Brewerton, N.Y. – JULY 26, 2013 (By Dave Medler) – Billy Decker has had a long storied career at the Brewerton Speedway that started with his first feature win back on June 16, 1995. Friday night. After starting 13th, Decker got a great restart going from fourth and into the lead on lap 16, and then had to hold off Matt Sheppard in closing laps for his 53rd Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified win at the speedway.
Rob Keller and Kevan Cook won Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modified features, Chuck Powelczyk doubled up in the Four Cylinder Super Stocks and Doug Williams took the win in the Anchor Bar & Grill Mod Lites on Waterfront Tavern Night.
Robbie Bellinger would outrun Jim Witko and the rest of the field to lead the opening lap of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.
With 10 laps complete, Bellinger was still setting the pace out front, as Chris Hile and Pat Ward tried to close the gap. A few car lengths behind the lead trio, Larry Wight, Chuck Bower and Billy Decker were locked in a two-three-wide battle for fourth through sixth.
On lap 15, Bellinger, Ward, Decker, Hile, Larry Wight and Matt Sheppard were locked in a tight battle at the front of the field when Wight suddenly slowed with mechanical problems. When the green came back out, Decker looked like he was shot out of a cannon as he went to the top of the speedway and blasted into the lead on lap 16.
With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Decker would run two different distinct lines at each end of the track to open about a ten car length advantage over Sheppard. Ward, Jimmy Phelps and Ryan Phelps were in the hunt showing third through fifth.
Sheppard would race within a couple car lengths of Decker with 10 laps to go, making it a two-car battle to the checkers. Over those remaining laps, Sheppard would try every line of the track trying to find a way by Decker. Decker was to strong as he was the first under the checkers by 1.5 seconds over Sheppard. Pat Ward, Jimmy Phelps and Ryan Phelps would come home third through fifth.
After parking his Gypsum Wholesalers/Stadium International Trucks/NAPA Auto Parts/Integra Racing Shocks/L J L Kevlar Racing Shocks/No.91/Bicknell in victory lane, Decker talked about how tough the win was.
“This win belongs to my crew chief. He had his nose to the grindstone ever since Wednesday night making a bunch of changes to this race car. I almost messed it up running into that yuke tire in turn three, and almost turned myself around,” Decker said with a laugh.
Decker than talked about getting to the front and the pass for the lead on a lap 16 restart. “I found that line and thought I had a little bit of an edge, because the lanes change here,” Throughout the feature at Brewerton. “Then that caution came out and I restarted fourth. Chris Hile went to the top of one and two which I thought was the best, I had to do a little bit of scrambling to get by him. I had a good restart,” after the caution, “because the bottom of three and four was a little bit slick, so I just busted it to the outside and got a good restart. This car was good, I was able to maneuver it around and go where it needed to go.”
About outrunning Sheppard for the win?”I didn’t think it was going to be too long (late laps) before it changed again in one and two. I don’t know where Matt (Sheppard) was running, but guys were running up there and it (groove) kept getting higher and higher above the crown and a little dusty. I didn’t dare move. If I go to the bottom and the No.9s rolls me on the top it would not be very smart. I had to pick my poison and do the best I could. Matt’s been going really good, he was just going where I wasn’t at that stage trying to make something happen. We were two pretty equal cars tonight. It’s always fun to win here at Brewerton.”
The Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds ran a pair of 20 lap features. In the holdover feature from July 19th, Rob Keller took the lead on lap 4 from Kevan Cook and never looked back. Keller was running a crate engine that he related is the new trend out west in the division. Kevan Cook, JJ Courcy, Chris Fleming and Jason Amidon finished second through fifth.
In the second 20 lap feature, Kevan Cook was able to outduel his Brewerton rival Chris Fleming for the victory. Jason Amidon, Dale Caswell and JJ Courcy chased the top-two across the line.
Doug Williams after starting ninth, took the lead on lap 11 and looked to runaway and hide in the 20 lap Anchor Bar & Grill Mod Lite feature. Late in the race, cautions would tighten up the pack for a shootout to the finish. Williams was able to hold off Rick Demo and Jeff Isabell Jr. for the narrow win. Alan Fink and Lowell Zehr rounded out the top-five. For Williams it was his 41st Brewerton win, putting him only two wins behind Troy VanAllen for the all-time leader in victories in the Mod Lites.
Chuck Powelczyk grabbed a pair of wins in the Four Cylinder Super Stocks. Powelczyk now has 63 all-time wins in the class and increases his season long point lead.
Coming this Friday night, August 2nd, Maple View Garage presents a night of family, affordable, racing fun, featuring the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Four Cylinder Super Stocks, plus double features for the Anchor Bar & Grill Mod Lites. The Upstate Vintage Stock Car Club will also be on the race card.
Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified makeup feature from July 19th will be on Friday, August 9th.
Gates will open Friday at 5:30 with racing at 7:30. Adult admission will be $12 with everyone 18 yrs old or younger FREE. Pit admission $25 Members/ $30 Non-Members.
Any questions you might have about the season, please contact Cory Reed at (315) 668-6906 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Keep up with track updates throughout the season at www.brewertonspeedway.com and www.fultonspeedway.com, on each speedway’s Facebook accounts and on Twitter at twitter.com/Fultonspeedway and twitter.com/BrewertonSpdway .
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – BILLY DECKER, Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Phelps, Chad Phelps, Robbie Bellinger, Chuck Bower, Chris Hile, Dale Planck, Willy Decker, Tim Sears Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Jim Witko, Dan Vauter, Larry Wight, Ryan Bartlett.
(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS – JULY 19 FEATURE 20 LAPS) – ROB KELLER, Kevan Cook, JJ Courcy, Chris Fleming, Jason Amidon, Dale Caswell, Rich Keller, George Valenti, Todd Stone, Dane Keller, John West, Mike Jones, Johnny Bell, Mike Jeffries, Andy Kieffer, Carl Barber.
(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS – JULY 26 FEATURE 20 LAPS) – KEVAN COOK, Chris Fleming, Jason Amidon, Dale Caswell, JJ Courcy, Todd Stone, Rich Keller, Dane Keller, Johnny Bell, Michael Jeffries, John West, Mike Jones, David Piscitelli, Rob Keller, Andy Kieffer, Rich Emanuel, Carl Barber.
(ANCHOR BAR & GRILL MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – DOUG WILLIAMS, Rick Demo, Jeff Isabell Jr., Alan Fink, Lowell Zehr, Sam Usborne, Mike Mullen, Gary Jeffries, Jeremy Isabell, Jim Bogett, Nick Graziano, Frank Sobotka, Terry Lapham, Josh DeSantis, Zach Babcock, Jeff Blackburn, Dave Brown, Ryan Blackburn, Sterling Miller, Justin Williams, Joe Isabell, Lorrie Herbert, Lane Bush, Cody Fleming.
(FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCKS JULY 19 FEATURE 15 LAPS) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Brian Evenden, Jeff Herbert, Zak Petrie, Jack Taskey, David DeNova, Sam Carista, Kyle Young, Stephen Denton, Lorraine Powelczyk, Rich Leahey, Bill Carista, Dan Dupra, Peter Van Buskirk, William Root, Stephanie Seeley, Jessica Herbert-Redhead, Kevin Dupra, Colby Herzog, Sam Curcie, Paul Atkinson, Eric Gates.
(FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCKS JULY 26 FEATURE 15 LAPS) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Zak Petrie, Kyle Young, Brian Evenden, Jessica Herbert-Redhead, Jack Taskey, David DeNova, Lorraine Powelczyk, Stephanie Seeley, Rich Leahey, Kevin Dupra, Dan Dupra, Stephen Denton, William Root, Sam Curcie, Peter Van Buskirk, Colby Herzog, Paul Atkinson, Jeff Herbert, Sam Carista, Eric Gates, William Carista.