By Dave Medler/Rich Vleck
BREWERTON, NY – After having a win last week basically taken away, Bryan Howland was fine admitting to his crew in Victory Lane: “We Got Lucky!”
Howland, the defending Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots Champion from Auburn, NY, scored the win at the tricky Brewerton Speedway for the second straight year on Friday Night in a thrilling 25-lap feature.
The two-time champion found himself in a four-car scramble for much of the A-Main with current Patriot point leader Jared Zimbardi, Bobby Breen and Trevor Lewis. The No. 51 was running third with four laps remaining, the perfect spot to be when Lewis and Breen came together running for the lead, sending both the back and giving Howland clean race track in front of him.
“I was just trying different lines in the feature because we just werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going anywhere running the same lines as the top guys,” noted “FlyinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Bryan” after the event. “We definitely lucked out tonight when Trevor and Bobby got together.
Even after inheriting the lead, the coast was not clear yet for the Filtrec Corporation entry. Zimbardi restarted right behind Howland and was ready to go at the drop of the final green flag. The No. 51 was up to the task though and would drive away.
It was the 11th ASCS Patriot win in the career of the 22-year-old. It also enabled him to take over the point lead in the A-Verdi King of CNY Standings and close back in on the overall point lead. Jared Zimbardi would keep that to a minimum though with another solid run.
Zimbardi would pick up second for the second year in a row at “The D-Shaped Dirt Demon”. The Bundle of Warmth No. 35 started fourth but quickly jumped up to second by lap three. On the ninth circuit he showed a wheel under Lewis for the lead and by lap 16 he was the leader at the line.
His time in front would be short-lived though as he slid up the track in turn one on the 17th lap and would quickly slip back to fourth.
The majority of the race consisted of the top four dicing it up through lapped traffic and for the lead. Lewis led all but one lap early on but it was clear that any one of the other three could beat him. Breen had shown his stuff early on by moving from 9th to 5th on the first lap, using his extra track knowledge acquired when he won the Four Laps of Fame Scramble Dash.
The moment of the race was clearly on the 22nd lap when Lewis and Breen came together. Bobby had began to put pressure on the No. 21L as the top four worked lapped traffic. After clearing Dave Wickham, Breen dove to the inside of turn one but slid through the slick portion of the track, making contact with Lewis, spinning both of them out. Lewis stalled his car while Breen was able to drive away but both would have to restart at the back for being involved in the caution. Breen would get back to 10th while Lewis would finish 11th.
Dan Kaszubinski recorded his top Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot A-Main finish in third. The local favorite missed the setup but was able to keep his No. 20 in the right direction to record a solid finish.
Chuck Hebing started in seventh, but a 360 spin in the fourth turn of the opening lap would send “Cobra” back to 17th. The all-time winningest Patriot would charge back up and somewhat turn his luck around by posting his first finish in over a month.
Don Adamczyk made his first trip to Brewerton count by rounding out the top-five. The No. 21 just beat local Jason Barney back to the line, as Barney charged up from 16th starting position.
Tommy Wickham rallied from an early spin to be the hard charger, moving up 13 spots for seventh while Josh Weller placed eighth in his first trip to Brewerton. Blake and Bobby Breen completed the top-10.
A total of 32 sprint cars entered the tight pits on a beautiful Friday evening. With improvements made to the facility, and a great track surface for the competitors, it was easy to see why the grandstands were filled.
Among the drivers with bad luck on the night was Bubba Broderick. The No. 5 started in 15th but was up to ninth on the second lap and was working on eighth when a mechanical failure forced him pit side for the remainder of the event.
Shawn Donath was quickest in hot laps but the rest of the night the No. 33 was plagued by a myriad of bad luck. Donath brought the car to the stop on the final lap of his heat, which he had command of. He then spun out in the B-Main and would fail to qualify.
While Tim Devendorf did not qualify his sprint, he did win the mod lite feature also run on the night.
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Brian Evenden led the opening 9-laps of the Xtreme Auto Recovery 20-lap IMCA Modified feature. Evenden was able to open a ten car length advantage on the field. Coming quickly from deep in the field were the heavy hitters of Kevan Cook, J.J Courcy and Tony Buffa Jr.
Just before halfway Cook in one bold move went from third to the lead of the race as Evenden and Courcy were in a tight battle for the runner up spot, Calvin Painter and Tony Buffa showed in the top-five.
Even in heavy traffic Cook was able to put a straightaway lead on the field. Just as it looked like Cook would cruise to the win the only caution of the feature came out with two to go. This put Courcy and Buffa right on Cook for the run to the finish. Cook was able to get a great restart to be the first under the checkers, Buffa nipped Courcy at the line for second. Jerry Beck and Calvin Painter rounded out the top-five.
“If we could do this at every track weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be all set,” Cook commented after his eighth Brewerton Speedway win of the year. “We seem to speed up as the track slows down, We have a pretty good slick track package going, the car just seems to shine when it gets slippery.”
In the 20 lap Beaver River Distribution ESDCA Mod Lite feature Rocco Leone grabbed the lead from Gary Jeffries on lap-five. Leone seemed to have the race in hand till lap 14 when he suddenly looped his car in turns three and four. That handed the lead to Tim Devendorf. Devendorf once in front led the final laps for his sixth win of the year. Gary Jeffries, Doug Williams, Joe Garafolo and Frank Sobotka chased Devendorf across the line.
“He was pretty fast and got high, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if he broke something?” Devendorf said about Rocco Leone losing the lead. “I guess his misfortune was good for me. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if we would of had something for him or not, but we were there.”
Coming into the night Stephen Denton and Chuck Powelczyk were tied for the points lead in the Tired Iron Repair 4-Cylinder Super Stocks. At the end of the 15 lap feature Powelczyk laned in victory lane. Denton, Jessica Herbert, Ethan Halsey and Wendall Washington rounded out the top-five.
Next Friday night July 17 it will be Military Appreciation Night featuring DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, Xtreme Auto Recovery IMCA Modifieds, Beaver River Distribution ESDCA Mod Lites, Tired Iron Repair 4-Cylinder Super Stocks and Gladiators. Gates open at 5:30 with racing at 7:30.
For more information please go online to www.brewertonspeedway.com. The track office number is 315-668-6906 with the race line reached at 668-RACE. Free parking and overnight camping are once again being offered.
(INGLES PERFORMANCE NIGHT RESULTS)
(Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Sprints 25-laps) – Bryan Howland, Jared Zimbardi, Dan Kaszubinski, Chuck Hebing, Don Adamczyk, Jason Barney, Tommy Wickham, Josh Weller, Blake Breen, Bobby Breen, Trevor Lewis, George Suprick, Mike Stelter, Scott Kreutter, Jared Fink, Dave Wickham, Joe August Jr., Gordy Button Jr., Bobby Podalak, Justin Barger, Bubba Broderick, Jeff Cook.
(Xtreme Auto Recovery IMCA Modifieds 20-laps) – Kevan Cook, Tony Buffa Jr., J.J Courcy, Jerry Beck, Calvin Painter, Brian Evenden, Pete Anderson, Larry Bezner, Tony Finch, Les Hubbard, Brandon Carvey, Dave Talbot, Coleen Finch, Jim Walsh, Mike Jones, Becca Eastman, Jason Amidon, Bill Anderson.
(Beaver River Distribution ESDCA Mod Lites 20-laps) – Tim Devendorf, Gary Jeffries, Doug Williams, Joe Garafolo, Frank Sobotka, Terry Lapham, Dave Trytek, Jeff Barker, Justin Crisafulli, Rocco Leone, John Behron, Nick Graziano, Jeff Blackburn, Lisa Thomas, Sam Usborne, Bruce Ackley, Jim Tuttle, Mike Bruce, Mike Mullen, Bruce Broedel, Ricky Yelle, Kelly Skinner, Andrew Schartner, Lowell Zehr, Rick Donovan, Jason Broedel.
Tired Iron Repair 4-Cylinder Super Stocks 15-laps) – Chuck Powelczyk, Stephen Denton, Jessica Herbert, Ethan Halsey, Wendall Washington, Randy Knight, Lorraine Powelczyk, Jerry Curcie Jr., Sam Curcie, Sam Carista, John Goldman, Aron Backus.