Makin’ Tracks – So Much Happened at Brewerton & Fulton – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Brewerton Speedway had an appropriate sponsor on Friday night as LaLonde Electric had the ownership team and employees on hand to watch a night of high voltage, shocking, short circuited and no shortage of power racing.

It was almost what race folks refer to as a “Full Moon” night with plenty of unexpected happenings.

Okay so obviously the talk on Saturday morning were the Mike Mahaney flip after contact from Larry Wight and round two of the Bobby Varin-Tim Sears Jr. episode that resulted in Timmer driving into Varin under the yellow.

I don’t need to write about those as new DTD writer Jordan DeLucia got a baptism under fire on only his second week covering the Demon, but his well written, balanced story about the heated action on a chilly night can be found in the weekend coverage.




As an announcer it was wild and they weren’t the only two situations that made it “one of those nights”.

I almost stayed home recovering from eye surgery and my knee made it almost impossible to walk, but you know me and know that keeping me away from the Demon on a Friday night isn’t a simple task.

So it turned out to be one of those nights folks will talk about for quite some time.

Feature time was more like the Survivor reality television show as many drivers didn’t get the finish they most certainly deserved. While others forced me to look at co-announcer Adam Buchanan and say “How did they finish there” when the checker flew over the 35-lap feature.

With two laps to go it appeared Tim Sears or Bobby Varin would be in victory lane, but it wasn’t to be.

On the restart with Varin’s front end obviously broken enough that he couldn’t get the car to turn he spun and collected Gary Tomkins who in turn started the accordion that Tom Sears and Chad Phelps joined in.

Mad Max McLaughlin lived up to his moniker as he went from fifth to second between the middle of one and two and exiting the second turn on the final lap. He got to three and the back end came around. He saved it, but had to settle for fourth.

Jimmy Phelps was 14th at the halfway point and at the end there he was, for the second consecutive week, in the runner up position. He missed every minefield and obstacle put before him. He started back in 17th alongside eventual winner Larry Wight.

Wight had the highest handicap so started as far back as possible for qualified cars. He got to third on the 20th lap and then watched and chased as Varin and Sears put on a WWE style battle royale in front of him.

Roberts and Ferguson Turn Heads

Final stats were interesting as Adam Roberts had a solid third place and the ever improving Andrew Ferguson came home in fifth.

Roberts was content with third and said, “I was near the last mix up with Varin and Sears and thankfully I got around it. I guess hard work pays off. My father and I have been busting our butts to get the 63 machine where it needs to be. The feature was good other than one and two. It was a stressful corner. I am happy that no matter what happened we had a solid finish going on the night. Our team is just a fraction of other teams so when it happens to go our way I will take it and walk away smiling.”

Ferguson said, “This new car is just a much better fit for me and I am getting more confident. We will see how the season goes. Everyone is fast out there when it’s tacky you gotta get it to go. When its slick it makes me feel like a newby.”

Onto Fulton Speedway

Okay Larry Wight, Chris Fleming, and Ronnie Davis III along with Chris Bonoffski were the Mod, Late Model, Sportsman and Four Cylinder winners at Fulton.

But, you really had to stay around until the final lap of the final race to see what probably was the most thrilling lap of the night.

The Novice Sportsman second feature provided a bit of drama as Colby Herzog led most of the race. Kyle Perry had busted up his front end after “kissing” the backstretch wall in his prelim. They got it back together and he started at the tail end of the field.

Colby was in pretty good shape as Perry just kept closing in. The last lap was sensational as a lap car also helped provide drama. The duo exchanged the lead three or four times on the final lap before Perry got the win.

Meanwhile second year driver Jimmy Moyer won the other Novice main and he is the son of veteran Utica area racer Dave Moyer and sister of Rachael (Chris Fleming’s soon bride to be). Fun way to close out the night. Jimmy defeated Jake Davis by just one second in Jake’s best run yet.

Wight started back in 18th and by the tenth lap he was leading. Jimmy Phelps really made it interesting as he was systematically closing in, making up plenty of empty space between him and the leader. Phelps took a shot late, but it didn’t pay off, but Jimmy sported two seconds on the weekend so it really wasn’t all that bad.

Tim Kerr put on a solid effort, leading early and running second at the midpoint of the 35 lapper. He settled for fifth as Pat Ward and Tim Sears Jr. (in a Larry Wight back up car) were third and fourth.

While Larry and Jimmy were out front you had to watch the Kerr, Ward, Chris Hile and Chad Phelps heated battle for third through sixth.

The Sportsman ran a feature and a B main this week as there were 33 cars so all of the contenders went head to head for the first time this regular season.

There were several highlights in this 25 lapper. Corey Barker started 17th as he had to come out of the consi and on the last lap he went from fourth to second with a sensational, jaw dropping move on the back straight.

Brett Draper went from sixth to second on the second lap as he decided to take it to the limit on the high side. It was go for broke and the car stuck.

Davis was running away, but for the later stages of the race Tyler Thompson, Jeremy Pitcher, Glenn Forward, Billy Clark and Draper fought for second as they swapped positions over and over again. Clark eventually dropped out with front end problems. Pitcher came home with third followed by Draper and Forward.

Davis started 13th and won his 13th Sportsman main at Fulton. However, Tom Juno put up the Juno Lucky 13 Award in memory of Jake Juno where the Mod and Sportsmen driver who starts 13th and wins gets a bonus. RD3 chalked up an extra $300 from Power Seal for his effort.

Not to be outdone the Late Models had their own Battle Royale. It was fun watching Fleming, A.J. Kingsley (best finish of year in second), Jason Parkhurst, along with Chad Homan, Sean Beardsley and Dale Caswell all battling for positions together. You can sense these guys really trust one another.

This one was so close that Kingsley was .3 of a second behind while Parkhurst was .6 of a second back and Homan along with Beardsley were just one second back. It was a solid finish.

Brewerton Pit Stops

Billy Decker lost an oil line as the 91 went up in a plume of smoke. He hopped in Jeremy Smith’s 46 to finish eighth…

Robbie Bellinger was 16th at the halfway point and rallied for sixth place…

Only nine cars finished 35 laps with Tim Kerr seventh and Chad Phelps the last car on the lead lap…

Pat Ward lost a shock tower…

Ryan Bartlett and Rich Scagliotta were sixth and eighth when they tangled and were DNF’s…

Mike Mahaney might be done with Brewerton on a weekly basis as the 77x was destroyed in the four and a half flip sequence. They are a one car team…

After good runs last weekend Matt Hulsizer, and Jim Witko along with Chris Hile and Mike Bowman had problems and were DNF’s…

Lee Gill will be a regular and his Teo is the car Larry Wight drove two years ago…

Mod Lite drivers Dave Brown and Kelly Skinner were back in action…

Mike Mullen’s brand new Edge Mod Lite was heavily damaged as he got jammed up and hit was last week’s winner Zach Babock sending Mullen into a flip and tail stand…

It was a Sykes battle between not related Jeff and Casey as Jeff won by .676 of a second…

Sykes beat his boss Lowell Zehr in heat action. Jeff said they talked about it after…

Great effort by Brian Meyers as he struggled early, went back in the field and rallied for third…

In the Four Cylinders Jamie Radley, Nate Powers and Mike Sherback weren’t able to start the features…

Powers and Chris Bonoffoski are teammates, but the last two times out the main car has broken and Chris has hopped into the back up leaving Powers rideless for the main event…

Stephanie Seeley was running for grandfather Sam Carista again and looks like she could be in it for a while. She came home sixth. This family is huge and sometimes I get confused. Stephanie sent me a note late Friday.

She explained, “Dylan Curcie is my brother and we are both Jerry Curcie’s kids. Sam Carista is our great grandpa and Sam Curcie is our uncle. I know we’re confusing with so many of us.”

Alan Fink won his second in a row in the Sportsman. His brother Kyle had trouble between one and two and leader Jack Meeks (who settled for second) slammed on the brakes making an opening for Alan to go past…

Brent Joy started last in the field of 24 after suffering front end damage in his heat. He rallied for tenth place…

Tyler Thompson started 22nd and worked his way to fourth at the finish…Several deep pack runs as Todd Root went from 16th to third

Chris Cunningham was a contender in the early going, but didn’t finish…

Ron Davis III survived with a left rear flat on the last lap and held off Zach Sobotka for fifth…

Fulton Pit Stops

Patrick LaPage, in his consi, got the hole shot on the bottom and went from sixth to second on the restart. He drove his way into the A Main. He came home with a 17th out of 26 on the night…

Former Mod Lite driver Joe Abbass brought out a new Bicknell show car style graphic creation. He ran with the novices but pancaked the right side coming out of four. He was okay and will be back from time to time. The car had never touched the ground until earlier that afternoon when they rolled it on to the trailer…

A few new faces as Brandon Ford and Sam Pennacchio brought their Late Models. Torrie Wallis as well as Dakota Bechler were in the Four Cylinders. Joe Abbass, Matt Nolan, Robert Gage and Ryan Gustin were Novice newbies. Brandon Carvey and Joey Buonagarrio were new Sportsman…

Tom Sears Jr. team replaced the entire front end including axle, shocks, rods and other stuff after the crash at Brewerton the night before. Sadly he was out on lap 12…

Tim Sears Jr. was offered Larry Wight’s back up after his car was bent up the night before. Timmer said, “The frame is junk”…

Heat winners were a bit different in the Mods with Ryan Jordan, Tim Kerr and Chris Hile…

Max McLaughlin had an off night at Fulton. He noted, “We tried a new body and were just off. Kind of had an idea that it might happen. It might have hurt us at Brewerton. We will get it changed for Monday (Super Dirt Series at Weedsport) and be back in form.”

Novice Tyler Rogers took a wild ride as his car left the track at full speed and got caught up going down the turn two exit ramp…

Jessica Power salvaged some points. She had what she termed an embarrassing night spinning in a qualifying position in her heat and consi. She won the B Main and along with runner up Jason Amidon elected to start the A instead of taking $75. She is running for points and came home 13th. I guess with the luck she had 13 was an appropriate number…

Mike Button’s hauler broke down and they simply shoved as much as they could into one of their pick up trucks…

Chris Hulsizer was fast out of the box in the Sportsman main. He was contending for a top five spot, but headed to the pits with five laps to go…

Novice Tom Juno is getting the handle on it as he was right there with Perry and Herzog in the final race of the night. He finished 1.6 second behind the lead duo. By the way Perry won by .3 of a second…

Way too much going on at B&F this weekend, but I need to thank a few folks. I was hobbled with a bad knee on Friday and recovering from eye surgery. Thanks to Brother Kevin Westcott, Josh Loughnot (for those victory lane interviews), Dave MacDonald (for getting me and my equipment to where it had to be at Brewerton), to Ted Matthews (for being a Sherpa at Fulton), and Megan Rowe (for making sure I took my prescribed medicine), and Dave Medler as it would have been a tough week without them.

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