Makin’ Tracks – Youngsters Impress at Brewerton – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

It isn’t often that a 358 can be a contender at the Brewerton Speedway when the big-blocks are the featured class.

However, on Friday night, 18-year-old Tyler Trump made an impression and that almost got him to one of the biggest upsets in a long long time at the Demon.

Trump started outside of row two and took the lead from last week’s surprise Joe August Jr. on lap six.

From there on attention was focused on the 9x as he found the right line and was able to maintain a comfortable advantage up front.




However, in the prelims Tim Sears Jr. really made his presence known as he went from fifth to first and after starting 12th on the grid he was moving.

There was just a little less than three laps left between Sears big-block went to the front.

Even though he won by .9 of a second it was a sensational finish.

Sears and his team really needed this. Timmy just seems to be able to get the job done as he has been a success in every class he’s been behind the wheel. It is hard to believe it took him this long to get a win this year, but after finishes of third, fourth and seventh in the first three features this year it was only a matter of time. It was a hard fought, deserving win.

Trump was one of only two small-blocks in the field and entering the night he had not had one top ten finish this year.

His dad, Tom, told DTD, “It was a new car this week. It’s a 2018 Bicknell, a former Larry Wight car with a Brian Donnath small-block motor. A big thanks to Scott Jeffrey, Jake and Brandon from the Gypsum team and to the Wight family and to the 18 year old driver that drove his ass off tonight.”

While Sears and Trump took the top two sports you couldn’t ignore third place Andrew Ferguson. The team has been chasing some gremlins in the early part of the year.

He’s had nothing to show for his efforts at the Demon with no top ten finishes in the first three shows.

That ended on Friday for, at times, he was one of the fastest cars on the track. He chased Trump for lap after lap and ran second to Trump from lap 12 to 30.

Fourth place finisher Billy Decker had to work his rear end off as he started 14th and rallied for fourth in the one caution event.

Fifth place Matt Hulsizer continued his consistent run supporting his fourth and fifth the previous two weeks.

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Phleps (starting 16th), Tom Sears (from 13th), Joe August Jr., Larry Wight (from 17th) and Chris Hile (from 9th).

Of the 21 cars in action, 17 finished all 35 laps while two went 34, one 33 and the only drop out was Roy Bresnahan who had just four laps in.

Pit Stops

21 Modifieds, 16 Mod Lites, 10 Four Cylinders, 10 Late Models and 39 Sportsman were in the pits…

Chad Phelps had the X back after a busy week as the left rear hub and tube were broken in a crash earlier at Weedsport…

Tim Kerr said work has kept him away from Friday night Modified action, but he was back in the 07 for the first time…

Joe August Jr. noted that the rear end got tweeked after contact with Robbie Bellinger the week before. However, Joe rallied on Friday for a career best 8th place finish in the Mod main…

Mod heat winners included Chris Hile by .159 of a second over Andrew Ferguson as well as Tom and Tim Sears Jr…

Sportsman heats went to Mike Prentice, Brent Joy, Dorion Wahden and Mike Fowler.

If fans decided to take a walk during the Sportsman qualifiers they missed some good ones as Prentice beat Billy Clark Jr. by .095 of a second; Joy beat Mark Yorker by .024 of a second and Wahden was a .258 of a second winner over Willy Decker Jr.

Jason Parkhurst and Homan won LM prelims and Ray Bechler the 4 Cylinder heat.

Four Cylinder driver Jerry Curcie Jr. had some health issues and Scott Mallette (who did well in the Novice Sportsmen at Utica-Rome last season) filled in for a fifth place finish in the ride that Sam Carista had driven for years. Hopefully Sam and Jerry will be back soon…

Dylan Zacharias and his team finished up the 27Z just about an hour and a half before the Brewerton gates swung open. It’s a brand new Troyer and he came home seventh…

Mod Lite driver Casey Sykes spun out in hot laps, but recovered for a solid night with a second in the main behind back-to-back winner Justin Williams…

ML driver Joe Garafolo was second to Williams in his heat, but broke a right rear shock in the early stages of the feature…

Mod lites struggled a bit with track spring conditions. There was a real bump (as evidenced by watching every class) low between three and four and one driver said there was a “three car garage hole” coming out of four. Wet weather certainly hasn’t helped, but it was probably the first time the Demon has swallowed up cars this year…

Rick Rogala went off on the hook when the front end of the 71 collapsed…

Mod driver Ron Davis had a moment as he slid off the banking between three and four to visit the folks sitting in the fourth turn grandstands. He seemed to hit some of the foliage, but drove it back up…

Chad Homan took the lead in the very late going of the LM main for the win by just two-tenths of a second over Dale Caswell. There was fan pleasing action up front on this one…

Heartbreak for Sportsman driver Tim Devendorf. He led from the outset, but on the 15th lap of the feature got into the rear end of the lapped car of Bailey Groves and spun out surrendering the point to eventual first time winner Mike Prentice. To Tim’s credit he stayed out there and settled for 16th…

Alan Fink went from sixth to third on a late race restart and eventually finished in second place…

Well, it was another weekend of rain and wet grounds as Fulton and Utica-Rome were cancelled well before the starting time for reasons that were quite evident. The much awaited USAC Sprint show at Weedsport was one of the first shows called on Sunday morning. That is one of the major highlights of my year. Oh well this year what can you expect?