SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Super DIRT Week’s Sowle Trailer Sales sponsored “Friday Night Lights” program was long but interesting with 358 modifieds, big-block modifieds and sportsman on the card.
Ronnie Johnson led the field to the green for the first of two 358 modified qualifiers but front row companion Carey Terrance jumped the start and led the race flag to flag.
Johnson, who had expected the start to be called back, made a run on him on a lap 12 restart but had to settle for second ahead of Tim McCreadie, seventh starting Billy Decker, Tim Sears Jr. and Brett Hearn. Larry Wight, J.R. Heffner, Jeff Sykes and Alain Boisvert rounded out the top 10.
Round two was much more exciting, with polesitter Chris Raabe leading Marc Johnson all the way to a lap 18 restart when the youngster blew by him as Raabe’s car slowed. But the story of the night was Stewart Friesen, who tagged the field after changing engines and charged around the outside of the Syracuse mile to third behind Johnson and Matt Williamson.
Friesen, who was aided by a trio of yellows that kept the field closed up, was trailed by Billy Dunn, series point leader Eric Rudolph, Pat Ward, Kenny Tremont Jr., Willy Decker, Tim Fuller and Andy Bachetti.
Wins in the Triple 10s for sSportsman were then shared by Brett Wright, Jeremy Pitts and Mathieu Desjardins.
Attention then turned to the evening’s premier events — the Triple 20s for big-block modifieds.
Stewart Friesen, who turned fast-time Thursday, blasted off from the pole in the opener and disappeared into the night as front row companion Jeff Rockefeller dropped back through the field.
Billy Decker ran second until his engine went up in smoke, promoting Matt Billings to second, but another late race restart let Rob Bellinger slip by. Billings hung on for third ahead of Dave Rauscher, Tim Fuller, Tom Sears Jr and Jimmy Horton.
Round two went to polesitter Brett Hearn, who cruised effortlessly to the win over Matt Sheppard, Tim McCreadie, J.R. Heffner and Billy VanInwegen. Justin Haers led a second five that included Danny Johnson, Gary Tomkins, Ronnie Johnson and Ryan Godown.
The nightcap turned out to be the most exciting of the evening, with Jimmy Phelps leading easily through the mid-point with Larry Wight in tow. Wight managed to close on Phelps in traffic, with the leader scooting away once only to lose his advantage a second time. Wight then caught Phelps behind a lapped car and got inside him to take the lead and steal his first Syracuse win.
Carey Terrance was third ahead of Tim Hindley, Andy Bachetti, Billy Dunn, Keith Flach, Bobby Varin, Donnie Corellis and Kenny Tremont Jr.