BREWERTON, N.Y. — Thursday night’s 24th annual SUNY Canton Racing Hurricane 100 at the Brewerton Speedway saw a classic battle between Billy Decker and Ransomville, N.Y.’s Ryan Susice. The third satellite show of the week took place right off State Route 11, with a multi-groove track welcoming the stars and cars from the 358-Modified Super DIRTcar Series.
Decker would come out victorious with his first career 358-Modified Super DIRTcar Series win at Brewerton, but not before a green-white-checkered finish where the driver from Franklin, N.Y. had to hold off hard-charging drivers Susice and ‘The Doctor’ Danny Johnson.
Susice drew the pole for the hundred-lap feature event, with Decker starting alongside. While these two drivers seemingly dominated the race, the entertainment from third on back was the story of the first half of the race.
Several drivers that charged from mid-pack put on a show early on. Johnson started in the twelfth position and was diving low and swinging high to make passes to crack into the top five. ‘The Doctor’ was performing full-throttle surgery with precision on Thursday night- he had previously won two out of the last three Hurricane 100’s. 2015’s Hurricane 100 having probably been the most thrilling win, along with likely having been the best race of Super DIRT Week XLIV.
The race saw a long green flag run about half way through the event, where Decker, Susice and Johnson were nose-to-tail battling for the lead. The three talented drivers threw haymakers at one another, trying to keep their car in clean air out front.
At one point while Susice was in the lead, Johnson went to the outside of Decker but could not complete the pass. One lap later, knowing that the outside was a lane he could use to make a pass, Decker went to the outside and passed Susice for the lead.
Susice led the event with twenty laps to go, but Decker found his way by on lap eighty-two to take the lead back. But, while working lap traffic on that lap, Susice tried to dodge a lap car and swung low entering turn one. Susice and Decker made contact, with Susice reclaiming the lead off turn two. Just as lap traffic worked in Susice’s favor in one and two- it bit him in turn three as Decker was able to get back by on the outside to lead consecutive laps on eighty-two and eighty-three.
While Johnson was fast in getting to the top five and then top three, his car faded just a bit late in the event as he started getting pressure from Alan Johnson in the Friendly Ford No. 14J and Billy Dunn in the No. 9 with only thirteen laps remaining. The brothers Johnson battled back and forth, both using the bottom lane late in the going.
The caution flag came out on lap ninety-eight, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Decker had a perfect restart, and left no doubt enroute to the Hurricane 100 victory. Susice had a great race for his team to finish second. Danny Johnson held off Alan Johnson for third and Dunn rounded out the top five.
Billy Decker spoke to Shane Andrews in Victory Lane about his first Brewerton 358 Series win:
Ryan Susice recaps a great night for his team in the Hurricane 100:
Danny Johnson was thrilled with a podium finish in the Hurricane 100:
Alan Johnson recapped his night with Steven Ovens in the Hurricane 100:
Billy Dunn talks about his top five at Brewerton and their Super DIRT Week thus far:
24th Annual Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Hurricane 100 By SUNY Canton And DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series
(DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Hurricane 100) – BILLY DECKER, Ryan Susice, Danny Johnson, Alan Johnson, Billy Dunn, Pat Ward, Tim Sears Jr., Chris Raabe, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Bartlett, Mike Maresca, Ronnie Johnson, Larry Wight, Mike Mahaney, Kyle Dingwell, Danny Creeden, David Herbert, Gary Lindberg, Scott Wood, Demetrois Drellos, Roy Bresnahan, Tommy Flannigan, Jean-Francois Corriveau, Jordan McCreadie, Randy Chrysler, Lance Willix II, Mario Clair, Danny O’Brien, Joey Ladouceur, Carey Terrance, Yan Bussiere.
5 Qualify – 3 Redraw
(Heat 1) – Tim Sears Jr., Pat Ward, Chris Raabe, Danny O’Brien, Mario Clair, Randy Chrysler, Roy Bresnahan, Bobby Harrington, Craig Whitmoyer, Mikael Labreche, Kyle Weiss.
(Heat 2) – Alan Johnson, Gary Lindberg, Ryan Susice, Mike Mahaney, Carey Terrance, Jordan McCreadie, Jean-Francois Corriveau, Yan Bussiere, Don Elliott, Nick Webb.
(Heat 3) – Mike Maresca, Billy Decker, Kyle Dingwall, Demetrois Drellos, Ronnie Johnson, Vinne Vitale, Ryan Arbithnot, Scott Wood, Tommy Flannigan.
(Heat 4) – Billy Dunn, Danny Johnson, Larry Wight, Ryan Bartlett, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Creeden, David Herbert, Lance Willix II, Bob McGannon, Roy Shields, Joey Ladouceur.
Consolations 3 Qualify
(Consolation 1) – Randy Chrysler, Roy Bresnahan, Jordan McCreadie, Yan Bussiere, Bobby Harrington, Craig Whitmoyer, Jean-Francois Corriveau, Don Elliott, Nick Webb.
(Consolations 2) – Danny Creeden, David Herbert, Scott Wood, Vinnie Vitale, Ryan Arbithnot, Lance Willix II, Tommy Flannigan, Bob McGannon.
4th Annual Ryan Baye Halfway Point Bonus $475 – Billy Decker
(DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series Hurricane 30 ) – BRAD ROUSE, Rocky Warner, Tyler Trump, Taylor Caprara, Corey Barker, Jackson Gill, Kevin Root, Zach Sobotka, Dave Marcuccilli, Shane Pecore, Brianna Ladouceur, Todd Root, Ron Davis III, Glenn Forward, Rocco Leone, Aaron Pierson, Dylan Davidson, Rich Townsend, Jessica Power, Chris Cunningham, Kevin Chaffee, Dan Ferguson, Louie Jackson Jr., Tony Finch II, Billy Clark Jr., Martin Pelletier, Tom Collins Jr., Alex LaJoie, Jordan Kruskie, Michael Sabia.
3 Qualify – 2 Redraw
(Heat 1) – Brad Rouse, Glenn Forward, Rocco Leone, Dan Ferguson, Tom Collins Jr., Zack Sam, Jessica Power, Fred Proctor, Luke Carleton, Dorian Wahdan.
(Heat 2) – Todd Root, Rocky Warner, Dave Marcuccilli, Chris Cunningham, Cody McPherson, Alex LaJoie, Louie Jackson Jr., Mike Jackson, Adam Gage, Martin Hebert.
(Heat 3) – Kevin Root, Shane Pecore, Rich Townsend, Eric Williams, Tony Finch II, Dave Flannigan, Austin Susice, Brent Joy, Joe Sobotka, Tony Komuda.
(Heat 4) – Brianna Ladouceur, Dylan Davidson, Corey Barker, Billy Clark Jr., Martin Pelletier, Nick Krause, Tristan Draper, Alissa Cody, Brett Draper.
(Heat 5) – Jackson Gill, Taylor Caprara, Aaron Pierson, Earl Rudy, Robert Delormier, Kevin Chafee, Brian Hudson, Thomas Cook, Colby Herzog.
(Heat 6) – Zach Sobotka, Tyler Trump, Jordan Keruskie, Ron Davis III, Mike Jackson, Michael Sabia, Alan Fink, Chris Hulsizer, Jean-Pierre Labelle, Leo Fotopoulos.
(DNQ) – Chris Cunningham, Cody McPherson, Zack Sam, Alex LeJoie, Jessica Power, Louie Jackson Jr., Fred Proctor, Mike Jackson, Luke Carleton, Adam Gage, Dorian Wahdan, Dave Flannigan, Martin Pelletier, Austin Suscie, Nick Krause, Brent Joy, Tristan Draper, Joe Sobotka, Alissa Cody, Tony Komuda, Brett Draper, Eric Williams, Earl Rudy, Robert Delormier, Mike Jackson, Kevin Chaffee, Brian Hudson, Alan Fink, Thomas Cook, Chris Hulsizer, Colby Herzog, Jean-Pierre Lebelle, Leo Fotopoulos.
About the Writer
Steven Ovens is the Northeast Dirt Correspondent for Race Chaser Online and the creator and host of the Turn 5 Live dirt track racing radio show, airing at 7:30 p.m. Eastern every Tuesday on the Performance Motorsports Network.
Ovens has spent his lifetime in the sport of dirt track racing, growing up in the garages of the Kerrick and Ovens families. He spent 11 years behind the wheel between go-karts and 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks which brings a unique perspective to his dirt track editorials.
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