Preece. “We’re so equal, I felt like Silk was beating me a little bit to the throttle but I could beat him in- it’s like where I was beating him, he’d come back and beat me at other places on the track. It was a good race. We’ve come a long way since we unloaded as it is, we’re getting there. Hopefully by the end of the week we’ll be in victory lane.”

“Yesterday just wasn’t a good day for us,” said Matt Hirschman. “We were shorthanded and got a little behind. Two crew guys didn’t make it here when they were supposed to because of the snowstorm- that got us a little behind but I feel that after tonight we’re caught up and we’re ready to compete now. We’re very close, I’m happy with the car.”

“It’s pretty good,” said Silk about the two wins in two nights. “Well, you know, a lot can change tomorrow. We tried some stuff on the car this week. Keith Rocco actually helped us out a bunch with some of the stuff he runs – it’s working out for sure, so far, I’m liking it.”

Andy Seuss recovered from the incident on opening night to cross for sixth, Tommy Barrett seventh, J.R. Bertuccio eighth with Patrick Emerling, Eric Goodale, Dan Watts, AJ Winsted, TJ Zacharias and Al Emmarino the remainder of the field.

The Chrome Horn will be back with Night 3 coverage at New Smyrna –hope you can follow along on www.thechromehorn.com CoverItLive.

Source: Polly Reid / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: February 16, 2014

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