Matt Hulsizer Wins First Ever Modified Feature At The Brewerton Speedway; Larry Wight Takes Top Honors In The NAPA Modified Winners Classic
BREWERTON, NY – August 31, 2012 (By Dave Medler) – Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway the 2012 points season ended in exciting fashion. On the night there were first time winners and first time champions crowned on NAPA Season Championship/ Syracuse Crunch Night.
In the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature, Matt Hulsizer took the lead on a lap 9 restart and was never headed the rest of the way. The win was anything but easy for Hulsizer in his first full year in modified racing, as he had to hold of constant pressure late in the going from Rich Scagliottta and Chuck Bower for his first ever Brewerton Speedway win.
Other winners on the final points night were, Chris Fleming, Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modifieds, Jeff Isabell Jr., Beaver River Distribution Mod Lites and Stephen Denton Anchor Bar & Grill Four Cylinder Super Stocks. Larry Wight took the top spot in the first ever NAPA Modified Winners Classic for all the feature winners from 2012 season.
The SUNY Canton Sportsman made their second appearance this season that saw over forty-cars fill the pits. When the checkers flew it was rookie Ron Davis III taking the big win. With his victory, Davis secured the Sportsman pole for the Industrial Tire Of CNY 50 lap race to be run during the Friday night portion of the 27th Annual Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 Weekend By SUNY Canton September 28-29 at the Fulton Speedway.
Chris Hile and Ryan Bartlett brought the field down to the green with Hile snagging the early lead in the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature.
With 5 laps complete, Hile opened up a ten car length advantage as he was being chased by Bartlett, Matt Hulsizer , Rich Scagliotta and Dan Vauter.
A yellow would fly on lap 8 erasing the lead Hile had built-up. On the restart Hulsizer used the cushion to blast by Hile to be scored the leader on lap 9.
With 10 laps showing on the scoring tower, Hulsizer held a slight advantage over Hile. Behind the top-two, Chuck Bower, Scagliotta and Vauter were in a tight battle for top-five spots.
By lap 15, Hulsizer was still running the cushion to perfection as he opened a half a straightaway lead over Bower, Hile, Scagliotta, Vauter and Tim Sears Jr..
On lap 20, Hulsizer was on rails still on the top, as Bower and Sacgliotta were looking for ways to cut into the lead. Hile and Vauter still fought for position in the top-five.
With 10 laps to go, Hulsizer could see the back of the field as Bower started cutting into the lead. Just behind the top-two it was still Scagliotta, Hile and Vauter.
With 5 laps to go, Bower and Scagliotta caught Hulsizer setting up a three-way battle for the win. Over the remaining laps first Bower threw everything he had at Hulsizer. Then with 2 laps to go Scagliotta running the bottom gave it his all trying to get by Hulsizer. Hulsizer didn’t flinch as he was the first under the checkers for his first ever Brewerton Speedway win. Scagliotta, Bower, Hile and Vauter finished second through fifth. Chad Phelps, Alan Johnson, Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps and Pat Ward rounded out the top-ten.
After exiting his Thompson Road Tavern/Muddy Paws Dog Grooming/Chittenango/ No.55/Troyer, Hulsizer talked about his win in his first full season in the Big Block Modifieds.
“This is awesome. We’ve been struggling here all year, we’ve been strong but had some bad stuff happen. It’s a great way to end the season here.
“This is awesome,” said Hulsizer who also picked up a win at the Fulton Speedway earlier in the season. “This is one of the toughest race tracks to race at, with the best competition. My starting spot obviously helped.”
Hulsizer then talked about the pass for the lead on a restart and how he held everyone off. ” I thought Chris (Hile) was going to go outside on the restart, when he didn’t I was licking my chops. It had a lot of bite on the outside of three and four. I seen Rich (Scagliotta) under me once,” In the last 5 laps. ” Then I saw the flagger telling me I was spacing it out, so I eased off of it a bit just not to screw up. Then he told me they were catching me, so I picked it (the pace) back-up at the end.”
In the first ever NAPA Winners Classic for 2012 Modified feature winners paying $1,200 to the winner, Larry Wight picked up the big win in the 20 lap event to end the night. Wight took the lead on lap 4 from Ryan Phelps and then held off the best in the business for the popular win. Dan Vauter, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Ryan Phelps, Matt Sheppard, Alan Johnson, Matt Hulsizer, Robbie Bellinger and Willy Decker finished second through tenth.
John Scarborough led the opening 8 laps of the 25 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature before Kevin Ridley was able to inch by Scarborough on lap 9. One lap later Scarborough retook the lead before yellow would fly. On the restart , Scarborough came down on Ridley causing damage to Ridley’s front end ending his night. Officials put Scarborough to the rear of the field for the contact, he never rejoined the field and went pit side for the night.
When the green came back out, rookie and high school student, Ron Davis III took command of the race.
At the halfway point, Davis, Jim Spano and Tony Finch II waged a wild three-way fight for the top-three spots. Nick Guererri who started 22nd and Rocky Warner who came from 19th showed in the top-five.
With 10 laps to go Davis and Spano took off in a two-car breakaway at the front, while Guererri, Finch and Warner battled for position.
Over the remaining laps Spano could get close to Davis,till Davis started adjusting his driving style and was able to pull away unchallenged for the biggest win of his career. Spano, Guererri, Warner and Finch rounded out the top-five. Eric Giguere, Jim LaRock, Alan Fink, Matt Guererri and Rocco Leone completed the top-ten.
Not only was it the career highlight for Davis, but he also secured the pole position for the SUNY Canton Sportsman, Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman 50 on the Friday night portion of the 27th Annual Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 Weekend By SUNY Canton September 28-29 at the Fulton Speedway.
In the 20 lap Nationwide Insurance IMCA Modified Feature Chris Fleming took the lead on lap 3 and went on to his second win of the year. Jason Amidon, Ryan Scott, Rob Keller, and Dan Searles finished second through fifth. Rich Keller, Dane Keller Jr., John West, Glen Erwin, and Mike Jones completed the top-ten.
The story of the IMCA race was the battle for the track championship. Coming into the event, Kevan Cook held a 8 point advantage over Ryan Scott. On a lap 10 restart Cook got involved in an incident damaging his front end, sending him pit side for the night. With Ryan Scott’s third place finish and Cook’s 12th place finish, Scott was crowned the champion by 1 point over Cook.
Jeff Isabell Jr. took the lead from Joe Isabell on lap 9 and then went on to win his fifth feature of the year in the Beaver River Distribution Mod Lites. Points leader Mike Mullen, Lowell Zehr, Alan Fink and Doug Williams rounded out the top-five. Jeremy Isabell, Rick Demo, Terry Lapham, Nick Graziano and Sam Usborne completed the top-ten.
The Brewerton Speedway will swing back in action Thursday night, October 4th. When what the fans call “The Race Of The Week” when Ferris Mowers Presents the 20th SUNY Canton 100/ $10,000 to win for Modifieds. Also on the race card will be the Mod Lites.
Before then tickets are on sale for the 27th Annual Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 Weekend By SUNY Canton September 28-29 at the Fulton Speedway. For tickets, pit and camping passes and everything else you will need go to www.fultonspeedway.com . Once there click on the Outlaw 200 tab at the top of the page to find out everything you will for a great racing weekend.
For more information on the Outlaw 200 or the Hurricane 100 please contact Cory Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org . or call 315-593-6531.
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.
2012 BREWERTON SPEEDWAY TRACK CHAMPIONS:
TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS – JIMMY PHELPS
NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIFIEDS – RYAN SCOTT
ANCHOR BAR & GRILL FOUR CYLINDER SUPER STOCKS – ZAK PETRIE
BEAVER RIVER DISTRIBUTION MOD LITES – THEIR POINTS CONTINUE THROUGH THE OUTLAW 200 WEEKEND SEPT 28-29 AND THEIR PORTION OF THE HURRICANE 100 NIGHT OCTOBER 4TH.
(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS 35 LAPS) – MATT HULSIZER, Rich Scagliotta, Chuck Bower, Chris Hile, Dan Vauter, Chad Phelps, Alan Johnson, Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps, Pat Ward, Larry Wight, Matt Sheppard, Tim Sears Jr., Peter Britten, Ryan Phelps, Robbie Bellinger, Mike Mahaney, Mike Bowman, Jim Witko Jr., Willy Decker, Rich Townsend, Ryan Bartlett, Matt Fink.
(NAPA MODIFIED WINNERS CLASSIC 20 LAPS) – LARRY WIGHT, Dan Vauter, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Ryan Phelps, Matt Sheppard, Alan Johnson, Matt Hulsizer, Robbie Bellinger, Willy Decker.
(NATIONWIDE INSURANCE IMCA MODIIFEDS 20 LAPS) – CHRIS FLEMING, Jason Amidon, Ryan Scott, Rob Keller, Dan Searles, Rich Keller, Dane Keller Jr., John West, Glen Erwin, Mike Jones, Brian Van Tassell, Kevan Cook, Ken Rogers, Boyce Murtaugh.
(BEAVER RIVER DISTRIBUTION MOD LITES 20 LAPS) – JEFF ISABELL JR., Mike Mullen, Lowell Zehr, Alan Fink, Doug Williams, Jeremy Isabell, Rick Demo, Terry Lapham, Nick Graziano, Sam Usborne, Justin Williams, Ricky Yelle, Gary Sampo, Zach Babcock, Joe Garafolo, Jeff Blackburn, Kelly Skinner, Joe Isabell, Cody Fleming, Ryan Blackburn, Gary Jeffries, Frank Sobotka, Rick DeGroff.
(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 25 LAPS) – RON DAVIS III, Jim Spano, Nick Guererri, Rocky Warner, Tony Finch II, Eric Giguere, Jim LaRock, Alan Fink, Matt Guererri, Rocco Leone, Justin Crisafulli, Tom Keyes, Randy McCullough, Greg Mrzywka, Tim Schneider, Joe Kline, Corey Barker, Kyle Fink, Matt Emmons, Greg Gould, John Scarborough, Kevin Ridley, Jordan Bennett, Rocky Grasso.