Makin’ Tracks – Brewerton Two and Half Hour Show with Plenty of Action – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Well, if you don’t get by Billy Decker early you simply aren’t going to.

Decker won feature number three at the Demon in the formidable Mod division on Friday night.

He started mid-pack and though he won it simply wasn’t easy. That is, until he got the lead for good.

Coming off the starting grid in 10th he was fifth by lap seven in getting past Chris Hile. Then just before the midway point he was having all he could handle from a pair of Mike’s, Mahaney and Bowman.




By lap 20 he was fighting with Robbie Bellinger as Mahaney began to fade, but Bowman also didn’t go away.

Finally on lap 26 he got to second and passed Bellinger on the inside with six laps to go to win this third of the season thus matching the “W’s” by point leader Larry Wight.

It was a good week for Decker as on Tuesday he won at Eldora in an SDS race.

Billy showed respect for his fellow competitors, fans and the night’s sponsor Billy Whittaker Cars and Trux, in Victory Lane and noted just how difficult it is to win at Brewerton.

Coming off a minor part causing him to drop off the previous week this was sweet redemption for the Page Trucking team.

Mod Lite Action Heavy

Well, the Mod-Lite feature action showed the tremendous difference.

Fans saw the Brewerton example of “pack racing” and everyone was waiting for the “Big One”, but that never came.

The first 10 laps were amazing as eight, yes eight, were all together. Multiple lanes, quick groove shifts and wheel to wheel racing had the attention of everyone. Sam Usborne was the early leader and suddenly there were Justin Williams, Mike Mullen, Zach Babcock, Jeff Sykes, Casey Sykes, Lowell Zehr and Brian Meyers all together in a bunch.

It would have been sensational to see it end that way, but as so often happens “stuff happens.”

In the end Brian Meyers became a first time winner with a 1.3 second win over Williams, Mullen, Babcock and Joe Garafolo.

Meyers said, “It has been a burden. We’ve been so close, so close. The car was fast, fast tonight and I just wanted to hold them off.”

Pit Stops

Jeremy Smith lost a car in a flip at Eldora and the car he had at the Demon on Friday was the one that Billy Decker drivers on Brett Deyo’s Short Track Series..

Smith did win a t-shirt as the Billy Whittaker team were launching them from the track. One cleared the stands and tower and landed inside the Smith hauler…

Robbie Bellinger Jr. and Ted Barcomb have the 11R out. He lost the primary motor big time last week and he had a motor in it that hasn’t been refreshed in three years. It ran pretty darn good for second…

If you didn’t enjoy watching Mike Bowman then you can’t be a fan. He gave it all he had challenging everyone. In fact at one point Decker got past and he fought right back. Mike settled for a well earned, hard driven third…

Rich Scagliotta started out the Mod main in perfect form. He had a 2.2 second lead over Decker with 12 laps to go. On the 23rd lap restart Bellinger got past for the lead and with six laps to go the Franklin Flyer took the lead. Scags came home in a season best fourth…

Max McLaughlin started 12th and ended fifth. He got locked into a tremendous lap after lap tussle with Chris Hile as the duo battled for sixth at the midway point. Not sure what happened, if there was contact or not, but Hile pitted with a left rear flat on lap 23. In heat action he went from fourth to second passing Tim Sears Jr. and Hile in the closing laps…

Midway through the Mod main the battled between Mike Mahaney, Decker and Bowman for third place drew plenty of attention as they put on one heck of a show…

Joe Isabell has been a Mod-Lite force to be reckoned with over the years. He put his car up for sale a couple of weeks ago and said, “Someone from Oregon bought it and is coming to get it.” Joe indicated he purchased a Sportsman from a Can-Am competitor and hoped be at the Utica-Rome race on Sunday. If not he will be a regular in the car at Brewerton and Fulton. Says “I just want to race.”  He noted that it was a good economic move from Mod Lite to Sportsman…

Josh Kinney, a very competitive Mod-Lite driver, missed last Friday. It seems he’s into horsepower. On Friday he is usually running Brewerton, but on Saturday he’s in a sulky behind a horse at Vernon Downs. He said last week he was in the sulky and missed a night at the Demon…

Jessica Herbert had turned the corner in the Four-Cylinder class, but suddenly came up missing a couple of years ago. She was back and finished a solid fourth on Friday. She noted, “I work second shift on my job and can’t race like I use to.” Her dad Jeff indicated he’s basically done behind the wheel while her mom Lori was in the stands with Jessica’s three year old son…

Jacobe Palmiter brought his 04 home third in the Four-Cylinders, but as he was driving back to the pits a fire flared up under the hood. Quick work by safety crew put it out and Jacobe was towed to the pits.

Well, the contact, bumper drafting and action between Ray Bechler and Chuck Powelczyk was more than interesting in the first heat of the night. As they say “Brewerton we have contact.” Chuck is struggling lately. It is unusual to see him finish out of the top three. He’s simply been it by mechanical woes…

Gary Tomkins, feature winner a week ago, came up five laps short of finishing. Attrition was low and he finished 21st. Believe it or not 19 cars finished on the lead lap. Jeremy Smith, in 20th, was one lap down…

Adam Roberts off the pace and indicated changes they made weren’t the right ones. Back to basics for Fulton…

Mod action in heat two saw Ryan Bartlett and Pat Ward in a near photo finish for second place…

Jamie Radley crunched the front end of his Four Cylinder at Brewerton a couple of weeks ago in losing a battle with the concrete front stretch wall. He was in one of the Bonoffski cars…

Justin Ladue along with Jerry Curcie Jr. were new 4 Cyl cars along with Herbert…

Nick Graziano hopped in the red 29 of the Lowell Zehr Beaver River Distribution team for his return to Mod-Lite action…

New Sportsman included Rich Rogala in the Herzog 3c. He finished 13th. Chris Hulsizer was pitside and finished 14th…

Mod lap three saw Ryan Bartlett and Hile tangle with the 93 going off with rear end problems…

Jeff Taylor had a tough night in the Sportsman division. He was sent to the rear for contact in his heat and on the start of the main got around between three and four collecting Mike Stanton and Tyler Trump. Both 3m and 9x pitted with sheet metal problems. In fact, the 9x had a hole in the right side where the number use to be…

Todd Root has rebounded from a bad car crunching crash. He chalked up a dominating win. After the crash he said, “I was gonna get a new car, but Scott Jeffery’s talked me into keeping this car. We spent a lot of time in the show welding it and piecing it together.” Guess it was worth it. He entered the night tied for second in points with Ron Davis. Ironically, Root finished first and Davis second.

Speedway point leaders saw mixed results. Mod leader Larry Wight settled for tenth, Sportsman pacesetter Alan Fink came home eighth, Casey Sykes (lead Mod-Lites) was 14th and Four-Cylinder Chris Bonoffski finished second…

I don’t know what happened in the Sportsman main as pole sitter Rich Towsend did his best David Copperfield impression as he disappeared immediately. I don’t mean he dropped back. He disappeared…

Nick Krause appeared to have trouble getting the car going at the initial start, but rallied for a fifth place finish…

Brent Joy has not had much luck in the Sportsman division at many tracks, but he did sit fifth in points entering the Brewerton action and came home with a consistent fourth place run…

22 Mods, 23 Sportsman, 15 Mod-Lites and 13 Four-Cylinders. Racing over at 10:04 p.m…

Guess fans come out in droves for demolition derbies. The youth one had four cars, but a dozen adults were out there for a lengthy smash and crash time. There were also four other cars that competed in a third unscheduled demo as they didn’t not fit the rules for the other classes…

Junior flagger Troyer Sipple got hammered time and time again in the youth and Jerry Curcie Jr. got ganged up on getting hit by four cars at one time. Those were hard hits…

Alan Fink also out there for the demo…

Matt Hulsizer didn’t get a handicap spot, but rallied for a 12th place spot in the Mod main…

Points runner up Jimmy Phelps came home eighth…

Pat Ward smiling as he’s been nothing, but consistent the past couple of weeks. His sixth place run in the car that was heavily crashed last Friday at the Demon was pretty good…

Sometimes drivers are anxious to restart. A couple of weeks ago a feature field was getting ready to go, but there was one problem. Race Director Tim Farrell said it best over the radio to the guys as he said, “I didn’t say we were going green and the flagger didn’t show you the white or a green flag. So I don’t know why you guys are trying to go green.” It was sort of funny to hear as it appeared the drivers were having a revolt of their own…

One of strangest things I ever said over the PA system on Friday night as I asked, “Does anyone have duct tape they can bring to the tower so we can cover up a bee hive?”

Appealed a couple of times and Sarge Marine with Team Dirt Dog and Hile Racing not only brought up a roll of tape, but sealed the hole to separate the humans from the insects. Thanks Sarge…

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