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Decker Claims 358-Mod 150 Pole

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Sun Shines On Decker’s 358-Modified 150 Qualifying Effort At NAPA Super DIRT Week

 

Veteran Star Claims Pole Position For Saturday’s Small-Block Spectacular At Syracuse

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2014) — The sun shined on Billy Decker’s ‘Salute to the Troops’ 358-Modified Championship 150 qualifying effort Thursday afternoon during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week — literally.

 

Taking advantage of the rays of sunshine that broke through the clouds and made the one-mile New York State Fairgrounds surface faster just before his spot in time trials, the 49-year-old star from Unadilla, N.Y., blazed his Gypsum Wholesalers Bicknell car around the historic oval in 31.116 seconds to earn the pole position for Saturday’s 150-mile small-block finale.

 

“We were late (in the qualifying order) and the sun was high (in the sky) at that time so that obviously helped,” said Decker. “The sun was out from behind a cloud and I think that got the track a little faster for us.”

 

Decker nipped Carey Terrance of Hogansburg, N.Y., for the pole by less than a tenth of a second, giving him 358-Modified fast-time honors at the Moody Mile for the fourth in the last five years. He has won the 358-Modified 150 a record six times, most recently in 2011 when he captured the race for the fourth consecutive year.

 

“The race car was balanced pretty dog-gone good there,” said Decker, who drove a brand-new machine powered by a Kevlar engine. “I was very happy with it. I got a tick twitchy and bent just a tick in (turn) one, but other than that I thought I cut a pretty clean lap.

 

“This is a new car this year that (crew chief) Scott (Jeffery) put it together. We got two hot-lap sessions on it and it had speed, so we’re tickled. “

 

Terrance, who turns 34 next week, improved his career-best 358-Modified qualifying performance by one position. He timed third-fastest last year and was running fourth in the headline event when his car ran out of gas, leaving him one lap down in 25th in the final rundown.

 

“I feel like I could’ve been a little bit faster,” said Terrance, who drove a Teo-Pro car equipped with a Kevlar powerplant. “We went out early and didn’t really know what to expect, and then sun started coming out a little later and that caused the track to start taking a little bit of rubber and get faster.

 

“But finishing second to Billy Decker is a good day, so we’ll take it.”

 

Chris Raabe of Napanee, Ont., was third-fastest with a lap 31.219 seconds to earn the inside second-row starting spot. Ronnie Johnson of Duanesburg, N.Y., will start fourth after turning a lap of 31.278 seconds in Alton Palmer’s machine; Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., claimed the fifth starting spot with a clocking of 31.396 seconds in Vinnie Salerno’s 4-Star Racing machine; and Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., was the final driver to lock into the feature with a circuit of 31.426 seconds that puts him sixth on the 150’s starting grid.

 

The balance of the 358-Modified 150 field will be determined with the results of Twin 20-lap heat races that are part of Friday evening’s Camping World Friday Night Lights program. The card of heat races, which also includes Triple 20s for the Big-Block Modifieds and Triple 10s for the Sportsman-Modifieds, is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.

 

‘Salute to the Troops’ 358-Modified Championship 150 Qualifying Results

 

Pos No. Name Best Tm
1 91 Billy Decker 31.116
2 66x Carey Terrance 31.201
3 1 Chris Raabe 31.219
4 76 Ronnie Johnson 31.278
5 4* Tim McCreadie 31.396
6 44 Stewart Friesen 31.426
7 20 Brett Hearn 31.472
8 1 David Hebert 31.497
9 3J Marc Johnson 31.523
10 22c Mario Clair 31.554
11 25 Erick Rudolph 31.760
12 76 Jimmy Blewett 31.782
13 45 Wayne Jelley 31.788
14 83x Tim Sears Jr. 31.819
15 5 Jimmy Horton 31.854
16 99L Larry Wight 31.899
17 49 Billy Dunn 31.926
18 73 Alain Boisvert 31.931
19 74F Tim Fuller 31.941
20 126 Duane Howard 31.970
21 9H Matt Sheppard 32.021
22 21 Ryan Darcey 32.030
23 42p Pat Ward 32.045
24 R70 Ryan Arbithnot 32.089
25 21m Bob McGannon 32.204
26 3a Kevin Albert 32.207
27 1ny Greg Atkins 32.241
28 14 Brett Wright 32.281
29 91z Jerry Higbie 32.290
30 19b Brian Kressley 32.341
31 R40 Ryan Forte 32.357
32 1x Willy Decker 32.425
33 151 Brian McDonald 32.474
34 19 Jessey Mueller 32.511
35 816 Jeff Rockefeller 32.525
36 25J Chad Jeseo 32.585
37 115 Kenny Tremont Jr. 32.628
38 115F Stephane LaFrance 32.719
39 34 George Foley 32.907
40 8 Rich Scagliotta 33.042
41 72 Tommy Flannigan 33.059
42 57 Donnie Corellis 33.121
43 88J Olden Dwyer 33.229
44 31m Jamie Maier 33.295
45 7 Mike Maresca 33.350
46 14s Brian Swarthout 33.883
47 7a Al Blanchard 34.188
48 28p Eldon Payne 34.356
49 74 Dave Flannigan 34.428
50 83 Chad Pierce 34.458

 

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