Syracuse Super Dirt Week


Graham, Mitchell, Ridley & Stone Capture Inaugural Super DIRT Week Futures Events


Syracuse, NY – October 4, 2007 – By Dan Kapuscinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR and Promotions Coordinator


For the first time in its 36 year history, the New York State Fairgrounds played host to Futures Feature Events as a part of Super DIRT Week on Thursday afternoon.  Any driver who had never competed in a feature event on the Moody Mile in a Modified, 358 Modified, Sportsman, or Pro Stock was allowed to compete in the special event to garner valuable experience on the tricky dirt oval.


The DIRTcar 358-Modifieds were the first to hit the track, with seven cars taking the green flag for a total of ten laps. Brett Graham, from Kerhhonkson, NY, started the event from the pole position and quickly established himself as the man to beat. Graham took the early lead over Craig Mitchell and Roy Bridge as they easily checked out from the remainder of the field.


Mitchell and Bridge waged a good battle for second in the early going, as Graham began to pull away.  With the no. 959 of Graham well out in front; all eyes were on the battle for second until the races only caution flew on lap 7.


Tom Scheetz slowed to a stop outside turn two, tightening the field for a three lap dash to the finish.  At the restart Graham lead Mitchell, Bridge, Eric Gavrueau, and Chris Higgins.


As the field climbed back to race speeds, the order did not change.  Graham once again began to walk away from the field, and easily sped to the checkered flag. 


While Mitchell had to settle for second in the 358 series, he had other things on his mind when it came time to run the Big Block portion of the Futures schedule.  Mitchell started the 18 car, 18 lap affair from the pole position and jumped into the race lead.


Unlike Graham in the 358 series, Mitchell had some tough company behind him in the no. 99 of Ryan Phelps.  Phelps dogged Mitchell for the first five laps of the event before pulling pit side with problems down the back chute.


Just one lap after Phelps exited the race; three cars came together in the tight third turn.  Eric Palmer, Rex King Jr., and Keith Flach tangled and came to a rest which brought out a red flag as the third corner was completely congested.


Dave Rauscher would tag the wall in the third turn to bring out another caution on lap 7, with Mitchell leading Jason Herrington, Bob McGannon, Rex King, and Shawn Reimert to the green.

From that point on it was all Craig Mitchell.  The driver from Wappinger Falls, NY streaked to victory over McGannon, Herrington, King, and Reimert.  As King crossed the line in fourth his no. 65 let out a billow of smoke, which hopefully will not put him out of the running on Friday afternoon.


The Sportsman series was the most highly contested division of the night with 24 cars taking the green flag for 15 laps.  Once again it was a front row starter dashing to the point, as Kevin Ridley took his no. 20x to the head of the field.


Within five laps Ridley had built a rather comfortable lead, however a major pileup in the second turn would bunch the field back up, as well as eliminating a handful of cars.   


Nick Cupolo lost control of his no. 99c out of the second turn, tagging the outside wall.  Larry Stell, Mark Dixon, Todd Town, Bob Hentschel, Early Rudy, Phil LaVare, Curt Prevo, and Tony Cowell all became involved trying to miss the Cupolo mount in the second turn.


As the field came back to the green Ridley and second place running Matt Harrell began their domination of the field.  At the halfway point Ridley and Harrell lead by a healthy 20 car lengths over the no. 02 of Glenn Hisko.


Harrell tried his best to make the battle for the lead a good one, as he pulled up to within a car length of Ridley just prior to entering lapped traffic.  Ridley though, was too strong as he sliced his way through traffic and on to victory.  Harrell was second, followed by Rob Knapp, Hisko, and Kyle Wieser.


The night cap for the Futures events was the 13 car, 12 lap Pro Stock feature.  The no. 27 of Nick Stone paced the field to the green and slid into the lead entering turn one.  Stone’s only challenger in the event came in the form of Chip Smith, piloting the 116s from Durham, NY.


Stone, Smith, and Rocky Warner ran well in front for the majority of the event while Eddie Bishop, Jay Corbin, Bill Woodward Jr., and Justin Herron battled closely for top five positions.


Eventually Corbin would sneak past the no. 79 of Warner for third.  Unfortunately for Corbin, his run to the front was too late as Stone and Smith beat him to the line for the top two positions.  Corbin’s fine late race charge landed him in third, while Warner slid to fourth followed by Bishop rounding out the top five.


Super DIRT Week XXXVI – New York State Fairgrounds, Oct. 4, 2007 ‘Futures’ Events Summary

Big-Block Modified Series Feature (18-laps): 93x-CRAIG MITCHELL, 21m, Bob McGannon, 37-Jason Herrington, 65-Rex King, 41-Shawn Reimert, 34-Steve Hough, 347-Skip Fox, 37x-Tom Scheetz Jr., 80-Jeff Marshall, 76-Brett Graham, 165-Rex King Jr., 18-Sean Beardsley, 48T-Dave Rauscher, 99-Ryan Phelps, 6N-Eric Palmer, 56-Russell King, 43-Keith Flach, 66-Vince Gagliardo Jr.


358-Modified Series Feature (10-laps): 959-BRETT GRAHAM, 93b-Craig Mitchell, 145-Roy Bridge, 22-Eric Gavrueau, 19h-Chris Higgins, 37x-Tom Scheetz, 4-Brad Shova.


Sportsman Series Feature (15-laps): 20x-KEVIN RIDLEY, 35-Matt Harrell, 2K-Rob Knapp, 02-Glenn Hisko, 16x-Kyle Wieser, 22J-Jeremy Pitcher, 3-Kim Lavoy, 99-Larry Wight, 5-Dave Dykstra, 66-Dan Wiesner, 1m-Matt Smith, 18-Earl Rudy, 140-Mark Dixon, 84s-Larry Stell, 20J-Tony Cowell, 14-Scott Duell, 18v-Danny Varin, 777-Tyler MacPherson, 111-Curt Prevo, 8L-Phil LaVare, 99c-Nick Cupolo, 4SL-Bob Hentschel, 17T-Todd Town, 20k-Rick St.Pierre.


Pro Stock Series Feature (12-laps): 27-NICK STONE, 116s, Chip Smith, 8-Jay Corbin, 79-Rocky Warner, 11-Eddie Bishop, 98-Justin Herron, 49-Bill Woodward Jr., 98T-Jack Terrell, 55-George Renaud, 10-Brett Martin, 188x-David Papineau, 0-Mike Vaughn, 77-Paul Rogers.


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., F.X. Caprara Car Companies, Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.










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