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Presley Sorah Scores the Win at Martinsville in MNR

Presley Sorah took home the checkered flag in the second race of Season Five of the Monday Night Racing Pro Series. Tonight’s (May 9) race featured the Mazda MX-5 cars at the Martinsville Speedway.

“I have more laps on this track and car combo than anyone else in this field, maybe besides Landon (Huffman), which prepared me more than ever,” says Sorah, reflecting on his strength.

He also stated that this win is a major boost for his season going forward. “I really, really needed a win, and it really helps and [I] don’t have to worry about points for two months.”

Heat races set the starting grid for the main event, meaning Shane Van Gisbergen and Sorah made up the front row for the feature. The word of the race, though, was attrition. Several wrecks marred the racing, meaning keeping it up front and clean was the most important aspect.

Martinsville is known for being an action-packed short track with any stock car. However, in the Mazdas, this became a tightly packed race with nobody able to truly get away from each other.

Sorah led most of this race and proved to have the dominant car. His closest competitors, in Bailey Turner and Adam Cabot, both kept him in check but in the end, they were no match for the No. 98 machine.

It was a tough race for many drivers who had strong races last week, including Anthony Alfredo, who wrecked out halfway through the race, relegating him to a 29th place result.

Sorah is a veteran iRacer and made his way into the league by virtue of winning the Road to Glory championship last season. Think of it as the Xfinity Series to Monday Night Racing, as it was the race to get into the top series.

Cabot, Turner, Rajah Caruth, and Max Kennon rounded out the top five finishers.

Next week, the league heads to Watkins Glen International with the Pro 2 car. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on Twitch.tv/podiumesports.

About the author

Brandon is a 22-year-old from NY and has been a passionate follower of motorsports for 14 years now. He recently graduated from Molloy College on Long Island with a BA in Communications. Working within NASCAR has been a dream for Brandon for a while, and he hopes to be able to live out the dream in the very near future.

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