The “Doctor” Danny Johnson continues his roll through Super Dirt Week 2015 by winning the “Hurricane” 100 at Brewerton Speedway – DTD Exclusive

By KEN BRUCE

BREWERTON, NY – Danny Johnson continued to keep his competition at bay by winning the “Hurricane 100” Thursday night at Brewerton Speedway. The “Doctor” took the lead on lap 20 and was never seriously challenged the remainder of the way. Billy Decker was able to move in on Johnson as they encountered lapped traffic but was never able to mount a serious challenge for the win.

“This is the same car we ran last night,” said a happy Johnson. “I have to thank Chris Gennarelli and the crew for giving me the opportunity. I am very grateful for what I have. This car was able to go wherever I put it on the track. It’s like it had an on rail sensation.”

Larry Wight fresh off of winning the pole for the “Syracuse 200” at the fairgrounds brought the field down to the green flag and immediately jumped out to lead lap one. The racing on lasted one lap as a tangle between Ryan Godown and Mario Clair in turn four brought out the caution. Both drivers were able to continue on at the back of the field.

Wight was able to jump back into the top spot when the green field came out as Brett Hearn blasted his way into second. All eyes were on Johnson as he powered his #27J Bicknell chassis into the third spot and immediately set his sights on the top two. The caution flag flew once again on lap 16 when Clair came to a stop on the backstretch to close up the field. When the green was back out the Doctor was performing like a surgeon and masterfully cut through Hearn and Wight to take the lead on lap 20.

As Johnson was starting to stretch his lead Yan Bussiere spun in turn two to once again bring out a caution and bunch up the field. The top five at this point were Johnson, Wight, Hearn, Billy Decker and Matt Delorenzo. The green flag flew but it was short lived as the 358 series point leader Chris Raabe spun his car in turn two causing starter Dave Farney to throw the yellow flag as the field completed lap 37. During this caution Larry Wight was forced to the pits with a soft left rear tire. Wight’s crew made the change and he was back out without losing a lap.

We finally got to see a long green flag run as Johnson and Hearn distanced themselves from the field until lap 55 when Hearn suffered a front end issue to force him to the pits and bring out the caution once again. With Hearn going to the pits it enabled Mike Mahaney to move into the top five at this point.

When we went back to green it was all Johnson who seemed like he could put his car anywhere he wanted on the track and was never seriously challenged the rest of the race. Decker was able to get close when the two superstar drivers got into lapped traffic but you never got the sense that Decker was able to make a serious challenge.

Johnson went on to take the checkered flag with Decker finishing second, Matt Sheppard was able to race his way to third after starting midpack with Mahaney and a quiet Pat Ward rounding out the top five.

Decker had another strong finish in the #7 car which he drove again this evening after finishing fourth the night before at Weedsport thought they were able to fine tune the car a little better for tonight’s race.

“This is a really good race car and I got a little bit more used to it tonight. I think with a couple of more swings we can dial it in even better. Danny was really good tonight, just flat out on. As good as he was last night he was even better tonight.”

After a rough night at Weedsport the night before when they tore the car up pretty good Mike Mahaney bounced back with a fourth place finish.

“We wadded it up pretty good last and we worked on it all last night and today just to see if we could get here tonight. Honestly if you had asked me last night I didn’t think we were going to make it. It means a lot for my crew, they work so hard and for us to get a fourth place finish tonight after what happened last night is really cool and show how hard work pays off.”

Ward had another strong showing with a fifth place finish.

“We had a good day today at the mile and here. It’s a shame we started so far back and then I got caught up in a few early race jingles and was running 23rd. I thought about just pulling it in and getting out of that mess but once it calmed down we had a pretty good car and were able to work our way back up to a top five finish.”

 

Rocky Warner of Johnstown, N.Y., passed Brad Rouse of St. Catharines, Ont., for the lead on a lap-27 restart and held on to capture the 30-lap DIRTcar Sportsman Series feature.

(SUNY Canton Hurricane 100 – 358 Modified DIRT Series ) – DANNY JOHNSON, Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Arbuthnot, Chris Raabe, David Herbert, Steve Bernard, Ryan Susice, Matt DeLorenzo, Danny Creeden, Tommy Flannigan, Shawn Walker, Alan Therrien, Roy Bresnahan, Yan Bussiere, Larry Wight, Ryan Godown, Mario Clair, Boyd MacTavish, Danny O’Brien, Gary Lindberg, Erick Rudolph, Brett Hearn, Gahe Morin, Scott Wood, Jordan McCreadie, Randy Chrysler.

(DIRTcar Sportsman Series 30 Laps ) – ROCKY WARNER, Brad Rouse, Dave Marcuccilli, Tony Finch II, Tyler Meeks, Corey Barker, Ron Davis III, Kevin Root, Bruno LaPage, Jeremy Pitcher, Billy Clark Jr., Brianna Ladouceur, Louie Jackson Jr., James Sweeting, Tyler Trump, Jessica Power, Steve Abt, Darryl Nutting, Brian Pessolano, Sean Beardsley, Casey Williams, Mike Stacey, Chris Cunningham, Dave Constantio, Todd Root, Gregg Kimball, Shane Pecore, Jack Meeks, Joey Ladouceur, Gilles Goddard.