Phelps Flies to 358 Pole Position at Oswego – DTD Exclusive

By T.J. Buffenbarger

OSWEGO, N.Y. (October 10, 2019) — Jimmy Phelps snapped Tim Fullers streak of three consecutive pole positions in the 358 modified division on Thursday stetting the fastest lap during qualifying for the Salute to the Troops 150 at Oswego Speedway during SUPER DIRT Week.

Phelps, from Baldwinsville, New York, waited through several groups of cars that went out for qualifying after him as the track went faster, but held onto the pole position with a lap of 20.948 seconds around the 5/8-mile oval edging Eric Rudolph by .014 seconds to earn the top position.

“The track was definitely getting faster,” said Phelps after his pole winning run. “Even when we set fast time, I wasn’t confident it would hold up. Apparently, we had a halfway decent lap there and it stuck.”

Phelps was happy with the performance due to his infrequent performances in 358 modified competition.

“It says a lot about our team,” said Phelps about his team. “We’ve been relying on a lot of input from other people, and a lot of other competitors helped with input, so I have to thank everybody. We don’t do a lot of small block races so it’s hard to adapt yourself to learn how to drive them to. It’s a good start but obviously its Saturday that counts, so we’re going to go and do our homework and hopefully we’re still there.’

Rudolph was still locked in mentally after qualifying with his focus being on surviving the qualifying heat races and on the 150-lap main event but didn’t have a good read on his car after qualifying but feels good going into the rest of the weekend’s events.

“It’s hard to tell out there because there are so many cars out there in practice,” said Rudolph. “Now we know we have a car that has speed, so we will see what happens Friday and Saturday.”

Even though his pole position streak ended Fuller was relieved with his third position run, knowing his starting position was safe on Saturday.

“Always a relief to know you are guaranteed in so no matter what happens in your heat race you are in,” said Fuller being visibly relieved to be locked into the top six. “We were fortunate to go out at the end of that time trial session. I think that does a lot. We could have been a little bit better. It just sucks we lost the streak of three in a row, but it is what it is.”

Dave Marcuccilli, Mat Williamson, and Todd Root also locked themselves into the top-six positions for Saturday’s finale. For Root the result was surprising

Tim Fuller, Dave Marcuccilli, Mat Williamson, and Todd Root also locked themselves into the top-six starting positions for Saturday’s finale.

Marcuccilli did not think his effort would net a top-six qualifying effort, but as the session went on felt he may have a shot.

“I think we kind of surprised ourselves. We were not that good in practice and we changed nothing from practice to now. The car was really tight, but it got better and better every lap and the right front started working. “

Root was another driver that was surprised at his own performance and hopes hops that locking into the field helps end some recent misfortune for his team.

“It’s huge. We’ve been struggling the last two months and struggled here last near. To start up front here where track position is key, we are stoked after what we have been through lately.”

Super DIRT Week
Salute to the Troops 150
DIRTcar 358 Modified Series
Oswego Speedway
Oswego, NY
Thursday October 10, 2019

1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 20.948
2. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 20.962
3. 3rs-Tim Fuller, 21.036
4. 1m-Dave Marcuccilli, 21.045
5. 6-Matt Williamson, 21.059
6. 15-Todd Root, 21.070
7. 109-Billy Whittaker, 21.071
8. 33h-Chris Hile, 21.082
9. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 21.097
10. 7MM-Michael Maresca, 21.145
11. 28z-Gary Lindberg, 21.147
12. 18-Anthony Perrego, 21.175
13. 3-Justin Haers, 21.219
14. 49-Billy Dunn, 21.236
15. 47s-Corey Wheeler, 21.249
16. 91-Billy Decker, 21.267
17. 83X-Tim Sears Jr., 21.294
18. 32r-Ronnie Davis III, 21.302
19. 1-David Hebert, 21.303
20. 42P-Pat Ward, 21.307
21. 71-Mike Bowman, 21.341
22. 20s-Dave Schilling, 21.360
23. 35-Mike Mahaney, 21.361
24. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 21.365
25. 83-Danny Johnson, 21.369
26. 9X-Tyler Trump, 21.385
27. 21-Yan Bussiere, 21.409
28. 45R-Preston Forbes, 21.420
29. 3J-Marc Johnson, 21.422
30. 2-Jack Lehner, 21.427
31. 18jr-louie Jackson Jr, 21.449
32. 124-Alan Johnson, 21.466
33. 25p-Michael Parent, 21.468
34. 38RS-Ryan Susice, 21.469
35. 21A-Peter Britten, 21.485
36. 22c-Mario Clair, 21.492
37. 25st-Steve Bernier, 21.514
38. 99L-Larry Wight, 21.607
39. 17-Tyler Meeks, 21.615
40. 20-Brett Hearn, 21.616
41. 49B-Francois Bernier, 21.622
42. 87-Neil Stratton, 21.684
43. 36-Ben Bushaw, 21.689
44. 34s-Rusty Smith, 21.738
45. 66-Kyle Dingwall, 21.743
46. 39x-Alex Therrien, 21.747
47. 28-Jeff Sykes, 21.749
48. 9J-Jordan McCreadie, 21.755
49. 2-Rob Bellinger, 21.774
50. 151-Brian McDonald, 21.785
51. 3M-Mike Stanton Jr., 21.798
52. 39a-Alan Therrien, 21.819
53. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 21.834
54. 35-L.J. Lombardo, 21.843
55. 6d-Dillon Steuer, 21.869
56. 1z-Jessica Friesen, 21.878
57. 97-Rocky Warner, 21.890
58. 44G-Sebastian Gougeon, 21.930
59. 39b-Ryan Bartlett, 21.988
60. 14s-Brian Swarthout, 22.066
61. 20b-Joe Bonetti, 22.123
62. 86-Kyle Inman, 22.152
63. 7F-Matt Farnham, 22.198
64. 35c-Chris Curtis, 22.250
65. 26R-Corey Cormier, 22.250
66. 2R-Rusty Smith Jr, 22.500
67. 29j-Joel Hall, 22.577
68. 11s-Steve Lewis Jr., 22.589
69. 19X-Andy Noto, 22.602
70. 24k-Nick Krause, 22.634
71. 34-George Foley, 22.635
72. 52-Jessica Power, 22.648
73. 1NY-Greg Atkins, 22.669
74. 48a-Chris Corbett, 22.683
75. 16-Aaron Jacobs, 22.832
76. 35B-Francois Bellemare, 22.843
77. 3Jr-D.J. Forbes, 22.844
78. 23m-Mike Stacey, 22.942
79. 0-Dan Hume, 22.993
80. 55-Matt Woodruff, 23.665
81. 21L-Alissa Cody, 23.778
82. 2-Roy Bresnahan, NT
83. 21G-Gary Edwards, NT