DIRT MODS: Rain Washes Out Brewerton Speedway Features

Steven Ovens Asphalt Modifieds, Featured, Northeast 0 Comments

BREWERTON, NY — Story and Photo by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens — Friday night’s dirt modified action in Central New York looked like a gamble to start the day.

Radar showed some rain in the forecast but it looked to be tracking North which would have allowed the Brewerton Speedway to get their opening show in the books.  But as 2014 has shown us, Mother Nature will do what she wants, when she wants and for however long she wants.

The night’s festivities included a moment of silence for two lost racers in the Decker and Hulsizer families just prior to the Canadian and US National Anthem.  All of the heat races for the IMCA Modifieds, Big Block Modifieds, 4-Cylinder Stock division and Mod Lites went off quickly and without incident.

In the Big Block Modified heats, wins were taken by Pat Ward, Vinnie Vitale and Jimmy Phelps in the Phelps-owned 99j.  Matt Sheppard was also in attendance at Brewerton but launched a motor just prior to crossing the start/finish line while leading his heat race.  When his crew members were asked about a diagnosis on the engine their simple reply was, “Blew it up big, there are parts in the pan.”  No further explanation was needed on that front.

The heats were run off very quickly as the radar showed rain coming straight for the speedway- what we thought was going to track north stalled out and began to travel east across Interstate 90 or the New York State Thruway for any Northeastern folk.  Track officials pushed the show right along, allowing the IMCA Modifieds to hit the track and run 5 laps before a monsoon-like storm hit the Brewerton 1/3 mile ‘D-Shaped Dirt Demon’.

All in attendance knew that this rain wasn’t going to let up and allow us to go back racing.  Fans flocked to their cars, racers and teams rushed to load their race cars and shortly after the event was called.

Upon review of the Brewerton Speedway website, date(s) have not yet been announced for makeup features.  What will make scheduling tricky is the IMCA Empire Series was in town for $1,000-to-win event.  Several area tracks gave their IMCA divisions the night off to allow series competitors to race without penalty of their home track points races.

Stay tuned to www.brewertonspeedway.com , Race Chaser Online and the Turn 5 Racing Podcast for any new developments.

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