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Sheppard and Sears top practice charts; Numerous teams working late with repairs

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Matt Sheppard set the tone early in modified practice at the New York State Fairgrounds. Sheppard asserted himself early as the pace-setter laying down a lap of 31.141 seconds around the 1-mile track.

Fifty six modifieds took to the speedway this afternoon mostly looking to shake their cars down for tomorrow’s practice and time trials. Sheppard’s best lap was nearly a full second faster than second place Bobby Varin.

“We’re not really worried about speed yet,” said Varin. “We took the car out to make sure we didn’t have any leaks. The track needs some work. There’s a cushion built up in the corners, and that will need to be fixed.”

For complete results from today’s practice see below.

In the Sportsman division only 19 cars registered laps in their practice session. It’s no surprise that Tim Sears jr is the fastest of the bunch. Sears has been on a tear lately on the DIRTCar Sportsman tour. His lap of 35.066 seconds was just .05 seconds quicker than IMCA Modified standout Dale Caswell.

Caswell was second quickest of the bunch driving the #911 entry owned by Dean Patterson. Full results are below.

Numerous teams making repairs

A number of race teams are working late tonight making repairs to their machines. Here’s an abbreviated list:

Ronnie Johnson didn’t like how the steering felt on his 12A entry. They are working to rectify the situation.

Chris Raabe had all sorts of problems. They’re trying to fix issues with the distributor and fuel pump in the Sportsman car while their 358 Modified entry needs a new drive shaft and transmission.

Tim McCreadie’s #39 entry is getting a new flywheel and transmission.

John Lazore’s #19 is getting a new transmission.

Brian Swarthout and his crew are working on the engine. They believe they have narrowed it down to a carburetor issue.

Patrick Dupree suffered a lot of damage in practice. It appears they broke an axle, two shocks, and some bodywork.

That’s it from the mile today.

DIRTCar Modified practice results
CAR LETTER DRIVER/HOMETOWN TIME
1 9 s Matt Sheppard/Geneva, New York 31.141
2 10 Bobby Varin/Sharon Springs, New York 31.979
3 91 Billy Decker/Unadilla, New York 32.346
4 19 John Lazore/Akwesasne, New York 32.868
5 74 Tim Fuller/Edwards, New York 32.936
6 99 Ryan Phelps/Phoenix, New York 32.979
7 3 Justin Haers/Phelps, New York 33.064
8 98 h Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, New York 33.127
9 44 Stewart Friesen/Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario 33.139
10 34 Andy Bachetti/Sheffield, Massachusetts 33.164
11 1 USA Rich Tobias/Annville, Pennsylvania 33.223
12 98 Eddie Marshall/Ridgefield, Connecticut 33.285
13 1 h David Hebert/St. Damase, Quebec 33.288
14 49 Billy Dunn/Watertown, New York 33.301
15 22 Larry Lampman/Port Colborne, New York 33.414
16 #02 Roy Bresnahan/Fulton, New York 33.452
17 28 p Eldon Payne jr./Canandaigua, New York 33.489
18 74 JR Heffner/ Pittsfield, Massachusetts 33.542
19 27 Rick Laubach/Hellertown, Pennsylvania 33.585
20 22 Mario Clair/Quebec 33.611
21 76 Ronnie Johnson/Duanesburg, New York 33.638
22 32 c Vic Coffey/Caledonia, New York 33.77
23 27 Rick Laubach/Hellertown, Pennsylvania 33.94
24 151 kb Brian McDonald/Cornwall, Ontario 33.947
25 42 p Pat Ward/Genoa, New York 34.013
26 45 Wayne Jelley/Pittsfield, Massachusetts 34.054
27 6 Mat Williamson/St. Catharines, Ontario 34.079
28 22 j Jeremy Wilder/Fort Plain, New York 34.091
29 24 Patrick Dupree/Saranac Lake, New York 34.182
30 115 Ken Tremont jr./West Sand Lake, New York 34.218
31 8 Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook, New Jersey 34.251
32 13 Tony Steiner/Jamesville, New York 34.311
33 21 m Bob McGannon/Garnerville, New York 34.438
34 42 Pete Bicknell/St. Catharines, Ontario 34.47
35 99 Stewart Friesen/Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario 34.495
36 74 X Matt Billings/Brockville, Ontario 34.575
37 16 Kyle Hoffman/Averill Park, New York 34.591
38 1 xx Willy Decker/Vernon, New York 34.638
39 1 x Todd Stone/Middlebury, New York 34.664
40 4 b Andy Bachetti/Sheffield, Massachusetts 34.78
41 62 s Tom Sears/Clay, New York 34.797
42 93 x Craig Mitchell/Poughkeepsie, New York 34.875
43 24 Chris Shultz/Holmes, New York 34.937
44 72 x Tommy Flannagan/St. Catharines, Ontario 34.988
45 24 x Patrick Dupree/Saranac Lake, New York 35.117
46 76 Ronnie Johnson/Duanesburg, New York 35.142
47 1 h David Hebert/St. Damase, Quebec 35.145
48 3 j Marc Johnson/Guilderland, New York 35.164
49 1 NY Greg Atkins/Clintonville, New York 35.245
50 24 ss Chris Shultz/Holmes, New York 35.489
51 57 Donnie Corellis/Averill Park, New York 35.511
52 115 Ken Tremont jr./West Sand Lake, New York 35.542
53 96 Todd Milton/Auburn, New York 36.06
54 14 CG Morey/Rutland, Vermont 36.29
55 34 George Foley 36.418
56 14 Brian Swarthout/Beaver Dams, New York 36.495

DIRTCar Sportsman practice results
CAR LETTER DRIVER/HOMETOWN TIME
1 83 x Tim Sears 35.066
2 911 Dale Caswell 35.108
3 67 g Eric Giguere 35.23
4 61 s John Scarborough 35.253
5 15 p Shane Pecore 35.332
6 80 Steve Barber 35.433
7 55 c Jesse Cotriss 35.486
8 14 Paul Klline 35.549
9 6 r Nate Reynolds 35.619
10 10 m Brett Martin 36.008
11 10 Josh VanBrocklin 36.053
12 92 Brad Winters 36.129
13 3 d Dean Patterson 36.216
14 9 s Kristian Smoke 36.391
15 60 Henry Desoemeau 36.42
16 220 John Ferrier 37.213
17 67 James Henry 37.402
18 #01 Chris Raabe 38.392
19 24 Brandon Sweet