Bushey Enjoys Fine Season Racing BOS, Can-Am Tracks
BY STEVE HEATON
HEUVELTON - Heuvelton's favorite stock car driver, Tyler Bushey, has had an up and down campaign in 2019 after recording back to back Street Stock championships at Brockville Ontario Speedway in 2017 and 2018.
But for Bushey and the X15 Pink Panther team competitiveness was never in question.
Bushey raced seven times at the BOS in 2019 posting three wins - seven top five finishes acquiring 496 points. Bushey won the final night of points racing at the BOS in outstanding fashion leaving no doubt on the field that baring several absences the Heuvelton driver would have given points champion Michael Dillon (783 points, 13 starts. four wins, 11 top five finishes) and Keith Riddell (668 points, 13 starts, no wins, nine top five), Todd Raabe (590 points, 10 starts, three wins, six top five) and Bob Williams (502 points, 12 starts, no wins, 10 top five finishes) all they wanted.
"We had a couple races early in the season that we got docked for points in Brockville and we started to work on a Pro Stock car to run at Can-Am Speedway in LaFargeville. So as the season progress we knew the points title was out of reach so we just wanted to play spoiler at the end of the season. Overall, we had a very competitive season at both Brockville and Can-Am. I think we made great strides in Pro Stocks this season but we have a lot more work to do. We are looking forward to Fall Nationals this weekend -weather permitting - at Brockville and hope to run in both cars," said Bushey who eagerly thanked his crew Aaron Bice, Frank Bice, Roger Bushey, and John Bushey and sponsors
Leo's Transmission, Johnston's H2O Zone, Bow Tie Speed Engines, Munro Muffler, Highspeed Productions, Kench's Ice Cream and Towing Service, Royal J Acres. Peacemaker 420, JP Building Supply, TRW Contrracting, Lea's Diner, PHR Pete's Heavy Repair, Horseshoe Ridge Maples, and Mowing Goat Lawn Care for their continued financial support.
Bushey finished fifth in Pro Stock points at Can Am Speedway with 386 points in six races. Shawn Kirby won the title with 698 followed by Rick Dusckas (692) , Ryan Shanahan (588), and Steven Gilmore (426).
During the final evening of racing at Can Am, Bushey piloted the X15 Black Pink Panther to an excellent second place finish just short of knocking off Mike White.
Applefest at Brighton Speedway
On September 21, the X15 Pink Panther embarked at Brighton Speedway for a huge 50 lapper where over 40 cars entered the event. Looking to make a giant leap, Bushey finished fifth after qualifying for the 26 car feature event.
"Our finish wouldn't been possible without the help of Kyle Massey and Brandon Bolton who lent us a fan and other parts from their cars. I just can't thank them enough," Bushey said after the event.
Brockville Speedway In Review
In the Sept 2 race, according to Tim Baltz's report on the BOS website, the Street Stock title was already decided as Michael Dillon was the man in charge, locking up the title a week earlier off the strength of 4 feature wins. Kyle Massey was the driver in charge in the early laps but the pressure was on a Dillon and Tyler Bushey were right there on his back bumper. On lap 6 it was Michael Dillon to the top of the leader board over Massey and Bushey. The lead however was short lived as Dillon ran into front end issues on his car slowing in turn 4 and the yellow flew. When the green flew Tyler Bushey would take over the lead from Kyle Massey as Bruno Richard would move into the picture as he charged to 2nd. Over the final laps, the two-time track champion would pull away from a quality field to record his third win of the season at Brockville. Bruno Richard claimed another runner up finish with Steve Brady coming home third over Keith Riddell and Jessica Pasinetti.
On August 18 according to Tim Baltz's report on the website, the Street Stock feature saw Michael Dillon lead the early laps over Todd Raabe, Peter Raabe, Steve Brady and Tyler Bushey. Dillon who came into the night as the points leader was trying to run away and hide but with a quality field giving chase, it was not an easy task. On lap 8 Todd Raabe slowed on the back stretch brining out the first yellow of the night. On the restart Michael Dillon continued to lead but Tyler Bushey emerged as the new challenger and was all over Dillon for the top spot. On lap 10 Stev Billings and Peter Raabe became hooked together and slowed on the back stretch. On the final restart Michael Dillon had the lead but Bruno Richard was making a late charge taking 2nd from Bushey and tried his best to grab the lead. On this night Michael Dillon proved to be too string as he marched to his third win of the 2019 campaign. Bruno Richard held on for 2nd over Tyler Bushey, Steve Brady and Todd Raabe.
During August 12's race at the BOS according to Tim Baltz's report on the website, the Street Stock feature had a great chance at a first-time winner as Nick Merkley held the lead early on over Keith Riddell and Tyler Bushey. Merkley would have his hands full throughout the 15-lap event and shrugged off several challenges as Tyler Bushey and Todd Raabe made their way to the top three and were looking for the lead. On lap 10 Tyler Bushey finally would get the advantage as he charged to the bottom and grabbed the lead with Merkley now 2nd and Todd Raabe third. On this night, nobody was catching the two-time track champion as Tyler Bushey, would march to his 2nd win of 2019 over Todd Raabe, Nick Merkley, Keith Riddell and points leader Michael Dillon, who spun early but rebounded for a top five finish.
On August 4 according to Tim Baltz's report on the BOS website,
In July 15th race according Tim Baltz's report on the BOS website,
Street Stocks provided thrilling racing and unpredictable events that would make this race one for the memory book. Todd Raabe would lead the opening three laps but as the caution flew for Pierre Hebert and Jessica Pasinetti in turn 4, Raabe would head pit side. His night was far from done, more on him later. Bruno Richard would charge to the front on lap 5 of the 15-lap event over Michael Dillon and Tyler Bushey. As Richard tried to drive away from the field Dillon and Bushey were close by along with Peter Raabe, who came to the 4th spot and Todd Raabe charging to the number 5 position. Todd Raabe was flying through the field and would grab the number three spot from Bushey as the caution he needed would fly with three to go. Under this yellow a wild turn of events would take place. Todd Raabe, who was running in third, was forced to pit for his 2nd flat tire of the night. If that weren’t enough, leader Bruno Richard also had a right rear tire go down sending him to the pits. To finish it all off, Peter Raabe also experienced a flat tire and would make his way to the pit area as well. This left Michael Dillon in the lead after this crazy turn of events as the field went back to green. Dillon would lead the final laps and score his 2nd win of the year in Street Stock. Tyler Bushey would make it close but settled for 2nd over Sylvain Gauthier, Martin Gagnon and Peter Raabe would charge by Jessica Pasinetti at the line to grab the fifth spot.
In July 7's race at the BOS according to Tim Baltz's report on the website, Street Stocks have been the talk of the town lately with their classic side by side racing and close finishes, and two drivers who were a part of a great battle were Nick Gauvreau and Todd Raabe. After starts to the season they would rather forget, Raabe would grab the lead early on but Nick Gauvreau would make his way to the top spot by lap three. Tyler Bushey started deep in the field and would make his way to the top three as he charged by Todd Raabe for 2nd, then ran down the race leader by lap 6. As the top 3 continued their great battle, the caution would come out on lap 8 for Brent Merkley, who spun in turn two. On the restart it was Gauvreau in control over Bushey, Raabe, Brighton invader Tyler French and Michael Dillon. Over the final laps Tyler Bushey did all he could do but it was not enough as Nick Gauvreau would hold on to a two-car length lead and charge to his 2nd win in a row in the Street Stock ranks. Tyler Bushey would cross in 2nd over Todd Raabe, Michael Dillon would charge to 4th while Tyler French would complete the top 5.
In June 24th's race at the BOS according to Tim Baltz's report on the website, the Street Stock division never disappoints with racing action and this night was no different. Nick Gauvreau was looking to get back to victory lane and was running strong in the opening laps as he led the way over Tyler Bushey and Michael Dillon. Bushey was on the charge however and looking for two in a row. On lap 8 The two-time track champion finally caught Gauvreau and was able to sneak by using the inside lane while Gauvreau was forced to battle with Michael Dillon. With Bushey out front Dillon and Gauvreau had their own war but a late caution for Jessica Passenetti slowed the field giving 2nd and 3rd place a clear shot at the leader. On the final restart Bushey would pull away and go unchallenged in the remaining laps to record his 2nd straight Street Stock win. Nick Gauvreau would cross in 2nd over Michael Dillon Keith Riddell and Sylvain Gauthier, who rebounded from early race problems to finish 5th.
Fall Nationals Set Oct. 18-19
With the Mr. DIRTcar Championship Trail titles in the 358 Mod, Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock divisions up for grabs, this year’s edition of the Loud & Dirty Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway was already packed with excitement. Teams will be doing their best to collect on some of the big money being offered during the 2-day season-ending extravaganza at the popular clay oval on Temperance Lake Road.
Friday, October 18th the Big Block Modified Series runs a 100 lapper for a winner’s purse of $7,500. Every Sportsman-Modified Series heat winner pockets a $100 bonus from Carquest King Edward Auto Parts and the 50 lap feature also crowns the Ogilvie’s Auto & Fleet Series champion. There’ll be a 50 lap Pro Stock Series and a Mini Stock Invitational. Racing starts at 6:00, with time trials prior to the green flag.
The Small Block Mods compete for the biggest winner’s cheque of the year of $10,000 in the Bullringer 110 Saturday, October 19th to clinch the Ogilvie’s Auto & Fleet champion. Action continues with an open 360 Sprint show and a 30 lap Street Stock Invitational. Time trials will precede the start of racing at 5:00. The full Saturday program will be dedicated to the memory of Mike Lasalle, a long-time track supporter, sponsor and car owner in the Sportsman-Modified and 358 Modified divisions.
“A marquee event like the Fall Nationals is a great way to bring down the curtain on our 50th anniversary season,” said Brockville Speedway owner and promoter Paul Kirkland. “Our marketing and promotional teams have done a great job spreading the word and that should translate to some very impressive numbers on both sides of the fence.”
The 1000 Islands RV 4th turn campground is ready to become its own city for the weekend and in addition to some amazing racing, this year’s chapter of the Loud & Dirty Brand Northeast Fall Nationals offers some exciting attractions in the Pat’s Auto Service & Radiator Fan Zone. Come early and check out the vendors. There’ll be great entertainment on Saturday too, with Whisky Rocks taking the stage at noon, opening-up for perennial crowd favourite Ambush who’ll rock the house from 1:00 ‘til 3:00. The post race party and bonfire feature Dirty Alibi, starting at around 11:00 after the weekend’s final checkered flag.
You can’t afford to miss a second of the action at one of the year’s biggest motorsports events. Be sure you’re part of the 2019 edition of the Loud & Dirty Brand DIRTcar Northeast Fall Nationals, a Craig Revelle tribute, presented by St. Lawrence Radiology and Rez X Racing. Sponsored by 103.7 BOB-FM and the Brockville Recorded & Times – October 18th and 19th – at Brockville Ontario Speedway.
Head to www.brockvillespeedway.com or see the track’s Facebook and Twitter social media platforms for complete event details and information.
Editors Note: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media contributed to this report.