WOODHULL, NY – White’s Repair and Towing, along with NAPA Auto Parts presented a fine motorsports program on Saturday night. While many celebrated in Victory Lane, none were probably more surprised to be standing there than Dayton Brewer.
Brewer capitalized on a mechanical failure of one of his competitors to steal the victory and notch his second career Modified win, in what has been a tremendous Rookie campaign for the Jasper, NY resident.
It looked as though Mike Bills was finally going to get the monkey off his back and get back to Victory Lane for the first time since 2016. But a battery cable that came off with just two laps to go, ended what had been a flawless effort for 23 circuits around “New York’s Toughest Bullring.”
Bob Silvernail and Bills led the field to Scott Lyon’s green flag for 25 long laps around the one-third-mile bullring. Bills quickly jumped out front and would set the pace for the opening 23 laps.
The feature for the Modifieds was a little more rough and tumble than normal, with drivers fighting tooth and nail for position and several drivers being forced down into the moisture on the low lane and making slides for life. It wasn’t a good night to be a car in the top five in points, as both Donnie Lawson and Ron Cartwright Jr. had off nights in their No. 11 and 2b cars respectively.
It was also not the ending to the night that Bills was looking for. With two laps to go and a slower traffic ahead, Bills appeared to slow on the frontstretch as he prepared to put a car a lap down. But entering turn one, there was a loud bang heard from the No. 1 and the engine shut off as the battery cable became disconnected.
Dayton Brewer and Cory Costa stacked up behind Bills, who was trying to exit the racing surface which allowed Billy Van Pelt to sweep by both of them on the outside to go from fourth to first in one corner. But the yellow came out and forced officials to use the last completed lap to set the lineup, allowing Brewer to show the way for the restart with two to go.
Brewer went on the defense as he held down the lower lane for the remaining two laps, forcing Van Pelt to attempt the outside lane if he was going to get by. Van Pelt tried but didn’t have enough time to build a run, with the standout Rookie Brewer collecting his second win of 2018. Van Pelt, Costa, Silvernail and Dillon Groover filled the top five.
‘Sponge Bob’ Butcher and Jerry Aldrich made up row one for the 25-lap NAPA Crate Sportsman feature, with Aldrich showing the way early. But after a tough week last weekend, early season point leader Jake Dgien who started fourth due to the handicap, was making quick work of things to advance to the runner up spot.
Dgien was pinning his HigFab Chassis, Kim Lattimore, CPA No. 3 on the bottom lane under Aldrich who was trying to carry his momentum through the middle. Aldrich did a nice job fending off Dgien for several laps, but eventually Aldrich’s American Racers gained heat and lost the drive off the corner.
That allowed Dgien to slide by and start driving away with the lead. Fellow HigFab Chassis driver Brett Buono out of Dundee, NY eventually worked past Aldrich for the two spot and set his sights on the 3 car but never got an opportunity to make a move. It would be a HigFab sweep on the top of the leaderboard with Brandon Butler bouncing back from a tough heat race to finish third, with Aldrich a solid fourth and a Sportsman career-best fifth place finish for Dave Richmond’s bright yellow and pink No. 93.
In the SWL Awards & Photos Crate Late Models, Steve LeBarron took the rest of the field to the woodshed, in a dominating victory over his teammate John Waters. LeBarron credited the work of the teammates in getting the 29 car back up to snuff setup-wise. That they did- as LeBarron won the event with a half a track lead at the double checkers.
Waters had a nice race himself after starting seventh and working his way up to the two spot by race’s end. Kurt Stebbins brought a car that appeared destroyed at McKean County on Thursday back to Woodhull Saturday looking fresh as ever and earned a solid finish of third place. Last week’s winner Jason Knowles started fifth and raced hard with Stebbins and fifth place finisher Darin Horton, to bring the No. 4 car home in position number four.
Tracy Dunn finally got over the hump at Woodhull Saturday in the Joe Willcox Performance Automatics Street Stock division. In a race where Cummings Trucking paid out $50 heat winner bonuses and added $200 to the winner’s share of the weekly purse, Dunn finally beat Goliath as the Southern Tier Generators, Golden Age Cheese, Symonds Beef Farm, Skeetin’ Wheaton No. 21 was one spot better than Street Stock juggernaut Dylan Cecce.
Fans will recall that last week Dunn dominated the Street Stock feature, only to finish ninth after Cecce misjudged turn one and made contact with Dunn. Dunn went for a spin and both drivers finished well outside the top five.
But on this night, Dunn had everyone’s number. Dunn kept the 21 car pinned to the bottom in turns three and four to keep Cecce at bay in second. Kurt Stebbins was hauling the mail on the outside of the raceway, but Cecce and Dunn were very quick in the low lane.
Dunn ran 10 perfect laps to close out the race and never slipped up from the center off to give Cecce an opening to try and make a run on the straightaways. Stebbins finished third with Mick Seeley logging another top five finish as he continues to get his season on track in fourth. Dan Gardner started eighth, worked his way to the top five and had a front row seat to Stebbins’ pursuit of the leaders.
One of the most thrilling finishes of the night once again came in the Woodhull Auto Supply Hobby Stocks. Les Smith again led a majority of the race in his Woodhull Legends Tribute No. 8x, but he would get a fierce challenge from last week’s winner Carter Dennis and division point leader Joe Birdsall.
Smith was cruising around the top side, while Dennis utilized the bottom as Team 22/121 have seemed to finally work all the brake bugs out of the defending track champion’s No. 22. Dennis took the lead with a handful of laps to go, but Smith powered back by on the outside, while Birdsall watched from third place.
With three to go, Birdsall started floating in through the middle as all three lanes started being used to decide the winner of the race. Exiting turn two on the final lap, the trio was three-wide for the top spot with Birdsall squirting through the middle to take the lead and the victory off turn four.
Dennis powered by Smith in the fourth turn to take second, while Smith was left wondering what he has to do to close the deal this season in third. AJ Niedermaier and Brent Williams, who got tipped up on his side in his heat race, rounded out the top five finishers.
For the second time in 2018, Adam Austin turned a Friday night victory at Outlaw Speedway into a Saturday night victory at Woodhull in the Daugherty’s Auto Sales & Service Mini Stocks. The hashtag #GetchaBroomsOut returned, with Austin somehow finding a broom to have some fun with in Instant Heat Wood Pellets Victory Lane.
Ray Hyer challenged Austin early and often, but Austin was not moving off the top lane for anything. He had a few close calls on the top of turns three and four almost getting the Southern Tier Steel and Fabrication ride over the edge, but it all worked out in the end.
Hyer finished second, Kane Stebbins was a strong third, Jason Ketrow passed a ton of cars after an early incident to finish fourth and Ron Dailey Jr. picked off five spots from his tenth place starting spot to crack inside the top five.
Adam DelGrosso got back on top in the Bear’s Auto Body Front Wheel Drive division, with his fourth Woodhull victory. DelGrosso and Nate Freeland raced hard for the lead at multiple points through the race through lapped traffic.
“The Maple Cream Kid” quickly moved from his eighth starting spot to third on lap three, second on lap four and eventually taking the lead for good on lap eight. Freeland, Codie Baker, Matt Prescott and Scott Lehman Jr. completed the top five.
Carter Crooker continued his dominance in the Daugherty’s Auto Sales & Service Warriors division, collecting his fifth-straight win and seventh on the season. Ronnie Dailey spun early and had to come from the back of the pack to rally back to a second place finish.
Brody Amidon started second and finished a close third behind Dailey, while Josh Isaman continues his recent success with another top five in fourth. Dylon Morseman brought the 44 machine home in the top five with a fifth place effort.
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Woodhull Raceway is located in Woodhull, NY, just 30 minutes West of Corning, NY and competes weekly on Saturday nights from mid-April through Labor Day Weekend. The track offers several special events including the Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprints in May and July and the Short Track Super Series Modifieds in early-August.
White’s Repair & NAPA Auto Parts Night- July 7th, 2018
INSINGER PERFORMANCE MODIFIEDS, 18 cars (25 laps): DAYTON BREWER (2), Billy VanPelt, Cory Costa, Bob Silvernail, Dillon Groover, Josh Keesey, Brian Doolittle, Russell Morseman, Chris Ostrowsky, Kevin Chilson, Joe Dgien, Brandon Martin, Frank Dunning, Sheldon Gardner, Mike Bills, Ron Cartwright, Donnie Lawson, Bobby Davis.
H1: Joe Dgien, Brandon Martin, Dayton Brewer.
H2: Ron Cartwright, Bobby Davis, Brian Doolittle.
H3: Billy VanPelt, Dillon Groover, Frank Dunning.
NAPA CRATE SPORTSMAN, 18 cars (25 laps): JAKE DGIEN (3), Brett Buono, Brandon Butler, Jerry Aldrich, Dave Richmond, Dylan Cecce, Kenny Peoples Jr., Connor Brown, Tim Guild, AJ Costley, Adam Taft, Cole Youse, Blake Lawson, Jordan Bacon, Tim Schram, Bob Butcher, John Sekoll, Stacey Jackson.
H1: Kenny Peoples Jr., Tim Schram, Jerry Aldrich
H2: Jake Dgien, John Sekoll, Dave Richmond
H3: Brett Buono, Tim Guild, AJ Costley
NAPA AUTO PARTS CRATE SPORTSMAN KING OF THE RING: Kenny Peoples Jr. over Jake Dgien
SWL AWARDS CRATE LATE MODELS, 10 cars (20 laps): STEVE LEBARRON (2), John Waters, Kurt Stebbins, Jason Knowles, Darin Horton, Jason McGregor, Joe Layfield, Zach Wiech, Jamie Freeman, Whitney Horton.
H1: Jason McGregor, Darin Horton, Joe Layfield.
H2: Steve LeBarron, Jason Knowles, Kurt Stebbins.
JOE WILCOX PERFORMANCE AUTOMATICS STREET STOCKS, 13 cars (20 laps): TRACY DUNN (1), Dylan Cecce, Kurt Stebbins, Mick Seeley, Dan Gardner, Brett Marlatt, Brett Crawford, Mike Williams, LaVerne Knickerbocker, Zane King Jr., Jim Weatherley, Noah Talada, Jeredd Dennis.
H1: Kurt Stebbins, Dylan Cecce, Tracy Dunn
H2: Mike Williams, Mick Seeley, Dan Gardner
WOODHULL AUTO SUPPLY HOBBY STOCKS, 8 cars (20 laps): JOE BIRDSALL (3), Carter Dennis, Les Smith, AJ Niedermaier, Brent Williams, Cliff Miller, Aaron Miller, Greg Young.
H1: Aaron Miller, AJ Niedermaier, Greg Young
DAUGHERTY’S AUTO SALES & SERVICE MINI STOCKS, 16 cars (20 laps): ADAM AUSTIN (2), Ray Hyer, Kane Stebbins, Jason Ketrow, Ron Dailey Jr., Chris Woodard, Rick Amidon, James LaGrange, Scott Lehman, Travis Webster, Karl Born, Danielle Thomas, Josh Webster, Derrick Puryear, Clay French, Trevor Sleve.
H1: Adam Austin, Ron Dailey Jr., Jason Ketrow.
H2: Chris Woodard, Ray Hyer, Kane Stebbins.
BEAR’S AUTO BODY FRONT WHEEL DRIVES, 11 cars (20 laps): ADAM DELGROSSO (4), Nate Freeland, Codie Baker, Matt Prescott, Scott Lehman Jr., Nick Brown, Brendan Schweigart, Reese Hackett, Cara Pitts, Ryan Austin, DNS: Steve Scott.
H1: Codie Baker, Adam DelGrosso, Nick Brown.
H2: Matt Prescott, Scott Lehman Jr., Nate Freeland.
DAUGHERTY’S AUTO SALES & SERVICE WARRIORS, 10 cars (10 laps): CARTER CROOKER (7), Ronnie Dailey, Brody Amidon, Josh Isaman, Dylon Morseman, Cameron Nichols, Brooke McClain, Riley Gordon, Austin LaBar, Jordan Costley.
H1: Carter Crooker, Brooke McClain, Josh Isaman
H2: Ronnie Dailey, Riley Gordon, Austin LaBar