Fuller Rolls To Big-Block Modified Victory In 36th DIRTcar Nationals At Volusia
An abundance of
track time this month paid big dividends for Edwards, N.Y. driver Tim Fuller
on Friday night at
“This was the
result of a lot of track experience tonight,” said Fuller, 39, following his
76th career DIRT Big-Block victory which was win number five in
Victory for Fuller seemed well in hand with the opening five laps complete and Pauch riding nearly a half straightaway behind in Will Brown’s no. 1W TEO mount. That same advantage evaporated just as quickly as it was built up when J.R. Heffner and Ray Swinehart tangled entering turn one to initiate the first caution period. Danny Johnson started sixth in the 26-car field and charged around Pauch on the ensuing lap seven restart but his potent Thompson Motorsports-Chiefs Tobacco & Gas/Troyer machine was no match on this night for the high-flying Fuller.
night runner-up Planck had his own agenda looking to improve just one
position in round two for the mighty Modifieds. He began seventh and cracked
the top-three with 10 laps complete before overtaking Johnson for second
with half the race scored. Lap by lap the
“Dale went high and I think the contact with my right rear tire made him even faster, but he got airborne right after and almost flipped into the wall,” noted Fuller, who dropped out of opening night action after breaking the rear-end with early race contact between Planck setting the tone. “I was just riding around at the end biding my time but then I saw Dale out of the corner of my eye coming at me. There just wasn’t enough room to get the job done on the high side and I thought I had the rest of the track covered pretty good. There was no side bite out there at all tonight so I was pretty confident with my chances once in front.”
Colin Jackson looped by himself in the fourth turn on the final lap to set up a one-lap dash for the checkers between Fuller and Johnson. Looking to repeat on consecutive nights at Volusia, Johnson crossed the finish line three car-lengths behind while Pauch settled for third-place in the 16-minute main. Planck regrouped to finish fourth while Jamie Mills slipped past Pat O’Brien on the last lap to fill out the front-five.
Through two of three Florida Tour races, Danny Johnson tops the point standings with 116 markers. Planck (106) stands second ahead of Mills (94), O’Brien (90) and defending DIRTcar Nationals champion Brett Hearn (86). Open-wheel action at Volusia concludes for the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series teams on Saturday night with a 50-lap big-block main paying $5,000 to win headlining the Florida Tour finale. The 2007 Florida DIRTcar Nationals points champion will be crowned following conclusion of the third race scheduled for Feb. 17.
Advance Auto Parts Super
DIRT Series –
BIG-BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE
FIN STR CAR# DRIVER/HOMETOWN
1 3 19 Tim Fuller/Edwards, NY ($2,000)
2 6 27j Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY
3 1 1w Billy Pauch/Frenchtown,NJ
4 7 77x Dale Planck/Cortland,NY
30 Jamie Mills/
6 11 6 Pat O'Brien/Kingston,ONT
7 14 20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ
8 13 42p Pat Ward/Genoa,NY
9 10 14j Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY
10 2 42 Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ
34 Andy Bachetti/
71 David VanHorn/
13 18 32c
14 21 44s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY
15 4 t21 Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY
16 17 21k Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY
17 24 79 Jeremy Markle/Port Jervis,NY
18 22 74
20 25 14
21 26 66w Wallace Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE
22 8 118
23 16 923 Colin Jackson/Peckville,PA
24 20 48too Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY
25 23 33
0 Russ Hefti/
DID NOT QUALIFY(14)
m40-Mark Forte,Jr./Blue Anchor,NJ
Lap Leaders: Pauch (1), Fuller (2-30).
Cautions: 2 (lap 7, lap 30).
Heat Races (8 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: Pauch, Bachetti, VanHorn, Ward, Ra.Chrysler, Sheppard, Larkin, Forte, Schrader, Brown.
#2: Horton, D.Johnson, A.Johnson, Hearn, Coffey, Jelley, Scagliotta, Laubach, Swinehart, Decker.
#3: Fuller, Planck, O’Brien, Hefti, Mills, Stacey, Rutski, Richards, Hartgraves.
Consolation Round (8 laps, top 3 finishers transferred to feature)
#1: Sheppard, Swinehart, Laubach, Larkin, Jelley, Forte, Scagliotta, Brown, Schrader (DNS), Decker (DNS).
#2: Heffner, Markle, Stacey, Kerr, Storms, Rutski, Richards, Hager, Hartgraves, Kurtzner (DNS).
Florida DIRTcar Nationals Point Standings (Top-10 through Feb. 16, 2007)
116-Danny Johnson, 106-Dale Planck, 94-Jamie Mills, 90-Pat O’Brien, 86-Brett Hearn, 84-Andy Bachetti, 82-Pat Ward, 80-Matt Sheppard & 80-Tim Fuller, 76-Jimmy Horton.
2007 Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series Big-Block Modified Roster (40)
Car# Driver/Hometown Team (Sponsor / Chassis / Engine)
0 Russ Hefti/Elbridge,NY Clearview Windows-Sunsetter Awnings/Bicknell/Carr Power (Tommy Carr)
1k Scott Kurtzner/Brandon,FL Interstate Batteries-T-Bird Fab.-Greenleaf Recycling/Troyer/Markert
6 Pat O'Brien/Kingston,ONT 730 Truck Stop-Gypsum Logistics-Newells Garage/Bicknell/Enders
6pack Dave Schrader/Endeavor,PA A&S Production-D&C Racing/Bicknell/Krem's Speed Equipment
8 Rich Scagliotta/
9 Jeff Brown/Parsonsburg,MD
14 Rick Laubach/Quakertown,PA Alpha Mills-Reiley & Sterner Auto Sales-Werner's Auto Body/TEO/Enders
14j Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY Bully's Truck Stop-CFF,Inc./Bicknell/RL Performance
19 Tim Fuller/Edwards, NY Native Poker-Chiefs Tobacco & Gas-G&R Auto Parts/TEO/Enders
20 Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ Madsen Mtrsports-Wentworth Custom Homes-Kruger-WLR/TEO/Enders
21k Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY NECO Distributors-Randy's Smoke Shop-Joey's Sneaks/Bicknell/Campbell-JPM
t21 Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY Iroquois Water-Randy's Smoke Shop-Joey's Sneaks/Bicknell/Campbell-JPM
27j Danny Johnson/Rochester,NY Thompson Motorsports-Chiefs Tobacco & Gas/Troyer/Kevlar
30 Jamie Mills/Milford,DE I.G.Burton Car Dealership-ReMax Realtor-L&W Ins./Bicknell/FingerLakes-DDE
32c Vic Coffey/Leicester,NY Sweeteners Plus-CME,Inc./Bicknell/C.C. Performance
33 Ray Swinehart/Bechtelsville,PA J & L Speed Supplies-PK Moyer & Sons/Troyer/R&R Machine(SB)
34 Andy Bachetti/Sheffield,MA Steve Hough Motors-Troy’s Garage/PMC/JPM
m40 Mark Forte,Jr./Blue Anchor,NJ Stone Grille Restaurant & Bar-BSR Products/TEO/Finger Lakes
42 Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ Millennium Car Wash-Grosso Trucking-Metal Fab Race Pro Shop/TEO/Feil
42p Pat Ward/Genoa,NY Gypsum Express,Ltd.-Stadium International/Bicknell/Enders
44 Gary Hager/Stewartsville,NJ Quality Drywall-Building Specialties/TEO/Burnett
44s Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY BKS/G-U-Currier Plastics-Magee Transport-Adam Ross/Bicknell/Finger Lakes
45 Wayne Jelley/Pittsfield,MA K&F Modular Homes-Freedom Plains-TLC Contracting/PMC/Dan Bedell
48too Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY Magee Transportation Services-Monadnock Disposal Service/Bicknell/Morrison
66w Wallace Stacey/Kahnawake,QUE Bully's Truck Stop-CFF,Inc./Bicknell/RL Performance
71 David VanHorn/Phillipsburg,NJ Harmony Sand&Gravel-Diamond Hart Ent.-Art's Radiator/TEO/D.VanHorn,Sr.
74 J.R. Heffner/Stephentown,NY A.Colarusso & Son-Turner Auto-Miller's Automotive/Bicknell/JPM
81 Rich Rutski/Somerville,NJ BRB Construction-MMI Properties-Total Automotive/Bicknell/Feil
88 Dick Larkin/Alford,MA Advance Auto-Bedell Race Eng.-PromotionalIncentives.com/TEO/Dan Bedell
91 Billy Decker/Unadilla,NY Gypsum Wholesalers-Stadium Int'l-Quality Hardwoods/Bicknell/Enders
98 Glenn Richards/Wyoming,DE Hatteras Press-Alessi Construction-Coastal Marine/TEO/Morrison-Barnett
118 Sean Merkel/Gilbertsville,PA Merkel Rebar-Reid Automotive/TEO/Lombardo
923 Colin Jackson/Peckville,PA Ashford Cottages Bed& Breakfast-Jackson Excavating/Bicknell/Griffin
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