By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY – May 27,2016 – The racing action on the speedway was as hot as the temperature to kick off the summer season Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway.
In the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, Picton, Ontario, Canada’s Tim Kerr would use a lap 14 outside pass to get by leader Vinnie Vitale and then would hold off a late race charge from Pat Ward for the popular 35 lap win.
Other winners on the JPW Companies Night were Jack Meeks (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Jeff Sykes (Firehouse Subs Mod Lites) Ray Bechler (JB Logging & Firewood 4-CYL).
After a couple attempts to start the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature Mike Bowman would lead the opening 3 laps of the feature before Vinnie Vitale who started third on the grid would take over the top spot.
Tim Kerr would move into the second spot on lap 5 and take off after Vitale. After a tight battle with Vitale, Kerr would drive around Vitale in turn two on lap 14 when Vitale moved off the top of the speedway just enough to let Kerr shoot by. Once in the lead Kerr would outrun Pat Ward by 00.879 of a second at the finish. Vitale, in teammate Dale Planck’s 77X, finished third. Rookie Max McLaughlin continues to impress, with his second top five finish in three starts, finished fourth and early race leader Mike Bowman finished fifth.
Points leader and defending track champion Matt Sheppard started deep in the field and finished sixth. Jimmy Phelps came back from two early trips to the pits to finish a strong seventh. Vic Coffey, Rich Scagliotta and Ryan Phelps completed the top ten.
The SUNY Canton Sportsman continue to impress on Friday nights. Thirty-seven cars signed in the pits. It took four heats and two consolations to set the 26-car starting field for the 25 lap feature.
Billy Clark Jr. took off from his front row starting spot to dominate the early going of the feature. While Clark was on cruise control out front the racing behind him was two and three wide throughout the field.
At the halfway point Clark was still showing the way out front while Mike Button, Gregg Kimball, Jack Meeks and Glenn Forward were using every inch of the speedway fighting for second through fifth.
A caution would wipe out the big lead Clark enjoyed and would be just what defending track champion Jack Meeks needed. Meeks was able to put Bicknell on the top of the speedway as he drove around Clark on lap 19 to be scored the new leader. Once out front Meeks was able to outrun Clark by 00.698 of a second and Forward by 00.993 at the finish. Mike Button and Chris Cunningham came home fourth and fifth.
In the 25 lap Firehouse Subs Mod Lite feature Jim Bogett had a dominate car and looked to be the car to beat until a yellow erased his lead. On lap 14 Jeff Sykes caught Bogett using the top groove. While the two raced side by side Bogett caught the implement tire in turn three, spinning his car. Over the remaining laps Sykes was the class of the field winning his second feature in three races run this season. Joe Isabell, Zack Babcock, Mike Mullen and Lowell Zehr finished second through fifth.
Ray Bechler remained undefeated in the JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinders picking up the 15 lap feature win. The battle for second through sixth was bumper to bumper and side by side that saw Tim Dunn, Sam Curcie, Colby Herzog, Dan Dupra and Mike Sherbeck in a tight pack at the checkers.
The Classics On Dirt Stock Car Club put on a competitive feature that came down to the final lap with Richard Applebee picking up the win over Mike Cole.
This coming Friday, June 3 Ingles Performance will present a four-star racing program plus the fan favorite One-On-One Spectator races. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Firehouse Subs Mod Lites and JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinders.
If you always wanted to get out on the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon” Friday, June 3rd is your chance. To participate in the One-On-One Spectator Races all you need is a valid driver’s license, road legal and insured vehicle and a helmet.
Adult admission on June 3rd is $12 with everyone 18 and under free with pits $27. Gates will open at 5:30 with racing at 7:30.
Any questions you might have and for marketing opportunities please contact Cory Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org (315) 668-6906. For all the latest news go to www.brewertonspeedway.com and like the track Facebook page www.facebook.com/BrewertonSpeedway .
May 27 - JPW Companies Night Results
(Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds 35 Laps) - TIM KERR, Pat Ward, Vinnie Vitale, Max McLaughlin, Mike Bowman, Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Vic Coffey, Rich Scagliotta, Ryan Phelps, Tom Sears Jr., Chad Phelps, Chuck Bower, Larry Wight, Chris Hile, Roy Bresnahan, Andrew Ferguson, Matt Hulsizer, Rob Bellinger, Joe August Jr., Jeff Blackburn, Jim Witko Jr., Tim Sears Jr., Tim Murphy.
(Heat Winners) - Tim Kerr, Vinnie Vitale, Max McLaughlin.
(SUNY Canton Sportsman 25 Laps) - JACK MEEKS, Billy Clark Jr., Glenn Forward, Mike Button, Chris Cunningham, Ron Davis III, Alan Fink, Gregg Kimball, Tony Finch II, Nick Krause, Stephen Denton, Dave Marcuccilli, Todd Root, Brent Joy, Corey Barker, Tye-Scott Rood, Tyler Trump, Zach Sobotka, Beth Bellinger, Ricky Yelle, Kevin Root, Will Shields, Rich Townsend, Jordan Bennett, Leo Fotopoulos, Kyle Fink.
(DNQ) - Dylan Zacharias, Mike Stanton Jr, Tim Gareau, Andrew Wren, Tony Komuda, John West, Joe Sobotka, Taylor Jackson, Earl Rudy, Kelly Smith, Dorian Wahdan.
(Heat Winners) - Billy Clark Jr., Alan Fink, Glenn Forward, Mike Button.
(Firehouse Subs Mod Lites 20 Laps) - JEFF SYKES, Joe Isabell, Zack Babcock, Mike Mullen, Lowell Zehr, Josh Kinney, Brian Meyers, Jeremy Isabell, Chris Bonoffski, Keith Stevenson, Dave Brown, Kelly Skinner, Jim Bogett, Doug Williams, Justin Williams.
(Heat Winners) - Josh Kinney, Dave Brown.
(JB Logging & Firewood 4-Cylinders 15 Laps) - RAY BECHLER, Tim Dunn, Sam Curcie, Colby Herzog, Dan Dupra, Mike Sherbeck, Nate Powers, Sam Carista, Quinn Wallis, Chuck Powelczyk, Steven Randell, Chris Bonoffski.
(Heat Winners) - Sam Curcie, Ray Bechler.
(Classics On Dirt Stock Car Club Feature Winners) - Rich Applebee & Mike Cole.