By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY - August 5, 2016 - Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway Larry Wight from Phoenix, NY showed that the recent decision to switch to a Bicknell chassis was the correct one, parking his Gypsum Express/No.99L in victory lane.
In the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature, Wight was both quick and patient as he waited for racing lanes to open and when they did he took full advantage. Wight moved into second with 10 laps to go and without the aid of a yellow ran down Chuck Bower who was 3.5 seconds ahead, down to less than a second when the yellow flag waved setting up a green,white, checker finish. On the restart Wight drove by Bower for his second ‘D-Shaped Dirt Demon’ win of the year.
Other winners on VP Small Engine Fuels Night were, Jack Meeks (Sportsman) Chris Bonoffski (4-CYL) and Matt Smith (NY6A).
Joe August Jr. and Tim Kerr brought the Tracey Equipment DIRTcar Modified field down to the green with Kerr grabbing the early advantage.
With 10 laps complete, Kerr and Chuck Bower ran bumper to bumper setting a fast pace out front. With two and three wide racing throughout the field Vic Coffey, Billy Whittaker and Ryan Phelps showed on the scoring tower in the top five.
On lap 12 Bower pulled a power move going down the back straight pulling even with Kerr and by the time he exited turns three and four he was scored the new leader.
With 15 laps showing on the scoreboard Bower opened a fifteen car length lead as Kerr, Whittaker, Coffey and Phelps were still slugging it out for top five spots.
Bower built up a full straightaway lead on lap 20. Behind Bower there was an incredible battle between Kerr, Whittaker, Coffey, Phelps, Rob Bellinger, Chris Hile and Larry Wight as they ran bumper to bumper and side by side in a tight pack for second through eighth.
With Wight getting stronger as the laps clicked off, he put the power down on lap 23 going by four cars in one move to move into fourth. Just two laps later Wight moved into second but would Bower’s 3.5 second lead be too much to overcome?
Lap after lap Wight rapidly cut into to Bower’s lead that was down to a blink of an eye when the caution flag would wave setting up a green, white, checker finish. On the restart Wight had no problem driving by Bower to be first under the checkers. Behind Wight there was a mad scramble to the finish that saw Rob Bellinger, Tim Sears Jr., Chuck Bower and Ryan Phelps finished second through fifth.
Jack Meeks would jump out to the early lead in the 25 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature setting the pace using the top of the speedway.
On lap 5 Zach Sobotka using the bottom groove found the speed he needed to be the new leader. Behind Sobotka and Meeks, Mike Taylor, Dylan Zacharias and Ricky Yelle battled for top five positions.
With Sobotka on the bottom groove and Meeks on the top, they still raced at the front of the field, while behind them, Zacharias, Earl Rudy, Stephen Denton and Chris Cunningham fought for third through sixth.
On lap 12 Meeks fought his way back to the lead. Then on a lap 18 restart Sobotka was able to wrestle the lead back before Meeks took the top spot back for good on lap 20. Over the last 5 laps the win was anything but easy for Meeks as Sobotka kept constant pressure on Meeks that saw the margin of victory a slim 0.297 at the checkers. Tony Finch II, Dylan Zacharias and Will Shields finished third through fifth.
Chris Bonoffski overcame mechanical issues in his heat race to totally dominate the 15 lap JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinder feature. Chuck Powelczyk, Ray Bechler, Tim Dunn and Sam Curcie finished second through fifth.
Matt Smith won the rain shortened NY6A 600 Micro Sprint feature over Ben Kysor, Johnny Kolosek, DJ Forbes and Jacob Lewczyk.
This Friday, August 12 Firehouse Subs & KROCK 100.9/106.5 present fan favorite Family Autograph Night. Fans will be able to come track-side to get up close to all the race cars and meet their favorite drivers for autographs, photos and driver giveaways.
Racing on the speedway will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Firehouse Subs Mod Lites and JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinders. Adult admission will be $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger free, pits will be $27. Gates open at 5:30 with racing at 7:30.
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VP Small Engine Fuels Night August 5 Results
(Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds 35 Laps) - LARRY WIGHT, Rob Bellinger, Tim Sears Jr., Chuck Bower, Ryan Phelps, Tim Kerr, Billy Whittaker, Jimmy Phelps, Mike Bowman, Pat Ward, Chad Phelps, Vic Coffey, Tom Sears Jr., Max McLaughlin, Vinnie Vitale, Matt Hulsizer, Rich Scagliotta, Chris Hile, Joe August Jr., Ryan Bartlett.
(Heat Winners) - Rob Bellinger, Chris Hile, Chuck Bower.
(SUNY Canton Sportsman 25 Laps) - JACK MEEKS, Zach Sobotka, Tony Finch II, Dylan Zacharias, Will Shields, Stephen Denton, Tyler Trump, Chris Cunningham, Corey Barker, Glenn Forward, Billy Clark Jr., Sean Beardsley, Alan Fink, Ron Davis III, Kyle Fink, Ricky Yelle, Jeff Stevenson, Earl Rudy, Rich Townsend, Brent Joy, Mike Stanton Jr., Mike Taylor, Joe Sobotka, Todd Root.
(Heat Winners) - Zach Sobotka, Jack Meeks, Glenn Forward.
(DNQ) - JJ Courcy, Nick Krause, Tony Komuda, Rich Riggs, Mike Chilson.
(JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinders 15 Laps) - CHRIS BONOFFSKI, Chuck Powelczyk, Ray Bechler, Tim Dunn, Sam Curcie, Ken Pitsley, Quinn Wallis, Colby Herzog, Stephanie Seeley, Evan Wright, Stephen Denton.
(Heat Winner) - Sam Curcie.
(NY6A 600 Sprints 20 Laps) - MATT SMITH, Ben Kysor, Johnny Kolosek, DJ Forbes, Jacob Lewczyk, Chris Stockham, Brandyn Griffin, Cheynna Ling, Danny Knoll, Ben Martin, Gary Kratzer, Lisa Kratzer, Lisa Smith, Charles Hunt, Nick Groff, Josh Livingston, Tori Kaplan, Ed Downing, Katy Knoll, Tyler Hill, Terry Griffin, DNS David Fingerlow.