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When the season started, Emily Day wasn’t thinking about winning a championship, but she adapted quickly and was able to win the Legends division championship at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The 17-year-old Day, from Garner, only began racing in Legends last fall after scoring multiple victories in Bandolero competition at Southern National. This year, she made the move up to Legends full-time with the intentions of learning as she competed at three different North Carolina tracks.
“At the beginning of the year, I had no intentions of running for championship points,” Day said. “I was thinking this would be more of a learning year for me but once I got started, I was able to pick up on it and was racing pretty competitively all year.”
Day’s natural ability showed in the first race of the year at Southern National back in March.
She was in contention for the lead and even led laps while battling her older brother, Caleb. It was that early in the season that Day knew she could win.
Day ended up scoring her first career Legends victory July 28 at Southern National, then backed that up two weeks later with a win at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh.
“That first win, we kind of knew it was coming,” Day recalled. “Just getting it, then I got the Wake County win soon after. We were on a roll, being able to get back to victory lane and finish out the season with a championship.”
Day also ran races at Carteret County Speedway in Swansboro, another track where she showed speed and potential. After nearly a month off due to Hurricane Florence, Day was able to go back to Southern National and close the deal by clinching the championship in style with a win.
“I was able to learn a lot this year at all the tracks,” Day remarked.“All the work and time that my dad and my brother put into the car getting it ready to race and be competitive, it was really something.”
Day plans on competing in a couple more races in 2018 — most notably the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park on Thanksgiving weekend.