Decker in a Troyer; Lindberg Learning – DTD Exclusive

(Jay Fish Photo) By MIKE MALLETT

Billy Decker did something on Wednesday night at the Weedsport Speedway that he hasn’t done in a long time, he strapped into something besides his typical Bicknell ride. The Unadilla, N.Y., driver made a start behind the wheel of a Troyer for car owner Scott Kerwin. Even with the change, Decker does what he does best, he was near the front and getting better as the race went on.

“Been a long time,” said Decker about driving a Troyer. “I didn’t know what adjustments to make. We got one race under our belts and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow night (Brewerton). The car seemed pretty good. I think we are okay. I think at the end I was a little better than a fourth place car. It took the track moving around a little bit to get us there.”

The opportunity came about through a mutual relationship that Decker has with one of Kerwin’s crew members. It allows Decker the chance to race while keeping his primary LJL team on track at the Mile.

“This takes the load off the Gypsum Team for Super DIRT Week,” he said. “We want to stay focused on that so it worked out well for us. It is a quality ride for me and it takes the load off our Syracuse team. It will pay dividends hopefully.”

There has been speculation that Decker will find more time in a Troyer in 2016, but Decker wasn’t ready to say much about that.

“I got no idea and I’m not focused at all on next year to be honest,” stated Decker. “We are on a little bit of a roll lately and I want to stay focused on that.”

So far that focus has been good as Decker was the fastest car at the Mile on Wednesday.

“All relative,” he commented. “We’ve got a pretty good race car. The track is going to change so we’ll have to chase that a little bit. Always feels good when you got the fastest time so hopefully we can continue that.”

Lindberg Earns Top 10 in Second 358-Modified Start: Gary Lindberg has made two starts in his E.R.D. powered Bicknell Small-Block so far in his young career scoring a 12th at Brighton Speedway and a 10th place effort on Wednesday night at Weedsport Speedway.

“We were shocked,” stated Lindberg about the start to his Modified career. “We went to Brighton two weeks ago and we set fast time in time trials, it was unbelievable. We were just hoping to make the show and we ended up finishing 12th. Tonight same thing, we were just hoping to make the show. We won our heat and started on the pole. We fell back to 10th or so, but it was good learning experience so it was fun.”

Lindberg is looking to gain experience now as he’ll be making the step up to weekly 358-Modified action at the Merrittville Speedway in 2016. He’ll use the lessons learned on Wednesday night including how to gear the car.

“Tonight we stuck the gear too it and tried to run the bottom and we put way too much in it,” he said. “I was chipping out a quarter way down the back straightaway. We learned a lot and I won’t be adding gear to it like I did in the Sportsman.”

Lindberg plans to continue the learning process tonight at the Brewerton Speedway.