By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY - August 26, 2016 - Vic Coffey in his big block modified career has won at speedways all over the Northeast including Super DIRT Week at the Syracuse mile twice. One track that always eluded Coffey going to victory lane was the Brewerton Speedway. Friday night all that changed for Caledonia, NY racer as he grabbed his first career win at the ‘D-Shaped Dirt Demon.’
In the 35 lap feature Coffey would pass race long leader Joe August Jr. on lap 22 and would never look back outdistancing Chad Phelps and Jimmy Phelps at the checkers.
Other winners on Mirabito night were Ron Davis III (Sportsman) Joe Isabell (Mod Lites) Chris Bonoffski (4-CYL). Ray Bechler was crowned the 2016 JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinder Track Champion.
Joe August Jr. and Chris Hile brought the 800 horsepower Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified field down to the green to start the 35 lap feature that saw August grab the narrow early advantage.
With 10 laps complete August was still out front turning quick laps running the top of the speedway as Vic Coffey stayed within striking distance of the leader. Just behind the top two, Chad Phelps, Chris Hile, Ryan Bartlett and Max McLaughlin battled for third through sixth.
At the 15 lap mark August was running his best race of the season still hammering the top groove as Coffey and Phelps kept pace in second and third with Hile and Bartlett still showing in the top five.
On lap 21 in traffic August would see Coffey underneath him for a split second causing August to change to the bottom groove trying to slow Coffey’s momentum. Coffey took advantage going to the topside and driving by August and into the lead on lap 22.
With 10 laps to go Coffey would hold a ten car length advantage over Chad Phelps who was bouncing back from a hard crash at Fulton Speedway the previous Saturday night. August, Hile, Bartlett and title contender Jimmy Phelps were in tight four car race for third through sixth.
Over the remaining laps and no yellows to slow the action down Coffey outdistanced Chad Phelps and Jimmy Phelps to the checkers. Joe August Jr. finished his season best in fourth with Chris Hile fifth.
Top five point standings going into Championship Night Friday, September 2.
Jimmy Phelps (649) Larry Wight (648) Pat Ward (611) Ryan Phelps (588) Tim Sears Jr. (565).
Coming into the night Tony Finch II, Glenn Forward and Ron Davis III were separated by 26 points in the battle for the SUNY Canton Sportsman Track Championship.
In the 25 lap feature Davis started sixth and quickly moved to the lead on a lap 2 restart and never looked back, outdistancing Nick Krause by two seconds at the checkers. Brent Joy, Dylan Zacharias from 12th and Todd Root from 14th finished third through fifth.
Top five points going into Championship Night.
Ron Davis III (654) Tony Finch (645) Glenn Forward (641) Todd Root (617) Billy Clark Jr. (612).
Joe Isabell erased recent racing bad luck as he led every lap of the 20 lap Firehouse Subs Mod Lite feature in a dominating performance. Jeff Sykes, Lowell Zehr, Casey Sykes and Brian Meyers finished second through fifth.
Top five points going into Championship Night.
Jeff Sykes (738) Jim Bogett (722) Joe Isabell (682) Josh Kinney (658) Lowell Zehr (644)
In the 15 lap JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinder feature Chris Bonoffski continued his late season winning ways. Bonoffski took the lead from Tim Dunn on lap 6 and dominated the rest of the way. Tim Dunn, Ray Bechler, Chuck Powelczyk and Jessica Herbert finished second through fifth.
With his third place finish Ray Bechler is the 2016 JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinder Track Champion.
Top five final point standings.
Ray Bechler (762) Tim Dunn (726) Chuck Powelczyk (724) Chris Bonoffski (658) Sam Curcie (650).
This coming Friday, September 2 Schneider Packaging Equipment Company & McDonald’s Restaurants presents a Sprint Car Spectacular featuring the A-Verdi Storage Containers 360 Sprint Car Series. The Empire Super Sprints, Patriot Sprint Tour and the United Racing Club will bring together the best 360 Sprint Car drivers in the Northeast.
Also doing battle on the ‘D-Shaped Dirt Demon’ to decide the 2016 Track Champions will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman and Firehouse Subs Mod Lites.
Adult grandstand admission is $20 with everyone 18 years old & younger free, pits $35. Gates will open at 5:30 with racing at 7:30.
Any questions you might have please contact Cory Reed at (315) 668-6906 or firstname.lastname@example.org . For all the latest news go to www.brewertonspeedway.com - www.facebook.com/BrewertonSpeedway .
Mirabito Night August 26 Results
(Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds 35 Laps) - VIC COFFEY, Chad Phelps, Jimmy Phelps, Joe August Jr., Chris Hile, Ryan Bartlett, Max McLaughlin, Mike Bowman, Robbie Bellinger, Larry Wight, Tim Sears Jr., Pat Ward, Chuck Bower, Tom Sears Jr., Ryan Phelps, Tim Kerr, Vinnie Vitale, Mike Maresca, Jeff Blackburn, Matt Hulsizer.
(Heat Winners) - Ryan Bartlett, Chad Phelps, Max McLaughlin.
(SUNY Canton Sportsman 25 Laps) - RON DAVIS III, Nick Krause, Brent Joy, Dylan Zacharias, Todd Root, Tyler Trump, Jeff Stevenson, Billy Clark Jr., Earl Rudy, Chris Cunningham, Corey Barker, Alan Fink, Stephen Denton, Will Shields, Glenn Forward, Tony Komuda, Zach Sobotka, Tony Finch II, Joe Sobotka, Colby Herzog, JJ Courcy, Rich Townsend, Kyle Fink, Jack Meeks, Mike Taylor, DNS Ricky Yelle.
(Heat Winners) - Joe Sobotka, Nick Krause, Jeff Stevenson.
(Firehouse Subs Mod Lites 20 Laps) - JOE ISABELL, Jeff Sykes, Lowell Zehr, Casey Sykes, Brian Meyers, Josh Kinney, Justin Williams, Mike Mullen, Joe Garafolo, Nick Graziano, Sam Usborne, Jim Bogett, Tucker Halliday, Zack Babcock, Dave Brown, Keith Stevenson, Doug Williams.
(Heat Winners) - Joe Isabell, Mike Mullen.
(JB Logging & Firewood Four Cylinders 15 Laps) - CHRIS BONOFFSKI, Tim Dunn, Ray Bechler, Chuck Powelczyk, Jessica Herbert, Sam Curice, Jeff Herbert, Nate Powers, Stephanie Seeley, Tim Boylhart, Quinn Wallis, Stephen Denton, Evan Wright, DNS Sam Carista.
(2016 Track Champion) - Ray Bechler
(Heat Winners) - Chuck Powelczyk, Sam Curcie.