Dave Marcuccilli: 358 Rookie Locked In – DTD Exclusive

By Bill Foley

OSWEGO, N.Y. (October 11, 2019) – Dave Marcucilli was the 2017 DIRTcar Sportsmen champion and a dominant force every time he hit the speedway and then he ventured into unknown territory.

The culmination of the transition came on Thursday as the All Star Contracting #M1 was locked into the Salute to the Troops 150.

Marcuccilli said, “It was great to be able to do that, but I had no expectations of it. Practice did not go the way we wanted, and I think the reason was me. I just could not get clean laps. The only change we made between hot laps and time trials is that we added wedge and took away some stagger. That made it a better car. We weren’t that far away from moving up in the field”

Qualifying, according to Marcuccelli, “I love Small Block racing.”

Of his first year he said, “We’ve had our ups and downs, but lately we’ve been going good. The last three races this week we’ve been fifth, sixth and seventh. We’ve been consistent. Personally, I need to get better on restarts and at passing people in general.”

Dave said, “Our goal for the first season was to win at least one feature.”

That was accomplished at the Fulton Speedway, but the year has had its moments.

The rookie driver said, “We had motor problems. In fact, we purchased a really good motor, but after three races lost it. I couldn’t have done this move without Troy Fleming and All Star Contracting as he bought me motors to go Small Block racing.”

Continuing he said, “For my first year I feel we’ve done pretty well. I’ve improved and converted to coil over to keep up with everyone else. The car fits me well and I feel I can get better.”

For Super Dirt Week the team put together a brand-new car.

He said, “I went to the Bicknell open house and the drivers put their names in for a chance to win a new chassis. I won it. So, we threw it together. New chassis, new shocks, new suspension. I thought we could transfer things from the Sportsman I had, and it became a little more involved than I thought it would.”

He’s looking forward to the 150 lap main event and noted, “I just want to stay running toward the front and I hope it goes okay. I would be thrilled with a top ten finish.”

Dave is the only rookie among a pretty veteran top six, but he’s ready to go.