By MIKE MALLETT
Billy Decker and car owner/driver Jeremy Smith continue to find success at the race track. The combination, which made it’s debut last October at Super DIRT Week, had a solid effort in Sunday’s Hard Clay Open at the Orange County Fair Speedway. Decker drove to a fourth place finish in the 50-lap Short Track Super Series North Region opener while Smith was able to secure a top ten in his first ever appearance at Middletown.
“I’m very happy,” said Smith about his tenth place finish. “This is a different place. I think going to Georgetown last month kind of helped us shake things down and get the cobwebs out on the bigger track. We had a lot of fun. It helps when you got Billy (Decker) giving you pointers on how to get around the track and stuff like that. That is a good thing.”
Decker’s night was even better as he redrew the eight pill for the feature. He methodically plodded his way forward to drive his way into the top five to fourth.
“It was a good day,” commented Decker. “This Smith Site Development car was pretty doggone good. I was too tight early then that caution came out and I was going to pit if I stayed that way but then I started rolling a little better so I just did time.”
After a successful debut with a win at Brewerton Speedway in the Hurricane 100 last fall, the pair stayed in contact during the off-season and eventually worked out a deal for Decker to run several shows on Brett Deyo’s north region schedule.
“He’s going to try and run as many of these North Series races as he can if as long as it works with his schedule,” cited Smith. “Maybe he’ll do a couple other shows here and there. We are just trying to have some fun. We are local. My son goes to school where Billy lives in his district. I used to stop and talk racing with him and stuff. We ended up putting the deal together. He’s a class act. He’s got my vote for being the best all-around guy. He’s just awesome. It’s good to have him with us. He’s great to be around.”
That schedule tied in perfectly for Decker as he’s already got a little bit of a full plate as he returns to pilot the Mike Payne Motorsports No. 91 in 2017.
“I’m having fun with these guys and that’s what it’s all about,” stated Decker. “This worked well for us. We plan on running Brewerton (Speedway) on Friday nights, the series (Super DIRTcar Series) and this deal here.”
The word that was tossed around with both Decker and Smith was fun. If they can keep doing what they did on Sunday, it will be hard for them not to have fun.