AUDIO/RECAP: Billy Decker and Stewart Friesen Pick Up Stars & Stripes Summer Super Show Victories at Rolling Wheels Raceway

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ELBRIDGE, NY – Story, Photo and Audio by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens – Being the leader in both the Super DIRTcar Series Modified feature and the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek events were not good places to be.  Billy Decker and Stewart Friesen survived the lead car bad luck to pick up wins on the 5/8 clay oval in Central New York.

Billy Decker would roll away from the Pole after drawing that position on the redraw that took place on the frontstretch at Rolling Wheels.  He would pace the field early on and wouldn’t take long before he was faced with heavy traffic as they put cars a lap down.  Tim McCreadie who would start from the outside pole would maintain pace with Decker and not let him get too far away early on.

The real battle was for 3rd early as Larry Wight, Vinnie Vitale and Matt Sheppard dueled each other within the Top 5.  McCreadie would find his way past Decker on Lap 17 and begin to cruise away as it was quite apparent the 4* ride was the class of the field.

Matt Sheppard would run into tough luck on Lap 33 as he would slow on the speedway.  He would take the HBR, FX Caprara Chevy 9H pitside to the attention of his crew.  The field would go back green before Sheppard could come back out, but a huge break arrived when the yellow quickly came back out before Lap 34 was completed.  Sheppard returned to the race with a broken drive flange and would try to come home without a DNF.

Meanwhile, up front, McCreadie was putting on a Rolling Wheels Raceway clinic while Stewart Friesen and Billy Decker were in a fierce battle for 2nd.  A long green flag run would take over the second half of the race that was shortened to 81 laps due to the night running so long.  The features did not roll out until after Midnight as the night’s activities were delayed by a 5pm rainstorm that came through Central NY Thursday afternoon.

By Lap 66, McCreadie had stretched his lead to 4.1 seconds over Decker but this would bring an end to McCreadie’s incredible run.  Lap 71 saw McCreadie fall off the pace through turns 3 and 4 and see him pull the 4* ride to the infield as the rest of the field blasted by.

Decker would assume the lead and looked to be on his way to the victory.  The caution would come out with 4 laps to go and set up a wild dash for the win between Decker, Wight and Friesen.

Tim Fuller who had been running a solid 4th blew the engine while running under yellow.  Then it was noted that Billy Decker’s Right Rear tire was going soft and could possibly see the win slip away from the ‘Franklin Flyer’.

Decker would make the Right Rear last just long enough to pick up the victory.  He had to tip-toe around the steep cushion and was able to pick up the win over teammate Larry Wight, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Phelps and Gary Tomkins rounding out the Top 5.

In the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint feature event, being the leader was also not kind to several drivers.  Steve Poirier and Davie Franek would lead the field to the green and battle hard for the lead early on.

Lap 2 would see Poirier pull out front and try to hide, but the race would fall under the red flag on Lap 4 for a hard flip for Etienne Girard.  Girard would be ok, and will have to scramble to prepare for Friday night’s Speedweek event at Can-Am.

On the restart, Poirier led a fast charging Chuck Hebing around the Rolling Wheels 5/8 mile.  Hebing defies logic at Rolling Wheels in a sprint car- running 4-5 feet above the cushion to perfection like a Cobra on it’s prey.  Stewart Friesen and Jessica Zemken would also find their way to the Top 5 by Lap 6 and would factor into the lead group when the caution flew on Lap 10.

That caution was for the leader Poirier who broke something on the 28FM coming off Turn 2.  Hebing would take over the lead on the restart and Friesen would use the outside to perfect and went from 4th to 2nd.  The caution would quickly come back out, but on the restart Zemken started 4th and used the outside to vault her from 4th to 2nd.  There was fantastic racing all throughout the pack as the track was very fast on this night.

By Lap 16, ‘The Cobra’ was in another zip code but Zemken’s night would end as she launched a motor coming out of the 4th turn.  That would allow Friesen to close the gap on Hebing and these two would wage war for the win.

While battling for the lead, Hebing lost the driver’s side panel off of his top wing in Turns 3 and 4.  Friesen would get by for the lead and as they entered Turns 1 and 2 Hebing nearly parked his 45 out in the drive-in section of the speedway.  How he saved that racecar we will never know but was an incredible save by the Ontario, NY pilot.  His night would end on that note.

Back up front, nobody had any kryptonite for Friesen.  He stretched the lead out over the closing stages of the event and picked up the $2,000 win.  Bryan Howland came home 2nd, Davie Franek 3rd, Danny Varin in the Dover Brake 00 4th and Cory Sparks rounded out the Top 5.


Billy Decker in Victory Lane talking with announcer Shane Andrews


Stewart Friesen tells Mike Mallett about his ESS CNY Speedweek Win


Brett Hearn told us about his Heat race win at Rolling Wheels

Steve Poirier won ESS Heat 1 and talked about Clean Air


Jeff Cook won ESS Heat 2 and talked about an engine issue


Matt Tanner won ESS Heat 3

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