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Reakes Starts Where He Left Off With Fastest SDW Sportsman Qualifying

Sammy Reakes IV
Sammy Reakes IV - George Smith Photo

Syracuse, NYOctober 10, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director

Top DIRTcar Sportsman Modified teams made their return appearance at Super DIRT Week on Friday afternoon and for the second straight year Sammy Reakes IV set fast time to win the pole position start for Saturday’s headline Town Mechanical 30 Championship at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Defending TMI 30 Champion Reakes posted a one-lap time of 33.508 sec. for an average speed of 107.437 mph around the Syracuse Mile and SDW rookie Matt Hulsizer was clocked at 33.639 sec. for the second best time. For his fast time among 56 entries, Reakes earned $500 from P & M Fabrication while Hulsizer collected the $250 Motorsports Safety Systems Outside-Pole Award bonus.

Hauling in from nearby Fulton, New York, Reakes carried on the family tradition at the Moody, once a favorite stop every year for his great uncle Sammy Reakes, himself a Northeast Modified Hall of Fame selection in 1994. Steering the no. 17K Whittaker Trophy Auto Sales-NAPA/Bicknell mount on Friday, 21 year-old Reakes IV also became the first driver to win the pole twice since the inception of the event in 1997. 2008 marked the first time crate motors were mandated during Super DIRT Week.

Drivers not qualifying through time trials will contend for six more spots in a pair of consolation round races on Saturday morning at 11:45am to complete the 30-car starting grid.

SUPER DIRT WEEK XXXVII SPORTSMAN TIME TRIALS
FAST AVE
TIME MPH CAR# DRIVER
1 33.508 107.437 17K Sammy Reakes IV/Fulton,NY
$500 – P & M Fabrication Pole
2 33.639 107.019 55 Matt Hulsizer/Bridgeport,NY
$250 – Motorsports Safety Systems Outside Pole
3 33.645 107.000 0 Erick Rudolph/Ransomville,NY
4 33.655 106.968 4R Mike Ruggiero/Newburgh,NY
5 33.798 106.515 20X Kevin Ridley/Penn Yan,NY
6 33.963 105.998 08 Mark D’Ilario/Smithville,ONT
7 34.010 105.851 17T Todd Town/Jordan,NY
8 34.052 105.721 6 Mat Williamson/St.Catharines,ONT
9 34.078 105.640 B40 Ryan Forte/Blue Anchor,NJ
10 34.099 105.575 67G Eric Giguere/Waterloo,NY
11 34.152 105.411 16A Aaron Jacobs/Frankfort,NY
12 34.153 105.408 23 John McAuliffe/Ballston Lake,NY
34.153 105.408 52 James Friesen/St.Catharines,ONT
14 34.166 105.368 71 Mike Bowman/St.Catharines,ONT
15 34.172 105.349 17M Mark Olmstead Jr./Elbridge,NY
16 34.298 104.962 14P Jeremy Pitcher/Fulton,NY
17 34.328 104.871 44 John McClelland/Martinsville,NJ
18 34.343 104.825 01 Chris Raabe/Napanee,ONT
19 34.356 104.785 44V John Venuto/Elba,NY
20 34.392 104.676 85 John Pietrowicz Jr./Phoenix,NY
21 34.394 104.669 96 Corey Andersen/Mullica Hill,NJ
22 34.396 104.663 3P Greg Panunte/Port Colborne,ONT
23 34.401 104.648 05 Anthony Marro/Saratoga Springs,NY
24 34.409 104.624 2K Rob Knapp/St.Catharines,ONT
25 34.411 104.618 777 Tyler McPherson/St.Catharines,ONT
26 34.440 104.530 7 Gino Postrivo/Mantua,NJ
27 34.450 104.499 88 Phil LaVare/Clifton Springs,NY
28 34.472 104.433 99$ Anthony Rizzardo/Jordan,ONT
29 34.480 104.408 10 Tim Currier/Auburn,NY
30 34.522 104.281 10 Dean Patterson/Watertown,NY
31 34.531 104.254 51 Cody McPherson/St.Catharines,ONT
32 34.596 104.058 61X Jean Boissonneault/Granby,QUE
33 34.712 103.711 74 Matt Billings/Brockville,ONT
34 34.781 103.505 14 Scott Duell/Ballston Spa,NY
35 34.809 103.422 1/64th Andy Miller/Orwigsburg,PA
36 34.814 103.407 33 Matt Hitchcock/Stony Point,NY
37 34.826 103.371 22Z Zach Amo/Ogdensburg,NY
38 34.932 103.057 MR18 Brad Rouse/St.Catharines,ONT
39 35.026 102.781 2 Matt Smith/Canandaigua,NY
40 35.091 102.590 18H Todd Henderson/Canandaigua,NY
41 35.164 102.377 29G Steve Gray/Middlesex,NY
42 35.216 102.226 11M Christine Martin/Wellesley Island,NY
43 35.331 101.894 24 Brandon Sweet/Watertown,NY
44 35.338 101.873 4SL Bob Hentschel/Pine Bush,NY
45 35.348 101.845 M1 David Marcuccilli/Cayuga,NY
46 35.530 101.323 28W Sandy Pembleton/Lewiston,NY
47 35.541 101.291 84 Richard Quick/Scotia,NY
48 35.745 100.713 81 Shawn Cassidy/Bethel,VT
49 35.763 100.663 4 Daryl Hilkert/Middlesex,NY
50 35.829 100.477 11J Alan Fink/Pennellville,NY
51 36.230 99.365 20 Jack Gentile/Ballston Lake,NY
52 36.895 97.574 93J Randy Davis/Voorheesville,NY
53 38.505 93.494 44 Rick McCready/Watertown,NY
54 -NT- —– 17 Marcus Dinkins/Watkins Glen,NY
55 -NT- —– 19W Justin Wright/Piffard,NY
56 -NT- —– 26 Derrick McGrew/Ballston Spa,NY
*Top-24 locked into front 12 rows; 56 Cars Entered.

SUPER DIRT WEEK XXXVII EVENTS SCHEDULE: Oct. 11 – Oct. 12, 2008
*All tmes and events subject to change.
DAY-DATE TIME EVENT
Sat-10/11
8am Pit Gates Open, BNC Motorsports Pro Stock Inspection Open;
9:00am Syracuse 150 358-Modified Championship Driver and Crew Chief Meeting (in pit building);
9:15am Town Mechanical, Inc. Sportsman Driver’s Meeting (in pit building);
9:30am Grandstands Open, Track open for Syracuse 150 358-Modified Final Practice;
10am BNC Motorsports Pro Stock First Practice;
10:30am Town Mechanical, Inc. Sportsman Final Practice;
11:15am BNC Motorsports Pro Stock Practice Second Practice;
11:45am Dig Safely New York Sportsman Last Chance Qualifier;
12:15pm Terrell’s Potato Chips Pro Stock Time Trials (2-laps, Top-24 Qualify);
1:30pm Syracuse 150 358-Modified Championship Pre-Race ceremonies;
2pm Syracuse 358-Modified Championship (150 laps, 40 cars to start);
4pm Town Mechanical, Inc. Sportsman Championship (30 laps, 30 cars to start);
7pm ESS/URC/ASCS PSG Sprint Challenge at Rolling Wheels Raceway.
7:30pm Pullen’s Truck Center presents the SUNY Canton “Win and You’re In” Big-Block/Small-Block Twin 25’s plus BRP CanAm Late Model Series at Cayuga County Fair Speedway (Mod Overall Winner Earns 45th starting spot in the Rite Aid 200).

Sun-10/12
8am Pit Gates Open;
9:15am BNC Motorsports Pro Stock Driver’s Meeting (in pit building);
9:30am AAP Rite Aid 200 Modified Driver and Crew Chief Meeting (in pit building);
10am Grandstands Open, Track Open for Pro Stock Final Practice;
10:20am Advance Auto Parts Series Rite Aid 200 Final practice;
10:45am Dig Safely New York Pro Stock Last Chance Qualifier;
11:15am Dig Safely New York Modified Last Chance Qualifier;
11:45am Mandatory Advance Auto Parts Modified Top-30 Autograph Signing under grandstand (Top 30 in Thursday Time Trials);
12:00pm BNC Motorsports Pro Stock Championship (25 laps, 30 cars to start);
12:45-1:45pm Rite Aid Cold Pit Tour of Pit Row;
1:30pm Rite Aid 200 Modified Championship Pre-Race ceremonies;
2:15pm Rite Aid 200 Modified Championship (200 laps, 44 cars to start)

Mon-10/13
-TBA- Rain Date for Saturday or Sunday events.

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The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Crane Cams, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.