Brewerton, NY — Oct. 7, 2010 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing Northeast PR Director
Fresh off setting fast time in the Big-Block portion of Super DIRT Week on Thursday afternoon at the Syracuse Mile, Jimmy Phelps maintained a torrid pace as he outlasted Matt Sheppard to score a convincing victory at Brewerton Speedway in the headline ‘Upstate Spray Foam 100’ held at night.
Phelps swept past Sheppard in traffic on lap 56, then held back numerous challenges from ‘Super Matt’ during the second half of the 100-lapper to collect $4,000 for second career win in the Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRT car 358-Modified Championship Series.
“We caught a break in traffic tonight and I was able to get by Matt or he would’ve been pretty tough to beat,” acknowledged Phelps, 35, who scored one small-block tour triumph each of the past two seasons at Canandaigua Speedway (2004) and Autodrome Drummond (2009). Crowned Big-Block points champion at both Brewerton and Fulton speedways in 2010, Phelps also registered his lone Super DIRTcar Series triumph at Brewrerton in 2006. “We don’t run this small-block enough to even know what we’re doing, so this is really a big bonus for us.”
“We did know this car was pretty good all year here, so we put the other motor in and it was good to go tonight. Have to thank Doug Holmes (Finger Lakes) for working on the small-block this week, the last time I ran it wouldn’t get out of its own way,” remarked Phelps, after posting his first 358-Modified win of the season to elevate his career total to an even dozen after taking his first checkered flag at Fulton in 1999.
Phelps extended his lead to eight car-lengths at the finish line over Sheppard, followed by Brett Hearn, Billy Decker and Dale Planck to round out the front-five. Alan Johnson climbed to eighth on the final sheet to pick up an automatic starting berth in Saturday’s ‘Salute To The Troops 150 in Syracuse while last year’s race winner Tim McCreadie finished 16th and was the last driver to complete the entire 100-lap distance.
While Phelps was mired inside row four to start the 100-lap nightcap, Frenchman Mario Clair took advantage of his pole-position start to lead the opening six circuits. Chasing close behind during the initial stages were Pat Ward, Stewart Friesen and Planck while eighth-place starter Sheppard cracked the top-five with five laps complete. Planck made his intentions known early on, charging to the front on lap seven before current Mr. DIRTcar 358 points leader Danny O’Brien looped his mount to bring out the first yellow.
Back-to-back caution periods for minor spins on lap eight and 12 kept the 31-car field in check, and when the third yellow flag flew for a frontstretch mishap involving Chuck Bower, Ward and Friesen, Sheppard tagged the trio and dropped out of the picture briefly before resuming his assent to the front with a third of the race complete.
While Planck maintained his advantage weaving through traffic, Hearn was on the move from his 12th starting spot following a similar line around the tacky 1/3-miler. After another slowdown for a turn 3-4 tangle involving Tommy Flannigan and O’Brien, Hearn was in prime position and grabbed the lead from Planck on a lap 29 restart.
That only lasted two circuits as Planck moved back to the point on 31 and stayed there until Hearn took advantage of a lap 40 restart to regain the lead. Sheppard was back solidly in the mix at that time, moving past Planck for second on lap 42 and taking his first lead away from Hearn three laps later.
At the halfway mark it was Sheppard trying to hold back a charging Phelps, with Hearn, Planck and 17th-place starter Danny Johnson making up the new front-five. Phelps wasted little time, sliding high around Sheppard entering turn one as the leader got bottled in behind the lapped car of Erick Rudolph on lap 56.
From there, only two more yellow flags unfurled to allow Phelps and Sheppard to break away from the pack, with Hearn holding on to the show position for the remaining distance.
“Lapped cars weren’t really too big a factor out there, we caught the yellows before we really got thick again,” noted Phelps, who parked in victory lane before exiting his no. 99J J&B Installations-Industrial Tire/Troyer entry amidst a cloud of smoke. Pulling pitside moments later, a blown head gasket was uncovered leaving Phelps high and dry as he planned to use the same ride at Syracuse during his small-block qualifying heat.
“Didn’t even know the car was smoking until I pulled to a stop and it all came kind of billowing out there,” Phelps added. “Seemed to run alright most of the race but I did pick up on few funny noises it was making as we got closer to the end. What we’ll do now for Syracuse I don’t know yet. Concentrating on the Big-Block just might be the only way to go for us right now.”
Following a dominating tour victory in his 2010 Series debut at Mohawk Int’l Raceway in September, Sheppard settled for runner-up despite the JB Motorsports no. 9s Xrreme Lubricants/Bicknell ride suffering a setback.
“When Chuck (Bower) and Pat Ward got together (lap 19), I got into the back of them when they were spinning,” Sheppard noted. “It bent the right front shock in half and the car wouldn’t really steer anymore. The car was good getting into the corners but when it came time to turn it didn’t really want to so I had to wait on it for awhile.”
“Jimmy was really good tonight and we had a good car too, if it wasn’t for the shock we might’ve had something for him. But I’m still happy to hold on to second, it was still a good run tonight and I can’t complain,” Sheppard said.
Already a three-time Super DIRT Week winner at Brewerton during his legendary career, Hearn fell two spots short in his latest effort trying to tame the D-Shaped DIRT demon in the Thursday night satellite showdown.
“Those guys (Jimmy & Matt), they know the track … they’re here every Friday night and know it really well,” stated Hearn, following his third-place showing steering the Madsen Motorsports-Wentworth Custom Homes-Fox Hill Campgrounds/TEO machine. “This car was so good off the bottom of (turn) two, I tried to make something happen.”
“I got a little bit better in the middle of the track and tried to make a run later on. Gave it all I had, but that’s all I had right there – third. We’ve had a good run for the last couple months, had some good wins and its been fun,” Hearn added.
Three-time Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Champion and the night’s fast time trialer Pete Bicknell finished ninth to cut 15th-place finisher Danny O’Brien’s Series points lead to just six markers with only three events remaining on the ’10 agenda. Racing in the Hoosier-VP Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series speeds on in round two of the scheduled three-race stint during the annual Super DIRT Week extravaganza in the Salt City. Rolling Wheels Raceway Park continues the popular tripleheader Friday, October 8 on the eve of the headline 150-lap Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series ‘Salute To The Troops’ Championship race slated for Saturday on the Syracuse Mile.
Following O’Brien (1520) and Bicknell (1514) on the points chart through seven events are Danny Johnson (1495), Mario Clair (1461), David Hebert (1442), Pat O’Brien (1413), Mat Williamson (1381), Carey Terrance (1329), Jeremy Wilder (1317), Eric Gauvreau (1311), Luke Whitteker (1304) and defending overall Mr. DIRT car 358-Modified champion Dale Planck.
Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Race #7 – Brewerton Speedway, Oct. 7, 2010 ‘18th Annual Upstate Spray Foam’ Event Summary
FIN STR CAR# DRIVER
1 7 99j Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY ($4,000)
2 8 9s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY
3 12 20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
4 9 91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY
5 3 77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
6 17 7z Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
7 24 6 Pat O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
8 13 Deuce Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY
9 14 42 Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT
10 2 42p Pat Ward/Genoa,NY
11 11 99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
12 4 6* Stewart Friesen/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT
13 16 32c Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY
14 19 7f Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY
15 27 7* Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
16 10 4* Tim McCreadie/Watertown,NY
17 6 99b Chuck Bower/Lansing,NY
18 26 6m Mat Williamson/St.Catharines,ONT
19 18 26 Rick Richner/Niagara Falls,NY
20 5 66x Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY
21 1 22c Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE
22 25 98h Erick Rudolph/Ransomville,NY
23 23 99 Anthony Rizzardo/Jordan Station,ONT
24 15 72 Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT
25 30 22j Jeremy Wilder/Fort Plain,NY
26 22 4 Jeff Sykes/Edwards,NY
27 31 22 Eric Gauvreau/Chelsea,QUE
28 21 15j Tim Jones/Sanborn,NY
29 20 33 Mike Mahaney/King Ferry,NY
30 28 38 Luke Whitteker/Iroquois,ONT
31 29 97h David Hebert/St. Damase,QUE
GATER NEWS LAP LEADERS: Clair (1-6), Planck (7-28), Hearn (29-30), Planck (31-39), Hearn (40-44), Sheppard (45-55), Phelps (56-100).
CAUTIONS: 7 for 29 laps.
HEAT WINNERS: Sheppard, Bower, Friesen, Planck, Hearn, Phelps.
CONSI WINNERS: D.Johnson, Richner, Fuller.
BICKNELL RACING PRODUCTS WINNER AWARD: Jimmy Phelps.
SYRACUSE 150 QUALIFIER: Alan Johnson.
HALFWAY LEADER: Matt Sheppard.
BERT HARD CHARGER: Pat O’Brien
PENSKE POWER POSITION (18th): Mat Williamson.
BILSTEIN SHOCKS FAST TIME AWARD: Pete Bicknell (14.972sec/80.150mph).
TOTAL PURSE: $19,325
CARS ENTERED: 60.
NEXT EVENT: Rolling Wheels Raceway Park – October 8, 2010.
DID NOT QUALIFY(29)
31-Tom Jock Jr./Hogansburg,NY
85-Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA
90-Frank Cozze/Wind Gap,PA
97-Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE
108-Bill Bleich/Port Robinson,ONT
124x-Larry Lampman,Jr./Port Colborne,ONT
397-Jean Francois Tessier/St. Damase,QUE
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
1 14.972 80.150 42 Pete Bicknell/St.Catharines,ONT
$100 Bilstein Shocks Fast Qualifier Award
2 15.024 79.872 9s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY
3 15.026 79.862 4* Tim McCreadie/Watertown,NY
4 15.202 78.937 6m Mat Williamson/St.Catharines,ONT
15.202 78.937 91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY
6 15.244 78.719 6h Josh Hohenforst/Gloversille,NY
7 15.279 78.539 4 Jeff Sykes/Edwards,NY
8 15.285 78.508 42p Pat Ward/Genoa,NY
9 15.289 78.488 20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
10 15.310 78.380 77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
11 15.319 78.334 99L Larry Wight/Phoenix,NY
12 15.324 78.309 Deuce Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY
13 15.380 78.023 15j Tim Jones/Sanborn,NY
14 15.417 77.836 99 Anthony Rizzardo/Jordan Station,ONT
15 15.424 77.801 99j Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY
16 15.429 77.776 72 Tommy Flannigan/St.Catharines,ONT
17 15.435 77.745 6* Stewart Friesen/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT
18 15.466 77.590 99b Chuck Bower/Lansing,NY
19 15.482 77.509 33 Mike Mahaney/King Ferry,NY
20 15.493 77.454 12 Brian Sage/Brockport,NY
21 15.495 77.444 66x Carey Terrance/Akwesasne,NY
22 15.502 77.409 32c Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY
23 15.505 77.394 108 Bill Bleich/Port Robinson,ONT
24 15.539 77.225 117 Alex Tonkin/Carbondale,PA
25 15.560 77.121 22c Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE
26 15.564 77.101 zero3 Zach Aubertine/Chaumont,NY
27 15.572 77.061 19 John Lazore/Hogansburg,NY
28 15.609 76.879 7* Danny O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
29 15.627 76.790 71 Mike Bowman/St.Catharines,ONT
30 15.645 76.702 26 Rick Richner/Niagara Falls,NY
31 15.655 76.653 3b Chad Brachmann/Sanborn,NY
32 15.655 76.653 124x Larry Lampman,Jr./Port Colborne,ONT
33 15.673 76.565 6 Pat O’Brien/Kingston,ONT
34 15.684 76.511 124 Pierre DagenaisGatineau,QUE
35 15.701 76.428 85 Dan Vauter/Forest City,PA
36 15.747 76.205 22j Jeremy Wilder/Fort Plain,NY
37 15.782 76.036 45m Mike Ward/Genoa,NY
38 15.792 75.988 28 Todd Gordon/St.Catharines,ONT
39 15.802 75.940 7f Tim Fuller/Edwards,NY
40 15.811 75.897 X Dan Mazy/Alburtis,PA
41 15.824 75.834 66w Wallace Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE
42 15.838 75.767 17c Pete Cosco/St.Catharines,ONT
43 15.847 75.724 37s Boyd MacTavish/Ransomville,NY
44 15.860 75.662 22 Eric Gauvreau/Chelsea,QUE
45 15.861 75.657 t21 Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY
46 15.872 75.605 17x Chris Steele/Fenwick,ONT
47 15.889 75.524 3d Dexter Stacey/Kanhawake,QUE
48 15.899 75.476 38 Luke Whitteker/Iroquois,ONT
49 15.918 75.386 97h David Hebert/St. Damase,QUE
50 15.960 75.188 98h Erick Rudolph/Ransomville,NY
51 15.999 75.005 7z Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
52 16.042 74.804 8s Justin Sharp/St.Catharines,ONT
53 16.043 74.799 21k Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY
54 16.130 74.396 90 Frank Cozze/Wind Gap,PA
55 16.162 74.248 397 Jean Francois Tessier/St. Damase,QUE
56 16.229 73.942 44 Casey Swamp/Akwesasne,NY
57 16.403 73.157 31 Tom Jock Jr./Hogansburg,NY
58 28.282 42.430 97 Michel Chicoine/Ste-Cecile de Milton,QUE
59 -NT- —– 13 Tony Steiner/Jamesville,NY
60 -NT- —– 96 Fred Carleton/Niagara-o-t-Lake,ONT
Heat Races (8 laps, top 3 finishers transferred to feature, top 2 went to re-draw)
#1: Sheppard, Decker, A.Johnson, Rizzardo, Mahaney, D.Stacey, Chicoine, Cozze.
#2: Bower, Clair, D.Johnson, Lazore, Bowman, Tonkin, Whitteker, Dagenais, Bleich, Hohenforst (DSQ).
#3: Friesen, Terrance, Richner, Jones, Sharp, Cosco, Ra.Chrysler, Ro.Chrysler, Mazy, Vauter (DSQ).
#4: Planck, McCreadie, Bicknell, Brachmann, Williamson, P.O’Brien, M.Ward, Wilder, MacTavish, Swamp.
#5: Hearn, P.Ward, Flannigan, Sage, Lampman, Steele, Rudolph, Gordon, Hebert, W.Stacey.
#6: Phelps, Wight, Coffey, Sykes, Fuller, Aubertine, Tessier, Jock, D.O’Brien, Gauvreau.
Consolation Round (10 laps, top 3 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: D.Johnson, Mahaney, Rizzardo, Carleton, Lazore, Whitteker, Dagenais, Hohenforst, Cozze, Bowman, Tonkin, Chicoine, Bleich, D.Stacey.
#2: Richner, Jones, P.O’Brien, Williamson, Brachmann, Cosco, Vauter, Ra.Chrysler, M.Ward, Wilder, Sharp, MacTavish, Ro.Chrysler, Swamp.
#3: Fuller, Sykes, Rudolph, D.O’Brien, Steele, Gordon, Hebert, Lampman, Aubertine, Gauvreau, W.Stacey, Jock, Sage, Tessier.
Added: Williamson, D.O’Brien, Whitteker, Hebert, Wilder, Gauvreau.
2010 358-MODIFIED SYRACUSE CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
(+)-denotes Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series event.
DAY-DATE TRACK WINNER/QUALIFIER
Fri-Apr 23 Brewerton Speedway Jimmy Phelps/Pat O’Brien(9th)
Sat-May 1 Airborne Speedway Patrick Dupree
Fri-May 14 Autodrome Edelweiss Luke Whitteker
Sat-May 15 Brockville Ontario Speedway Gage Morin
Sat-May 15 Lebanon Valley Speedway Brett Hearn
Sun-May 16 Cornwall Motor Speedway Matt Billings & Kayle Robidoux
Sun-May 23 Cornwall Motor Speedway B.Hearn/Clement Therrien(2nd)
Mon-May 24+ Merrittville Speedway B.Hearn/Jimmy Phelps(2nd)
Fri-May 28 Ransomville Speedway Stewart Friesen
Sun-May 30 Cayuga County Fair Speedway Matt Sheppard/Larry Wight(12th)
Fri-Jun 4 Autodrome Edelweiss Stephane LaFrance
Sat-Jun 12 Autodrome Drummond Mario Clair
Tue-Jun 15 Grandview Speedway Craig VonDohren
Wed-Jun 23 Mohawk Int’l Raceway J.Phelps/Todd Stone(16th)
Sat-Jun 26 Lebanon Valley Speedway Tom Faxon
Thr-Jul 1+ Autodrome Edelweiss Danny Johnson
Fri-Jul 2 Ransomville Speedway D.Johnson/Pete Bicknell(3rd)
Sun-Jul 11 Cornwall Motor Speedway B.Hearn/Carey Terrance(10th)
Mon-Jul 12 Can-Am Motorsports Park Billy Dunn
Thr-Jul 15 Brewerton Speedway M.Sheppard/Tim McCreadie(15th)
Fri-July 16 Autodrome Granby K.Robidoux/David Hebert(2nd)
Sat-Jul 17 Cayuga County Fair Speedway M.Sheppard/Chad Brachmann(14th)
Mon-Jul 19 Autodrome Granby B.Hearn/Frederic Gamache(10th)
Tue-Jul 20 Autodrome Drummond D.Johnson/Martin Roy(7th)
Sun-Jul 25 Humberstone Speedway James M. Friesen
Sun-Jul 25 Lebanon Valley Speedway Andy Bachetti
Fri-Jul 30 Mohawk Int’l Speedway Danny O’Brien
Fri-Jul 30 Autodrome Edelweiss S.LaFrance/Eric Gauvreau(2nd)
Sat-Jul 31 Autodrome Drummond Yan Bussiere
Sun-Aug 1 Cornwall Motor Speedway B.Hearn/Dale Planck(3rd)
Mon-Aug 2 Merrittville Speedway M.Sheppard/Mike Bowman(8th)
Fri-Aug 6 Ransomville Speedway S.Friesen/Rick Richner(4th)
Wed-Aug 11 Airborne Speedway M.Roy/Don Scarborough(4th)
Sat-Aug 14 Lebanon Valley Speedway Wayne Jelley
Sat-Aug 14 Canandaigua Speedway Rob Bellinger/Ron Cartwright,Jr.(17th)
Fri-Aug 27 Autodrome Edelweiss D.Hebert/Steve Bernard(3rd)
Sat-Aug 28 Brockville Ontario Speedway D.Hebert/Alex Fortier(6th)
Sun-Aug 29 Humberstone Speedway M.Bowman/Robbie Krull(2nd)
Sun-Aug 29 Cayuga County Fair Speedway R.Bellinger/Mike Mahaney(11th),Tony Steiner(19th)
Sat-Sep 4 Airborne Speedway P.Dupree/George Foley(2nd)
Sat-Sep 4 Autodrome Drummond S.Bernard/Dominic Dufault(7th)
Sat-Sep 4 Lebanon Valley Speedway B.Hearn/Kyle Hoffman(2nd)
Sun-Sep 5+ Cornwall Motor Speedway D.O’Brien/Erick Rudolph(5th)
Mon-Sep 6 Northern Region Champion Stephane LaFrance & Tim O’Brien
Mon-Sep 6 Western Region Champion Pete Bicknell
Fri-Sep 10+ Autodrome Granby S.Bernard/Mat Williamson(5th)
Sat-Sep 11+ Autodrome Drummond B.Hearn/Michel Dusseault(8th)
Sun-Sep 12 Airborne Speedway P.Dupree/Kenny Tremont(3rd)
Fri-Sep 17+ Mohawk Int’l Raceway Matt Sheppard
Sat-Sep 18 Mohawk Int’l Raceway M.Sheppard/Roy Tarbell(18th)
Sat-Sep 18 Little Valley Speedway Todd Burley/Billy VanPelt(3rd)
Sat-Sep 25 Brighton Speedway P.Bicknell/Chad Chevalier(7th)
Sat-Oct 2 Fulton Speedway B.Hearn/Billy Decker(2nd)
Thr-Oct 7+ Brewerton Speedway J.Phelps/Alan Johnson(8th)
Fri-Oct 8+ Rolling Wheels Raceway Park
Sat-Oct 9+ New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse,NY
2010 Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series Schedule
*All events subject to change.
DAY-DATE TRACK WINNER/LOCATION
Mon-May 24 Merrittville Speedway Brett Hearn
Thr-Jul 1 Autodrome Edelweiss Danny Johnson
Sun-Sep 5 Cornwall Motor Speedway Danny O’Brien
Fri-Sep 10 Autodrome Granby Steve Bernard
Sat-Sep 11 Autodrome Drummond Brett Hearn ($10,000 to win)
Fri-Sep 17 Mohawk International Raceway Matt Sheppard
Sun-Sep 26 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park -cancelled-
Wed-Oct 6 Can-Am Motorsports Park -cancelled-
Thr-Oct 7 Brewerton Speedway Jimmy Phelps
Fri-Oct 8 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Elbridge,NY
Sat-Oct 9 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse,NY ($20,000 to win)
Sat-Oct 16 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville,ONT
DIRTcar Racing Northeast main office is located in Weedsport, New York on the Cayuga County Fairgrounds, home of DIRTcar All-Star Weekend in July. DIRTcar Northeast’s crown jewel event —Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse runs annually in October featuring Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series events for Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions. Ticket and schedule information is available by contacting the Weedsport office (315/834-6606) during the day or logging into www.allstar100weekend.com and www.superdirtweekonline.com anytime.
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