Makin’ Tracks Brewerton – A Davis Mod Moment & Sprint Flips – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Okay so it’s old new by now, but a young man who had never raced a big-block Modified won in his very first feature event, passing veteran Pat Ward and then running away to the checker flag.

Ronnie Davis III has been impressive ever since he hopped into a Sportsman. Joe Abass saw the potential and put him in a 358 and during the off-season there was an opening in the Tom Coar-Chris Clark Big Block.

Chris said they were looking to do something different this year and “We had an idea, but Larry Wight spoke highly on Ronnie.”

Ronnie said, “This really came out of nowhere. I was at the DIRT banquet and Larry said ‘I’ve got a ride for you’. The Monday after that Tom called and set up a meeting.”




Of the BB he said, “It is hard to tame. There is just so much power and the corners come up so fast. If you want to stay on the bottom you have to back off the gas sooner.”

Entering his first feature on Friday night Davis said, “I just wanted to keep it under me and run smoother. The win is at the top of my all time list. The win at Charlotte and the Sportsman Classic at Weedsport were trumped by this win.”

In victory lane he was greeted by well wishers including Max McLaughlin.

Ronnie noted, “Max said he was jumping up and down for me to win. Billy Decker, Pat and basically the whole Modified pit came over. It didn’t sink in on Friday night, but it sure did when I woke up on Saturday morning.”

Of his trek into BB racing he humbly said, “It is cool racing with legends. It was weird when I started in 358’s lining up with Brett Hearn, Matt Sheppard and the Mod guys as I just wasn’t use to it.”

At his first Big Block practice session at Weedsport a few weeks ago, Ron reflected, ”Every time I went out there Sheppard passed me. I began to follow him, learn his line and capitalize on the opportunity to gain experience.”

On Monday at Weedsport he qualified through his heat, had a minor problem and finished well back in the field.

But the beauty of Modified racing puts him right back on the track and he’ll return to the Demon on Friday.

Pit Stops

Chuck Hebing saw his front wheels lift in hot laps, lift again and then went for a wild ride. It was just the start as Josh Flint was upended, Kelly Hebing not only took out a tree, but ended up with her sprinter facing the stars as it stopped against another standing tree off the back stretch. Meanwhile, Ed Kelley broke his front end in the B and took a high flying ride…

There were 33 Sprints, 22 Mods, 37 Sportsman and 13 Four Cylinders in the pits …

Both Chad Phelps and Andrew Ferguson have brand spanking new Modifieds…

Tom Sears nickname should be “Mr. Invisible”. He is just one of those guys who is there at the end. No flash, just consistent get-to-the-front driving. It was well earned second place…

The closing stages of the event saw Team Gypsum running side-by-side, bumper-to-bumper for third, fourth and fifth. Larry Wight, Pat Ward and Billy Decker came home respectively in those spots…

Tough night for defending Mod champ Jimmy Phelps as he missed the draw and on the third lap of the feature right rear axle problems send him pit-side…

Small-blocks partying with their bigger brothers included Tyler Trump, Jason Occhino, and Nick Krause…

Dave Marcuccilli hammered the front stretch concrete with his right rear in heat action. Repairs made were made, he started 13th and came home 11th in his first BB Brewerton start…

Davis won by 1.596 seconds over Sears…

Steve Poirier got an inner tire and trashed his front end in his heat…

Jason Barney really didn’t like starting on the pole, but it all worked out for the win over Danny Varin, Davie Franek, Larry Wight and Chuck Hebing…

Pete Richardson was the surprising quick-timer of the night…

It was fun watching father and daughter, Chuck and Kelly Hebing run for the fourth spot in heat two. They ran side-by-side and changed positions several times…

The third row starting spots were good for Sportsman drivers as winners Chris Mackey and Kevin Root started fifth and sixth respectively…

Amy Holland’s first time at Brewerton in the car she was running and she came home third behind Root and Mike Stanton…

Corey Barker, in Tom Juno’s 25, looked pretty darn good, but Mackey eventually got him for the win while Mark Yorker, starting 11th, had third…

Four Cylinder winner Evan Wright wasn’t even going to race on Friday, but decided at the last minute to give it a try…

Chuck Powelczyk had mechanical woes and dropped back to finish mid-pack…

Well, Mod-Lites finally get a chance to run this weekend.

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