Silvernail Takes $2,100 Modified Opener at Woodhull Raceway

WOODHULL, NY – After a pair of late April cancellations due to rain and soft grounds, the Woodhull Raceway was finally able to get their first official event of 2023 into the record books on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

Even the season lid lifter was questionable as Mother Nature dumped several inches of precipitation across the region for a week prior to the event, however track owners, Terry and Niki Brewer were determined to swing the gates for their first night of the season.  

One hundred nineteen machines representing all eight of Woodhull’s weekly divisions packed the pit area and a large opening night crowd were treated to great race action.

A trio of sponsors in Alfred State College, Johnny and June’s Salon along with Close Racing Supply were on hand to greet all class feature winning drivers.

Fresh off back surgery over the winter, Whitesville, NY RUSH Crate Late Model Series pilot, John Waters was not going to be denied the $1,200 winners check as he totally dominated the thirty- lap feature event in the Doug Gross Construction sponsored division.  

Starting in the seventh slot, Waters passed race leader, Bryce Davis on lap five and cruised to the win.  Numerous caution flags slowed the pace which kept Davis within striking distance of Waters as the pair of former RUSH Crate Late Model Series Champions were the class of the field.  Defending class Track Champion, Brian Knowles was able to keep the lead duo within sight, but he would settle for third as pole starter, Chuck LaFleur would drift form his front row starting position to finish in the fourth spot as Waters teammate, Steve LeBarron rounded the top five finishers.

In the Insinger Performance Modified thirty-lap, $2,100 to win feature event, Cory Costa and Dayton Brewer would lead the twenty-one-car field to the opening green flag.  Costa would lead the first four circuits before the seventh- place starting machine Russell Morseman would wrestle the top spot away and hold court till lap twenty-two when Bob Silvernail would take command on a re-start.  From there Silvernail would withstand three more caution flags before taking the win by two car lengths over Morseman.  The son/father duo of Ajay Potrzebowski Jr. and Sr. would come next in third and fourth as Donnie Lawson would recover from an early race incident to complete the top five. 

Kenny Peoples Jr. and Connor Brown would bring the nineteen car NAPA Crate Sportsman field to the opening green for their twenty-five-lap feature with Peoples leading the first four circuits before Brown would take control.  From there he would withstand numerous yellow flag slowdowns before going on to pick up his first feature win at Woodhull in several seasons as he spends his season working side by side with his girlfriend, Isabel Barron, the 2022 NAPA Sportsman Track Champion.  

Barron, who lined up in the last starting row due to heat race problems would methodically work her way through traffic and was up to second and challenging her boyfriend shortly after the mid-way mark. By then, 2022 class Rookie of the Year and former Warrior Champion, Levi Riley had entered the picture making it a three-car run away, however Brown was able to keep both Barron and Riley at bay to pick-up the win.  Barron would finish second as Riley would complete the podium finishers.  Cayden Lawson lined up ninth at the start and held off his brother, Blake who began the event inside the eighth starting row as the pair would finish fourth and fifth respectfully.  

Glen Whritenour brought out a back-up car after experiencing problems with his primary car in hot laps, however the new ride did not stop the veteran Jasper, NY speedster as he led all twenty laps to win the Southern Tier Customs Street Stock feature.  

No less that a half dozen caution flags would keep the field bunched allowing 2022 Track Champion, Brett Crawford several opportunities to take shots at Whritenour and late in the going fifth row starter, Teddy Morseman joined the party making it a three car battle for the win, but time ran out and that is how they would finish with GW getting the win, Morseman second and Crawford claiming third.  Mick Seeley kept the leaders within eyesight the entire distance to finish fourth as journeyman racer and former IMCA Modified standout driver, Mark Griffin would complete the top five.

The highly popular KMD Excavating Hobby Stocks were next on the high banked one-third of a mile clay oval, and they did not disappoint.  Pole position starter, Brandon Conklin would jump into the early lead bringing Paul Dgien along for the ride.  The pair would slug it out with Dgien briefly taking control from laps five to seven, but Conklin was able to wrestle the lead back on lap eight and from there hold off relentless pressure over the closing laps from Kaiden Dgien who had worked his way into second from his inside row six starting spot.  Kaiden Dgien threw everything at Conklin but came up a car length shy at the finish as his father, Paul and sister, Meadow would make it a Dgien Family affair from positions two through four.  Two time and defending Hobby Stock Track Champion, Jeredd Dennis began the event in eighth, went to the back after a mid-race spin and would proceed to claw his way back to complete the top five finishers.

Danielle Thomas along with her companion, Travis Southard would lead the ten car Wicked Tee’s Mini Stock field to the opening green, but it was Ray Hyer who would blast through the field from his outside row three starting spot.  Hyer would steal the show and go on to pick up the win.  Cody Morehouse lined up fourth on the opening grid and would come home second in the twenty lapper with Kurt Babcock completing the podium.  Danielle Thomas would race with the lead group throughout the distance to claim fourth while Craig DeCamp would complete the top five.

The Wicked Tee’s Front Wheel Drive twenty lap feature would find Kenneth Evans and Jacob Tubbs lead the field to the green, but it was fifth place starter, Nate Freeland who would go onto the victory after a spirited battle with 2022 Track Champ, Wes Houghtaling who had to settle for second at the double checkers.  Andrew Thomas would better himself four positions beginning seventh and finishing third while Duane Gowdy and Joshua Stone would complete the top five.

Prior to intermission the Wicked Tee’s Youth Warrior Division ran their fifteen-lap feature with Kayleigh Morseman claiming the win after a spirited battle with cousins Isabella and Russell Morseman IV who happen to be siblings.  Another cousin in Courtney Thomas would claim fourth at the finish with Nolan Baker taking home fifth.  With the finish officially in the books it was a Morseman Family sweep of the top four spots.  In victory lane an emotional Kayleigh Morseman dedicated the win to her grandfather, Teddy Morseman Sr. who passed away in 2022.

Congratulations to all competitors.

Up next at Woodhull on May 13, Superior Propane of Woodhull will present a Great 8 Show highlighted by the inaugural running of the Wicked Tee’s FWD Fast and Furious twenty-five lap, $1,000 to win special.


Alfred State College, Johnny and June’s Salon and Close Racing Supply


30 lap feature.  BOB SILVERNAIL, Russell Morseman, Ajay Potrzebowski Jr., Ajay Potrzebowski Sr., Donnie Lawson, Jake Dgien, Eric Grice, Ron Cartwright Jr., Adam Coots, Joe Dgien, Brian Doolittle, Cory Costa, Steve Coots, Sheldon Gardner, Mike Bills, Aiden Grover, Josh Keesey, Alan Rudalavage, Brady Fultz, Dayton Brewer.  DNS, Brayden Bills


25 lap feature.  CONNOR BROWN, Isabel Barron, Levi Riley, Cayden Lawson, Blake Lawson, Adam Taft, David Mayo, Kyle Leach, George Schweigart, Ethan Decker, Thomas Moon, Glenn Trowbridge, Quintin Buchanan, Kenny Peoples Jr., Kevin DeCamp, Tim Guild, Stacy Jackson, Tony Harris, AJ Costley.


30 lap feature.  JOHN WATERS, Bryce Davis, Brian Knowles, Chuck LaFleur, Steve LeBarron, Austin Allen, Mike Wonderling, Jason Knowles, Aaron Miller, Brett Marlatt, Garrett Heffner, Joe Layfield, Jacob Tubbs, Dennis Loucks, Pat Parker. Marshall O’Brian, John Haggerty, Rickie Loucks, Noah Talada.


20 lap feature.  GLENN WHRITENOUR, Teddy Morseman Jr., Brett Crawford, Mick Seeley, Mark Griffin, Shane Wolfe Jr., Luke Boom, Jesse Tuthill, Clayton McClean, Josh Webster, Travis Webster, Willy Easling, Cody Kershner, Brandson Morseman, Jim Buck.  


20 lap feature.  BRANDON CONKLIN, Kaiden Dgien, Paul Dgien, Meadow Dgien, Jeredd Dennis, Dillon Phillip, Scott Brown, Tracy Dunn, Glenn VanCise, Brian Austin, Scooter Brown, Thomas Bostwick, Hunter Williams, Mike Carapella, Bradly Morseman, Mike Spencer, Dale Houghtaling.  


20 lap feature. RAY HYER, Cody Morehouse, Kurt Babcock, Danielle Thomas, Craig Decamp, Travis Southard, Jaden Stone, John Hand, Jason Warner, Tony Dickerson.  

WICKED TEE’S FWD.  (9 cars)

20 lap feature.  NATE FREELAND, Wesley Houghtaling, Andrew Thomas, Duane Gowdy, Joshua Stone, Tlyer Houghtaling, Kenneth Evans, Jacob Tubbs, Garrett Wilson.  


15 lap feature.  KAYLEIGH MORSEMAN, Isabella Morseman, Russell Morseman IV, Courtney Thomas, Nolan Baker, Brandon Feenaughty, Des-A-Rae Miles.  DNS.  Alivia Sullivan, Jaycee Tubbs.