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LIVE UPDATES 10/8: NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Qualifying

 

Qualifying Day action at the New York State Fairgrounds one-mile oval of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIV began. Hot laps for the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds and 358-Modifieds hit the track at 10 a.m. in advance of time trials for both divisions.

 

After a break in on-track activity at 12 noon for the annual Media Day press conference, time trials for the ‘Salute to the Troops’ 358-Modified Championship 150 are scheduled to begin at 1:20 p.m. and the race against the clock for the Syracuse 200 Big-Block Modified classis are set for a 2:45 p.m. commencement.

 

The top six starting spots in the Syracuse 200 and ‘Salute to the Troops’ 358-Modified Championship 150 will be locked in after today’s time trials. Results will also be used to align each division’s heat races (Triple 20s for Big-Blocks, Twin 20s for 358-Mods) on Friday afternoon.

 

Be sure to refresh your browser regularly to read the latest live updates of the action on the ‘Moody Mile’ and other news and notes throughout the day, and check back later tonight for results from the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series ‘Hurricane 100’ at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway.

 

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Wight flashes to Big-Block pole

 

4:25 p.m. — The last driver scheduled to hit the track in Big-Block Modified time trials, Larry Wight roared around the one-mile oval in blistering 29.154 seconds to grab the pole position for Sunday’s Syracuse 200. The 22-year-old will make his eighth start in the 200 but first from the pole.

 

Three-time and defending Syracuse 200 champion Stewart Friesen earned the outside pole for the 200-miler with a lap of 29.281 seconds.

 

Also locking into the race in positions 3-6 were Carey Terrance (29.324), Billy Dunn (29.353), Pat Ward (29.629) and Matt Sheppard (29.707).

 

The top six qualifiers posed with their cars for a group shot (photo by Alex Bruce) on pit road.

 

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Dunn grabs 358-Mod pole

 

2:55 p.m. — Billy Dunn ripped off a 30.838-second lap late in the qualifying session, putting him atop the speed chart and earning him the pole position for Saturday afternoon’s Salute to the Troops 358-Modified 150. It’s the first 358-Modified pole at the Moody Mile for the 31-year-old driver, who won the Big-Block Modified Syracuse 200 in 2013.

 

Tyler Dippel, a 15-year-old sensation from Wallkill, N.Y., was second-fastest with his lap of 31.189 seconds, putting him on the outside pole for the 150-miler in his first-ever competitive appearance at Syracuse.

 

Also locking into Saturday’s 150 in positions 3-6 were Brett Hearn (31.382), Kenny Tremont (31.401), Billy Decker (31.416) and J.R. Heffner (31.526).

 

The top six qualifiers are pictured below (photo by Bill Moore Jr.).

 

Full results from 358-Modified time trials can be seen by clicking here.

 

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Teammates top practice charts

 

1:50 p.m. — Time trials for the 358-Modifieds are now underway. Billy Dunn (31.793 seconds) and Brett Hearn (31.876) were the quickest in the division’s practice sessions.

 

Gypsum Racing teammates Larry Wight and Billy Decker, meanwhile, were the fastest in Thursday’s Big-Block Modified hot laps. Wight turned a lap of 30.196 seconds while Decker clocked in at 30.453 seconds. Third-fastest was Dave Blaney, the former World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular who is returning to Syracuse action for the first time in two decades.

 

Qualifying groups for both the 358-Modifieds and Big-Blocks were set in inverse order of Thursday’s practice times.

 

358-Modified Time Trial Groups

 

GROUP 1   GROUP 2   GROUP 3
37s Tommy Flannigan   27 Robert Bublak   83x Tim Sears Jr.
21x Eric Williams   1NY Greg Atkins   26 Ryan Godown
32c 32c – Vic Coffey   24 Patrick Dupree   8 Rich Scagliotta
343 Randy Sweetman   12 Brian Sage   91z Jerry Higbie
99l Larry Wight   14 Brett Wright   3a Kevin Albert
115s Stephane Lafrance   111 Demeirjouis Drelllos   45 Wayne Jelley
3m Brady Fultz   76 Ronnie Johnson   7m Mike Maresca
4* Tim McCreadie   17 Matt Janiak   1M Mathieu Desjardins
16 Aaron Jacobs   14s Brian Swarthout   O8 Mark D’Ilario
99 Michel Labreche   151 Brian McDonald   29k Ryan Krachun
57 Brandon Sweet   39T Clement Therrien   21R Ryan Darcy
21s James Henry   21 Yan Bussiere   1 David Hebert
3BX Scott Boudinot   R40 Ryan Forte   25P Michael Parent
87 Neil Stratton   73 Alain Boisvert   47 Bob Sarkisian
25J Chad Jeseo   12b Kevin Britten   25R Erick Rudolph
               
GROUP 4            
21m Bob McGannon            
22c Mario Clair            
66x Carey Terrance            
FX1 Frankie Caprara            
6 Jimmy Phelps            
44F Stewart Friesen            
17JR J.R. Heffner            
115 Kenny Tremont Jr.            
3J Marc Johnson            
1T Tyler Dippel            
1 Chris Raabe            
91 Billy Decker            
20 Brett Hearn            
49 Billy Dunn            

 

Big-Block Modified Time Trial Groups

 

GROUP 1   GROUP 2   GROUP 3
72 Tommy Flannigan   1 David Hebert   31m Jamie Maier
x Edward Kitchell   77b Roy Bresnhan   5* Tyler Siri
75 Jeff Miller   77h Bob Hamm Jr.   2K Mark Kislowski
77 Dan Weisener   151 Brian McDonald   22c Mario Clair
3m Jimmy Maier   13 Rick Reglaski Jr.   111 Demeirjouis Drellus
3J Marc Johnson   FX1 Frankie Caprara   816 Jeff Rockefeller
14 Brett Wright   12b Kevin Britten   88 Dave Allen
99 Mickael Labreche   3a Kevin Albert   1 Chris Raabe
29 Kyle Redner   O8 Mark D’Ilario   45F Steve Feder
87 Neil Stratton   96 Mike Turner   21m Bob McGannon
R13 Ralph McBride   47 Bob Sarkisian   63 Adam Roberts
115F Stephane LaFrance   96m Todd Milton   27J Danny Johnson
1NY Greg Atkins   M40 Mark Forte Jr   14h Jeff Heotzler
24 Patrick Dupree   39T Clement Therrien   17 Marcus Dinkins
7 Mike Maresca   48T Dave Rauscher   25P Michael Parent
               
GROUP 4   GROUP 5   GROUP 6
5 Billy VanInwegen   39 Tim McCreadie   6 Jimmy Phelps
1M Mathieu Desjardins   6m Mat Williamson   35 Frank Cozze
62s Tom Sears Jr.   14J Alan Johnson   42p Pat Ward
98 Eddie Marshall   7 Rick Laubach   20 Brett Hearn
220 John Ferrier   28p Eldon Payne   66x Carey Terrance
8 Rich Scagliotta   74 J.R Heffner   44 Stewart Friesen
71 Pierre Hebert   19m Jessey Mueller   1T Tyler Dippel
19 Tim Fuller   747 Ryan Godown   999 Matt Sheppard
7s Michael Sabia   1H Justin Haers   49 Billy Dunn
14s Brian Swartout   66 Duame Howard   74d Dave Blaney
11 Rob Bellinger   115 Kenny Tremont   91 Billy Decker
1 Tyler Dippel   2RJ Ronnie Johnson   99L Larry Wight
34 Andy Bachetti   32c Vic Coffey      
56 Vince Vitale   21a Peter Britten      
51m Dominick Buffalino   43 Keith Flach      

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Media gathering

 

1:30 p.m. — World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter (above – Alex Bruce photo) spoke during the annual Media Day in the infield press center, touching on the sadness of the last NAPA Super DIRT Week at the Syracuse Mile but also the great memories from the event’s 44 years and the excitement of the October motorsports extravaganza’s bright future starting in 2016 at the brand-new Central New York Raceway Park in nearby Hastings.

 

“It might be different, but it’s gonna be special,” Carter said of next year’s NAPA Super DIRT Week at the half-mile CNYRP. “We’re gonna do everything we can to carry forward the momentum we feel in the pit area this week.”

 

The Media Day program also included comments from former Syracuse 200 winners Brett Hearn and Frank Cozze; Super DIRTcar Series director Mike Perrotte (no 2016 Super DIRTcar Series schedule was released, however); local meteorologist Wayne Mahar (he said there’s rain in the forecast for Friday but the rest of the weekend looks great); and various sponsor representatives.

 

Director Northeast marketing director Jeff Hachman (below, far right) took to the microphone to announce the three recipients of this year’s Buzzie Reutimann Outstanding Contribution to Super DIRT Week award: longtime DIRTcar staffers (below, l-r) Jack Speno (victory lane coordinator and DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame curator) Gary Spaid (scoring) and Dave Dixon (electrician).

 

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Champ replaces a champ

 

1 p.m. — A driver change took place before Thursday afternoon’s on-track action even began.

 

Three-time Syracuse 200 winner Alan Johnson appeared to have his best Super DIRT Week ride in years with the ever-expanding Halmar Racing team, but the veteran racer apparently didn’t mesh with the the operation headed by four-time Syracuse 200 victor Gary Balough and was out of the car’s seat this morning. A.J. was quickly replaced by two-time Syracuse 200 champion Jimmy Horton, who came to the Moody Mile without a machine to drive but with his helmet and driver’s suit with him just in case a ride opened up.

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