Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds at Volusia
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What Won the Race: Tim Fuller rocketed past pole starter Tyler Siri and Tyler Dippel in the opening laps and dominated the rest of the 30-lap Super DIRTcar season-opening event during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
The Skinny: Tim Fuller made quick work of front-row starters Tyler Siri and Tyler Dippel, as he took the lead on lap two and never looked back in Wednesday’s DIRTcar Nationals for the Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds at Volusia Speedway Park. A series of mid-race cautions slowed the event and closed Billy Dunn to his back bumper, with Dunn making a peek inside Fuller at one point, but Fuller utilized the outside groove to his advantage for his sixth career big-block win in Florida.
Winning Quote: “He scared me there in three and four. The top’s so dominant here right now. I figured if he was going to get by me on the bottom, he was going to have the dominant car. I got up on the top and everyone wanted the bottom. It turned out okay.”
Notebook: In the feature, Tim Fuller led early on. First yellow came when Siri, the pole sitter, slowed to a crawl in turn three with a flat left front tire. Second yellow flew on lap 16 for Tyler Dippel, who was turned into the turn two wall. In heat race action, Tyler Dippel and Matt Sheppard battled for the win in the second heat. Dippel admitted after the incident that, “it was my fault” and added that he apologized to Sheppard afterwards. Jamie Mills, Steve Bernard and Darwin Green (LCQ1) as well as Danny Johnson, Neal Williams and Eldon Payne (LCQ2) each had to transfer to the feature race through the Last Chance Qualifier events.
Car Count: 36 Modifieds. 26 cars made up the starting field.
Title Fight: This is the first race of the Super DIRTcar Series championship hunt. Matt Sheppard is the defending series champion.
Winning Chassis: Bicknell
Winning Engine: Andrews
Winning Shocks: Integra
Heat Race Results:
Qualifying Events: There will be four 8-lap heat races and two last-chance qualifiers to set the field. The top five finishers in each heat will transfer to the feature. The top three from each LCQ will also transfer. The field will start straight-up as they qualify in the 30-lap feature..
Who To Watch For: Super DIRTcar Series regulars such s Billy Pauch, Tyler Dippel, Stewart Friesen and more will look to start the 2016 season strong in hopes of toppling defending series champion Matt Sheppard. Sheppard enters this season back with his own team. Veteran Brett Hearn will look to get back into championship form on the Super DIRTcar Series here at Volusia.
|0Bs||Jeremy Markle||Port Jarvis, NY|
|X||Ed Kitchell||South Kinston, RI|
|1||Billy Pauch||Frenchtown, NJ|
|1g||Darwin Greene||Susquehanna, PA|
|1T||Tyler Dippel||Wallkill, NY|
|5||Billy VanInwegen||Sparowbush, NY|
|5*||Tyler Siri||Corning, NY|
|6m||Mat Williamson||St. Catherines, ONT|
|7||Rick Laubach||Quakertown, PA|
|7||Tim Kerr||Picton, ONT|
|8||Rich Scagliotta||Bound Brock, ONT|
|9s||Matt Sheppard||Waterloo, NY|
|14||C.G. Morey||Rutland, VT|
|14J||Alan Johnson||Middlesex, NY|
|19||Tim Fuller||Edwards, NY|
|19m||Jessey Mueller||Oldmstedville, NY|
|20||Brett Hearn||Sussex, NY|
|21a||Peter Britten||Brisbane, AUS|
|21K||Randy Chrysler||Lewiston, NY|
|T21||Roger Chrysler||Lewiston, NY|
|25R||Erick Rudolph||Ransomville, NY|
|27J||Danny Johnson||Rochester, NY|
|28p||Eldon Payne||Canandaigua, NY|
|29e||Erik Martin||Zelienople, PA|
|29J||Chris Ostrowsky||Conklin, NY|
|30||Jamie Mills||Milford, DE|
|32c||Vic Coffey||Leister, NY|
|44||Stewart Friesen||Niagara-on-the-Lake, ONT|
|48too||Dave Rauscher||Waterloo, NY|
|49||Billy Dunn||Watertown, NY|
|54||Steve Bernard||Granby, QUE|
|64||Daniel Nadeau||Montreal, QUE|
|74||J.R. Heffner||Kinderhook, NY|
|83||Brian Swartzlander||Lernerville, PA|
|85j||H.J. Bunting III||Milford, DE|
|99L||Larry Wight||Phoenix, NY|
|323||Neil Williams||Pittsgrove, NJ|
The Track: Volusia Speedway Park is a half-mile dirt oval. The track opened as a 1/4 mile dirt oval in 1968, operating through 1969. It expanded to 3/8 mile (still dirt) in August of 1969, operating through 1971. It expanded again to 1/2 mile in February 1972, operating through 1989, when it was paved. It operated as a paved oval until 1997, when it was converted back to dirt.
The 3/8 mile dirt oval opened behind turn 4 of the original oval, operating from 1993 until it was paved in 1998, In late 2004 the paved surface was torn up and as of 2015 only the slight footprint of the 3/8 mile paved oval remains. A 1/8 mile dirt karting track is located inside the former 3/8 mile course. (From Wikipedia)
Weather: Only sparse, puffy clouds speckled the sky at dusk when cars first hit the track today. Temperatures are expected to fall into the mid-50’s come race time, but there is no chance at precipitation.
Next Series Race: Tomorrow night, Thursday, February 18.
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