Bush's Beans 150 Victory A Bucket List Achievement For Goodale
For the second time in as many years, the Bush's Beans 150 started before the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway and ended after it.
Wednesday's rain-interrupted race featuring the Whelen Modified and Southern Modified tours did not resume until after 11 p.m. and was shortened to 100 laps from its scheduled 150. In the end, Eric Goodale earned the victory by holding off pole winner Todd Szegedy in the closing laps on the high-banked half-mile.
"I've been coming here watching Cup racin', all kinds of racin' since I was 8 years old," said Goodale, a native of Riverhead, New York who drove the No. 58 car. "Ever since I learned that we were going to come here and race at Bristol, it's been on my bucket list to get it done here. We can definitely check that one off the list."
Inclement weather stopped the race after 55 laps. Szegedy led every lap to that point.
Track drying efforts continued as more rain approached the speedway from the southwest. One hour before the scheduled start of the Truck Series race, NASCAR officials announced plans to run the balance of the modified race after the UNOH 200.
Goodale wasn't in the top 10 when the rain interrupted the race but was up to seventh by the halfway break with 21 laps to go. He spent the closing laps holding off Szegedy, who finished 0.438 of a second behind Goodale. Donny Lia finished third, Patrick Emerling fourth and defending Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby completed the top five.
"I was a little disappointed that it came in a shortened race, but a win is a win" said Goodale, whose other Whelen Modified Tour victory came in 2014. "I do believe we definitely had the best car here tonight. I think it just helped me not sweat it out for the last 50 (laps)."
In qualifying, Szegedy set a series track record for the Whelen Modified Tour at Bristol with a lap of 131.967 mph. The 2003 series champion from Ridgefield, Connecticut was one of eight drivers overall who bested the series track record set a year earlier by Woody Pitkat.