CANANDAIGUA -- Tom Dowd came away with a satisfying win in a car he described as "some junk" in the Cuba-Rules feature at the Ontario County Fair. Tim Ellison stood the nose on his entry en route to a win in the Fair Class Championship and Howie Scharett took the victory in the compact ranks during Total Destruction Demo Production's Championship Saturday 2014.
Dowd drove hard in the Cuba Rules event; five cars entered the event taking advantage of situation where there was full payback, and a minimum of $1,000 to win plus tow money for the winner. Dowd collected more than $1,600 for the night. It was not without it's trials. Cotye Riley drove the best feature of his life in a Ford, finishing second to Dowd and put serious pressure on the No. 2T in the waning moments. Dowd laid a heavy shot on early favorite Matt Gascon Jr., an audible pop came from Gascon's Lincoln following the half-track blast. Derek Wager and Matt Gascon Sr. were also entered.
Ellison was blasting cars himself in the qualifying heat, laying waste to just
about everything in his path. In the feature, he avoided the hammering efforts of heavy-hitter award winner Tim Perri and eventual runner-up David Earley. Ellison's nose was skyward and he was in a shoving match with Earley's No. 9D in the final two minutes; Earley's transmission was going away and he eventually lost reverse. Ellison waited out the final 60-seconds and was declared the winner.
Fair Class Heat winners making the feature included Aaron Rawleigh, Chuck Chapman and Jake Sumeriski. Matt Poormon advanced from the Imperial heat. Chris Brogan advanced from the consolation round.
Howie Scharett won the compact feature over Adam Briggs. Scharett's goal was to get State Fair paperwork, and he did so with a driving clinic, limping a laboring entry to the finish. Matt Rice was third. Scharett started the night behind the eight ball, neglecting to come prepared for qualifying heats. He expected a one-shot run, but with more than 30 cars turning out for compact action, the event was run with qualifiers and a feature.
Cory Hotz won the truck heat over Jeff Caster.
The 1965 Newport that was auctioned off went home with Wayne Ellison, Tim Ellison's father. He paid $1,700 for the car, and the money was donated to Andy Wolfanger and Sue Wolfanger, who had their home destroyed in a fire earlier this month. Over $383 was raised in the 50/50 raffle; those monies will put toward the 4H Building Fund and used to build the new 4H Building on the grounds once goals are met.
Total Destruction heads into their grueling double-down, with events planned throughout this weekend. TDDP starts July 31 with the first of three shows at the Otsego County Fair in Morris, NY. Show time is 7:30. The tour then heads north August 2 to Malone for the first of three events at the Franklin County Fair (5 pm start time). August 3, TDDP hosts a double-header back in Morris with shows at 1 pm and 6 pm, and then will go back to Franklin County August 4 for a full program and ends their Fair season August 10 with a truck and roll-over program in Malone, NY. All Malone start times are 5 pm.
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