By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY – One week ago at the Brewerton Speedway, Larry Wight felt the old TV show Wide World Of Sports saying, “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
On July, 28, Wight came within 7 laps of his second career 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified victory, only to get tangled up with a car he was trying to lap, ending his shot at the win.
Friday night, undaunted and on a mission , Wight took the lead on a restart on lap 19 and held off challenges from Steve Hulsizer and a furious last 3-laps charge from point leader Jimmy Phelps for the popular victory.
Other winners on Ingles Performance, Maple View Garage 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. The Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club were also in competition with Alley Amell, Norm Richardson and Steve Healey picking up class wins.
Ryan Bartlett and Willy Decker brought the 800 horse power, Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified field down to the green, with Decker grabbing the early, narrow advantage in the 35 lap feature.
By lap 5, Decker held a few car length advantage over Wight and Bartlett, with Tim Sears Jr. and Steve Hulsizer not far behind in fourth and fifth.
With 10 laps complete, Decker opened almost a straightaway lead over Wight, who ran alone in second. Behind the top-two, Bartlett, Sears, Hulsizer and Pat Ward fought for third through sixth.
On lap 15, Decker was still out front setting the pace, as Wight slightly started cutting into the leaders advantage. Bartlett, Hulsizer and Ward still showed on the scoring tower.
The yellow would fly on lap 18 when fifth place running Pat Ward suddenly slowed as he went to the pits, but would return.
When the green came back out, Wight took advantage of the restart as he bolted to the lead on lap 19. Matt Fink and Hulsizer also got by early leader Decker.
With 10 laps to go, Wight held onto a one-car advantage over Hulsizser and Jimmy Phelps who started deep in the field.
A quick yellow would wave on lap 26, setting up a 9 lap battle to the checkers.
Over the remaining laps, first Hulsizer would try everything he had to no avail to get by Wight. On lap 32, Phelps would move into second as he took off after Wight in a 3 lap, two-car charge to the checkers. Phelps would get close, but Wight hit his marks holding off the points leader to grab the big win. Steve Hulsizer, Matt Fink and Matt Sheppard finished third through fifth.
Wight talked about his strong win after parking his Gypsum Express/Tracey Road Equipment/ NAPA/Industrial Tire Of CNY/Stadium International Trucks/No.99L/Bicknell in victory lane after his second win of the year at the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon”.
“We’ve been having a string of bad luck every week it seems to be. Last week we thought we had it, but lapped cars got in the way. We were able to come back with another one,”
Wight then talked about his pass for the lead and the win.
“He (Willy Decker) kept choosing the bottom every time, and I thought the top was better. We had that one lap run and he got me back on the bottom. All the sudden he took the top on the restart and I knew we were in.”
Coming into Friday night, Kevan Cook knew he needed a strong run and finish ahead of Ryan Scott who he was tied with atop of the points in the Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds in his drive for a second straight track title. In the 20 lap feature, Cook grabbed the lead on lap 6 and never looked back in the dominating win. Jason Amidon, Dan Searles, Rob Keller and Ryan Scott finished second through fifth.
Coming into Friday night, Tim Devendorf had six win in just seven starts in the Beaver River Distribution Mod Lites. You can now make it seven wins in eight starts. Devendorf grabbed the lead on lap 17 when something went wrong on the front end of race long leader Lowell Zehr’s car. Once in the lead, Devendorf held off Jeff Isabell Jr., Rick Demo, Joe Isabell and Justin Williams at the finish.
Chuck Powelczyk put win number 54 in the record books in the Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stocks. Powelczyk grabbed the lead early on from Jessica Redhead and never looked back. Zak Petrie, Wendall Washington, Jessica Herbert and Jeff Herbert finished second through fifth.
In the wild Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club feature, Ally Amell passed Ray Preston at the start finish line by inches for the win. Amell, Norm Richardson and Steve Healey were division winners.
This coming Friday, August 10 Beam Mack presents a family fun night of racing. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Beaver River Distribution Mod Lites and the Original Pizza Logs 600 Sprint Tour will be making an appearance. The crowd pleasing One-On-One Spectator races will also hit the speedway.
Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stock competitors please make note you have the week off.
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) – LARRY WIGHT, Jimmy Phelps, Steve Hulsizer, Matt Fink, Matt Sheppard, Tim Sears Jr., Peter Britten, Ryan Phelps, Chad Phelps, Alan Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Robbie Bellinger, Matt Hulsizer, Mike Bowman, Chuck Bower, Jim Witko Jr., Dan Vauter, Rich Scagliotta, Chris Hile, Ryan Bartlett, Pat Ward, Joe August Jr., Rich Townsend, Willy Decker.
(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS 20 LAPS) – KEVAN COOK, Jason Amidon, Dan Searles, Rob Keller, Ryan Scott, Lou Levea, Rich Keller, Glenn Erwin, Andy Keiffer, Mike Jones, Chris Fleming, Tim Fingar, Phil Loosen, DNS Boyce Murtaugh, Lee Smeidy.
(BEAVER RIVER DISTRIBUTION MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – TIM DEVENDORF, Jeff Isabell Jr., Rick Demo, Joe Isabell, , Justin Williams, Lowell Zehr, Frank Sobotka, Jim Bogett, Mike Mullen, Russ Brown, Ricky Yelle, Rob Grzelka, Nick Graziano, Terry Lapham, Sam Usborne, Zach Babcock, Gary Sampo, Ryan Blackburn, Kelly Skinner, Lane Bush, Joe Garafolo, JJ Courcy, Rick DeGroff, Gary Jeffries, Dave Brown, Matt Magner.
(ANCHOR BAR & GRILL FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCKS 15 LAPS) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Zak Petrie, Wendall Washington, Jessica Redhead, Jeff Herbert, Mark Warner, Jock Symonds, Richard Leahey, Bill Carista, Bill Root, Sam Carista, Aron Backus, Kevin Dupra, Chad Dupra, Sam Curcie, Stephanie Seeley, Dan Dupra, Colby Herzog.
(MIDSTATE VINTAGE STOCK CAR CLUB CLASS WINNERS) – ALLEY AMELL, NORM RICHARDSON, STEVE HEALEY.