MORRIS, NY — Travis Seward drove to his first-ever victory on June 14 in Morris, NY, shaking off four years of frustration.
Seward won the full size division; Jason Sherman won the compact feature and Eric Eberling was the last running in the trucks one-and-done.
Seward was an underdog in the feature, following favorite Rick Engelhardt, who had a fresh but crusty ‘72 Imperial. He made short work of his qualifying heat, and was in very good shape for the feature.
Only a few minutes into the main, Engelhardt attached an 80’s Cadillac, but the impact jolted him sideways. Seward was watching, waiting and jumped in, belting the Imperial in the passenger side doors. The shot shoved the doors well into the car, and the whole car was shoved onto the barriers, where it stayed.
From there, Seward was going toe-to-toe with Jordan Dunagan, who drove his Aspen with no front bumper and the shocks did their share of damage. Ultimately, Dunagan’s No. 113 would not restart, and Seward came away with the win.
Fellow DDC team member Clifford Donnelly handed out heavy hitter awards through the night. Seward doubled up, winning the aggressive driver award as well as the feature.
Jason Sherman won the compact feature in a walk; he did major damage with his Lumina in the heat and advanced to the feature with shifting problems. He had to stay wide open to go from forward to reverse, and stalled several times in the feature. Even so, he was half-tracking his way to a victory and collected the heavy hitter award from Donnelly in the process.
Eric Eberling won the trucks feature; it was the first time passengers were allowed at a TDDP event. The change was incredibly popular; and the trucks put on a show. Jeremy Gulley was a strong force before losing drive and had plenty of truck left when he finally ran out of reverse. Eberling finished off Mike Ritton and his passenger, Todd Haight to score the victory. The Ritton/Haight truck was a raffle truck they won and drove it to the heavy hitter recognition; proceeds from the truck raffle - built by Gulley - went to the family of Orville Engler.
The schedule now turns to Ontario County Fair in Canandaigua, NY. Events will go live at 8 pm Tuesday July 22 and 7 pm Saturday July 26.
The card on July 26 already includes a $2,000-plus purse for the Total Destruction Rules full size class and a $1,500 purse for the compacts. A 1,000-to-win Cuba Rules one-shot run with tow money for the winner and full payback was added to that program in May.
The full size class pays $1,500-to-win, $500 for second, $200 to the most aggressive driver and $100 to heat winners.
The compact class will be going for a $1,500 purse with break down on payout to be determined.
Tuesday's card will include qualifying heats and the headline $1,000-to-win Race to the Arena.
For more details, visit www.totaldestructiondemo.com; feel free to call Ben Haust at 315.651.1916. Entries can be sent to Total Destruction Demo Productions, PO Box 333, Trumansburg, NY 14886.