BREWERTON, NY – (By Dave Medler) -Billy Decker started his day by winning the poll for Sunday’s VP Small Engines Fuel 200 at Super DIRT Week, and then ended the day winning the $10,500 plus lap money to win 20th annual SUNY Canton Hurricane 100 presented by Ferris Mowers at the Brewerton Speedway.
In the hotly contested 100 lap feature that saw the top-five run in a tight pack for most of the race, it came down to a two-car race late between Stewart Friesen and Billy Decker. Decker moved into second on lap 66 and dogged Friesen for a number of laps on his back bumper before moving to the top of the speedway driving by Friesen on lap 84. Friesen could stay with the Decker but could never find enough speed to mount a serious challenge as Decker was to strong beating Friesen at the checkers by 1.187 second at the checkers.
Matt DeLorenzo and Pat Ward led the thirty-Car starting field down to starter Dave Farney’s green flag with DeLorenzo grabbing the early lead in the 100 lap SUNY Canton Hurricane 100 presented by Ferris Mowers.
After three early cautions, DeLorenzo opened a half a straightaway lead by lap 15, while behind him Ward, Chris Hile, Stewart Friesen and Larry Wight were in a tight battle for second through fifth.
At the quarter way mark, lap 25, DeLorenzo and Ward ran within a couple lengths of each other as they started putting cars a lap down. Friesen, Hile, Wight and Billy Decker were locked in a nose to tail, side by side fight for third through sixth.
By lap 30, Hile was putting pressure on DeLorenzo and would sneak by to be scored the new leader on lap 31.Hile’s lead was short lived as one lap later DeLorenzo shot back by Hile in traffic to reassume command of the of the race.
While DeLorenzo and Hile were fighting for the lead, Friesen,Wight and Ward moved in on the top-two as you could of thrown a blanket over the top-five in heavy race traffic.
On lap 36, Friesen moved into second, and then set his sights on DeLorenzo for the top-spot. After working on DeLorenzo for a few laps, Friesen saw the opening he needed and shot under the leader for the number-one spot on lap 45. Wight, Jimmy Phelps who started 20th and Billy Decker waged their own battle for top-five positions.
At the halfway point, lap 50, Friesen opened a half a straightaway lead over DeLorenzo, Wight, Phelps and Decker. Ryan Godown, Hile, Ryan Phelps, Matt Fink and Peter Britten showed sixth through tenth.
On lap 66, Decker moved into second spot and started chasing down Friesen for the lead. DeLorenzo, Godown and Larry Wight still showed on the scoring tower.
By lap 80, Friesen was feeling the pressure from Decker, but was able to get away putting a lapped car between himself and Decker as the laps started clicking off towards the finish.
After a quick caution for a slowing Alan Johnson, Decker saw the bottom going away for Friesen and moved to the top of the speedway looking for the speed to get by Friesen. On lap 84 Decker was able to drive by Friesen for the final pass of the race. The rest of the way Friesen was able to stay within a couple car lengths of Decker, but Decker was just too quick as he was under the checkers. Ryan Godown, Jimmy Phelps and Matt DeLorenzo rounded out the top-five. Ryan Phelps, Larry Wight, Billy Pauch Sr., Mike Mahaney and Matt Fink rounded out the top-ten.
“I’ll tell ya, what a race. I started tenth and there was so much slicing and dicing in front of us. One thing about it is, Brewerton just provides for such great racing,” said Decker after parking his Gypsum Wholesalers/Stadium International Trucks/LJL Kevlar Race Engines/Integra Racing Shocks/No.91 in victory lane.
“I was going good early then struggled for awhile. We got going halfway decent racing Stew (Friesen). The line Stew was racing in I think got a little wore out. Really, I had nothing to lose,” going to the top for the pass for the win. “I just happened to find that line and got fortunate enough to have the experience here at Brewerton knowing that line was there, and it worked for us.”
“We have our big-guns here, our A-Team helping us for Syracuse and helping us for here, it sure feels good.”
Tim Devendorf was the show in the 20 lap Beaver River Distribution Mod Lite feature. Devendorf led the whole way out running Jeff Sykes in the green-white-checker finish. Joe Garafolo, Matt Magner and Justin Williams rounded out the top-five. Frank Sobotka, Sterling Miller, Doug Williams, Mike Mullen and Gary Jeffries completed the top-ten.
Mike Mullen was crowned the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways Mod Lite Champion. For Mullen it was his first ever Championship in the division.
(SUNY CANTON HURRICANE 100 PRESENTED BY FERRIS MOWERS) – BILLY DECKER, Stewart Friesen, Ryan Godown, Jimmy Phelps, Matt Delorenzo , Ryan Phelps, Larry Wight, Billy Pauch, Mike Mahaney, Matt Fink, Pat Ward, Chris Hile, Peter Britten, Dan Vauter, Rich Scagliotta, Chuck Bower, David VanHorn Jr., Chad Phelps, Alan Johnson, Rick Laubach, Steve Hulsizer, Dan Bouc, Jim Davis, Kevin Bates, Willy Decker, Shawn Donath, John Stangle, Sammy Martz, Josh Hohenforst, Pat O’Brien.
TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT $100 HEAT WINNERS – Ryan Godown, Pat Ward, Billy Decker, Rich Scagliotta.
MIKES CYLINDER HEADS $500 BONUS TO FEATURE WINNER – Billy Decker.
SUNOCO/MNR RACE FUELS – DRUM OF RACE FUEL HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE – Jimmy Phelps.
$250 BONUS FOR FIRST REGULAR NON-QUALIFIED BREWERTON SPEEDWAY REGULAR – Mike Bowman.
(BEAVER RIVER DISTRIBUTION MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – TIM DEVENDORF, Jeff Sykes, Joe Garafolo, Matt Magner, Justin Williams, Frank Sobotka, Sterling Miller, Doug Williams, Mike Mullen, Gary Jeffries, Lowell Zehr, Russ Brown, Jim Bogett, Terry Lapham, Dan Ferguson, Paul Klager, Nick Graziano, Rick Demo, Zach Babcock, Jeff Blackburn, Rob Grzelka, Sam Usborne, Jeff Isabell Jr., Josh DeSantis, Lane Bush, Kelly Skinner, Dave Brown, Cody Fleming, Ryan Blackburn, Joe Isabell.
BREWERTON/FULTON SPEEDWAYS TRACK CHAMPION – MIKE MULLEN.
DIG SAFELY NEW YORK NAPA CERTIFICATES – ($200) Tim Devendorf ($100) Jeff Sykes ($50) Joe Garafolo.