BRIGHTON, ONTARIO — Erick Rudolph, of Ransomville, N.Y., battled Danny O’Brien for the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series win Saturday, Sept. 20, at Brighton Speedway, claiming his first victory at the track.
Danny O’Brien (No.M96) and Lance Willix II (No.16) started on the front row for the 100-lap 358 Modified Applefest Shootout. O’Brien grabbed the early lead while Willix settiled in to second. The race was slowed early on lap five when Brandon Easy (No.06) hit the outside wall on the frontstretch, ending his night.
Prior to another caution on lap 19, sixth-place started Erick Rudolph (No.25R) of Ransomville, NY drove in to the second spot. Race leader Danny O’Brien chose the outside lane for the restart allowing Rudolph to get a run on the inside lane. On lap 24, Rudolph took over the point.
Shortly after, Carey Terrance (No.66x) of Hogansburg, NY drove to second, but Rudolph pulled away in lapped traffic during a 28-lap green flag run.
A caution on lap 47 for Joe Banks (No.75J) who rolled to a stop on the frontstretch. Three laps shy of the halfway point, Rudolph led Terrance, O’Brien, Chad Brachmann (No.3B), and Ryan Arbuthnot (No.R70).
The next 34 laps saw four caution periods involving Mat Williamson (No.6M), Jeff McGinnis (No.1R), Willix, and Roger Levesque (No.24).
Following a lap 74 restart, O’Brien used lapped traffic to get by Terrance for second. The side-by-side battle between the two drivers allowed Rudolph to pull away at the front of the field. Terrance overtook O’Brien on lap 95, but neither driver had anything for Rudolph in the end.
The victory was the first at Brighton Speedway for the 22 year-old. Rudolph extended his lead in the DIRTcar 358 Modified tour standings over Terrance to 61 points with four races remaining, including one of the famed Syracuse Mile as part of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT week in October.
-DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Press Release
DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Statistical Report
Brighton Speedway – September 20, 2014
A-Main (100 Laps – 22 Entries): 1. 25R Erick Rudolph, 2. 66x Carey Terrance, 3. M96 Danny O’Brien, 4. 6M Mat Williamson, 5. 22c Mario Clair, 6. 61 Bryan Rogers, 7. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot, 8. 66 Kyle Dingwall, 9. 3B Chad Brachmann, 10. 16w Lance Willix II, 11. 72 Tommy Flannigan, 12. 19 Luke Stewart, 13. 74 Dave Flannigan, 14. 24B Roger Levesque, 15. 20 Steve Bilow, 16. 25 Bobby Herrington, 17. 19J John McKinney Jr., 18. 1R Jeff McGinnis, 19. 71 Mike Bowman, 20. 75J Joseph Banks, 21. L12 Jeremy LaSalle, 22. 06 Brandon Easy