By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY – Former speedway Modified driver Shawn Donath put on a late race driving exhibition Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway in winning the exciting 25 lap Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints A-Main.
Donath took advantage of a late caution with the three laps to go using a wicked slide job on leader Chuck Hebing on lap 24 to pick up the popular win in front of the home crowd.
Other winners on Schneider Packaging night were, Kevan Cook, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Jeff Isabell Jr., Beaver River Distribution Mod Lites and Chuck Powelczyk, Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stocks.
Tyler Rand jumped out to the early advantage leading the early going of the 25 lap Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints A-Main. On lap 3 a quick yellow would fly to tighten up the field. On the restart, Chuck Hebing would take advantage as he blasted into the lead on lap 4.
With 5 laps showing on the scoring tower, Hebing still set the pace out front, as Rand, Sammy Reakes IV, Larry Wight and Shawn Donath gave chase.
On lap 10, Hebing held about a ten car length advantage over Wight. Behind the top-two, Donath, Jason Barney and Reakes battled for top-five spots.
At the halfway point, Hebing was still setting a quick pace out front. Wight and Donath fought for second, with Barney and Reakes still showing in the top-five.
On lap 17, Hebing, when trying to put Tommy Wickham a lap down, the two made contact on the front straight sending Wickham into a series of violent flips landing in turn one. Wickham got out of car unharmed.
On the side-by-side restart, Hebing and Wight made contact, sending Wight into the front straightaway wall ending Wight’s shot at the win.
A quick yellow would fly on lap 22, giving Donath, Reakes, Barney and Steve Poirier one last shot at Hebing and the win.
When the green came back out, Donath was a man on a mission. On lap 23, Donath tried a slide job on Hebing in turns three and four, but couldn’t make it stick. Donath didn’t lose much momentum as he was able to keep pace with Hebing. The next lap, Donath once again threw it hard into three and four on the bottom, this time the move stuck as he was able to slide up in front of Hebing to be the new leader on lap 24.
On the final lap Hebing couldn’t mount a final charge as Donath was the first under the checkers over Hebing.. Steve Poirier, Sam Reakes IV and Lance Yonge finished third through fifth.
South Onondaga NY’s Shawn Donath talked about his big win over Chuck Hebing.
“Chuck (Hebing) is the king of the slide jobs. To pass him like that right at the end is a career highlight. He’s one of the toughest guys in this club. He races you clean and hard the whole time. It was an awesome night for this whole Doug Emery Motorsports Team.”
In the 20 lap Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modified feature, point’s leader Kevan Cook took the lead on lap 8 as he looked to run away and hide. Over the second half of the feature, Mike Smith who made the long tow from Arkport, NY, threw everything he had at Cook, but came up short at the finish. With his win Cook has a six point lead over Ryan Scott with two points races left to decide the 2012 track champion.
Jeff Isabell Jr. continued his winning ways in the Beaver River Distribution Mod Lites. Isabell took the lead just before halfway of the 20 lap feature and never looked back for his fourth Brewerton Speedway win in the 2012 season. Point’s leader Mike Mullen, Joe Isabell, Tim Devendorf and Joe Garafolo chased Isabell across the line.
Chuck Powelczyk put yet another win in the record books in the 15 lap Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stock feature. Aron Backus, Jessica Redhead, Zak Petrie and Lorraine Powelczyk finished second through fifth.
This coming Friday night August, 24th Universal Metal Works presents McDonalds Family Fun Night. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Beaver River Distribution Mod Lites, Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stocks plus a Mechanics race.
Gates will open Friday night 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 admitted FREE to the grandstands. Pit admission will be $27 for competitors/$30 for non-competitors.
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.
(LUCAS OIL EMPIRE SUPER SPRINTS 25 LAPS) – SHAWN DONATH, Chuck Hebing, Steve Poirier, Sam Reakes IV, Lance Yonge, Charlie Donk, Matt Tanner, Jason Barney, Paul Kinney, Jeff Cook, Mike Stelter, Joe Trenca, Etienne Girard, Tim Kelly, Kyle Dutcher, Steve Hutchinson Jr., Kory Gurney, Cory Sparks, Larry Wight, Tommy Wickham, Tyler Rand, Patrick Vigneault, Bobby Brenn.
(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS 20 LAPS) – KEVAN COOK, Mike Smith, Ryan Scott, Rob Keller, Chris Fleming, Glen Erwin, Jason Amidon, Lee Smeidy, Rich Keller, Lou LeVea, John West, Andy Keiffer, Greg Blair, Dan Searles, Mike Jones, Tim Fingar.
(BEAVER RIVER DISTRIBUTION MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – JEFF ISABELL JR., Mike Mullen, Joe Isabell, Tim Devendorf, Joe Garafolo, Gary Jeffries, Justin Williams, Nick Graziano, Rob Grzelka, Terry Lapham, Jeremy Isabell, Frank Sobotka, Ryan Blackburn, Jeff Blackburn, Doug Williams, Lane Bush, Lowell Zehr, Rick Demo, Zach Babcock, Steve Miller, Rick DeGroff, Kyle Demo, Kelly Skinner, Dave Brown, Josh DeSantis, Sam Usborne, Gary Sampo, Matt Magner.
(ANCHOR BAR & GRILL FOUR CYLINDER SUPPER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Aron Backus, Jessica Redhead, Zak Petrie, Lorraine Powelczyk, Sam Carista, Chad Dupra, Jock Symonds, Jeff Herbert, Bill Root, Sam Curcie, Richard Leahey, Levi Currier, Stephaine Seely, Peter, VanBuskirk, Jerry Curcie Jr., Wendall Washington, Jacoby Palmiteer, Bill Carista, Dan Dupra.