Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds at Volusia

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Tim Fuller (19) held off a mid-race charge from Billy Dunn (49) en route to victory at Volusia. ( Nuttleman photo)

Tim Fuller (19) held off a mid-race charge from Billy Dunn (49) en route to victory at Volusia. ( Nuttleman photo)














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 Finish:

1 Tim Fuller
2 Billy Dunn
3 Billy Pauch
4 Larry Wight
5 Matt Sheppard
6 Stewart Friesen
7 Vic Coffey
8 Brett Hearn
9 Erick Rudolph
10 Pete Britten
11 JR Heffner
12 Danny Johnson
13 Steve Bernard
14 Rick Laubach
15 Alan Johnson
16 Brian Swartzlan
17 Tim Kerr
18 Mat Williamson
19 Neal Williams
20 Darwin Green
21 HJ Bunting
22 Jamie Mills
23 Billy VanInwegen
24 Tyler Siri
25 Eldon Payne
26 Tyler Dippel


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


Starting Line-Up:

1 Tyler Siri
2 Tyler Dippel
3 Tim Fuller
4 Billy Pauch
5 Larry Wight
6 Matt Sheppard
7 Billy Dunn
8 Rick Laubach
9 Tim Kerr
10 Vic Coffey
11 Erick Rudolph
12 JR Heffner
13 Stewart Friesen
14 Brian Swartzlander
15 Pete Britten
16 Alan Johnson
17 Billy VanInwegen
18 Mat Williamson
19 Brett Hearn
20 HJ Bunting
21 Jamie Mills
22 Danny Johnson
23 Steve Bernard
24 Neal Williams
25 Darwin Green
26 Eldon Payne



Heat Race Results: 

Heat 1
1 Tyler Siri
2 Larry Wight
3 Tim Kerr
4 Stewart Friesen
5 Billy Vaninwegen
6 Steve Bernard
7 Jeremy Markle
8 Darwin Green
9 Daniel Nadeau
Heat 2
1 Tyler Dippel
2 Matt Sheppard
3 Vic Coffey
4 Brian Swartzlander
5 Mat Williamson
6 Jamie Mills
7 Chris Ostrowsky
8 Jessey Mueller
9 Erik Martin
Heat 3
1 Tim Fuller
2 Billy Dunn
3 Erick Rudolph
4 Pete Britten
5 Bret Hearn
6 Danny Johnson
7 Eldon Payne
8 Dave Rauscher
9 CG Morey
Heat 4
1 Billy Pauch
2 Rick Laubach
3 JR Heffner
4 Alan Johnson
5 HJ Bunting
6 Neal Williams
7 Rich Scagliotta


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..


Practice Results:

Group 1
1 Tyler Siri 18.204
2 Steward Friesen 18.292
3 Larry Wight 18.470
4 Tim Kerr 18.519
5 Jeremy Markle 18.530
6 Billy VanInwegen 18.575
7 Steve Bernard 18.709
8 Daniel Nadeau 18.795
9 Darwin Green 19.126
Group 2
1 Matt Sheppard 18.081
2 Tyler Dippel 18.128
3 Vic Coffey 18.304
4 Brian Swartzlander 18.320
5 Jamie Mills 18.376
6 Mat Wiliamson 18.536
7 Chris Ostrowsky 18.823
8 Jessey Mueller 19.322
9 Erik Martin 19.423
Group 3
1 Tim Fuller 17.681
2 Billy Dunn 17.799
3 Pete Briitten 17.943
4 Brett Hearn 18.038
5 Erick Rudolph 18.088
6 Danny Johnson 18.284
7 Dave Rauscher 18.395
8 Edlon Payne 18.538
9 CG Morey 18.758
Group 4
1 Billy Pauch 17.790
2 Rick Laubach 17.859
3 JR Heffner 18.204
4 Alan Johnson 18.289
5 Neal Williams 18.514
6 Rich Scagliotta 18.540
7 Randy Chrysler 18.882
8 HJ Bunting 18.923


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.


Entry List:

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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