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DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Event Delayed to Aug. 1

THOROLD, Ontario – May 24, 2011 – Mother Nature continued her wrath on the 2011 racing season as inclement weather forced the postponement of the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series opener Monday night at Merrittville Speedway with just 25 of the 100 scheduled laps complete.

Series officials announced the final 75 laps of the event will be added to the Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial on Aug. 1, which already features a full racing program for the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series.

The historic night will mark the first time both the Super DIRTcar Series and the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series offer points-paying events at the same facility on the same night.

Despite threatening weather forecasts, 46 Modifieds filled the Merrittville pit area hoping to make the 30-car starting field. Scott Wood and Carey Terrance led the 30-car starting field to the green flag with Wood jumping out into the early lead.

As Wood stretched his lead over Terrance and the rest of the field, Brett Hearn, the 2010 winner of this event, was charging through the field. Hearn, who started 14th, had worked his way up inside the top 10 when the first caution waved on lap 10.

Wood was able to maintain his lead on the field through the restart as Hearn, running the high side of the race track, continued his march forward. The Sussex, New Jersey driver moved passed Mike Bowman and into the second spot on lap 15. By lap 18, Hearn had caught Scott Wood and went to the outside and around the leader to take the lead.

Hearn only lead under green flag conditions for a couple laps as the inevitable rain showers finally made their way to the Thorold, Ontario oval. The red flag flew on lap 25 and the postponement came soon after.

When the event restarts, Brett Hearn will lead the field to the green flag over Wood, Mike Bowman, Pete Bicknell, and Chad Brachmann. Of the 30 original starters, 28 were still on track when the red flag was displayed.

Caution laps will not count until after the lap 25 restart on August 1st. Following the initial restart, yellow laps will be counted as per normal DIRTcar rules.

The stars of DIRTcar 358 Modified Series will resume their chase for the Series title on Sunday, July 31 at Cornwall Motor Speedway.

Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Super DIRTcar Series Race #1 – Merrittville Speedway, May 23, 2011, ‘Bobcat of Hamilton’ 100 Event Summary

Feature Rain-Delayed to Aug. 1, 2011

FEATURE (THROUGH 25 of 100 LAPS)

RUNNING

POS.   CAR#  DRIVER

1          20        Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ

2          38        Scott Wood/Thorold,ONT

3          71        Mike Bowman/St.Catharines,ONT

4          42        Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT

5          3b        Chad Brachmann/Sanborn,NY

6          7F        Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY

7          66x      Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY

8          1w       Stewart Friesen/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT

9          9s        Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY

10        76        Travis Braun/Jordan Station,ONT

11        27j       Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY

12        1h        David Hebert/St. Damase,QUE

13        6x        Dale Planck/Cortland,NY

14        15j       Tim Jones/Sanborn,NY

15        6m       Mat Williamson/St.Catharines,ONT

16        22c      Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE

17        26        Rick Richner/Niagara Falls,NY

18        12        Chad Chevalier/Port Colborne,ONT

19        38R     Ryan Susice/Ransomville,NY ®

20        37s      Boyd MacTavish/Ransomville,NY

21        17d      Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT

22        108      Bill Bleich/Port Robinson,ONT

23        19        John Lazore/Hogansburg,NY

24        22        Robbie Krull

25        22j       Jeremy Wilder/Fort Plain,NY

26        72        Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT

27        74        Matt Billings/Brockville, ONT

28        38w     Luke Whitteker/Iroquois,ONT

29        96        Fred Carleton/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT            -5 Laps

30        44        James Friesen/St.Catharines,ONT    -7 Laps

GATER NEWS LAP LEADERS: Wood (1-18), Hearn (19-25).

CAUTIONS: 2 – (laps 10-12) #96 slowed on backstretch; (laps 20-25) Rain

RED FLAG (lap 26).

HEAT WINNERS: Bicknell, Wood, Phelps, Planck, S. Friesen.

CONSI WINNERS: Chevalier, Jones.

FAST TIME AWARD: Scott Wood (16.162sec/74.248mph).

CARS ENTERED: 46

NEXT EVENT: Cornwall Motor Speedway – July 31, 2011.

 

QUALIFYING

FAST          AVG.

POS   TIME          MPH           CAR       DRIVER

1         16.162         74.248         38           Scott Wood

2         16.305         73.597         7F           Jimmy Phelps

3         16.373         73.291         42           Pete Bicknell

4         16.378         73.269         76           Travis Braun

5         16.379         73.265         6X           Dale Planck

6         16.418         73.091         1w          Stewart Friesen

7         16.427         73.050         9s           Matt Sheppard

8         16.445         72.971         20           Brett Hearn

9         16.464         72.886         22c         Mario Clair

10       16.478         72.824         71           Mike Bowman

11       16.511         72.679         3b           Chad Brachmann

12       16.522         72.630         22L         Robbi Krull

13       16.552         72.499         66x         Carey Terrance

14       16.555         72.486         6             Brandon Easey

15       16.573         72.407         6m          Mat Williamson

16       16.617         72.215         12           Chad Chevalier

17       16.620         72.202         72F         Tommy Flannigan

18       16.668         71.994         37s         Boyd MacTavish

19       16.684         71.925         15J         Tim Jones

20       16.702         71.848         27J         Danny Johnson

21       16.705         71.835         53           Jamie Gilbert

22       16.767         71.569         17d         Danny O’Brien

23       16.773         71.544         38R        Ryan Susice

24       16.784         71.497         69           Rob Pietz

25       16.794         71.454         4J           Jeff Sykes

26       16.803         71.416         88           Shayn Pierce

27       16.841         71.255         108         Bill Bleich

28       16.867         71.145         19           John Lazore

29       16.878         71.098         74           Matt Billings

30       16.960         70.755         22J         Jeremy Wilder

31       16.976         70.688         28           Todd  Gordon

32       16.987         70.642         8             Mark D’Ilario

33       16.989         70.634         1H          David Hebert

34       17.018         70.514         8s           Justin Sharp

35       17.055         70.361         13           Dennis Giancola

36       17.089         70.221         38w        Luke Whittaker

37       17.124         70.077         96           Fred Carleton

38       17.130         70.053         99           Bruno Lepage

39       17.143         69.999         26           Rick Richner

40       17.159         69.934         1             Paul Klager

41       17.185         69.828         97           Michel Chicoine

42       17.259         69.529         82           Ken Winfield

43       17.298         69.372         44           James M. Friesen

44       17.320         69.284         17c         Pete Cosco

45       17.470         68.689         24           Brandon Sweet

46       17.561         68.333         71s         Shawn Sliter

Heat Races (8 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to feature, top 2 went to re-draw)

#1: Bicknell, Braun, Johnson, Clair, Krull, Flannigan, Carleton, Sliter, Sweet, Giancola.

#2: Wood, Bowman, MacTavish, Lazore, Bleich, Winfield, Sykes, Gordon, Whittaker.

#3: Phelps, Brachmann, Williamson, Susice, J. Friesen, Billings, Easey, Gilbert, Pierce.

#4: Planck, Sheppard, Hearn, Wilder, Jones, O’Brien, Sharp, Klager, Chicoine.

#5: S. Friesen. Terrance, Hebert, Richner, Chevalier, Pietz, D’Ilario, Lepage, Cosco.

Consolation Round (10 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to feature)

#1: Chevalier, O’Brien, J. Friesen, Carleton, Sweet, Pierce, Krull, Easey, Klager, Cosco, Winfield, D’Ilario, Gordon (DNS).

#2: Jones, Bleich, Flannigan, Billings, Pietz, Sliter, Sharp, Sykes, Whittaker, Lepage, Chicoine, Gilbert, Ginacola.

Provisionals: Whittaker.

Added: Krull (based on fastest non-qualified car).

 

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