Makin’ Tracks – Weedsport Heroes Remember 100 – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

It was quite evident that racers want to race with 52 Modifieds, 58 Sportsman and 24 CSRA Sprints filling not only the Weedsport pits on Monday, but also parking out in the parking lot. There were cars all over the place.

Everyone was hungry to see racing and it was a Chamber of Commerce night even though precipitation made its appearance a few times during the features.

In the end fans walked away remembering that they just saw Erick Rudolph winning by .157 of a second over Billy Decker. Thank goodness for traffic as it really generated the excitement in the final laps. Decker simply couldn’t get past Ryan Watt for several laps, but Rudolph couldn’t get by two dancing partners who were directly in front of him for the final stages. The perfect storm resulted in a wild and memorable finish,.

As always there were some fun runs to watch, but one of the more interesting things that happened was something I never thought I would see…Brett Hearn loading up in a DNQ scenario at a Super DIRTcar Series show.




I thought there were just three or four provisionals for SDS shows and they were from points. However, apparently there are other scenarios to get in and thus after taking just one car from each consi there were seven provisionals put in the field. These included Ryan Godown, Dave Raucher, Demetrios Drellos, Jack Lehner, Justin Haers, Ryan Watt and the ever present promoter provisional to Danny Johnson.

Personally I have no problem with a promoters option as it allows a top named driver, usually a fan favorite, to get into the field. Years ago at Syracuse they called it the media choice, but I never met a writer who voted to put anyone in the race.

Many thought Billy Dunn should get a provisional as he was second in points. I was told he elected not to accept it.

Maybe, just maybe, provisionals should be explained over the public address system. It wouldn’t take long and it might end much of the internet negativity the next day.

In regards to Brett, in all the decades I’ve seen a SDS race I have never seen him not get a spot. He is a legend and one of the reasons the series is what it is today. I thoroughly understand why he didn’t get in as he isn’t a platinum driver and elected to earn his living at Orange County. Who can blame him? Money is great and it is relatively close to him home. It was a sad night as the driver who won his first CRC Super DIRTcar Series race at Orange County on May 8, 1980 and is an eight time series champion no longer has a guaranteed spot in a Super Dirt Series race.

Pit Stops

CSRA had trouble early on, but by feature time they figured out the track. In heat one Jesse Pruchnik, fifth in the points, took a wild tumble in the first turn and destroyed his car…

Alisha Ruggles, Jeff Trombley and Johnny Scarborough won the Sprint heats…

There were plenty of front row wins in the SDS heats with pole sitters winning all…

Demetrios Drellos and James Sweeting had their moments together in prelim action as the banzai all out run deep into turn three by Drellos after contact out of two turned a few heads…

Roy Bresnahan was out of action early as he went around and was hit head on by Paul St. Sauveur as Dave Rauscher also got vacuumed. The 02 had a broken drive shaft and bent frame and was done for the night. St. Sauveur had a significant amount of front end damage and though they tried to get it back together it was to no avail. Rauscher’s crew thrashed on the 48Too and he was a provisional…

Big-block rookie Dave Marcuccilli was happy to make the show and started 11th. He said, “I hope we can get a top ten.”

He was okay with a third in his heat and noted, “Matt (Sheppard) and Max (McLaughlin) were just better than me.”

He had a disappointing 21st finish, but he completed all 100 laps…

The biggest surprise in top ten was ninth place run of small-block driver Todd Root.

Ryan Watt has run American Racers for years and this was his first visit to Weedsport. He’s running the tour and I am sure there is a major adjustment to Hoosier Racing Tires as well as the ultra slick Weedsport Speedway for him…

Matt Sheppard had a tough night. Early in the main Tim Sears Jr. car got over the front end of the 9s and later on Matt looked for a hole down low entering one as he looked to get under Larry Wight.  He ended up spinning.  I couldn’t tell if contact was only with barrier or if he got a piece of the cement and the 99L. A shock change sent him to back and he rallied for a well driven 11th…

Chad Phelps, with his new Troyer, won one of the consi races and finished a very respectable 12th after starting 22nd…

Robbie Bellinger never left the top of the speedway, starting 24th, and finished 16th…

Kyle Coffey made a stop for a new tire on lap 16 and rallied for 17th in the 31 car starting field..

There were 28 cars finished the 100 lapper…

Anthony Perrego was driving like a man possessed in his consi. It was fun to watch as he kept trying to chase down Robbie Bellinger. It was a sensational run as he knew it was win or he was done…

DNQ’s included Andrew Ferguson, Tyler Thompson, Justin Wright, Marcus DInkins, Rex King (though he was second in his consi), Brett Hearn, Billy Dunn, Dillon Groover, Ryan Susice, Eric Williams, Matt Farnham, Kyle DeMetro, Rusty Smith, Anthony Perrego (second in his consi), Adam Roberts, Michel Trautschold and Joe Shields…

The Sportsman main-event had a ton of cars and after a yellow on the first lap that flag remained in Dave Farney’s holster the rest of the race.  Austin Susice chalked up his first win at Weedsport…

Mark down the All Star Sprints and BB Mods on June 9 and a week later USAC Sprints return with BB on the card…

As always it was a fun night at “The Palace.”

Any notes or comments send along to foley395@hotmail.com