By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY – After nine weeks of close competition with no repeat winner, Matt Sheppard out of Waterloo, put an end to the different winners streak Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway.
Sheppard who started 10th, took the lead on lap 11, and then held off a late charge from Pat Ward to pick up the win in the exciting 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.
Drivers in not only the modifieds, but all divisions wanted to pass on their thanks to the track prep crew for the much improved track conditions that provided multi-groove racing on the brand new clay that was just recently put down.
Other winners on Tracey Road Equipment night were, Kevan Cook, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Tim Devendorf, Beaver River Distribution Mod Lites and Chuck Powelczyk, Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stocks.
Chris Hile and Ryan Bartlett led the tough Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified field down to starter Dave Farney’s green flag with Hile snagging the early advantage.
With 5 laps showing on the scoring tower, Hile, Steve Hulsizer and Willy Decker were having a tough fight up front with Bartlett and Mike Bowman right there in fourth and fifth.
While the battle was going on up front, Matt Sheppard who started 10th was working his way forward, as he was in the top-six by lap 6 running the extreme bottom of the speedway.
By lap 10, Hile was still setting the pace out front, but Sheppard was still picking cars off as he moved into second and drew in on Hile. Decker, Bartlett and Bowman battled for top-five spots. One lap later, lap 11, Sheppard was able to work his way by Hile to be scored the new leader of the race.
With 15 laps showing on the scoring tower, Sheppard was out front looking to runaway and hide from the rest of the field. Bartlett ran alone in second, with Hile, Decker and Matt Fink in a tight fight for third through fifth.
By lap 20 and no yellows to slow the field down, Sheppard built up over a straightaway lead over Bartlett. Behind the top-two, Hile, Fink, Chad Phelps, Willy Decker, Pat Ward and Jimmy Phelps used every inch of the speedway in a tight pack for third through eighth.
A yellow with less than 10 laps to go would erase the big lead Sheppard built up. This would put Bartlett, Ward who started 15th and was the quickest car on the track along with Sheppard, plus Fink and Hile in line for a shootout to the checkers.
Over the final laps, Sheppard who looked like he had a car that was going away but was able to hold on to be the first repeat winner. Ward could get within a couple car lengths of the winner would come home second followed by Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Bartlett and Matt Fink to round out the top-five.
Matt Sheppard talked about his win after exiting his F.X Caprara Chevrolet/ Xtreme Lubricants/ No.9s/Bicknell.
“Wow, it’s not very often I can say this car was off a little. It was a good thing we got to the front pretty quick, because it didn’t even feel like it had a right front tire on it at the end of the race, it just didn’t want to turn,” Sheppard said how he car was a handful in the closing laps.
“It’s been so tough here all year long. We got to the front and were able to hold on, you’ll take them anyway you can get them.”
“It really felt like the line I was running was going away. I really wanted to move around, but, it’s one of those deals where you lead for so long, you don’t want to move around too much and have somebody drive by you. It’s a tough decision to be in. I honestly feel if we would of moved around we could of got a little better. I was just trying to protect and hold on.” Finished up Sheppard about his win.
In the 20 lap Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modified feature the race came down the to the checkers. Kevan Cook looked to have the race in hand for an easy win till a late caution would put past feature winner Ryan Scott on Cook’s back bumper. Over the final laps Scott threw everything he had a Cook, but Cook was able to hold on for the narrow victory. Chris Fleming, Rob Keller and Rich Keller rounded out the top-five.
Whenever Tim Devendorf shows up to the Brewerton Speedway, he seems to end up in victory lane. Friday night was no different as he outran a tough field to win his sixth feature in six starts in the 2012 season. Gary Jeffries, Jeffrey Isabell, Rick Demo and Terry Lapham chased Devendorf across the line.
In the exciting 15 lap Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stock Feature, Chuck Powelczyk earned his 51st feature win in the division. Jessica Redhead, Zak Petrie, Colby Herzog and Jacoby Palmiteer finished second through fifth.
This coming Friday, July 13 NAPA and Eagle Beverage present Dig Safely New York 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 this Friday 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.
Tracey Road Equipment and the Brewerton Speedway are proud to announce Tony Stewart has been confirmed to be coming to the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon” Stewart will driving his Sprint Car in the first ever 410 Sprint race ever to be held at the Brewerton Speedway on Wednesday night, July 18 as the UNOH All-Star Circuit Of Champions Tour comes to town. Also on the race card will be the rapidly growing SUNY Canton Shootout.
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.
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – MATT SHEPPARD, Pat Ward, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Bartlett, Matt Fink, Chad Phelps, Chris Hile, Billy Decker, Steve Hulsizer, Rich Scagliotta, Chuck Bower, Willy Decker, Robbie Bellinger, Larry Wight, Mike Bowman, Peter Britten, Ryan Phelps, Jim Witko Jr., Roy Bresnahan, Tony Steiner, Mike Mahaney, Matt Hulsizer, Alan Johnson, Dan Vauter.
(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS 20 LAPS) – KEVAN COOK, Ryan Scott, Chris Fleming, Rob Keller, Rich Keller,Brandon Carvey, Brian Van Tassell, Mike Jones, Lou Levea, Dan Searles, Pat Chandler.
BEAVER RIVER DISTRIBUTION MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – TIM DEVENDORF, Gary Jeffries, Jeffrey Isabell, Rick Demo, Terry Lapham, Mike Mullen, Nick Graziano, Lowell Zehr, Doug Williams, Sam Usborne, Rob Grzelka, Steve Miller, Zach Babcock, Jeff Blackburn, Ricky Yelle, Lorrie Herbert, Jeremy Isabell, Joe Isabell, Russ Brown, Brian Bradshaw, Josh DeSantis, Justin Williams.
(ANCHOR BAR & GRILL FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Jessica Redhead, Zak Petrie, Colby Herzog, Jacoby Palmiteer, Chad Dupra, Bill Carista, Josh Cates-Bishop, Dan Dupra, Bill Root, Lorraine Powelczyk, Levi Currie, Sam Curcie, Sam Carista.