RPW Column: On All Stars Night At Outlaw, Jeff Daugherty Shines Bright En Route To Modified Win
Column By: BOBBY CHALMERS / RPW – DUNDEE, NY – Friday at the Outlaw Speedway was a night for All Stars to shine.
The headline class on the evening was the visiting winged warriors of the All Star Circuit of Champions.
However, in the 30-lap Modified feature event, a star shined brightly in his own right and his name was Jeff Daugherty.
The driver from West Elmira, NY started on the pole and showed everyone the way for all 30 laps of the main event, rarely facing any type of challeng0065.
However, a caution with just a single circuit remaining for the stopped machine of Will Shields made things interesting for Daugherty as the 18-year-old was forced to fend off Brady Fultz in a one lap dash for the cash.
Daugherty held on to take home the win for the second time in 2023.
“This car has just been on a rail this year,” Daugherty said. “We came out on opening night and won in pretty dominant fashion. Week two, we would have done it again until we popped the motor.”
That didn’t faze Daugherty and the 22 team one bit, however.
“This right here proves that the motor didn’t mean anything,” he said. “We have another one just as good.”
After leading the whole race, was Daugherty anxious when the caution came out with one lap to go?
“My biggest thing was just staying consistent,” he said. “I didn’t feel any pressure all race long so I must have been doing something right. I just had to keep hitting my marks, staying consistent and I knew it would come.”
Even though he was the man behind the wheel, Daugherty made sure to thank his team and sponsors for helping him get the job done.
“I really have to thank all of the crew guys on this team,” he said. “My mom, my dad, my brother, my girlfriend Emma and everyone for putting up with the long hours to make sure this thing goes around and I can’t forget my sponsors. Southern Tier Logistics, Chalk’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Wicked Tees, Bucket Bar & Grill as well as Arcs & Alloys. Thank you all for the support.”
Fultz held on for the second place spot at the finish with veteran Jim LaRock coming home in third, the Doctor, Danny Johnson in fourth and Steve “the Hurricane” Paine rounding out the top five.
Sixth through tenth were last week’s winner, Cory Costa, in sixth followed by defending track champion AJay Potrzebowski II, Billy Paine, the promoter of Outlaw, Tyler Siri and Tommy Paine.
Other winners on the night included Zeb Wise in the All Star Circuit of Champions A-Main, Ben Feldman in the American Racer Sportsman, Shane Wolf in Street Stock, Marc Minutolo in Hobby Stocks and Ray Hyer in Four-Cylinder.