Makin’ Tracks – Dave Farney & Brewerton SDS Notes – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Sometimes there are things happening at a race track that aren’t out there on the speedway.

Dave Farney is not only the Super DIRTcar Series flagger, but also the regular house starter at the weekly Brewerton Shows. He’s pretty high up there and because of his distance from the track I really don’t worry as much about him as I do at some other tracks where flaggers are just about flush with the tops of high speed cars flying past.

It was somewhere near the midway point of the SDS Showdown at Sundown where a rock hit Dave squarely on the elbow. Suddenly I took my announcing job and put it on the back burner as I watched a racing buddy in trouble. He appeared in a tremendous amount of pain.

It was good to see two DIRTcar officials Larry Woodruff and Scott Hautton along with the track safety crew rush to the tower as the race continued (I would have probably had the yellow out, but not my call). He was treated for a cut and returned to the tower to finish the night.




I reached out to him Saturday and he noted, “Sore, but think it may be okay. Hope to be at Weedsport Tuesday.”

Scary moment and for the most part you don’t think about this situation much anymore, but glad it worked out.

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Well, to absolutely no one’s surprise Matt Sheppard won from the front row at the SDS show, but actually the action behind him wasn’t all that bad. Matt captured his 17th win at eight different tracks this year. He’s simply got them covered. That is it.

Chris Cunningham has been running the Brewerton Speedway since the 1980’s and picked up his first Sportsman win at the legendary track. He benefited when Nick Krause was sent to the back in the late going after allegedly becoming involved with a car that was trying to pass him entering turn one while the 24K was up front on the 22nd lap.

Brewerton Pit Stops

The water pump on the generator decided it was time to expire just seven laps into the final Sportsman feature of the night. So action was over and the race will pick up from the seventh lap…

Dave Marcuccilli was pit side and noted, “I wanted to come and watch the big-block race, got out of work at six and here at seven. I figured I might as well race and seeing as I am in the second Sportsman feature I will get to see the big-blocks.”

He started 14th and I think that he was fourth when the red came out. He will be running Canandaigua this Friday and will not return…

Joe Abass had a career second place Sportsman feature finish…

Sheppard’s fast time was the 72nd of his career and 60th career victory on the tour…

Peter Britten returned despite a sore back and finished seventh…

Larry Wight lost a power steering pump and was the first car out…

Mod lite driver Shawn Hort spun out and got hit by Hunter Lawton…

There were 36 big-blocks on hand…

Three Mod heats won from the pole and the other from outside the front row…

Andrew Ferguson and Robbie Bellinger came from outside the front row to win the consolations events…

Yellows were relatively absent in the 100 lapper thus providing interesting traffic situations…

Billy Decker came home second and was within striking distance at times, but it was to no avail…

Jimmy Phelps continues his runs of top five with a third in the 100 for his second podium SDS finish of the year…

You had to enjoy the long fourth place battle between the Doctor and Erick Rudolph as they settled for fourth and fifth respectively…

Completing the top ten were Pat Ward, Britten, Max McLaughlin, Tim Sears Jr. and Chris Hile…

Chad Phelps started 23rd and came home 12th…

Jim Witko also came out of the consi for a 25th starting spot to come home 16th…

Dave Rauscher put on one heck of a show in his consi to qualify in third place for the main event…

31 of the 36 cars in the pits got a starting spot as provisionals included Keith Flach, Rich Scagliotta, Adam Roberts, J.F. Coriveau and Rusty Smith…

Not getting in the show were Louie Jackson Jr. Tim Harris, Tyler Trump, Katelyn Hile and Butch Tittle.

There were just 11 Mod Lites pit side…

Joe Garafolo came home with a satisfying second place, but had his hands full of Zach Babcock and Mike Mullen…

Quinn Wallis was done for the night after hammering a sitting duck J.J. Courcy as J.J. got involved with another car going into turn one…

Jake Petit continues to improve in the Sportsman and came home eighth. At the halfway point of the feature he was leading…

In the late race tangle with Krause, Rich Townsend went from second to 18th for the restart with just a few laps to go…

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