Brewerton Speedway: Billy Decker Outruns Teammate Pat Ward To Modified Victory Lane

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BREWERTON, NY – Brewerton Speedway PR and Photo By David Medler – Billy Decker in less than 24 hours at two tracks had a July Fourth he won’t soon forget. Decker went to victory lane at Rolling Wheels in the wee-hours of the morning, winning the Modified Super DIRTcar series event. On Friday night he backed that win up by winning the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature win at the Brewerton Speedway.

Ryan Bartlett would lead the opening sixteen-laps of the 35-Lap Modified feature before giving up the lead to Billy Decker. Once in the lead Decker would fight off challenges from teammate Pat Ward for his first Brewerton win of 2014.

Other winners on VP Small Engines Fuel night were, Chris Fleming, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds – Alan Fink and Terry Lapham, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites – Stephen Denton, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders and Tyler Walker, NY6A 600 Sprint Tour.

Ryan Bartlett would take the lead on the opening lap of the 35-Lap Modified feature and would hold a comfortable lead till lap-ten when Vinnie Vitale would close within a car length putting pressure on the leader. Behind the top-two, Mike Bowman in his new Hig-Fab chassis, Joe August Jr. and Pat Ward were having a tight battle for third through fifth.

On lap-fourteen the battle at the front was turned up a notch as you could have thrown a blanket over Bartlett, Ward, Bowman and Decker before a quick caution.

On the restart cars stacked up in a scramble in turn-one bringing out the caution. Involved was Matt Sheppard, Rob Bellinger and Matt Hulsizer. Sheppard and Hulsizer made a trip to the pits and returned to the back of the field.

When the race went back green, Bartlett, Ward and Decker were locked in a tight three-car battle. On lap-seventeen going into turn one, Bartlett slipped up the track allowing Decker to drive by to be scored the new leader with Ward going into second.

With twenty-laps showing on the scoring tower, Decker and Ward were out front running nose to tail as Ward looked for a way by Decker. Bartlett ran alone in third with August and Bowman fourth and fifth.

On lap-twenty-four the yellow would fly again for another jingle involving Sheppard, Chris HIle and Chad Phelps.

With ten-laps to go Decker and Ward still set the pace at the front of the field. Behind the top-two, Ryan Phelps and Larry Wight who came from the consi were in a tight fight for third and fourth with Bartlett showing in fifth.

Just when it looked like Decker would cruise to the win a final yellow would fly on lap-thirty-two giving Ward, Phelps and Wight one final shot at Decker.

Over the final laps Decker was the class of the field as he cruised under the checkers first over Ward. Phelps narrowly got third over Wight at the line. Matt Fink came on late for fifth.

After getting out of his Gypsum Wholesalers/Stadium International Trucks/Integra Racing Shocks/Safety-Kleen/NAPA/LJL Kevlar Racing Engines/No.91/Decker talked about his victory.

“We have struggled here a little bit at Brewerton, one of the premiere race tracks in the country. It feels good to win here every time.” For Decker it was his 54th Brewerton win.

“We struggled in the heat race and Scott (Jeffery) started making some changes. This win belongs to Scott and the guys. We were off more than just a little bit, they worked their tails off. I had a really good race car and could move top to bottom. I think I found the groove just a little bit before everyone else.”

Decker, after starting eleventh in the feature, talked about the winning pass on lap-seventeen. “I got to third and the No.93 (Ryan Bartlett) was racing Pat (Ward) pretty hard. I don’t know if I could have passed Pat if he got to the front first. The ninety-three slipped up a little bit in one and I was able to get underneath him to get the lead (Lap 17) at that time.”

Chris Fleming kept rolling in the Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds. Fleming took the lead on lap-nine from Bryan VanTassell and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way in the 20-Lap Feature. It was Fleming’s sixth Brewerton win of 2014. Jason Amidon, Bryan Van Tassell, Kevan Cook and Rob Keller Jr. finished second through fifth.

The Pro Race Cars Mod Lites put on a barnburner of a 20-Lap Feature. Terry Lapham, Nick Graziano, Sam Usborne and Alan Fink all ran at the front in great nose to tail and side by side action. Fink picked up the win on a last lap pass over Lapham. Nick Graziano, Sam Usborne and Joe Isabell finished third through fifth.

In the 15-Lap Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinder feature Stephen Denton took the lead from Chuck Powelczyk on lap-five. Once in the lead Denton had to hold off a hard charging Jeff Herbert for the win. Colby Herzog, Sam Curcie and Wendall Washington finished third through fifth.

The NY6A 600 Sprint Tour made their first appearance of the season. In the 25-Lap feature Ben Kysor would lead the opening six laps before former Brewerton winner Tyler Walker took over the top spot. Once in the lead Walker was the class of the field as he wouldn’t be challenged the rest of the way. Kyle Coffey, Ben Kysor, Brian Gould and Mike Austin Finished second through fifth.

This coming Friday, July 11th Ingles Performance/ Ehrlich Pest Control and The WOLF 105.1 will present another exciting, family affordable night of racing. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds/Pro Race Cars Mod Lites/Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders and the second appearance of the NAPA Late Models. The IMCA Modifieds will have the night off.

Have you always wanted to get on the ‘D-Shaped Dirt Demon’? Friday will be your chance as the One-On-One Spectator races will also take place. All you need is a valid driver’s license, registered street vehicle and a helmet. After you buy your general admission ticket head to the track office to sign up.

Adult general admission on July 11 will be $12 with everyone 18 yrs. old and younger FREE. Pit admission is $27 Participant – $30 Non-Participant. Gates will open at 5:30 with racing at 7:30.

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(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT DIRTcar MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – BILLY DECKER, Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, Larry Wight, Matt Fink, Rob Bellinger, Matt Sheppard, Ryan Bartlett, Pat O’Brien, Chuck Bower, Joe August Jr., Chris Hile, Jimmy Phelps, Mike Bowman, Chris Mackey, Roy Bresnahan, Tim Kerr, Matt Billings, Chad Phelps, Rick Regalski, Tim Sears Jr., Vinnie Vitale, Matt Hulsizer, Jim Witko Jr., Tom Sears, Dan Vauter, Tim Harris.

(PRO RACE CARS MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – ALAN FINK, Terry Lapham, Nick Graziano, Sam Usborne, Joe Isabell, Justin Williams, Rick Demo, Gary Jeffries, Joe Garafolo, Jeff Isabell Jr., Lowell Zehr, Mike Mullen, Zack Babcock, David Brown, Jeff Blackburn, Mike Larose, Kelly Skinner, Sterling Miller, Brian Meyers.

(OPEN) – Alan Fink (SPEC/STOCK) – Terry Lapham.

(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS 20 LAPS) – CHRIS FLEMING, Jason Amidon, Bryan Van Tassell, Kevan Cook, Rob Keller Jr., Craig Ward, Curtis Stiles, John West, Mike Jones, Carmen Vona, Jim Walsh Jr., DNS Rich Keller.

(HILTON’S AUTOMOTVE FOUR CYLINDERS 15 LAPS) – STEPHEN DENTON, Jeff Herbert, Colby Herzog, Sam Curcie, Wendall Washington, Robert Jimenez, Dan Dupra, Jeremy Lueck, Stephanie Seeley, Ken Pitsley, Levi Currier, Sam Carista,

Chuck Powelczyk, Rich Riggs, Kyle Young, Brian Evenden, Jack Taskey, Thomas Mackey, William Carista.

(NY6A 600 SPRINT TOUR 25 LAPS) – TYLER WALKER, Kyle Coffey, Ben Kysor, Brian Gould, Mike Austin, Tyler Hill, Jacob Lewczyk, Katy Knoll, Joe Austin, Cheyenna Ling, John Smith, Tom Wickham, Paul Colagiovanni Jr., Danny Knoll Jr., Devin Delormier.

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