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DOUBLE DECKER: Billy Decker Sweeps Time Trials at SDW XL

 

Photo Credit: Alex Bruce

Wins pole positions for Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified events at Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Oct. 6, 2011 — Billy Decker dominated Super DIRT Week XL Time Trials on Thursday at the New York State Fairgrounds. He captured the pole position for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 Presented by Ferris & Snapper just moments after winning the pole for the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Nationwide Insurance 150.

Decker, of Unadilla, N.Y., posted a lap around the Moody Mile in 29.927 seconds at 120.293 mph in his Big-Block Modified after already topping the 358-Modified field in 31.517 seconds at 114.220 mph. There were 61 cars attempting to qualify for the SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 Presented by Ferris & Snapper while 50 cars tried to capture one of the prized top six positions for the 358-Modified Nationwide Insurance 150.

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“The goal coming into the day is to be the fastest car in both divisions and we were fortunate enough to get it done,” Decker said. “I don’t know how much momentum it gives you but it’s a huge disappointment when you don’t get locked into the top six. We feel we have a good enough program to be locked into the top six every year. It’s more a sense of relief when you get it accomplished than it is a morale boost.”

 

When Decker starts on the pole, it often spells trouble for the competition. A five-time winner of the Nationwide Insurance 150 – including the past three in a row – Decker has started from the pole twice before and both times he won. Decker is a four-time winner of the SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 Presented by Ferris & Snapper, including a win from the pole in 2004.

 

The top six drivers in Big-Block Modified and 358-Modfied time trials are locked into the first three rows of their feature events with Friday night’s Triple 20s and Twin 20s filling out much of the remaining field.

 

Joining Decker in the Big-Block Modified SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 will be Billy Dunn of Watertown, N.Y.; Pat Ward of Genoa, N.Y.; Tim McCreadie of Avon, N.Y.; defending champion Stewart Friesen of Niagara on the Lake, Ontario; and Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y.

 

Following Decker in the 358-Modified event will be Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass.; David Hebert of St. D’Amase, Quebec; Willy Decker of Vernon, N.Y.; Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y.; and Larry Wight of Phoenix, N.Y.

 

Dunn will start alongside Decker in the SEF Small Engine Fuel 200. Dunn, a dominating force at Can-Am Motorsports Park the past couple of seasons, has seven Big-Block Modified victories this year but has dreams of winning at Syracuse on Sunday.

 

“Last year I had to pass about 20 cars in the first 30 laps, I’d really rather not have to do that if I don’t have to,” Dunn said. “If I have a chance to win this race, I’d rather win it from the front. … It would mean everything. This is what I grew up watching. It’s our biggest race. It’s our Daytona 500. I came here this year expecting to time trial well, and with our practice speed and when we were going out in time trials, I expected a top-six but I’m really happy with second.”

 

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News & Notes

Fitting Tribute: JR Heffner — the 2011 Mr. DIRT Track USA winner at Lebanon Valley Speedway — is running a DIRTcar 358-Modified dedicated to the memory of Calli Larkin. Larkin, daughter of Dirt Modified legend Dickie Larkin, passed away suddenly late last year. The car features Dickie Larkin’s car number (39), along with Calli’s initials over a rose and her favorite saying, “What d’ya say?”

 

Nick Noll Racing Returns: Nick Noll Racing, who has entered the SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 in the past with Bobby Varin, Drew Ricco, Eric Palmer and Grant Hilfiger, has returned to racing after missing more than a year. Noll has hired Pennsylvania star Kevin Bates to run the familiar #6n Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block modified in the SEF Small Engine Fuel 200.

 

Bartemy Racing Full Assault: The Herb Bartemy-owned race team was one of the final teams to enter the pit area on Thursday, and came loaded for bear. The Bartemy team arrived with a Big-Block Modified for Ted Christopher, along with 358-Modifieds for Herb’s sons Aaron and Adam.

 

Flach Goes Old School: Former Lebanon Valley Speedway track champion Mark Flach came to the New York State Fairgrounds with a home-built chassis. After experimenting all season, Flach entered the SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 with his own creation.

 

Last Minute Deals: Two Syracuse entries came together within the last week. Alan Johnson partnered up with Kenny Saya Racing to run the team’s second car in the SEF Small Engine Fuel 200, while Harry Murphy Racing decided to put together a 358-Modified for Steve Hulsizer to run in the Nationwide Insurance 150. “It’s a good thing that Wednesday got canceled, we just finished the car (Wednesday) night,” Murphy said.

 

“Coach” Brachmann: Chad Brachmann has experienced a lot of success at Super DIRT Week in the past. This season, Brachmann finds himself on the sidelines at the Syracuse mile. Lernerville Speedway champion Jeremiah Shingledecker is making his first attempt at the SEF Small Engine Fuel 200, and Brachmann has stepped in to help. “He’s been giving me a lot of good advice,” Shingledecker said. Shingledecker is one of 12 drivers who will compete in the Safety-Kleen Shootout on Friday afternoon.

 

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds; SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 Presented by Ferris & Snapper Time Trials; New York State Fairgrounds; Syracuse, N.Y.; Oct. 6, 2011

Pos No. Name Best Time Best Speed
1 91 Billy Decker 29.927 120.293
2 49 Billy Dunn 29.936 120.257
3 42P Pat Ward 30.413 118.370
4 39 Tim McCreadie 30.421 118.339
5 44 Stewart Friesen 30.421 118.339
6 9s Matt Sheppard 30.432 118.297
7 3H Justin Haers 30.475 118.130
8 32c Vic Coffey 30.564 117.786
9 74F Tim Fuller 30.571 117.759
10 98h Jimmy Phelps 30.675 117.359
11 7 Rick Laubach 30.730 117.149
12 2R Ronnie Johnson 30.770 116.997
13 14h Jimmy Horton 30.782 116.951
14 34 Andy Bachetti 30.784 116.944
15 21a Pete Britten 30.818 116.815
16 13 Tony Steiner 30.912 116.460
17 57 Donnie Corellis 30.917 116.441
18 99Lw Larry Wight 30.977 116.215
19 74h J.R Heffner 30.986 116.182
20 98 Eddie Marshall 31.022 116.047
21 115 Kenny Tremont Jr. 31.079 115.834
22 56 Vince Vitale 31.136 115.622
23 747 Ryan Godown 31.140 115.607
24 1 Jr Mike O’Brien 31.349 114.836
25 35 Mike Perrotte 31.364 114.781
26 1h David Hebert 31.389 114.690
27 90 Martin Roy 31.395 114.668
28 10s Michael Storms 31.433 114.529
29 14s Brian Swarthout 31.504 114.271
30 48T Dave Rauscher 31.534 114.162
31 43 Keith Flach 31.645 113.762
32 2 Roy Bresnahan 31.645 113.762
33 10V Bobby Varin 31.649 113.748
34 20 Brett Hearn 31.663 113.697
35 23 Billy VanInwegen 31.689 113.604
36 8r Rob Bellinger 31.741 113.418
37 62s Tom Sears Jr. 31.775 113.297
38 45 Wayne Jelley 31.903 112.842
39 21m Bob McGannon 31.937 112.722
40 27J Danny Johnson 31.951 112.673
41 22c Mario Clair 31.953 112.665
42 88 Steve Hulsizer 31.955 112.658
43 10 Tim Currier 31.996 112.514
44 42 Brian Murphy 32.149 111.979
45 37md Jeremiah Shingledecker 32.159 111.944
46 22J Jeremy Wilder 32.173 111.895
47 77F Mark Flach Jr. 32.200 111.801
48 8 Rich Scagliotta 32.339 111.321
49 28P Eldon Payne 32.396 111.125
50 0 Dan Humes 32.397 111.121
51 1nys Greg Atkins 32.542 110.626
52 61 Jean Boissonneault 32.570 110.531
53 76 Travis Braun 32.635 110.311
54 7p Billy Pauch 32.735 109.974
55 87x Paul Gilardi 32.868 109.529
56 4k Jasmin Leveillee 33.215 108.385
57 B2 Ted Christopher 33.241 108.300
58 X Adam Bartemy 33.622 107.073
59 1 Darwin Greene 33.742 106.692
60 6N Kevin Bates 34.639 103.929
61 b3 Aaron Bartemy 35.664 100.942
62 24 Patrick Dupree -.—
63 x22 Chuck Hosfeld -.—

 

DIRTcar 358-Modified Series; Nationwide Insurance 150 Time Trials; New York State Fairgrounds; Syracuse, N.Y.; Oct. 6, 2011

Pos No. Name Best Time Best Speed
1 91d Billy Decker 31.517 114.22
2 34b Andy Bachetti 31.762 113.34
3 1h David Hebert 31.768 113.32
4 1xx Willy Decker 31.947 112.69
5 9s Matt Sheppard 31.988 112.54
6 99L Larry Wight 32.041 112.36
7 39 JR Heffner 32.049 112.33
8 1 Chris Raabe 32.098 112.16
9 4* Tim McCreadie 32.119 112.08
10 76a Ronnie Johnson 32.124 112.07
11 10V Bobby Varin 32.162 111.93
12 66 Jimmy Blewett 32.225 111.72
13 66x Carey Terrance 32.23 111.7
14 74F Tim Fuller 32.294 111.48
15 42p Pat Ward 32.299 111.46
16 14 Jimmy Horton 32.311 111.42
17 20 Brett Hearn 32.319 111.39
18 1F Stewart Friesen 32.379 111.18
19 45 Wayne Jelley 32.468 110.88
20 27 Ryan Godown 32.487 110.81
21 22J Jeremy Wilder 32.588 110.47
22 27j Danny Johnson 32.612 110.39
23 24s Brandon Sweet 32.804 109.74
24 7 Rick Laubach 32.83 109.66
25 22c Mario Clair 32.833 109.65
26 90 Martin Roy 32.851 109.59
27 8s Rich Scagliotta 32.863 109.55
28 151KB Brian MacDonald 32.872 109.52
29 99 Roy Bresnahan 32.907 109.4
30 74m Matt Billings 32.92 109.36
31 6m Mat Williamson 33.028 109
32 35m Mike Perrotte 33.043 108.95
33 1nys Greg Atkins 33.08 108.83
34 61 Jean Boissonneault 33.103 108.75
35 13s Tony Steiner 33.123 108.69
36 48 Steve Hulsizer 33.221 108.37
37 14a Brian Swartout 33.258 108.25
38 24 Patrick Dupree 33.266 108.22
39 76 Travis Braun 33.277 108.18
40 4J Jeff Sykes 33.314 108.06
41 72 Tommy Flannigan 33.369 107.89
42 7g Lance Willix II 33.466 107.57
43 x22 Chuck Hosfeld 33.561 107.27
44 14cg C.G. Morey 33.764 106.62
45 48T Dave Rauscher 33.786 106.55
46 4k Jasmin Leveillee 34.077 105.64
47 cO2 Craig Reyell 34.924 103.08
48 3M Henry Maier 35.044 102.73
49 X Adam Bartemy 35.344 101.86
50 b3 Aaron Bartemy 35.793 100.58
51 115 Kenny Tremont Jr. -.—
52 32c Vic Coffey -.—

 

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