Sheppard, Fleming, Isabell, Graziano, Powelczyk, 2014 Track Champions
BREWERTON, NY – August 29, 2014 (By Dave Medler) – Friday night the Brewerton Speedway ended the 2014 points season in a big way with a great crowd, great car counts and one of the best Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified Features of the season.
In the 35-Lap Big Block Modified feature the top-five and sometimes the top-six used up every inch of the ‘D-Shaped Dirt Demon’ running bumper to bumper and side by side with different leaders leaving the winner in doubt till the finish. Rob Bellinger used a late restart to take the lead. Once out front he turned it up a notch as he was the first under starter Dave Farney’s checkers for the second time of the 2014 season.
Other winners on NAPA Auto Parts Night were, Kevan Cook, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Jeff Isabell Jr. and Justin Williams, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and Chuck Powelczyk, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.
Vinnie Vitale was able to outrun Tim Sears Jr. leading the opening lap by a narrow margin to start the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature. Sears’ run ended just as quickly as the green waved as he slowed on the back straightaway before the second lap was in the record books.
With 5-laps complete Vitale held a slim lead while just behind him Chad Phelps and Chris Mackey ran side by side for the runner-up spot. Just a couple lengths back Rob Bellinger, Larry Wight and Pat O’Brien were putting on a show of their own, fighting for fourth through sixth.
On lap-10 the front of the field really tightened up as you almost could have thrown a blanket over Vitale, Mackey, Phelps, Bellinger, Wight and now Pat Ward as they used every groove on the speedway looking for an advantage.
With 15-laps showing on the scoring tower the race was still setting a torrid pace at the front with Vitale, Bellinger, Mackey, Wight, Phelps and Ward swapping positions all over the speedway.
Wight pulled off an incredible move on lap-19 as he shot between Vitale and Bellinger in turns three and four with lapped traffic all around to be scored the new leader. Vitale would fight back and grab the lead back one lap later as Bellinger moved into second. Wight went from third and back to the lead on lap-21 showing no lead was safe.
With 10-laps to go Wight held a narrow lead over Bellinger, Ward, Phelps, Vitale and Mackey as the final laps started clicking off the lap counter.
A yellow would wave on lap-29 as Vitale suddenly slowed, ending his shot at the win. The caution would allow the drivers a chance to catch their breath to set up a 6-lap shootout to the checkers.
When the green came back out Bellinger and Ward got a great restart as they got by Wight taking over the top-two spots in the running order. Over the final laps Bellinger was able to open some distance over the rest of the field as he was the first under Farney’s checkers. Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Chad Phelps and Jimmy Phelps finished second through fifth. Ryan Phelps, Chris Mackey, Matt Sheppard, Chris Hile and Dan Vauter completed the top-ten.
With his eighth place finish Matt Sheppard was crowned the 2014 Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified Track Champion for the second year in a row.
“We had a good car and lost the lead in traffic. We had one shot on that restart (Lap-29) and we were able to get it done,” said Rob Bellinger about the winning pass that put his Thompson Road Tavern/Black River Vending Services/JR U-Store/Westward Painting Company, Inc./No.8R/Bicknell in victory lane.
“I thought Larry (Wight) might go middle or high. I had every intention of going to the bottom coming out of four, we made it and that was it,” Bellinger said about how he made the winning pass late. “That was an exciting race getting back to him after losing the lead and getting the chance on the restart definitely made it exciting.”
Jeff Isabell Jr. erased a season of bad luck as he led every lap of the 20-Lap Pro Race Cars Mod Lite feature. The only time anyone seriously challenged Isabell was on restarts but as the laps clicked off Isabell would pull away every time. Justin Williams, Alan Fink, Joe Isabell and Jeff Sykes finished second through fifth.
Joe Isabell (Open) and Nick Graziano are the 2014 Pro Race Cars Mod Lite Track Champions.
It took until the final race of the year but someone finally beat Chris Fleming in the Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds. Fleming was undefeated winning 10 straight features coming into Friday night.
In the 20-Lap IMCA Modified feature Rich Keller would lead the opening 7-Laps before 2013 track champion Kevan Cook took over the lead and was the class of the field even with a late yellow on lap-17 bunching the field up. Over the remaining laps Cook was too strong as he cruised under the checkers. Chris Fleming, Jason Amidon, Rich Keller and Jim Walsh chased Cook across the line.
After one of the most dominating seasons ever at the Brewerton Speedway, Chris Fleming was crowned the 2014 Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modified Track Champion.
The Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders showed up in force on the final night as 24 cars signed in the pits. In their 15-Lap feature only one caution slowed the action in their entertaining race. Chuck Powelczyk won his sixth feature of the year. Keith Shay, Stephen Denton, Kyle Young and Brian Evenden finished second through fifth.
Chuck Powelczyk brought home the 2014 Hilton’s Automotive Track Championship, his seventh overall title in the division.
The NAPA Late Models made a special appearance to end the 2014 season. In their 20-Lap feature Tim Sears Jr. was the class of the field leading every lap. Sean Beardsley brought home a strong second place finish. Chris Fleming looked strong in his first ever time in a Late Model finishing third. Johnny Hill and Harry Halliday came home fourth and fifth.
The Brewerton Speedway will be silent from racing action but plans are already in motion for one of the best races anywhere when on Thursday, October 9th during Super DIRT Week SUNY Canton presents the 22nd Annual Hurricane 100 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series race plus Pro Race Cars Mod Lites.
Last season it took five heats and two consolations to set the starting field. After 100-Laps it was Danny Johnson who started 26th taking home the big payday. With all the heavy hitters in the area look for another star-studded field to fill the Brewerton pits.
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(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT DIRTcar MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – ROB BELLINGER, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Chad Phelps, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Phelps, Chris Mackey, Matt Sheppard, Chris Hile, Dan Vauter, Billy Decker, Chuck Bower, Mike Bowman, Matt Billings, Pat O’Brien, Tim Kerr, Vinnie Vitale, Tyler Siri, Matt Fink, Matt Hulsizer, Jim Witko, Ryan Bartlett, Tom Sears Jr., Aaron Jacobs, Tim Sears Jr..
(2014 TRACK CHAMPION) – Matt Sheppard.
(OMNI SERVICES HEAT WINNERS) – Vinnie Vitale, Tim Sears Jr, Chad Phelps.
(PRO RACE CARS MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – JEFF ISABELL JR., Justin Williams, Alan Fink, Joe Isabell, Jeff Sykes, Joe Garafolo, Doug Williams, Gary Jeffries, Mike Mullen, Nick Graziano, Terry Lapham, Jeff Isabell Sr., Rick Demo, Zack Babcock, David Brown, Lowell Zehr, Jeff Blackburn, Kelly Skinner, Brian Meyers, Sterling Miller, Cody Fleming, Sam Usborne, Frank Sobotka.
(2014 TRACK CHAMPIONS) – OPEN – Joe Isabell SPEC STOCK – Nick Graziano.
(FEATURE OPEN) – Jeff Isabell Jr. (FEATURE STOCK/SPEC) – Justin Williams.
(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS 20 LAPS) – KEVAN COOK, Chris Fleming, Jason Amidon, Rich Keller, Jim Walsh, Andy Kieffer, John West, Mike Jones, Rob Keller Jr., Curtis Stiles, Carmen Vona Jr., Lee Smiedy.
(2014 TRACK CHAMPION) – Chris Fleming.
(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – TIM SEARS JR., Sean Beardsley, Chris Fleming, Johnny Hill, Harry Halliday, Dave Talbot, Dale Caswell, Aron Backus, Steve Coit, Aaron Jacobs, Jason Occhino.
(HILTON’S AUTOMOTIVE FOUR CYLINDERS 15 LAPS) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Keith Shay, Stephen Denton, Kyle Young, Brian Evenden, Colby Herzog, David Denova, Ken Pitsley, Ray Bechler, Sam Curcie, Mark Atutis, Robert Jimenez, Jeremy Lueck, Ethan Halsey, Sam Carista, Derrick Reeves, Jerry Curcie Jr., Jeff Herbert, Stephanie Seeley, Amanda Klim, Jack Taskey, Levi Currier, Clifford West III, William Carista.
(2014 TRACK CHAMPION) - Chuck Powelczyk.