Makin Tracks – Second Isn’t Satisfactory for Hile in Wild Night at Brewerton

By BILL FOLEY

Chris Hile say it isn’t so.

Sometimes a driver simply can’t, no matter what the situation, be happy with a second place finish.

Such was the story at the Brewerton Speedway as “The Hile Driver” appeared headed for his first feature win of the season as he took the lead on the opening lap and was the pacesetter until the final turn of the final lap as Jimmy Phelps dove under him off four for the victory by .3 of a second.

There was no way that Hile could have been very happy about this.




There was a single lapped car with less than a lap to go that was running the same line that Hile was in. It appeared for a moment that Hile might have been able to hang on, but it wasn’t to be.

Jimmy said, “It was unfortunate for Chris. I caught a break in traffic. We were both good and running the same groove. The top slowed down and then got better again. It was one hell of a race tonight and this is the best I’ve seen the track in two years.”

Gotta Love Pearl

It is tough when a driver begins to doubt himself.

Ron Davis III has been trying the new Teo this year and they’ve stuggled with the learning curve.

Ronnie has done okay with it, but not the RDIII of norm.

So a couple off weeks ago Ron said, “We brought Pearl back out and I am going to find out if I am losing my ability.”

Well, on Friday night there was no doubt that Davis still possesses not only the desire to win, but the ability to win.

Both races he started mid-pack, but worked his way to the front of the field.

He beat Kevin Root by .9 of a second in the first and won by over 4 seconds with Rocco Leone trailing in the second.

There was that old Ron Davis smile in victory lane as obviously the problems weren’t the driver.

Pit Stops

Mike Mullen, who was contending for a Mod-Lite win nearly called it a night after the heat. A clutch linkage went and Mike noted that if there hadn’t been the spectator one-on-one truck races that the team would have never made the feature. It was a difficult repair job…

Tom Sears Jr. dropped out of the Mod main due to his throttle sticking…

Tim Sears Jr. was running in second place in the Mod feature when the engine blew. The team noted that it just suddenly lost power on the 22nd lap. They were seeking a motor as of late Friday night for Saturday action at Fulton…

Joe Garafolo had one of his best finishes of the year. Early on in the feature he was back as far as 12th, but noted a restart saw him pick up the majority of positions as the car was the best it has been this season. He ended up fourth…

Mike Bowman had a valve cover gasket go on Thursday at the Wheels and he was glad it happened there instead of a Brewerton. He finished 11th in the main…

Roy Bresnahan was up to fourth at the Wheels on Thursday racing with the high powered Andy Bachetti. With two laps to go Roy ran out of gas…

Good to have Lorraine Powelczyk back at the Demon. She was injured a few years ago and cut back on racing. With Stephanie Seeley away in Italy Lorraine was able to use her HANS device…

Andrew Ferguson has been having some difficulty with his new helmet with dirt coming in under the shield. Max McLaughlin has the same type of helmet and assisted Ferguson with a different way to tape it up to keep debris out…

Wow that third place fight between Mad Max and Larry Wight was something to behold in heat two…

Four-Cylinder winner Chris Bonoffski let Nate Powers use his car to win at Thunder Mountain earlier in the week then took the car back to lead the Brewerton field…

Second place in the Mod Main was classic in the early going between Jeremy Smith, Chad Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Jimmy Phelps and Chad Phelps…

Billy Decker was 11th on the lap 19 restart and rolled to sixth within a lap and a half of returning to the green. Decker eventually came home in fourth. Just 1.8 second between first and fourth…

Dylan Zacharias took a hard hit in the first Sportsman main as he slammed the outside wall on the frontstretch with the car lifting up off the ground with all four tires in the air…

There was some controversy in the second Sportsman race as Stephen Denton and Nick Krause were second and third with two laps to go. However, Krause got a piece of Denton and both wrecked out in a turn one melee. Apparently there were extracurricular activities in the pits after…

A late race restart in the final race of the night saw the field get jammed up coming down the frontstretch. Before it was over Mike Stanton was sideways and Todd Root slammed the 3m and the wall destroying the front end of the car. It was a rough couple of days for Root as he lost a motor the night before (had only about 30 laps on it)…

Chad Phelps was solid with a third place finish and Jeremy Smith came home fifth…

Mod-Lite point leader Justin Williams won his first feature of the year. Justin very emotional in victory lane and said, “This is the first time I’ve won here in five years.”

He noted that his dad Doug told him to be “patient, patient, patient.” (Hard to imagine Doug Williams saying that). Mike Mullen was good, but not good enough and was 1.6 seconds behind…

19 cars finished the 23 car Mod main…

Mixed night for point leaders. Larry Wight finished sixth. Alan Fink the Sportsman leader finished fourth and seventh. Williams and Bonoffski won their respective mains…

First time I’ve ever seen a track raise the price for a rained out reschedule show as $2 was added to admission. Usually the additional crowd to witness the make up is increased due to more racing. Had hoped for Mods and Sportsman make up on the same night, but apparently the one-on-one truck race got in the way. That is the only reason I could think of…

So extra Mods this coming week while Fulton (that got rained out on Saturday) will have the Billy Whittaker $20 a car load and Fan Fest this coming week…

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