ELBRIDGE, N.Y. – Endurance paid off Thursday night for big-block modified racer Billy Decker, who claimed victory in the Stars & Stripes Summer Super Show presented by Dig Safely 811 Super DIRTcar Series 81-lap feature.
Determined not to make critical mistake twice, Billy Decker and the LJL Racing team came to the track Thursday, prepared for the challenging five-eighths-mile at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. In the previous round of the Super DIRTcar Series set at Cornwall Motor Speedway, Decker’s Gypsum Wholesalers No. 91 ride spun out halfway through the feature, giving the lead to Matt Sheppard.
“After that rookie mistake at Cornwall, I had to stick it out here,” Decker said during Victory Lane ceremonies in front of packed grandstands at Rolling Wheels early Friday morning. “We get our chins down once in a while, but we’ve got to keep them up. You need a win every once in a while, and it’s good to come back here to Rolling Wheels to get one.”
Decker started the race on the pole, but was outpaced at the green flag by Tim McCreadie in the No. 4*. A caution before the conclusion of the first lap gave Decker a second chance, and on the restart he grabbed the lead.
However, McCreadie’s ride cruised ahead Rolling Wheels and made it past Decker’s No. 91 on lap 91. McCreadie pulled further and further away from the rest of the field, darting around lapped cars.
McCreadie seemed to dominate the field, even after caution in laps 33 and 42 brought the field back together for double-file restarts. Decker followed from second, but couldn’t get enough speed on the straightaways to pass Decker.