Reakes’ Lucky Week Winds Up Town Mechanical 30 Sportsman Victory
Syracuse, NY – October 7, 2007 – By Chris Dolack, DIRTcar Racing PR
There’s always a little luck needed to wind up in victory lane, and for Sammy Reakes IV it came in the form of a four-leaf clover he found after his first practice session during Super DIRT Week festivities this week at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Reakes went from being one of the slowest cars in practice to winning the pole and dominating the Town Mechanical 30 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship feature on the 1-mile high-speed oval after picking up the lucky charm and keeping it safely in his driver’s suit the rest of the weekend.
Reakes’ victory makes him the ninth different winner in nine Super DIRT Week Sportsman events.
“This is awesome,” said Reakes, of Fulton, N.Y., who turned 20 on Friday when he won the pole for Sunday’s main event. “Coming into this weekend I was just hoping we were going to qualify for the race. I wasn’t expecting this at all. This is a dream come true.
“I was sitting there Friday before qualifying and I found this four-leaf clover and I had it in my pocket the entire weekend. I wasn’t looking for it, I just found it. I was slow car in practice. I found this and we’ve been phenomenal ever since. It’s been in my pocket falling apart. I made sure it was there before I went out.”
A fourth generation driver, Reakes is the first from his family to find victory lane at Syracuse. His crew includes dad and uncle.
“It’s so awesome,” Reakes said. “My uncle Sam, he was always so close. Qualifying on the pole I thought was a good enough present for this weekend. To finally get my name in the books, the way this year was going, I was ready to chalk it up as a loss. This is an awesome way to end it.”
After winning the pole, Reakes jumped out fast time and again during the 30-mile race. Seven cautions bunched the field with runner-up Chris Higgins trying to push to the front each restart. One the final restart with five to go, Reakes blocked Higgins and powered down the frontstretch.
“It seemed like we were never going to get it over with the cautions out there,” Reakes said. “I had a couple of close restarts with Chris. He kept jumping me there and I just gave him a nerf bar on the last one. I was kind of getting sick of it towards the end. I just gave him the nerf bar, moved him up out of the groove and said, ‘I’ll see you later.’”
Reakes didn’t look back until he crossed the scales and started the celebration in front of the massive New York State Fairgrounds grandstands.
Chris Hile wound up third with Kyle Weiss and John McClelland rounding out the top five.
Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series leader Joe Williams, a two-time winner during Super DIRT Week this year at Can-Am Motorsports Park and Rolling Wheels Raceway, finished 26th in the 35-car field.
Weiss, of Hambury, Pa., was the Camping World Rookie of the Race while Glenn Hiski captured the P&M Fabrication Hard Charger Award after starting 28th and finishing 8th. Reakes, who led all 30 laps, grabbed the Dig Safely New York Halfway Leader award.
Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series Race #12 –New York State Fairgrounds, Oct. 7, 2007 “Town Mechanical Inc. Super DIRT Week Sportsman Championship” Event Summary
FIN STR CAR# DRIVER LAPS $WON$
1 1 17K Sammy Reakes IV / Fulton,NY 30 4,000
2 3 19H Chris Higgins / Syracuse,NY 30 2,000
3 8 5J Chris Hile / Syracuse,NY 30 1,000
4 13 16X Kyle Weiss / Hambury,PA® 30 700
5 2 44 John McClelland / Martinsville,NJ 30 500
6 6 79 Michael Storms / Wantage,NJ 30 400
7 14 18H Todd Henderson / Canandaigua,NY 30 350
8 28 02 Glenn Hiski / Bridgewater,NJ® 30 300
9 17 0 Jipp Ortiz / Ransomville,NY 30 275
10 19 17T Todd Town / Jordan,NY® 30 250
11 27 280 Justin Holland / Kauneonga Lake,NY 30 240
12 16 58 Scott Schrader / Shortsville,NY 30 230
13 21 35 Matt Harrell / Elmer,NJ® 30 220
14 34 6J Alan Fink / Central Square,NY® 30 210
15 20 18V Danny Varin / Sharon Springs,NY® 30 200
16 30 99 Larry Wight / Phoenix,NY® 30 200
17 36 2p John Juhl / Auburn,NY 30 200
18 29 1/64 Andy Miller / Schuylkill Haven,PA 30 200
19 26 2K Rob Knapp / St.Catharines,ONT® 30 200
20 11 22 Jeremy Wilder / Fort Plain,NY® 30 200
21 31 777 Tyler McPherson / St.Catharines,ONT® 30 200
22 9 20X Kevin Ridley / Geneva,NY® 27 200
23 35 10 Tim Currier / Auburn,NY 27 200
24 5 14 Jeremy Pitcher / Fulton,NY 24 200
25 18 44Z Jessica Zemken / Sprakers,NY 21 200
26 23 19 Joe Williams / Scotia,NY 21 200
27 15 4SL Bobby Hentschel / Pine Bush,NY® 21 200
28 12 23 John McAuliffe / Ballston Lake, NY 20 200
29 7 87 Shawn Donath / South Onondaga,NY 19 200
30 25 7A Allan Blanchard / Fenwick,ONT 13 200
31 22 66 Dan Wiesner / Geneva,NY® 12 200
32 10 08 Mark D'Ilario / Smithville,ONT 9 200
33 4 220 John Ferrier / Middletown,NY 9 200
34 24 5 Dave Dykstra / Pt.Colborne,ONT® 7 200
35 33 99P Greg Panunte / Port Colborne,ONT 6 200
DNS 32 71 Mike Bowman / St.Catharines,ONT® --- ---
LAP LEADER: Reakes (1-30).
CAUTIONS: 7 (lap 8, lap 9, lap 10, lap 17, lap 20, lap 21, lap 26).
ELAPSED TIME: 41 mins. 27 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 43.434 mph.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.859 secs.
CAMPING WORLD ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Kyle Weiss.
DIG SAFELY NEW YORK HALFWAY LEADER: Sammy Reakes IV.
P&M FABRICATION HARD CHARGER: Glenn Hiski.
GATER RACING NEWS BEST APPEARING CAR: #35 - Matt Harrell.
NYSSCA 'TOP MEMBER' AWARD: Danny Varin.
MAGNUM FORCE PEST ELIMINATION HARD LUCK AWARD: Jeremy Pitcher.
P&M FABRICATION POLE WINNER: Sammy Reakes IV (32.467 sec/110.882 mph).
MOTORSPORTS SAFETY SYSTEMS OUTSIDE POLE WINNER: John McClelland (32.918 sec/109.363 mph).
DIG SAFELY NEW YORK LAST CHANCE QUALIFIERS: Allan Blanchard, Rob Knapp.
RACE ROOKIES®: 15.
CARS ENTERED: 57.
Action during the 18th Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Series continues in October with Black Rock Speedway hosting round number 13 this coming Saturday, Oct. 13. The season finale for teams contending for the overall Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship is slated for Oct. 20 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y.
2007 Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series Schedule
DAY-DATE LAPS TRACK LOCATION/WINNER
Fri-Jul 6 30 Brewerton Speedway Alan Fink
Mon-Sep 3 30 Rolling Wheels Raceway Todd Henderson
Fri-Sep 7 50 Ransomville Speedway Joe Williams
Sat-Sep 8 50 Merrittville Speedway Joe Williams
Fri-Sep 14 30 Can-Am Motorsports Park Joe Williams
Sat-Sep 15 44 Canandaigua Speedway Joe Williams
Sat-Sep 22 30 Rolling Wheels Raceway Chris Higgins
Fri-Sep 28 30 Fulton Speedway Joe Williams
Sat-Sep 29 50 Humberstone Speedway Mike Bowman
Wed-Oct 3 30 Can-Am Motorsports Park Joe Williams
Fri-Oct 5 30 Rolling Wheels Raceway Joe Williams
Sat-Oct 6 30 New York State Fairgrnds Sammy Reakes IV
Sat-Oct 13 55 Black Rock Speedway Dundee, NY
Sat-Oct 20 50 Orange Co Fair SpeedwayMiddletown,NY
*All events subject to change.
The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.