John Waters Rules Black Rock
DUNDEE, N.Y. – John Waters has been the standard of the late-model division all year long, particularly at Black Rock Speedway.
But when it comes to BRP Dart Challenge events, he was a perfect three-for-three.
Waters scored his fifth win in seven attempts at the four-tenths-mile oval this season, taking the lead for good on lap nine from his younger brother Dustin Waters and holding off Jared Hill over the second half of the race to remain a perfect four-for-four in the BRP Dart Challenge Series.
J. Waters started fifth by virtue of the redraw and was clearly the class of the field early on, darting around competitors on the top of the track.
D. Waters was solid on the bottom but J. Waters would prevail on the top of the track. Over the second half of the race though, he moved the Troups Creek No. 11 to the bottom, but there was a reason for that.
“I don’t know what is going on. I think we got lucky again because I the last caution I think we lost brakes,” said J. Waters in victory lane. “I should have just gone back to the top but my guys were giving me hand signals in turn three to stay low and they haven’t steered me wrong yet.”
Just after J. Waters grabbed the lead from D. Waters for the first time on lap seven lapped traffic would force the brothers, along with Hill, to weave through the pack.
D. Waters would get shuffled back to third, while local favorite Hill would have a chance to pounce on the restart, but J. Waters was solid for final seven circuits.
Behind J. Waters, Hill and D. Waters was a Wonderling family fued for the final top five positions as Mikey Wonderling was fourth while his brother Jeremy Wonderling captured fifth at the line over their dad Mike Wonderling.
Other winners at Black Rock Friday were Brady Fultz (crate sportsman), Dylan Cecce (street-stock), Mike Smith (IMCA modified), Rich Sharpsteen II (four-cylinder), James Werner (FWD four-cylinder) and Brandon Mathews (bandit).