BREWERTON, NY – The Hurricane 50 drew a stellar field of 69 Sportsman DIRTcar Modifieds Thursday night at the Brewerton Speedway.
Tyler Trump and Rocky Warner shared the front row for the 50-lap Feature with Warner taking command from the outset. Trump battled hard with Martin Pelletier and Rick Yelle for the runner-up spot, allowing Warner to extend his advantage.
By lap 13, 7th-starting Dave Marcuccilli had worked his way into the third position behind Warner and Trump.
A yellow on the following lap erased Warner’s lead and put Trump and Marcuccilli on his tail. Marcuccilli quickly disposed of Trump and set his sights on Warner.
Marcuccilli was closing in ever so slightly on Warner and by the halfway point, the two were separated by no more than two car-lengths. The duo stayed that distance for upwards of ten laps before a lap 35 yellow lined Warner and Marcuccilli side by side.
Marcuccilli, who was strong on restarts on all evening, pounced on Warner setting up a big slide job in turn two on the 37th circuit. Marcuccilli slid across the track halting the momentum of Warner, allowing 11th-starting Glenn Forward to move by Warner as well.
Forward, who won Tuesday’s satellite show at Utica-Rome, stayed pace with Marcuccilli momentarily but was unable to mount a threatening challenge as the latter went on to capture the Hurricane 50 in convincing fashion over the final 15 laps.
Marcuccilli, who was celebrating his 41st birthday, thrilled his fans with a burnout in turn four before parking his No. M1 in Victory Lane.
“Going into that Feature, I didn’t think we were going to be as good as we were in the slick stuff,” a relieved Marcuccilli said.
When asked about his pass for the lead on Warner, Marcuccilli cited, “I could get a run on him and get on his back bumper, but getting by him was a different story. That caution helped us. I was able to get good drive off the middle.”
“This is pretty awesome. A great way to start DIRT week. Hopefully, we can carry this speed into Oswego tomorrow,” Marcuccilli added.
Forward settled for second and was strong in short bursts. “Those late cautions really helped us. The longer the race went Green, the looser we got,” Forward said.
“Coming from 11th, I can’t complain,” Forward said with a smile. “We finally got this thing going.”
Trump settled for third and mentioned his weakness on the night was the restarts that the other podium finishers cited as a strong suit.
(DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series Hurricane 50) – DAVE MARCUCCILLI, Glenn Forward, Tyler Trump, Rocky Warner, Amy Holland, Cody McPherson, Ron Davis III, Will Shields, Martin Pelletier, Jessica Power, David Schilling, Chris Mackey, Rocco Leone, Corey Barker, Adam Pierson, Ricky Yelle, Kyle Inman, Tyler Thompson, Ryan Stabler, Alex LaJoie, Todd Root, Ben Wheeler, Dan Ferguson, Brad Rouse, Kevin Ridley, Alan Fink, Brent Joy, Billy Clark Jr., Tom Collins
(Cars Entered) – 69