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|
|21||115||Kenny Tremont Jr.||31.079||115.834|
|24||1 Jr||Mike O’Brien||31.349||114.836|
|37||62s||Tom Sears Jr.||31.775||113.297|
|47||77F||Mark Flach Jr.||32.200||111.801|
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|
|42||7g||Lance Willix II||33.466||107.57|
|51||115||Kenny Tremont Jr.||-.—||–|
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