|Date: 10/9/2011 9:10:37 AM|
Neal Williams Finally Grabs Syracuse DIRTcar Sportsman Gold At The Moody Mile
SYRACUSE, NY – The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Till the 2011 version of Super DIRT Week Neal Williams only knew the agony of defeat.
Williams would come to Syracuse fast right out of the trailer and the car to beat till race day when something would bite Williams ending his chance at victory.
Saturday all that would change for the Pittsgrove, NJ as he parked the Sal DeBruno owned/Overhead Doors/ Teo/ No. 0 in victory lane at the end of 30 hard fought laps.
“We’ve been fast the past two years here but never have any luck,” said the happy and relieved Williams in victory lane who saw crashes and mechanical failure end his race the two previous years.
“Today we finally had some luck with that first-lap caution. Seeing those guys pass me on the outside on the initial start showed me how good the outside was.” On the original start Cody McPherson drove around Williams into the lead before a caution nullified the start.
By lap 5 Williams built up a twenty-car advantage as McPherson, Tim Sears Jr.were in a tight battle for second with Bobby Hackle and James Henry showing in the top-five.
With 10 laps showing Williams still maintained his lead as Sears moved into second and started setting his sights on the leader. McPherson, Hackle and Henry ran third through fifth.
A red flag would be displayed on lap 13 when Dave Marcuccilli rolled his car in turn-three. Marcuccilli would climb out of his car unharmed.
At the halfway point Williams and Sears were in a two-car breakaway out front, Hackle ran alone in third, with McPherson and Henry still in the top-five.
A caution would come out on lap 17 an on track incident. While that was happening McPherson stopped on the back straight ending his shot at the win as he was pushed to the pits.
With 10 laps to go Williams and Sears was still the class of the field with Hackle, Henry and now Shane Pecore showing in the top-five.
On a lap 22 restart, Sears slid up the track allowing Hackle to shoot by and set his sights on Williams as the laps started winding down.
Over the remaining laps nobody had anything for Williams as he turned his best laps of the race pulling away for his first ever Syracuse win. Bobby Hackle, Tim Sears Jr., James Henry and Justin Wright rounded out the top-five.
“I’ve dreamt of winning this race since I first came here,” said a thrilled Williams. “We finally pulled through today. This is just awesome.”
(DIRTcar Sportsman Syracuse Super DIRT Week Championship 30 Laps) – NEAL WILLIAMS, Bobby Hackel, Tim Sears Jr., James Henry, Justin Wright, Shane Pecore, Eric Giguere, Steve Gray, Daniel Mazy, Joe Williams, Brandon Hagan, Dale Caswell, Rob Humphreys, Scott Duso, Jeff Rockefeller, Brent Kelsey, Kyle Wilson, Josh VanBrocklin, Jenna David, Adam Leslie, Robert Bublak Jr., Cody McPherson, B.J Willard, Andy Durie, John McAuliffe, Shane Jablonka, Dave Marcuccilli, Rob Knapp, Anthony Perrego, Adam Hilton, Keith Slavin, Dave Conant Jr..
Turner Automotive Hard Charger Award: Steve Gray ($250)
Rookie of the Race: Bobby Hackel IV ($250)
Gater News Best Appearing Car & Crew: Eric Giguere