BREWERTON, NY – AUGUST 23, 2013 (By Dave Medler) – If there was a time to step up your game it’s the end of August when the big money races are just around the corner. Larry Wight seems to be doing just that in the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds.
Coming off a win last Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway, Wight looked to continue that momentum Friday night in the 35 lap feature at the Brewerton Speedway. Wight showed no signs of slowing down as he took the lead from Tim Sears Jr. on lap 23 and from there outran Jimmy Phelps and the rest of the field to take the checkers. It was his second win in the month of August at the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon,” as he won a July 19 makeup feature on August 9th.
Other Winners on NAPA Auto Parts/Murtaugh Restorations night were, Kevan Cook, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Joe Isabell, Anchor Bar & Grill Mod Lites and Chuck Powelczyk, Four Cylinder Super Stocks.
Dan Vauter would lead the opening two-circuits before Tim Sears Jr. grabbed the top-spot using the top of the speedway in the early going of the 35 lap Modified feature.
With 10 laps complete, Sears,after taking the lead switched from the top to the bottom of the track to open a half a straightaway advantage. Behind Sears, Chad Phelps, Vauter, Chris Hile and Jim Witko Jr. fought for top-five spots.
A quick caution on lap 15 would erase the lead Sears built-up on the field. This would put Chad Phelps, Vauter, Larry Wight and Hile right with Sears when the green came back out.
At the halfway point, Sears, Phelps and Wight were putting on a show at the front of the field using every in of the Brewerton surface. Not far back from the lead trio, Vauter and Hile still showed on the scoring tower.
On lap 22, Wight moved into second and quickly drew in on Sears, with Wight blasting into the lead one lap later using the high side on lap 23.
A yellow would fly on lap 24 when Chris Hile had problems in turn four leaving point leader Matt Sheppard nowhere to go making contact with Hile. Sheppard would make a quick trip to the pits and return to finish 10th.
When the green came back out and over the last 10 laps Wight was the class of the field maintaining around a five to ten-car advantage over the field till crossing first under the checkers. Jimmy Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Pat Ward and Ryan Phelps rounded out the top-five. Dan Vauter, Chuck Bower, Chad Phelps, Robbie Bellinger and Matt Sheppard completed the top-ten.
After doing the roof celebration on his Gypsum Express/Tracey Road Equipment/NAPA Auto Parts/Industrial Tire Of CNY/Stadium International Trucks/L J L Kevlar Racing Engines/No.99L/Troyer/ Wight talked about his hot August in his new chassis.
“We got this thing (Troyer) going really good. Two weeks in a row in the Modified, it’s just an awesome car. I could put it anywhere I wanted to go, the corner speed is just phenomenal.”
“This probably the best track we’ve had all year. There was a top, bottom, I could roll the middle. From a fans standpoint it had to be really good racing.”
“He (Tim Sears Jr.) was really good. He could get out front and get some clean air, the cautions worked in my favor so we were able to catch back up to him. It was a good run for us and everybody that’s been working so hard on this car, it’s just been phenomenal.”
In the Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Rob Keller would lead the opening 10 laps before points leader Kevan Cook took over the top-spot. Once out front, Cook led the rest of the way ahead of Chris Fleming, Rob Keller, Jason Amidon and Dane Keller Jr. The championship will decided next Friday night between Cook and Fleming.
It took Joe Isabell just 5 laps to take control of the 20 lap Anchor Bar & Mod Lite feature. After taking the lead, Isabell out distanced Jim Bogett in his 2014 Pro Race Car chassis. Rick Demo, Sterling Miller and Nick Graziano rounded out the top-five. Frank Sobotka, Doug Williams, Sam Usborne, Jeff Isabell Jr. and Josh DeSantis completed the top-ten.
Chuck Powelczyk grabbed the lead from Jessica Herbert-Redhead on lap 2 of the 15 lap Four Cylinder Super Stock feature. Powelczyk then went onto with his 65th feature in the division at Brewerton Speedway. Kyle Young, Brian Evenden, Jessica Herbert-Redhead and Keith Shay chased Powelczyk across the line.
This coming Friday, August 30th, start you Labor Day weekend with us as it’s Syracuse Crunch Night plus Season Championship Night.All divisions except the Mod Lites will be crowning track champions for the 2013 racing season. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Anchor Bar & Grill Mod Lites and Four Cylinder Stocks. As an added bonus, the SUNY Canton Sportsman will be running an Industrial Tire Of CNY Shootout Series event. Gates will open at 5:30 will racing at 7:30.
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – LARRY WIGHT, Jimmy Phelps, Tim Sears Jr., Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, Dan Vauter, Chuck Bower, Chad Phelps, Robbie Bellinger, Matt Sheppard, Bob Henry Jr., Willy Decker, Steve Hulsizer, Roy Bresnahan, Matt Hulsizer, Joe August, Jr., Tom Keyes, Ryan Bartlett, Chris Hile, Jim Witko, Dale Planck, Tim Kerr.
(INDUSTRIAL TIRE OF CNY HARD CHARGER $500 BONUS) – JIMMY PHELPS
(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS 20 LAPS) – KEVAN COOK, Chris Fleming, Rob Keller, Jason Amidon, Dane Keller Jr., Jim Walsh, Mike Jeffries, Andy Kieffer, Dave Piscitelli, John West, Carl Barber.
THANKS GOES OUT TO MURTAUGH RESTORATIONS FOR IMCA MODIFED HEAT BONUS.
(ANCHOR BAR & GRILL MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – JOE ISABELL, Jim Bogett, Rick Demo, Sterling Miller, Nick Graziano, Frank Sobotka, Doug Williams, Sam Usborne, Jeff Isabell Jr., Josh DeSantis, Dan Ferguson, Ryan Blackburn, Kelly Skinner, Dave Brown, Alan Fink, Justin Williams, Mike Mullen, Matt Magner, Lowell Zehr, Terry Lapham, Zach Babcock, Gary Jeffries, Cody Fleming.
(FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Kyle Young, Brian Evenden, Jessica Herbert-Redhead, Keith Shay, Stephen Denton, William Root, Sam Curcie, Sam Carista, William Carista, Colby Herzog, Jack Taskey, Dan Dupra, Stephanie Seeley, Eric Gates, David DeNova, Austin Pullen.