Makin’ Tracks – Bellinger Brewerton Best – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Having announced for over 40 years you’d think I would have seen it all, but Friday night at Brewerton the Modified main event will stay in my mind for years.

It was freakin’ unbelievable!!!!

It started innocently enough as Joe August Jr. and Tim Harris shared the front row.

So okay who would lead lap three?




Well August not only led lap three, but everyone right up to lap 22. Here was a guy who in the past was the ultimate of a small team as his dad would build motors in their garage and they would head out to compete against the store bought big-blocks.

There was a new look when the team arrived at Brewerton on opening night as the red 88 appeared to just have new cosmetics. However, upon further research it was discovered that this was a former big-block Larry Wight car from last year and an engine run by Billy Decker.

August was up there for 22 laps before his brother-in-law Robbie Bellinger brought the legendary Barcomb car to victory lane to end a five year drought at the D Shaped Dirt Deamon.

It was a sensational race that at one time has three brothers-in-law August, Bellinger and Matt Hulsizer one-two-three. It certainly would have been more memorable, but in the end Robbie was in victory lane.

Of course it was one of those nights where his wife Beth wasn’t in attendance.

And the win didn’t come easy as Wight, who started 14th, was just six tenth’s of a second behind at the checker and they were followed by Tim Sears Jr., Hulsizer and Chris Hile.

August finished up 12th and said, “We guessed wrong on the setup for the last ten laps.”

It was just one of those features that you won’t forget too soon.

Pit Stops

Tim Murphy, Andrew Ferguson and Jim Witko Jr. were involved in a front stretch melee on lap 2 inflicting front end damage on the M1…

Chad Phelps had his third consecutive 10th place finish…

Ron Davis III’s Mod was heavily damaged the week before and they mentioned that they repaired the right rear end, the front axle, shocks, torsion bars, and torque arms as well as the drive shaft…

The Sportsman fields continue to be big enough for two features on a regular basis…

Tyler Murray was having the run of his life only to have Chris Mackey pass him for the win in the first feature…

Alan Fink and Rich Townsend put on a heck of a show as they dueled for the win in the second as Fink came away with a one tenth of a second win…

Torrey Stoughtenger and Corey Barker were running seventh and eighth in the later stages of their main only to tangle in turn three…

Brent Joy had his car heavily damaged after contact on the front stretch wall. J.J. Courcy (who finished third) and Joy touched wheel to wheel…

Rich Riggs Jr. was towed off…

Dylan Zacharias plans on being back in his new Troyer this week. It arrived last Friday in the shop. So Chris Bonoffski should be back in the “rental” this week…

In Mod Lite hot laps Tim Dunham spun and Dave Brown just had nowhere to go. Sadly both cars were done for the night…

Tucker Halliday had a career run going in leading the Mod-Lite main. He eventually surrendered the top spot to the son-father duo Justin and Doug Williams. Asked about it later Tucker said, “Driver mistake.” He’s learning and will do okay.

16 cars started the Mod-Lite main with 18 in the pits. So it appears the class is growing again…

There were 23 Mods, 40 Sportsman and 13 Four Cylinders as well…

Did not start in the Sportsman features were Rick Rogala and Tim Devendorf.

Chris Bonoffski hopped in Nate Powers car for the Four Cylinder win…

Stephanie Seeley only new name in 4C field…

That’s it for this time around. New and comments to foley395@hotmail.com