Bushey Gains Emotional Victory In John Burr Memorial Race
BY STEVE HEATON
LAFARGEVILLE - Growing up, Heuvelton's Tyler Bushey remembers when he would attend Can-Am Speedway DIRT races following his father Roger racing in the Economy (Pure Stocks) Stocks class. Sitting in the stands with his grandmother Ruth and Walt - when not in the pits tending to car issues - he listened to John "Willis" Burr announce the races on the loud speaker. Last year, Burr, who is the voice of North Country auto racing since 1967, passed away at 79 and the Can Am Speedway honored him last fall with the first Annual John Burr Memorial Memorial. Burr was a founder of the Evans Mills Speedway and served as track announcer for the Evans Mills Speedway, the Can Am Speedway, and Adirondack Speedway. He was also the track announcer at Super Dirt Week at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse for several years. "I’ve been watching the Bushey family race for more years than I care to count," said Track Photographer Jeff Barrett. "All my years as the track photographer, then as the announcer. Over the years Roger Bushey and I have busted each other’s balls and became friends. It was cool to see Tyler Bushey put his Pro Stock in victory lane on the night that we honored the memory of the great John Burr. I was honored that Roger and the Bushey family asked me to be in the photo in the winners circle. Hats off to Tyler, Sid Harmer Jr., and Mike White for putting on one hell of a show in the feature. Great race." Bushey started the race on the inside row in row two with Sid Harmer Jr. and Kevin Fetterly Jr. the heat winners taking the top row. Bushey made his way in front by lap two just fall back into second after the four lap and a caution on lap five. On lap seven, Bushey took his chance on turn three and got out in front of Harmer Jr. before another caution flew for sheet metal debris. On the restart on lap nine, Bushey elected to take the outside of the track and battled with Harmer Jr. for the next four laps. Josh White - driving for Mike and Harmer Jr. made little contact on lap 13 which helped Bushey gain a slight advantage of the 17 car field. The battle for second and third between Harmer Jr. and White allowed Bushey to open up his lead to five car lenghts after lap 17. "I remember going to the races listening to him. And to win this trophy and this race is an honor. We had another great night tonight. The track was in great shape thanks to a lot of hard work the Barrett family does. Aaron and Frank Bice, my dad Roger, uncle John (Bushey), Mike Fenton, Trevor Brothers, Dylan Barton and Curt Ethridge worked hard getting the car right back to where it was last week during our first Pro Stock win. The car was fast and good on the turns. It was a great weekend of action," Bushey said. Bushey took second in a six car field at the Airborne Speedway in Plattsburtg on Saturday. He started sixth in the feature and worked his way into third after nine laps and took over second from Luke Hoerning after he broke down. "We didn't have anything left to catch Josh Coonradt," Bushey noted. "He was dominant from the start." Bushey who lost by 18 points to White (478-460) this season in the points championship, will race likely once more at Can-Am this fall and hopes to race at Weedsport and Utica with the help of sponsors Stout's Ready Mix of Brier Hill, Royal J. Acres of Heuvelton,Horseshoe Ridge Maples of Heuvelton, Cash Montroy Garage of Heuvelton Monroe Muffler and Brake, Leo's Diner of Heuvelton, Kench's Ice Cream of Ogdensburg, Jackson's Deli of Heuvelton, JP Building Supply of Heuvelton, Mowing Goat Lawncare, TRW Contracting, Misfits Designs, Matheson Metals of Heuvelton, DMD Racing, Peacemaker 420 of Tyendinaga Ontario, Kench's Boat Hauling and Billy LaFlair's Custom Rustix of Ogdensburg. C&M Kwik Lube and Repairs of Heuvelton, and Johnston's H2Zone of Massena.