Mother Nature Puts A Damper On Mothers Day Weekend Racing Plans
By: Jeremiah Fish – May 7, 2006
BALDWINSVILLE, NY- The full slate of racing action across Central New York State were wiped out by Mother Nature, in an attempt to keep race fans of all persuasions at home with their mothers, instead of at their favorite local short tracks.
The first area track to fall victim to the rain was Friday night’s main attraction on the area dirt circuit, the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon”, Brewerton Speedway. The competition will return next week without ever losing stride, as the “Demon” will rise again with 5 divisions of racing slated to take to the clay-racing surface next Friday, May 19. Gates will open at 5:30 and the first green flag slated to drop for DIRT Modifieds, The Dean Hubbs IMCA Modified Memorial, Mod Lites, 4 Cylinder Stocks, & a 4 Cylinder Enduro at 7 PM sharp. Current point standings at the Brewerton Speedway are being hotly contested to this point in the season. Dirt Modified racing veteran Alan Johnson and his nativepoker.com 14J leads Billy Decker by a mere 2 points in the most up to date standing. Should be a tremendous fight in Brewerton next Friday night.
The following evening saw not one, but two, of the shows in the area fall victim to Mother Nature’s swift and powerful scorn. Apparently she doesn’t have a preference or sense of humor regarding the dirt versus asphalt argument either, as each of the shows scheduled for The Fulton and Oswego Speedways were called of due to unusually temperamental weather conditions. It was Ferris Industries Night at the Fulton Speedway. A full docket of Big Block Modifieds, Sportsman mods, Pro Stocks, Pure Stockers, & the 4 Cylinder Enduro’s were all swept away for this week. They will resume the points
Points battle next Saturday night with the racing firing of at 7pm. Alan Johnson leads the points at Fulton thus far, closely paced by Tim Fuller and Jimmy Phelps in the 99J through the race on May 6th, this battle is shaping up to be a good one and we’ll keep you posted to this, and all of the area points battles as they develop throughout the season.
Ten miles to the north at the historic Oswego Speedway, the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series was on hand to join the speed-addicted drivers of the Novelis Super-modifieds and the Pathfinder Band limited supers. The evening started off with dark cloud cover intermixed with the sun periodically peaking out from behind the ominous dark clouds from time to time, giving competitors and fans alike a slight glimmer of hope that the race would go down according to the schedule on this, the opening night, the 56th annual Coca-Cola Kickoff. Coca Cola has been the official soft drink of the Oswego Speedway for all 56 historic seasons of racing action at the “Steel Palace”. But once again, Mother Nature had other plans and sent everyone home early and unsatisfied, with out the rush that a fan can only get from the methanol fueled, lightning bolts known as the Super-modifieds. The early practice sessions were run and all of the heat races were completed before the rains decided to stick around long enough to bring the show down. The rain had been spitting and sputtering periodically, buy nothing serious enough for the Oswego Speedway officials to call it quits. The track safety crew at the speedway is known through out the Northeast as one of the best in the racing business for the way that they are always looking out for the drivers and often putting themselves on the line to ensure the safety and well being of the competitors who literally put it on the line every Saturday night at the 5/8 mile asphalt oval. While waiting out the rain delay, I had a chance to speak with 5th year super-modified racer Pat Lavery, pilot of the 99, car. Lavery and his brother Jeff & crew, had made a ton of changes to the Bob Hoefer, Burkes Home Centers, Scriba Meats, Jeff Lavery sponsored #99 super-modified during the off-season. “We made so many changes that there is a learning curve for us, we learned a little bit tonight, but it would be nice to get the feature in tonight.” Lavery had car builder Joe Hawksby Jr. in his pits for opening night, though it is not a Hawk chassis, to work with them on suspension and set up. Hawksby’s cars, most notably the 72, driven by track Champion Greg Furlong, have practically re-invented super-modified racing and brought the level of competition throughout the class to an entirely different level.
Heat winners, unofficially, due to the rain out were Chris Proud, Rob Pullen and Russ Brown for the Pathfinder Bank Limited Supers. In the Novelis Super-modifieds it was Tim Snyder (Hawk Chassis), Jerry Curran and Otto Sitterly (Hawk Chassis). In the USAC Ford Focus Midgets, winning heat race drivers were Brian Smith and Stephanie Stevens. Stevens would celebrate her graduation from college in the pits at the Oswego Speedway instead of with her fellow classmates on this night. Next up at the Oswego Speedway is a special event for race fans, two weeks from today, May 27. This one is a must see for any race fan, with a special start time of 4 PM, the Jim Shampine, Richie Evans & Tony White memorial races will be held. The racing will assuredly be superb from the Novelis Super-modifieds, Race of Champions Modifieds, and the Pathfinder Bank Limited Super-modifieds as they remember the fallen legends of their respective classes in these special, memorial races on Saturday May 27.
Next week we will be coming to you from the Cayuga County Fair Speedway. The competitors of the Patriot Sprints will be on hand, along with the Dirt Big Block Modifieds, Dirt Sportsman and Street Stocks. That will be on Sunday, May 21st at the Cayuga County Fair Speedway in Weedsport, NY. See you there.