News, Notes and Quotes from Duel at the Demon – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT & JEFF WITHEY

There was a hint of disappointment in voice of Tim Sears Jr., on Friday night after his third place effort in the Duel at the Demon Super DIRTcar Series event. Sears was in contention for the win the entire race only to lose a position late to Matt Sheppard before he went on to take the victory.

“We’ve been really good in this race every year since they started,” said Sears. “We’ve been in the top three every race. You can’t really complain about that.”

Sears felt like he cost himself a shot at victory. He made a couple of mistakes while racing with Sheppard. He knows, like most, in order to beat Sheppard you can’t give him any opportunities or he’ll take advantage. Sheppard drove right through the middle to get around Sears as he made miscues on the bottom.

“I don’t think Matt was any better through the middle than he was earlier in the race because he was outside of me earlier in the race,” mentioned Sears. “I saw him outside of me and I think he got in my head. I just over drove a couple corners and slid a little bit farther than usual. That little bit extra is what will do you in.”

Sears ran the bottom for the entire race making sure to keep his tires under him. That is what put him in position late in the main-event to have a shot. The Brewerton Speedway regular knows what can happen if you run your car on the top side of the speedway for an extended period.

“If you can get around the bottom of this place, no matter how the track is, you are usually better off,” cited Sears. “You can seal tires up when you get off the bottom. If you can run the bottom you usually got something left at the end. A lot of guys burn their stuff up. Fortunately you can be in position to gain a couple spots at the end if you are patient and stick to it.”

He was patient and stuck to it, unfortunately he just came up a few spots short of his first series win.

BREWERTON BITES

Mike Mahaney was aboard the Buzz Racing Bicknell entry. Mike is planning on going to Super DIRT Week with the same car, but it will have a new body and a different paint scheme on it. Also, Mahaney was scheduled to compete in the Grandview Speedway Freedom 76 on Saturday where he was going to be driving the Breitenstein No. 14…

Gary Tomkins will be headed back to Super DIRT Week. He will be driving the Darren Kendrick owned Bicknell with JPM power under the hood. Tomkins will also be getting some help from former modified driver Dale Plank during Super DIRT Week…

Brett Hearn headed to the Green Mountain state on Sunday for the Vermont 200. This Crate Sportsman event payed the winner $10,000.  Hearn hadn’t raced at Devils Bowl since 2000 when the now defunct USNA series raced there.  He went on to take the win…

Friday night marked the first race for new series director Dean Renyolds who is replacing the retiring Mike Perrotte.  Perrotte is retiring from the Super DIRTcar Series tour but won’t be retiring from racing.

“I’ll be just racing at Airborne and a few specials here and there. After all these years of racing I’m looking forward to doing somethings I haven’t been able to get to like maybe a vacation.”

When asked if he has any regrets about retiring, Perrotte paused and said, “I’ll miss the people, the officials, the drivers, the fans, the whole thing.”…

Rob Bellinger was the KSE Hard Charger winner beating out Rich Scaglliotta by two spots. They both passed 13 cars in the feature, but Bellinger finished higher in the finishing order…

The next Series race is next Saturday at Fonda for the Jack 100 with a 12th spot for Oswego on tap for the winner of the 100-lap affair. Johnson is still the all-time winning driver at Fonda with nearly 150 career wins with a big block and 11 track championships in his illustrious career.

Larry Wight set fast time of the night with a lap of 14.407 in the first group of qualifying…

Wight, Matt Hulsizer, Max McLaughlin and Billy Decker won the heat races.  Every heat race winner came from a front row starting position…

Andrew Ferguson and Chad Brachmann each took home wins in their respective Last Chance Showdowns…

Chris Hile earned the final transfer position in heat two only to be towed into the pits with apparent rear-end issues.  He returned later to shake down his No. 5H before starting the main-event…

Butch Tittle went up in smoke in the first LCS.