By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY – With two, three wide racing throughout the entire 25 car starting field Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway, it was Billy Decker that ended upholding the checkered flag at the end of 35 hard fought laps in the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.
Decker started 17th and had his Bicknell working wherever he put it on the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon” and also had great restarts working his way forward, taking the lead on lap 15 from teammate Pat Ward. Once in the lead Decker survived a late restart with 3 laps to go holding off Willy Decker and Ward for his third win of the year.
For Decker, behind the wheel of his Gypsum Wholesalers/ Stadium International Trucks/Integra Race Shocks/No.91/Bicknell, it was his 50th career win at the Brewerton Speedway.
Other winners on Universal Metal Works/McDonalds Family Fun Night were, Kevan Cook Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Justin Williams Beaver River Distribution Mod Lites and Chuck Powelczyk Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stocks.
Joe August Jr. and Ryan Bartlett paced the Modified feature down to the green with August grabbing the early advantage in the 35 lap shootout.
With 5 laps complete, August held a narrow advantage over Bartlett and Ward. Going into turn one Ward and Bartlett made racing contact sending Bartlett around.
Another quick yellow would fly on lap 6. Ward took advantage as he was able to blast into lead on lap 7.
Ward opened up a couple car length lead on lap 10, while behind him there was an intense battle between August, Willy Decker, Matt Hulsizer and Billy Decker who came from 17th to battle with the leaders.
The yellow would fly on lap 11 that saw Rich Scagliotta and Tim Sears Jr. get towed pit-side. Sears would return, but Scagliotta’s night was finished.
When the green came back out, Billy Decker shot from fourth into second place as he set his sights on Ward for the top-spot.
After working on Ward, Decker shot to the bottom of the speedway going under Ward exiting turn four to be scored the new leader on lap 15.
With 20 laps showing on the scoring tower, Decker built-up a ten car length advantage over Ward, Willy Decker, Hulsizer and Chad Phelps.
On lap 24, Chad Phelps who running 5th, slowed with a right rear flat sending him to the pits. It also erased the half a straightaway lead Decker built-up.
With 10 laps to go, Decker was on cruise control out front as all eyes were focused on the tight fight for second through fifth between, Ward, Willy Decker, Hulsizer and Alan Johnson.
Just when it looked like Decker was going to go onto the easy win, fourth place running Matt Hulsizer suddenly slowed on lap 33 ending his shot at a top-five finish. This would put Willy Decker who was fast on the top and Ward right with Decker for the dash to the finish.
Decker got a great restart and was able to out distance Willy Decker and Pat Ward to the checkers. Ryan Phelps who went to the tail of the field from and early incident and Alan Johnson rounded out the top-five. Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Chuck Bower, Robbie Bellinger and Matt Sheppard completed the top-ten.
In the 20 lap Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modified feature, Rob Keller took the lead on lap 2 and looked to runaway and hide from the rest of the field. Points leader Kevan Cook was able to run Keller and taking the lead on lap 12. Once in the lead Cook outdistanced Rob Keller, Ryan Scott, Chris Fleming and Jason Amidon to the checkers.
What a night it was for 16 year old high school student and rookie Justin Williams in the 20 lap Beaver River Distribution Mod Lite feature. Williams took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the entire distance. The story of the race was a restart with 3 laps to go that put two of the heaviest hitters in the division, point leader Mike Mullen and seven time 2012 feature winner Tim Devendorf on Williams back bumper for the shootout to the finish. Williams showed the savvy of a veteran and not a rookie as he held off Devendorf and Mullen for his first ever Brewerton Speedway win. Joe Garafolo and Lowell Zehr came home fourth and fifth.
Chuck Powelczyk took the lead on lap 6 from points leader Zak Petrie and never looked back for his 10th win of the year in the 15 lap Anchor Bar & grill Four Cylinder Super Stock feature. Zak Petrie, Stephen Denton and Jessica Redhead rounded out the top-five.
Start out your Labor Day Weekend this Friday night August, 31 as It’s NAPA Championship/Syracuse Crunch Night. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Beaver River Distribution Mod Lites and Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stocks.
Too add to the excitement the SUNY Canton Sportsman will be running after their exciting and successful show early this season. And the NAPA Modified Winners Classic will put a exclamation point on a successful 2012 points season.
Eligible drivers for the NAPA Winners Classic include- Alan Johnson/Jimmy Phelps/ Billy Decker/ Larry Wight / Matt Sheppard/ Willy Decker/ Rob Bellinger/Ryan Phelps and Dan Vauter.
Gates will open this Friday, August 31 at 5:30 with the first green flag to wave at 7:30. Adult grandstand admission will be $12 with everyone 18 years old and younger are FREE.
Keep up with the tracks throughout the season by visiting www.brewertonspeedway.com and www.fultonspeedway.com, on each speedway’s Facebook accounts and on Twitter at twitter.com/Fultonspeedway and twitter.com/BrewertonSpdway.
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – BILLY DECKER, Willy Decker, Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, Alan Johnson, Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Chuck Bower, Robbie Bellinger, Matt Sheppard, Peter Britten, Joe August Jr., Mike Mahaney, Mike Bowman, Chris Hile, Matt Fink, Tim Sears Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Chad Phelps, Jim Witko Jr., Rich Scagliotta, Steve Hulsizer, Dan Vauter, Rich Townsend, Ryan Bartlett.
(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS 20 LAPS) – KEVAN COOK, Rob Keller, Ryan Scott, Chris Fleming, Jason Amidon, Brian VanTassell, Jim Walsh, Dan Searles, Glenn Erwin, Rich Keller, Dane Keller Jr., Mike Jones, Andy Keiffer, Lou Levea, Phil Lossen, Brandon Carvey, John West, Tim Fingar, Lee Smeidy.
(BEAVER RIVER DISTRIBUTION MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – JUSTIN WILLIAMS, Tim Devendorf, Mike Mullen, Joe Garafolo, Lowell Zehr, Rick Demo, Jeff Isabell Jr., Alan Fink, Joe Isabell, Matt Magner, Frank Sobotka, Jeremy Isabell, Terry Lapham, Sterling Miller, Russ Brown, Ricky Yelle, Ryan Blackburn, Nick Graziano, Gary Sampo, Kelly Skinner, Lane Bush, Rick DeGroff, JJ Courcy, Doug Williams, Zach Babcock, Jeff Blackburn.
(ANCHOR BAR & GRILL FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Zak Petrie, Stephen Denton, Jessica Redhead, Jerry Herbert, Jock Symonds, Sam Curcie, Jeff Herbert, Sam Carista, Thomas Mackey, Bill Carista, Chad Dupra, Lorraine Powelczyk, Richard Leahey, Bill Root, John West, Dan Dupra, Jack Taskey, Aron Backus.