Craig Lutz in victory lane Monday at New Smyrna Speedway. (Jim DuPont Photo)

Craig Lutz in triumph lane Monday at New Smyrna Speedway. (Jim DuPont Photo)

BRAND-NEW SMYRNA COASTLINE, Fla. – Multiple rivals attempted, however nobody was mosting likely to take the checkered flag far from Craig Lutz on Monday evening at New Smyrna Speedway.

Lutz, a three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race victor, ultimately held back Matt Hirschman to win the very first Tour-Type Modified function of the week throughout the 55th World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

The New York indigenous begun with the post adhering to an eight-car invert, which placed quick qualifier Hirschman in the 8th placement at the beginning. The area was piled with greater than 30 automobiles after prepare for a B-Main were ditched because of a rainfall hold-up throughout the ARCA Menards Series East opener previously at night.

The result was a caution-filled event that required Lutz to make it through several restarts. The very first care flag of the night was one of the most active as Jon McKennedy dilated the nerf bar of Ryan Preece appearing of turn 2 and also down the backstretch.

McKennedy’s customized moved to a drop in the center of the track, leaving a number of automobiles that got here on the scene secs later on with no place to go. The ultimate multi-car accident led to an extensive warning duration for cleaning.

Every care took place behind Lutz, however that doesn’t imply his night was uneventful. He discovered himself needing to repel obstacles from the similarity Patrick Emerling, Ron Silk and also, ultimately, Hirschman.

Hirschman had the ability to race his method right into opinion adhering to a reboot with 9 laps left when he went from 4th to 2nd. Another reboot a couple of laps later on saw Hirschman take the lead from Lutz, however authorities regarded Hirschman leapt the begin and also he was required to offer the placement back.

Multiple restarts would certainly comply with, however each time Lutz had the ability to repel Hirschman’s advancements to make his 2nd profession World Series triumph.

“This is the longest 50 laps I’ve ever raced,” Lutz stated in triumph lane. “It all exercised. My men, we had a hard time a little in technique, however incredible team. My team principal Doug Ogiejko placed a remarkable cars and truck with each other.

“It’s a big deal to win down here.”

Hirschman chosen 2nd, with Silk getting home 3rd. Six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champ Doug Coby originated from 21st to complete 4th, with two-time Southern Modified Tour champ Burt Myers taking 5th after beginning 20th.

The surface:

Craig Lutz, Matt Hirschman, Ron Silk, Doug Coby, Burt Myers, Anthony Nocella, Ryan Preece, Brian Robie, Chris Finocchario, David Sapienza, J.R. Bertuccio, Danny Knoll Jr., Buddy Charette, Patrick Emerling, Eric Goodale, Matthew Galko, Marcello Rufrano, Chuck Hossfeld, Chris Ridsdale, Jeremy Gerstner, Jimmy Blewett, Ronnie Williams, Jim Gavek, Bobby Jones, Tom Martino Jr., Zane Zeiner, Timmy Catalano, Amy Catalano, Tyler Catalano, Jon McKennedy, Tyler Rypkema, Eddie McCarthy, Stephen Kopcik, Tommy Catalano, Tyler Truex.