Makin’ Tracks – Mod Guys Get Close – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Guess Modified guys have some ability to race with some of the best Sprint Car invaders in the nation and that was quite evident at the Weedsport Speedway on Sunday night.

Runner up Danny Varin and Larry Wight certainly kept the local fans enthused in the 35-lap Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions main event.

Varin passed had a career drive in his Dover Brake 00 while Wight nearly had his first podium finish only to have it disappear when, running in second place, he bounced off the wall at the top of one and two.

Varin and Californian Corey Eliason were set up for a good show as they started at the head of the field. It took some time, but Danny eventually got the lead.



Meanwhile, Wight (who started sixth), picked off the likes of Aaron Reutzel, Greg Wilson, Spencer Bayston and Eliason and continually search for the quickest way around the track.

A Central New York racing fans dream of Mod guys going one-two in this one was close to a reality, but it just didn’t happen. To make matters worse there was not “work clock” in the “work area” and as Larry’s crew thrashed to change the right rear the green came out. Their night was done.

Danny Dietrich chalked up his first career Weedsport All Star win with Varin second.

Mod Surprise? Not!!!

Matt Sheppard does what Matt Sheppard always seems to do and that is win.

While big-block rookie Matt Farnham, Chris Hile and Jimmy Phelps put on a crowd pleasing run at the front of the field Sheppard, like a vulture waiting to pick up the scraps, was lurking right behind.

And to no ones surprise on the 18th lap of the 35 leap main the 9s went low on the front stretch, took the lead and many fans got up and headed for the exits.

While Matt won again there were some interesting sidebars as Farnham, starting on pole, led early, but then Chris Hile would take the lead. They would swap a few times as they were, at times, able to run alongside one another.

Jimmy Phelps was just a tick of the clock away from third and heat winner Kyle Coffey finished out the top five.

Pit Stops

There were 30 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Sprints and 28 Modifieds pit-side…

A couple new names in Sprints including Landon LaLonde who was running only his second All Star show every and Aussie Jessie Attard…

Pennsy Mike Bauer made his first Sprint visit…

Lucas Wolfe and Dietrich were in their first All Star show of this first Eastern swing…

All Star regulars included Corey Eliason, Tyler Esh, Gerald McIntyre, Dale Blaney, Chad Kemenah, Spencer Bayston, Aaron Reutzel, Paul McMahan, Greg Wilson, Tony Stewart, Brock Zearfoss, George Hobough and Skyler Gee…

Chuck Hebing had his 360 and qualified though the B with a fourth place finish…

Hot laps were relatively uneventful except for a spin by Gary Tomkins which dinged the cars of Dave Marcuccilli and Larry Wight. It was an accordion type situation where the M1 had a bent up right rear wheel and Wight plenty of right side cosmetic damage to the 99L. Gary was running a radical new style Mod and there were obviously some bugs. He got to the pits and sought out the other two drivers to apologize. Larry was sitting in his Sprint in the staging area, but Gary sought him out and they talked…

Sprint time trials were delayed by around 20 minutes due to loop problems. They were never solved. Sadly this happened because with no scoreboard the fans who were regulars might have had plenty of trouble figuring who was where in the Sprints. But stuff happens…

Sprint heats winners included Lucas Wolfe, Aaron Reutzel and Greg Wilson…

Corey Eliason won the dash…

Chad Kemanah captured the 10 car B Main…

Only Sprint Car not competing in the entire show was Dave Franek who loaded up after time trials and headed home. No definite word from anyone, but it was thought a motor…

Mod heats went to Jimmy Phelps, Kyle Coffey and Eric Rudolph…

Todd Root started in the front row of his heat, but the race director determined he jumped the start and he was sent to the second row…

Watching Dave Marcucilli in his heat was fun as he remained on the top side throughout. He knew the top four redrew and with a 358 under the hood he was desperate to get to the draw. His heat included Phelps, Hile, The Doctor, Matt, Larry and Decker. He didn’t get to the redraw…

You had to enjoy the way Sheppard was working in his heat. He started back in seventh and simply could not get past the 358 of Tyler Trump. It took a while, but Matt got fourth and to the draw he went…

Gypsum cars had a tough draw with Larry and Billy starting at the tail end of their heat and Pat Ward in the rear of his…

The left rear hub on Chad Phelps X broke early in the feature. He thought he just had a flat tire, but then the entire rear end dropped to the track…

Flames poured by 358 rookie Kyle DeMetro’s 15d in the main event and as he pulled in to the pit road his crew was imploring him to get out quickly. Fire crews were on the scene, but it was mostly smoke by then…

The All Stars back in New York in July with shows at Utica-Rome, Orange County and Lebanon Valley…

USAC wingless Sprints along with Mods return to Weedsport this coming Sunday night…

Well, I saw something I never thought I would see at a race track at Weedsport on Sunday. Sitting in the pit grandstands between three and four the mosquitos were record setting. I must have killed 100. During the delay for time trial loop problems a track employee came up with what appeared to be yellow highlighters and distributed them to the fans in that area. I put it in my pocket. It had a Weedsport Speedway and Mohawk Northeast logo on it and I thought it a bit strange. Next day I opened the package only to discover that it wasn’t a highlighter after all, but insect repellent. That must be  first…a track providing insect repellent for free. Great customer service.

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