Makin’ Tracks – Brewerton Present Stars and Future Stars Shine Bright – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Sometimes on a given night you can live in the past and the future during the same three and a half hours.

Such was the case at the Demon on Friday as once again the past continues to shine with Billy Decker making folks simply shake their heads or double blink their eyes with some of the “go where no one else is going” moves to win the Mod main for the second consecutive week

However, there is also the future (which appears bright in the Sportsman division) and in this case it was 16-year-old Tyler Thompson.

Sometimes an unexpected driver turns your head and makes you stand up and notice him. Announcing has its drawbacks as your mind is overwhelmed by calling race after race and talking to people for several hours.




Driving home along the back roads of Oswego County at midnight you can start to sort it all out and on the venture back to the Port City on Friday it was Tyler Thompson rising to the forefront.

Thompson is one of the many teenagers hopping behind the wheels of Sportsman machines.

This year he has raced and traveled all over the place as he is getting as much seat time as possible under him.

Entering Friday night’s action he sat in third place in the point standings behind veterans Alan Fink and Todd Root.

He started back in 12th, but on the eighth lap he took the lead and it wasn’t until lap 21 when eventual winner Zach Sobotka took over with an inside move in turn two as Thompson scooted up the track as little further than he wanted.

Thompson was putting on a solid drive, in fact possibly his best drive ever. When the night finished Thompson had been passed by Root very late in the race and settled for third, but it was impressive indeed.

He got fans (and my) attention.

Decker Needs to Three Peat

Well repeating at the Demon is tough enough, but in order to pick up the extra bonus of $500 from Joe Abass and Extreme Auto Recovery (which was instituted on Friday) he will have to come back and win next week.

Jokingly in Victory Lane Decker asked if he could get the bonus now as he repeated. He knew the answer, but no harm asking.

Fans had watched in awe the Decker drive from 17th. Halfway through the 35 lapper he was back in sixth while Tim Sears Jr. led the race.

By lap 24 she had shuffled Mike Bowman to fourth and three laps later went outside Chris Hile and was second.

A yellow with nine laps to go made things interesting and Decker got the job done.

He not only fought a tough field, but a difficult tracks as turn one was pretty unpredictable. Veteran drivers had a plan for getting through it and sometimes that plan worked while others saw cars shot up the race track ending up high in turn two.

Weight Erases Great Run

Casey Sykes is a second year Mod-Lite driver and won the 20-lap main in convincing fashion.

Mike Mullen did everything in his power to catch the leader, but it was to no avail.

That is until the winning 13 went to the scales and was found to be light.

Mullen celebrated in victory lane and for all his hard work and possibly the best race of his career Sykes was relegated to 14th or last place. The disqualification had to be heartbreaking as when you look at the final stat sheet he isn’t shown as running a lap.

Family Autograph Night: Pros and Cons

I have had folks say “I can’t wait for family autograph night at the track” while others say, “I’m not going because of family autograph night.”

However, there are others that understand the importance, kill the hour visiting with neighbors or going back to the picnic tables and relaxing.

Friday night just about every driver in the pits had their car on the Brewerton surface and it took longer than usual to get the throng of fans onto the track. However, once again a booming success.

This is nice for the fans and to make it work the drivers have to buy into the concept. Signed hero cards, candies and other goodies were carried off by fans and the next night at Fulton the school age drivers held their own signing session for the junior fan club members and others who wandered past from the end of hot laps until heat time.

The question keeps being asked, “Where are tomorrow’s fan coming from?” Family autograph night is one aspect of keeping fans interested and more involved.

You have to give a pat on the back to the Brewerton teams as I was told they did the same thing at Oswego and only a few supers were on the track along with all of the small-block supers. You have to buy into it to make it work.

Pit Stops

If fans didn’t enjoy the last half of the Modified race as the heated contest for third was sensational between Mike Bowman, Chris Hile and Robbie Bellinger. Robbie rallied down the home stretch off the final turn on the final lap for third with Bowman and Hile close behind. Sensational battle…

Ryan Blackburn drove his dad’s Mod for the first time ever after a five year lay off from Mod-Lites. He finished 18th, but lost just one lap and he didn’t go down a lap until the 22nd circuit…

Jeremy Smith was running the Modified that Billy Decker runs on the STSS as the chassis from the previous week wasn’t just right…

Sportsman driver, and Jeremy’s son, Darren Smith was at a football camp at Old Dominion in Virginia and missed the action. Jeremy will be absent from Brewerton next week for his other son’s graduation ceremony…

Patrick LaPage looked good in his heat and appeared headed for his first win, but bounced up in turn two allowing Rich Townsend to get past. LaPage settled for third. LaPage is getting much more comfortable out there in his Sportsman. He was the first car to finish a lap down in 19th. After replacing three front ends in the past few weeks he just wanted to roll it into the trailer at the end of the night…

Ryan Halliday a new Mod-Lite in the house as well as Tom Mackey as he has the former Mike LaRose car under him….

Joe Isabell made his Mod Lite return and came home with a third. The car continues to be for sale…

A week ago Brian Meyers was involved in a five car feature classic for the Mod-Lites. He was forced into a yuke tire and despite the front end severely towed out and the loss of two control arms and two spindles held on for second. He came back this week with a runner-up finish. It appears the 11x team has turned the corner…

George Dyer was a new Sportsman in the pits…

Lee Gill and Pat Ward got tangled in the second turn and it ruined any hopes either had of a solid finish…

Larry Wight and Jimmy Phelps were one-two in points going in and Decker was third. Wight came home seventh and Phelps eighth…

There were a few missing a few Mod drivers as Tom Sears Jr, Rich Sgalotta and Joe August Jr. weren’t on hand…

Mod driver Mike Bowman said the team has gone back to the basics. They’ve been trying too much with little success and it appears they have found something as he could have been third, but had to settle for fourth place in the main…

I had fun during autograph session giving the microphone to Larry Wight to interview Max McLaughlin. They seemed to enjoy it…

Jim Witko went off between three and four backwards. He indicated he’d never been up there, but knew there was a wall. When it hit the grass he admitted, “For the first time in my life I closed my eyes.” Good news was he didn’t hit anything…

Mod Lite driver Ryan Halliday first time of the year at the track and came home with a well driven third place. He apparently is military bound and driving for only a few more weeks…

Justin Williams indicated it was time to put graphics on his car. He noted his dad Doug could be out for a few races this year…

Ron Davis III got running late and rallied for fifth in the Sportsman main…

I’m trying something this week and I really would like some feedback. I’m going to write a Makin Tracks for Brewerton and Fulton Speedways separately. There is quite a bit going on and I don’t want to overwhelm the readers or scare them away with a longer column.

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