Drellos Unstoppable in First Super DIRTcar Series Win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway – DTD Exclusive

By BOBBY SWEENEY

MALTA, NY – The Super DIRTcar Series rolled into Albany-Saratoga Speedway for the second time in 2019, and a dominant performance was turned in by Demetrios Drellos for his first Super DIRTcar Series win.  The win paid him $10,000 and earned him a guaranteed starting spot in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at Oswego Speedway.

“It’s been such a learning curve running with these guys every week, and it’s finally paid off,” commented Drellos after the win.  “I’ve watched a lot of Super DIRTcar Series races from these stands and it’s really amazing to be standing down here not many years later.”

Demetrios Drellos grabbed the lead at the start of the 100-lap feature, with Matt Sheppard filing into second in the early going. Through the opening laps, Drellos kept a steady second and a half lead over Sheppard, but thick traffic was looming ahead.

This let Sheppard close in quickly, taking his first shot at Drellos on lap 19. Drellos hung on, but Sheppard fought back, poking a nose out front for a moment on lap 22. Drellos throttled down, clearing Sheppard and securing the lead again.




Once Drellos cleared Sheppard, he took off, pulling away by a few seconds in short notice. By lap 30, the gap between Drellos and Sheppard was up to a full straightaway, and third place Larry Wight had reeled in Sheppard.

After some laps of battling, Wight grabbed second on lap 39, and Mat Williamson had caught both Wight and Sheppard during their battle. Meanwhile, Drellos was still flying, continuing to motor away from Wight and more. Anthony Perrego slowed with a flat tire on lap 41, drawing the first yellow of the event and erasing Drellos’ seven-second lead.

On the restart, Wight gave Drellos a good challenge for a couple laps, but then Drellos got rolling on the cushion and pulled away. Williamson got by Sheppard for third, and Billy Decker followed through for fourth by lap 55.

Once in third, Williamson went chasing after Wight, drawing to his rear bumper by lap 60. While the battle for second was heating up, Drellos was long gone in his own zip code. Marcus Dinkins found the turn four wall on lap 65, bringing Drellos back to the field.

Like the restart before, Wight could put up a fight for a few laps, but Drellos pulled away again. Decker snuck around Williamson for third when the green flag dropped, then went to work on teammate Wight for second.

Decker grabbed the runner up position on lap 75, which let Wight and Williamson resume their earlier battle, this time for third. Behind them, Stewart Friesen found a lane way up top and cracked the top five, blasting by Sheppard.

With 15 laps remaining, the gap between Drellos and Decker was a little over a second, with Drellos running the extreme high side and Decker a lane lower. Drellos’ lead seemed stable, but was shaken up when the caution waived on lap 91 for Dinkins’ mechanical issues.

Drellos got a great restart, instantly putting some space between himself and Decker. Continuing to run the same lane he had for nearly the whole race, Drellos slowly built on that lead, while Decker was left to fend off the charges of Williamson and Friesen.

When the checkered flag fell, it was Drellos scoring his first Super DIRTcar Series victory in dominating fashion.

“Every lap that clicked off, I thought Larry, Matt, someone was going to roll by me,” Drellos said. “I’ve followed a lot of these guys on the Series, and they’re not afraid to take risks in traffic and stuff, you have to go and if you don’t go someone will pounce on you.”

Decker got to second with 25 laps to go, and was the only driver able to put up a challenge to Drellos in the late stages. At the end, Decker had to settle for second.

“I got a little bit lit on that last restart, and I think that messed my tire up some,” noted Decker. “It was a wrestling match, this track has some really good racing, our car was good, but these are some really tough fields. The track was too fast for us old guys, those young guys had it easier tonight.”

Williamson continued his hot streak with another podium. A couple steps down compared to Brewerton and Mohawk, but still a good showing in third.

“Confidence has been a big thing,” said Williamson. “Ever since we got that big win at Middletown, we’ve just been rolling. We tried to move all over the place tonight, the track was really fast and we just tightened up too much for it.”

Friesen wrapped up the night in fourth with Wight holding on to complete the top five.

09/21/2019 Massive Malta Weekend Albany-Saratoga Speedway Results

FEATURE (100 Laps): 1. 111-Demetrios Drellos [1][$10,000]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [11][$5,000]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [4][$2,500]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen [15][$1,800]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight [7][$1,600]; 6. 9S-Matt Sheppard [2][$1,400]; 7. 35-Mike Mahaney [23][$1,300]; 8. 93-Danny Varin [8][$1,200]; 9. 18-Anthony Perrego [16][$1,100]; 10. 2-Ronnie Johnson [3][$1,000]; 11. 19m-Jessey Mueller [5][$800]; 12. 20-Brett Hearn [17][$700]; 13. 19-Tim Fuller [21][$600]; 14. 25-Erick Rudolph [18][$575]; 15. 97-Bobby Hackel [10][$550]; 16. 3d-Matt Delorenzo [6][$525]; 17. 2L-Jack Lehner [24][$500]; 18. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [22][$500]; 19. 26-Ryan Godown [25][$500]; 20. 74-JR Heffner [13][$500]; 21. 91NY-Jackie Brown [19][$500]; 22. 27J-Danny Johnson [26][$500]; 23. R2-Rusty Smith [27][$]; 24. 21A-Peter Britten [12][$500]; 25. 17-Marcus Dinkins [28][$]; 26. 115-Kenny Tremont [9][$500]; 27. 96S-Paul St.Sauveur [14][$500]; 28. 3j-Marc Johnson [20][$500]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 35-Mike Mahaney[+16]

Qualifying Flight-A
1. 115-Kenny Tremont, 15.581; 2. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 15.706; 3. 93-Danny Varin, 15.761; 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 15.778; 5. 74-JR Heffner, 15.814; 6. 43-Keith Flach, 15.836; 7. 35-Mike Mahaney, 15.932; 8. 14NY-Daniel Johnson, 16.245; 9. 49-Billy Dunn, 16.501; 10. 27J-Danny Johnson, 16.744; DQ. 19D-Darrick McGrew, 16.41

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 97-Bobby Hackel, 15.792; 2. 3d-Matt Delorenzo, 15.808; 3. 96S-Paul St.Sauveur, 15.878; 4. 21A-Peter Britten, 16.048; 5. 19-Tim Fuller, 16.113; 6. 25-Erick Rudolph, 16.134; 7. 26-Ryan Godown, 16.223; 8. 4-Andy Bachetti, 16.243; 9. 43D-Ricky Davis, 16.272; 10. 14-CG Morey, 16.666

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 15.601; 2. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 15.761; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen, 15.779; 4. 27-Jeremy Pitts, 16.128; 5. 88-Mat Williamson, 16.243; 6. 42P-Pat Ward, 16.389; 7. 99-Kolby Schroder, 16.652; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 16.925; 9. 9V-Vincent Visconti, 17.526; DQ. 91NY-Jackie Brown, 16.29

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 91-Billy Decker, 15.611; 2. 2-Ronnie Johnson, 15.705; 3. 99L-Larry Wight, 15.744; 4. 18-Anthony Perrego, 15.837; 5. 3j-Marc Johnson, 15.844; 6. 2L-Jack Lehner, 15.92; 7. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 16.076; 8. 816-Jeff Rockefeller, 16.193; 9. R2-Rusty Smith, 16.437; 10. G-Reggie Bonner, 17.551

Heat #1 – Flight (A) – Spon.-1 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 115-Kenny Tremont [1]; 2. 19m-Jessey Mueller [2]; 3. 93-Danny Varin [3]; 4. 74-JR Heffner [5]; 5. 20-Brett Hearn [4]; 6. 35-Mike Mahaney [7]; 7. 43-Keith Flach [6]; 8. 49-Billy Dunn [9]; 9. 14NY-Daniel Johnson [8]; 10. 27J-Danny Johnson [10]; 11. 19D-Darrick McGrew [11]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) – Spon.-2 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 3d-Matt Delorenzo [2]; 2. 97-Bobby Hackel [1]; 3. 21A-Peter Britten [4]; 4. 96S-Paul St.Sauveur [3]; 5. 25-Erick Rudolph [6]; 6. 19-Tim Fuller [5]; 7. 26-Ryan Godown [7]; 8. 4-Andy Bachetti [8]; 9. 43D-Ricky Davis [9]; 10. 14-CG Morey [10]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) – Spon.-3 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [1]; 2. 111-Demetrios Drellos [2]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [5]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen [3]; 5. 91NY-Jackie Brown [10]; 6. 42P-Pat Ward [6]; 7. 99-Kolby Schroder [7]; 8. 27-Jeremy Pitts [4]; 9. 17-Marcus Dinkins [8]; 10. 9V-Vincent Visconti [9]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 91-Billy Decker [1]; 2. 2-Ronnie Johnson [2]; 3. 99L-Larry Wight [3]; 4. 18-Anthony Perrego [4]; 5. 3j-Marc Johnson [5]; 6. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [7]; 7. 2L-Jack Lehner [6]; 8. 816-Jeff Rockefeller [8]; 9. R2-Rusty Smith [9]; 10. G-Reggie Bonner [10]

LCS1 – Last Chance Showdowns (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer
1. 19-Tim Fuller [2][]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney [1][]; 3. 26-Ryan Godown [4][]; 4. 4-Andy Bachetti [6][]; 5. 43-Keith Flach [3][]; 6. 43D-Ricky Davis [8][]; 7. 49-Billy Dunn [5][]; 8. 14-CG Morey [10][]; 9. 27J-Danny Johnson [9][]; 10. 19D-Darrick McGrew [11][]; 11. 14NY-Daniel Johnson [7][]

LCS2 ( Laps)
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [2][]; 2. 2L-Jack Lehner [4][]; 3. 99-Kolby Schroder [3][]; 4. 816-Jeff Rockefeller [6][]; 5. R2-Rusty Smith [8][]; 6. 27-Jeremy Pitts [5][]; 7. 17-Marcus Dinkins [7][]; 8. 9V-Vincent Visconti [9][]; 9. 42P-Pat Ward [1][]