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CNYM Exclusive: Good Points Night for Sears, Ward, Davis and Wight – Quotes n’ Notes from the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series St. Lawrence Radiology 100 at Weedsport

By CAMDEN PROUD

It has been quite some time since Brewerton and Fulton Speedway regular Tim Sears Jr. ventured from his nearby Hastings, N.Y. residence over to the Weedsport Speedway.

Tonight Sears brought the Scott Jeffrey Performance No. 83x to the Cayuga County oval for DIRTcar 358 Modified Series action in the Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party and it proved to be a venture that paid off for the four time Fulton winner this season.

Ahead of what Sears believed to be his first trip to Weedsport in four or five years, he started his day out with a heat win, resulting in a second row inside go point for the 100-lap main event.

Sears battled Todd Root and Pat Ward for second from the drop of the green to the bitter end, holding on for the runner up effort which will surely help his case in 358 Series points.

Notably, Timmer was just fifteen points out of the lead prior to Wednesday night’s race, with only Steve Bernard, Larry Wight, and Steve Bernier ahead of him. As it turned out, Sears beat all three of those drivers, and should likely be declared the new points leader approaching Thursday night’s Hurricane 100 at the Brewerton Speedway.

“As far as points and stuff this helps because we are right in it, but to come here and run second feels pretty good,”offered Sears. “We haven’t run here in about four years actually, even though this place is local, so it’s nice to come out and run well.”

Early on it looked as if Sears may have something for an otherwise dominant Erick Rudolph in terms of battling for the lead, but changing track conditions and lapped traffic made things challenging at the end.

“The track really changed at the end,”mentioned Sears. “It started to get really black on the bottom and then the cushion was starting to get sort of heavy. It was hard to run up there so it was kind of ride around and hope we make it to the end, but this was a very good night. Excellent.”

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If there was a consistency award for Northeast Modified races held within the past few weeks, Pat Ward would certainly be in contention for it. Less a pair of not so spectacular runs in the Mohawk 100 at Fonda Speedway or perhaps last week’s Outlaw 200 at Fulton, Ward has welcomed a bit of a hot streak lately.

Last month, he nearly won his first Super DIRTcar Series race in over a decade at the Brewerton Speedway, only to lose in lapped traffic to Matt Sheppard with less than five laps to go.

The Genoa Giant continued that weekend with a win at Fonda on Saturday and a podium finish at Five Mile Point Speedway on Sunday, before returning to Fonda a week later and finishing 11th, then bringing the 42p home with another 11st place result in the Outlaw last weekend.

Tonight, Ward lead the first 15 laps of the St. Lawrence Radiology 100 before surrendering the lead to Rudolph in lapped traffic, but that wasn’t the story.

Ward battled Sears back and forth, restart by restart, for the second position, but it wound up being a battle he lost in the late stages of the race.

With 25 laps to go, Sears took second place back from a fading Ward, who said he was lucky just to simply finish tonight’s main event following a broken spring rod, which plagued his efforts late in the race.

“With about 15 or 20 to go, the car started bottoming out on us,” mentioned Ward.”I think we broke a spring rod so we were very fortunate to hang on. We had a decent car and I started to come back up on Timmer (Sears) for a minute there and thought we may have something for him, but it wasn’t to be.”

Before the yellow flag on lap 75, after running third for much of the race, Ward was able to slip back under Sears for second and even began to chase down Rudolph for a moment, but the caution flag and a parts failure halted his charge.

“I thought I was winding Erick down pretty good before the last yellow, but that was right before the rod broke,” Ward explained. “That messed us up pretty good. It definitely threw me off a little bit. We were really lucky just to get it over the finish line tonight.”

Before Weedsport, Ward sat seventh in DIRTcar 358 Modified Series points, a relatively manageable fifty out of contention for the lead. He was able to finish ahead of five of the six cars ahead of him in the race for the championship, with the exception of Sears.

Port Points

An encouraging count of 45 DIRTcar 358 Modifieds checked in for racing as part of the first satellite show of Super DIRT Week…

Chad Brachmann was fast qualifier for the evening with his beautiful bright yellow No. 3B…

Winners of the five heat races were less than surprising in Ward, Root, Sears, Rudolph, and Wight…

Notable DNQ’s from consolation action included Alan Johnson and Ryan Bartlett…

Consis were won by Danny Creeden and Matt Sheppard…

Sheppard later had a parts failure in the Beyea Custom Headers 121, ending his day at lap 30…

Brett Hearn struggled in the feature and pulled in before lap 50…

Jessey Mueller had charged from the back of the pack to fifth, only to go back to the rear with 25 laps to go due to a flat tire…

Root had himself a rather impressive run going. The many-time Sportsman winner was mixing things up in the top five all night long before things went south on the No. 15 prompting him to pull pitside with about 25 laps remaining…

Rocky Warner ended his day early with 20 laps left on the board. It is unclear why he went to the pits…

Ryan Susice and Billy Whittaker both had fine top ten runs going before tangling in turn 4 with just seven laps remaining. Both cars were toed back to their haulers…

Rob Bellinger drove his ass off for an eye opening run from 29th to 8th with the No. 2 car…

Fonda Speedway superstar Bobby Varin put the Palmer’s Service Center 76 inside the top ten with a solid sixth place effort…

Small Block regular Lance Willix looked very competitive early on with the 31, but faded to 11th later in the race…

‘Wild Man’ Roy Bresnahan put a very nice run together, driving from 17th to a 9th place result to start his Super DIRT Week for the No. 02 team…

Ron Davis III charged from twelfth to an impressive 4th place finish in the Joe Abbass owned No. 97…

358 series points leader heading into the evening Steve Bernier put together a hard fought 10th place finish in a rare Weedsport run for the Canadian…

Third place in points, Steve Bernard, finished 12th with the No. 54…

Carey Terrance, who was fourth in points, pulled in very early and was only credited with 27th place, sure to hurt his chances at the championship…

With only two races remaining, it appears as if Sears, Wight, Ward, Willix and Rudolph will make up the top five in the points race, unofficially…

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