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Campers, Racers Kick Off Super DIRT Week

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NAPA Super DIRT Week Kicks Off with Hundreds of Campers at the N.Y. State Fairgrounds and High-Speeds on the Moody Mile

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Oct. 7, 2015 – The “Finale at the Fairgrounds” is finally underway. Wednesday morning hundreds of campers rolled into the New York State Fairgrounds to kick off the 44th NAPA Super DIRT Week, then Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series drivers raced onto the Moody Mile for their first laps at the historic venue.

It was a bittersweet day for many of the racers. With every driver wanting desperately to be the final winner at the Mile on Sunday, Billy Decker topped the two-hour practice session with a lap around the Mile in 31.478 seconds.

 

“We need to be quick-time all week,” said Decker, a four-time Syracuse 200 winner. “It’s very similar to what we thought it would be, actually we went a little quicker than I thought you should go. Thursday is a new ball game, we’ll see what happens.”

 

On Thursday, drivers get their chance at being the final polesitter of NAPA Super DIRT Week during the qualifying time trials for the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds and the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds.

 

While Decker says he doesn’t think this final event at the fairgrounds is “going to hit everybody for a while,” the young driver who was second quick on Wednesday, 22-year-old Larry Wight, would certainly like to close out this era of the event with his first Syracuse 200 victory.

 

“I’ve been coming here since I was 4 years old working on cars,” said Wight, the 2015 DIRTcar Nationals champion. “The last thing I want to think about is that we can’t come back. I always dreamed of being able to have my kids work on my car like I did for Pat (Ward) and everybody else. Hopefully it’s a good show for the fans.”

 

Wight looked strong on Wednesday afternoon, posting a lap around the Mile in 31.689 seconds that was second quickest.

 

“We’re excited about it, but you’re also nervous because you don’t want to be quick out of the gate and slow at the finish,” Wight said. “We were able to put it in the top two so that’s a good indication for us to try to get in the top six for time trials. The track was smooth all the way around. I was able to drive around the outside of guys who were slower than me so I think it’s going to race really well.”

 

Billy Dunn earned his first Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series victory in the 2013 Syracuse 200 during NAPA Super DIRT Week so there’s little doubt how special this venue and event are to him. Dunn drove the third quickest car in the Wednesday practice session with a lap in 31.774 seconds as he also would love to close out the Mile with a victory.

 

“Like any of us, we’ve all been here since we’ve been kids and we have a lot of memories of being here,” Dunn said. “You think about things you saw or do when you were a kid, or even the last five or 10 years racing. We do feel really lucky we were able to win one, that takes a little bit of the pressure off us, we can just go out and try to do our best.”

 

For many racers, no victory is more special than the first one. For Dunn, his first victory coming on the sport’s biggest stage makes it even more special, but a win on Sunday might just change that.

 

“You know, me and Tim Fuller were talking about that,” Dunn said. “This is the one Syracuse race that if you win, it will mean more than your first win here. It’s a pretty big race. At least we do have that one win under our belt, we’ve won a couple of Triple 20s, had some really strong runs here so we don’t expect anything less this week. About lap 160 on Sunday we’ll know where we sit.”

 

For every driver in the pits this week, they hope to their name becomes part of Syracuse lore by Sunday. Through Wednesday afternoon, below are the drivers set to compete this week:

 

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Roster

Car

Driver

Hometown

ONE

David Hebert

St. Damase, QC

X

Edward Kitchell

South Kingstown, RI

01

Chris Raabe

Napanee, ON

1

Tyler Dippel

Wallkill, NY

1

Justin Haers

Phelps, NY

1M

Mathieu Desjardins

Sorel-Tracy, QC

1NY

Gregory Atkins

Keeseville, NY

FX1

Frankie Caprara

Pulaski, NY

2RJ

Ronnie Johnson

Scotia, NY

2RJ

Mark Kislowski

Ballston Lake, NY

3J

Marc Johnson

Guilderland, NY

3A

Kevin Albert Jr

Lebanon, PA

3M

Henry Maier

Spencerport, NY

5

Billy VanInwegen

Sparrowbush, NY

5*

Tyler Siri

Horseheads, NY

6

Jimmy Phelps

Baldwinsville, NY

6

Mat Williamson

St.Catharines, ON

7

Rick Laubach

Hellertown, PA

7

Michael Maresca

Hannawa Falls, NY

08

Mark D’Ilario

Vineland, ON

8

Rich Scagliotta

Hillsborough, NJ

11

Robert Bellinger

Dexter, NY

12B

Kevin Britten

Port Byron, NY

13

Rick Regalski

Slippery Rock, PA

R13

Ralph McBride

Valencia, PA

14

Brian Swarthout

Beaver Dams, NY

14

Brett Wright

East Chatam, NY

14H

Jeffrey Heotzler

Wallkill, NY

17

Marcus Dinkins

Montour Falls, NY

19

Jessey Mueller

Olmstedville, NY

19

Tim Fuller

Watertown, NY

20

Brett Hearn

Kinnelon, NJ

21a

Peter Britten

Port Byron, NY

21M

Bob McGannon

Garnerville, NY

22c

Mario Clair

St.Edmond, QC

24

Patrick Dupree

Saranac Lake, NY

25P

Michael Parent

Granby, QC

27J

Danny Johnson

Phelps, NY

28p

Eldon Payne Jr

Canandaigua, NY

29

Kyle Redner

Middletown, NY

32c

Vic Coffey

Caledonia, NY

34B

Andy Bachetti

Great Barrington, MA

35

Frank Cozze

Wind Gap, PA

39

Tim McCreadie

Avon, NY

39

Alan Therrien

Victoriaville, QC

M40

Mark Forte Jr

Hammonton, NJ

42p

Pat Ward

Baldwinsville, NY

43

Keith Flach

Ravena, NY

43x

Keith Flach

Ravena, NY

44

Stewart Friesen

Sprakers, NY

45

Steve Feder

Butler, PA

47

Bob Sarkisian

Woolwich, NJ

49

Billy Dunn

Watertown, NY

51M

Dominick Buffalino

Sayreville, NJ

56

Vince Vitale

Cato, NY

62s

Tom Sears Jr.

Clay, NY

63

Adam Roberts

Central Square, NY

66x

Carey Terrance

Hogansburg, NY

66

Duane Howard

Oley, PA

71

Pierre Hebert

St.Hyacinthe, QC

74

Dave Blaney

Hartford, Ohio

74

JR Heffner

Kinderhook, NY

75

Jeff Miller

Sarver, PA

77

Bob Hamm Jr

Windsor, NY

77B

Roy Bresnahan

Fulton, NY

87

Neil Stratton

North Bennington, VT

88

Dave Allen

Palmyra, NY

91

Billy Decker

Baldwinsville, NY

96

Todd Milton

Camillus, NY

96

Mike Turner

Butler, PA

98

Eddie Marshall

Ridgefield, CT

99

Mikael Labreche

Ste Beatrix, QC

99L

Larry Wight

Baldwinsville, NY

115

Stephane LaFrance

St.Andrews, ON

115

Ken Tremont Jr

West Sandlake, NY

151KB

Brian McDonald

Cornwall, ON

220

John Ferrier

Middletown, NY

747

Ryan Godown

Ringoes, NJ

816

Jeffrey Rockefeller

Ballston Spa, NY

999

Matt Sheppard

Waterloo, NY

2848

Jimmy Maier

Spencerport, NY

 

DIRTcar 358-Modified Roster

Car

Driver

Hometown

ONE

David Hebert

St.Damase, QC

01

Chris Raabe

Napanee, ON

1

Tyler Dippel

Wallkill, NY

1M

Mathieu Desjardins

Sorel-Tracy, QC

1NY

Gregory Atkins

Keeseville, NY

FX1

Frankie Caprara

Pulaski, NY

3A

Kevin Albert Jr

Lebanon, PA

3B

Scott Boudinot

Dundee, NY

3J

Marc Johnson

Guilderland, NY

3M

Henry Maier

Spencerport, NY

6

Jimmy Phelps

Baldwinsville, NY

7

Michael Maresca

Hannawa Falls, NY

08

Mark D’Ilario

Vineland, ON

8

Rich Scagliotta

Hillsborough, NJ

12B

Kevin Britten

Port Byron, NY

14

Brett Wright

East Chatam, NY

14

Brian Swarthout

Beaver Dams, NY

17

JR Heffner

Kinderhook, NY

17

Matt Janiak

Warwich, NY

20

Brett Hearn

Kinnelon, NJ

21

Yan Bussiere

Drummondville, QC

21M

Bob McGannon

Garnerville, NY

21s

James Henry

Niagara Falls, NY

22c

Mario Clair

St.Edmond, QC

24

Patrick Dupree

Saranac Lake, NY

25

Chad Jeseo

Averill Park, NY

25

Erick Rudolph

Ransomville, NY

25P

Michael Parent

Granby, QC

26

Ryan Godown

Ringoes, NJ

29K

Ryan Krachun

Neshanic, NJ

32c

Vic Coffey

Caledonia, NY

R40

Ryan Forte

Hammonton, NJ

44

Stewart Friesen

Sprakers, NY

45

Wayne Jelley

Pittsfield, MA

47

Bob Sarkisian

Woolwich, NJ

49

Billy Dunn

Watertown, NY

66x

Carey Terrance

Hogansburg, NY

73

Alain Boisvert

Lachine, QC

76A

Ronnie Johnson

Scotia, NY

83x

Tim Sears Jr

Hastings, NY

87

Neil Stratton

North Bennington, VT

91

Billy Decker

Baldwinsville, NY

99

Mikael Labreche

St Beatrix, QC

99L

Larry Wight

Baldwinsville, NY

111

Demetrios Drellos

Queensbury, NY

115

Ken Tremont Jr

West Sandlake, NY

115

Stephane Lafrance

St Albert, ON

343

Randy Sweetman

Middletown, NY

151KB

Brian McDonald

Cornwall, ON

 

DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Roster

Car

Driver

Hometown

0

Shane Pecore

St Andrews, ON

00

Frank Holmes

Gibbstown, NJ

00

Christopher Kokosa

Belchertown, MA

1

Sam Reakes IV

Fulton, NY

1f

AJ Lloyd

Canandaigua, NY

1J

Rocky Warner

Gloversville, NY

M1

David Marcuccilli

Cayuga, NY

2

Chris Thurston

LaFargeville, NY

3X

John Behr

Central Square, NY

4

Cody Clark

Little Falls, NY

4

Greg Martin

Wilson, NY

4T

Tony Komuda Jr

Warners, NY

8

Alan Fink

Central Square, NY

09

Connor Cleveland

Corinth, NY

11s

Steven Lewis Jr

Ransomville, NY

12

Taylor Caprara

Watertown, NY

14x

Scott Duell

Ballston Spa, NY

15B

Brianna Ladouceur

Cornwall, ON

16

Earl Rudy

Phoenix, NY

17J

Jamie Platt

Watertown, NY

17T

Todd Town

Jordan, NY

18jr

Louie Jackson Jr

Akwesasne, NY

21

Adam Gage

West Lebanon, NH

21

James Henry

Niagara Falls, NY

21L

Alissa Cody

Cairo, NY

22

Brett Martin

Burt, NY

22

Matt Smith

Canadaguia, NY

M22

Michael Dubois

Highland, NY

23

John McAuliffe

Ballston Lake, NY

23

Mike Stacey

Kahnawake, QC

24k

Nick Krause

Parish, NY

29k

Chris Cunningham

Kirkville, NY

30

Brad Rouse

St.Catharines, ON

33

Alex Lajoie

St.Damase, QC

33H

Matt Hitchcock

Stony Point, NY

35

Chris Curtis

East Canaan, CT

42

Brian Murphy

Cicero, NY

44

Dave Conant Jr

Lockport, NY

47

Brent Cross

Cortland, NY

52

Jessica Power

Kingston, ON

70

John Virgilio

Pittsfield, MA

78A

Brad Alger

Oneonta, NY

85

Steve Abt

Oswego, NY

86

Matt Steffenhagen

Delevan, NY

88c

Connor Dawdy

Battersea, ON

92

Joey Ladouceur

Alexandria, ON

96

Robert Maxon

Pownal, VT

98

Dan Kapuscinski

Fulton, NY

99

Brian Papiez

Belle Mead, NJ

14s

Austin Smith

Thompson Ridge, NY

271

Tiger Chapman

Cape Vincent, NY

314

Gordon Film

Stillwater, NY

343

Randy Sweetman

Middletown, NY

415

Andrew Wren

Evans Mills, NY

 

DIRTcar Pro Stock Roster

Car

Driver

Hometown

00

Mike Welch

Lyons, NY

08

Chad Arsenault

Elizaville, NY

2

Peter Stefanski

North Tonawanda, NY

2H

Luke Horning

Gloversville, NY

4

Dean Charbonneau

Clifton Park, NY

07

Tom Harkins

Hudson, NY

7

Rob Yetman

Castleton, NY

7c

Glenn Forward

Morrisville, NY

7N

Jim Normoyle

Little Falls, NY

8

Jay Corbin

Rensselaer, NY

11

Ed Thompson

Castleton, VT

14

Kim Duell

Port Corners, NY

15

Daniel Wood

Watervliet, NY

17

Jocelyn Chicoine

St Marc Richelieu, QC

17

Nick Hilt

Averill Park, NY

22

Andrew Walters

Gloversville, NY

24

Robbie Speed

Hudson, NY

30

Steve Pesarak

Geneva, NY

47

David

Long Sault, ON

60

Joe LaFlamme

Pittsfield, MA

81

Justin Knight

St Johnsville, NY

93

Kenneth Martin Jr

Scotia, NY

97

Daniel Older

Ballaston Spa, NY

315

Jonathan Routhier

Canaan, CT

322

Jay Casey

Canaan, CT

324

Jason Casey

Ashley Falls, MA

690

Sid Harmer Jr

Gouverneur, NY

715

Gus Hollner

Gloversville, NY

715N

Nick Stone

Schenectady, NY

 

USAC Silver Crown Roster Roster

Car

Driver

Hometown

2

Patrick Lawson

Edwardsville, IL

3

A.J. Fike

Galesburg, IL

8

Justin Grant

Ione, CA

20

Jerry Coons Jr.

Tucson, AZ

26

Aaron Pierce

Muncie, IN

30

C.J. Leary

Greenfield, IN

36

Chappy Knaack

Bethesda, MD

48

Brady Bacon

Broken Arrow, OK

53

Steve Buckwalter

Royersford, PA

55

Casey Shuman

Tempe, AZ

63

Kody Swanson

Kingsburg, CA

71

Shane Cockrum

Benton, IL

81

Shane Cottle

Kokomo, IN

88

Chris Fetter

Troy, MO

91

Austin Nemire

Sylvania, OH

98

Chris Windom

Canton, IL

99

Stewart Friesen

Sprakers, NY

117

Richie Tobias

Lebanon, PA

 

The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, Pole Position Raceway and Dig Safely New York. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, FX Caprara, Fox Shox, Impact Race Products, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Performance, Racing Electronics, Superflow, TNT Rescue and Wrisco Aluminum.

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