Fuller and Friesen Fast in Super DIRTcar Series Practice at DIRTcar Nationals; Practice Points – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT

Tim Fuller and Stewart Friesen opened up the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series portion of the DIRTcar Nationals by proving to be fast out of the gate. Fuller was quickest in the first two sessions of hot laps with a best lap time of 17.140 around the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” Friesen was quickest in the final session at 18.893.

“This is good for down here,” said Fuller. “We did a lot of things during the off-season. We went to Georgia and tested. We did everything we could do. We capitalized on some things we did wrong last year. We got some better motors, just a lot of different combinations.”

Fuller hopes this is a sign of good things to come for his new team Graham Racing. He knows that in order to have a shot at winning a gator at Volusia you need to have good starting positions. So far things have been on point for his Enders Racing Engines powered Bicknell.

“We got to come here and time trial good and heat race good,” commented Fuller. “If we start up front here we are going to be contenders and that’s all you can ask for. You got to get lined up.”




Super DIRTcar Series Sides

42 cars signed in for hot laps on Tuesday night for the Super DIRTcar Series Modified practice…

The track progressively got slower as the night went on with the quickest times falling off over a second by the conclusion of the night…

Drivers checked in from all over the Northeast including the states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware as well as the provinces of Ontario and Quebec in Canada…

Eldon Payne hit the wall hard in the first hot lap session damaging the front end on his No. 28p. He missed the second round of hot laps before completing laps in the third session…

Mike Maresca had issues in the final hot lap session. Maresca got into the wall turn three. He did significant damage to the back of his No. 7. Billy Pauch made contact with him causing right side door damage. He was able to continue on…

Max McLaughlin and Matt Hearn debuted for the first time as a team with success in hot laps as they timed in the top ten in all three sessions…

The Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds hit the track on Wednesday night for their first full program of the 2017 DIRTcar Nationals at the Volusia Speedway Park.

UNOFFICIAL HOT LAP RESULTS

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
1 Billy Pauch 17.664 18.075 19.235
1g Darwin Green 18.159 18.792 NT
3 Justin Haers 17.696 17.527 19.322
5 Billy VanInwegen 17.554 17.923 19.674
6D Dillon Steuer 17.955 18.252 20.391
6H Max McLaughlin 17.155 17.747 19.089
7 Rick Laubach 17.287 18.071 19.175
7M Mike Maresca 17.483 18.419 NT
8 Rich Scagliotta 17.936 18.454 19.629
9S Matt Sheppard 17.727 17.648 19.002
13 Steve Davis 17.947 18.272 20.179
14 CG Morey 18.017 18.661 20.673
14J Alan Johnson 17.604 18.011 19.267
19 Tim Fuller 17.14 17.354 18.966
19M Jessy Mueller 18.598 18.225 19.461
20 Brett Hearn 17.587 17.656 19.225
21 Yan Bussiere 18.283 18.001 19.492
21A Peter Britten 18.022 18.095 19.038
21K Randy Chrysler 18.366 18.207 19.39
22 Brandon Walters 18.155 17.958 19.357
25R Erick Rudolph 17.875 18.255 18.963
27 Dave Hunt 18.126 18.416 19.821
27A Ryan Anderson 17.814 18.52 NT
27J Danny Johnson 17.902 18.457 19.454
28P Eldon Payne 18.384 NT 19.547
30 Jamie Mills 17.691 17.766 19.459
30M Joseph Watson 17.609 18.869 20.179
32C Vic Coffey 17.611 18.334 19.563
43 Jimmy Horton 17.487 17.891 NT
44 Stewart Friesen 17.905 18.157 18.893
44R Russ Moresman 18.792 19.351 20.771
48too Dave Rauscher 18.108 18.688 19.443
49 Billy Dunn 17.754 17.96 18.989
54 Steve Bernard 17.675 18.058 19.466
71 Mike Bowman 18.019 18.237 19.352
85J HJ Bunting 17.858 18.859 19.689
88 Mike Mahaney 18.215 18.166 19.403
96 J.F. Corriveau 18.115 18.423 19.225
96c Mario Clair 17.866 18.311 19.269
98H Jimmy Phelps 17.703 17.814 19.055
99L Larry Wight 18.193 17.542 19.018
109 Billy Whittaker NT 18.502 19.249
118 Jim Britt 17.81 18.962 19.621