Makin’ Tracks – Weedsport’s Heroes Remembered 100 – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

For the second consecutive week the big-block Mods returned to Weedsport Speedway, but this time it was for the first official Super DIRTcar Series point event of the 2018 season.

Due to rain outs at Fulton and Bridgeport, the ‘Port’ had the distinction of kicking off the campaign.

As always the heats were just glorified hot laps, but that is usually the case with the time trial format that is in place.

If you’re like me you simply wait for the redraw and hope that the feature will provide a bit of passing up front. That is the nature of the beast for most traveling series. So it is what it is.




The SDS has become the Matt Sheppard benefit fund for the past couple of years as he is the guy everyone has to beat. However, you have to run the races and the anticipated doesn’t always happen.

This one saw Stewart Friesen draw the outside pole and run an unanticipated line around the track until Max McLaughlin started to crawl into contention. For a 100 lapper with not a ton of passing it was like a chess match watching the veteran against the teenager. It was probably one of Max’s top runs in the big-block. He got the respect from the winner, but in the end Friesen was at the top of the point standings when the night ended.

Once again the Sportsman poured through the gates and once again Kevin Root and eventual winner Dave Marcuccilli were the cream that rose to the top in the 25 lapper.

Yellows were a rarity in both main events as the Mods had just two and they both came before the halfway point almost in succession.

From the Back

Maybe the racing at the front of the field wasn’t sensational throughout the night, but I have a tendency to watch the mid or tail end of the field.

The third place battle in one heat had Chris Hulsizer, Amy Holland and Dave Schilling all dueling big time for the spot.

Jackson Gill spun in the final stages of his heat and was a DNQ. He regrouped, started back in the consi and finished third to qualify.

Tyler Thompson had one of those nights that he fought an uphill battle. In his heat a poor starting spot saw him finish seventh thus setting the stage for the sixth starting spot in his consi. Coming down for the white to start the race the left rear tire departed and he came to rest in the front stretch. He was towed in with no chance to get back, but a quick yellow allowed him to come back at 16th in this eight lap, three qualify event. He finished seventh, but it was fun to watch him work his way back through.

Pit Stops

New Mods from the previous week included Butch Tittle, Rusty Smith, Brett Hearn, Keith Flach, Matt Farnham, Bobby Varin, Josh Hohenforst, Carey Terrance, Dave Rauscher, Rich Scagliotta, J.R. Coriveau, Louie Jackson Jr., James Sweeting and Jack Lehner…

In Sportsman heat action Adam McAuliffe rode over the Jersey barrier…

Bobby Henry was behind the wheel of a team car to Tyler Trump and finished top ten in the main event…

Sportsman heats went to Zach Sobotka, Jessica Power, Nick Krause, Connor Cleveland and Matt Guererri. Pole sitter winners except for Sobotka who started fourth. Consis to Tyler Corcoran and Corey Barker…

Mod heats went to Friesen, Pat Ward, Sheppard, and McLaughlin. Consis to Adam Roberts and Mat Williamson…

In the Mod feature Friesen hit traffic on the ninth lap…

Friesen had a five second lead before the first yellow at lap 26…

Sheppard was fifth on lap 41 as he got past pole sitter Brett Hearn…

Max started sixth and got to third under Billy Dunn on 45 with a pass between one and two…

At halfway it was Friesen, McLaughlin, Dunn, Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Erick Rudolph, Tim Fuller, Larry Wight, Hearn and Ward…

With 40 to go Phelps got to third…

Lap 64 Max got under 44 between 3-4, but it didn’t’ stick…

Phelps commenced to make this a three car battle in the late going, but took a little heat from Rudolph down the stretch…

Sheppard was fifth at the finish…

The action started around 6:47 p.m. which was later than anticipated, but efficiently conducted to finish up at 10:10 p.m. Pretty darn good…

Salute to Maynard Troyer by track announcer Shane Andrews was classy and professional, but it is what we expect from Shane and he always delivers…

The new beer garden is quite impressive as is the large screen across from it…

Food prices are among the best around and I purchased five, count em five, chicken tenders for five dollars compared to three for $5.25 at another track. Turkey wraps, a special coffee counter, ice cream stand, a wide assortment of food and a vendor with brisket, pulled pork, chicken and much more make for a unique atmosphere along with the abundance of picnic tables for people to relax and visit at under a covered pavilion…

Heat was also a story for the day. Not complaining, but have to admit it is something unique this year…

Not many tracks I’ve been to where the announcer promotes Chardonnay and Merlot being available…

Folks…NO SMOKING in the grandstands. I am beginning to think instead of a single section family section at tracks maybe it is time for a family grandstand with a smoking section that is considerably smaller. Have to admit that could impact the attendance for smokers…

Excited over the next two shows with the Tony Stewart owned All Stars coming on June 10 and then a short time later a midweek show for the USAC Eastern Storm Sprints. Variety spices up the Weedsport schedule and that really makes it attractive…

Well, that’s is for this one and any thoughts or news send along to foley395@hotmail.com