By: Bobby Sweeney
BREWERTON, NY – Pat Ward rolled to his first win of the year, grabbing the win in the Big Block Modified feature at Brewerton with a late pass on Ronnie Davis III.
Tim Harris led the opening circuits of the 35-lap Modified main, but surrendered it to high-flying Ronnie Davis on lap 4. Davis, who has had a tough season since his opening-night win, wasted no time opening up a big lead. By lap 9, the gap between him and second place Roy Bresnahan was up to a straightaway. Pat Ward slotted into third, while Jimmy Phelps got up to fourth in the early stages.
Ward worked over Bresnahan for a few laps on the bottom, finally making the pass on lap 15. Larry Wight was running fifth at this time, but not for long, as by lap 16 Wight was by both Phelps and Bresnahan for third. Davis still had a comfortable lead up front, but not for much longer.
By lap 20, Ward had cut the lead in half, and Wight was faster than both of the top two. Ward and Wight mowed down the lead, and Ward left his home on the cushion to drive under Davis on lap 26. Soon as Ward put a nose out front, the yellow flag waived and canceled the pass.
Davis went low on the restart, knowing that’s where Ward was making his pass before the caution. The move briefly worked, but a lap after the restart, Ward rolled the top by Davis and into the lead. Wight followed through on lap 30, but Ward already had a small lead built up. Wight gave chase, but couldn’t gain any ground in the final five laps, as Pat Ward became the sixth winner in six features this season. Larry Wight got second, with Jimmy Phelps nosing out Billy Decker for third. Ronnie Davis led most of the race, but slipped to fifth at the end.
“I knew Larry had to be right on my tail,” Ward said. “The car was good, it could do whatever I wanted it to. I think Ronnie overheated his tires, he took off like crazy. I think we would’ve been fine even without the caution. We needed this, you can’t even imagine how bad the past two or three nights have been, we haven’t even qualified some nights.”
Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux and Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co, Inc. June 28 Results
(Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds 35 Laps) – PAT WARD, Larry Wight, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Ron Davis III, Tim Sears Jr., Joe August, Roy Bresnahan, Tom Sears Jr., Jim Witko, Matt Hulsizer, Rob Bellinger, Tyler Trump, Tim Harris, Katelyn Hile, Jason Occhino, Nick Krause, Chad Phelps, Andrew Ferguson, Chris Hile, DNS Tim Kerr.
(DOT Foods DIRTcar Sportsman #1 – 25 Laps) – BILLY CLARK JR., Kevin Root, Colby Herzog, Stephen Denton, Mark Yorker, Mike Fowler, Jim Spano, Chris Mackey, Rich Townsend, Kyle Fink, Jeff Taylor, Tyler Murray, Torrey Stoughtenger, Joey Buonagurio, Tyler Corcoran, Brandon Carvey, Joe Sobotka, Riley Rogala, Dorian Wahdan, Dylan Zacharias, Rick Rogala,
(DOT Foods DIRTcar Sportsman #2 – 25 Laps) – COREY BARKER, Willy Decker Jr., Bob Henry Jr., Zach Sobotka, Alan Fink, Chris Cunningham, Quinn Wallis, JJ Courcy, Earl Rudy, Mike Prentice, Amy Holland, Tim Devendorf, Jeff Prentice, Addison Bowman, Ricky Yelle, John Strickler, Bailey Groves, Ryan Dolbear, Jake Petit, DNS – Rocco Leone.
(U.S Air Force Mod Lites 20 Laps) – CASEY SYKES, Zack Babcock, Tom Mackey, Mike Mullen, Joe Garafolo, Justin Williams, Brian Meyers, Doug Williams, Hunter Lawton, Kelly Skinner, Roger Olschewske, Dave Brown, Ryan Halliday, Jim Dunham, Kyle Demo.
(Fleet Repairs Truck & Trailer Repair 4-Cylinders 15 Laps) – CHRIS BONOFFSKI, Chuck Powelczyk, Sam Curcie, Timothy Boylhart, Clayton Koch, Dylan Curcie, Jacob Dupra, Quinn Wallis, Evan Wright.
(4&6 Cylinder) – Logan McNitt
(Small Truck – Mini-Van) – Shawn Aman