Makin’ Tracks – Wheels Summer Broiler – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Sometimes things don’t go according as planned.

I think that was the case in regards to Rolling Wheels Summer Broiler. The major disappointment among fans (and probably the promoter) was a shorter field than anticipated for three very well paying races.

Just 19 Modifieds, around 30 Hoosier Sportsman and 25 or so American Racer Sportsman had pit stalls and came to race, but there was plenty more room for cars.

However, put the car numbers aside and the show was pretty decent.




Rocky Warner won the Hoosier main. Gary Tomkins the Mods and Matt Guererri the American Racer.

Modifieds who wanted to race were on hand with a field that included Matt Sheppard, Mike Mahaney, Roy Bresnahan, Andy Bachetti, Peter Brittan, Gary Tomkins, Kyle Coffey, Alan Johnson, Justin Haers, Erik Rudolph, Ryan Jordan, Lance Doucette, Dave Allen, Rich Richner, Andrew Ferguson, Tim Murphy, Mike Bowman, Scott Budinot, and Matt Williamson.

Super DIRTcar Series Tour drivers remained absent. Matt Sheppard said, “I didn’t ask anyone about racing here. I read in Dirt Track Digest in an article that they said it was okay that we ran here.”

For $7,500 it would be difficult for a driver who makes his living racing to stay away. At the halfway point of the feature the 9s had a 12 second lead and was up to the eighth place car. However, apparently he didn’t like something about the way the engine felt on the 28th lap restart and turned it off eventually coasting to a stop in the second turn.

Early on in the feature fans really had to enjoy the Mahaney, Britten and Tomkins battle. They ran together lap after lap and then hit traffic which made to added excitement. So if you weren’t watching the 9s pull away there was some decent action behind.

Alan Johnson got to fourth, but with 19 laps to go in the 50 circuit run he overheated.

With only eight cars left with about 20 to go it was a battle for survival.

Roy Bresnahan was in the top six with five laps left, but on lap 47 he had gotten shuffled to eighth and pitted.

Bachetti came home in fourth in a rare Central New York excursion. He explained, “There was $7,500 to win and we need to run some of these money paying shows. When they put that kind of money up you come to race. I’ve been here a few times over the years. It is a good facility, but I really haven’t been great here.”

He has a guaranteed spot from Afton for the Fulton Outlaw event and noted, “Really haven’t made up our minds yet. It’s possible.”

A week ago Bachetti had his hauler hit by a water truck at Lebanon Valley Speedway, but he said, “It was human error. However, I have to thank C.J. Morey for the tremendous help he has given us (hauler).”

Why there was a need to run two six car and one seven car heat I will never understand, but Haers and Bachetti had the fans on edge on lap one of heat one with Haers winning while Tomkins ran away with heat two and Matt Williamson won the third.

Sportsman Counts Interesting

Sportsmen run for $500 to win in a normal 25 lap feature at their home tracks.

One this night $200 to start, but $2,000 to win should have brought more cars.

Rocky Warner and Matt Guererri each took home two grand.

The American Racer main was the most interesting as Willy Decker Jr. led until just four laps to go when after a restart Guererri grabbed the lead for good.

Decker, who had run American Racers twice last year at I-88 and once at the Wheels, was trying to do something his dad had never done…win at the Wheels. He came oh so close.

The top two cars battled throughout along with Nick Nye. It was solid racing and following Guererri and Decker were Rocky, Nye and Matt Janczuk.

The Hoosier main saw Rocky and Dave Marcucilli first and second with Kane Bristol third followed by Janczuk and Ron Davis III.

Pit Stops

Never really thought of it before, but walking by a huge hauler I saw HBR on the side of the door. I knew Phelps and McLaughlin (walking around pits) weren’t racing, walked closer and turned out to be Haers Brothers Racing…

Matt Guererri couldn’t fire in the first Sportsmen main…

Bresnahan and Coffey battled for the runner up spot throughout the second Mod heat…

Mike Bowman, the last car to arrive at the track, started smoking heavily in his heat…

Ron Davis III started 17th in the Hoosier event and came home with a well driven fifth…

Bob Henry made his return in the car usually driven by Tony Komuda. He ran well until contact which bent him up…

A.J. Lloyd hammered the front stretch wall in the Hoosier feature and turned out to be one of the most heavily damaged cars of the night…

Mod Scott Budinot had trouble in the pre feature hot laps and was the only Mod that didn’t start…

Todd Root had just over 30 laps on his Sportsman motor before it went at the Wheels…

Willy Decker Jr. won the Hoosier consi. No American Racer consi was needed…

Next scheduled show at the Wheels is the Monster Trucks in early September. Take a look at their Facebook page as plenty of trucks are apparently entered. There will be a woman shot out of a cannon and a person blowing themselves up with dynamite. Sounds like fun…

Interesting night, but the American Racer program started after the Mod feature. Three heats, a break (at 10:40 p.m.) was necessary to draw and line up the field and the feature was over a little after 11 p.m…

From the let it go department. The guy running the driver’s meeting at the Wheels said to the gathered last night, “There is zero tolerance here and no one is to get out of the car. I don’t have to go into it because everybody knows why I am talking about it.”

From my view this wasn’t necessary. Just wasn’t necessary. Let it go…

Til next time any news, comments or anything else send along to foley395@hotmail.com