OSWEGO, NY – On another warm and sunny October day in Central New York, the Big-Block Modifieds and the 358-Modifieds took to the “Clay Palace” for time trails.
The first six starters for the Bud Light 300 and the Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150 was set by group qualify.
Matt Sheppard Scores the Pole for Sunday’s Bud Light 300
By Mandee Pauch
Super DIRTcar Series points leader Matt Sheppard was the only Big-Block Modified driver to break into the 22-second bracket on Thursday with a lap time of 22.783 seconds, earning him the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time Award and the pole for the Bud Light 300 on Sunday for the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.
Sixty-one Big-Block Modifieds took part in Thursday’s time trials, which locked in the top six to the starting line-up for the Bud Light 300 and the line-up for Friday night’s Triple 30s: Matt Sheppard, Tim McCreadle, Justin Haers, Danny Varin, Carey Terrance, and Brett Hearn.
Earlier in the day Sheppard timed sixth overall in the morning practice putting him in the first group to go out for time trials, where he strung together two strong laps that secured him the pole position for the Bud Light 300.
“C.C. Performance has been building us some real good power this year. We’ve got good race cars; it’s just a matter of watching the track, keeping them together and being there at the end,” said Sheppard following time trials. “It feels great. The guys have been working real hard. This definitely makes the week nicer.”
Driver of the Sweeteners Plus No. 39, Tim McCreadie moved up the charts after timing eighth overall in the morning practice to locking in the outside pole of the Bud Light 300 with a lap time of 23.124 seconds.
“It’s a lot of fun for me. I’ve driven one modified race before this race this year. It’s pretty cool to come to this race at this place. I think the last time I was here was in 1992 to watch as a fan. I’m privileged to lock in and have some fun,” McCreadie said.
Rounding out the top three was the driver of the Haers Brother Racing No. 3, Justin Haers, with a time of 23.190 seconds.
“We’ll take it. I can’t thank Bicknell enough. We bounced off some ideas back-and-forth last night before we left. We’re just tickled-pink to be locked in for Sunday,” Hears said. “I think it was very important earlier on in the day. We seemed to be consistent and one of the better cars. It’s going to be a long 300 laps, and hopefully everything will stay together.”
Completing the top-six guaranteed starters for Sunday’s event were Varin, Terrence and Hearn.
The next time out for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will be during Camping World Friday Night Lights for the Triple 30s at Oswego Speedway.
Time Trial Results:
1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 22.783; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie, 23.124; 3. 3-Justin Haers, 23.190; 4. 93-Danny Varin, 23.283; 5. 66x-Carey Terrence, 23.382; 6. 20-Brett Hearn, 23.425; 7. 19-Tim Fuller, 23.425; 8. 44-Stewart Friesen, 23.459; 9. 49-Billy Dunn, 23.461; 10. 10B-Dave Blaney, 23.544; 11. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 23.566; 12. 3J-Marc Johnson, 23.577; 13. 99L-Larry Wight, 23.578; 14. 7x-Steve Paine, 23.618; 15. 35-Frank Cozze, 23.660; 16. 43-Keith Flach, 23.670; 17. 18H-Peter Britten, 23.681; 18. 6m-Mat Williamson, 23.688; 19. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 23.698; 20. 32c-Vic Coffey, 23.706; 21. 109-Billy Whittaker, 23.727; 22. 91-Billy Decker, 23.728; 23. 14J-Alan Johnson, 23.729; 24. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 23.749; 25. 7m-Michael Maresca, 23.793 ; 26. 1R-Ronnie Johnson, 23.794; 27. 84-Gary Tomkins, 23.797; 28. 115-Kenny Tremont, 23.840; 29. 47s-Corey Wheeler, 23.867; 30. 42p-Pat Ward, 23.918; 31. 27J-Danny Johnson, 23.922; 32. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 23.983; 33. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 24.012; 34. 22c-Mario Clair, 24.036; 35. 63R-Adam Roberts, 24.043; 36. 126-Jeff Strunk, 24.056; 37. 77-Dan Wiesner, 24.171; 38. 99-Ryan Phelps, 24.219; 39. 51m-Dominick Bufflalino, 24.238; 40. 60-Brian Berger, 24.354; 41. 23-Joey Ladouceur, 24.354; 42. 7y-Otto Sitterly, 24.410; 43. 28p-Eldon Payne, 24.460; 44. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 24.632; 45. 71-Pierre Hebert, 24.666; 46. 7s-Michael Sabia, 24.687; 47. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 24.757; 48. 3K-Tommy Kinsella, 24.757; 49. 88-Dave Allen, 24.767; 50. 02-Roy Bresnahan, 24.820; 51. 96c-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 24.876; 52. 21-Yan Bussiere, 24.990; 53. 3B-Scott Boudinot, 25.494; 54. 36-Brian Whittmore, 26.562; 55. 30-Jamie Mills, NT; 56. ONE-David Hebert, NT; 57. 01-Chris Raabe, NT; 58. 7-Rick Laubach, NT; 59. 24-Patrick Dupree, NT; 60. 39T-Ryan Bartlett, NT; 61. 19m-Jessey Mueller, DQ
Tim Fuller Grabs The Pole For Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150
By Clayton Johns
Tim Fuller was the only driver to crack the 22-second bracket as his lap time of 22.829 seconds earned him the pole for the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series’ Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150 at the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.
Fuller was the first car to hit the track for time trials after fastest time in the noon practice session. He took full advantage of his qualifying position to grab the pole for Saturday’s 358 Modified main event.
“I was so close to the wall. You have to nip the wall down here in turn one and I can’t believe I didn’t hit it,” Fuller said following time trials. “That’s all we had to do – we just had to hit it right.”
Watertown driver Billy Dunn maintained the second-fastest spot in time trials with a lap of 23.008 seconds. Dunn, a 358-Modified regular, earned a starting spot on the outside of the front row for Saturday’s 150-lap feature event.
“Getting locked in is such a huge deal. This makes it so much easier going into the weekend. From the looks of this racetrack and how slick it’s getting, track position is going to be really important,” Dunn said.
Brett Hearn was the biggest mover in time trials. He advanced from 10th fastest following practice to third quick in the qualifying session as part of the second group to take time.
“[The car] was pretty good. I’m really happy we were able to advance from our 10th-place time in practice,” Heard said. “I think right now we just have to plan for the heats tomorrow night. We’ll do all the things we normally do here at Super DIRT Week [to get ready].”
Completing the top-six guaranteed starters for Saturday’s event were Matt Sheppard, Marc Johnson and Carey Terrance. While Fuller was certainly happy to lock into the front row, he acknowledged there’s still plenty of racing to be done.
“The only thing this does is guarantee you aren’t going to have any dust on the car at the drop of the green flag. Once we get in to the race, it’s fair game for everybody,” Fuller said.
The noon-hour practice session was the only track time prior to time trials for drivers in the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, save for those pulling double duty in a Big-Block Modified. The lack of information and continued uncertainty means there will still be plenty of adjustments ongoing over the next two days.
“I still think everybody’s trying to figure this place out and figure their cars out. I don’t think anybody has their car where they want it,” Dunn said. “There’s things I want to change to try and get better, so we’ll go into the qualifier tomorrow night with some changes.”
The final track time for the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series prior to Saturday’s Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 150 is Twin 25-lap heat races on Friday night at Oswego. It presents one final opportunity for drivers to tune their setups before the $20,000-to-win showdown on Saturday afternoon.
1. 3rs- Tim Fuller, 22.829, 2. 949- Billy Dunn, 23.008, 3. 20- Brett Hearn, 23.016, 4. 14- Matt Sheppard, 23.025, 5. 3j- Marc Johnson, 23.087, 6. 66x- Carey Terrance, 23.205, 7. 66- Stewart Friesen, 23.277, 8. 99L- Larry Wight, 23.281, 9. 28- Gary Lindberg, 23.313, 10. 46- Billy Decker, 23.325, 11. 27j- Danny Johnson, 23.325, 12. 42p- Pat Ward, 23.379, 13. 25p- Michael Parent, 23.384, 14. 62- Erick Rudolph, 23.392, 15. 2rj- Ronnie Johnson, 23.402, 16. 14j- Alan Johnson, 23.420, 17. 1- David Hebert, 23.507, 18. 19m- Jessey Mueller, 23.585, 19. 19n- Chad Phelps, 23.603, 20. 7m- Michael Maresca, 23.651, 21. 01- Chris Raabe, 23.672, 22. 8- Rich Scagliotta, 23.697, 23. 115- Kenny Tremont Jr., 23.794, 24. 88- Dave Allen, 23.929, 25. 111- Demetrios Drellios, 23.938, 26. 22c- Mario Clair, 24.012, 27. 02- Roy Bresenthan, 24.141, 28. 47s- Corey Wheeler, 24.180, 29. 24- Patrick Dupree, 24.244, 30. 23- Joey Ladouceur, 24.335, 31. 21- Yan Bussiere, 24.346, 32. 37s- Tommy Flannigan, 24.376, 33. 26- Rick Richner, 24.460, 34. 04- Mike Butler, 24.562, 35. 16w- Lance Willix III, 24.599, 36. 96- Jean-Francois Corriveau, 24.652, 37. 27w- Nick Webb, 24.773.
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