AUDIO/Broadslidin’: Daugherty, Daugherty & Gleason Create A Woodhull ‘Hat Trick’

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WOODHULL, N.Y. — Column and audio by Race Chaser Online New York Dirt Correspondent Steven Ovens — Shawn Gleason photo —

It was a banner night for the Daugherty Racing and Gleason Motorsports teams last Saturday night on the third-mile bullring at New York’s Woodhull Raceway.

Chris Daugherty, his son Jeffery and crew member/driver Shawn Gleason all picked up wins in their respective divisions last Saturday night in what was a ‘hat trick’ for the team based out of Elmira, N.Y. Chris picked up his third win of the season in the Crate Sportsman division, while Jeffery collected his first career Mini Stock win at Woodhull. Gleason went on to win the 35-lap affair for the Front Wheel Drive division, making the team three-for-three on the night.

Daugherty quickly moved up to the third spot in the 25-lap Crate Sportsman feature event, and battled door-to-door with Mike Jackson for the runner-up spot. Daugherty continued to work the low lane, while Jackson was running the middle lane up to the cushion on the tacky surface. Daugherty would eventually get by and set out for the lead from Stacey Jackson.

Lap 13 saw Daugherty complete the pass on Jackson to take the lead and race away to his third victory of the season, his first since having his crate motor claimed when Woodhull last raced on May 7. Daugherty took exception with the cries of ‘foul play’ because his motor was claimed.

“How’s that motor now?” screamed Daugherty while standing on the roof of his car with the checkered flag. “I guess that proved to everybody out there that I wasn’t cheating. It ain’t just the motor, it’s how many hours you put in the garage.”

When asked what the team has worked on since the last two Saturday’s had been rained out, Daugherty quickly answered, “More homework.”

The second point in the Daugherty hat trick came when Chris’ son Jeffery, a rookie in the Mini Stock division, drove his way to his first career win since moving into the division.

J. Daugherty started from the pole position and would lead the opening circuits. He pulled out to a two to three car length lead, but behind him a pack of dogs was forming ready to nip at his heels.

As the race wound down Born solidified himself as the second place car that would battle the rookie for the victory. Born made contact with J. Daugherty once coming off turn four that got the latter sideways, but in a great sportsman move backed off and allowed J. Daugherty to gather it back up before racing on.

Born seemingly threw everything but the kitchen sink at the leader, but the rookie was up to the task as Jeffrey Daugherty ultimately claimed his first career Mini Stock victory over Born, Hand Jr., Woodard and Rick Amidon.

“This is an amazing experience,” said the younger Daugherty. “I’ve been down here last year, but it’s such a better feeling knowing I beat all these guys tonight. I’m speechless.”

Daugherty held off some of the best the Minis have to offer and talked about holding them off.

“I was trying to slow my entry up so I could get to the bottom so he couldn’t get under me,” Daugherty explained. “I was getting a little nervous and I was over driving it a little bit. Yeah, just got a little shaky there.”

Daugherty was pretty excited and ranked this win by saying, “this is easily number one.”

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