Column By: DYLAN FRIEBEL / RPW – WEST LEBANON, NY – When Stewart Friesen won the Super DIRT Week Finale at The Fairgrounds In 2015, he won it in the iconic black, white, orange and yellow Jeff Daley & Sons No. 44, the one he was synonymous with up to that point.
The Daley’s were a part of Friesen’s first season of Halmar sponsorship, winning the first Oswego Super DIRT Week as well. However, those colors were white and blue.
Since their split at the end of 2016, the original colors were run in the Sportsman ranks by Daley’s sons, Brandon and Chris; Brandon getting to victory lane this past June at Accord.
Well that was, until Saturday night at Lebanon Valley, when a brand new Teo Pro Car No. 44 rolled out of a trailer and an Australian got into the drivers seat to go through tech.
That driver, affectionately known as Batman, Peter Britten. Daley and Britten have put together a one race deal for next weekend. With Orange County having a Super DIRTcar Series Race on Thursday and then their big Centennial Weekend festivities, the former Albany-Saratoga Modified champion will pilot the 44 on the Hard Clay next Friday in the 358-Modified feature.
“This was put together for one off.” Britten said. “The plan’s to shake down the car tonight and then with us heading to Middletown to run three nights, I wanted something for the Small Block race on Friday.”
While it was the plan to get the bugs worked out of the car on Saturday at the Valley, with Billy The Kid power under the hood, things didn’t exactly go as planned.
In his heat race, Peter climbed the wall in turns one and two and went for a slow roll, coming to rest on it’s side.
“That wasn’t in the plan and I feel bad,” he said. “But, we’re excited to run it next weekend down at Middletown. I can’t wait to see what we can do.”
It has been a while since Jeff Daley has fielded a car in the Modified ranks. Can he and Britten capture lighting in a bottle and be victorious on Friday night at Orange County? We’ll have to wait and see.