Emory's Consistency Fuels Championship Season
Driven by a relentless desire to secure his 1st touring series title, Robbie Emory entered the 2018 season poised to make a run for the FUEL Racing Series Championship. Though his first series victory did not come until late June, the Delaware racer reeled off six consecutive Top 5 finishes to kick off his 2018 campaign. Emory followed up his solid start by scoring three consecutive victories at Carolina, Cherokee, and 311 to solidify his position atop the standings. With his impressive championship effort, Emory and his Emory's Racing team joined Steve Banal (2017), Jonathan Edwards (2016), and Ross Bailes (2014 & 2015), as FUEL Racing Series Champions.
The unparalleled commitment exhibited by the family team was put on display during the season finale RACE FOR THE KIDS at County Line. After experiencing engine issues early in the evening, the team changed the power plant in the 9E and proceeded to rally from the tail of the heat race into a transfer position for the $5000 To Win Main Event. Emory’s lethal combination of consistency and commitment to excellence undoubtedly paved his way to the championship. Eastern North Carolina standout Shaun Harrell was the runner-up in this year's championship battle. The Hope Mills, NC racer posted a win at Friendship, scored two runner-up finishes, and posted several Top 10 performances. 2017 FUEL Champion Steve Banal rounded out the Top 3. Banal rebounded from a disappointing start in 2018 to post a win at Cherokee and multiple Top 5 finishes.
"We had a dream season getting 8 overall wins and winning the FUEL Racing Series Championship", explained Emory. "All of that is thanks to how consistent we were this year and how hard we worked to get where we are. We are a family team and all of our success starts with my dad and mom. Thank you to James Stevens, Penske by JDS, Emory's Chassisworks, Mark Pettyjohn, PJ1 Motorsport, Racetec Pistons, Baker Outlaw Carburetors, PJ Auto Repair, Swartz Race Cars, and all of our loyal supporters."
While Emory celebrated his championship, the 2018 Rookie of the Year battle came down to the final event FUEL newcomers Derrick Ramey and Brandon White put their respective talents on display throughout the entire season. Though neither driver broke through with a series victory, both rebounded from occasional misfortune during the season to score multiple Top 5 finishes. In the end, a mere 16 points separated the drivers with Ramey securing the ROY honors.
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