The Big Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series are preparing to sling dirt all over Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway this Wednesday night as the 2016 season kicks into high gear. Wednesday’s stop at Williams Grove will serve as the Super DIRTcar Series’ first visit to the fast half-mile in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania since 2006. With the track known primarily as a home for Sprint Cars, few Modified drivers have been there since.
Even longtime drivers like 41-year-old Jimmy Phelps, who won that 2006 show, find themselves in a bit of an unknown with so little information at their disposal. But there is no doubt that Phelps is hoping for the same outcome that the series had the last time the Big-Block Modifieds visited the historic dirt track.
“It was a long time ago but I do remember it. It was a pretty neat deal we were just getting started on the Tour, in fact we had just won our first race that year at Brewerton and backed it up with another one at Williams Grove it was kind of neat,” Phelps told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I assume it’s going to be a little different situation because we ran during the day, the track was hard and slippery. But, who knows? We don’t have any notes or anything to go by, so it’s one of those deals you just don’t know.”
Phelps and his No. 98H team are going in following the same procedure as they would any race despite the unknowns. He also believes that the amount of talented drivers and resourceful teams will overcome the question marks and that the fans should look forward to a great show.
“Still got to qualify good and try to get the car right for the feature,” stated Phelps. “I think in this case the guys with more background are going to be guessing more than normal because there isn’t any notes anywhere for a Dirt Modified anywhere on that track. But the big thing is that there are so many great guys now that can run out front in these races, you never know, it’s going to be awesome.”
This is the first show for the Super DIRTcar Series since running at Fulton Speedway in Upstate New York on April 30. Williams Grove is also the first race of a packed schedule which features 24 events between now and the end of September. While Phelps and his team are eager to get on the road after running mostly local shows since the beginning of May, there is a sense of discretion amongst them.
“We’re excited but obviously it seems that as much as you’re prepared anything can happen, so we’re cautiously heading into it. Just trying to make sure we’ve covered all our tracks, put it that way,” explained Phelps. “We’ve been running Brewerton on Friday’s and Fulton on Saturday’s regularly. We’ve been getting a couple nights a week in. We haven’t really travelled to much stuff, it’s been those two tracks in the meantime. It’s enabled us to test some things and hone in on things we’ve been working on. I feel really good about our stuff right now and we’ll find out on Wednesday.”
Following Wednesday’s return to Williams Grove the Super DIRTcar Series concludes the month of June with events at Cornwall Motor Speedway (ON), Albany-Saratoga Speedway (NY) and Canandaigua Motorsports Park (NY).
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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