Makin’ Tracks: Everyone Loves Demon Parade; Decker Once Again the Show – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

What the heck is a “Post Parade?”

Well, Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway there was something different. Walking and driving in there was new pavement all over the place (entrance road, midway area and the walkway between the fence and the grandstands).

GM Cory Reed said, “We’re trying something new tonight as we are having a Post Parade at 7:15. It’s late in the season, but with the paving we are going to try it. I grew up with this in Vermont and Tom Curley was a genius of doing different things.”

Well, at 7:15 p.m. the five feature winners from last week drove their cars through the midway fourth turn gate, turned toward the grandstands and drove the length of the front stretch between the fence and grandstands, parking their cars, got interviewed and mingled with fans for 10 minutes before firing them back up and rolling through a gate at the end of the grandstands.




It worked. The fans loved it and it was definitely one of those up close and personal moments that brought the drivers closer to the fans.

I love different things. Many tracks try promotions to not only attract new fans, but keep the regulars excited.

Tell me if you agree, but wouldn’t a Bob McCreadie Tribute Race at Brewerton be something great. If they could line it up when Timmy McCreadie is free and you could bring back some of the guys he competed against it would be a night to remember. And by the way a home run at the front gate.

The Brewerton schedule for the most part has been predictable and even though there are a couple of Sprint races, a Late Model visit, this year a demo derby you get the feeling that something is missing. Racing is great, but in today’s world there needs to be more. Fans not only want racing, but those not immersed in the sport also need other things to generate their interest.

The Post Parade is a first step in generating interest and excitement. Hopefully, more will come.

Billy Decker Worth Price of Admission

Billy Decker continues to amaze at Brewerton and finished just three tenths of a second behind Tim Sears Jr. as he simply ran out of laps.

Decker bristled a bit in the “post parade” interview when I asked him if he was surprised at leading the Super Dirt Series points. He noted he wasn’t and that he feels (as he should as a driver) that he can win every damn race.

He returned to Brewerton this year in the Page Trucking 91 and could be walking out with the track title next Friday.

Once again he was the show. He started 18th and watching him roar through the field you can tell the word “patience” simply doesn’t exist in his vocabulary.

He appears to be quiet and low keyed, but it’s quite obvious that he is intense.

Pit Stops

Tim Sears started 14th on the field and took the lead with 10 laps to go. He lost his engine two weeks ago, but had a new LJL-Kevlar in that was fresh off the dyno on Thursday…

Tom Sears Jr. led much of the race, but settled for third after a suffering a flat front tire late in the feature…

You had to love the battle for second place around the 20th lap between Mike Bowman, Mike Mahaney and Sears…

Mike Bowman, after suffering extensive damage on each night last weekend, came home a solid fourth just ahead of Max McLaughlin…

Larry Wight entered the night second in points, but had to settle for 11th…

Mike Mahaney was fourth at the halfway point, but fell back to 12th. The 77x had motor troubles and the team found out on Thursday night that they had to get the family car ready for Brewerton and that included getting the Olum’s graphic on the rear quarter panel. ..

Mechanical woes sent Chad Phelps (got collected in wreck), Chris Hile and Roy Bresnahan to the pits. All other 17 cars finished the 35 laps…

Chris Hile had the car that was wrecked last week back in action. Had just 13 laps on the car. We talked about the cost of Big Block racing prior to the night’s action. Future column on that one…

Gary Tomkins apparently had motor troubles and exited the heat. A DNS for the main…

Alan Fink and Ron Davis III are in a battle for the Sportsman track championship. Fink went in with a 33 point lead. Davis won and Alan came home ninth…

Davis started 16th and got the lead from Gill in the late going for his third win of the year…

14 year old Jackson Gill had a career best second in the Sportsman main. Other bests had Earl Rudy third and early leader Amy Holland fourth. Good to see Dylan Zacharias with a top five…

There were 21 cars in the lead lap of the Sportsman feature…

Stephen Denton broke the steering and couldn’t make the turn to the pits. The tow truck picked him up and the hook broke off the tow truck thus making a bad night worse…

Gordy Button back in the driver seat in the Jeff Taylor 11T. Gordy finished 19th…

Jordan Bennett back for the first time in 2016 in the car usually driven by Dorian Wahdan at Fulton on Saturday…

Mod-Lite point leader Justin Williams in the Halliday car after blowing his motor the previous week. Thus far after losing the engine he has been in the Kelly Skinner and Halliday car…

Bit of irony going into the Mod-Lite main. In the point standings Tucker Halliday and brother Ryan are 15th and 16th. Ryan started year, but is in Iraq serving our nation while Tucker hopped in and replaced him upon his departure…

Joe Garafolo absent as the computer in his motor went to the blue screen and died…

Mods missing included Ryan Bartlett, Rich Scagliotta and Robbie Bellinger (motor blown)…

Four-Cylinder track champ Chris Bonoffski didn’t run his heat and saved the car for the feature. He won his sixth feature of the year and the track crown. He’s headed to Sportsmen. He noted in victory lane they hustled to get the car back as owner Nate Powers took the car to Thunder Mountain and “melted the sparkplug to the head.”…

Chuck Powelczyk lost a right rear tire as the yellow came out while he was running in the top three…

Point runner up Quinn Wallis also went off on the hook…

Will Shields was  in Tim Abate 11s…

Matt Becker made his debut in his Sportsman and hammered the front stretch wall in his heat with the right rear. It was a rough ride and a huge hit. He was shaken and helped from his car…

Only a dozen Mod-Lites as attrition has been high recently with several motor problems…

Casey Sykes chalked up his sixth feature win and if it hadn’t been for some problems early in the season the Morrisville State 19-year-old would be atop the points. Jeff Sykes, no relation to Casey, is the only other driver in the division with multiple wins with three…

Brian Myers pretty quick, but finished 1.5 seconds behind the Mod-Lite winner…

Keith Stevenson lost a drive shaft early in the night knocking his Mod-Lite out of action thus making for an 11 car feature field…

Well have to admit a unique experience announcing. The M&M was roaming around and I interviewed an object who couldn’t talk. It was fun and a good comedy piece. M&M was a good sport…

Many thanks to Doug Brown of M&M for all the free candy to the fans and the tower. It was appreciated as the new Strawberry Nut M&M’s were different, yet tasty. The dark chocolate Twix were great. Many other choices as fans walked in. Great promotion…

Gotta love the Demon sign with the red eyes that light up when it gets dark. Someone has a dark background developing and designing that thing…

Once again the speedway has no affiliation with this column. Any comments, news, notes or corrections send along to foley395@hotmail.com.