Patrick Emerling Looking to Go Two For Two in GAF Roofing 150 at Stafford

With the return of the Whelen Modified Tour to Stafford on Friday, August 6 for the GAF Roofing 150, perhaps no driver is looking forward to the race more than Patrick Emerling. The Buffalo, NY native won the NAPA Spring Sizzler on April 30 and he won the most recent WMT race in Lancaster, NY last weekend. Emerling is looking forward to returning to Stafford with his #07 Captain Pip’s Marina Chevrolet and believes he can make it not only two in a row in Stafford, but also two in a row in the Tour.

“We’re looking forward to Stafford,” Emerling said. “I’m excited to win the Sizzler and then win at Lancaster last week. We have strong momentum and confidence in Stafford and that is something we want to capitalize on. There are a lot of guys in the Tour who are very good at Stafford, so the bottom line is they have a fast car and everyone on the team is at their best. Thanks to our sponsors Captain Pip’s Marina and Emerling Ford and Dodge and our plan is to win the race.”

Emerling is in the midst of the best Whelen Modified Tour season of his career. Emerling comes second in the points standings in Stafford, just 6 points behind defending and two-time WMT Champion Justin Bonsignore. With 2 of the final 6 WMT races of the 2021 season, including the season finale, to be held in Stafford, Emerling knows he needs to get good finishes at the Connecticut half mile to stay in the championship battle.

“I would say this has been my best season yet,” Emerling said. “We’ve had 2 wins so far this year and it finally seems to click for us. We’ve been pretty consistent this season. We had 1 bad race at Loudon (13e), but that wasn’t an achievement, it was a strategy gamble that wasn’t worth it to us. We are working to keep our consistency and be fast every week because the 51 [Justin Bonsignore] team is fast everywhere and they don’t miss a beat and the 10 [Doug Coby] team is also very fast. We’ve been able to finish ahead of the 51 guys a few times this season, but they’re very hard to beat on the track. Getting good results at Stafford is going to be huge. Usually the grip level at Stafford varies quite a bit later in the season. That’s something we’ll definitely adapt to in practice to get a good baseline for the race. We will do our homework and give our best when we come to Stafford.”

For Emerling and the #07 team, a good finish starts with a strong qualifying effort. Emerling experienced an engine problem in April qualifying for the NAPA Spring Sizzler that left him 23rd on the grid.

“We had an engine problem during qualifying, so we started the Sizzler scratch on the field after we came back and fixed the engine,” Emerling said. “We should definitely be better in qualifying this time. We will work hard on qualifying up front so we can make the race a little easier for ourselves.”

Emerling and the #07 team will also have different strategies in mind to deploy depending on how the GAF Roofing 150 plays out.

“Stafford is usually a race on the track and we were a lap behind in the Sizzler at one point so we ended up changing our strategy which really worked out well for us with the way the race went with the rain that came when it was did,” Emerling continued. “Even if it hadn’t rained at the Sizzler, I think we would have been in really good shape with fresh tires on the car. We have to have the right strategy to keep ourselves at the front the whole race. You always try to go into the race with different game plans because you never know how the race will go. ”

The 30th Annual GAF Roofing 150 is scheduled for this Friday, August 6. Stafford’s SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model and Street Stock divisions will participate in the Whelen Modified Tour in feature action. Tickets for the GAF Roofing 150 are now available online at and tickets will also be on sale at the entrance gates. Tickets for the GAF Roofing 150 are $40.00 for adults, $10.00 for ages 6-14, and free for ages 5 and under. Reserved seats are $45.00 for all ages and pit passes are $50.00 with a valid 2021 Stafford Competition license and $55.00 without a Stafford license. If you can’t attend the event, tune in to the livestream at FloRacing, the official streaming partner of Stafford Speedway.

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