Fuller Sets Fast Time For Second
Straight Year In SDW Rite Aid 200
Nearly 80 Cars Take Part in Time Trials
DIRT PR Report


North country standout Tim Fuller from Edwards, N.Y. continued at speed on the Syracuse Mile, capturing his second straight Integra Shocks Fast Time award Thursday to secure the pole-position start for the Super DIRTcar Series Rite Aid 200 Presented By Ferris & Snapper Mowers scheduled for Sunday at the New York State Fairgrounds. Fuller led off the third of five groups that took time and the 2004 Rite Aid Champion made the best of the washboard-like track conditions, winning the $2,500 American Traditions Motorsports Pole Award after touring the historic Syracuse Mile in a one-lap clocking of 30.300 sec. (118.812 mph).

“Have to give Steve (Hastings) and Joe (Knoth) a lot of credit, they came here with some top-notch equipment,” stated Fuller, after besting a full field of 76 open-wheel entries to match his starting positions earned in both the 2006 and ‘08 editions of DIRTcar Racing’s prize jewel event for the Big-Block Modifieds. “These (owners) put in a fresh Precision motor that really draws down the straightaways, and that’s what you really need around here.”

“I don’t plan to make many changes, just haven’t needed to tweak this car too much the last couple years. The track was pretty tough out there but with so much rain lately you can’t really ask for much more, it is what it is. This is Super DIRT Week at the Syracuse Mile and everybody wants to be here,” added Fuller, who finished fifth in last year’s annual 200-lapper on the notorious Moody Mile and remains a solid contender steering the Smith Bros. Concrete Foundations no. 74 Hudson Valley Concrete Pumping/TEO machine.

Headlining a list of drivers cracking the top-six for the first time to earn guaranteed starter status in Sunday’s Modified main were second-generation chauffeur Dale Planck from Cortland, N.Y., Randy Sherlock (4th) from Milford, Pa. and Jerry Higbie (5th) from Newburgh, N.Y. Four-time Rite Aid 200 winner Billy Decker (3rd fastest) from Unadilla, N.Y. and local driver Jimmy Phelps (6th) from Baldwinsville, N.Y., winner of the Rite Aid pole in 2007, filled out the front three rows.

12th fasted time trialer ‘Super Matt’ Sheppard will start seventh in DIRTcar NE's signature race on Sunday by virtue of his victory at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on September 26 while Brett Hearn (14th TT) will file in outside row four after his third-place finish during the same Rolling Wheels World Series Weekend finale.

“The best thing is everybody knows I’m in the race now,” beamed Planck, after putting owner Carey Terrance’s RezX Racing no. 77x Grow It Hydroseeding-Jreck Subs/TEO ride in the spotlight during opening day action in the 38th Annual Salt City showdown. “I just can’t believe I’m here.”

“This car ran good here last year. We put it away for the year and brought it out again this week so we’re excited for the chance to do well. With Tim the only one ahead of me I kinda feel like I’m first in the big picture. We know we have a good car, now we’ll just give it our best shot on Sunday and try to be there at the end,” added Planck, who also leads the points chase in a bid for his first-ever overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship in the 358-Modified ranks.

After timing second quickest earlier in the afternoon during qualifying for the ‘Salute To The Troops 150’ 358-Modified Championship to be run on Saturday, Decker settled for third fastest on the Moody Mile in his familiar red LJL Racing no. 91 Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int'l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell entry.

”I was hoping for a better view up front but I’m tickled to be locked into the top-six, I’ll certainly sleep a little better tonight,” remarked Decker, who garnered his fourth Rite Aid 200 Championship in 2005, the year after establishing the all-time single-lap record for a Modified as he circled the Syracuse Mile in a time of 28.348sec. (126.993mph). “I got a little loose out there in turns three and four and that was the difference. Regardless, our plans haven’t changed one bit, everything we do is geared up to win on Sunday.”

The remainder of the Rite Aid 200 field will come from Friday’s Modified Triple 20’s and the 'Dig Safely New York Shootout' last-chance qualifier on Sunday, with the 4th Annual “Win And You’re In” Big-Block/Small-Block Super Shootout at Rolling Wheels giving the 25-lap feature winner an automatic 45th-place starting spot in this year’s marquee event.

Super DIRT Week XXXVIII action continues on Friday afternoon with the Big-Block Modified Triple 20s and 358-Modified Twin 20s taking center stage on the NYS Fairgrounds oval, followed immediately by Sportsman Time Trials along with World of Outlaws Sprint Car ‘King of the Mile’ exhibition dash and Pro Stock practice.

But that’s not all as the action then moves over to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park for a 358-Modified/Sportsman Hoosier-VP Mr. DIRTcar Series doubleheader while across town Cayuga County Fair Speedway hosts a 360 Sprint Car Challenge under the lights plus a full car of full-fender racing featuring the ’09 Parts Plus Big Six Street stock Series finale.

SUPER DIRT WEEK XXXVIII MODIFIED TIME TRIALS, NYS Fairgrounds, Oct. 8

           FAST             AVE

1          30.300            118.812          74        Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY    
*$2,500 – American Traditions Motorsports Pole
2          30.402            118.413          77x      Dale Planck/Cortland,NY 
*$1,500 – TEO Pro Car Outside Pole
3          30.439            118.269          91        Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY  
4          30.591            117.682          10        Randy Sherlock/Milford,PA         
5          30.644            117.478          66        Jerry Higbie/Newburgh,NY          
6          30.659            117.421          98h     Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY 
7          30.722            117.180          1th      Tim Hindley/Monticello,NY          
8          30.723            117.176          42p     Pat Ward/Genoa,NY          
9          30.726            117.165          7          Rich Laubach/Quakertown,PA   
10        30.773            116.986          88        J.R. Heffner/Stephentown,NY    
11        30.778            116.967          57        Donnie Corellis/Averill Park,NY  
12        30.786            116.936          9s        Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY        
13        30.896            116.520          98        Eddie Marshall/Ridgefield,CT
14        30.899            116.509          20        Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
15        30.968            116.249          90        Martin Roy/Napierville,QUE
16        30.976            116.219          27j       Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
17        30.986            116.182          111     Shawn Donath/South Onondaga.NY
18        30.999            116.133          02        Roy Bresnahan/Palermo,NY
19        31.019            116.058          44f      Stewart Friesen/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT
20        31.074            115.852          8          Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ
21        31.076            115.845          3          Justin Haers/Phelps,NY
22        31.083            115.819          14        Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ
23        31.121            115.678          19h     Chris Higgins/Syracuse,NY
24        31.123            115.670          24        Chris Shultz/Pawling,NY
25        31.172            115.488          56        Vince Vitale/Phoenix,NY
26        31.207            115.359          26        Ryan Godown/Ringoes,NJ
27        31.240            115.237          29        Jeff Brownell Jr./Geneva,NY
28        31.275            115.108          39        Tim McCreadie/Watertown,NY
29        31.293            115.042          19        Kenny Brightbill/Sinking Springs,PA     
30        31.325            114.924          43        Keith Flach/Ravena,NY   
31        31.347            114.844          32c      Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY   
32        31.385            114.704          2rj        Ronnie Johnson/Duanesburg,NY         
33        31.422            114.569          1h       David Hebert/St. Damase,QUE   
34        31.432            114.533          99        Ryan Phelps/Fulton,NY   
35        31.469            114.398          84        Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY          
36        31.491            114.318          44        Frank Cozze/Wind Gap,PA          
37        31.540            114.141          28p     Eldon Payne,Jr./Hopewell,NY     
38        31.545            114.123          14m    Doug Manmiller/Shoemakersville,PA   
39        31.550            114.105          35w     Willy Decker/Vernon,NY  
40        31.557            114.079          usa1   Richie Tobias Jr./Anneville,PA   
41        31.600            113.924          41        Jeff Strunk/Mohnton,PA   
42        31.611            113.884          62s      Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY     
43        31.614            113.874          34        Andy Bachetti/Sheffield,MA        
44        31.642            113.773          49        Billy Dunn/Watertown,NY
45        31.650            113.744          85        Ted Lamb Jr./Clay,NY
46        31.652            113.737          21m    Bob McGannon/Garnerville,NY
47        31.657            113.719          14j       Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY
48        31.753            113.375          45        Wayne Jelley/Pittsfield,MA
49        31.754            113.372          93x      Craig Mitchell/Wappingers Falls,NY
50        31.808            113.179          673     Mitch Gibbs/North Norwich,NY
51        31.849            113.033          m40    Mark Forte,Jr./Blue Anchor,NJ
52        31.876            112.938          42        Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT
53        31.930            112.747          99L     Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
54        31.945            112.694          115     Kenny Tremont/West Sand Lake,NY
55        32.000            112.500          151kb Brian McDonald/Cornwall,ONT
56        32.115            112.097          35        Mike Perrotte/Elizabethtown,NY
57        32.128            112.052          48too  Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY
58        32.144            111.996          87x      Paul Gilardi/Pittsfield,MA
59        32.170            111.906          22        Larry Lampman,Jr./Port Colborne,ONT
60        32.357            111.259          4*        Michael Storms/Wantage,NJ
61        32.515            110.718          14b     Brian Swarthout/Beaver Dams,NY         
62        32.564            110.552          96        Todd Milton/Auburn,NY    
63        32.601            110.426          6n       Grant Hilfiger/Canadensis,PA     
64        32.683            110.149          08        Mark D'Ilario/Smithville,ONT        
65        32.780            109.823          0          Dan Humes/Canaan,CT  
66        32.883            109.479          1ny     Greg Atkins/Clintonville,NY         
67        33.058            108.900          83        Brian Swartzlander/Leechburg,PA         
68        33.238            108.310          3j         Marc Johnson/Guilderland,NY   
69        33.704            106.812          36        Brett Graham/Accord,NY  
70          -NT-                -----               007     Roy Tarbell/Akwesasne, NY        
71          -NT-                -----               13        Tony Steiner/Jamesville,NY        
72          -NT-                -----               22        Mike Bruno/Castleton,VT 
73          -NT-                -----               24x      Patrick Dupree/Saranac Lake,NY
74          -NT-                -----               24z      Jessica Zemken/Sprakers,NY     
75          -NT-                -----               76a     Ronnie Johnson/Duanesburg,NY         
76          -NT-                -----               83x      Tom Sears Jr./Clay,NY     

*Top-6 locked into front three rows.        

- 76 Cars Entered