Makin’ Tracks – Brewerton Surprises – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

Well, Mother Nature finally used antiperspirant deodorant and the air over the Brewerton Speedway on Friday night was perfectly Chamber of Commerce desired.

It was a beautiful night and what followed the 7:30 p.m. start was an efficient three hour show that had the fans on the road at a decent hour.

Those who stayed around after the 358 feature certainly saw two surprising finishes as the competitive Sportsman division sported not one, but two new winners.

Meanwhile, Tom Sears Jr. captured his first of the year.




The big-block main saw the 358 of Nick Krause took the lead on lap four as he passed Roy Bresnahan at the start-finish line.

At the halfway point there was a possibility that Krause might pull off a shocker as he held a comfortable lead over Bresnahan and Larry Wight.

However, with 15 laps to go Sears went in front and held on for the win as a rapidly closing Wight was just four-tenths of a second behind at the end.

Billy Decker got Krause at the line for the podium spot and Bresnahan had a solid top five finish.

The Mod main was over by 9:30 p.m.

17 Mods finished on the lead lap. The only driver to not finish was Joe August Jr. who dropped out on the 18th lap.

Sportsman Mains

There were not many yellows at all in the Sportsman division.

In the first 25 lap main a melee on the tenth lap saw Dorian Wahdan and Stoughtenger tangle in turn four.

Kevin Root went from 12th to 9th on the 10th lap restart. He eventually finished sixth.

Dylan Zacharias was dominant in his new Troyer and captured his first Brewerton feature event. It has been a roller coaster for him as after destroying his ride when the rear hub apparently broke he has himself a new Troyer that the team received a week ago Friday and since then he has been on a tear (he also got his first win at Utica-Rome on Sunday).

A tough break in this one as fifth place Jim Spano bounded off the front stretch concrete as he crossed under the checkered flag.

Throughout the race third and fourth place runners Brent Joy and Earl Rudy were having more contact then contact lenses with your eyes. It was a physical race for the duo, but they came home with solid finished.

While Zacharias winning was a surprise, the winner of the second Sportsman main was even more of one.

Jeff Taylor has been mentored by Gordy Button since he started racing.

Jeff has been close a couple of times only to see him get snakebitten and disappointed.

After a tangle on the first lap which saw the Willy Decker Jr. car eliminated from any further weekend action in a tangle with Quinn Wallis, Taylor took the lead.

Rich Townsend put on a sensational run as he worked his way toward the front and eventually he finished second just a second and a half behind the winner.

Taylor by his own admission made one mistake, but made up for it and came home with a very emotional victory. He admitted it hasn’t always been a smooth road to get there.

Behind Taylor and Townsend were Tyler Corcoran, Zach Sobotak and Amy Holland.

Pit Stops

Tim Ballin and Ken Pittsley new Four-Cylinder drivers. Pittsley had one of the more unique numbers I’ve seen with WWG3 which stands for Weedsport Window and Glass. Ballin sixth and Pittsley eighth in the main…

Mike Mullen noted a new sponsor on his Mod Lite with Alex’s Arms and Ammo…

Mod driver Tim Kerr was out for the second time this year. The previous week was his first anywhere in ‘19 and they noted there were just a lot of little problems…

Fast time in hot laps for the Sportsman went to Torrey Stoughtenger while quickest for the Mods was Ronnie Davis III…

20 Mods, 41 Sportsman, 11 Mod Lites and a dozen Four Cylinders…

Nine regular Mod Lite drivers went to the Can-Am show at Mohawk so this was a show up point race for the class. The division appears to be reborn with the possibility of 20 or so on a weekly basis…

Four Cylinder heat winners Quinn Wallis (who also won the main) and Chris Bonoffski (second in the feature)…

Mod heat winners included Roy Bresnahan, Matt Hulsizer and Nick Krause…

In the Sportsman class 358 regular Kyle DeMetro (who lost a motor in his 358) was behind the wheel of the Mikey Wight 7w…

Brett Joy, Mike Fowler, Joe Kline and Dylan Zacharias won Sportsman heats…

Scott Mallette will be driving the former Sam Carista-Jerry Curcie Jr. ride for the rest of the year…

Sam Carista might have a new car out in early July…

Mod Lite main looked that Brian Meyers was going to win, but the car went around on him. The race long battle with Tom Mackey and Casey Sykes was really fun to watch. And even though yellows hit from time to time the action was good throughout…

Sykes was followed by Mackey, Joe Garofolo, Zach Babcock and Mike Mullen…

Good night of racing and this Friday toss in a Kings Demolition Derby with all of the regular classes…

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