BROCKVILLE, Ontario – Billy Decker sped ahead at Brockville Ontario Speedway Sunday, to claim his second Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified win of the season.
“We drew good, lucky there. We had a pretty good car early,” said Decker, who drew second for Sunday’s 100-lap feature after finishing second in his heat race. “I was able to fend everyone off – stayed in line and tried to carry enough speed to hold everybody back, yet keep a right rear tire on the car.”
Decker and his fellow competitors faced a challenging track Sunday, and after two straight days of racing in the 100 Islands RV Centre Fall Nationals, tire maintenance became a central part of the racing strategy at Brockville Ontario Speedway.
Starting in the front row next to LJL Racing teammate Larry Wight, Decker was able to power off the high side to an initial lead. Brett Hearn, who started on the outside of the second row, also found speed off the outside to pass Gary Tomkins and Wight for second.
Decker raced ahead of Super DIRTcar Series point leader Brett Hearn, trying to put some distance between his Gypsum Wholesalers No. 91 and Hearn’s Madsen Motorsports No. 20. Behind them, Wight, Tomkins and Dave Rauscher rounded out the top five while Danny Johnson sat in seventh, hoping to get a crack at the top spot.
Johnson worked his way forward in lap 10, maneuvering around the No. 151 of Brian McDonald to claim sixth and setting his sights on Rauscher in fifth. Meanwhile, Decker soon approached traffic at the rear of the field, lapping Tim O’Brien in lap 11. Heavy lapped traffic on the tight three-eighths-mile oval slowed Decker down, allowing Hearn to chip away at Decker’s lead, but an undaunted Decker stayed ahead.
In lap 13, Johnson broke into the top five with a move around Rauscher. Decker cruised past Rich Scagliotta, putting both more distance and more lapped traffic between himself and Hearn in second.
While much of the field struggled to make passes in a field now laden with lapped cars, Johnson continued his progression forward, taking on Wight in lap 20 to claim third place. Decker stayed steady on the inside groove, taking lapped cars low in the track. Wight pulled up to challenge Johnson from the inside in lap 30, with Planck simultaneously challenging Wight from fifth. However, none were able to gain enough ground to make a pass.
Billy VanInwegen slowed in lap 33, but was able to pull off the track soon enough to keep conditions green. However, when the No. 66x of Carey Terrance broke in turn 3 of lap 36, the yellow flag waved and brought the field back together for a restart.
Decker lead off the double-file restart, not allowing Hearn to make a run for first from the front row. Johnson followed in third and Planck sped past Wight for fourth. Soon after, the yellow lights turned back on as Yan Bussiere spun in lap 44.
Once again, Decker stayed strong off the restart, keeping the top spot, followed by Hearn in second and Johnson in third. Further back in the field, Billy Dunn, who started twelfth, was gaining positions, passing Steve Bernard and Tomkins in one fell swoop for the seventh spot.