Makin’ Tracks – Brewerton Serviceman Homecoming and Much More – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

One of the highlights of the night at the Brewerton Speedway came even before the first competitive engine had turned over.

The 16 Mod Lite rolled down the front stretch for pre-race ceremonies to “receive a special NAPA award”.

The mom and wife of the driver came down to be in the picture and when Tucker Halliday stopped the car to prep for the pic there was an unexpected surprise.

Tucker’s brother Ryan has been serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq for the past year, but he secretly flew in around 6 p.m., rushed to the track and hopped in the car.




Unbeknownst to mom out popped Ryan and after not seeing her son for a year the tears and emotions simply exploded. The long lasting hug was widely applauded by the fans and even TV9 was on hand to eventually share the event with their thousands of viewers.

It was a great way to start the night.

Ryan thanks for your service. Glad you are home and looking forward to watching you race the rest of the year.

Well, there were tons of stuff happening at the D Shaped Dirt Demon and so let’s get right to them.

Brewerton Pit Stops

Gary Tomkins finished sixth, but had a rear hub break in his prelim. That is the reason the car wasn’t on the front stretch for the autograph session…

A huge fireball and then a steady flame roared from the back of Willy Decker 1x. It turned out the power steering line broke. He fought it, but faltered in the last couple laps of the heat…

Chad Phelps also had a horrible night with brake and transmission woes. He noted, “We even had the trailer break down on the way to the tack. The axle bearing seized up and was just about on fire. Had to take the wheel off just to get to and from the track.”..

Billy Decker back in the house with a Jeremy Smith owned 91. He finished 9th in the main…

In the third heat Tom Sears, Tim Sears Jr. and Larry Wight had a tremendous battle for the lead and in the end Tom edged Tim by one-hundredth of a second while Larry was right there…

Max McLaughlin and Jimmy Phelps really put on a show in the early going of the Mod main for second place. Phelps eventually took the lead, but with three laps to go Larry Wight came on to win his third main of the year. Jimmy has been running consistently at the front of the field.

When asked about the success he said, “I really think we started to turn the corner late last season, but really no one noticed it. There were some chassis changes that Teo made with a little input from us.”

He also noted the change to Integra shocks have also helped put the pieces of the puzzle together. He simply said, “We went back to the basics.” Jimmy started 11th and finished second…

When asked what is making him drive so hard Larry Wight responded, “Baby food is expensive.” The new dad is having a decent season thus far. Due to handicapping he started 15th, but came on for the late race win…

Rob Bellinger entered the night tied for sixth in points, but something broke very early in the main relegating him to 19th…

Jim Witko had his best finish of the year with an 11th in the Mod main…

Tom Sears once again consistent with a fourth followed by Max McLaughlin in fifth in the feature…

Sportsman driver Tyler Thompson (who finished sixth in the Supermodified feature at Oswego on Saturday) had a tough time. A rod went through the pan and due to the time for the autograph session they were able to go home and get the second car. He eventually came home 11th…

All time Mod Lite feature winner Doug Williams might be back this week…

Northern Welding and Fabrication put up $500 for the Sportman dash and Will Shields earned $350 for the eight lap run while Kevin Root got $100 and Amy Holland $50 while behind them were Zach Sobotka, Matt Janczuk, Billy Clark, Nick Krause and Ricky Yelle…

Shields had a good night with a win over Billy Clark and Kevin Root in one main-event…

Nick Krause is simply getting much more consistent and eked out a one second win over Zach Sobotka and Matt Janczuk…

Justin Williams continues to dominate the Mod Lites and had a 2.2 second win over Mike Mullen while Joe Garafolo was third. Joe had one of the more unique items for family autograph night with candy for the kids and the Garafolo famous sausage pieces for anyone who wanted one…

Four Cylinder rookie Connor Lowrie came across the pond from his home in London and made his Brewerton debut…

Sportsman driver Ben Bushaw has made the change from American Racers to Hoosiers and wants to compete full time at Brewerton and possibly Fulton. He simply wants to get more competitive, especially in the late season shows…

Amy Holland put on one of the best drives of her career getting in the dash with a fourth in her feature with a late pass on Brent Joy. She eventually finished third in the eight car dash. Recently graduated from Jefferson Community College she is bound for Cazenovia to major in Human Services (also to play basketball and soccer)…

Jim Graham Jr. back for the second time this year in the Four-Cylinders. He will have another car here soon. He suffered a medical setback when his car stopped in the main and was treated by the track crew…

Tony Finch II had an adventure as one the way to the track a trailer tire went flat. They didn’t have a replacement and a guy came by in a Chevy pickup. They were able to reverse the tire and get it to fit on the hauler…

Rich Wagner had a flaming flare up while running toward the front of the 4 Cyl main.
Chuck Powelczyk led the majority of the main only to have Ray Bechler pass him on the final turn of the final lap for the win…

So much fun watching David DeNova running well. He’s overcome quite a bit and his third place in the 4 Cyl main was very noteworthy…

Louie Jackson Jr. was testing for this coming Friday night’s Super DIRTcar Showdown at Sundown…

I ran into Mike Stanton who flipped his Sportsman a couple of weeks ago. He noted, “I didn’t think it was that hard a hit, but the roof cracked, the chassis was bent, rear clip was bent as was the front end. We got a new Bicknell and hopefully will be out soon.”…

Final car counts were 45 Sportsman, 20 Mods, 10 Mod Lites and 18 Four-Cylinders pit side.

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