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Inspiration as motivation…..The story of Jimmy Phelps scoring his first career Utica Rome Speedway victory is pretty special. The night was dedicated to the memory of JJ Michaels – who was a friend of Phelps. For a driver who has won in a lot of places – there couldn’t be a better night to get it done.
Excuse me. Pardon me……..Billy Dunn could see the checkers waving at Mohawk International Raceway. Unfortunately he didn’t get to cross under them first. According to Matt Billings ‘he was out of gas, and I was committed’. The picture says it all – Billings locked up with Dunn, and Dunn got turned sideways while Danny O’Brien – the Pocket Rocket - fired to the outside to steal the win. O’Brien followed up Friday’s win with another victory in Brockville’s opener.
Old dog, old tricks…….I’m not sure if Alan Johnson reads internet forums, but if he did he may have been ticked off that some people think his best days are behind him. AJ Slideways scored a win at Brewerton, and then followed that up with a fifth place and a third place finish this weekend at Canandaigua and Utica Rome – that’s three tracks with some pretty sick competition.
The Jet still flying strong…..Brett Hearn was one of a small handful of drivers this weekend who competed four times this weekend. He predictably won at Albany-Saratoga before scoring a pair of second place finishes at Lebanon Valley Saturday (big block and small block) before finishing his weekend with a fourth place result at Utica Rome.
On the road again…. Chad Brachmann is one of this year’s barnstormers. The western, New York, racer is defending his Ransomville Speedway championship, but he’s shown that he’s not afraid to break away from his home tracks this year. He won on Friday at Ransomville, and then he went to Grandview where he scored a pair of 10th place finishes. In a day when more and more racers stay close to home – we need to celebrate guys like Chad Brachmann. Google him – he has a great website, and keep up with the team’s travels.
The first time is indeed special…..Any time someone breaks into victory lane for the first time it’s a special occasion. This week’s featured first-timer is Danny Bouc at New Egypt. Danny won the make-up feature that was run before the regular racing program this weekend. Hat’s off to a victory lane newbie.
Bittersweet victory……Thanks to Craig Revelle for this story – It was an emotional win on Saturday night for Jason Potter at Can Am. His father Terry passed away in November of 2011, and they were away from the track during the 2011 season as Terry battled through his treatments for Cancer. Congratulations Jason on your win, it was well deserved!!
When one door closes another door opens…….Found by a good friend on SouthJerseyDirtRacing.com – Wade Hendrickson and S&N Racing have parted ways after a disappointing start to the 2012 season at Grandview Speedway. Defending Penn Can Speedway track champion, Kevin Hartnett, will take over driving duties of the S&N Racing #20 beginning Memorial Day Weekend. Hendrickson has his own #99 and the Rio Brothers #R10 to run in specials at Accord and Bridgeport, and has yet to announce his weekly plans.
This sport really needs an oddsmaker……Andy Bachetti (or anyone for that matter) winning four straight at Accord is unlikely solely based on racing luck. Stewart Friesen taking four straight at Fonda Speedway after outsider Mike Mahaney scored the improbable Ice Jam victory is upsetting the balance of bench racers everywhere. Who are we kidding – it’s upsetting the Capital Region Fondafanatics to the point of lunacy. Many of them didn’t have far to go. For the hardcore statisticians and mathematicians out there – what are the odds of Fonda Speedway completing the 2012 season without a Varin, Johnson, Lape, or Delorenzo in victory lane. Sure it’s unlikely, but so is going five races without any of them visiting victory lane.
On that note, let’s congratulate all the drivers who won this weekend. Hat’s off to you.
Alan Johnson at Brewerton
Andy Bachetti at Accord
Andy Bachetti at Lebanon Valley’s 358 race
Billy Pauch at New Egypt’s second feature
Brett Hearn at Albany-Saratoga
Chad Brachmann at Ransomvile
Danny Bouc at New Egypt’s first feature
Danny O’Brien at Mohawk
Danny O’Brien at Brockville
Dave Murdick at Lernerville
David Hébert at Granby
Doug Manmiller at Grandview’s first feature
Duane Howard at Big Diamond
HJ Bunting at Delaware Int’l
Jason Potter at Can Am
Jimmy Phelps at Utica Rome
JR Heffner at Lebanon Valley
Kevin Bates at Penn Can
Kevin Bolland at Sharon
Kris Graver at Mahoning Valley
Matt Sheppard at Canandaigua
Meme DeSantis at Grandview’s second feature
Mitch Gibbs at I 88 Speedway
Pat Ward at Fulton
Pierre Berthiume at Airborne
Rick Laubach at Bridgeport
Ricky Lias at Sportsmans Speedway
Steve Dodd at Orange County Fair Speedway
Steve Hartman jr. at Woodhull
Stewart Friesen at Fonda
Todd Gordon at Merrittville