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

By BILL FOLEY

Ronnie Davis, Glenn Forward, Todd Root and Tyler Trump have moved up to the 358 Modified division at Brewerton.

Now there needs to be more.

Sportsman continue to be healthy, but maybe too healthy as 54 showed up at Fulton on Saturday and 46 pulled through the Brewerton gates on Friday. Now if 10 or so can eventually move up from the Sportsman to the 358’s the growth that was hoped for would become a reality with larger fields.

This past weekend Mother Nature finally cooperated.




At Brewerton a mixture of 20 big-blocks and small-blocks saw Larry Wight win by a second over a very consistent Jimmy Phelps, Late Model driver Kevan Cook won by a half second over Sean Beardsley, Chris Mackey and Kevin Root put on a battle for the ages as the three won by a tenth of a second in the first Sportsman race and Tony Finch II defeated Alan Fink by two tenths of a second in the other Sportsman main. To no ones surprise Chuck Powelczyk and Justin Williams won the 4 Cylinder and Mod Lites.

Fulton saw rookie Ronnie Davis III capture his first 358 main, but the race with Tyler Meeks and Mike Bowman had the fans talking as they walked out of the track. It was a sensational main-event. In the doubleheader Sportsman action 14-year-old Jackson Gill wasn’t smiling despite winning as he had gotten together with leader Scott Prentice on his way to a half second victory. Gill apologized for contact in his victory lane interview.  Kevin Root also won by a half second over Richie Riggs.

Richie Riggs ran the best race of his life and for some time it appeared he just might be able to pull it off.

Late Model winner Chad Homan said he didn’t originally plan on running Fulton this year, but that three second win over Brett Belden might have changed his mind a bit.

The Novice mains were won by two 14 year olds as Jake Holmes and Tyler Murray captured their first ever main events.

Brewerton Pit Stops

20 big-blocks (few small blocks included), 13 Four Cylinders, 11 Late Models, 12 Mod Lites and 46 Sportsman pitside…

You had to be impressed by Ronnie Davis who started 15th with his small-block and finished fourth behind Wight, Phelps and Pat Ward. Not bad company…

Sportsman driver Darren Smith (son of Jeremy) was in the house. He is now living in Mesa, Arizona, attending Red Mountain High School as he looks to enhance his football abilities…

New Sportsman drivers included Brian Evenden, Tony Komuda, Jake Holmes, Chris Hulsizer and Mark Effner along with Smith…

Mod Lite driver Kelly Skinner purchased the former Lowell Zehr 29 and had a problem with the gear cover. Joe Garofolo brought him a new cover and he got out for the feature…

Jerry Curcie was in Sam Carsita’s 30. Jerry is Sam’s grandson. Hope is that Ed Carista will have the old car ready for Sam soon. Sam will be turning 88 in September…

Jake Petit has some sharp looking new graphics on his Sportsmen No. 57…

Mod Lite Hunter Lawton also had some spanking new graphics courtesy of Frank Doll on his 61…

Rick Rogala started near the front of the Brewerton Sportsman field and suddenly the distributor cap decided to come off. He simply held his line as the car came to a stop and no one hit him…

Sam Usborne saw his Mod Lite light up in smoke in hot laps and he was loaded up soon after…

Gary Tomkins new car is one of the sharpest looking Mods around. PDG Graphics did the work. Gary is happy with the car’s performance thus far…

Chad Phelps had his old Troyer chassis in the pits as the newer one was heavily damaged at Weedsport the week before…

A bolt sheered off the radius rod on the Max McLaughlin ride and he didn’t finish the feature…

Matt Hulsizer missing as his car was a near write off after the Weedsport hit…

Mike Stanton Jr. got caught up after Darren Forbes spun in turn two in his heat. The 3m went over. It appeared to be a soft roll. However, word from the pits is that there was extensive damage to the car…

Kevin Cook noted in the LM victory lane “we’ve won here the last four times we’ve come.”…

First Sportsman main took 22 minutes for the first 22 laps.  It was tough sledding…

Chris Hulsizer ran in the top five, but with three laps to go slowed and his night was over…

Nick Krause simply was super as he started 12th and consistently rode along the high side only to have his night end when he slipped the outside wall coming out of turn four…

Fans had to enjoy the Chris Mackey and Kevin Root race long battle for the win. Mackey noted, “We weren’t even supposed to be here, but with the rain outs at Utica-Rome we decided to come here.”…

Fulton Pit Stops

Davis started ninth in the Mod main and won his first ever 358 feature…

23 Mods, 54 Sportsmen, 12 Late Models, 16 Novice were in the pits…

New Mods were Scott Boudinot and Brent Cross…

New Sportsman included Dave Moyer (filling in for his son at a wedding), Isaiah Forward, Casey Cunningham along with others who have run at Brewerton this year…

Chad Phelps and Andy Noto ran Ford powerplants…

Mike Bowman feeling real good about his motor program. He noted that a few weeks ago he was down 50 to 75 horsepower. A cam timing change was in order and it has worked. His wife Erica is having fun in the Novice division in an ’05 former Alan Johnson ride that was the car he drove for Jeff Rudalavage. Mike has put many of the newer parts on the car. But definitely a good starter…

Jordan McCreadie came home with another top five finish as he is proving to be quite consistent at Fulton…

Larry Wight started back in 18th and settled for fourth…

Best run of the year for former Sportsman driver Todd Root with a sixth in the 35 lap Mod main…

Billy Whittaker started 11th and got to seventh…

Tom Sears and Pat Ward finished eighth and ninth as Bobby Herrington rounded out the top 10…

A surprise visit came from Jeff McGinnis…

Max Hill was running third in the LM main, but caught the rear corner of Chad Homan and spun. Max is getting better by the week, but didn’t have much to show for it on Saturday…

Jessica Power went to the rear after a tangle early with the Bill Megnin No. 68, but rallied from 25th to eighth…

Some suprising names in the top ten of the first Sportsman feature with Richie Riggs second, Tye Scott Rood third, Kyle DeMetro fourth, D.J. Forbes fifth, Amy Holland ninth and Moyer 10th…

Mechanical problems saw Corey Barker nearly stop dead in the first turn and he was a DNF…

Wade Christman drove the race of his life in his main-event. He started 25th and was up to fifth by the 18th lap. It was hard to watch what was happening in front of him as he run was one of the best of the season. He finished third…

Solid fourth for Brandon Carvey…

Matt Janczuk wanted to race as he too is impacted by the wet weather at Utica-Rome. He came home seventh…

The night ended with a four car mini van demo and a 24 cars four and six cylinder demo. Fans loved it as it was one of the wildest demolition derbies I’ve ever witnessed. It was attack, attack, attack and no one played possum. It was fun and the track will do it again in late August…

Many thanks to Brother Kevin and Doug Elkins for spotting me in the announcing booth this weekend. Brother Kevin did some of the victory lanes at Brewerton while Doug announced the Novice mains at Fulton. I was alone and those guys really helped out a lot.
Thanks again…

Many thanks to the youngster along the rail at the end of the Fulton demo. The past week has been tough and some of the ridicule you get as an announcer you have to smile and ignore it, but it’s hard to always ignore it. I was close to making the past weekend my final one, but as the long night ended this youngster said something once, then twice and I couldn’t quite hear him. He repeated and said, “Thank you for spending your time with us tonight. I had fun.” That made my week…

As always I’m certain I missed something, but there is a heck of a lot of racing at Fulton and Brewerton and quite a bit happening.

Any info second along to foley395@hotmail.com.