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Tim Fuller Completes 358 Modified Super DIRT Week Sweep October 9, 2016

Tim Fuller Completes 358 Modified Super DIRT Week Sweep

OSWEGO, NY – Oct. 9, 2016 — Tim Fuller dominated the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series all week and continued his reign Sunday night at Oswego Speedway to win the Riccelli-Northern Salute the Troops 100 at the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.

Fuller started on the pole after setting fast time in Thursday’s time trial session and won the first twin 25-lap heat on Friday night before leading every lap of Sunday’s main event to complete the weekend sweep.

“Randy and Bob Slack, they brought a great car. We unloaded fast and finished up fast. It was a pleasure to drive. We’re two-for-two in that car,” said Fuller, who also won in the Slack-owned No.3rs 358 Modified earlier this season at Mohawk International Raceway.

Fuller quickly jumped to the lead in the outside lane, while Brett Hearn and Matt Sheppard battled for third behind Billy Dunn. Hearn took the spot from Sheppard and then moved past Dunn for second on lap five.

The first caution of the race came on lap seven for debris in turn one. Fuller maintained the lead while Hearn kept pace and then caught the leader on lap 14. The second caution of the race came on the same lap to bring the battle to a halt when Billy Decker, who won Thursday’s Hurricane 100 at Brewerton Speedway, slowed with a flat left-rear tire.

Shortly after lap 20, Hearn pulled his No.20 to the pit area while running second with what was later described as an engine issue. Stewart Friesen assumed the second spot during the 23-lap green flag that lasted until Ryan Darcy met the outside wall in turn four on lap 37.

Dunn surrendered a top-five spot under the yellow as he pulled his car behind the wall after he said he felt an oncoming rear-end failure.

The lap-43 restart set up a battle for second between Friesen and Erick Rudolph while Mike Maresca broke into the top-five for the first time behind Matt Sheppard. At the halfway point, Fuller caught lapped traffic but maintained pace ahead of Friesen. The restarts were the most challenging part of the race for Fuller.

“It all came down to restarts, and I hated every restart because somebody could have got up inside me and slid me a little bit,” Fuller explained. “That was my only concern. I knew once I got out front I could stretch it out. I just had to survive the restarts.”

The fourth yellow flag of the race came on lap 57 when David Allen spun and made contact with the turn one wall. Fuller brought the field back to green on lap 62, and the top-five held their positions before another debris caution on lap 65.

Fuller raced away from Friesen again on the restart until the only red flag of the race occurred on lap 71, when Mike Butler flipped upside down in turn three. He was uninjured. The lap-75 restart didn’t appear to bother Fuller as he continued to pull away from Friesen and Rudolph.

Fuller continued in the outside lane while Rudolph and Friesen wrestled for second. Rudolph drove to second on lap 90, but hit the outside wall in turn four one lap later to bring out another yellow and end his bid for a win.

Friesen dove to the inside of Fuller on the restart, but the momentum up top allowed Fuller to hold the lead and open a 1.3-second advantage with five laps to go. It was erased, however, when Michael Parent fell off the pace in his No.25 to cause the final yellow on the same lap.

The final green flag run saw both Friesen and Matt Sheppard dive to the inside of Fuller in turns one and two, but neither could take the lead away. On the final lap, Fuller had the victory sewn up while Friesen claimed second just hours after winning the Big-Block Modified Bud Light 200.

“It was an exciting race. Keeping these Small Blocks wound up is tough. [Fuller] and Slack, they have a good combination with that No.3 car. I was happy to run second to them. They’re a top notch team,” Friesen said.

Marc Johnson raced into third after Sheppard fell off the pace on the final lap.

“That was a tough race. It was a crazy track. I’m just happy to get a top-three out of it,” Johnson said. “It’s been a long week. The guys deserve this finish. I’m just glad I could get it for them.”

A pair of rookie drivers complete the top-five as Gary Lindberg and Mike Maresca finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Lindberg, who crashed out of Friday’s Futures Race, was happy with Sunday’s rebound effort.

“We’re happy with that. The crew worked hard on the car all week – it was just me, my dad and my brother. They did all the work and got us here,” Lindberg said. “We can’t complain. I would have been happy with a top-10 tonight. A top-four, we can’t beat that.”

Maresca only raced a part-time schedule in 2016, but pulled double duty in a Big-Block and Small-Block Modified during NAPA Super DIRT Week. He was ecstatic to earn a top-five finish at Oswego, where he earned his first career win in a Legends car on the asphalt.

“I’ve been itching to come back. I had a really good time on the track. I thought it raced really well, and I thought it was really fun,” Maresca said. “There was passing, and it was an action filled race. I don’t think anyone expected a perfect track.”

Fuller was also content with the racetrack.

“If your car was good you could still pass. It was rough, but we’ve all been on rough race tracks before. You’ve got what you’ve got and everybody’s racing on it, so make the best out of it,” Fuller said.

Fuller’s victory was historic not only as the first 358 Modified winner on dirt at Oswego, but because of its dominant fashion.

For more news visit www.superdirtweekonline.com

Richards Roars To Pittsburgher 100 Victory October 8, 2016

Richards Roars To Pittsburgher 100 Victory

IMPERIAL, PA (October 8, 2016) – Josh Richards roared to the lead on lap 25 and never looked back - winning his second career Pittsburgher 100. The victory for his team was worth $20,000 on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Richards took over the point from the early pace-setter and new track record holder, Michael Norris.

Richards’ Mark Richards Racing/Valvoline/Seubert Calf Ranches/Durham Race Engines/Rocket Chassis house-car captured his sixth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season over Scott Bloomquist, Gregg Satterlee, Don O’Neal, and Jimmy Owens.

Norris was making his first career LOLMDS start and looked strong early on in the race, but Richards went by him on lap 25. O’Neal then got by Norris for second as Bloomquist - who started tenth - began to make his way to the front.

The 28-year-old Richards held a healthy lead despite several caution flags in the first half of the race. O’Neal and Bloomquist had a terrific side-by-side race for second for several laps, but Bloomquist was finally able to clear O’Neal for the runner-up spot on lap 61.

With no caution flags for the second half of the 100-lap event, Bloomquist constantly cut into Richards’ advantage, but Richards was able to maneuver around traffic and keep enough of distance between him and the current LOLMDS point leader to claim the win.

“It feels good to win this race for a second time. This is my favorite race track. I have said this since I was little. There is nowhere else like it. It’s a great place to race at. The fans are great. Our hearts go out to Mike Farr who passed away last night and to John Flinner for a speedy recovery. We are hoping that John is ok and will get back in a race car soon,” said the winner afterwards.

“I gambled on tires, and I didn’t know how it would turn out. At the end of the race I started to lose it a little. I couldn’t roll through the top like I did earlier in the race. I knew when I saw Scott [Bloomquist] on the board that he would be coming too.”

Bloomquist was looking for an unprecedented sixth Pittsburgher 100 win, but came across the finish line in second. “I had a good car all night. Our Andy Durham Race Engine ran well all night. Thanks to Crop Production Services, Reece Monument, Steve Sorbera Chiropractic, Horton Coal, and the rest of our sponsors who make this possible.”

Satterlee started 14th and thrilled his home-state fans with his third place finish for the Satterlee Petroleum/Rocket Chassis. “We didn’t have enough for those two guys up front. From the position we started off, our night turned out well. I got behind when we qualified and made some questionable moves in the heat race. We started too far back. You can’t give these guys that much real estate ahead of you. We changed all four corners on the car after the heat race and it paid off,” said Satterlee who joined Richards and Bloomquist on the podium.

Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb Jr., Tim McCreadie, Earl Pearson Jr., Darrell Lanigan and Michael Norris.

For additional news visit www.lucasdirt.com

Weekly WInners 9/20/16 - 9/26/16 September 26, 2016

Weekly WInners 9/20/16 - 9/26/16

Congratulations to:

Jared Miley - Eriez Speedway
Gregg Satterlee - Dog Hollow Speedway
Jimmy Mars - Red Cedar Speedway
Robbie Scott - Wayne County Speedway
Blake Garrison - Brownstown Speedway
Charlie Collins - American Speedway
Logan Martin - Legit Speedway
Jeff Taylor - Legit Speedway
Burl Woods - Batesville Motor Speedway
J.T. Goodson - I-30 Speedway
Lucas Schott - Deer Creek Speedway
Frank Cozze - Bridgeport Speedway
Tony Buffomonte - Virginia Int'l. Raceway
Dave Hemrich - Agassiz Speedway (pictured)
Jared Miley Claims September Sweep September 24, 2016

Jared Miley Claims September Sweep

PITTSBURGH (September 26, 2016) – A trip to Eriez Speedway on Friday and Saturday, September 23-24, proved to be beneficial for the “Jet” Jared Miley, scoring $6,000 for his ULMS Racing Series/September Sweep victory after starting on the outside of the third row. For Miley, the victory raised his season win total to six, adding one more bonus money win to his long list of 2016 accomplishments.

“I’m proud of my team and what we’ve been able to accomplish this year,” Jared Miley explained. “We had some work to do on Saturday after having to start sixth, but we got it done. Can’t say enough about our new supporters, my family and my crew. The guys bust their butts every weekend and it shows. We have a busy next few weeks with more bonus money on the line. We’ll try to snag a few more.”

Jared Miley, pilot of the Jared Miley Racing, Jay’s Auto Wrecking, Sprague Farm & Brew Works, Keystone Alliance Insurance Services,LLC of Spring City, Maloney’s Classic Cars of Meadville, Junior’s Cores & Recycling, Colussy Chevrolet, No H1, super late model, will continue his 2016 campaign with back-to-back weekends of high profile programs.

For more news visit www.fullyinjected.com

Tony Buffomante Grabs TA2 Victory In VIR Survivors' Race September 24, 2016

Tony Buffomante Grabs TA2 Victory In VIR Survivors' Race

ALTON, Va.  [September 24, 2016] – Tony Buffomante emerged victorious at Virginia International Raceway as the Trans Am Series held its second race of the day, a TA2 independent race, for Round 8 of the 2016 Trans Am Championship.  The victory was Buffomante’s fourth of the year and second consecutive, helping bolster his points lead in the TA2 Championship.  

Buffomante, in the No. 34 Mike Cope Racing Ford Mustang, began the day in second position, alongside teammate and pole sitter Justin Haley, in the No. 99 Braun Foundation Ford Mustang, and held the position for much of the race until the No. 99 of Haley was contacted by a lapped car and forced off course, losing 4 positions.  Buffomante then inherited the lead and comfortably held it for the majority of the race.  

Buffomante would be joined on the podium by Mike Cope Racing teammates Lawrence Loshak, in the No. 5 Pennzoil Platinum/ MOMO/ ETE Reman Chevrolet Camaro, who battled back from as low as eighth, and the resurgent Justin Haley, who recovered from fifth position, after the contact, to finish third.  

“I just focused on staying clean,” said Buffomante.  “Obviously there were a lot of people going off, a little oil, there was grass on the track—I was worried about getting grass on the grill and overheating.  Things got a little hot at the end, so I started short-shifting it; but the biggest thing here for me is Mike Cope Racing 1-2-3 on the podium with the “Arrive and Drive” program—the cars are awesome.  Justin (Haley) had the win, there was no doubt about it, he had the pace all weekend, but he went one way and a lapper took him out.  It’s as simple as that. I feel bad for him, but he’ll get his first win soon.”

The TA2 top five was completed by Kyle Marcelli, in the No. 96 New Field Inc. Chevrolet Camaro, and John Atwell, in the No. 02 A&J Lab Portal Chevrolet Camaro, as they finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  The TA2 class top ten also featured, in order, Steve Kent, Jr., Gar Robinson, Jordan Bernloehr, Curt Vogt and Shane Lewis.  An unusually high seven drivers were unable to finish the race due to a variety of mechanical issues.  

On his way to victory lane Buffomante would turn the fast lap of the race, a new track record 1:53.839, but he comes away with the greater prize— solidifying his position atop the TA2 points no matter how slight that might be. 

“It’s going to take speed to bring this championship home,” said Buffomante.  “You can’t just come out here and coast around, these guys are too fast—especially the guys under the Mike Cope tent.  I thought it was going to be a great points day; then I hear Justin had fallen back to fifth and thought ‘that would be a heck of a drive to get back up here,’ then he ends up in third!  We just have to be fast every weekend.  It’s how you stay out of trouble; it’s how you gather up points.  There’s no holding back; there’s no conservatism. It’s just too competitive here.”

For more news visit www.gotransam.com

Photo courtesy of www.gotransam.com

Lucas Schott Grabs Jamboree Victory September 23, 2016

Lucas Schott Grabs Jamboree Victory

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.—Friday night shows have been very good for Lucas Schott when the United States Modified Touring Series comes to Southern Minnesota.

Two years ago, at 18 years of age, Schott captured his first USMTS win during the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree and he did again this year by leading all 42 laps Friday night to score a $5,000 payday.

Schott earned his second USMTS win less than two months ago just a few miles down the road at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing.

From the pole, ‘Cool Hand Luke’ exploded to an eight-car-length lead within the first two laps of Friday’s Featherlite Fall Jamboree feature and flawlessly maneuvered through heavy lapped traffic for most of the contest to beat Thursday’s winner, Cade Dillard, to the finish line by less than two seconds.

“It was an awesome race track with all the rain they had this week,” Schott said in Widow Wax Victory Lane. “It’s been a good weekend so far and I’m looking forward to tomorrow night.

“I was just going through lapped traffic the best I could and I saw Cade show his nose down there once. I was just kind of saving my stuff in lapped traffic but once I saw him I knew I had to start passing some of these guys.”

While Dillard searched for a way to get around Schott, he also had his hands full with Brandon Davis who stayed in the mix the entire distance before settling for third.

Jason Hughes, who secured his second straight and third overall USMTS national championship on Thursday night, was a close fourth with Chris Brown snagging fifth place.

Ricky Thornton Jr., Rodney Sanders, Craig Thatcher, Josh Angst and Travis Saurer rounded out the top 10.

For additional news visit www.usmts.com

Photo courtesy of www.usmts.com/Buck Monson