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Decker Captures Fifth Pole

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Gary Tomkins, Bobby Varin, Brett Hearn, Peter Britten, David Hebert and Billy Decker qualified in the top six for Sunday’s VP Small Engine Fuels 200. (Alex Bruce photo)

 

One for the Thumb: Decker Wins Fifth Big-Block Pole

American, Canadian, Australian to lead VP Small Engine Fuels 200 to Green Flag on Sunday at the ‘Moody Mile’

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Oct. 4, 2012 – Billy Decker captured the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified VP Small Engine Fuels 200 pole award for the fifth time in his career on Thursday afternoon at the New York State Fairgrounds during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.

 

Decker, of Unidilla, N.Y., was one of the final competitors to qualify in a field of 65 cars, and he surged to the top of the charts with a stunning lap around the Moody Mile in 32.997 seconds.

 

David Hebert, of St. Damase, Quebec, and Peter Britten, of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, were second and third quickest, marking the first time in the 41-year history of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week that an American, Canadian and Australian will occupy the top three starting positions in Sunday’s VP Small Engine Fuels 200.

 

Seven-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Brett Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., Bobby Varin, of Johnstown, N.Y., and Gary Tomkins, of Clifton Springs, N.Y., rounded out top six qualifiers, all of whom are locked into the top six starting positions for Sunday’s VP Small Engine Fuels 200.

 

“It’s day one but you want to be the fastest every time you go out,” said Decker, who also won the pole in 2011. “It’s a start, it’s a long week and it’s certainly how we wanted to start it, now we need to finish. … Right now we want to be the best every time we roll onto the track.”

 

Britten was the 21st car to qualify, knocking Hearn from the top spot at that point. Britten then waited … and waited … and waited to see if his lap of 33.330 seconds would last through the end of time trials. He almost made it. Decker and Hebert were among the final five qualifiers, but they posted the two quickest times of the day.

 

“I didn’t even expect to stay in the top six,” said Britten, who won the Big-Block Futures Race last year in his first attempt at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. “You see how these things go. Normally the guys keep coming and coming and coming later on, and they just never did. We kept watching, we got the qualifying list and looking over at the guys to come and they were dropping off and you start thinking, ‘Maybe. Maybe.’ Then Billy Decker comes out. He’s got so many laps around here. To get beat by him, and then right at the end by David Hebert, I’ll take that, third place in my second time here. It’s kind of disappointing when you stay in the number one spot for so long, but third place is awesome for us. Hopefully now that we’re locked in there’s less pressure and we can concentrate on getting better for Sunday.”

 

Qualifying time trials for the Gander Mountain 150 358-Modified event will be run on Friday morning.

 

The entry list is posted at SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com. For the latest news and updates about Super DIRT Week and DIRTcar Racing, “like” the Super DIRT Week and DIRTcar Racing Facebook pages or follow the Twitter feeds, @SuperDIRTWeek and @DIRTcarNE.

 

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds; VP Small Engine Fuel 200; New York State Fairgrounds; Syracuse, N.Y.; Oct. 4, 2012

Pos

No.

Name

Time

Diff

1

91

Billy Decker

32.997

2

1H

David Hebert

33.230

0.233

3

21a

Peter Britten

33.330

0.333

4

20H

Brett Hearn

33.352

0.355

5

00

Bobby Varin

33.456

0.459

6

84

Gary Tomkins

33.542

0.545

7

42P

Pat Ward

33.543

0.546

8

39

Tim McCreadie

33.557

0.560

9

3

Justin Haers

33.592

0.595

10

98H

Jimmy Phelps

33.618

0.621

11

9s

Matt Sheppard

33.622

0.625

12

2J

Ronnie Johnson

33.644

0.647

13

99L

Larry Wight

33.657

0.660

14

44

Stewart Freisen

33.706

0.709

15

49

Billy Dunn

33.737

0.740

16

10J

Alan Johnson

33.805

0.808

17

74

Tim Fuller

33.808

0.811

18

34b

Andy Bachetti

33.812

0.815

19

1TH

Tim Hindley

33.820

0.823

20

27J

Danny Johnson

33.829

0.832

21

48T

Dave Rauscher

33.840

0.843

22

32c

Vic Coffey

33.930

0.933

23

21m

Bob McGannon

33.981

0.984

24

7

Rick Laubach

34.038

1.041

25

747

Ryan Godown

34.046

1.049

26

88

Jeff Strunk

34.144

1.147

27

77J

Keith Flach

34.226

1.229

28

8R

Rob Bellinger

34.239

1.242

29

115

Kenny Tremont Jr.

34.245

1.248

30

19w

Justin Wright

34.306

1.309

31

14a

Brian Swartout

34.415

1.418

32

62s

Tom Sears Jr.

34.430

1.433

33

56

Vince Vitale

34.437

1.440

34

55

Jerry Higbie

34.524

1.527

35

98

Eddie Marshall

34.554

1.557

36

8

Rich Scagliotta

34.593

1.596

37

3J

Marc Johnson

34.680

1.683

38

77F

Mark Flach Jr.

34.829

1.832

39

4k

Jasmin Leveillee

34.853

1.856

40

35

Mike Perrotte

34.864

1.867

41

1

Darwin Greene

34.922

1.925

42

5*

Tyler Siri

34.940

1.943

43

22c

Mario Clair

35.021

2.024

44

13s

Tony Steiner

35.066

2.069

45

16

Lance Willix II

35.121

2.124

46

28P

Eldon Payne

35.231

2.234

47

42

Brian Murphy

35.241

2.244

48

0

Dan Humes

35.316

2.319

49

5

Jimmy Horton

35.342

2.345

50

342

Matt Pupello

35.423

2.426

51

72

Tommy Flannigan

35.424

2.427

52

323

Neal Williams

35.613

2.616

53

39T

Clement Therrien

35.617

2.620

54

57s

Brian Sage

35.705

2.708

55

6N

Kevin Bates

35.807

2.810

56

3a

Kevin Albert

35.860

2.863

57

188

David Papineau

35.871

2.874

58

57

Donnie Corellis

35.882

2.885

59

816

Jeff Rockefeller

35.884

2.887

60

10

Patrick McGrail

36.100

3.103

61

24

Patrick Dupree

36.531

3.534

62

17

Marcus Dinkins

36.614

3.617

63

1ny

Greg Atkins

36.631

3.634

64

10c

Tim Currier

36.948

3.951

65

16

Aaron Jacobs

38.160

5.163

66

02

Roy Brenahan

NT

67

76

Jimmy Blewett

NT

68

1J

Jason Harrington

NT

69

6m

Mat Williamson

NT

 

The Super DIRTcar Series and Super DIRT Week are brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, Gander Mountain, NAPA Auto Parts, and Safety-Kleen. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio and Roush Yates Performance Products. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Beyea Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Draco Springs, Intercomp, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Ignition, Penske Shocks, Pro Fabrication, Racing Electronics, Superflow, Vicci Racing Apparel, Wilwood Engineering, WIX Filters, Wrisco Industries, and Xtreme Lubricants.

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