By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY – Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for Ryan Phelps at the Brewerton Speedway.
Phelps who started ninth, was able to move into the top-five by lap 8 and from that point, the battle was on that saw four to five cars in contention for the win.
Phelps was able to grab the lead on lap 30 when he got by leader Robbie Bellinger . Once in the lead, the Big Red Towing/NAPA Auto Parts/ Tracey Road Equipment/ No.99 outdistanced the field for his second win of the season.
Other winners on Eagle Beverage/NAPA Auto Parts/Dig Safely NY Night were, Ryan Scott, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Mike Mullen, Beaver River Distribution Mod Lites and Chuck Powelczyk, Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stocks.
Jim Witko Jr. and Tony Steiner would pace the field down to Dave Farney’s green flag that saw Witko snag the early advantage in the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature. Witko’s lead would be short-lived, as Peter Britten would blast around Witko and in to the lead on lap 2.
By lap 5, Britten was setting a quick pace out front that saw him open a quarter of a straightaway lead over Matt Hulsizer, Witko, Robbie Bellinger and Steve Hulsizer.
With 10 laps showing on the scoring tower, Britten was still out front riding the top of the speedway. Bellinger, Ryan Phelps, Steve Hulsizer and Matt Hulsizer were locked in a tight battle for second through fifth.
By lap 15, Britten started catching the back of the field as Bellinger, Ryan Phelps and Jimmy Phelps who started twelfth tired to close the gap on the Britten.
On lap 20, Britten, Bellinger, Ryan Phelps and Jimmy Phelps were in a four-car breakaway as they tried to leave the rest of the field and decide amongst them.
With 10 laps to go, Britten still led, but by that point he was feeling the pressure from Bellinger, as he kept working his was under Britten. On lap 26, Bellinger was able to work his way by to scored the new leader.
Once in the lead Bellinger had no time to relax as he started getting a challenge from Ryan Phelps almost as soon as he got the lead.
With 5 laps to go, Phelps made a great move exiting turn-four as he darted by Bellinger and into the lead. Over the remaining laps, Phelps was on rails as he distanced himself away from the field to be the first under the checkers. Jimmy Phelps, Matt Sheppard who started eighteenth , Peter Britten and Robbie Bellinger rounded out the top-five.
“We were on fire at the beginning of the year, somewhere in the middle we kind of lost it. It’s seems like just lately we have been getting things going again,” Said Phelps about how his team is starting to put it back together again and being in contention where ever they race. “We’re down to one car right now and it’s kind of hurting our stuff. The crew has really been working their butt off. I got to thank Barry, Ryan, Ed, Greeny and those guys, they just slave on this thing. I’m teaching summer school. I get over there and there when I can, they are the ones putting in the most time, it’s good to win for them.”
“I had something going on with my brakes. I don’t know if they were locking up or not, it was giving me a wicked brake push. It made me shoot right up the race track a lot more than I wanted, ” Phelps said about not only fighting the competition and the race track, but also his own car.
Phelps talked about his pass for the lead and the win.
“Robbie(Bellinger) was running a pretty good line. I think I was getting to the brown a little quicker than he was on this end,” (turn one). He was entering a little bit higher than I was (turn three) I was getting good runs in the middle. I just timed it up, and I just shot under him and kind of sealed him off. He was running real good it was a good race, it’s fun to run here.”
In the 20 lap Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modified feature, Jason Amidon and Ryan Scott had a battle royal over the second half of the race that saw Scott pick up the win. Rob Keller, Kevan Cook and Rich Keller rounded out the top-five. Brandon Carvey, Chris Fleming, Dan Searles, Brian Van Tassel and Lee Smeidy completed the top-ten.
In the exciting 20 lap Beaver River Distribution Mod Lite feature Mike Mullen came from the ninth starting spot to pick up the popular win. Mullen in the hard fought race, didn’t grab the lead from race long leader Joe Garafolo till lap 16. Joe Garafolo, Gary Jeffries, Jeff Isabell Jr. and Matt Magner rounded out the top-five.
Chuck Powelczyk took the lead on lap 6 of the 15 lap Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stock feature and never looked back for his 52nd carrer win at the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon”. Jacoby Palmiteer, Zak Petrie, Chad Dupra and Wendall Washington chased Powelczyk across the line.
This coming Wednesday night July 18, Tracey Road Equipment presents Tony Stewart Night at the Brewerton Speedway as he will be strapping into his own 410 Sprint Car to take on the UNOH All-Stars Circuit Of Champions best.
Don’t expect Stewart to just come in and make an appearance. Every time “Smoke” straps into his sprinter he races to win. He recorded a victory previously against the UNOH All-Star Sprint Series and in 2011 captured his first ever World of Outlaw Sprint Car feature event. His roots are in non-winged sprint cars in his native Indiana. While obviously an accomplished NASCAR driver, Stewart is at home on dirt and at dirt race tracks around the country.
Also on the race card will be the SUNY Canton Sportsman Shootout. A large field of cars is expected for this huge event.
Adult general admission tickets are priced at just $25. Students aged 10 – 16 are $10, with all those 9 and Under Free of charge. With ticket sales expected to be brisk, pre-sale tickets are available by calling 315-668-6906. All tickets are general admission. For additional information, log onto www.brewertonspeedway.com, follow the track on Facebook and Twitter, or e-mail track Marketing Director Cory Reed at [email protected] More information on this blockbuster event will be released as it is made available.
This coming Friday, July 20 Syracuse Haulers presents Shriner and Masons 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.
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 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
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – RYAN PHELPS, Jimmy Phelps, Matt Sheppard, Peter Britten, Robbie Bellinger, Matt Hulsizer, Rich Scagliotta, Roy Bresnahan, Billy Decker, Pat Ward, Mike Mahaney, Alan Johnson, Chuck Bower, Steve Hulsizer, Matt Fink, Dan Vauter, Mike Bowman, Chad Phelps, Chris Hile, Tim Sears Jr., Willy Decker, Dave Rauscher, Larry Wight, Ryan Bartlett, Tony Steiner, Jim Witko Jr..
(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS 20 LAPS) – RYAN SCOTT, Jason Amidon, Rob Keller, Kevan Cook, Rich Keller, Brandon Carvey, Chris Fleming, Dan Searles, Brian Van Tassell, Lee Smiedy, Phil Loosen, Brandon Blair, Andy Keiffer, Mike Jones, Jeff Cardinale, Tim Fingar, Pat Chandler.
(BEAVER RIVER DISTRIBUTION MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – MIKE MULLEN, Joe Garafolo, Gary Jeffries, Jeff Isabell Jr., Matt Magner, Joe Isabell, Lowell Zehr, Rick Demo, Ricky Yelle, Sam Usborne, Terry Lapham, Nick Graziano, Sterling Miller, Russ Brown, Lane Bush, Rob Grzelka, Justin Williams, Zach Babcock, Dave Brown, Lorrie Herbert, Jeremy Isabell, Kelly Skinner, Doug Williams, Josh DeSantis.
(ANCHOR BAR & GRILL FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCKS) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Jacoby Palmiteer, Zak Petrie, Chad Dupra, Wendall Washington, Sam Curcie, Jim Money, Lorraine Powelczyk, Sam Carista, Jessica Redhead, Josh Cates-Bishop, Bill Carista, Bill Root, Richard Leahey, Kevin Dupra, Colby Herzog, Dan Dupra, Levi Currier, Stephanie Seely.