Middletown, NY — October 17, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director
On the heels of WLR Construction Time Trials on Friday afternoon at Orange County Fair Speedway, six qualifying heats added 30 more drivers to the starting grid for Saturday’s 32nd Annual Eastern States 358-Modified Championship.
The eight-lap preliminary events were dominated by front row starters as drivers beginning on the point won the final four qualifiers while those on the outside-pole claimed the opening two heats.
Recently crowned Orange County Big-Block Modified points king David VanHorn Jr. claimed the opener while Middletown mainstay Chris Shultz captured round number two. Outside invaders Andy Bachetti and Pat Ward, and Orange County regulars Kirk Horton and Craig Mitchell also took checkered flags, leaving only the consolation races on Saturday to fill out the 40-car starting line-up.
EASTERN STATES 358-MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEAT RACE RESULTS
Heat Races (8 laps, top-4 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: VanHorn, Phelps, O’Brien, Lieto, J.Johnson, Willix, Brachmann, Eggers, Haubrich, Wildrick.
#2: Shultz, Fuller, Sheppard, Hindley, D.Johnson, Flannigan, Elms, Ferrier, House, Perrego (DNS).
#3: Bachetti, Clair, Laubach, Terrance, Tremont, Coons, Romano, Hayes, Liedl, Spellmon.
#4: Ward, Storms, Dagenais, Bicknell, Creeden, Rizzo, Ro.Chrysler, Barbagallo, Kervatt, McKee (DNS).
#5: Horton, Meier, Wight, Gibbs, Gagne, Yannone, Ruggiero, Hitchcock, Holmgren, Morgan (DNS).
#6: Mitchell, Smoke, Chicoine, Sherlock, Ra.Chrysler, Mill, A.Johnson, Bayles, Moulton, Hentschel (DNS).
EASTERN STATES 100 358-MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP STARTING LINE-UP
STR CAR# DRIVER
1 17 Jerry Higbie/Slate Hill,NY
2 9g Johnny Guarino/Nanuet,NY
3 4* Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
4 2 Ronnie Johnson/Duanesburg,NY
5 84 Gary Tomkins/Clifton Springs,NY
6 91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY
7 71 David VanHorn/Phillipsburg,NJ
8 24 Chris Shultz/Pawling,NY
9 4b Andy Bachetti/Great Barrington,MA
10 42p Pat Ward/Genoa,NY
11 7k Kirk Horton/Eldred,NY
12 33x Craig Mitchell/Wappingers Falls,NY
13 98h Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville,NY
14 74 Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY
15 22c Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE
16 4 Mike Storms/Wantage,NJ
17 33-1/3 Tommy Meier/Waldwick,NJ
18 9 Mark Smoke/Akwesasne,NY
19 17d Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
20 1x Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY
21 14L Rick Laubach/Hellertown,PA
22 124 Pierre DagenaisGatineau,QUE
23 99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
24 97 Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE
25 33 John Lieto/Mt.Kisco,NY
26 94 Tim Hindley/Monticello,NY
27 66x Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY
28 42 Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT
29 55 Mitch Gibbs/North Norwich,NY
30 14s Randy Sherlock/Milford,PA
*Top-6 locked in from Friday time trials;
*Positions 7-30 locked in from Friday Qualifying Heats;
2008 EASTERN STATES WEEKEND EVENTS SCHEDULE
*All times/events subject to change.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
Pit Gates & Grandstand Gates open, 8:00 am;
Big-Block Modified & 358-Modified Hot Laps, 9:00 am;
Big-Block Modified heat races, 10:00 am;
358-Modified Consolation Races;
Eastern States 100, Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series event, 1:00 pm;
Pit Gates open for Sportsman Modifieds & Pure Stocks, 4:00 pm;
Sportsman Hot Laps;
Pure Stock Hot Laps;
Middletown Motorsports presents the Sportsman Time Trials (top 6 qualify);
Sportsman heat races;
Eastern States Pure Stock Challenge Championship;
Sportsman consolation races;
Eastern States 50, Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman Championship Series event.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19
Pit Gates & Grandstand Gates open, 8:00 am;
Race Against Drugs Eastern States Pit Party, 9:30-10:30 am;
Pro Stock Hot Laps, 11:00 am;
Big-Block Modified Hot Laps;
Pro Stock heat races, 12noon;
Big-Block Modified consolation races-2 (8 more qualify), 12:30 pm;
Pro Stock consolation race, 12:50 pm
Big-Block Modified consolation races-2 (8 more qualify), 1:00 pm;
Eastern States 25, Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series event, 1:30 pm;
47th Eastern States 200, Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series event (44 cars to start), 2:30 pm.
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