By BILL FOLEY

Tim McCreadie and Brett Hearn are two of the drivers who grab the interest of about all fans.

Well, Thursday was one of those that saw one have a Hollywood ending and the other thinking they were caught in the Twilight Zone.

McCreadie could drive through turn one and two, but the two times he got to three and four the car wouldn’t turn and he would crash into the steel palace signature item…the wall.

It was mind boggling to watch the Sweeteners Plus pit crew and driver tear apart the car, replace the steering box, front axle, radius rods and all four shocks (alone with other stuff) and even Tim was banging a hammer and jumping on bent body panels to straighten them out.




TMac was the second from last car out for time trials and the Hollywood ending saw him in the show outside of the third row.

Most fans know the Lucas Oil Late Model point leader needed to be in Western Pennsy the next two nights and Thursday was critical for him to get into the show.

Meanwhile, Brett Hearn told me he is totally frustrated. The team just isn’t in sync. He noted they didn’t get what needed to be done and he missed 358 practice, then the big block did okay, he grabbed a late slot for SM time trials and got in back in the pack, his big block qualified 45th.

He broke a rear end at Fulton in the Outlaw and a wheel broke at Utica so his week hasn’t been one that he celebrates.

Brett noted the team might very well go to the back up big block for Friday qualifiers.

Time Trials Quick

In the old Syracuse days time trials went forever and some teams even had trouble getting to the satellite shows on time. That is not the case at Oswego as they just flew by with three or four cars on the track at a time…

If you aren’t surprised with some of the top six in each race then I would be surprised…

The Mods have Matt Sheppard on the pole and while he was qualifying the 358 the team was putting new rocker arms in the big block 9s…

Second thru six are Rick Laubach, Billy Decker, Keith Flach, Dom Buffalino and Tim McCreadie. Buffalino had one good lap and had to pass a car as Daniel Johnson nearly hit the wall and Dom had to pass him…

Small Blocks Tim Fuller, Matt Sheppard, Mat Williamson, Peter Britten, Pat Ward and Erick Rudolph were the top six…

Williamson is so focused that the team skipped Brewerton to focus on Oswego…

Alan Johnson, Frank Cozze, Dan Humes and McCreadie were the lone drivers not to get official practice times for the Mods. In the end McCreadie starts sixth, Johnson qualified 14th, Cozze 46th and Humes 35th…

Cars DQ’d for being too light were the 358 of Corey Wheeler and the 74 of J.R. Heffner…

Billy Whittaker was seventh quick in the BB followed by Max McLaughlin, Kenny Tremont, and Fuller…

Some BB surprises saw Billy Dunn 12th, Danny Varin 19th, Larry Wight 23rd, Pat Ward 26th, Danny Johnson 32nd, Stewart Friesen 37th, Ryan Godown 43rd, and Hearn 45th…

54 cars timed for BB…

In SB Rudolph, Alan Johnson, Michael Parent, Gary Lindberg and Chris Raabe rounded out the top ten…

Lindberg’s car sustained heavy damage at Utica earlier this week and the team has been working in the speedway parking lot making repairs…

Surprises in the SB were Wight 12th, Friesen 20th, Dunn 23rd, Decker 29th, and Steve Bernard 37th…

It All Began

Hot laps and plenty of them started Day three of Super Dirt Week.

It reminded me of the asphalt days at Oswego where cars and drivers would be on the track for hours before any qualifying.

However, seeing as this is a track that didn’t exist until a few weeks ago it is understandable why so many cars take so much time and so many laps.

Big Block hot laps were relatively uneventful except for one major occurrence when Tim McCreadie pulled the car outside between three and four and stopped against the wall. He was towed in and the crew went to work. He came out late in the session but got the wall again in turn three. Tow truck needed for second time. He was fast time right out of the box in hot laps and that 21.998 withstood the test of time pretty well as after the hour session only Matt Sheppard and Gary Tomkins were ahead of him.

Time trials groups were set by the last hot lap sessions for both Mod divisions.

In the final practice the quick time was Peter Britten in the brand new Graham Troyer with a 22.268 and behind him was Max McLaughlin just .104 of a second behind at 22.372. Third through ten were Mike Mahaney, Jimmy Phelps, Gary Tomkins, Danny Varin, Danny Johnson, Marc Johnson, Brett Hearn and Tommy Flannigan as 54 Big Blocks were on the track for practice.

The small blocks had a surprising name at the top of the speed chart.

At the completion of several sessions of 358 hot laps it was Mike Maresca quickest with a 21.691 followed by Stewart Friesen 21.756 and The Doctor 21.803.

Completing the top ten were Billy Dunn, Tim Fuller, Ron Davis III, Peter Britten, Mat Williamson, Matt Sheppard and Jessey Mueller.

A total of 53 cars took to the track for hot laps in the 358’s.

Maxie Stops for Big Max

Folks were still talking about the parade through town and especially the Max McLaughlin drive through at McDonald’s. He drove up, someone says he got a Big Mac brought out and he drove out. Problem was the parade was long gone and he was caught in city traffic. He eventually found his way back to the track.

Max had problems in the Wednesday hot lap session as he got more time on city streets than he did the race track. It was a fuel pick up problem so the team changed a fuel pump and carburetor overnight.

Pit Stops

Pro Stocks kept coming in as the field grew slightly with the last five additions of Chuck Dumblewski, the two Casey’s, Dennis White and Steve Chaput. The Pro Stock field was just over 25 by midday…

In BB practice 32 of the 53 cars broke the fast time mark set by Matt Sheppard the previous year which was 22.785..

Mods showing up overnight included Brian Sage and Bodie Bellinger…

Expect many more Sportsman and Pro Stocks to file in today…

Last night at Brewerton it was wild with 52 358’s and 65 Sportsman. It was a long night, but I wasn’t there…

Full day today and the triple 20’s each have 18 cars scheduled to go away. So with two in each race already in that leaves 16. So six cars won’t qualify tonight from each race for a total of 18 left seeking a spot in the last chance…

Defending champ Friesen goes off 12th in the third triple…

Triple 2 is loaded with Laubach and Buffalino leading Mad Max, Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Justin Haers, Mike Mahaney, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Peter Britten, Carey Terrance, Marc Johnson and Brett Hearn to the green….

BB rookie Kody Graham is starting ninth in the BB qualifier number one…

Well, enough for now. Day four is set to begin.

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