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CNYM Exclusive: News and Notes From Friday’s DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Triple 25’s

By CAMDEN PROUD

One of the greatest DIRTcar 358 Modified fields in NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week history will take to Oswego Speedway’s clay later this evening for the annual Salute the Troops 150, but first, all 83 small blocks had to compete in Friday’s triple 25-lap qualifiers run under the lights on the 5/8th’s mile. The action did not disappoint.

Picking up victories were Jimmy Phelps, Mat Williamson, and Tim Fuller. Phelps and Williamson swept both races on Friday night, winning their respective Small Block 25’s and Big Block 30-lappers. Fuller, who has been a force in the Slack owned No. 3rs at recent Super DIRT Weeks, continued to show speed out of that ride for a dominant victory.

Triple #1 Recap 

In the first Triple 25, there was one close call between Phelps and Justin Haers on a lap 22 restart. Phelps drifted up to the top side and was surprised by Haers, who squeezed his car between the No. 98H and the outside steel for just a moment. Hears made slight contact with the wall, handing second over to a red hot Maresca.

“We got a little surprise from the 3 car on the restart,” Phelps said. “We both really wanted to win it, but we survived. We will just watch the weather for tomorrow and keep an eye on the surface.”

Picking up his third top three finish of the week in the 358 Modified division, Maresca would finish second followed by Haers, Dave Marcuccilli, and Billy Decker in the top five. Also transferring were Brett Hearn, Billy Whittaker, Ryan Susice, Danny Johnson, and David Hebert.

Triple #1 Notes 

The long list of DNQ’s included Steve Bernier, Rob Bellinger, Alex Therrien, Sebastian Gougeon, Alan Therrien, Dillon Steuer, Preston Forbes, Greg Atkins, Louie Jackson Jr, Chris Curtis, Joe Bonetti, David Schilling, Dan Humes, Francois Bellemare, Joel Hall, Nick Krause, and Ben Bushaw…

Roy Bresnahan was a DNS…

Marcuccilli, a many year veteran of the DIRTcar Sportsman division, could not have asked for much more as far as his Friday night was concerned. In his first year in both the DIRTcar 358 Modified and Super DIRTcar Series divisions, he was able to lock both cars into the show…

Hearn was fun to watch as the Jet teared the top side for several laps to come from fourteenth to sixth…

Triple #2 Recap

The second triple of the night brought no surprises, as it was another race that came down to Mat Williamson and Erick Rudolph; the two drivers that battled for victory in Brewerton Speedway’s annual Hurricane 100 one night prior. It turned out to be Williamson who would go out on top, keeping polesitter Rudolph at bay for several restarts to get the win.

“This has been a great week,” Williamson commented. “You can’t ask for much more going into the weekend. All the guys have worked really hard this week and we have two super fast small block cars.”

Rounding out the top five were Rudolph, Larry Wight, Tim Sears Jr, and Kenny Tremont. Wight also was fun to watch, using the ‘Larry Lane’ to come from all the way back in thirteenth to a transfer spot for the Salute the Troops 150. Tremont was also a big story. The ‘Sand Lake Slingshot’ was able to advance fourteen positions from his eighteenth starting spot to finish fourth.

Finishing top ten to transfer behind Tremont were Gary Lindberg, Chris Hile in the Occhino 33h, Alan Johnson, Jessica Friesen, and Pat Ward. Tim Sears Jr. finished fourth, but was light on the scales.

Triple #2 Notes

DNQ’s were Tyler Trump, Brian McDoanld, Matt Woodruff, Corey Cormier, Mike Mahaney, Peter Britten, Marc Johnson, George Foley, Chris Corbett, Rusty Smith, Gary Edwards, Steve Lewis Jr, Jeff Sykes, Kyle Inman, Francois Bernier, Ryan Bartlett, DJ Forbes, and Sears…

Mahaney and Britten were both in transfer spots when Lindberg caught the inside wall and came up the track to wipe both of these drivers out and into the wall with one lap to go…

Inman, in his first 358 attempt at Oswego, ended the evening in the pits in his small block qualifier, but redeemed himself to win his Sportsman heat race later in the evening…

Triple #3 Recap 

Tim Fuller; the third fastest time trialer for Saturday night’s Salute the Troops 150, would go on to lead the field across the line  in the third triple. Fuller would sit pole for the qualifying event, but lost the lead to outside polesitter Todd Root at the drop of the green. He was able to get the top spot back after a yellow on lap 3.

“This car has been working really well here around Oswego,” Fuller stated. “The guys worked really hard to give me a good piece and we hope it continues to pay off.”

Third starting Cory Wheeler used the inside lane to get under Root with two laps to go and brought with him Mario Clair, who came from twelfth to under both Root and Anthony Perrego for third. Perrego was able to duplicate that move on the white flag to sneak back under Clair’s No. 22c and back into the runner-up spot.

While Root crossed the line in fifth, he was disqualified for being too light on the scales, handing the transfer spot over to Tyler Meeks. Instead, Ronnie Davis III, Jessey Mueller, Jack Lehner, Michael Parent, Demetrios Drellos and Meeks completed the top ten and qualified for Saturday’s main event.

Triple #3 Notes 

The final set of DQ’s from the 358 triples were Kyle Dingwall, Jordan McCreadie, Lance Willix, Mike Bowman, Rocky Warner, Neil Stratton, Yan Bussiere, Matt Farnham, Mike Stanton Jr, Rusty Smith, Mike Stacey, Aaron Jacobs, Alissa Cody, Andy Noto, Jessica Power, Brian Swarthout, and LJ Lombardo…

Lombardo made heavy contact with the wall on lap 4 and immediately brought his car pitside…

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