Bushey Wins Over DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Champion
BROCKVILLE - Friday night's Pro Stock race at the Brockville Ontario Speedway during the Loud and Dirty Northeast Fall Nationals for Heuvelton Central School graduate Tyler Bushey will likely be remembered as one of the most memorable nights in the his young but accomplished racing career.
Bushey, a 2017 and 2018 Street Stock Champion at the BOS, earned himself a first place finish piloting the X15 Black Pink Panther, in his second official start on the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series tour holding off 2019 Series Champion C.D. Beauchamp.
Bushey was filled with excitement, emotion and gratitude after the win.
A win that was almost detoured by running off the track early in the race.
“The first lap I just about drove it off the track!” Bushey exclaimed in Victory Lane.
“Those cautions…Lebrun is good and he ran me real hard. It was good and clean,” Bushey added with a cracking voice.
Bushey was speaking about Stephane Lebrun and the rest of the field of 15 cars in the feature that he needed to qualify for.
According to Tim Baltz's report on the BOS website, the 30 lap DirtCar Pro Stock Series race saw a battle for the lead between two former Street Stock Champions at Brockville.
Five Time track champion Kevin Fetterly Jr. and Two time champion Tyler Bushey would lead the way and have a great battle in the opening laps with Stephane Lebrun, Bruno Richard and points leader CD Beauchamp completing the top 5. Fetterly and Bushey were the dominant drivers but a mistake in turn two on lap 14 saw Fetterly slip off the top side of turn two allowing Tyler Bushey to grab the lead and the yellow flag flew. On the restart Tyler Bushey was able to fend off challenges from Stephane Lebrun with Eric Jean Louis, Jay Corbin and Marc Lalonde rounding out the top 5.
Bushey has only made a handful of starts in a Pro Stock but looked like a seasoned veteran as he pulled away to a half straight away lead as Stephane Lebrun tried his best to hold back Jay Corbin as they battled for the number two spot with Lalonde and Eric Jean Louis completing the top 5.
After several wins in Street Stock, Tyler Bushey would dominate the final laps to score what he said in victory lane as "the biggest win of his career" with his first DirtCar Pro stock Series win in just his second ever start on the tour. Stephane Lebrun would cross in second with Jay Corbin, Marc Lalonde and Eric Jean Louis completing the top 5. CD Beauchamp’s sixth place run was good enough to secure his first DirtCar Pro Stock Series championship.
“If you told me I was going to win this tonight, I would have told you, you were out on Mars,” Bushey said with his comic relief and humor. “The last few times we ran this car it didn’t go so well. Tonight, it was just hooked up.”
And hooking up on a track he knows well from many wins in the Street Stock class,
Bushey raced seven times at the BOS in 2019 in Street Stocks 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 made 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.
“Knowing the track and knowing where you gotta put the car was a huge advantage. We actually put the street stock setup in this car and apparently it works in this too.”
And Bushey credited his crew and sponsors for the ability to put a competitive car in the race throughout the season.
"Aaron Bice puts so much work and thought into both cars and his father Frank Bice, my dad Roger Bushey, and uncle John Bushey have been around along time with their knowledge. And running two cars this wouldn't have been possible without the support of my sponsors Leo's Transmission, Johnston's H2O Zone, Bow Tie Speed Engines, Munro Muffler, High speed Productions, Kench's Ice Cream and Towing Service, Royal J Acres, Peacemaker 420, JP Building Supply, TRW Contracting, Lea's Diner, PHR Pete's Heavy Repair, Horseshoe Ridge Maples, and Mowing Goat Lawn Care. This win I credit them," Bushey noted.
French-Canadian Stephane Lebrun was pleased with the clean race and fast racetrack.
“The track is very good and tacky. The driver [Tyler Bushey] he’s a good driver and ran clean.”
Jay Corbin needed an excellent finish and C.D. Beauchamp to finish poorly.
“Third is not bad at all. This is the second time I’ve been here. Last time I was here was about two years ago. I was battling for the lead then, but I had a deep starting spot tonight. Nothing went my way tonight,” said Corbin.
“The Championship came down to the end. He [Beauchamp] is a good competitor and he deserves it. I want to congratulate him on the Championship, and it was a good run for our team.”
C.D. Beauchamp, who won eight times at tracks in Plattsburgh and elsewhere, was crowned the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Champion for 2019 keyed by consistency.
“ The main thing this year was the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship and we made it. This is the main target. The next step will be to win the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship," said Beauchamp.”
Bushey's win qualified him for a trip to Charlotte but Bushey will forgo that DRIVEN Racing Oil World Short Track Championship on October 31 to November 2 to begin on making his Street Stock and Pro Stock team better for the 2020 season.
Bushey's Street Stock car the X15 Pink Panther was wrecked in the first lap of Saturday's Loud and Dirty Fall Nationals race at Brockville and was never able to return.
DIRTcar Pro Stock Series (30 laps)
TYLER BUSHEY, Stephane Lebrun, Jay Corbin, Marc Lalonde, Eric Jean Louis, C.D. Beauchamp, Burton Ward, Martin Michaud, Brian Carter, Lee Miller, Kevin Fetterly Jr., Yves Hamel, Sebastien Hebert, Bruno Richard, Steve Brady
Fast Time: Tyler Bushey 16.641
Heat Winners: Stephane Lebrun and Marc Lalonde
Series Champion: C.D. Beauchamp