By: Bobby Sweeney
GEORGETOWN, DE – Ryan Watt reached the front just prior to halfway in Georgetown Speedway’s Friday night Modified feature, then put on a driving clinic in the latter stages en route to his first Georgetown win of the year. With the victory, Watt punches his ticket into Port Royal’s Speed Showcase 200 on October 17th, taking a locked-in starting spot on the grid.
David VanHorn led Watt and Richie Pratt in the opening stages of the 25-lap Modified main, with the top trio quickly distancing themselves from the rest of the field. By lap five, the front three had put a few seconds between their battle and fourth, with the top three separated by just a second themselves. As the tires rose to optimal temperature, Watt got quicker, inching in on VanHorn. By lap ten, VanHorn’s small lead had totally evaporated, with Watt diving low and stealing the lead.
Just as Pratt was fixing to make a move on VanHorn for second, the yellow waived at halfway. Watt got a fantastic restart, with Pratt continuing his pressure from before the caution and moving by VanHorn on lap 15. By the time Pratt made the pass, Watt was already out front by nearly two seconds.
With each passing lap, Watt’s lead steadily increased by a tenth. The groove around the black-slick Georgetown surface had slowly migrated to the bottom of the track, with Watt hooking up well through the middle and lower lanes. With the checkered falling after 25 laps, it was Watt scoring the victory and locked-in starting spot for the Speed Showcase 200, with Pratt, VanHorn, JoJo Watson, and Billy Pauch Jr. rounding out the top five.
“I didn’t feel great in the heat, but made a ton of changes before the Sprint Car race,” Watt said. “I guess those changes worked because it rolled right through the black real good. We went out with a used tire and wouldn’t stick the way I needed early, but the harder I ran it, the more it heated up and better it became. The track was great tonight, really slick and wide. It had no dominant groove, which made for fun racing.”
RACE SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY OCTOBER 2, 2020
L&J Sheet Metal Modified Feature Finish (25 laps): RYAN WATT, Richie Pratt Jr., David Van Horn, Joseph Watson, Billy Pauch Jr., Jimmy Horton, H.J. Bunting, Jordan Watson, Brett Ballard, Ryan Riddle, Tom Moore Jr., John Willman, Troy Ale, Robert Dutton, Austin Hubbard, Dave Shirk, Tyler Dippel, Carson Wright, Jordn Justice, Brian Hitz, Kevin Sockriter, Tom Solderich, Norman Short Jr., Danny Hieber.
Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Feature Finish (25 laps): STEVEN DREVICKI, Alex Bright, Kyle Spence, Briggs Danner, Nash Ely, Kenny Miller III, Bill Unglert, Chris Allen, Troy Betts, Bruce Buckwalter, Mike Thompson, C.J. Faison, Jason Cherry, Jonathan Swanson, Christian Bruno, Ryan Watt, David Swanson.
Chesapeake Paving/J.W. Brown Trucking Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (20 laps): STEPHEN KEMERY, Scott Hitchens, Jesse Leiby, Joe Toth, Adam White, Michael White, Dylan Swinehart, Brad Roberts, Richie Walls Jr., Jimmy Leiby, Greg Reed, Anthony Tramontana, Jim Dallett, John Stevenson, Trent Willey, Justin Eason, Rocky Whitley, Nico Flammer, Sean Metz.
Southern Delaware Vintage Modified Feature Finish (12 laps): JAMIE EICHHOLZ, Robert Paczkowski, Roscoe Clough, Harold Sylvester, D.J. Camerson, Charlie Moore, Kelly Putz, C.J. Schirmer, David Dissinger.
Southern Delaware Vintage Sportsman Feature Finish (12 laps): TODD MILLER, David Tucker I, David Tucker II, Robbie Roe, Dave Schamp, Art Workman, Robert Blann, Don Davidson, Terry Chaney, Chris Killen.
Little Lincoln Feature Finish (12 laps): KIRK LAWSON, Todd Sammons, Joseph Tracy, Matt White, Ryan Walsen, Brian Piercy, Wayne Seaton, M.J. White, Dean Calhoun, Bunky White, Sean Smith.
Delaware Super Truck Feature Finish (12 laps): MATTHEW SMITH, Matt Esham, Ryan Efford, Jerry Hill, Dale Elliott, Shane Clogg, Adam Smart, Nate Benson, Kirk Miles Sr., Mark Townsend, Bill Dean, Dick Beauchamp, Michelle Jackson, T.J. Hazlewood, Thomas Jackson, Robert Smith, Trent Marine, Jesse West, Tristin Townsend, Billy Lockwood.
Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): JOE WATERS, Geoff Carey, Chris ‘Tippy’ Martinez, Chris Carroll, Chris Myers, Ashley Merritt, Greg Nailor, John Bailey, Randy Merritt, Jeremy Long, Paul Gary, Jay Lowman.