BATAVIA, NY – Story, Photo and Audio by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens – “I just got beat by the best guy in the business. John Waters is one hell of a driver.” That was the quote of the night from 2nd place finishing Jon Rivers who drives the #85 360 Late Model.
John Waters put on an absolute clinic on Thursday night to take the $1,000-to-win 360 Dirt Late Model win at Raceway 5 located 30 minutes east of Buffalo, NY on the Genesee County Fairgrounds in Batavia, NY. Waters has had a stranglehold on the 360 late model field in New York for a few years now and is also flexing his muscle on the Crate Late Model world as well.
The ‘fair week special’ at Raceway 5 was originally tabbed as a Bicknell Racing Products CanAm Late Model Series event, however the series race was scrubbed by the promoter less than one week before the show. After reaching out to both parties, no further information on the last minute change was available.
Promoter Gary Montgomery from the BRP Tour related that the series race had been cancelled by the speedway promoter. The speedway on a local racing discussion board cited miscommunication between all parties. In the end, 14 cars would arrive for the non-BRP sanctioned event.
Heat wins were taken by last week’s Saturday night feature winner Adam Depuy and longtime Raceway 5 favorite Dave DuBois. Depuy would arrive late for the redraw in the pit area- but a youngster in the pit area drew for Depuy and drew him the pole for the 30-lap A-Main.
Depuy and Jimmy Johnson, no not THAT Jimmie and not the football coach, would lead the field to the Green flag to start the race. Depuy would jump out to the early lead over a hard-charging Waters. After Depuy clicked off Lap 1, Waters would scoot under the Nance’s Mustards, Schuyler Chassis #99 and take the lead coming off Turn 2.
That effort by Waters would be negated as a yellow flag would come out before he could lead Lap 2. On the Delaware-style restart Depuy would lead to Turn 1, but again Waters was glued to the bottom and took the lead when Depuy slid up a groove. Waters would set sail and open up a very comfortable margin.
Laps 5 and 8 would see caution flags slow the race but nobody was going to slow the Troups Creek Auto Parts #11 on this night in Genesee County. Waters at his largest margin had a full straightaway and was approaching a half track lead before Adam Depuy’s great 3rd place run came to an end as they clicked off Lap 20 with a badly twisted and snapped Right Rear Axle.
After the field reverted back to Lap 19 for the restart the green flag came back out and Waters pulled away for the lead. Rivers would do everything he could to try and catch Waters but nobody had any Kryptonite for the guy who has now won 6 times out of the 8 races they have raced this particular 360 Late Model.
Jon Rivers would have to settle for 2nd, DuBois came home 3rd with Johnson and Tommy Kemp rounding out the Top 5 finishers.
Most of the 360 Late Model contingent now put their focus on Saturday night’s Brock Young Memorial event at the Woodhull Raceway in the Southern Tier town of Woodhull, NY. This will be a $1,422-to-win event sanctioned by the BRP CanAm Late Model Series and should pull out a great field of cars vying for this prestigious race victory.
Post-Race A-Main Interviews:
John Waters- 1st Place $1,000.00
Jon Rivers 2nd Place
Dave DuBois 3rd Place
Jimmy Johnson 4th Place
Tommy Kemp 5th Place
Jared Hill 6th Place
Heat Race Interviews:
Adam Depuy Heat 1 Winner
Jimmy Johnson 2nd Place in Heat 1
Tommy Kemp 3rd Place in Heat 1
Dave DuBois Wins Heat 2
John Waters 2nd Place Heat 2
Jon Rivers 3rd Place Heat 3