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Syracuse Standout: New Jersey’s Neal Williams Repeats 2010 Pole Run For DIRTcar Sportsman Championship 30


Fine Field Of 64 DIRTcar Sportsman Sign In For Action On  ‘Moody Mile’

 

SYRACUSE, NY – Oct. 7, 2011 – By Jamie Weaknecht/DIRTcar Racing P.R. – Neil Williams has proven he can go fast in a DIRTcar Sportsman at the New York State Fairgrounds. Now he wants to show everyone he can last as well.

 

The 21-year-old driver from Pittsgrove, N.J., was quickest in DIRTcar Sportsman Championship 30 qualifying for the second consecutive year, besting a 64-car field in Friday afternoon’s time trials on the famed Syracuse Mile. He circled the historic track in 32.859 seconds (109.559 mph) – nearly a half-second faster than Cody McPherson of St. Catharines, Ont., who turned the second-fastest lap.

 

Williams was smiling after collecting a $500 check for his fast lap, but he made clear that his goal is to reach the checkered flag in Saturday’s headliner, which is scheduled to take the green flag at 4:30 p.m.
 

Williams won the DIRTcar Sportsman Futures feature and started from the outside pole in the 30-mile Championship event when he made his first career appearance at the Fairgrounds in 2009, but he was eliminated quickly in a massive opening-lap crash. Last year he was running third in the main event when a sheared left-front hub forced him into the inside berm and knocked him out of the race.

 

“This is the same car we ran here last year,” Williams said of his Sal DeBruno-owned Teo-Pro machine. “It’s just been sitting on jackstands all year long waiting to run here. Hopefully with more maintenance and a few little new things here and there, we’ll be good and stay up front all the way to end.”
 

A regular at the sprawling five-eighths-mile Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway, Williams heads into the DIRTcar Sportsman Championship 30 with plenty of confidence.

 

“Bridgeport relates to this track so much,” said Williams. “I think that’s why I have a little bit of an advantage here. Setups from Bridgeport, and the way you have to keep your momentum up at Bridgeport, really relate to this place. I love it here.”
 

McPherson, a rising 19-year-old who competes regularly at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ont., and Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ont., pocketed $250 for his second-fastest lap in qualifying. He put his 2007 Bicknell car on the outside pole for the 30-mile in his first-ever start at Syracuse.

 

“This definitely exceeded my expectations by far,” said McPherson. “I really need to thank everyone for all the hard work they put into this car. It gives me a little more confidence for the race tomorrow.”

 

The top 24 drivers in Friday’s time trials are locked into Saturday afternoon’s DIRTcar Sportsman Championship 30. The remainder of the 30-car starting field will be determined with two-last chance races, which are scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday.
 

For more on Super DIRT Week XL, make sure to click SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com each day.

Results of Time Trials for the DIRTcar Sportsman Championship 30 at the New York State Fairgrounds:


Pos

No.

Name

Bst La

Bst Sp

1

0

Neal Williams

32.859

109.559

2

7c

Cody MacPherson

33.337

107.988

3

15s

Shane Pecore

33.397

107.794

4

97

Bobby Hackell

33.417

107.73

5

83x

Tim Sears Jr.

33.465

107.575

6

11

Dale Caswell

33.663

106.942

7

11J

Justin Wright

33.678

106.895

8

67

James Henry

33.777

106.581

9

44x

Shane Jablonka

33.882

106.251

10

19L

Joe Williams

33.928

106.107

11

15L

Adam Leslie

33.994

105.901

12

67g

Eric Giguere

34.051

105.724

13

23

John McAuliffe

34.067

105.674

14

18X

Anthony Perrego

34.233

105.162

15

7K

Kyle Wilson

34.243

105.131

16

2K

Rob Knapp

34.264

105.067

17

20d

Scott Duso

34.278

105.024

18

3a

Adam Hilton

34.286

104.999

19

816

Jeff Rockefeller

34.299

104.959

20

85h

Robert Humphreys

34.328

104.871

21

32d

Andy Durie

34.388

104.688

22

m1

Dave Marcuccilli

34.393

104.672

23

44

Dave Conant Jr.

34.394

104.669

24

X

Daniel Mazy

34.4

104.651

25

21

Randy McCulloch

34.502

104.342

26

19H

Brandon Hagan

34.555

104.182

27

53

Whitey Slavin

34.562

104.161

28

29g

Steve Gray

34.63

103.956

29

55

Cody Sargent

34.632

103.95

30

14g

Brian Gleason

34.65

103.896

31

77Jr

B.J. Willard

34.67

103.836

32

234

Adam McAulliffe

34.688

103.782

33

93J

Steve Ackers

34.699

103.749

34

18

Casey Pavlick

34.742

103.621

35

7

Gino Postrivo

34.743

103.618

36

79

Rocky Warner

34.823

103.38

37

30

Brent Kelsey

34.841

103.327

38

19

Robert Bublak

34.853

103.291

39

27

Josh Gaylord

34.86

103.27

40

14

Paul Kline

34.928

103.069

41

21

Ryan Darcy

34.932

103.057

42

44v

John Venuto

34.962

102.969

43

2T

Chris Thurston

35.02

102.798

44

3d

Dick Park Jr.

35.096

102.576

45

1F

A.J. Lloyd

35.106

102.547

46

61

Jon Haegele

35.128

102.482

47

54

Fred Proctor

35.13

102.477

48

11k

Dillon Sallows

35.202

102.267

49

6L

John Lodini

35.332

101.891

50

60

Colton Chappius

35.473

101.486

51

2

Jenna David

35.529

101.326

52

9s

Kristian Smoke

35.566

101.22

53

81

Christine Martin

35.757

100.68

54

3m

James Maier

36.02

99.944

55

23H

Mark Hughes

36.281

99.225

56

21

Robert Delormier

36.297

99.182

57

7s

Michael Sabia

36.368

98.988

58

327R

Andrew Reeves

36.561

98.466

59

30x

Thunder Anderson

36.582

98.409

60

80

Steve Barber

38.542

93.405

61

20

Jack Gentile

-.—

62

10V

Josh VanBrocklin

-.—

63

99

Brett Martin

-.—

64

63

Chris  Herbison

-.—

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