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Big Win on a Small Track; Great young lady drives a great race
Topic Started: Aug 19 2017, 07:54 PM (140 Views)
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SNRA Race # 12
Long Island 100, Islip Speedway, Islip, Long Island, New York. 1/5 mile shallow banked paved oval. August 19, 2017.
In spite of its diminutive length, Islip Speedway was long a mainstay of Nascar and local racing in the Northeast. Along with Freeport and the sandy Bridgehampton road course farther out on the Island modifieds to Grand Nationals put on some incredibly hard faught and exciting shows. While certain brands of auto have found their niche at certain tracks throughout our country’s long racing history big Chrysler products of all things often have made their way to the winners circle at these tight and twisty tracks. If qualifying were any indication, history may have been ready to repeat itself as Titus Lafontaine, the black Cajun pitboxer Crew Chief of Dave Charlie Bayer, got his man and Hemi Plymouth onto the pole at a time just a tick below the late Bobby Issac’s late model track record time in his super low, Hemi equipped K and K Insurance Dodge Charger. Poles have been a rarity for Charlie in past years. Just behind was the Green Big Block 65 Fairlane of Carl Brennecke, wrenched by Lefty George and owned by the irascible E.R. Bechtelsheim. In a showing of extreme grit, having just been released from the hospital this week, Mark Desjardins Sr. had his Galaxie flying in third place, followed by Flyin’ Brian Conn’s Galaxie. Rounding out the top five was Molly Wallace-Sunter in her big block Plymouth Fury. Always fast but hard luck Chuck Buel did not take a time as he, with help from the Uncle Verde pit crew replace the timing chain in his 390 Ford, which destined him to a shotgun start on the field.
Posted Image Rare pole for Charlie
Qualifying for Long Island 100
Row 1
Dave CC Bayer 15C Plymouth
Carl Brennecke 7ER Ford
Row 2
Mark Desjardins Sr. 19 Ford
Flyin’ Brian Conn 7 Ford]
Row 3
Molly Wallace-Sunter M80 Plymouth
Kevin Sassman 11 Chevy
Row 4
Homer Shockey 6 Chevy
Marky Desjarins W9 Jr. 17 Chevy
Row 5
Chris Bulldog Carman 7LF Chevy
Skunky Chris Sunter 55 Chevy
Row 6
Wisdonm Mueller 15 Mercury
Frank the Crank Burval 3 Plymouth
Row 7
Kim Johnson 2 Chevy
Carl Ross 13 Plymouth
Row 8
Michelle Mrs. D Desjardins 3m Ford
Chuck Buel 56 Mercury
When grand marshal Broadway Joe Namath tossed the green the field was off. Charlie was able to scoot ahead of Carl Brennecke with Mr. D dropping back a couple of car lengths. By lap 8, Molly was up to Carl B’s tail and began to challenge and soon she was joined by Brian Conn and Homer Shockey, the latter of whom was pretty dialed in on this early evening. The drivers maintained this order until Homer who had been holding a tight line just under Brian Conn ran over a soda bottle someone had hurled over the fence. A lap later, on lap 18, his 57 Chevy lurched high and suddenly into Brain Conn.
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Tough break for Brian and Homer. Not too much damage for either.
Both nailed the turn 3 and 4 walls, and while neither suffered injuries both were out of the race and sat on the tire rack of Homer’s hauler to watch the balance of the race after loading up their respective mounts. On lap 21 the green was back out and Molly managed to work her way past both Charlie and Carl B. and into the lead on lap 25.
Farther back in the pack, Carl R. using his local knowledge was rapidly passing cars on both the low and high lines while Mrs. D, who had a good set up, hitched her maroon and cream Ford to da Bugman as he moved forward. Frank and Wisdonm found their former USAC mounts to be well suited to the unique and short Islip layout and also began to move forward. However, even they could not hold off the charging Carl Ross who entered the top five by passing them on lap 56. Frank, sporting another good set up courtesy of crew chief T. Monk clung tightly to Carl R’s bumper. By lap 65 they had both made their way around Charlie and Carl B., the former of which wasn’t feeling well and soon to have a minor heart procedure himself. However, Molly had built up a near straightaway lead on the pack. Could she shake the bad luck and run fast through the end of the race?
This was a question that remained in doubt as Carl in particular, cut into the lead by maybe a half-car length each and every lap.
Posted Image Carl da Bugman Ross nearly took the feature at his home track.
Lapped traffic was not a factor, even on the ultra short Islip as ALL the cars were closely matched. It looked as though it were possible Molly might reach Mr. D and Bulldog before the checkers, but ultimately, she did not. On the other hand, Carl R.could only get to two car lengths of Molly as she roared under the checkers for her first career win. The local boy Carl R. was second with Frank the Crank a bit farther back in third. On his bumper was Carl B. who had managed to finally clear Charlie’s bumper to get into fourth and Charlie settled for fifth, just ahead of Wisdonm. Mrs. D was just behind Don and charging. Chuck worked his way up from last to ninth, but could not work around his eighth place and point leading teammate, Kevin Sassman. Kim Johnson moved up to complete the top 10 just ahead of the 56 Chevies of Skunky and Marky.
Posted Image After getting faster and faster, Molly finally reigned supreme.
The tour has another week off to do some local racing if they wish (reports welcome) before making their way back over to the Chicago area for the Fred Bayer Memorial 50 on the half mile dirt track at reborn Santa Fe Speedway in Willow Springs, Ill. Willow Springs had a Police Chief in the 70’s who was not only a late model driver but a bonafide member of the mafia, and the town was known as the most corrupt small city in America. Very pretty though, now cleaned up, rich in racing history, and a fitting place to honor a long time police chief, Charlie’s dad (who was not in the mob)! Should be fun. Brick grandstands on both sides, and PBR poured into the cup for the spectators in the stands!
Finish of the Long Island 100
1. Molly Wallace-Sunter M80 62 Plymouth Fury
2. Carl da Bugman Ross 13 63 Plymouth Fury
3. Frank the Crank Burval 3 64 Plymouth Belvedere
4. Carl Brennecke 7ER 65 Ford Fairlane
5. Dave Chargin Charlie Bayer 15c 64 Plymouth Belvedere
6. Don Wisdonm Mueller 15 64 Mercury Marauder
7. Michelle Mrs. D Desjardins 3M 56 Ford
8. Kevin Sassman 11 56 Chevy
9. Chuck Buel 56 61 Mercury Comet
10. Kim Johnson 2 61 Chevy
11. Chris Skunky Sunter 55 56 Chevy
12. Marky W9 Desjardins Jr. 17 56 Chevy
13. Mr. D Mark Desjardins Sr. 19 64 Ford Galaxie
14. Chris Bulldog Carman 7LF 55 Chevy
15. Homer Shockey 6 57 Chevy
16. Flyin’ Brian Conn 59 Ford Galaxie
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Good golly Miss Molly. fbr Congrats. You never forget your first.

Has a checkered past.

Stand on it....brakes only slow yoou down.
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Congrats Molly! Awesome win!
A little rail rubbing never hurt nobody.!!!!
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Congrats Molly, nice job! fbr
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