By BILL FOLEY

Dave Marcuccilli, Kevin Root, Shane Pecore and Robert Bublak Jr. supplied just a little bit of the drama for the Sportsman at Super DIRT Week.

Marcuccilli started the week off trailing series point leader Kevin Root by 75 points. By the time he won Weedsport and Brewerton there he was just seven points behind the leader. In the meantime he captured the pole for the Chevy Performance 75.

The Cayuga, N.Y., driver noted, “I didn’t follow the series this year. I raced at Outlaw on Friday night and am leading in the championship. There is $2,000 at stake. If I’d run the Series there is no money for regional winner. So what if I ran that and got in a wreck the first combined show? That would mean I wouldn’t get anything.”

So he put together a solid string of efforts in a five day period with second during the Fulton Outlaw weekend and followed up with wins at the “The Port” and the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon”




Things were going pretty good despite the fact the team changed a motor after Weedsport and put new torsion bars in after Brewerton.

He was poised to win his third consecutive Oswego SDW event and possibly take the point lead, but on the 28th lap, while in the lead, the motor of the M1 blew up. He coasted into the pits, climbed out, walked away and suffered the agony of anyone who has been so close to accomplishing a goal only to have it pulled out from under them.

That left the race and the series in a totally different light.

At Oswego Bublak, who wasn’t far off the pace of Marcuccilli took the lead and it was his until Shane Pecore saw the leader get pinched in behind a lapped car on the last lap. The Canadian driver took the zero to victory lane for an extremely emotional celebration.

He climbed out, fell to the ground and appeared to kiss the speedway. It might have been he simply went down because of all the emotion, but I like the analogy of kissing the bricks at Indy.

Meanwhile, Bublak just noted “the freakin’ lapped cars wouldn’t move over.”

The point race just became a little more interesting as now Root has an 24 point advantage over Brad Rouse with one race to go (this Friday at Brockville). Marcuccilli is 69 points behind followed by Pecore (-72) and Zach Sobotka (-75).

Pit Stops

Ninety-two Sportsman vied for a starting spot as the top six spots were taken by Marcuccilli, Root, Adam McAuliffe, Pecore, Gill and David Schilling…

Jackson Gill, who qualified fifth, punched the wall in turn one on the second lap…

Mike Fowler, running his first SDW and started the week out as a one man crew, took a hard hit into the wall with the front end mangled. He was shaken and brought the red out. Mike drove in through the last chance race as he finished behind Brianna Ladouceur and Willy Decker Jr…

Dave Constantino was running seventh and was directed by officials to pit as his transponder wasn’t working. It was repaired and he went back to his position. The Fonda champ finished seventh…

Tyler Thompson hopes went out with a flat tire on lap 31…

Kevin Root had a tough time staying in the top five and Andrew Buff went under him off turn two on the 48th lap for fifth place…

Traffic late in the race saw Bublak, Pecore and McAuliffe battle one another as well as those they had caught up with. Even though eyes were on the front two McAuliffe was right there and could have won this thing…

The last 20 laps were sensational as Pecore tried everything to get the lead and in the end did for four-tenths of a second win…

Albany-Saratoga based cars finished second through fifth with Bublak, McAuliffe, Connor Cleveland and Buff…

Root settled for eighth while closest challenger in points, Rouse, was 13th…

David Schilling and Andrew Smith finished the top ten…

The leading Central New York driver was Bob Henry Jr. The builder of racing exhaust systems hasn’t raced much, but got a ride in August and has had fun while doing quite well. He was 11th…

Australian Chris Corbett finished 20th, but he came from seventh on the final lap of the last chance race to get into the show. He came over for six weeks during the season to run in CNY and went home. He’s back for the big fall shows. Chris noted that he and his brother might be coming over next year…

Corey Barker was the lone provisional in the race and finished 26th in the 34 car field. It appeared he was going to be top two in his last chance race, but got shuffled on the last lap…

When time trials were over on Friday 88 timed in and four were DQ’d. Ben Bushaw had a 22.359 which would have been fourth quick in the field, but failed to make weight. Others whose time were deleted wee Chris Hulsizer, J.J. Courcy and Cody Clark…

Ryan McCartney timed in 87th, but finished seventh in his heat to get in and finished 28th. Word was he was the youngest driver to compete in this race at the age of 13…

If you were an Oswego fan you had to get a lump in your throat for one row in a Friday heat. Danny Kapuscinski was a huge fan of Joe Gosek growing up. There Danny was lined up side-by-side with his long time hero. Sadly, Gosek got caught up in a third turn crash and flipped his car a couple of times for one of the heaviest damaged cars of the weekend…

Interestingly the qualified cars for the Sportsman did not try to run competitively in their Friday night heats…

The week saw solid, clean racing for the most part…

Friday heat winners included Ryan Stabler, Constantino, Bublack, and Shields…

Last chance races were won by Ladouceur, Zach Sobotka and Bucko Branham…

Guaranteed starters who did not time or race their way in were Andrew Smith and Brad Rouse…

I’m sure there is a lot more.

Sadly I really won’t have anything on the Pro Stocks as commitments had me at the key board writing the Sportsman story as the full-fendered frenzy was on the track.

One more column, 358 focus, and that will be it for Super DIRT Week.

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