Larry Wight Uses Late Race Pass For Third Straight Brewerton Speedway Modified Win; Modified Super DIRTcar Series Coming Friday, June 15
Story By: Dave Medler/Brewerton Speedway
Photos By: Mike Johnson/RacersGuide.com
BREWERTON, NY – Larry Wight out of Phoenix, NY used a power move on the top groove of the speedway to get by race leader Jimmy Phelps with 3-laps to go in the 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature. Once out-front Wight drove away for his third straight win at the Brewerton Speedway Friday night.
Other winners on Xtreme Auto Recovery, Ingles Performance night were, Nick Krause and Will Shields (SUNY Canton DIRTcar Sportsman) Justin Williams (STARS Mod Lites) Ray Bechler (JB Logging & Firewood 4-Cylinders). Will Shields won the Northern Welding & Fabrication Sportsman dash for cash.
Tim Kerr would lead the opening couple laps of the 35-lap Modified feature until Tom Sears Jr. would grab the top spot after a quick caution and restart.
With 10-laps complete Sears still led, but he had company with Jimmy Phelps who was now putting pressure on him with Max McLaughlin right there in third waiting for any mistake by the top-two. Larry Wight and Gary Tomkins were slugging it out for fourth and fifth.
Sears opened a slim six car length advantage with 15-laps showing on the scoring tower. Phelps, Tomkins, Wight and McLaughlin were using every inch of the speedway battling for second through fifth.
On lap-20 Sears was still running the top of the speedway with Phelps digging hard on the bottom looking for a way by Sears. Tomkins and Wight were running side-by-side just a few car lengths behind the top-two and still in solid contention for the win.
Finally, on lap-26 after hounding Sears, Phelps found the power he needed to drive into the lead.
On lap-27 the final yellow flag would wave, slowing the intense battles for positions all over the speedway. The restart would see Phelps, Sears, Tomkins, Wight and Tim Sears Jr. at the front of the field for a mad dash to the checkers.
Wight, who started 13th, would go to the top of the speedway driving into second with 5-laps to go and then took off after Phelps.
After running down Phelps, Wight would blast into the lead taking the top-spot by a half-a-car length on lap-32. Once out front there was no stopping Wight as he put his FX Caprara Chevy/Tracey Road Equipment/NAPA/Penske Racing Shocks/LJL Kevlar Racing Engines/Bicknell/No.99L in victory lane for the third straight race at the ‘D-Shaped Dirt Demon.’ Jimmy Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Tom Sears Jr. and Max McLaughlin came home second through fifth.
Forty-Five SUNY Canton Sportsman signed in the pits setting up two 25-lap features.
In the first feature Joe Abbass would set the early pace out front as the racing was two and three wide behind him at the drop of the green.
On lap-10 JJ Courcy would take over the top spot with Nick Krause, Abbass, Joe Kline and Chris Cunningham showing in the top-five.
On lap-12 using the top of the speedway Krause would drive by Courcy to be scored the new leader.
On lap-14 and still racing Krause for the lead, Courcy would clip an implement tire in turn four, collapsing his front end and bringing out the caution.
With Krause cruising out front the final caution would come out with 5-laps to go to give the field one last shot at Krause. Over the final laps Zach Sobotka could stay with Krause but Krause was not to be denied as he was under the checkers 1.107 seconds ahead of Sobotka. Matt Janczuk, Ricky Yelle and Chris Cunningham finished third through fifth.
In the second 25-lap Sportsman feature Stephen Denton would lead the opening 2-laps before Brent Joy would drive into the lead.
With 10-laps showing on the scoring tower Joy was still in control of the race with Will Shields racing alone in second trying to run Joy down. Billy Clark Jr., Denton and Kevin Root raced for third through fifth.
Shields, who was running the bottom, chased down Joy and passed him with 10-laps to go as the final laps clicked off the lap counter.
The yellow flag would wave with 5-laps remaining erasing the lead Shields built up and gave the field one last shot at the win. When the green came back out nobody seriously challenged Shields as he went on to the victory. Billy Clark Jr., Kevin Root, Amy Holland and Brent Joy finished second through fifth.
A special $500 Sportsman 8-lap Dash-for-Cash was put up by Northern Welding & Fabrication for the top-four finishers in each Sportsman feature. In the race Will Shields used the same bottom groove of the speedway he used for his feature win to make the winning pass on lap-3 getting by Zach Sobotka. Kevin Root, Amy Holland, Zach Sobotka and Matt Janczuk finished second through fifth.
In the 20-lap STARS Mod Lite feature Dave Brown and Mike Mullen would lead early laps before Justin Williams took the lead. Once out-front Williams was the class of the field as he dominated the rest of the way for his third straight win. Mike Mullen, Joe Garafolo, Tom Perkins and Dave Brown came home second through fifth.
Chuck Powelczyk took the lead on lap-3 of the 15-lap JB Logging & Firewood 4-Cylinder feature and was dominating at the front of the field until a late caution set up a green, white, checker finish. Ray Bechler would take advantage of the restart as he was able to get by Powelczyk in turns three and four coming down to the checkers for his second win of the year. David DeNova, Adam Gates and Donnie Rider finished third through fifth.
This coming Friday, June 15 the exciting cars and stars of the Modified Super DIRTcar Series will invade the speedway for the Showdown at Sundown 100 presented by McDonald’s Restaurants. Joining the Modifieds will be the SUNY Canton DIRTcar Sportsman and STARS Mod Lites. Misfits Animal Rescue & Sanctuary will also be on hand throughout the evening.
Adult grandstand admission will be $25 with everyone 18 years old and under $5. Pit admission will be $40. Grandstands will open at 5:30 pm with the first heat race at 7:30 pm.
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June 8 Xtreme Auto Recovery – Ingles Performance Night Results.
(Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds 35 Laps) – LARRY WIGHT, Jimmy Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Tom Sears Jr., Max McLaughlin, Gary Tomkins, Tim Kerr, Pat Ward, Billy Decker, Ron Davis III, Jim Witko, Chris Hile, Andrew Ferguson, Willy Decker, Louie Jackson Jr., Tyler Trump, Chad Phelps, Katelyn Hile, Rob Bellinger, Tim Harris.
(SUNY Canton DIRTcar Sportsman #1 – 25 Laps) – NICK KRAUSE, Zach Sobotka, Matt Janczuk, Ricky Yelle, Chris Cunningham, Mark Yorker, Corey Barker, Chris Mackey, Mike Fowler, Chris Hulsizer, Tyler Thompson, Jim Spano, Mike Phelps, Joe Abbass, Earl Rudy, Ben Bushaw, Tony Komuda, Torrey Stoughtenger, Joe Kline, Jake Petit, JJ Courcy, Rick Rogala, Joey Buonagurio.
(SUNY Canton DIRTcar Sportsman #2 – 25 Laps) – WILL SHIELDS, Billy Clark Jr., Kevin Root, Amy Holland, Brent Joy, Tony Finch II, Rich Townsend, Alan Fink, Dylan Zacharias, Stephen Denton, Chris Bonoffski, Jeff Taylor, Scott Prentice, Joe Sobotka, Mark Effner, Colby Herzog, Tyler Corcoran, Bailey Groves, Brian Evenden, Jake Holmes, Tom Mackey, John Strickler.
(Northern Welding & Fabrication $500 Sportsman Dash For Cash 8 Laps) – WILL SHIELDS, Kevin Root, Amy Holland, Zach Sobotka, Matt Janczuk, Billy Clark Jr., Nick Krause, Ricky Yelle.
(STARS Mod Lites 20 Laps) – JUSTIN WILLIAMS, Mike Mullen, Joe Garafolo, Tom Perkins, Dave Brown, Kelly Skinner, Hunter Lawton, Shawn Hort, Jim Dunham, Ryan Halliday.
(JB Logging & Firewood 4-Cylinders 15 Laps) – RAY BECHLER, Chuck Powelczyk, David DeNova, Adam Gates, Donnie Rider, Stephen Randall, Sabrina Jeffries, Stephanie Seeley, Dylan Curcie, Connor Lowrie, Damian Bechler, Sam Curcie, Ken Pitsley, Quinn Wallis, Rich Wagner, Jim Graham Jr., Jerry Curcie Jr., DNS Michael Stoutenger.