Mahaney Gets on Track; More Brewerton Hurricane Notes – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT

It was not a good ending for Mike Mahaney on Wednesday night at the Weedsport Speedway. The King Ferry, N.Y., driver blasted the wall in turn one after contact with another car. There was significant damage done to his family-owned No. 33.

His dad Jim (Mahaney), along with his entire crew, worked the full day getting the car repaired. It paid off as he ended up battling for a podium finish before finishing in fourth in Brewerton Speedway’s Hurricane 100 the following night.

“I think we had something for Billy Decker,” stated Mahaney. “I was up on his bumper and trying to use a different line to get by him and (Matt) Sheppard got by me. Props to them guys and Danny Johnson, they ran a great race. I’m really happy. We got wadded up yesterday at Weedsport and I got to thank my dad (Jim) all my crew and everyone that helped me get it back together. I didn’t think we were going to make it here that’s how bad the car was. Just to be here tonight I was happy. Now I’m ecstatic.”

For Mahaney, this is his Super DIRT Week. He doesn’t have the money or the equipment to compete at the New York State Fairgrounds. Making it better was he was in the mix for the win.

“It’s nice to be able to do this because I can’t do the Mile so this is my fun,” commented Mahaney. “I don’t think we were far off from a win, maybe a few adjustments. The carburetor was acting up a lot and it was hard to drive with the throttle. We’ll work on it and see if we can get it better for tomorrow night at Rolling Wheels (Raceway).”

Arbuthnot Learning from Big-Block Experience: Ryan Arbuthnot has had the opportunity to run a big-block for the Billings family and those experiences have paid dividends.

“It’s really helped me with throttle control,” he said. “Up where we are, Brockville (Ontario Speedway) and Corwnall (Motor Speedway), the tracks are way more abrasive than down here. Trying to put the bigger horsepower down to the slicker surface really helps you fine tune your driving skills.”

On Thursday Arbuthnot ended up finishing in the seventh spot behind some very good weekly regulars from the Brewerton Speedway.

“I’m happy with it,” stated the Renfrew, Ont., driver. “We started out sixth and the first few restarts got shuffled to the outside and that was not the place to be in the first 50-laps. We kind of got freight trained and shuffled back to about 12th. Finally when we found our groove we got down to the tires where we needed to be and started way back and started picking them off one by one.

Raabe Has Work to Do: It has been a long week for Chris Raabe. The current 358-Modified Super DIRTcar Series point leader broke a rear-end at the New York State Fairgrounds then he may have hurt the motor Thursday night at Brewerton.

The motor started laying down about half way through so we are going to have take a look at that tonight because we may have to change it out,” said Raabe. “We have a broken rear end in the Mile car and may have to make the motor out of it. We are a little short on equipment right now.”

He ended up finishing eighth Thursday night after using a provisional to get into the main-event.

“We kind of saved it, but it’s still not the run we were hoping,” commented Raabe. “We started in the back then spun in the middle of race and we had to go back again. So it wasn’t too bad.”

Quick Notes: Gary Lindberg’s run of good luck came to an end Thursday, Lindberg had mechanical issues. He wasn’t sure if the rear-end went south or if he has drive-shaft issues…Larry Wight got a left rear flat tire while running second in the feature…Something went awry on Brett Hearn’s front end while he was running second…The show ended just shy of Midnight.