By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY – Jimmy Phelps out of Baldwinsville, NY is a man on a mission in the 2012 season. Phelps wants to regain the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified Track Championship that he won in the 2010 season.
Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway, Phelps charged from the sixteenth starting spot to take the lead from Larry Wight on lap 23, and from there put his J&B Installations, No.99j, Troyer in victory lane in the exciting 35 lap feature.
Other winners on Ferris Mowers, One Small Step For Prader-Willi Syndrome Night were, Jerry Lobdell Jr., Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Joe Garafolo, Beaver River Distribution ESDCA Mod Lites and Zak Petrie, Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stocks.
Joe August Jr. and Dan Vauter led the 28 car starting field down to the green flag, with August grabbing the lead on the opening lap of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified Feature.
As the first lap was completed, Alan Johnson slowed on the back straight as his car saw the drive shaft break ending his night.
With 5 laps complete, August built up a few car length advantage over Larry Wight, with Ryan Bartlett, Vauter and Tim O’Brien right in the battle.
On lap 8, using the cushion, Wight was able to blast by August to be scored the new leader.
By lap 10, Wight was able to start putting distance between him and August, as Bartlett, O’Brien and Jimmy Phelps showed in the top-five.
On lap 15, Wight started reeling in back markers with August running alone in second. Phelps, Bartlett and O’Brien fought for third through fifth.
With 20 laps showing on the lap counter, Wight, Phelps and August ran nose to tail, as they not only battled for the lead, but tried getting through slower cars putting them a lap down.
With Wight running the top-side in the lead, Phelps was able to bottle-up the leader behind a car, then diving to the bottom to be scored the new leader on lap 22.
With 10 laps to go, Phelps was able to start putting cars between him and the rest of the top-five and looked to be heading to the easy win till a caution with two-laps to go.
When the green came back out, Phelps was not to be denied as he outran Matt Sheppard to the checkers. Ryan Bartlett, Joe August Jr. and Ryan Phelps finished third through fifth.
“We had that long green run and I didn’t even know who was leading,” said Jimmy Phelps from SUNY Canton Victory Lane.” Larry (Wight) looked like he was going pretty well so I figured he was the leader. Fortunately he got pinned up there on the top with a lapped car; we were able to sneak underneath him. What an excellent racecar we had tonight.”
“I got to thank all my guys for all their hard work, Doug Holmes and his guys at Finger lakes Machine and everybody at Troyer.”
In the Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, JJ Courcy grabbed the lead on lap 3 and was on rails leading the till lap 13 when Chris Fleming was able to use a back marker as a pick to be scored the new leader on lap 14. A restart with two to go showed Fleming breaking losing the lead and the win. Jerry Lobdell Jr. took advantage putting his No. 77 in victory lane. Ryan Scott, Kevan Cook, Rob Keller and Becca Eastman chased the winner across the line.
Gary Jeffries led the opening 5 laps of the 20 lap Beaver River Distribution ESDCA Mod Lite Feature till Mike Mullen took over the top spot on lap 6. While Mullen was out front, Joe Garafolo was working his way forward running down and passing Mullen on lap 12. Once in the lead Garafolo was the first under the checkers. Mullen, Sterling Miller, Gary Jeffries and Nick Graziano finished second through fifth.
Zak Petrie took the lead on the wild opening lap of the 15 lap Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stock Feature. Once in the lead Petrie out ran Tim Dunn, Wendall Washington, Chad Dupra and Richard Leahey to the win.
This coming Friday night, May11, Colosse Cheese Store presents, McDonalds Family Fun Night and Mothers Day Salute. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Beaver River Distribution ESDCA Mod LItes and Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stocks.
Gates will open 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 is $27 for competitors – $30 Non-Competitors.
Any questions about the season please contact Cory Reed at (315) 638-4056 or by e-mail at [email protected] with all your questions.
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) – JIMMY PHELPS, Matt Sheppard, Ryan Bartlett, Joe August Jr., Ryan Phelps, Larry Wight, Mike Bowman, Billy Decker, Chris Hile, Tim O’Brien, Chuck Bower, Roy Bresnahan, Tom Sears Jr., Robbie Bellinger, Matt Fink, Pat Ward, Tony Steiner, Willy Decker, Peter Britten, Tim Sears Jr., Rich Scagliotta, Mike Mahaney, Jim Witko Jr., Dan Vauter, Matt Hulsizer, Chad Phelps, Pat O’Brien, Alan Johnson.
(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS 20 LAPS) – JERRY LOBDELL JR., Ryan Scott, Kevan Cook, Rob Keller, Becca Eastman, Rich Keller, Dan Searles, Jeremy Lacore, Andy Kieffer, Chris Fleming, JJ Courcy, John West, Pat Chandler, Brandon Carvey, Brian Van Tassell, Mike Jones, Jason Amidon.
(BEAVER RIVER DISTRIBUTION ESDCA MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – JOE GARAFOLO, Mike Mullen, Sterling Miller, Gary Jeffries, Nick Graziano, Rick Demo, Terry Lapham, Rob Grezelka, Jim Bogett, Russ Brown, Sam Usborne, Gary Sampo, Bruce Brodel, Kelly Skinner, Cody Fleming, Lorrie Herbert, Jeremy Isabell, Lane Bush, Ricky Yelle, Lowell Zehr, Joe Isabell (DNS)
(ANCHOR BAR & GRILL FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – ZAK PETRIE, Tim Dunn, Wendall Washington, Chad Dupra, Richard Leahey, Jacob Gagnon, Bill Carista, Colby Herzog, Stephanie Seeley, Bill Root, Jeff Herbert, Jessica Redhead, Keith Shay.